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Raiders sign LB Burris, add another OL

The Raiders signed linebacker Miles Burris on Friday, one day after they locked up three other draft picks to long-term contracts.
Burris joins defensive linemen Jack Crawford and Christo Bilukidi and linebacker Nathan Stupar as drafted players who have signed contracts. Offensive lineman Tony Bergstrom and wide receiver Juron Criner remain unsigned.
In other news, the Raiders signed guard Nick Howell and waived fullback TreShawn Robinson. Howell has spent time with the 49ers, Tennessee Titans and New Orleans Saints, though he has yet to play in a regular-season game.

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  • Plunketthead

    Bryce went 3 for 4

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    By the way, here are some players who should have been on this list (in order):

    Lawrence Timmons, ILB, Steelers (top 35)
    Brandon Flowers, CB, Chiefs (35-50)
    Justin Smith, DE/DT, 49ers (35-50)
    Kevin Williams, DT, Vikings (35-50)
    Joe Haden, CB, Browns (51-70)
    Andrew Whitworth, OT, Bengals (51-70)
    Kyle Williams, NT, Bills (61-80)
    Chad Greenway, OLB, Vikings (61-80)
    Tramon Williams, CB, Packers (61-80)
    Matt Schaub, QB, Texans (81-100)
    Rolando McClain, ILB, Raiders (if Eric Berry is ranked, McClain should be)
    Devin McCourty, CB, Patriots (same as McClain)

    NFL Top 100 Players of 2011: 10-1:

    10. Julius Peppers, DE, Bears
    9. Drew Brees, QB, Saints
    8. Darrelle Revis, CB, Jets
    7. Andre Johnson, WR, Texans
    6. Troy Polamalu, S, Steelers
    5. Ed Reed, S, Ravens
    4. Ray Lewis, ILB, Ravens
    3. Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings
    2. Peyton Manning, QB, Colts
    1. Tom Brady, QB, Patriots

    8. Darrelle Revis: Forum member Joe Legend made a great point when he said that Darrelle Revis should be ranked better than Andre Johnson, since Revis shuts down Johnson whenever they match up. Can’t argue with that.

    4. Ray Lewis: The players need to put down the crack pipe. Ray Lewis is a first-ballot Hall of Famer and is still getting it done at the age of 36, but he isn’t anywhere close to being the fourth-best player in the NFL right now. Haloti Ngata is the superior talent. In fact, without Ngata, Lewis would frequently be exposed.

  • RaiderDebo

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/06/11/vick-calls-his-top-100-ranking-a-joke/

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    Vick is dead on! I thought the guy played damn well last year under the circumstances. Early on, that OL was straight garbage. And we don’t even need to talk about the D. The four-game win streak at the end of the year was a mirage folks. Losing Jason Peters is big, but I’d get on the bandwagon now if I were some of you clowns who really believe the talking heads that say he “regressed” last year. The guy is a top-5 QB in the league hands down.

  • RaiderDebo

    Whoops? “NOT” a mirage.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Did you see that Walter Football thought Rolando McClain should be ranked?

  • Raiders for life

    In a Alabama bank I watched his eyes they were hard as furnished steel. He bust through the door with a 44 spinning it like a wheel.
    Like a wagon wheel.

  • Raiders for life

    You never knew what is in his head or what he planned next time. If he’s fighting for a forgotten cause or to keep his pockets lined.

  • Raiders for life

    Sorry, slow evening in the blog. I’m done now.

  • http://www.CarsonTheSnakePalmer.com Random Drug Tester

    practice squad is for Oline and Dline men…

    WR’s & DB’s can be found on the Basketball court.

  • Silverandblack666

    Vick sucks there are 10 QB’s in the league better than he is.

    Besides he is not a Raider who cares what he thinks.

  • http://www.CarsonTheSnakePalmer.com Random Drug Tester

    Swayze Waters can kick and punt…free up a roster spot…and make a lot less than Lechler & Janikowski.

    Just sayin!

  • http://www.CarsonTheSnakePalmer.com Random Drug Tester

    trick plays are for teams that can’t play real football…maybe use 1 once or twice a year to get an extra win once or twice is ok…but not as a part of your regular offence.

  • http://www.CarsonTheSnakePalmer.com Random Drug Tester

    re #802…any of that your original thoughts Kell? or just more cut and paste emptiness

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    I know more about football than you ever will, Druggie.

  • http://www.CarsonTheSnakePalmer.com Random Drug Tester

    sure Kell…post an original thought and maybe we can debate it.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    The point Druggie, was that Walter Football thought Rolando McClain should be ranked in the top 100 NFL players.

  • DonManoukiansNeighbor

    The Oakland Raiders are coming off two 8-8 campaigns, and looking to a very bright 2012 season. So looking at the current squad, who reminds us of some of the great players of old? Who will provide that spark to lift the team back up to the glory days of yesteryear?
    My first pick is easy, and just stands out as a comparison.
    Jacoby Ford compares to Cliff Branch.
    At 5’ 9”, Ford is slightly smaller than Branch was (5’ 11”), but weights the same at 185 lbs. What makes them so alike though is not only the world class speed that they possess, but that each player has the ability to turn that speed into production on the field. Not everybody with speed can do that, but with Branch and Ford, every time they touch the ball they are a threat to go all the way.
    Both were selected by the Raiders in the 4th round of the draft. Branch came from Colorado in 1972, and Ford from Clemson in 2010.  
    Branch was seen at the time he was picked as just a speed guy, and not a football player. Ford was seen exactly the same way coming out of Clemson. Thankfully Al Davis saw past these evaluations to draft two exceptional football players.

    I hope Jacoby Ford goes on to replicate some of Branch’s achievements, such as a 14 year career with the Raiders, and winning three Superbowls.
    Stefan Wisniewski compares to Dave Dalby
    The Raiders have a history of having exceptional players at the center position, and Stefan Wisniewski (Wiz 2.0) continues that tradition. But of all the great centers Oakland has had, he is most like Dave Dalby. Wiz is so similar in that he isn’t the biggest guy on the field, or even the strongest guy, but he is smart and ultra competitive. Both players show a good understanding of blocking angles and always take care of their assignments.
    In an era when players have contracts and conditions that would have been unthinkable back in the 60’s, Wiz 2.0 is truly a throwback in terms of toughness. Wiz played all sixteen games with a torn labrum in his shoulder. Dalby never missed a game in 14 years.
    You rarely see that kind of grit and commitment in the game anymore.
    When Dalby retired, he was a scout for the Raiders until he died tragically in a car accident in 2002. Wiz 2.0 also has that rare thing in today’s game that Dalby also had, a passion for the team you play for, rather than your wallet.
    I just know that Wiz 2.0 has a similarly bright future with the Raiders.
    Chimdi Chekwa compares to Nnamdi Asomugha
    Now this comparison is a brave one considering how little we have seen Chekwa play, (he ended his first season on IR) but I really to see a lot of similarities between the two, even at this early stage in Chekwa’s career.
    Although Chekwa is a couple of inches shorter than Nnamdi, who is 6’ 2”,he has the same ideal cornerback physique being tall and lean with long arms. Chekwa also has that aggressive streak in both pass and run defense that we saw from Asomugha early in his career, hitting hard and wanting to make it count.
    In pass defense he shows that same ability to play man to man coverage and to go up and fight for the ball. I didn’t see him get badly beaten, (the Chiefs are welcome to Stanford Routt…) and when his receiver did catch the ball Chekwa was right there to take him down.
    Early days I know, (and I expect to take some heat for this one) but I think this young man is talented and was be a great pick for us.
    Shane Lechler compares to – Ray Guy
    How easy was this one?
    Back in the glory days of the 70’s and 80’s, everyone knew Ray Guy was the best punter in the league by some way.
    Joe Horrigan, the historian of the Pro Football Hall of Fame once said: “He’s the first punter you could look at and say: ‘He won games.’”
    Guy punted the ball so high that people even questioned if he had filled it with helium.
    His average punt was 42.4 yards. Then Shane Lechler came along, and averaged 47.6. How much better can you get?
    Either era you look at, the Raiders had the best punter in the league when these two wore the silver and black. Ray Guy player 14 years in Oakland and never played for anyone else. Lechler has already got 12 years under his belt, all with the Raiders.
    Both were also distinguished at other positions in college/high school before coming to the NFL as punters. Guy played safety, (at a very good level) and Lechler played quarterback, (as he has shown on some fake punts). Each also has the distinction of being the Raiders emergency quarterback.
    You can get much more similar than that!
    Now I could have compared other players, Matt Shaugnessy, (with his nasty streak) reminds me in some ways of Lyle Alzado, but to be honest there was only really one Lyle Alzado. Richard Seymour could be compared to Howie Long in that both are perennial All Pros who could play both end and tackle, (you don’t see that much anymore). Lastly, Owen Schmitt is a kind of a throwback to the bruising John Ritchie, but as Schmitt hasn’t even made the final roster yet, I thought that comparison was best left alone.
    So Raider fans, who do you think on the current Raider roster compares to a Raider Legend?

  • Grasshoppa

    Raidah. Dude.

  • http://www.CarsonTheSnakePalmer.com Random Drug Tester

    KoolKell Says:
    June 11th, 2012 at 9:47 pm
    The point Druggie, was that Walter Football thought Rolando McClain should be ranked in the top 100 NFL players.
    ===========================================
    the point is Kool one, what is YOUR opinion?

  • Bad News Dude

    Ludicrous. What has Rolando done to merit inclusion in the Top 100?

  • Bad News Dude

    Who cares what Vick thinks…

  • Raidernationdave

    Whut up my beyotches?!

  • Raidernationdave

    Word of the day beyotches is KINGS!

  • Raidernationdave

    Huge shout out to the PMPP crew. Whut uo fellas?

  • Raidernationdave

    Busy all day. Trip to LA to get my son’s expedited passport and to pick-up his TWIC card. The on to watch the Kings rock it.

    Buds be flowin’

  • Grasshoppa

    Raidernationdave Says:
    June 11th, 2012 at 10:57 pm
    Huge shout out to the PMPP crew. Whut uo fellas?
    ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    Sup.

  • JB

    Reece reminds me of a young Todd Christensen. Both started at RB and both could catch. Christensen went on to be the most prolific TE ever to play that position for the Raiders.

    Just my opinion.

  • Raidernationdave

    Casper was better and had more impact. Todd was a steady and reliable guy.

    Casper was the sch*t.

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

    JB Says:
    June 11th, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Christensen went on to be the most prolific TE ever to play that position for the Raiders.

  • Raidernationdave

    Christensen will never, ever get a sniff of the HOF. Casper’s in it.

    ‘Nuff said.

  • Grasshoppa

    Roostah Raidah is a playah. Damn

  • Raidernationdave

    One thing the New Jersey Devils got….

    Deez Nutz Beyotch!

  • Raidernationdave

    The Kings “Silver & Black” days started because of the Raiders of course. You gotta admit though, the fact that all of Sch*tsburgh share the same color pallet is pretty cool.

  • Nnamdi21

    Raider O could surprise. D a big question mark. Think CBs will be fine LBs coverage suspect.

    Intriguing D line prospects. IF Shaughnessy’s back full go at mandatories were okay. If not, Crawford, Bilukidi, Burris and anyone else will be needed to apply pressure.

    Hopefully new scheme and blitzes hit home. We’ve got the speed to get there…

  • Darrrkness

    HOF is a popularity contest! Why is Cliff Branch not in the HOF! Lester Hayes? Kenny Stabler?
    Nuff said!

  • Just Fire Baby

    The guy is a top-5 QB in the league hands down.

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

    I’ll go ahead and trust the guys who play the game alongside him on this one.

    Top 5 QB? He is the 3rd best QB, IN HIS OWN DIVISION.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Branch should definitely be in, Hayes is up in the air, and Stabler and Plunkett are accurately not in.

    Hayes had 1 All-Pro year and 5 Pro Bowls. Nnamdi has 4 All-Pro years and 4 Pro Bowls.

    That’s what the voters look at for DB’s, Pro Bowls and All-Pro’s, right or wrong.

    Cliff Branch is the headscratcher.

  • guest123

    Hard to argue against Cliff Branch in the HOF. He had the stats, the accolades, the post season awards and Super Bowls.

    But what makes him stand out is a number of signature plays.

    Lynn Swann had one signature catch and inferior career stats and accomplishments to Branch and yet he’s in.

    But the voting members don’t like to look at old Raiders highlights. If Swann is in, there is no way to exclude Branch by that criteria alone.

  • Raidernationdave

    Yep, Swann made the HOF on the back of one circus catch in the Super Bowl. Period.

    The fact that CB ain’t in the HOF is one of the greatest travesties in the entire NFL.

    Speed kills beyotches!

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

    guest123 Says:
    June 12th, 2012 at 5:03 am

    Hard to argue against Cliff Branch in the HOF. He had the stats, the accolades, the post season awards and Super Bowls.

    But what makes him stand out is a number of signature plays.

    Lynn Swann had one signature catch and inferior career stats and accomplishments to Branch and yet he’s in.

    But the voting members don’t like to look at old Raiders highlights. If Swann is in, there is no way to exclude Branch by that criteria alone.

  • Darrrkness

    Lester Hayes had the single best season of any cb. He got three rings! u can spell his name and he defined the cb position. A former LB turned CB. U compare Hayes to Nnambi? A corner tht cant catch! We judge players by wins and big plays. Hayes performed in the big games. Look at his all time int’s. Part of the voted best CB duo of allllll time but not in HOF. Pllllease. Namath in HOF but not Stabler? Plunkett? Bob Griese in HOF. Branch not in because the voters hate logic. Casper and Bileknikof in but not Branch? Mel Blount evn gave Branch props at his HOF speech. Hayes a true shut down corner/Haynes is in. CRAzY