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Training camp practice highlights, notes and quotes

By Steve Corkran
Thursday, August 18th, 2011 at 7:35 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Raiders managing general partner Al Davis wasn’t thrilled with former coach Tom Cable for keeping rookie offensive lineman Bruce Campbell on the bench all last season. Davis wants to see Campbell on the field, in games. Coach Hue Jackson said Thursday that that’s a distinct possibility.

“Obviously, year two into the process of Bruce Campbell, there’s something great there,” Jackson said. “What he needs to do is go play now. He’s practiced, he’s getting healthier, he feels good about where he is now. He just needs to go in a game and perform and that’s what we’re looking for.”

Campbell missed the first two weeks of practice while recovering from a right knee injury that he suffered in an offseason workout. Now that he’s back, he is itching to play in an exhibition game.

That chance might come as soon as Saturday, whenthe Raiders play the 49ers at Candlestick Park.

“Yeah, I’m just trying to wait for the day so I can just let loose that day,” Campbell said. ”I missed two weeks of camp. Just ready to get back into the flow.”

Campbell has been eased back into the swing of things. He is getting more and more reps as his knee improves. Jackson still hasn’t settled upon his starting five offensive linemen.

Despite missing so much practice time, Jackson said Campbell is in the mix for a starting spot.

“No question. Oh, yeah, he is. Again, it’s about performance. He’s got to go out now and perform. Everybody’s going to earn what they get here.”

Jackson said as much to Campbell at some point before Wednesday. That boost of confidence should help erase some of the bad memories Campbell had from his dealings with Cable.

“Yeah, it actually was nice to hear,” Campbell said, ”because missing weeks in the NFL is like missing an opportunity. So, it was good to hear he felt that way. I really did enjoy it. I liked it.”

For the record, the starting linemen Thursday, from left to right: Jared Veldheer, Daniel Loper, Stefen Wisniewski, Cooper Carlisle and Khalif Barnes.

*Center Samson Satele spent the better part of practice riding a stationary bike and running on a treadmill. In other words, he looked a lot better than he did 24 hours earlier, when he left practice with a hurt left leg.

He feels so much better that he intends to play against the 49ers, he said.

“We play a game on Saturday night, I’m playing,” Satele said. He said he’ll even be at practice Friday morning.

Jackson used the opportunity to chide reporters for pointing out his overly optimistic projections for injured wide receiver Louis Murphy and cornerback Chris Johnson, among others, in recent days.

“Come on, I told you guys he was fine,” Jackson said. “Again, I get to exercise the right to keep these guys out. You guys see him walking around. He’s going to be fine.”

*At some point, Jackson is going to have to settle upon an offensive line. He insists that he isn’t bound by any hard-and-fast deadline.

When the dust settled, Jackson promises an offensive line that will be “formidable.”

“What’s going to happen is, as we continue to move forward, again, once I get all these guys back out here, which I will pretty soon, then we’ll be able to make a determination on who those five guys should be. It’s a tough race.”

*Rookie cornerback Chimdi Chekwa missed Oakland’s first exhibition game with a sore left shoulder. Jackson said Chekwa will make his NFL debut against the 49ers.

“He’s definitely going to be up and going to have an opportunity to play,” Jackson said. “He’s another young player, a young talent that we have on this team that I’m looking forward to watching play in a performance-type situation against an opponent.”

*Rookie running back Taiwan Jones, like Chekwa, has missed significant practice time in training camp. Jones suffered a hamstring injury in a one-on-one drill agaisnt middle linebacker Rolando McClain.

Jones said he feels as if he is 100 percent. When he makes his NFL debut is up to the training staff.

“I actually have been surprised how long I was out,” Jones said. “Like I said, I never had a hamstring injury. so they’re just being extra cautious. But, for the most part, it’s nothing serious. As soon as the Raiders say I’m ready, I’m ready.”

Jackson is eager to see what Jones can do in a game. He got a brief glimpse of Jones’ outstanding speed and explosiveness early in camp. He wants another taste, and soon.

“Oh, you better believe I am,” Jackson said, when asked if he intends to see Jones in an exhibition game. “I sure am going to see him. I’m going to see him pretty soon. The guy is working hard. He’s very close to being  back out here and when he’s out here, we’re going to turn him loose.”

Jones worked on some agility drills off to the side Thursday, and he looked as if he was moving around without any limitations.

*Coaches are adept at pushing buttons and knowing when to push them. Jackson no doubt used a question about the rapid progress of veteran wide receiver Derek Hagan in picking up the offense so soon and making a strong push to make the 53-man roster to send a message to the younger players.

“He understands that instead of going in and playing X-Box at night time and trying to figure out what man can score a touchdown on that video game, he goes in, he takes his book, opens it and works on it,” Jackson said. “That’s a tribute to him.”

You can bet Jackson is counting upon the media to run that line so that the other players will see it and get the not-so-subtle message.

Hagan had another impressive day of practice Thursday, catching out routes, slants, whatever came his way. He is making it difficult for the Raiders to overlook.

Sure enough, Hagan said, without prompting, that his film study plays a vital part in his success.

“That’s just studying film and knowing how to run routes,” Hagan said. “I have known how to run routes since college. Most routes are a timing thing, and sometimes coach will let me know if I am too short or too deep. I just try and come back  the next play and improve.”

Hagan said he is confident in his chances of making the opening-day roster.

“I feel great,” Hagan said. “I didn’t come in just to be here. I came here to help this team win, it doesn’t matter if I am starting or the third receiver or fourth receiver.”

*Jackson was asked about the Raiders potential interest in Ohio State quarterback in the Supplemental Draft on Monday. He refused to take the bait or tip his hand.

“I know he plays quarterback,” Jackson said, obviously in no mood to touch the subject. “I haven’t done much (research). I’m going to coach this team. I’m not worried about him. I have a quarterback. I have two very good backup quarterbacks. Who says he might be on our team. That’s what you said.”

When pressed, Jackson said:

 ”Ahhhh. Ahhhh. The supplemental draft is when, men?” Jackson asked. ”Monday. I can’t speak to that. I’m worried about the 49ers right now.”

*Don’t tell Jackson that Saturday’s game is just another exhibition game against a faceless, nameless opponent. He’s all-in when it comes to the so-called Battle of the Bay.

“Oakland vs. San Francisco,” Jackson said. “Toll road, have to pay. You don’t have to pay when you come on the other side. That’s the way I look at it. It’s the 49ers vs. the Oakland Raiders. We’re going there with a purpose, just like any game we play. We go to win.”

*Johnson, Murphy and backup safety Hiram Eugene were spotted walking around the hotel and practice facility Thursday. Johnson spent most of the practice mingling with the players and keeping tabs on what was happening.

Johnson and Murphy underwent surgery within the past few days, both for undisclosed injuries. Murphy said he has been bothered by a sore hamstring and groin.

*Veteran safety Matt Giordano gets credit for the play of the day for his interception of a Jason Campbell pass intended for tight end Kevin Boss.

Giordano read the play well, broke on the ball and jumped in front of Boss to take away the ball.

*Receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was at practice, but he didn’t do much outside of position and individual drills. He has looked impressive in practice since he returned from an offseason injury.

*Sixteen players missed practice Thursday. Jackson said the Raiders are fortunate, though, because very few of the injuries are serious enough to cause players to miss much time.

“I know everybody’s talking about where we are,” Jackson said. “I want (everyone) to know, I’m extremely happy where our football team is at this point in time. … If you look around the league, everybody’s having similar issues. The difference is, obviously, ours have been with some of our top-line players. That’s going to happen. And I’d rather it happen now than happen later.”

*Jackson reiterated that he is in constant communication with Davis and that they are on the same page in terms of what they want from this year’s team.

“(The conversations) are great,” Jackson said. “They’re daily, they’re constant, they’re unbelievable. I love talking to coach (Davis). We keep talking about this team. His whole focus and my whole focus is, how do we continue to get this team better? We know we need to get this team healthy. But we know we want to get this team better, too.”

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  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    DHB and moore will get plenty of reps, im confident that both players will play well. Moore has been unreal to this point. DHB seems that he is finally comfortable, and polished enough to make it happen on game day. the chemistry between he and JC will prove crucial, as JC looks for DHB, unlike any qb has in the past.

    Is hagan the big possesion guy that the team needs? he has decent speed but his body gives a big target. I think n miller is in danger of losing his spot.

  • lefty12

    I don’t think the blog loves CC,people just point out he was probably the best lineman we had last year.Not so much love for him,just distain for the rest of the line.

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    543.KoolKell Says:
    August 19th, 2011 at 1:26 pm
    909RaiderLifer Says:
    August 19th, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    VittorioTafur QBs and WRs have looked good at camp as OC Al Saunders has had definite effect on vertical passing game
    about 1 hour ago
    ““““““““““““““““““““““““““`
    Sweet!
    —————————————
    That could be a two edged sword. Because the DB’s certainly alarmed me last week. But, let’s hope so.

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

    Shut the fk up Kelly….no one wants to hear ur BS today…go get the towel and shine my shoes

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Ya,

    Im not a carlisle fan, but we have to keep him if he loses out. He can provide depth and professional leadership for our youngsters. He is guy that in a a pinch lnows the offense and bail us out in the event of an injury or a struggling youngster. i would rather have an expensive alternative that can step in on a moments notice, than a cheap back up that doesnt know our offense, and is an unknown.

    Former starters becoming back ups, are better than career back ups in this instance.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    # DEATHROW 55 Says:
    August 19th, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Can any body name a faster raider receiving corps we have had in the past compared to what we have now
    ===================

    Tim brown, james lofton swervin mervyn fernandez, and jessie hester. Not faster but definitely in second place.

  • YoungAmerican

    While I don’t think Carlisle is going to overwhelm anyone with his play at RG, he’s definitely serviceable. Start veteran who knows where to be and what to do. Definitely an overachiever. Helps the rest of the offensive line having a guy like that around.

    I just think Carlisle gets way too much flak based solely on his size. Even in a pure power blocking scheme, size isn’t everything. The shift in emphasis towards power blocking shouldn’t the the sole motivation towards benching/cutting Carlisle. If one of the young guys doesn’t step up and earn that spot, then the Raiders would be better served with keeping an intelligent veteran there. Particularly if Barksdale is going to be the RT.

  • YoungAmerican

    Smart* veteran

  • http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/526101/AlDavis1_medium.jpg KoolKell

    Stalking Troll Bootlicker, angry today? ;-)

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    What the hell is the defense going to do when we line up with DHB, Moore and ford? Then sprinkle in reece and dmac?

    Bully ball is about to fugg shid up

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    KK, how is the DOW looking ?

  • RaiderRetribution

    I do nto think Mr. Carlisle will be on the team as a back, or Mr. Loper for that matter; definately not both of them; that is $5 million (together- in contract dollars for two back up guards).

    Mr. Schuening & Mr. Heyer have proven they are more than capable to back up and possibly start.

    @ Tackle Raiders have Mr.Vehldeer at LT, should either Mr. Barksdale or Mr. Campbell out compete him for the LT position then you know we have an all-pro; that being said Joseph or Bruce will be our RT or RG should Mr. Barnes maintain his starting position.

    I can see the Raiders keeping Mr. Barnes as a backup tackle, they are far more valuable than guards.

    Satele is a lock at center either starter or backup.

    I do think either Mr. Parsons, Mr. Lammak, or one of the other UDFA OL make the 53 man roster.

    Raiders have 12 OL on their unofficial depth chart.

  • http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/526101/AlDavis1_medium.jpg KoolKell

    MistaBrown Says:
    August 19th, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    KK, how is the DOW looking ?
    ——————————–
    How’s yo momma looking, Bootlicker?

    Out.

  • raidertay

    Guy Says:
    August 19th, 2011 at 1:27 pm
    Raidertay, Al Davis thought he was Chad Johnson. To be serious, he was a 2nd round bust for the Pats like 3 or 4 years ago. I think injuries hurt him his first couple seasons.

    ========

    Thx Guy sounds like he could be something. Weird because I never heard his name b4 seeing a tweet that he was having a great practice.

  • Twocents

    I was hoping to hear that Parsons was developing into a decent B/U at C/G, but he has not been mentioned. Not a good sign.

  • RaiderRetribution

    I do foresee Mr. Hagan making the 53-man roster; especially if he has another big catch vs. SF like he did vs. AZ.

    Locks: Ford, DHB, Moore

    all others are on the bubble w/ 2-3 making the cut:
    Schilens Murphy Hagan Miller Bodiford Jackson

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    This your childish way of saying the DOW sucks & pres ding a ling is a failure.

    Peace out clown!
    ______

    # KoolKell Says:
    August 19th, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    MistaBrown Says:
    August 19th, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    KK, how is the DOW looking ?
    ——————————–
    How’s yo momma looking, Bootlicker?

    Out.

  • RaiderRetribution

    Linebacking corp is what has me the most concerned.

  • http://build-a-bully 909RaiderLifer

    lefty12 Says:
    August 19th, 2011 at 1:28 pm
    Could it be that with Sanders our young WRs are finally getting the coaching they have needed.

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    Have to agree with ya there Lefty

    We can only hope that Sanjay’s duties have been relegated to making sure the footballs are inflated to the proper psi. …….

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    under the radar, jarvis moss. This dude as landed in the perfect spot, with coach wauffle and a great d line. he can be an extreme threat to pass rush, but i was impressed with how he played the run last week. he looked very good in his first action with us last year and looks like he is continuing to develop. It appears he was miscast on his former team. I have him over scott

  • http://build-a-bully 909RaiderLifer

    Mistic1…..

    Over on Vittorio’s sfgate blog, he did a q&a with Jarvis. Check it out……

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    What was J Moss’s previous team?

  • LA to TheBay

    RaiderRetribution Says:
    August 19th, 2011 at 1:58 pm
    Linebacking corp is what has me the most concerned.

    ———

    I agree, super thin there.

    Here’s to Goethel having a breakout season.

  • LA to TheBay

    Mista,

    Donks. 1st rounder, too.

  • http://build-a-bully 909RaiderLifer
  • lefty12

    Is Moss considered a bust like many of the players we’ve drafted #1 that start/play for other teams?

  • GoodOle00
  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    Any player we get from inside our division that turns into something is 100% gravy w/biscuit wheels.

  • GoodOle00

    569. Great article on Moss on Raider nation station. “ones to watch I thionk.

    He’;s been thru ALOT and looks finally healthy and ready to kick a-s-s. Depth at DE man.

  • 8RaiderReign8

    RaiderRetribution Says:
    August 19th, 2011 at 1:57 pm
    I do foresee Mr. Hagan making the 53-man roster; especially if he has another big catch vs. SF like he did vs. AZ.

    Locks: Ford, DHB, Moore

    all others are on the bubble w/ 2-3 making the cut:
    Schilens Murphy Hagan Miller Bodiford Jackson
    _______________________________

    How in the world did we get deep (yet somewhat inexperienced) at WR? Im still scratching my head.

  • LA to TheBay

    Moss couldn’t cut it as either a 34 OLB or 43 DE. Looks good in Silver & Black though. Gotta take into account how awful Denver’s D Line has been last few seasons, too. Unfortunately, I think John Fox will change that over the course of a few years. Gotta wonder if they play well enough for him to stick that long though.

  • Davy Jones

    I don’t know whether to be excited about the WR play at camp or concerned about the DB play. Probably should be a little of both.

    Anyway, this feels way better than reading about Jamarcus Russell at camp. ;-)

  • Plunketthead

    How many passes does JC connect on at 7-7
    What about Kkle and Trent.

    JR was doing good if he hit 3 of 7 if I remember my blog reports.

    The elite teams hit all 7, at least 6 every time.

  • dvrick

    # BeAlwaysUrselfComittingtoExcellence2011 Says:
    August 19th, 2011 at 4:24 am

    Good morning nation. I ate some bad Taco Bell last night. Been running to the toilet all morning which is what I’ll be doing all night while the Raiders are getting their butts kicked!

  • dvrick

    # Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    August 19th, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    What the hell is the offense going to do when we line up with DHB, Moore and ford? These guys suck!!!

    whimpy ball is about to fugg shid up

  • dvrick

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    August 18th, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Any of you guys ever party with Russian models. Those girls really can hold their alcohol. Time of my life last night on a party boat. My hand played a gig for some porn execs on this yacht. Wish you could have been there.GOOOOOOOOO CHARGERS>>>>>>>>>>>

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