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Raiders sign pair of safeties

The Raiders signed safeties Matt Giordano and Josh Bullocks, according to their Twitter account.

Giordano, a fourth-round draft pick out of Cal in 2005, has played for Indianapolis, Green Bay, Atlanta and most recently was property of New Orleans.

Bullocks was a second-round pick out of Nebraska in 2005 who most recently played for Chicago, making 11 tackles last season.

The Raiders lost free safety Hiram Eugene to a disclocated hip. He underwent surgery and is expected to be placed on injured reserve. During Sunday’s practice, Stevie Brown went down in a heap with an ankle injury defending a long pass to Darrius Heyward-Bey.

Brown got up under his own power but was limping.

Undrafted free agent Zac Etheridge was also lost in the Arizona game with a knee injury.

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • JB

    That job’s already been taken by Herrera.

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    I bet Kell is seething at my Al Davis jumpsuit posts

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Kell is my Hererra

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Kell I need my shoes shined old buddy

  • Twocents

    Was Boller six for six in completions? I think I read that somewhere. I like Edwards, very accurate, but maybe gunshy.
    It’s a toss up.

  • GoodOle00

    Maybe Maybin?
    He fits the classic Davis mold just like Kam Wimbley, Groves ect…

    http://www.raidernationstation​.com/exclusives

  • Thec07

    There best hope is getting to the QB. Campbell is being given some hellified weapons. Its up to him to use ‘em.

    ++++++++++==

    I am hoping teams stack the box like last year dare us to throw…IT will be like a video game…

  • Thec07

    Add to that DMac swinging out into pattern and Ausberry subbing for Boss. That has to be a very scary scenario for opposing DC’s.

    ++++++++++++++

    DMAC, TJ, and MBUSH on wheel routs with a LB in coverage = Big plays allday…

  • Thec07

    Speaking of TJ, is he back to practicing???

  • J Hill

    JFB,

    Heyer played OT in the 2nd half. Didn’t pay too much attention to him there because there is ZERO chance he starts there.

    He has a shot to unseat Loper though. Or at least he did before he hurt is arm.

    I’ll say it again. If Wiz is the player the coaches are raving about, he needs to start at C. Did he even play OG in the game?

    I’d like to see

    Veldheer-Heyer-Wiz-Cooper-Barnes.

    Barnes was blocking his arsse off the other night. Probably why he is still running with the ones. Barksdale is going to have a tough time beating out Barnes unless Barnes just hands it to him by getting 3 penalties per game.

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    TJ is a i dunno lol

  • RAIDERMAN99

    We can have a good time cracking jokes about Hue’s attire, but obviously (Hue !) it’s not even slightly important.

    I love Hue’s fire and like the way he represents the Raids.

    Anxious to see what kind of HC he’s going to be.

    I’ve got confidence he’s going to have the squad ready and put the players in the best position to maximize their ability and win.

    Want to see how he does making decisions from the sidelines. Not just play calling, but clock management, use of timeouts, challenges, adjustments, deciding whether to punt or go for it on 4th and one, etc.

    For a guy that’s detail oriented enough to have players ‘practice’ standing for the anthem, the ‘defer’ kickoff mistake was a head scratcher. That’s what pre-season is for. Iron out the little wrinkles. But for Hue it’s also important that he gets experience being The Man making crucial game time decisions from the sideline. It ain’t just about scheming and preparation during the week anymore.

    Ken Whisenhunt made a strategic error in last week’s game that would have really had me worried if Hue had made it.

    Cards score the TD that puts them up by one. Virtually a no-brainer to go for two there. Instead he kicks the XPT. When the Raids answer with a FG they’re winning 18-17 instead of being tied or up by two.

    Curious to find out what kind of sideline General Hue is going to be.

  • Twocents

    I haven’t heard that TJ is back. Being dyslexic doesn’t help his chances.

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    No Cooper no way no how….jhill we running power scheme not zbs

  • J Hill

    RM99,

    I know you asked for some film review on Barnes, but I forgot who else you wanted me to look at.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I’ll say it again. If Wiz is the player the coaches are raving about, he needs to start at C. Did he even play OG in the game?

    ***********************

    I do not believe so, but I don’t think there is any concern over Wiz’s ability to play guard.

    All right, so I will recant on Heyer a tad, being that I focused on him more in the second half at T. Was not impressive at all over there.

  • J Hill

    If Bruce Campbell can beat out Carlisle, then we’ll get out wish.

    Carlisle didn’t look bad thursday since he didn’t have that dump truck Walker next to him.

    Not to mention Satele stepping his game up.

    Carlisle will be be fine sandwiched between Wiz and Barnes/Barksdale.

    If Satele starts at C, I’d like to see Wiz at RG, not LG.

  • Twocents

    I like the idea of Wiz at LG but what happens if Satele goes down? I hate it when they make a double switch.

  • Plunketthead

    JFB
    Are you going to the pats game?

  • Silverandblack666

    Veldheer-Wiz-Satele-Cooper-Barksdale

    Guys why are you so down on Carlisle the guy is the most seasoned veteran we have on our O-Line we need his experience.

    He is not going anywhere, mark my words he is our best option at LG and in keeping some kind of consistency on our O-Line. The coaches love him and his work ethic, every time I pay close attention to the O-Line play him he dominates his opponent.

  • J Hill

    I don’t think there is any concern over Wiz’s ability to play guard.

    ——————————————————

    There should be some concern about his ability to play LG. He hasn’t played that position in at least 3 years, and not even sure if he ever played it.

    If the plan is to start this guy at OG, he needs to get some reps in against the other teams ones at that position.

    I expect to see Wiz start at C in the next game if this is truly an open battle. We need to see what he can do against a starting defense.

  • RAIDERMAN99

    Hey J Hill,

    Yup, I know everyone was deservedly bagging on Barnes for the false starts, but I didn’t have the game on tape and was wondering how he performed besides that.

    Glad to hear you gave him a good grade. Easier to correct jumping offsides than not being able to play.

    Other guy I asked about was Stevie Brown. Know it’s harder to see what’s going on in the defensive backfield compared to the line – but he seemed out of it on the last Card drive. Looked to be trailing badly on the TD and whiffed on an open field tackle near the LOS that led to a big gain earlier that drive. At least that’s what I saw without the benefit of review.

  • JB

    S&B666
    Carlisle is a turnstyle in pass blocking. He’s a ZBS style blocker and doesn’t have the weight or tools to become a power blocker. His best days were long ago. In this case, he has no more experience with this new group and blocking/running style than anyone else. IMO, he’ll be lucky to remain as a BU. Players his age don’t last all that long. He’s already got 12 years under his belt and there simply are too many young BIG Turks after that position. His 295#’s is also too light to handle that position in a power blocking scheme.

  • Silverandblack666

    RT is a concern I hope Barnes gets beat out.

    The secondary is the biggest concern especially now that we are losing guys to injuries.

  • guest123

    I agree that Carlisle is running on empty and is in the wrong blocking scheme. But who else we got? I was hoping it would be Heyer, but he’s nicked up. We need to solidify that spot, and for all the happy reports on Carlisle, I don’t think he can get through 16 games at his age and mileage.

  • guest123

    Aaron Maybin isn’t the answer either. His specialty was supposed to be rushing the passer. He got 24 tackles in 2 years, and zero sacks. Was a healthy scratch 5 times last year. He’s a bum. Couldn’t crack the rotation on a historically bad defense. Let put that to bed.

  • Silverandblack666

    JB

    I doubt that it matters much if he is 295 or 330 if he can bench more weight than his opponent then he is stronger and being smaller gives him more mobility.

    Do you think that pulling guards are only for zone blocking?

    So what if he is old if he earns a spot on the roster and is a starter then he deserves it no matter how young or old he is.

  • guest123

    I was seriously pissed at Barnes for the mental errors, but he can play. The mistakes are correctable. We are going to need him this year.

  • Silverandblack666

    Guest123

    show me some youtube footage where Carlisle is getting plowed like Barnes or Gallery and I will believe you until then its just your opinion. I think he is one of our better blockers especially when I pay close attention to the line play.

  • J Hill

    Didn’t set my DVR for the extra 15 minutes so I haven’t seen the last 3 min of the game. Can’t tell you about Brown on that play.

    I can say that his play with the starters was solid. He came in at FS early and often and Huff was playing the nickle corner.

    I use “solid” as he didn’t give up any plays. Didn’t necessarily make any plays either, but not sure there were any for him to make.

  • I saw Carlisle knock the snot out of LB on the second level of a run play, Thurs.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Wait, I thought we ran some type of mix power-blocking scheme last year??

    So which way is it? Hue Jackson brought in a revised power-blocking scheme that Carlisle thrived in (didn’t miss one offensive play last year) or Cable’s ZBS manhandled the NFL?

    Remember, Al stole Carlisle from the Baltimore Ravens the year we picked him up. The Ravens announced the signing on their website as their new starting guard, until Al grabbed him in the 11th hour.

    The Ravens, to my knowledge, never have run the ZBS.

    Cooper Carlisle is fine. Our most durable O-lineman, as well as our least penalized.

  • JB

    I see Barnes keeping his old job – BU at OT and Main blocking TE on the elephant formation. Nothing more, nothing less.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Jared Veldheer had more penalties (11) last year than Cooper Carlisle has had in 4 years (9).

    Fact!!!

  • Silverandblack666

    “Cooper Carlisle is fine. Our most durable O-lineman, as well as our least penalized.”

    Couldn’t have said it any better!

  • Silverandblack666

    I just don’t get the hate for Cooper Carlisle.

    Maybe its because he was a Bronco. That would be a pretty good reason.

  • rob_raider

    jon stinchcomb released by saints. hmm.

  • rob_raider

    i usually watch all raiders games and replay all plays several times, watching every player to see who’s doing well and who’s sucking. also, knowing the game and knowing what players are supposed to be doing is helpful. cooper carlisle is usually solid, making his block and staying with it. he’s smart, knows how to play, and gets the job done. he is not the problem.

    by the way, watching plays like that was the reason why i knew that thomas howard was horrible. and why i thought kirk morrison got a raw deal.

    and why i’m concerned about satele. he was gonna be replaced for a reason. he gets blown back and dominated by strong bullrushers. they brought him back for one reason. b/c wiz was struggling badly in practice. don’t care what the spin by hue is, there is concern about wiz. if satele was so good, they wouldn’t have drafted to replace him and announce that wiz was the starter. he may be getting better and i hope so, but i’m worried.

  • RAIDERMAN99

    FS is probably the hardest position for the semi-pros to evaluate.

    Very difficult to know exactly what his primary responsibility on any given play was. Difficult to know if a better ‘read’ on the QB or a formation would enable a free safety to be better positioned to make a play.

    Sometimes it’s obvious to spot substandard play, like when a guy misses an unblocked, open field, one on one tackle. And I’m pretty sure it was #27 whiffing in exactly that type of situation with the game on the line.

  • ohioraider

    big fan Says:
    August 15th, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    207.priesttj Says:
    August 15th, 2011 at 5:02 pm
    Jhill he thinks Mr Davis is supposed to be perfect he used to worship him until he found out the he was just a human being now he’s all butt hurt and can’t accept reality.

    Mr Davis has the same frialties as everyone else he just made a series of bad moves and now he’s not. It’s as simple as that….

    We all go through tough times it’s what you do when you’re down that counts. He’s showing that he can get up and get it right. Kudos Big Al!!
    —————————————-
    Thank you for such sophisticated analysis, Father Pride & Poise. I love it. “he just made a series of bad moves (er, consistently over the past 15 years, and then before Gruden) and now he’s not.” And your proof for the “not” is what exactly? One 8-8 season? My how our standards have fallen. I remember in grade school sulking whenever the team lost, and was inconsolable when they missed the playoffs–twice I think in the 1970s.

    You’re nothing but a wishful thinker. You think the team looks good on paper, which is what they’ve been saying about this team for decades. A convenient way to blame the players and coaches when the season goes to hell in a handbasket. An old Davis trick, by the way.

    But the fact is, the secondary, wide receivers, and half the offensive line DON’T LOOK THAT GOOD AT ALL. Certainly not playoff caliber. But you keep wishin and hopin along with all the other apologists.

  • rob_raider

    stevie brown does seem to be on the bubble, especially w/ the 2 safeties signed today. but he did play in meaningful redzone plays last year and he came thru. another developing DB, but he seems better than mcfadden and ware at this point. unfortunaetely, they are corners and have more of a leash to develop.

  • ohioraider

    That Dirty Raccoon Says:
    August 15th, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Raiders record will be 13-3
    AFC West Champs
    AFC Champs
    Super Bowl Champs.
    7 players on D will go to Pro Bowl
    4 players on O will go to Pro Bowl
    —————–
    You’re high, dirty varmit.

  • RaiderRich510

    That kid D. Moore has the athleticism of a young Randy Moss……he’s gonna be somethin big this year…..

  • GoodOle00

    310.J Hill Says:
    August 15th, 2011 at 6:46 pm
    JFB,

    Heyer played OT in the 2nd half. Didn’t pay too much attention to him there because there is ZERO chance he starts there.

    He has a shot to unseat Loper though. Or at least he did before he hurt is arm.

    I’ll say it again. If Wiz is the player the coaches are raving about, he needs to start at C. Did he even play OG in the game?

    I’d like to see

    Veldheer-Heyer-Wiz-Cooper-Barnes.

    Barnes was blocking his arsse off the other night. Probably why he is still running with the ones. Barksdale is going to have a tough time beating out Barnes unless Barnes just hands it to him by getting 3 penalties per game.

    =========

    You should’ve paid attention. Hyer got our QB killed when he played GUARD in the second half.

    Unseat Loper? Stephan Wisniewski has been starting at LG the last few.

    Barnes was blcoking his arse off?! WTH? He was in on 5 plays and drew 3 false starts!!!

    Wow, dude your just dead wrong here. Look for Bruce Campbell to see time on the line maybe in place of Cooper eventually.

  • GoodOle00

    Stevie Browns in no danger from the two new safeties brought on board. Hiram and Brown dinged means camp fodder because Mike Mitchell has been out too and Huff may be sliding down into CB sometimes too.

  • joker94583

    Scrubs… Secondary is a joke. 7-9

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Carlisle is not it people…..zone blocker is why Al nabbed him last second. COOP KNEW POWER scheme in bmore wasnt a fit eventhough they just came off a 13-3 season! Think about it….we all know when we are licked and Coop knew power wasnt gonna work in long run. Who choses a 2-14 team with a rookie head coach over a team stacked with pro bowlers and a SB WINNING COACH? Use your brains people

  • dvrick

    INSTEAD OF SIGNING A PAIR RAIDERS NEED TO GROW A PAIR!!!!!!

  • Raidernationdave

    Silverandblack666 Says:
    August 15th, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    ” I sure wouldn’t let my daughter date 90% of Raider fans, though.”

    I am guessing that your son is the only male worthy of dating your daughter.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Served! Hahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Gut wrenching!