Coach Hue Jackson puts players through light practice


With plenty of time before the next game and players in need of a break from the grind the past seven weeks, coach Hue Jackson kept Tuesday’s practice to an hour or so.

This session was more about quality than quantity. Get in, get the work done, work fast and get out.

“This was a regular season practice, but we always have the ability to do what we call 10-10-10,” Jackson said. “We have 10 plays and 10 plays and 10 plays, and it’s up-tempo, it’s fast and we go. But there’s still a lot of fundamental and technique things that we’re working on.”

Again, the focus is upon getting recently acquired quarterback Carson Palmer up to speed in the offense and in synch with his receivers before he starts against the Denver Broncos on Nov. 6.

Palmer received a ton of reps Tuesday, both in individual and full-squad drills. It’s imperative the Raiders get Palmer to the point where he’s knowledgable with the line protections, the playbook and the nuances of his teammates.

“Just to create some continuity now, with a new quarterback, his offensive teammates, those guys get to learn him, him get to learn them under the coaches’ watchful eye for a couple of days, then let them go do what they do for three or four days.”

Beginning Monday, the focus shifts to the Broncos.

At that point, it’s time to “clean up some fundamental things, offensively and defensively, that we needed to address here in the bye and keep getting better,” Jackson added.

Palmer said playing for most of the second half against the Chiefs is going to help him out a great deal down the road.

“There’s a lot more good than people outside this building would recognize that we’ll learn from and improve on and move on from,” Palmer said.

Not everyone welcomes the bye week. Defensive tackle Tommy Kelly said a bye week is the last thing he and his teammates need on the heels of a 28-0 loss to the Chiefs.

“I kind of wish the bye was two weeks from now,” Kelly said. “You want to get that bad taste out of your mouth. It’s kind of like a double-edged sword. You wish you could play a game this Sunday to make up for last week, but the rest comes at a good time, though.”


Fullback Marcel Reece spent the past month away from his teammates, working through an ankle injury that turned out to be more severe than initially suspected.

Reece missed four games during that time, and he also kept a low profile in terms of being available to the media. On Tuesday, Reece spoke for the first time since he suffered the injury against the New York Jets on Sept. 25.

He said he is 100 percent and hopeful of playing against the Denver Broncos on Nov. 6. Jackson will make the final call on whether Reece plays that day.

“Everything feels good,” Reece said. “I’m just excited to be back with my teammates.”

Reece practiced Tuesday and showed no lingering effects from his injury, which occurred when a player rolled up on Reece’s ankle.

“I always feel like I’m ready, but like coach Jackson says, he has to save me from myself often,” Reece said. “I’m just trusting in him and what he wants me to do right now and what I can and can’t do right now. Whether I’m able to go after the bye for Denver or not, just trying to stay positive about the whole situation and go when he wants me to go.”

If Reece returns in time for the Broncos game, it’s likely that the Raiders will release Manase Tonga and attempt to re-sign him to the practice squad.


Jackson said tests conducted on the right foot of running back Darren McFadden returned negative in terms of structural damage.

Now the plan is to give McFadden plenty of rest between now and the Broncos game in hopes of him getting healthy enough to play.

“What we’ll do is just move forward and see exactly where he is,” Jackson said. “Can he run? Can he not run? What’s going to be the diagnosis for his mid-foot sprain and let’s go from there.”

McFadden suffered his injury early in the game against the Chiefs on Sunday, and he was limited to two carries.


The Raiders envisioned second-year player Bruce Campbell as a starter this season. That went by the wayside when Campbell reported to training camp in Napa with a knee injury.

Ever since, Campbell has struggled making up for lost time, Jackson said. As a result, he no longer is pushing for a starting job at right guard.

In fact, Campbell now is being evaluated at offensive tackle, his natural position. Until now, Campbell had been used at guard, for the most part.

“You don’t get a chance to go to training camp and get caught up,” Jackson said. “So you’re behind and you find yourself always trying to catch up to the guy that’s taken every rep, and trying to compete with that guy. I still think for Bruce the sky is the limit. … He has a bright future.”

Missing a large chunk of training camp also has retarded the progress of wide receiver Louis Murphy, Jackson said.
Murphy missed most of training camp with hamstring and groin injuries. Midway through camp, he underwent surgery to repair the groin damage. He missed all four exhibition games, as well as the first five regular-season games.

He had four balls thrown his way against the Chiefs but finished without a reception for the second straight game.
Murphy said Monday that it takes a couple of games to get back into the swing of things. That time has passed. So, look for him to make great strides in the next game.


Jackson said defensive tackle Richard Seymour was given the day off so that he could “get right” in terms of healing from nagging injuries. Defensive tackle John Henderson got poked in the eye against the Chiefs, which necessitated Tuesday off.

Both players are expected to be healthy enough to play against the Broncos. Kicker Sebastian Janikowski (hamstring) also should be ready to go Nov. 6, Jackson said.

“He’s going to be back and ready to go,” Jackson said. “He’s not totally back yet, but I think he’s making his way back.”

He’s close enough that the Raiders felt comfortable in waiving Dave Rayner on Tuesday.


Outside linebacker Aaron Curry had all of one practice before Jackson threw Curry into a game. It has been a whirlwind ever since, but Curry and Jackson are thrilled with how things turned out.

“The first week I felt like, yeah, I can play in this defense,” Curry said. “The second week was more like, OK, I want to prove to my teammates that they can trust me, that I’m here to help the defense be successful and this is where I need to be. I’m happy to be here.”

Jackson engineered a trade for Curry with the Seattle Seahawks, thinking Curry could be of value to the Raiders if allowed to play one position and concentrate on what he does best.

“I’ve seen tremendous progress in him,” Jackson said. “This guy’s been one of the brighter spots on our defense. He’s done a good job. He brings an energy, a passion. He’s making plays. He’s around the ball, and he loves playing football.”

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Steve Corkran

  • And he’s a conservative!

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    October 26th, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Stephen A is awesome, always thought he was.

  • Carl Weathers

    RRS, ok maybe they won’t have it clinched mathematically but we’ll hand them their 1st or 2nd loss.

    The Lions schedule gets real tough, they’ll be lucky to make the playoffs IMO.

  • Sullivan44

    MB, the stat implies that Russell was merely part of a losing era in Oakland, not the reason for it.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain


    still trying desperately to wipe away what has already been written into the record books.


  • DMAC

    Speaking of hoops………..

    A source has reportedly told Ken Berger of CBSSports.com that the owners and players are “inching closer to a deal.”
    Meanwhile, a source tells Sam Amico of FOX Sports Ohio that the two sides “are very determined. They’re close.” We’ve seen signs of optimism before only to have them squashed, but we’ll be watching the aftermath of Wednesday’s meeting very closely in hopes that something positive will come out of it.
    Source: Sam Amico on Twitter

  • Sullivan44

    Oh, wait, MB, actually, the stat PROVES Russell was merely part of a losing era in Oakland, not to blame for it.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Beavis and Butthead come back tomorrow.


    Can’t wait!!

  • Sullivan44

    Of course Stephen A Smith’s a conservative. Would he be on the sports talk show circuit if he wasn’t? Sports media isn’t known for being open minded.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Stephen A used to have an AM radio station (maybe he still does) that I used to enjoy listening to.

    He may be his own biggest fan, but dude is funny and entertaining, and has good scoops.

  • Raider Dell

    Jamarcus will be the biggest BUST EVER!!

    So many media members placed him number one. The consensus was the number one pick in the draft.

    We were just unlucky to have the number one pick that year.

    Poor Al Davis, he was blindsided.

  • The Judge

    Whats A Drexl? Says:
    October 26th, 2011 at 11:25 am
    The Judge Says:
    October 26th, 2011 at 11:18 am

    This is GOLD

    Stephen A Smith RIPPING Jamarcus

    lmfao, how many times does he call him Jabba the Hut?

    Only twice BUT, the initial rant was EPIC!!!!!! The way he goes on about Jamarcus stealing Raider $$$, eating donuts, the only effort he ever showed was once when he wiped his nose!!!!! Brilliant!

  • DMAC

    Damn man! I just ate my lunch and I’m still hungry.

  • DMAC

    The Arena League’s Chicago Rush have offered free agent Terrell Owens a contract.


    Dude needs to just stick w/ his show.

  • The Judge

    Chris In NY Says:
    October 26th, 2011 at 11:35 am
    Stephen A Smith knows nothing outside of NBA basketball.

    Well, he summed up Jamarcus and that WHOLE situation with expertise in my opinion!

  • Raider Dell

    Did you guys forget, Al Davis hired Eddie Anderson to be JaMarcus mentor and be with him 24/7.

    Al did everything he could, but JaMarcus just had no heart or desire.

  • The funniest thing JaMeatball said was Cable called the same plays 5 times. Obviously a lie but if the same play was called I bet he didn’t get it right all 5.

  • DMAC

    New post

  • So whats Eddie’s function now he is still there.

    I thought Willie Brown retired and he is still on the sidelines.

    Raider Dell Says:
    October 26th, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Did you guys forget, Al Davis hired Eddie Anderson to be JaMarcus mentor and be with him 24/7.

  • Sullivan44

    Russell should take zero accountability for what happened in Oakland until someone representing the Raiders’ management takes accountability for every single factor that led to their 7 year skid. It seems the Raiders want players to step up and take the blame for managerial failures, and some in the press are doing their bidding. I don’t blame Russell for telling them to eat a dikc.

  • luvmarvhub

    Sullivan said,

    “I’m not a multimillionaire or one of the super-rich. But I am a person that will defend them and help them keep their wealth.

    Why ?

    Because I’m not entitled to their money.

    And most importantly because I don’t want anyone with less than me to feel they’re entitled to my wealth.”

    Very well said. It’s that ambition and work ethic that built the country and what you said points out why socialism never works: human beings feel no motivation to work if the fruits of their labor is taken from them, if their efforts aren’t allowed to benefit their own kids, and esp. if what they have saved/produced is given to those who have learned to suck off the teats of others.

  • JRuss fooled em all, well except those that claim they saw it coming.

    Sizzup drinking, lazy, unmotivated, over weight, hold out.
    How could anyone possibly become a great quarterback in the NFL with these attributes, was never going to happen. Doomed to failure.

  • luvmarvhub

    Raider Dell,


  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    RAIDERMAN99 Says:
    October 26th, 2011 at 11:32 am

    So we’re still debating the merits of JC, huh ?

    JC is a nice guy. He displayed leadership during the lockout. I think he’s a good teammate and a true professional.

    His most ardent supporters like to say Raids are 13-7 with JC as starter. True


    Is this for me? catually we were not. but just in case this is for me i have something for you.

    He was the qb in 13 wins, 5 games above 500. maybe by your standard that is mediocre but it looks good to me. There is no evidence that suggest he would have done anything but contiued on this arch winning games humiliating and shutting you down in the process

    You can speculate or theorize and try to quantify his impact if you like but that will never be anything more than opinion that cant be proven.

    The cold hard facts are in the record books 13 wins over 7 losses equals JC OWNED YOU

  • Silverandblack666


    It appears that you and Hue Jackson are no longer in lock step!

  • raiderinparadise

    Hue Jax made Jason Campbell. he gave an excellent gameplan that worked to his strenghts, saved McFaddens career and DHB. Now he needs to get back to calling those plays that make-up our core offense and muster in some things for Palmer. (that would not include… Flea Flickers, RB to QB throw backs, Wildcat and more) thanks

  • RaiderSam

    Regarding the Eisenhower era: there was NO GLOBAL competition the 1950s. Heavy industry was king, employed Americans with good paying jobs and benefits, even in exchange for low skills. “Made in Japan” or “Made in Korea” was a joke. Competition was so scarce that one income was enough to buy a house, support a spouse, and raise several kids. Those days are gone. Trying to cull up numbers (as many libs are doing, I notice) from that era is comparing an earthworm to a mammal.
    The “libs” and “republiturds” comments are childish and innane. They are two sides of the same corrupt coin, and have been for at least four decades. There were good politicians on both sides, but what all of these posts fail to realize is

    People want authority but will not accept responsibility. They hire politicians to face reality for them.

    They hire politicians (of any party)
    to obtain security without managing it.
    obtain action without thinking about it
    inflect theft, injury, and death upon others without having to contemplate either life or death (see any major conflict over the last 6 decades)
    avoid responsibility for their own intentions
    obtain the benefits of the above without exerting themselves in t he discipline of facing or learning either of thee things.

    They give the politicians the power to create and manage a war machine. The real owners are the international bankers. The people have created a farce and financed it with their own taxes, but they would rather blather on about its libturds fault and its republicants fault. Thus, our nation has become a docile sub-nation and a political sub-nation consuming itself. The international bankers have leveraged countries against each other, absorbing debt to the point of omnipotence. – Politicians become popular because they can force the government to print money beyond the limit of their GNP (inflation). This puts large quantities of money into the hands of the public and maintains a balance against their greed and creates false self-confidence.

    Long ago, as far as the 1600’s Mayer Amschel Rothchild was able to induce people into surrendering real wealth in the exchange for a promise of greater wealth instead of real compensation. He would loan promissory notes to individuals and governments (creating over-confidence) – then he would make the money scarce, tighten control of the ssystem , then collect his collateral through the obligation of contracts. The cycle was then repeated. These pressures could be used to ignite wars between countries. Then, Rothchild would control the availability of currency to determine who would win the war.

    It always amuses me, when “arm chair strategists” talk about who strategic wars are fought and won, but the outcome is wealthy people simply becoming wealthier.

    Momar Qqdaffi was the latest victim, and the banking/war machine will soon visit Syria, Uganda and other countries.