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Raiders' left tackle prefers Campbell's footwork to Russell's

We previously noted that Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey may have a better year in 2010 because he’ll be playing with a better quarterback. The same could be true of Raiders left tackle Mario Henderson.

Speaking with reporters at the Raiders’ organized team activities, Henderson praised new quarterback Jason Campbell for having the proper footwork when he drops back to pass — making it easier for Henderson to know how to block for him. And while Henderson didn’t criticize JaMarcus Russell by name, his comments suggest that he found it frustrating to block for Russell.

“Now I can get adjusted as to where [Campbell] steps up in the pocket, [and] I know he’s accurate, as far if it’s a seven-step drop, I know he’ll take seven; if it’s five, I know he’s going to take five,” Henderson said. “That’s good to be accurate.”

While Russell suffered from lethargy addiction, Henderson praises the hard work and study habits of Campbell.

“For him to be able to come here, be able to grasp the offense and take control of it as fast as he did, it’s amazing,” Henderson said of Campbell. “It just goes to show you the type of guy he is and the type of hard worker and studier he is.”

Just as Russell’s three years in Oakland showed the type of hard worker and studier he is.

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  1. 9to19 says: May 27, 2010 12:21 PM

    Campbell is an awesome dude. If any QB deserves a winning season it’s him, and this is coming from a Cowboys fan. I’ve never seen him whine or complain about anything. Props.

  2. Bears and Packers Fans are HOMO says: May 27, 2010 12:21 PM

    Oh no we might have to worry about almighty oakland this year their reciever is catchin balls and the left tackle is pickin up blocks…sounds like basic football to me, its about time these guys are learning something…..
    Raiders=The Black Hole

  3. Verbal Kint says: May 27, 2010 12:25 PM

    I prefer having sex with Jessica Alba over getting kicked in the nuts by a mule.

  4. Slow Joe says: May 27, 2010 12:25 PM

    Headlines coming soon to PFT:
    “Right guard prefers Campbell to Russell”
    “Assistant Water Boy posits that Campbell spends more time studying that Russell.”
    “Raiders coaches happier with Campbell than What’s-his-face”
    “Raiders Cafeteria Personnel DEFINITELY happier with Campbell over Russell.”
    “Oakland jewelry store owner preferred Russell.”

  5. Citizen Strange says: May 27, 2010 12:25 PM

    Before long the Raider’s defense and special teams will be blaming JaMarcus Russell for their abysmal play as well.
    Luckily for the Raiders now that Russell is gone they are a dead lock cinch to roll undefeated to a Super Bowl trophy.

  6. r8rsfan says: May 27, 2010 12:27 PM

    Jason Campbell is like a breath of fresh air. He is everything Russell isn’t, and that’s a very good thing. Not saying he’s headed to the probowl, but just the fact that there is now a respected leader at QB with attention to detail offers hope for the starved citizens of Raider Nation. JC has a terrific opportunity and appears to be siezing it.

  7. JoshB says: May 27, 2010 12:30 PM

    @ Bears and Packer Fans are Homo
    Says the guy that is a Lions or Viqueens fan…
    Even if you root for them both you have three less Lombardi’s than The Black Hole.

  8. ickeyshuffle says: May 27, 2010 12:33 PM

    Robert Gallery Perfers giving up sacks no matter who the QB is.

  9. dogma1 says: May 27, 2010 12:35 PM

    Raiders do have talent on the team they are not like the Lions or Chiefs, they have players who could go to the pro bowl but JaMarcus Russell was just killing the team. I don’t think Oakland is a playoff team but with Campbell and if they start Michael Bush and use McFadden more as a WR, I could see a 8-8 or 9-7 season, which would be huge for Oakland fans.

  10. schism says: May 27, 2010 12:36 PM

    They are deffinatly my AFC darkhorse.

  11. thejudge301 says: May 27, 2010 12:37 PM

    Jason Campbell is going to excell with the Raiders. I am a huge Redskin fan and was actually a little pissed that we got McNabb. But they both needed different surroundings and I thing they both of them are going to do just fine.

  12. shadowman1433 says: May 27, 2010 12:38 PM

    Henderson was just afraid that Russell would step on his foot with one of those 350 pound legs of his.

  13. rambo2000 says: May 27, 2010 12:42 PM

    campbell was nothing but a professional in DC, and took some monster shots behind that line–a line that would’ve made any qb look bad.
    if any reasonable person has watched him over the years, they’d know he’s more than a capable qb.
    oakland has some nice pieces on offense. i just hope their coaching stafff can utilize all that talent.

  14. Zoology says: May 27, 2010 12:42 PM

    Good for JC. As a Skins fan I saw their game against the Raiders and it was Russell’s complete inability to move correctly in the pocket that got him sacked at least 4 times in that game.
    Campbell is gonna help his teammates in the way that he avoids sacks and pressure.

  15. sonicjizzmopper says: May 27, 2010 12:43 PM

    I could see the Raiders surprising a lot of people this year. Their D is pretty damn good and with a little O they could sniff .500.

  16. DrakeDB says: May 27, 2010 12:43 PM

    Raiders are going to surprise a lot of people this year. It’s obvious that JaMarcus Russell has been “The Black Hole” sucking the life out of the Raiders for the past few years. Any other team would be nuts to sign him. Best of luck to Jason Campbell.

  17. j0hnny63 says: May 27, 2010 12:45 PM

    Guh. Henderson was the only player on the team that was even worse than Russell. What a joke of a franchise.

  18. GoLions says: May 27, 2010 12:49 PM

    The Raiders have made their team 2x better just by putting Campbell under center.

  19. AlphaQ2 says: May 27, 2010 12:52 PM

    I’m a diehard Redskins fan. Almost everyone I talk to says the same thing. We all became, in part, Raiders fans when Cambell was traded. He is a hard worker, class act, and a leader by example. Good luck to the Raiders and Cambell!!!!! We’ll always have a soft spot for you JC!!!!

  20. Black QB White RB says: May 27, 2010 12:52 PM

    AS a Redskin fan, I gotta say the guy is a great professional, always worked hard and carried himself well. Hope he succeeds there. By the way, was it Zorn that taught him that footwork??
    I believe it was, indeed…………..
    Anyway, I think Zorn was a big impediment to Campbell’s career, and now we have the greatest QB in the world, D. McNabb, so we’re just bound to win the next 5 or 6 Super Bowls………….

  21. omegalh says: May 27, 2010 12:53 PM

    So Russell sucked and was lazy? I think I need another story about this to clarify my doubts.

  22. wild_eagle says: May 27, 2010 12:54 PM

    Good for Campbell never really understood why Washington hated him so much

  23. DanSnyderSux says: May 27, 2010 12:56 PM

    Glad to see JC getting appreciated in Oakland. While I normally hate on the Raiders, I really hope he does well for them. He deserves it.

  24. damnitall says: May 27, 2010 12:58 PM

    @Bears and Packers Fans are HOMO says:
    May 27, 2010 12:21 PM
    Oh no we might have to worry about almighty oakland this year
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Now Now, no need to worry about the Raiders. Now just relax and try to figure out where you left your brain……dip shit.

  25. Bill In DC says: May 27, 2010 1:00 PM

    I think the Redskins will come to regret having so ignominiously dumping Campbell. I think that he’s a better QB at this point than McNabb is. McNabb was a much better QB 5 years ago, but he’s declining. No idea why Shanahan seems insistent on building the 2010 Redskins out of the best players in the league 5 years ago.
    I think the way Campbell was treated by the Redskins and their fans was disgraceful. He’s going to join the long list of QBs run out of town in Washington that excel elsewhere. (see Rich Gannon, Jeff Hostetler, Trent Green, Brad Johnson, etc)

  26. crowdpleaser says: May 27, 2010 1:01 PM

    Wow, JC & DHB are starting to look like the second coming of Montana & Rice –Roy Williams

  27. Bleeding Green says: May 27, 2010 1:07 PM

    Lieutenant Dan has better footwork than JaMarcus Russell.

  28. Patsfan1776 says: May 27, 2010 1:08 PM

    It’s all good until the head coach starts breaking other coaches’ bones in the preseason coaches meetings.
    Unfortunately for the Raiders there are a few obstacles like the AFC East, AFC North, AFC South, and the Chargers.

  29. IndyColt45 says: May 27, 2010 1:10 PM

    Henderson’s just happy that Campbell leaves food for him at the buffet table.

  30. Rasta says: May 27, 2010 1:19 PM

    DUH!

  31. Shanahan's Rat Teeth says: May 27, 2010 1:24 PM

    ickeyshuffle says:
    May 27, 2010 12:33 PM
    Robert Gallery Perfers giving up sacks no matter who the QB is.
    ——ickeyshuffle “Perfers” leaving lame comments no matter how clueless he is.
    j0hnny63 says:
    May 27, 2010 12:45 PM
    Guh. Henderson was the only player on the team that was even worse than Russell. What a joke of a franchise.
    —–Guh. johnny63 left the only comment on this page that was even worse than ickeyshuffle’s. What a joke of a human being.

  32. RandySavage says: May 27, 2010 1:31 PM

    The only footwork Russell had was his quick cut to the front of the buffet line.

  33. raidersteve413 says: May 27, 2010 1:45 PM

    THE Raiders will be in the superbowl this year.
    They have more talent than any team in the nfl. Best RB combo, best D and now the best QB in the NFL, also best TE and WR, miller and the shillz

  34. spartyfi says: May 27, 2010 1:47 PM

    Campbell is a mediocre/average QB which for Oakland is a HUGE step up. My issue with Campbell has never been his skill set but his leadership ability. He may not lose a lot of games for you, but he’s also not going to be the reason you win games…if that make sense. He’d be best on a team that already has a lot of talent around him….it’s hard to say if Oakland has the talent around him that he would need but we shall soon see. Hard to judge the ability of Oakland’s other players when it’s killed by a lack of good QB play.
    With that said, I expect Oakland to be vastly improved under Campbell. In him they got a QB that can run the team for a few years while they get more talent around him and then move on to searching for that franchise QB….good work by Oakland and I do wish campbell well.

  35. David.walden05 says: May 27, 2010 1:53 PM

    Im loving all the indirect Jamarcus Russell bashing!

  36. fordlaw says: May 27, 2010 2:02 PM

    If I’m not mistaken didn’t Oakland draft 2 Tackles in the 2010 draft? Is Henderson even going to be the Left Tackle this year in the second half of the season?

  37. Slow Joe says: May 27, 2010 2:13 PM

    THE Raiders will be in the superbowl this year.
    They have more talent than any team in the nfl. Best RB combo, best D and now the best QB in the NFL, also best TE and WR, miller and the shillz

    Dude. Holy cow. Put down the crack pipe and take off your silver-and-black colored glasses for a minute, eh? Oakland should be an improved team, no doubt, but you’ll still be lucky to get seven wins. That “more talent that any team in the nfl” bit smacks of pure homerism. Every team in the NFL has idiot fans that think the same thing right now, and 31 teams’ fans are dead wrong.
    And there’s no way in hell it’s the Raider fans that are the remaining one.

  38. Mister Fister says: May 27, 2010 2:19 PM

    Russell didn’t even have footwork. He was a fat lump who just stood in one spot until he got sacked or threw a ball over the receiver’s head.
    Campbell will be a huge help for this team. Everything seems great in Oakland so far, they just need to get the results on the field, but I can feel the culture changing.

  39. 1nationraidernation says: May 27, 2010 2:28 PM

    what fcootwork is there when you are flat on your back. Seeing how Henderson gave up more sacks than any other LT in the league, he might want to work on his own footwork.

  40. robmart0906 says: May 27, 2010 2:56 PM

    geez, you guys make it sound like jamarcus is a terrible QB…… oh wait…

  41. Count Sacula says: May 27, 2010 2:59 PM

    9to19 says:
    May 27, 2010 12:21 PM
    Campbell is an awesome dude. If any QB deserves a winning season it’s him, and this is coming from a Cowboys fan. I’ve never seen him whine or complain about anything. Props.
    ___________________________________Agreed – except for the Cowboys fan part of course.
    @ Bleeding Green:
    Good one!

  42. Frostbite says: May 27, 2010 3:12 PM

    Bill in D.C. why do you have to hate on the Redskins and Redskins fans when every Redskins fan in here is giving JC props why don’t you G>F>Y

  43. green&bold says: May 27, 2010 3:15 PM

    Of course campbell can grasp the offense, don’t they run the veer?….its like novacaine, just give it time it always works.

  44. R8R Hank says: May 27, 2010 3:19 PM

    Hey ickeyshuffle u r super retarded I can see u don’t know a damn thing about football…Last I checked in the 08 season Gallery gave up only 3 sacks and last year he gave up about the same until his injuries…So know wat ur talking about before u mention a player that’s had nothing to do with the article to begin with. I can’t stand bandwagon fans that don’t have a clue wat they are talking about. And I’m sure ur one of them

  45. ignoringthehaters says: May 27, 2010 3:23 PM

    # Bears and Packers Fans are HOMO says: May 27, 2010 12:21 PM
    Oh no we might have to worry about almighty oakland this year their reciever is catchin balls and the left tackle is pickin up blocks…sounds like basic football to me, its about time these guys are learning something…..
    Raiders=The Black Hole
    Let me guess……you’re a fan of the purple fairy ballers. That’s what I thought. How are your “boys” gona choke this year? Let an inferior team beat them on the last play of the game of the regular season to knock them out of the playoffs? Miss an easy field goal? Too many men in the huddle (after you call timeout). People in glass houses dude……..

  46. ignoringthehaters says: May 27, 2010 3:30 PM

    One more thing, best RB combo goes hands down to the Panthers with the Jets a close second. Love the optimism raidersteve!! I can’t wait until all you clueless naysayers are choking on your words!!! No matter how much of a moron you are (and reading some posts, wow do you have to mark L and R on your shoes?) you have to give props to the Raiders for making what I would say are the best offseason moves of any team. AFC West is ours baby!!!

  47. RavensFreak00 says: May 27, 2010 3:37 PM

    @dogma1
    You forgot the Rams. They have no talent whatsoever. The Lions and Chiefs are getting better. The Rams are staying consistently bad.

  48. burntorangehorn says: May 27, 2010 3:44 PM

    I never thought of Campbell as a very good NFL talent, but there’s no denying that he’s a hard worker who’ll do things correctly.

  49. BigSuede says: May 27, 2010 3:53 PM

    I’m not a raiders fan- but i think too many here are discounting the raiders. It is going to be a VERY close race to see who will win the AFC west. The raiders and the chargers are not much different in talent. If the offense can put up 20 points a game, their defense could definately win them 10-11 games next season.

  50. Justin says: May 27, 2010 4:07 PM

    Henderson isn’t that bad of a player. he looked worse or regressed last year because JaMarcus had no pocket awareness. He never stepped up into the pocket as he always backpedaled and did not have the confidence to step up. There were plenty of plays where Henderson rode a defender to the backside of the pocket but JaMarcus kept backpedaling which led to sacks plenty of times. Henderson did his job while JaMarcus couldn’t do his. I think Henderson will be fine. Once Grads came in and made plays with his feet, the offensive line looked a lot better.
    Gallery only gave up like 2 or 3 sacks last year. He is not a bust, get over yourselves. He had a very promising year until he got injured. Gallery has been one of our most consistent linemen for the past 3 years.

  51. joetoronto says: May 27, 2010 5:47 PM

    Henderson is a solid LT who just needs some experience to become a real good one.
    That brain dead walrus actually sacked himself many times.

  52. John El Way says: May 27, 2010 5:51 PM

    practice!?….we talkn bout practice!?

  53. Slow Joe says: May 27, 2010 5:55 PM

    Gallery only gave up like 2 or 3 sacks last year. He is not a bust, get over yourselves. He had a very promising year until he got injured. Gallery has been one of our most consistent linemen for the past 3 years.
    He was drafted in the top ten to be a stalwart at left tackle, one of the most important positions in the game. Instead, he’s an above-average left guard. That, my friend, is a bust. The Raiders are just lucky he’s salvageable at another position.
    The definition of “bust” is that he didn’t play to his draft position. If they were to redraft, knowing what they know now, he probably gets picked in the third round.

  54. 909RaiderLifer says: May 27, 2010 6:07 PM

    Admit it some of you are starting to get nervous. (I’m looking at you Charger, Donkey, and Chief fan.)
    Today the West, tomorrow the World!!

  55. DirtDawg55 says: May 27, 2010 9:17 PM

    Wow, that QB thing is really hard work. Having to know to take five steps during a five step drop!? Yeah, I can see why JaMarcus struggled. He can only count to four.
    Of course if would help if Mario Henderson wasn’t the worst rated tackle in the league last year. Ranked 78th out of 78 by Profootballfocus.com. Gave up 8 sacks, 17 QB hits and 38 pressures. Ouch!

  56. DirtDawg55 says: May 27, 2010 9:23 PM

    Geez, that QB job is real hard. I mean who knew that a five step drop actually took, you know, five steps!? No wonder JaMarcus flunked out. He can only count to four.
    Of course it doesn’t help when Henderson is the worst rated tackle in the league according to Profootballfocus.com. Ranked 78th out of the 78 eligible to be ranked. Gave up 8 sacks, 17 QB hits and 32 QB pressures. Ouch!

  57. comment_submission_error says: May 27, 2010 10:09 PM

    Henderson was better when Cable worked with the linemen, and really, when the QB sucks as much as Russell did, it’s hard to stay motivated.

  58. snnyjcbs says: May 28, 2010 4:45 PM

    I have to laugh at all these comments by fans of teams like the Lions, Bears, KC and on and on talking down the Raiders. These teams have been below average to out right garbage for decades. I do understand the hatred for the Raiders by these people, having the Raiders PUNK them for oh so many years it must feel like Christmas for them to see the Raiders playing down to the level thier teams have been playing at for decages lol. With regards to Campbell he is for the first time in an Offense that will fit his style of play, he was never a west coast guy. To the Washington fans, you come off as a class act with your comments on Campbell.
    To all the others, GO LIONS lol.

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