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Ford still out, Taiwan Jones returning kicks

Wide receiver/kick returner Jacoby Ford is not at practice today as he recovers from the strained hamstring he suffered in the regular-season opener. His expected absence has cleared the way for rookie Taiwan Jones to return kicks Sunday against the New York Jets.
Jones was the lone player who returned kicks in practice today. Nick Miller replaced Ford in that capacity against the Buffalo Bills last Sunday, but he avearged only 15.3 yards on his four returns.
As a result, coach Hue Jackson said everybody is an option until further notice, or at least until Ford returns.
Jones is the so-called next man up. He returned kicks in college and has the speed to break off long returns at any time. That’s something the Raiders have lacked through their first two games, as none of their returns has reached their own 20-yard line.
Coincidentally, Miller was on kick coverage while Jones was retuning kicks.

Also, wide receiver Louis Murphy and backup safety Mike Mitchell are not at practice once again. Murphy already has said he won’t play Sunday. Mitchell has not ruled out the prospect of making his 2011 debut, though it appears unlikely, given he hasn’t practiced in a month or so.

Receiver Darrius Hewyard-Bey (knee) is at practice and running routes. He said he felt good at practice Wednesday and is hopeful of playing Sunday.

Kicker Sebastian Janikowski (foot) also is at practice. However, his contribution during the media access window consisted of working the machine that launches footballs in place of a kicker or punter. He was limited at practice Wednesday.

Cornerback Chris Johnson (groin) returned to practice after missing one day because of an injury he suffered in the regular-season opener.

Tight end Kevin Boss looked fine in practice, and he should make his Raiders debut Sunday.

No official word yet on whether Sunday’s home-opener is sold out. The Raiders aren’t required to divulge the status of the ticket count until 72 hours before kick-off. Therefore, we likely won’t know if the Raiders-Jets game is going to be televised locally until 3 hours or so from now.

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  • Method To My Madness

    192.ohioraider Says:
    September 22nd, 2011 at 12:17 pm
    Some ringers from Alameda in here today, trying to defend the indefensible. What’s Hagan done? How about give JC a huge lift in confidence?

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    LOL

  • Method To My Madness

    197.LTR Says:
    September 22nd, 2011 at 12:20 pm
    I think DHB and Moore start with Hagan moving up past Chaz on the depth chart.

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    Lackey Turd Raider….I bet you approve of DHB starting

  • raiderjhawk

    What has Hagan done? Well what exactly has DHB done?

    DHB
    2009: 9 recepts for 124 yrds 13.8 ave. longest rec. 24 yrds 1 td.

    2010: 26 recepts for 366 yrds. 14.1 ave. 69 longest rec. 1 td.

    hey, so far he’s good for 1 td a season. HOF candidate for sure!

  • LTR

    I’m concerned the down time for Ford and Murphy is going to make them far less productive for quite a while after they’re healed.

  • J Hill

    I could care less how receivers catch the ball. Hands, body, face mask, whatever. Just catch the fk’n ball in bounds.

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    Right there wit cha mayne.

  • Carl Weathers

    142.DMAC Says:
    September 22nd, 2011 at 11:57 am
    I think Romac’s assignment was to cover Spiller out of the back field.
    My thoughts though.

    @@@@@@@
    Same here, but ya never know what gets served up around here.

  • Method To My Madness

    183.hwnrdr Says:
    September 22nd, 2011 at 12:13 pm
    172.Method To My Madness Says:
    September 22nd, 2011 at 12:10 pm
    149.J Hill Says:
    September 22nd, 2011 at 12:01 pm
    DHB a poss WR?

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    What would you call the type of routes he was running and CATCHING against Denver?

    Damn, you act like the guy is retarded.

    5 yd slant patterns, 10 yd digs, simple drag routes. How hard are those patterns to run?

    As a 4th WR, what role do you suggest for him when he’s in the game? (insert non responsive humorous response here.)

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    DHB’s role? Run Run Jones died and needs a new replacement

    Dam Ba@uce, I don’t think he can handle Run Run’s jock either…LOL

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    He would never catch it with his handle for sure

  • ghostraiders

    That should be our battle cry: ” D.H.B… Rest that knee”..

  • guest123

    Over/Under on DHB’s TD total for 2011

    1

  • raiderkoolaid

    CJ is not one of the leagues top corners, but I healthy CJ is capable of competing and making some plays, however the CJ that played against Buffalo a don’t think was healthy, and if he is still not on Sunday I would rather go with DVD. He is a rookie and going to make some mistakes, but he is an athlete and may make some plays as well.

  • Method To My Madness

    hands*

  • Carl Weathers

    Just saw that Moore is splitting time with Miller returning punts.
    My guess is Moore starts the game returning them and if he takes a shot nicky takes over. We need Ford healthy mang.

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

    CorkOnTheNFL Great line from Lynn in the comments section of blog: “Raiders Shipping their KO duties to Taiwan . Another job sent overseas.”
    14 minutes ago
    “““““““““““““““““““““““““““`
    The man from Snot, getting noticed by Cork……

  • Carl Weathers

    210.raiderkoolaid Says:
    September 22nd, 2011 at 12:25 pm
    CJ is not one of the leagues top corners, but I healthy CJ is capable of competing and making some plays, however the CJ that played against Buffalo a don’t think was healthy, and if he is still not on Sunday I would rather go with DVD. He is a rookie and going to make some mistakes, but he is an athlete and may make some plays as well.

    @@@@@@@
    Exactly.

  • raiderkoolaid

    I would be willing to take the over on that bet. I think probably four td’s.

  • Method To My Madness

    209.guest123 Says:
    September 22nd, 2011 at 12:24 pm
    Over/Under on DHB’s TD total for 2011

    1

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    Under

  • DMAC

    Later peoples!
    Gotta run.
    Go A’s!
    Go Dubs!
    Go Cal Bears!
    Go Raiders!

  • guest123

    J Hill Says:
    September 22nd, 2011 at 12:23 pm
    I could care less how receivers catch the ball. Hands, body, face mask, whatever. Just catch the fk’n ball in bounds.

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    Right there wit cha mayne.

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    Yeah, but it’s like in baseball or golf. The good ones have muscle memory and have their technique down pat. It’s the same for receivers who hone their instincts to know when to turn and find the right angle for the ball, and the really good ones, like Moore, know how to find the ball at its apex. But DHB is like a David Kingman type homerun hitter who occasionally can hit the homer, but his batting avg makes him a daily liability. And I think I just gave DHB too much credit.

  • VanHeathen

    Looks like Nick’s job has moved to Taiwan…
    the un employment line will be his next stop once we have a healthy receiving corps, or Pryor neds to come off of suspension.
    CODE BLACK!

  • Method To My Madness

    213.909RaiderLifer Says:
    September 22nd, 2011 at 12:26 pm
    CorkOnTheNFL Great line from Lynn in the comments section of blog: “Raiders Shipping their KO duties to Taiwan . Another job sent overseas.”
    14 minutes ago
    “““““““““““““““““““““““““““`
    The man from Snot, getting noticed by Cork……

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    Snotty Pippen gettin some luv

  • LTR

    And Hagan’s career numbers? 90 for 1030 and 5 td’s in 6 plus years. I’ll take wagers DHB’s numbers are better in less than 3 more seasons. Maybe by the end of this year.

  • J Hill

    It’s clear as day that Moore should be a starter.

    It’s clear as day that J Ford should be our slot WR.

    DHB and Hagan are the contenders for the other WR spot. I have no problem with Hagan being 3 and DHB being 4th despite the propoganda put forth by soldierbohhy.

    Murphy is terrible to me. Been dropping way too many balls since that preseason game against the Saints his rookie year. Hurt all the damn time. Unreliable.

    We all know the Chaz injury is coming. Can’t count on him as a starter.

  • raiderjhawk

    Miller’s gone by wk 6 for sure.

  • Method To My Madness

    203.raiderjhawk Says:
    September 22nd, 2011 at 12:22 pm
    What has Hagan done? Well what exactly has DHB done?

    DHB
    2009: 9 recepts for 124 yrds 13.8 ave. longest rec. 24 yrds 1 td.

    2010: 26 recepts for 366 yrds. 14.1 ave. 69 longest rec. 1 td.

    hey, so far he’s good for 1 td a season. HOF candidate for sure!

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    Hagan did the same schit as a 4th WR in new york lmao…..so the DHB lovers have nothing to stand on

  • Method To My Madness

    223.raiderjhawk Says:
    September 22nd, 2011 at 12:29 pm
    Miller’s gone by wk 6 for sure.

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    Wait wait wait….I thought Hagan would be cut since he aint in our plans

  • Carl Weathers

    Dave Kingman, wow there’s a name from the pre-steroid era.

    And yes you are giving him too much dredit… how about Steve Balboni?

  • ghostraiders

    Honestly. .. I hope dhb proves us all wrong…. I wouldn’t mind hearing priest come in here and say. .”I told you guys” for the 100th time…. but I doubt I’m wrong about Dhb. …he’s just not very good…. Obviously”..

  • kidseven

    Denarius Moore = Randy Moss – Weed + youth

  • raiderjhawk

    LTR, I’ll take that bet. Hagan’s played in a superbowl, he’s been to the promised land and has valuable game experience that DHB doesn’t have. Hagan is a vet and can be counted on to make plays in my opinion. DHB scares me everytime I see him on the field on third down.

  • ghostraiders

    Damn!, stock market down 530 points…

  • J Hill

    Here’s a thought…..

    Raiders with DHB 1-0

    Raiders without DHB 0-1

  • raiderdeek

    What are the odds Taiwan Jones takes it to the house on a kick return this Sunday? 2 to 1?

    Also, Sebass should kick barefoot just for Rex.

  • guest123

    J Hill Says:
    September 22nd, 2011 at 12:34 pm
    Here’s a thought…..

    Raiders with DHB 1-0

    Raiders without DHB 0-1

    *******
    truth, have to admit.

  • kidseven

    Raider without Tom Cable 1-1

  • Carl Weathers

    raiderdeek Says:
    September 22nd, 2011 at 12:34 pm
    What are the odds Taiwan Jones takes it to the house on a kick return this Sunday? 2 to 1?

    Also, Sebass should kick barefoot just for Rex.

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    What,s NY’s kickers touchback ratio? Has seabass had one returned yet? By returned I mean taken out of the end zone.

  • ghostraiders

    Ltr. … I hope dhb plays like a beast thus Sunday… but if the Guy pulls a dissapearing act. . Will you atleast see our point?? Next week… and not make excuses for him… it should be put up or shut up for that Guy!! …

  • LTR

    The fact that Hagan is on his third team in 7 seasons scares me more. All things equal today (and statistically this year they’re close) I’d go with DHB and his improvement and potential. So far, neither Hagan and DHB have not dropped a pass this year. Glad to have them both.

  • ohioraider

    221.LTR Says:
    September 22nd, 2011 at 12:28 pm
    And Hagan’s career numbers? 90 for 1030 and 5 td’s in 6 plus years. I’ll take wagers DHB’s numbers are better in less than 3 more seasons. Maybe by the end of this year.

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    Wow, this is ballsy man. Predicting that ‘ol iron hands picks up 55+ receptions this year alone.

  • RaydaSwagger

    Also, Sebass should kick barefoot just for Rex.

    LMAO!!

    Obviously!

  • raidertay

    Im just glad CJ37 is back. I know he struggled last game, but there are no other CBs that are even close.

    This CB depth is going to bite us in the as. Just imagine if Routt gets hurt. We would be screwed. CJ37 and Routt are the only descent CBs on the roster. I see why Al went so hard at Cromartie. That signing would have been HUGE.

  • 2romes

    Van Dyke keeps getting nicked up but we need him out there and keep him out there for a longer period of time. I feel pretty good about him and I hope right about him.

    It is also great to see Taiwan Jones getting a few touches. A change up from DMAC with the same home run threat.

  • J Hill

    Did DMac get 100 yds rushing with DHB out this weekend?

    Hmmmm ….

    DHB and Chaz on the field at the same time = 2 big muhfuhhgin WRs blocking when we run the ball. And we are a run first team, right?

  • RaydaSwagger

    Here’s a thought, will Kyle Boeller be able to handle the Jets blitz once they smell blood in the water after Campbell is knocked out of the game?

    Obviously!

  • ghostraiders

    Jhill… that stat is true… but do you honestly think we would have beat Buffalo with a healthy… dhb.. I doubt it..!! But I do think That the denver game would have been a blow out with more playing time for dmoore!”

  • LTR

    I think all the receiving munbers are going to go up this year now that we have some stability at QB and with the system. Especially with Saunders.

  • J Hill

    but if the Guy pulls a dissapearing act. . Will you atleast see our point??

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    Won’t be given enough rope to pull a disappering act. There are legit options behind him. Rope = 1 dropped pass. 2nd drop, he won’t be in the lineup except for running plays.

  • primussuxxx

    Hopefully this means the end of Nick Miller.

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

    With DHB 105 total passing yds.

    Without DHB 323 total passing yds.

  • raiderkoolaid

    I hope Seabass is healthy for Sunday. Last week on the second to last play with six seconds left I was hoping for the Raiders to run a quick 7 yard hitch, have the reciever go down and call time out immidiatly, and line Seabass up for a 67 yard try. Of course coach Jackson saw him warm up before the game and had a better idea than me what his range was on that field on that day.

  • ghostraiders

    C’mon jhill… dhb’s blocking is not what we needed vs Buffalo. ..it was defense!! … for crying out loud. . Our O scored 35 frigging points!!