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Raiders lock up half their 2012 draft class

By Steve Corkran
Thursday, June 7th, 2012 at 8:48 pm in Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders signed defensive ends Jack Crawford and Christo Bilukidi and linebacker Nate Stupar on Thursday. That leaves only three of their 2012 draft class unsigned.
Crawford was the first of Oakland’s two fifth-round draft picks, Bilukidi its sixth-rounder and Stupar the only seventh-rounder. Third-round draftee Tony Bergstrom, fourth-rounder Miles Burris and Juron Criner, the other fifth-rounder, have yet to sign.
The Raiders won’t have any issue signing the remaining three draft picks.

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  • DutchRaider77

    WR Louis Murphy had a combined 75 catches for 1,130 yards and six TDs his first two seasons but caught just 15 passes for 241 yards and no TDs during an injury plagued 2011 campaign. “I have a big chip on my shoulder,” said Murphy, a fourth-round pick in 2009. “I have a lot to prove. … I haven’t played my best ball, and I know that those years are ahead of me.”

  • DutchRaider77
  • RaiderRockstar

    excellent read, Dutch

    thanks fo sharing!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Once he joined the Raiders last summer, Pryor had some memorable conversations with Davis, in which the owner often told Pryor what he expected from him. Pryor said he talked to Davis on the phone a couple of times a week up until Davis’ death. Now that he is gone, Pryor uses his short time with Davis as motivation as he tries to make the climb from risky pick to starting NFL quarterback.

    “That drives me,” Pryor said in a recent session with media members. “Because the last pick — the last pick may not mean anything. I might not mean anything to anybody. But to me, you know, it kind of felt like — last pick of a guy that made a legacy of football. He was just a well-known guy. Being the last pick … I mean, that’s special, just in that sense, just how his name is always brought up. He’s on HBO shows now after his death. It’s just an honor, how much I have to, I want to.”

    Listening to and watching Pryor say those last words was telling. It was clear how much succeeding for Davis meant to him.

    ***

    kid has heart, drive & determination. he’s all Raider

  • JLofty

    Much of the WRs success or lack thereof is predicated on health. The young guys need to stay healthy to be able to learn the O, get some jiggy with the QB and get their confidence up.
    That latter item is where Degnarlious and seemingly this Criner kid do NOT lack. They gots the goods and they know it, where some others youngsters (ahem, DHB, ahem Louis) need some time to build up…
    Anyway that’s how I see it

  • 8RaiderReign8

    Just saw Nate Stupar at the Airport Hilton in Oakland!

    I congratulated him on the new contract!

  • TxRaider210

    Good read Dutch! If Pryor puts in work, it will pay off. imo

  • RaiderRockstar

    NFL News:

    Ravens sign vet guard Bobbie Williams

    Colts add vet cornerback Justin King

  • TxRaider210

    Many Raven’s fans are still sick because we got Burris and they didn’t. A few at work told me they thought he was a lock for them…I told them Reggie don’t play that.lol

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    401.DutchRaider77 Says:
    June 8th, 2012 at 1:32 pm
    WR Louis Murphy had a combined 75 catches for 1,130 yards and six TDs his first two seasons but caught just 15 passes for 241 yards and no TDs during an injury plagued 2011 campaign. “I have a big chip on my shoulder,” said Murphy, a fourth-round pick in 2009. “I have a lot to prove. … I haven’t played my best ball, and I know that those years are ahead of me.”

    ==========================================
    Chip on the shoulder. I hope that does not mean surgery by Dr. James Andrews.

  • 8RaiderReign8

    Only Jersey I want is Wiz 2.0

  • TxRaider210

    @411 Can’t go wrong with the Wiz !!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Raiders sign OL Howell, release FB Robinson

    June 08, 2012 3:41 p.m. – by Eric Gilmore

    The Raiders announced Friday they signed free agent OL Nick Howell and released FB TreShawn Robinson. Howell was signed by Tennessee in 2010 as an undrafted free agent out of USC and spent time on the 49ers’ practice squad that season. The 49ers cut him during training camp last year. After signing a reserve-future contract with New Orleans, Howell was released by the Saints in May. Robinson is an undrafted rookie out of Idaho.

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/rapid-reports/post/19303415

  • RaiderRockstar

    Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie: Lions’ Martin Mayhew making right moves

    Reggie McKenzie spent 18 years in the Green Bay Packers’ front office before leaving to become Oakland Raiders general manager this off-season.

    McKenzie saw the Lions go from good to bad to good again, and he said earlier this year that, with Martin Mayhew as general manager, the latest playoff-contending version is here to stay.

    “Oh, they’ve come a long way,” McKenzie said. “The one thing Martin does, he makes sound decisions. Me being up there in Green Bay, every time he makes a decision I said, ‘Damn, that makes sense. That makes sense.’ I thought it was a good coaching hire and some of the coaches that I kind of knew about I said, ‘Man, that was a pretty good hire.’

    “So he’s making some really good decisions as far as I’m concerned. He’s definitely already turned it around, and I think they’re going to keep going in the right direction.”

    McKenzie said one hallmark of the Mayhew era has been making smart, understated choices in free agency.

    The Lions didn’t make much of a splash on the free-agent market this year — their biggest acquisition, Jacob Lacey, got $1.3 million to be the nickel cornerback — and McKenzie said the bargain signings of Stephen Tulloch and Eric Wright last summer are a big reason the Lions are coming off their first playoff berth since 1999.

    Tulloch re-signed for five years this off-season, and Wright cashed in for a big-money contract in Tampa Bay.

    “That’s the thing that we kind of lived by in Green Bay with Ted Thompson, you don’t have to make the big splashes,” McKenzie said. “You want to try to upgrade your team, but to make splashes just to make them, nah, you don’t need to do that. Just get some good football players and we can figure out a way to get them on the field.”

    http://www.freep.com/article/20120608/SPORTS01/206080456/Raiders-GM-Reggie-McKenzie-Lions-Martin-Mayhew-making-right-moves?odyssey=tab%7Cmostpopular%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE

  • RaiderRockstar

    “That’s the thing that we kind of lived by in Green Bay with Ted Thompson, you don’t have to make the big splashes,” McKenzie said. “You want to try to upgrade your team, but to make splashes just to make them, nah, you don’t need to do that. Just get some good football players and we can figure out a way to get them on the field.”

    ***

    I like this !!

  • The Beeech Dawg

    Just played some tonsil hockey with the maid

    Usually I stay away from Argentinians (smell like clams) but Antonia is a heat packin’ momma

    Yo, any of your blog dorks know where I can get the interior of my Jaguar cleaned? Some drunk stripper spilled her chili cheese fries and the leather is turning neon green

    Anyways gotta go beat off in the shower, back in 40 seconds

  • TxRaider210

    Good post RR! I trust Reggie to do the same for the Raiders

  • hwnrdr

    Some tonsil hockey? LOL…did you win?

  • RaiderRockstar

    @Hwnrdr

    did you watch that DHB vid I posted?

  • RaiderRockstar

    I trust Reggie to do the same for the Raiders

    @ Tx

    how many “new” starters do you think we’ll have this season?

    1. whoever wins the TE derby
    2. Mike Brisiel (RG)
    3. Wheeler (SSLB)
    4. Bartell (CB)
    5. Spencer (CB)

    that it?

  • TxRaider210

    RR Those guys and maybe Bergstrom and Criner as having a shot ..

  • hwnrdr

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    June 8th, 2012 at 2:23 pm
    @Hwnrdr

    did you watch that DHB vid I posted?

    Sorry, can you post it again?

  • DutchRaider77

    I wonder if Burris can beat out Curry for WLB?

  • RaiderRockstar

    @Hwnrdr

    I found a video of DHB making tough grabs across the middle, in double coverage, where he’s about to take a big hit, one handed TD grabs, circus catches on the sideline, toe tapping the sideline while the defender tries to push him out, breaking tackles, making the big play in overtime, outracing players after the catch, and yes, a tough over the shoulder grab against New England in DOUBLE COVERAGE

    it’s a 9 minute video and probably the first 7 minutes have Russell, Gradkowski or Campbell as his QB and he’s STILL making plays for them.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qR_Mcd2swTQ

    Been working with Carson Palmer all offseason.

    King Darrius = beast!!

  • TxRaider210

    @Dutch
    I think he has the skills and instincts, and Curry better get healthy soon.

  • TxRaider210

    Burris will run guys down from behind and is always around, if not, making the tackle. Curry simply can’t cover like him and run a WR down.imo

  • RaiderRockstar

    Bergstrom and Criner as having a shot
    I wonder if Burris can beat out Curry for WLB?

    ***

    I think all 3 of these rookies will get playing time in 2012 and perhaps plenty of it. I’m not ready to pronounce them starters though

    I like Heyward-Bey & Moore at WR. Curry at WLB. Carlisle & Brisiel at guard

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    June 8th, 2012 at 2:16 pm
    “That’s the thing that we kind of lived by in Green Bay with Ted Thompson, you don’t have to make the big splashes,” McKenzie said. “You want to try to upgrade your team, but to make splashes just to make them, nah, you don’t need to do that. Just get some good football players and we can figure out a way to get them on the field.”

    ***

    I like this !!
    ————————
    Me too. Just solid

  • DutchRaider77

    Nice DHB video, RRS!

  • hwnrdr

    DutchRaider77 Says:
    June 8th, 2012 at 2:55 pm
    Nice DHB video, RRS!

    I agree! King Darrius!

  • RaiderRockstar

    have a great weekend gents…

    Go Heat!!

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    DutchRaider77 Says:
    June 8th, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    I wonder if Burris can beat out Curry for WLB?
    ====================================

    No, that ain’t gonna happen. Curry played surprisingly well for us considering he had to learn the system on the fly. His run defense was particularly good. I don’t see Burris coming in and running AC off. Right now Burris needs to come in, learn a couple of positions and maybe play on special teams.

  • Raidernationdave

    I never was a Boy Scout.

    ++++++++++++++

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    June 8th, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Dude never made the roster so I guess one could say he was never an eagle

    ***

    @RND

    errrr… ugghhh.. I mean …

    Eagle Scout?

  • http://out-of-whack 909RaiderLifer

    Nice of this guy to bring his cousin to a game….

    A SF fan enjoys a cigarette during a 1991 49ers-Lions game: pic.twitter.com/RR8L6ISo

  • TxRaider210

    Seymour Bush Says:
    June 8th, 2012 at 3:08 pm
    DutchRaider77 Says:
    June 8th, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    I wonder if Burris can beat out Curry for WLB?
    ====================================

    No, that ain’t gonna happen. Curry played surprisingly well for us considering he had to learn the system on the fly. His run defense was particularly good. I don’t see Burris coming in and running AC off. Right now Burris needs to come in, learn a couple of positions and maybe play on special teams.
    ———————–
    Don’t get me wrong, I think Curry can be a beast also, just hope it’s a “nick” and nothing more. I think Burris only starts day one if Curry isn’t healthy, but yes he should get ST play too.

  • http://out-of-whack 909RaiderLifer

    CR@P!

    The link didn’t work…Trust me, it was effing funny..

    Try http://twitter.com/SC_DougFarrar

    That’s where I saw it…worth the effort…

  • R8ER MIKE

    GOOD EVENING NATION!!
    and my Green Party brothers!!
    is the PMPP here yet???

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Don’t get me wrong, I think Curry can be a beast also, just hope it’s a “nick” and nothing more.
    ==================================

    Don’t worry about Curry. He’ll be ready to go.

  • TxRaider210

    Seymour Bush Says:
    June 8th, 2012 at 3:34 pm
    Don’t get me wrong, I think Curry can be a beast also, just hope it’s a “nick” and nothing more.
    ==================================

    Don’t worry about Curry. He’ll be ready to go.
    ——————
    I hope he is…dude is a freak of nature against the run, but he is still young and learning also.imo

  • theghostronin79

    @Tx,

    Yeah man, you remember when he Pursued Ryan Mathews on a sweep? Curry blew him the “F” up, behind the line of scrimmage.

    He was even ear-holing Tight Ends and cleaning them off their feet.

  • theghostronin79

    I think it was Curry as well that “Took OUT” San Diego’s Right Tackle, that paved the way for all those Wimbley SACKS that game.

  • TxRaider210

    @440 Yeah he can put the hurt on some RB’s for sure man, but I’m sure he’s working on cover skills, since he knows he can put someone on the “jacked up” list.lol

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    I have always thought Curry would be better inside. But, Curry wants be outside because it’s more fun, plus he is more valuable as an OLB. His pass rushing skills have not really developed which is why he was initially rated so highly. Scouts thought he would be an LT clone pass rusher.
    One of the major problems with the Raiders is we have not had a solid MLB since Biekert. And Biekert was NEVER expected to land the starting role for years. But Biekert is a heady guy and certainly a tough guy, and that was that.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Curry and all the LB’s will get more opportunities to blitz as well. I think he could be good at it.

  • TxRaider210

    I’d like to see Curry smashing guys on running downs, but Burris on passing/blitzing downs. Not right from the start, but a gradual climb in reps for Burris.

  • theghostronin79

    Yeah, Curry has the Blood Lust.

    He’s gotta be a “See Football, Kill that man”

    “See Quarterback, Kill Quarterback”

    Guess he got too overwhelmed with the exotic schemes in Seattle, combined with the pressure of his draft status. Now he can just be a killer for us with one responsibility per down.

  • theghostronin79

    yeah, I think Burris will probably play out a style similar to Clay Mathews. Not sayin he’ll be just LIKE Clay but, play a similar style.

  • DutchRaider77

    Yeah, Curry has the Blood Lust.

    He’s gotta be a “See Football, Kill that man”

    “See Quarterback, Kill Quarterback”

    ________________________________________________

    Also, isn’t he super religous? Love the combination!

  • theghostronin79

    Yeah, he’s a GOD fearing Christian man who has nothing but love for the Lord and his brethren……

    ON the gridiron he walks with the rage of Hell, and brings it’s vengance with him.

  • TxRaider210

    @447 Yep I’d agree man, play him to his strengths and blitz him off the edge, QB’s blind side. I think he’ll bring some energy in the game, when his name is called.