The Raiders returned to the field for their sixth practice in Napa Valley, CA with only five linebackers and an assortment of defensive backs and running backs.
Hue Jackson was not happy with the practice and told the team so.
“That was not a Raiders’ practice so that’s why I took the pads off.” Jackson would say in the post-practice session with the media, referring to his mid-practice change of direction.
“Getting back after a day off is tough. We got some things done but not at the pace or intensity I would like. The veterans know that”.
On Seattle getting TE Zach Miller, “Good for Seattle and good for Zach. We’re not gonna get caught up in that, let’s move on. ‘Next man up….’ is his attitude, and when we play Denver, we’ll be ready”.
“We’re always looking to get better at every position. The young guys at TE Richard Gordon (R-Miami) , Brandon Myers (Iowa 3rd-yr), David Ausberry (R-USC), Kevin Brock (Rutgers 1st-yr) are working hard.”
Former NY Giants’ TE Kevin Boss will also be working out for the Raiders.
Local, Los Gatos High and former Bills QB, Trent Edwards, is looking for an opportunity to compete. “We are happy with his work ethic. They’re here, referring to QBs Edwards and Kyle Boller (8th-yr Cal) because they want to be Raiders and help this team get back to where it needs to be.”
“Our whole football team will be here soon and we’re looking forward to have a full squad out there practicing.” Jackson would continue to say after practice.
“We have guys out here with ‘nicks’ and it’s my job to protect them and get through practices healthy”.
“Anyone out here that stays healthy and is able to compete will have a chance to make this football team.”
Jackson’s reaction, when asked about rookie receiver, Denarius Moore (R-Tennessee), was …”WOW, a tremendous talent, everything he did at Tennessee he’s doing out here. Every time you look up there’s #17 making a play. He’s a playmaker”.
Adding later, regarding the center positon, “I’m happy with Stefen Wisniewski (R-Penn State) and the competition at the center position” with fifth-year Hawaii alumnus, Samson Satele.
“We have a job to do and I am looking for those who are going to be able to compete and get it done.” Jackson continued with a sense of optimism.
“Earn what you get and get what you earn” is exactly what we’re going to do”.
No decisions have been made, but, we have a bunch of names of a bunch of big, athletic, men.