Raiders-Saints follow-up


Not a lot of new information to be had during a conference call with coach Hue Jackson with Bay Area media, but here some updates and impressions:

— Jackson won’t yet name a backup quarterback, saying he’s pretty sure he knows which way he’s going but isn’t yet willing to share the information.

Makes sense, really. That way, if the backup gets hurt against Seattle, he isn’t publicly going with No. 3 to be next man up behind Jason Campbell on Sept. 12.

Kyle Boller was much more decisive than Trent Edwards in going 5-for-7 for 69 yards and is the odds-on choice to be the backup.

— Jackson wouldn’t name a starting offensive line (sensing a trend here?), but did say of the unit featuring Jared Veldheer at left tackle, Stefen Wisniewski at left guard, Samson Satele at center, Cooper Carlisle at right guard and Khalif Barnes at right tackle, “I’m not going to tell you I’m set, but I’m definitely moving in that direction.”

The Raiders offensive line play has been a pleasant surprise.

— If there were any injuries coming out of the New Orleans game, Jackson kept them well-hidden. Cornerback Jeremy Ware limped off after a kickoff return, with Jackson saying it was a sprain they would work through this week.

— It will be interesting to see how much leeway injured draft picks get as cutdown day approaches. When sitting down with the head coach to formulate the roster, Al Davis hates to cut fairly recent draft picks.

At this point, it’s hard not to make a case for undrafted cornerback Sterling Moore over Walter McFadden, Derek Hagan over Chaz Schilens and Jerome Boyd over Mike Mitchell. In Mitchell’s case, it hardly seems fair _ he hasn’t been healthy enough to practice. But when cutdown day comes, the Raiders have to make the call whether to put a rusty player on the roster who may not be ready or put him on injured reserve _ ending his season.

— Amusing to see so many people willing to sell DeMarcus Van Dyke down the river because he couldn’t cover Larry Fitzgerald and got roasted by Drew Brees. Is it possible the standards may be a tad high for a third-round draft pick?

Fact is, on four or five of those plays against Arizona and New Orleans he was very close to being able to make a play. If he gets a hand on a couple of them, things look much different. If the Raiders are smart, they’ll put him out there for three quarters against Seattle and just let him play.

— Jackson duly noted the offensive positives _ four scoring drives in the first six posessions, touchdown drives of 91 and 80 yards. A 20-17 lead in the third quarter.

— As for the leaky pass defense, Jackson believes the issues are easily fixable through hard work. There aren’t a lot of trades to be had at this point, so he has little choice but to believe that.

Keep in mind it was Brees doing the damage, and he always torches the Raiders. Killed them in the preseason in 2009. Killed them in the regular-season in 2008. Killed them with some near-perfect games while quarterback of the San Diego Chargers. Business as usual.

— Since I’m going to assume Jacoby Ford will sit out the preseason finale along with Darren McFadden, it remains to be seen what Jackson will do as far as a punt return specialist. Looking at the roster, you’ve got to think Denarius Moore has a lead because it’s going to be difficult to keep Nick Miller around assuming that Darrius Heyward-Bey, Louis Murphy, Derek Hagan and Chaz Schilens all make the 53-man roster.

— As for DHB, his problems adjusting to a ball in flight were on display early as he twisted, turned and ultimately couldn’t find a Campbell deep throw in the first quarter. Later, on the kind of slant pass he has caught routinely in camp, came a drop. To be fair, the New Orleans defender appeared to hit him before the ball came out, but it still could have been caught.

The Raiders practice Tuesday and Wednesday at 11:15 a.m. in Alameda (closed to the media) before leaving for Seattle Thursday.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • raideredoutL.A.

    oh I’m going to hate going back to work tomm, 2wk vaca coming to an end, no more sleeping in, and no more wake n bake. By the way good morning fellas.

  • raideredoutL.A.

    Raiders will be fine at WR, even with DHB. Hagan, Moore, plus getting Ford, and eventually Murph back we’ll be set. Having DMAC, Bush, and TJ helps the passing game.

  • The Scummy

    My point of emphasis is you don’t allow a league elite player to leave w/ no “real” replacement to shell out money on “another bust” and not actively go after another league elite player. Keeping that bust, breaking down you secondary, and no guaranteed WR to march up-field or capitalize at the red zone is all bad. DHB, Moore, Ford, Murph, and Chaz if he is still around all lack that game time play and performance. Every winning team needs “one” go to WR.

  • dvrick

    # Plunketthead Says:
    August 30th, 2011 at 6:31 am

    I am of the opinion that Al made another bad pic.

    A third? round rookie with no training camp couldn’t cover a hall of famer in his prime and then got beat by some great WRs with one of the most accurate passers in history doing what he does to almost every team

    Dont forget DHB had a injury and missed time during a short camp.

    Al = FOOL of the year

  • dvrick

    # Method To My Madness Says:
    August 30th, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Boyd is awesome!

  • dvrick

    Thec07 Says:
    August 30th, 2011 at 9:56 am

    In a 2 Wr set I want DHB with DMAC or BUSH…

  • dvrick

    # Method To My Madness Says:
    August 30th, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Alexander….we havent got big name free agents and that’s because they won’t play for NUTS like AL and HUE…..that has nada to do with the city…..you even know that

  • TypicalRaiderFan

    Thec im not saying DHB is the best on the team . you can be third best in the league, but if 1 and 2 are on your team, you sit. The S&B is STACKED at WR. Hagan is a proven veteran starter who is ready to breakout and dominant. DMoore will be rookie of year and Ford is the deadly third man. DHB could be a young Jerry Rice and hed still only be on the feild in 4WR sets.

    Mark my words ….. this offense is like the greatest show on turf “it’s a track meet out there”

  • dvrick

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    August 30th, 2011 at 5:48 am

    The Raiders offensive line play has been a big disappointment.

  • dvrick

    588.Thec07 Says:
    August 30th, 2011 at 9:46 am
    MY LA Chargers…The folks who are putting up the design and dough want the chargers…the media spin in so cal is chargers, saw the coming 2 years ago…GOOO CHARGERS!!

  • dvrick

    # SilverNBlackPA Says:
    August 30th, 2011 at 10:13 am

    If it were up to me, the starting WRs would be DHB and CJ with TJ as 3rd WR. FORD only sees the field in 4 WR sets and gets knocked down to 5th when Murphy returns.

    Sadly, it’s not up to me.

  • The Scummy

    TypicalRaiderFan, I like your optimism. At the end of the day, that’s what you need to saddle up and back your boys. As for Hagan, he is looking like a different horse at a different track. DMoore shows plenty promise. Can’t wait to see Ford give us a full season, and DHB, well let’s pray to the Indian gods for some production.

  • dvrick

    # DKnight007 Says:
    August 30th, 2011 at 10:51 am

    DHB just has great ball skills when it comes to tracking and going after that damn football!

    Hagan has already proven he is a worse WR than DHB.

    Hagan is not a keeper for this team. He is too young also at 26!

  • dvrick

    # DKnight007 Says:
    August 30th, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Raiders need to sign another QB!

  • dvrick

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    August 30th, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Early 1st cut favorites:EVERYONE!!

  • dvrick

    Post No Bills Says:
    August 29th, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Updated list of ‘THE MR/RMR Sticky Sock Puppet Aliases’

    Master Beeecham
    Charged Up
    Albert Bigelow Paine
    89025 Raider
    Raider in Paradise
    Mike the Moderator
    Raider Ray
    Don Manoukins Neighbor (will be removed after trial probation period)
    Joker 70592

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  • dvrick

    # DKnight007 Says:
    August 30th, 2011 at 2:16 pm


  • raiderjefe

    Can all of you jack@sses find another place to have your pissing contest???? I want to read RAIDER comments and opinions, and not read all of your crap. Losers! Thanks