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Cornerback Chris Johnson says he’s back, Satele waxes poetic about J. Campbell

Starting cornerback Chris Johnson was a surprise participant at practice Tuesday, given he had surgery approximately two weeks ago.
He had been running off to the side at practice the final few days in Napa. Now, he is functioning at near or close to full strength.
Johnson said “hands down,” he is playing in the regular-season opener against the Denver Broncos on Sept. 12.
He won’t play against the Seattle Seahawks on Friday night, though, just to make sure his undisclosed injury heals all the way.
“I’ve felt better the last couple weeks than I’ve felt in the last two years,” Johnson said. “So, it’s a big improvement I feel in my body. I’m just ready to go.”
Johnson’s return comes as welcome news to a Raiders fan base concerned about the play of rookie DeMarcus Van Dyke during his absence the past two games.
Don’t be so hard on Van Dyke and the other young, inexperienced cornerbacks, Johnson said. It takes time to mature into a reliable cornerback in the NFL.
“When I first came in, it was the same way,” Johnson said. “It just takes one or two plays for you to just knock a ball down or pick the ball off, and they’ll respect you. If you don’t do that, they’re going to continue to pick on you in this league.
Speed is one thing that Van Dyke and the other cornerbacks have in their favor, Johnson said.
“Our guys, they can run with anybody, so we just have to turn our heads. People see we’re there. All you’ve got to do is turn your head and it’s a pick. I

*Jackson said there are a handful of things that surprise him after a little more than a month of working with his players throughout training camp and three exhibition games.
“A lot of things have surprised me,” Jackson said. “I’m 0-3. We’ve had some injuries.”
Beyond that, Jackson added, he has been impressed by the way his players have worked hard throughout camp and responded well to his being the coach.

*Defensive tackle Richard Seymour is just fine, according to Jackson. Seymour just falls into the category of valuable players that Jackson doesn’t want to overexert before the season or expose to injury.

*Rookie Chimdi Chekwa has been splitting time at cornerback and safety, just as have Michael Huff and Tyvon Branch.
Huff and Branch aren’t changing positions at the moment, Jackson said. However, it’s conceivable that Chekwa will convert to safety full time before long.
Chekwa said he is adapting to the new dual role, playing a position he has never played.
“It’s brand new,” Chekwa said. “They put me at safety last week. They’re trying different things, putting us in different places, seeing what we can do.”
Already, Chekwa is learning that safety is quite different than cornerback.
“Definitely,” Chekwa said. “Eye discipline is real big. You got to have eye control at any position on defense, but at the safeties it’s a lot different because you see so much more, and that’s something I learned in the past week.”

*Jackson was asked about the long-term outlook of safety Mike Mitchell and wide receiver Chaz Schilens. Once again, Jackson dismissed their injuries as nothing major and said both will be back soon.
A person close to Mitchell said his injury involves one of his knees, though he isn’t sure if Mitchell required surgery to repair the cartilage damage.

*Center Samson Satele said part of the reason for the offensive line’s early success, despite all the players rotating in and out of the lineup and playing multiple positions, owes to coaches who constantly remind the offensive linemen that Raiders quarterbacks were hit 121 times in 16 regular-season games last year.
“Hue is trying to build a bully, so we’re trying to live up what he wants us to be,” Satele said. “We can see it when we watch film. Last year or the year before that, we were a bully but this year, we’re a little more grumpy, I guess.”
And, just what does a bully look like from Satele’s standpoint?
In short, it means being physical, sustaining blocks and keeping Campbell upright and free to play quarterback without worry of being pounded.

*Campbell comes across as even-keeled, which he is, for the most part. However, there are times when Campbell loses his cool, Satele said. When he does, look out.
“Yes, he gets mad,” Satele said. “One thing about him, that’s our mom. You don’t want to see our mom mad. He’s a great leader but once he gets mad, he opens up some eyes.”
Campbell has opened plenty of eyes with his leadership and comfort level this season. Last season, his first with the Raiders, Campbell was learning a new offense, trying to gain the respect of his teammates and constantly fending off Bruce Gradkowski for the starting job.
Not this season, by all accounts.
“You can see it,” Satele said. “It’s the way he’s calling the plays, it’s the way he’s leading us out there. Bringing us back to the huddle during practice, saying we’re too slow getting up to the ball. Staying in the huddle; guys used to leave out of the huddle last year when he’s not even done with the call. This year, he’s keeping them in. You can just see little things like that. You can see how comfortable he is back there, with us giving him the time to throw that ball.”

*Now that the Raiders are at their year-round facility in Alameda for the rest of the season, things take on a more-intense feel. Tuesday’s first roster cuts helped underscore the fact that the regular season is drawing near.
“We are getting closer to the season,” Jackson said. “We’re getting closer to doing what we really get paid to do every
day, which is trying to win football games. Not that we’re not trying to win the preseason games, but once you come back here, the anxiety, the pressure of what we’re about to go do and embark on really heightens. Now, all of a sudden, it’s for real. Every game now has a won and loss that goes in that box and that’s what we’re truly doing it for.”

*Rookie left guard Stefen Wisniewski missed practice Tuesday. No big deal, Jackson said.
“One of those little dings,” Jackson said. “He’ll be fine. Any time we get a player with a little something, we’re going to be very cautious with him, but he’ll be OK.”

*Now that cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha is gone, seventh-year cornerback Stanford Routt has assumed more of a leadership role as the senior member of the secondary (Note: that title goes away if Lito Sheppard makes the 53-man roster).
Through it all, Routt said he hasn’t changed all that much, though teammates tend to look to him more now than in years past, especially the rookies and second-year cornerbacks.
“It hasn’t changed my approach or my feelings toward the game,” Routt said. “That’s moreso something that (the media) make a big story about. It’s just football. Just go out there, you line up on the guy in front of you, you cover. It’s going to be either a run play or a pass play. At the end of the day, it’s just football.”
Jackson said Asomugha’s departure via free agency has forced all the veteran defensive backs to step up and assume larger roles.
“Moreso than anything, it’s brought the group closer together to understand it takes all of them,” Jackson said. “It doesn’t take one guy. It’s going to take all four of them to be at their best in order for us to have success.”

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  • Method To My Madness

    B@uce….CODE BLACK

  • Method To My Madness

    Big Hendu back in BLACK!!!!! HE’s BAAAAAAAAAAAACCCCCCCCCCCCCKKKK BAAAAAAAAAACCCCCCCCCCCK yes he is BACK IN BLACK!

  • Thec07

    RAIDER NATION…

  • Thec07

    BIG HEN DOG needs to stay on the Field…We need him…

  • Thec07

    13-3

  • RaydaSwagger

    Obviously.

  • inonewordraider

    I don’t know if QB wants to be described as mom

  • http://www.sidelinetweets.com/default.aspx?source=ibabuzz RaiderMight

    Steve, I appreciate the daily updates, but please try to use the correct use new lines to separate the text blocks. Some of us can’t read the whole article as a whole, so we have to keep coming back to it and its easy to get lost in a running text.

    Thanks

  • raideredoutL.A.

    MNF is a MUST WIN situation already. Attack and Destroy!

  • alex7

    We are soooooooooooooo good, the Denver Broncos are favorites for week 1.

    Monday Night Week 1 Betting Lines

    479 New England Patriots -4 -110
    480 Miami Dolphins +4 -110

    481 Oakland Raiders +1 -110
    482 Denver Broncos -1 -110

  • raideredoutL.A.

    Vegas trying to sucker people in to bet on broncs, not fooled.

  • Seymour Bush

    J Camp was making good decisions against N.O. That was nice to see. Until he threw right into double coverage in the end zone to end the half. Classic JC.

  • Method To My Madness

    Big John

  • Method To My Madness

    12.Seymour Bush Says:
    August 30th, 2011 at 3:30 pm
    J Camp was making good decisions against N.O. That was nice to see. Until he threw right into double coverage in the end zone to end the half. Classic JC.

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

    Better than Russell

  • inonewordraider

    Seymour Bush Says:
    August 30th, 2011 at 3:30 pm
    J Camp was making good decisions against N.O. That was nice to see. Until he threw right into double coverage in the end zone to end the half. Classic JC.

    if he wouldn’t have thrown it into double coverage you would have said he needs to try those in preseason. Meyers needs to make that play

  • inonewordraider

    Method To My Madness Says:
    August 30th, 2011 at 3:31 pm
    Big John

    Big John and CJ are very important to our season. If he weren’t injury prone i’d want John starting

  • Seymour Bush

    Method To My Madness Says:
    August 30th, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    12.Seymour Bush Says:
    August 30th, 2011 at 3:30 pm
    J Camp was making good decisions against N.O. That was nice to see. Until he threw right into double coverage in the end zone to end the half. Classic JC.

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    Better than Russell
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    True. Very true.

  • Seymour Bush

    inonewordraider Says:
    August 30th, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Seymour Bush Says:
    August 30th, 2011 at 3:30 pm
    J Camp was making good decisions against N.O. That was nice to see. Until he threw right into double coverage in the end zone to end the half. Classic JC.

    if he wouldn’t have thrown it into double coverage you would have said he needs to try those in preseason. Meyers needs to make that play
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    Excellent point. That’s the question we were all talking about: while you don’t want to throw into double coverage in the red zone and risk a turnover, hey it’s practice, do you try to squeeze it in? Since Campbell has waaaaay toooo much history effing things up in the red zone, you probably want to see some more discipline. Even in a practice game.

  • Method To My Madness

    16.inonewordraider Says:
    August 30th, 2011 at 3:38 pm
    Method To My Madness Says:
    August 30th, 2011 at 3:31 pm
    Big John

    Big John and CJ are very important to our season. If he weren’t injury prone i’d want John starting

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    another uninformed person right here….this is so false you need to quit….seymour has been more injury prone in his career by far….big john had one freak injury to his foot last season…he was never injury prone….stop your lies

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

    inonewordraider Says:

    Meyers needs to make that play

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    Meyers is a great blocking TE, especially in the Run Game – But I don’t expect him to make spectacular catches.

  • priesttj

    I really don’t think that was double coverage the corner actually broke off his coverage to save a TD. That was a very well thrown ball and quite frankly should’ve been caught.

  • DonManoukiansNeighbor

    Big Ted +1
    Method +1

  • Tricky70390

    Orders for code black on stand-by

  • Method To My Madness

    23.Tricky70390 Says:
    August 30th, 2011 at 3:47 pm
    Orders for code black on stand-by

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    Shut up you negative phaggot

  • Tricky70390

    Method To My Madness Says:
    August 30th, 2011 at 3:49 pm
    23.Tricky70390 Says:
    August 30th, 2011 at 3:47 pm
    Orders for code black on stand-by

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    Shut up you negative phaggot
    =======================
    How the f could you possibly take that as negative.

  • RaydaSwagger

    Hue Jackson is making me nervous with his rhetorical snake oil salesman jargon. The guy reminds me of a politician. The Raiders need to end the preseason on a positive note displaying some of this attitude that Jackson claims to be building.

    Obviously!

  • Method To My Madness

    25.Tricky70390 Says:
    August 30th, 2011 at 3:50 pm
    Method To My Madness Says:
    August 30th, 2011 at 3:49 pm
    23.Tricky70390 Says:
    August 30th, 2011 at 3:47 pm
    Orders for code black on stand-by

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

    Shut up you negative phaggot
    =======================
    How the f could you possibly take that as negative.

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    Well ym fault for jumping the gun….apologies…u just usually negative or is that Joker?

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    Didn’t have chance to get reaction from Ford, McFadden, DHB or Routt, but RB Taiwain “Road Runner” Jones said he’s fastest guy on #Raiders

    08.30.2011 at 02:08 PM

  • Method To My Madness

    BIG JOHN!

  • Tricky70390

    I’ve never been negative about anything.

  • RaiderRetribution

    Raiders are considered the better team though by 2 points. Home field advantage is always 3 points.

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

    Brien, your daddy is a big phaggot

  • alex7

    The fact it’s close speaks volumes to what Denver is doing rebuilding their run game, getting Dumerville back, drafting Von Miller, sticking with Orton, and having a solid head coach in place.

    Should be a close game as they’ll try and grind out that run game.

  • Method To My Madness

    32.KoolKell Says:
    August 30th, 2011 at 3:57 pm
    Brien, your daddy is a big phaggot

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    Mimsy!

  • ArmChair GM

    Concerning Campbell, Satele said. “One thing about him, that’s our mom. You don’t want to see our mom mad.
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    I don’t want my starting QB to be referred to as a crabby old lady,lol

    Not a diss to Campbell, he has my FULL support. I just thought this quote by Satele was funny…..

  • PA-RAIDER

    Week 1 final – Raiders 38, Broncos 17

  • Method To My Madness

    35.ArmChair GM Says:
    August 30th, 2011 at 3:59 pm
    Concerning Campbell, Satele said. “One thing about him, that’s our mom. You don’t want to see our mom mad.
    ________________________________________________________

    I don’t want my starting QB to be referred to as a crabby old lady,lol

    Not a diss to Campbell, he has my FULL support. I just thought this quote by Satele was funny…..

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    Bench Satele on that comment alone….fk is his issue?

  • priesttj

    We desparately need Big John to show up this year until we can get some young depth we need a young 1tech and bad. The kid Cumbie has talent he just plays too high yet and he needs another 30 lbs of muscle.

    I would love to that kid from UW #74 the polynesian kid.

  • inonewordraider

    Method To My Madness Says:
    August 30th, 2011 at 3:42 pm
    16.inonewordraider Says:
    August 30th, 2011 at 3:38 pm
    Method To My Madness Says:
    August 30th, 2011 at 3:31 pm
    Big John

    Big John and CJ are very important to our season. If he weren’t injury prone i’d want John starting

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

    another uninformed person right here….this is so false you need to quit….seymour has been more injury prone in his career by far….big john had one freak injury to his foot last season…he was never injury prone….stop your lies

    he has a bad foot which is why they’ve kept him out so much in practice and while he’ll probably practice less than others all season. he was back and forth from injuries all last year

  • Method To My Madness

    38.priesttj Says:
    August 30th, 2011 at 4:09 pm
    We desparately need Big John to show up this year until we can get some young depth we need a young 1tech and bad. The kid Cumbie has talent he just plays too high yet and he needs another 30 lbs of muscle.

    I would love to that kid from UW #74 the polynesian kid.

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    We need a NT….you know the one you said doesnt exist in a 4-3 lol

  • bcz24

    .big john had one freak injury to his foot last season…he was never injury prone….stop your lies
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    Big John is still suffering from that one freak injury B

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

    Big John was a great pickup for the Raiders, and our RUN D is much better with him in there.

    However, I agree with BHP that we can’t rely on him forever. He’s in his 10th year.

    D.Hill was cut, Cumbie is a rook and hasn’t shown anything yet.

  • airdoc222

    Raider fan in AZ looking to tailgate in Denver for Monday night game 9/12/11.

  • bcz24

    We definitely need DT depth. I think they are going to start playing Houston more at DT to allow Scott to rotate in.

  • Method To My Madness

    39.inonewordraider Says:
    August 30th, 2011 at 4:13 pm
    Method To My Madness Says:
    August 30th, 2011 at 3:42 pm
    16.inonewordraider Says:
    August 30th, 2011 at 3:38 pm
    Method To My Madness Says:
    August 30th, 2011 at 3:31 pm
    Big John

    Big John and CJ are very important to our season. If he weren’t injury prone i’d want John starting

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

    another uninformed person right here….this is so false you need to quit….seymour has been more injury prone in his career by far….big john had one freak injury to his foot last season…he was never injury prone….stop your lies

    he has a bad foot which is why they’ve kept him out so much in practice and while he’ll probably practice less than others all season. he was back and forth from injuries all last year

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    Wrong he injured it week 2 while having a great game vs rams….and didnt return until pitt game….he was not back and forth…once he came back he played….yawwwwwwwwnnnnnnnnnnnnn NEXT

  • inonewordraider

    Method To My Madness Says:
    August 30th, 2011 at 3:42 pm
    16.inonewordraider Says:
    August 30th, 2011 at 3:38 pm
    Method To My Madness Says:
    August 30th, 2011 at 3:31 pm
    Big John

    Big John and CJ are very important to our season. If he weren’t injury prone i’d want John starting

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

    another uninformed person right here….this is so false you need to quit….seymour has been more injury prone in his career by far….big john had one freak injury to his foot last season…he was never injury prone….stop your lies

    by the way you’re so informed that you said Tommy Kelly sucks yet he was voted by his own teammates defensive mvp so you obviously are more informed than his own teammates right? Stop it

  • Method To My Madness

    41.bcz24 Says:
    August 30th, 2011 at 4:17 pm
    .big john had one freak injury to his foot last season…he was never injury prone….stop your lies
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    Big John is still suffering from that one freak injury B

    *****

    But to nail him as injury prone is wrong…way wrong…seymour is that!

  • Method To My Madness

    46.inonewordraider Says:
    August 30th, 2011 at 4:22 pm
    Method To My Madness Says:
    August 30th, 2011 at 3:42 pm
    16.inonewordraider Says:
    August 30th, 2011 at 3:38 pm
    Method To My Madness Says:
    August 30th, 2011 at 3:31 pm
    Big John

    Big John and CJ are very important to our season. If he weren’t injury prone i’d want John starting

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

    another uninformed person right here….this is so false you need to quit….seymour has been more injury prone in his career by far….big john had one freak injury to his foot last season…he was never injury prone….stop your lies

    by the way you’re so informed that you said Tommy Kelly sucks yet he was voted by his own teammates defensive mvp so you obviously are more informed than his own teammates right? Stop it

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    teammates felt sorry for him is why

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

    # alex7 Says:
    August 30th, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    The fact it’s close speaks volumes to what Denver is doing rebuilding their run game, getting Dumerville back, drafting Von Miller, sticking with Orton, and having a solid head coach in place.

    Should be a close game as they’ll try and grind out that run game.

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

    The Raiders can’t afford to overlook ANY OPPONENT! Hue better have his shiz ironed out for this game; Game-Planning, Clock Management, Decisions, Time Outs, Personnel, Health, and Preparation.

    The Players need to execute!

    CODE BLACK!

  • priesttj

    You just wanna start a argument ………LOL