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Pre-practice odds and ends

By Steve Corkran
Monday, August 8th, 2011 at 2:55 pm in 2011 Preseason, Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders return to practice today after an off day Sunday. The provisions set forth in the new collective bargaining agreement mandates at least one day off after six straight days of practice. The Raiders received two within a six-day span.

It will be interesting to see if the two days off within the past week helps those who have practiced the entire time in training camp stay fresh and hold up well to the physical demands of coach Hue Jackson’s program.

It’s also about time for players such as wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, offensive lineman Bruce Campbell and defensive end Trevor Scott to cut it loose. Heyward-Bey is the only one of the three who has practiced in any capacity, but even he has been limited to light duty.

Campbell has missed every practice so far with an undisclosed injury. Jackson said Campbell is “close” to seeing the field for the first time in 2011. Scott has spent the first 12 days rehabilitating from the left knee injury he suffered last season.

Rookie running back Taiwan Jones also is expected back soon. He is missing out on a golden opportunity to get in a ton of reps, with starter Darren McFadden out with a broken orbital bone and backup Michael Bush just getting back into the swing of things after signing his one-year tender Saturday.

*It’s about time for kicker Sebastian Janikowski to start working on his field-goal kicking. He has yet to attempt a field goal in training camp. Punter Shane Lechler already is well along getting himself into game shape.

*None of the four cornerbacks selected by the Raiders in the 2009 and 2010 NFL drafts has made a strong push for the starting spot vacated by Nnamdi Asomugha and occupied by Chris Johnson until now. Chimdi Chekwa is out with a left shoulder injury. Jeremy Ware, Walter McFadden and DeMarcus Van Dyke are getting reps, but none is standing out.

*The Raiders are going to be just fine with Kevin Boss at tight end now that Zach Miller is toiling with the Seattle Seahawks. That much became evident in Boss’ first practice since signing with the Raiders on Friday.

Boss is tall, fast, and he has sure hands. There’s no reason to think that he won’t at least double the 30 receptions he averaged in his four seasons with the New York Giants.

*The Raiders certainly won’t be travel weary as they open the season with back-to-back road games against the Denver Broncos and Buffalo Bills. They play their first and third exhibition games at home. Their road games are against the 49ers and Seahawks.

*Quarterbacks Charlie Frye and J.T, O’Sullivan, linebacker Ricky Brown and offensive linemen Langston Walker and Mario Henderson are the only remaining free agents from last year’s Raiders team who haven’t been re-signed.

The Raiders were interested in re-signing Henderson until he failed a physical. Trent Edwards made Frye and O’Sullivan expendable. The Raiders already have a slew of linebackers on their roster. Walker is the most likely candidate from the group of five to be re-signed at some point, but only in case of injury or if Khalif Barnes and/or Joseph Barksdale falters.

*People keep throwing around the name of former Raiders middle linebacker Kirk Morrison as someone who should be re-signed. Don’t count on it anytime soon. Rolando McClain is locked in as the starter in the middle, and Morrison’s best days as a special teams player are gone. Also, Morrison won’t entertain the prospect of being a backup until he has exhausted every opportunity of being a starter elsewhere.

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  • http://sportmag.us/images/Lester_Hayes_November_1981.jpg RaiderDogg

    Thec still holding it down I see. Things are looking good on this end, how about you?

  • PlunkforHOF

    CODE BLACK 2011

  • http://sportmag.us/images/Lester_Hayes_November_1981.jpg RaiderDogg

    Plunk! Things are going good, making a return, getting ready for the season.

    Thanks for asking bro, how’s things?

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    when is b campbell going to see the field? im dying to know where he will play and if he can be as good as i thought he could be

  • noteasilyimpressed

    VittorioTafurVittorio Tafur

    Campbell to DHB again on post … Hagan beats Van Dyke but drops it … Chad Jackson ejects DVD from coverage as well on short route

    59 seconds ago

  • Thec07

    RaiderDogg Says:
    August 8th, 2011 at 5:22 pm
    Thec still holding it down I see. Things are looking good on this end, how about you?

    +++++++++

    All good hear Bruh….Glad to hear it things are good for ya…

  • Thec07

    RaiderDogg Says:
    August 8th, 2011 at 5:22 pm
    ++++++++++

    where u been mayne????

  • PlunkforHOF

    I think it goes without saying, We are all waiting for Thursday.

  • noteasilyimpressed

    VittorioTafurVittorio Tafur

    I’m trying “@keed1: can we get a positive tweet about a play one of our DBs makes?”

    2 minutes ago

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    im juiced for thursday, we get our first look at bully ball!!!

    peace nation

    CODE BLACK 2011!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    (i couldnt resist)

  • noteasilyimpressed

    PGutierrezCSNPaul Gutierrez

    DHB with sweet catch on cross in stride, but CJ catches him and punches ball out of bounds

    1 minute ago

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    # noteasilyimpressed Says:
    August 8th, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    VittorioTafurVittorio Tafur

    Campbell to DHB again on post … Hagan beats Van Dyke but drops it … Chad Jackson ejects DVD from coverage as well on short route

    59 seconds ago
    ===================================

    FUGG YEAH BABY!!!!!!!

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    60 catches for dhb?i’d stick with 40 maybe 500 max……but we shall see very soon if this guy ready to hulk up

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    CODE BLACK 2011

  • noteasilyimpressed

    VittorioTafurVittorio Tafur

    DHB big gainer across middle but Chris Johnson pops it loose from behind. … Van Dyke gets pick after ball goes through Miller’s hands

    1 minute ago

  • http://www.tedhendricks.com/Ted_vs_Montana.jpg BigTed707

    # Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    August 8th, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    when is b campbell going to see the field? im dying to know where he will play and if he can be as good as i thought he could be
    ***********
    We don’t know, and the Raiders ain’t sayin’

  • PlunkforHOF

    I would love nothing better than to see DHB, Chaz (my MUP) and Jcamp all take a big leap forward this year.

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    RaiderDogg!…..Rap is A Joke!

  • noteasilyimpressed

    VittorioTafurVittorio Tafur

    Seabass to hit a couple FGs and … Three horns … Over

    1 minute ago

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Bruce Campbell may just be outta shape

  • http://www.raidernationpodcast.com/ r8eray

    Sounds like things are “POPPIN” in practice today…..!!

  • http://www.tedhendricks.com/Ted_vs_Montana.jpg BigTed707
  • http://www.raidernationpodcast.com/ r8eray

    BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011 Says:
    August 8th, 2011 at 5:33 pm
    RaiderDogg!…..Rap is A Joke!

    ———-

    Try Country…now thats REAL music!!

  • noteasilyimpressed

    silverandblackpS&B Pride’s Editors

    @

    @VittorioTafur How did Sterling look?

    2 minutes ago

  • Raiders for life

    191.BigTed707 Says:
    August 8th, 2011 at 5:16 pm
    # noteasilyimpressed Says:
    August 8th, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    thanks BigTed707, trying to be helpful as I can to the Nation!
    *************
    Much appreciated!

    #############################################

    I’ll 2nd that. Thank you.

  • noteasilyimpressed

    thanks and good night to all!

  • CODEBLACK2011

    Did you order the code black?

  • DKnight007

    199.noteasilyimpressed Says:
    August 8th, 2011 at 5:21 pm
    PGutierrezCSNPaul Gutierrez

    #Raiders SeaBass booting 60-yard FGs on side field. With ease and space to spare

    1 minute ago

    ^^^^^^^
    Jano doesn’t need to be practicing 60 yard FG’s, we have been through this crap before. He needs to practice the 35-45 yarders!!

  • Raiders for life

    PlunkforHOF Says:
    August 8th, 2011 at 5:12 pm
    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

    CODE BLACK 2011!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I AM SO GEEKED FOR THE SEASON!!!

    GO RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

    ###############################################

    CODE BLACK 2011= Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.

  • Hagar the Horrible

    All you have to do is see post 44 Big Ted 707 and you’ll see the “huge” upgrade in Hue Jackson over Cable. Cable reached his proper level as an offensive line coach. Above that, he was over his head. He was at the right place at the right time. Al had fired Kiffin and he needed an immediate replacement…and there was Cable. Even the players feel more confident and they like the upbeat temple and the new “bully” attitude. I wish Cable no harm or bad will, but I’m glad he’s gone and I like what I see about the new chapter in Raiders land.

  • PlunkforHOF

    You’re goddamm right I ordered it

  • http://www.tedhendricks.com/Ted_vs_Montana.jpg BigTed707

    Clip provided by Hueknows!

  • DKnight007

    5.BigTed707 Says:
    August 8th, 2011 at 3:00 pm
    Who says Kirk has to play inside?
    Sign Him!

    ^^^^^^^^
    Exactly. Bring Kirk back to battle it our for the WLB spot vs Goethel!

  • Raiders for life

    214.BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011 Says:
    August 8th, 2011 at 5:30 pm
    CODE BLACK 2011

    ####################################################

    Nice creation to get the blood boiling. Good job B

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Seabass better make fkin kicks

  • SnB Production

    To all Raider players in camp…

    “Put it on tape!”

  • YoungAmerican

    Alright, I’ll change my pick from Branch. I think Branch will definitely be the most improved player on the roster, but I realize that’s not necessarily the point of the MUP list.

    I’ll change my pick to LB Travis Goethel.

  • PlunkforHOF

    I’m out

    CODE BLACK 2011——————-> Starts Thursday

  • SnB Production

    banned again

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Thanks RFL…u guys get me juiced as hell too. We gotta keep positive stuff goin amongst us….I know at times Im not the best example of that lol…..but after a humbling experience this weekend with my family……im ready to celebrate with my other family this thursday

  • http://www.tedhendricks.com/Ted_vs_Montana.jpg BigTed707

    YoungAmerican Says:
    August 8th, 2011 at 5:59 pm
    I’ll change my pick to LB Travis Goethel.
    **********
    Done Deal!

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    SnB…..am I greedy for wanting just an average run d about 18th in league?

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Goethel a natural lb….groves? naw

  • SnB Production

    B,

    Looks like the Raiders believe that the NT position exists.

    Derrick Hill listed on Raiders roster as the NT

  • http://www.tedhendricks.com/Ted_vs_Montana.jpg BigTed707

    Goddam Arena football is WEAK!!!

  • Nnamdi21
  • big fan
  • SnB Production

    B,

    Run defense is going to be fine. I actually think part of the problem was not acknowledging the need for a John Henderson or the will to develop a Derrick Hill.

    Add the toughness being installed by Hue Jackson with the Oklahoma drills suggest no nonsense. Better believe a focus on run fits and penalties will help too.

    The biggest problem historically was not respecting the role of the NT AND team toughness.

    Those things are coming to together. If McClain follows through…we WILL be better than average.

  • big fan

    BigTed707 Says:
    August 8th, 2011 at 3:03 pm
    -BHP’s MUP List-
    666 ; DVD – CB
    909 ; Taiwan Jones – RB
    Armond ; Sterling Moore – CB
    B@uce ; Manase Tonga – FB
    Bcz24 ; D. Moore – WR
    BigTed707 ; Chris Francis – OLB
    Bob Marley ; Desmond Bryant – DT
    Born w/a Patch ; Ware – CB
    BroCanUspareadime ; Nick Miller – WR
    BSJ ; Taiwan Jones – RB
    Carl Weathers ; Travis Goethel – LB
    CJ Legend ; Chaz Schilens – WR
    Codigo Negro ; T. Goethel – LB
    Dakota ; Chaz – WR
    Da Trinity ; Barksdale – OL
    Deja Vu ; MM34 – S
    Demon Raider ; Denarius Moore – WR
    Doc Gonzo ; Denarius Moore – WR
    Dutch ; Richard Gordon – TE
    FarEastRaider ; DVD – CB/ST
    Fear_the_eyepatch ; Chaz Schilens – WR
    Guy ; Chaz Schilens – WR
    HayesDaze37 ; MM34 – S
    HGDaddy ; Chaz Schilens – WR
    Hueknows ; DHB – WR
    Hwnrdr ; B-Camp – OL
    J-Raider ; Barksdale – OL
    JFB ; Desmond Bryant – DT
    Jhill ; David Ausberry – WR
    Just Win Baby ; Trent Edwards – QB
    Lefty12 ; DHB – WR
    Lowdown_in_Beijing ; Daniel Loper – OL
    LTR ; DHB – WR
    Marios ; Barksdale – OT
    Mcthompso ; Big John Henderson – DT
    Midwest Fan ; Travis Goethel – LB
    PlunkforHOF ; Chaz Schilens – WR
    Priest ; David Ausberry – WR
    Purple Drank ; Taiwan Jones – RB
    R8dercain ; Taiwan Jones – RB
    R8eray ; Joseph Barksdale – OL
    Raccoon ; Roy Schuening – OL
    RaiderDuck ; Taiwan Jones – RB
    Raider E ; Khalif Barnes – OT
    RaiderFanFromJersey ; Denarius Moore – WR
    Raider J ; D. Moore – WR
    Raiderman99 ; Trent Edwards – QB
    RaiderRetribution ; Ben Lamaak – OL
    RaiderRockstar ; CJ37 – CB
    Raidertbone – Barksdale – OL
    RFL ; Stevie Brown – S
    Scottish ; Brandon Myers – TE
    SharkCatcher ; MM34 – S
    Severe ; W. McFadden – CB
    SilverAndBlackBleeder ; Stevie B – CB
    SnB ; Chaz – WR
    Thec07 ; Taiwan Jones – RB
    *YoungAmerican ; Tyvon Branch – S

    ****************
    ChrisinNY ; *Huff – S
    LMN ; *Michael Huff? – S
    Meeze ; *ROMAC? – LB
    Mista ; *ROMAC? – LB
    Jmack ; *Louis Murphy? – WR
    Zymurge ; *J-Camp? – QB

    If you want in on the list, put “MUP” in your post, thanks!

  • http://www.tedhendricks.com/Ted_vs_Montana.jpg BigTed707

    Here is the updated MUP list:

    -BHP’s MUP List-
    666 ; DVD – CB
    909 ; Taiwan Jones – RB
    Armond ; Sterling Moore – CB
    B@uce ; Manase Tonga – FB
    Bcz24 ; D. Moore – WR
    BigTed707 ; Chris Francis – OLB
    Bob Marley ; Desmond Bryant – DT
    Born w/a Patch ; Ware – CB
    BroCanUspareadime ; Nick Miller – WR
    BSJ ; Taiwan Jones – RB
    Carl Weathers ; Travis Goethel – LB
    CJ Legend ; Chaz Schilens – WR
    Codigo Negro ; T. Goethel – LB
    Dakota ; Chaz – WR
    Da Trinity ; Barksdale – OL
    Deja Vu ; MM34 – S
    Demon Raider ; Denarius Moore – WR
    Doc Gonzo ; Denarius Moore – WR
    Dutch ; Richard Gordon – TE
    FarEastRaider ; David Ausberry – TE
    Fear_the_eyepatch ; Chaz Schilens – WR
    Guy ; Chaz Schilens – WR
    HayesDaze37 ; MM34 – S
    Hueknows ; DHB – WR
    HGDaddy ; Chaz Schilens – WR
    Hwnrdr ; B-Camp – OL
    J-Raider ; Barksdale – OL
    JFB ; Desmond Bryant – DT
    Jhill ; David Ausberry – WR
    JLofty ; Chaz Schilens – WR
    Just Win Baby ; Trent Edwards – QB
    Lefty12 ; DHB – WR
    Lowdown_in_Beijing ; Daniel Loper – OL
    LTR ; DHB – WR
    Marios ; Barksdale – OL
    Mcthompso ; Big John Henderson – DT
    Meeze ; MM34 – S
    Midwest Fan ; Travis Goethel – LB
    Mistic1 ; Barksdale – OL
    PlunkforHOF ; Chaz Schilens – WR
    Priest ; David Ausberry – WR
    Purple Drank ; Taiwan Jones – RB
    R8dercain ; Taiwan Jones – RB
    R8eray ; Joseph Barksdale – OL
    Raccoon ; Roy Schuening – OL
    RaiderDuck ; Taiwan Jones – RB
    Raider E ; Khalif Barnes – OT
    RaiderFanFromJersey ; Denarius Moore – WR
    Raider J ; D. Moore – WR
    Raiderman99 ; Trent Edwards – QB
    RaiderRetribution ; Ben Lamaak – OL
    RaiderRockstar ; CJ37 – CB
    Raidertbone – Barksdale – OL
    RFL ; Stevie Brown – S
    Scottish ; Brandon Myers – TE
    SharkCatcher ; MM34 – S
    Severe ; W. McFadden – CB
    SilverAndBlackBleeder ; Stevie B – CB
    SnB ; Chaz – WR
    Thec07 ; Taiwan Jones – RB
    YoungAmerican ; Travis Goethel – LB