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Raiders don rose-colored glasses for Heyward-Bey

Aside from suffering a career-ending injury, 2009 No. 7 overall pick Darrius Heyward-Bey’s rookie year could not have gone much worse.  From being outed by ESPN’s Cris Carter for lacking sure hands to embarrassing practice performances to pathetic on-field production, Heyward-Bey’s first NFL season could conjure up one unbiased word as it relates to the player’s future, and one word only: 

Bust.
Of late, however, Heyward-Bey’s practice efforts, allegedly, have improved.  The Raiders’ organization is taking it a step further.
Sunday, the team issued a press release comparing Heyward-Bey to the greatest wide receivers in franchise history.  The list includes Jerry Rice, Tim Brown, Randy Moss, James Lofton, Fred Biletnikoff, Willie Gault, Cliff Branch, and Lance Alworth.
Now Darrius Heyward-Bey … is prepping to join that group,” reads the release.  “Heyward-Bey has enjoyed a workmanlike offseason where he has put in time and energy to prepare for his second NFL campaign, when many of those whose names mentioned blossomed in professional football competition.
“The list of wide receivers should make any pundit or so-called expert think twice before putting negativity on Heyward-Bey,” continues the release.  “No one has come close to the excellence as wide receivers that have worn the Silver and Black.  These performers have been the greatest players who have ever played the game.”
Seriously.
As Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune points out, however, Heyward-Bey’s in-practice improvement should be approached with something of an asterisk.  The Raiders are currently without their top three cornerbacks, as starters Nnamdi Asomugha and Chris Johnson skipped the last voluntary session and nickel back Stanford Routt is out with muscle tightness.  The best corner Heyward-Bey faced was probably fifth-round rookie Walter McFadden.
We’d also warn Heyward-Bey to not let the Raiders’ praise go to his head.  The last player Al Davis bestowed greatness upon didn’t turn out so well.
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86 Responses to “Raiders don rose-colored glasses for Heyward-Bey”
  1. DarthPirate says: Jun 13, 2010 3:55 PM

    Not entirely accurate Silva. Heyward Bey was indeed matched up with Asomugha for a portion of minicamps earlier, and did beat Nnamdi on several occasions.
    I’m not saying that he’s the next Randy Moss, but get your facts straight. …
    An example…
    POSTED BY JERRY McDONALD: (http://www.ibabuzz.com/oaklandraiders/2010/05/26/raiders-finally-come-to-pass/)
    “Most of the routes were shallow to medium depth _ he never got well downfield for a catch. But he accelerated into shallow crosses and then smoothly turned up field for gains. He made a catch on Nnamdi Asomugha and left him in the dust with a spin move for extra yards.
    “Today was a really good practice for him,” Asomugha said. “That’s the best practice I’ve seen from him here. Last week we went through OTAs and he was doing a little better, I guess, there was some inconsistency.”
    Again, get your facts straight.

  2. schlicht1 says: Jun 13, 2010 3:57 PM

    Screw you Florio you just can’t handle the fact that the Raiders are starting to put it all together. You and your Bum Steelers!

  3. Justin says: Jun 13, 2010 3:57 PM

    Evan Silva with another story largely about nothing.

  4. kosarsmyidol says: Jun 13, 2010 3:58 PM

    It takes more than one year to be a bust. The Raiders may have reached by drafting him so high in the first round. However, I think that people are often too quick to bash anyone and anything having to do with the Raiders. If I want an “unbiased word” about anything, I won’t be looking for it on this site.

  5. Common Sense says: Jun 13, 2010 3:59 PM

    You do realize he’s only played in 11 games right? Pretty shady to call him a bust already. PFT…..your douche is showing.

  6. Bwa Ha Ha says: Jun 13, 2010 4:02 PM

    The best thing about this guy is that it allowed Maclin to slide to the Eagles

  7. osnap305 says: Jun 13, 2010 4:02 PM

    I’m pretty sure a lot of teams hype up their own guys like this just to get the fans going. This is nothing new here.
    You’re just reporting on it because you secretly want the Raiders to crash and burn.

  8. digitalbath says: Jun 13, 2010 4:06 PM

    i dont even come close to being a fan of the raiders,cant stand them,but this might be a bit prematture to call this guy a bust,with the exception of moss,not that many wrs have had huge breakout rookie seasons,and he was dealing with russell,give him time with a descent qb,i think he could make it,reminds me of a lee evans type wr,along with murphy and schillans,could be a very good wr corps[cant believe i typed that]

  9. wolfpackraider says: Jun 13, 2010 4:08 PM

    Dude, seriously? Be professional. Yes Al Davis is smoking crack for releasing a statement grouping a guy who’s had 2 good no contact practices as the second coming, but the consensus of every beat writer that has seen him has said he’s been doing great so far.
    Mock the owner, but give the kid even the slightest bit of respect for finally showing a little promise you prick.

  10. GRpatriot says: Jun 13, 2010 4:11 PM

    Florio, don’t blame the player! He didn’t draft himself. Da Raiders have issues. From top to bottom. The worst issue isn’t Bay, he’s a result of a deeper issue! Mismanagment and bad drafting.
    Of course you must like that approach, Florio! You think the inmates should be running the assylum! Who can work with Al? Although I do believe they actually had a good draft this year by comparison. No one can stand up to Al and tell him his best option is to hire a competent GM/Coach. He’s run more Coaches out of town than Greyhound Busslines…

  11. Stillerz says: Jun 13, 2010 4:12 PM

    All you have to do is hit the gym once a week to have a workmenlike offseason in the Raiders eyes. Jamarcus screwed up the curve and helped everyone out.

  12. Zach says: Jun 13, 2010 4:22 PM

    $23.5m guaranteed + 11 games + 9 rec + 124 yards = Bust, until further notice

  13. swervinmervin says: Jun 13, 2010 4:28 PM

    So you laugh when a reporter (Jerry McDonald) one year ago writes that DHB was struggling in practice.
    Then, a year later, when that SAME reporter writes that he is doing better in practice, you choose to throw in the word “allegedly.”
    Your writings about the Raiders cant get more slanted against them. You must have been picked on by a Raiders fan when you were in high school.

  14. humbolt says: Jun 13, 2010 4:33 PM

    What a bunch of clowns running the Raiders. The AFC West would be more competitive with the Sacramento Mountain Lions in the division instead of the Raiders. The Raiders are a better fit for the UFL.

  15. ronniea54 says: Jun 13, 2010 4:33 PM

    Just remember Haters,
    Jerry Rice could not catch a cold as a rookie and everyone thought the 49ers had drafted a bust also. It is documented that the kid put in the work this off-season so at least he is trying to improve. As for the press release, no it was not needed the Raiders have been getting rave reviews for all of their off-season moves and the draft so no need for this. The press release should be done after the first 6 games of the season when everyone will realize the kid is a PLAYER.

  16. swervinmervin says: Jun 13, 2010 4:38 PM

    Hey Silva -
    You forgot to include this quote from McDonald in your write-up:
    “Anyone who calls a rookie a bust following a single season is being foolish.”
    You’re a fool, Silva.

  17. twinkletoes says: Jun 13, 2010 4:45 PM

    Just because Undead Al dons rose-colored glasses, it doesn’t mean that the Raider Nation does as well. DHB knows what’s at stake this season; he wasn’t given a pass last season by Raider fans. I’m sure he enjoyed driving out of the parking lot of the Oakland Coliseum last season after some of his abysmal performances.
    One thing is for sure; he is neither a Tim Brown nor Randy Moss. Michael Crabtree could be the next Brown, a point I’m sure he will make to Undead Al this upcoming season during the Bay Area matchup. I’m sure that day Undead will order John Marshall to have Nnamdi cover Crabtree all day, wherever he lines up.
    Undead Al (to Asomugha): “Sweep the leg.”
    Asomugha: “Sensei?”
    Undead Al: “For $16 mill a year, sweep the leg.”
    Asomugha: “Yes, sensei.”
    Realistically, best case scenario for DHB would be that he ends up as a poor-man’s Lee Evans. Digitalbath’s analogy is spot-on. Bottom line though, he’s not a #1 WR. He’s more of a modern day Dokie Williams/Jessie Hester. Considering what a beautiful deep ball Jason Campbell throws, that may be the best expectation for him. If DHB can haul in 50 catches this season, I’d be good with that, since the type of passes he would see could lead to a high number of TDs, if he can hold onto the ball (BIG if).

  18. JSpicoli says: Jun 13, 2010 4:52 PM

    The Al is just trying to psyche up a player who IS putting all the hard work and it is showing. Last year in practice he dropped everything. This year he is catching everything. It doesn’t matter who is covering you to see that kind of improvement, and it doesn’t take a supreme court judge to see the reak that is you bias against anything Raider.
    DHB is a good egg and I hope he splats all over your hating face.

  19. LambeauLeaper says: Jun 13, 2010 4:55 PM

    Career ending? Umm seems to me if it was a career ending injury he would have retired. Try a season ending injury last year. It’s horrible your paid to write articles and the firs line is an incorrect statement.

  20. Fonetik says: Jun 13, 2010 4:58 PM

    Hmmm, sure are a lot of butthurt Raiders fans in here…

  21. DanSnyder says: Jun 13, 2010 5:01 PM

    LambeauLeaper… read the beginning sentence again. You are obviously not the brightest.

  22. Raider3:16 says: Jun 13, 2010 5:03 PM

    Another anti Raiders article that basically plagerizes another’s story. You basically did no digging on your on.
    Let us know when the next original thought pops into your lil’ pee brain. I’m sure we would all like to celebrate your 1st one Silvia.

  23. INVAIDUH says: Jun 13, 2010 5:05 PM

    Never a token response to ANYBODY…
    GFY.
    Couldn’t mean it more…..From my soul.
    EVERY….SINGLE….TIME…..
    RAIDER NATION…..Shove your site and team…
    No other sports…No other teams.
    We’ll be back…….
    NATION.

  24. INVAIDUH says: Jun 13, 2010 5:15 PM

    p.s.
    Routt couldn’t cover a book…

  25. Belichick for President says: Jun 13, 2010 5:15 PM

    Raider fans are a pox on the sports world, almost as bad as Steeler fans defending Roethlisberger’s raping ways by saying “Spygate was worse!” or Jets fans for their chest thumping over a 9-7 team that is destine to dissapoint in 2010.
    HOWEVER, can we give DHB a chance? He would have been better off with anyone else in the Black Hole throwing to him last year. The fact that he got any production with that waste of flesh throwing to him shows he has some skills.

  26. HarrisonHits says: Jun 13, 2010 5:16 PM

    Geeze do people here read much ? Several of you are screaming at Florio when Even Silva wrote the article.
    And @ LambeauLeaper,
    “Aside from suffering a career-ending injury, 2009 No. 7 overall pick Darrius Heyward-Bey’s rookie year could not have gone much worse”
    This does not say he suffered a career ending injury, it says that the only thing worse that could have happened to him last season would have been to get one.
    Damn go back to school kids, many of you need remedial English.

  27. kaprieli says: Jun 13, 2010 5:18 PM

    Is Silva still an intern?

  28. snnyjcbs says: Jun 13, 2010 5:19 PM

    I remember reading the same type stuff from all you know nothings about Nnamdi Asougmha his first few years. You people now have your heads burried so far up his ass that he sees your faces in the mirror when he brushes his teeth.
    It is just OTA’s but DHB has been the Raiders best receiver and is a favorite of Campbells. He is catching all coming his way open or not. The best part is that he has been tought how to use his speed and routes to move the D at will and is really come a long way.
    His coach in College said it would take 2 or 3 years to make Al Davis look like a genuis on this one. Running the 2nd fastest time ever recorded at the combine and being clocked at 4.2 in the 40 he just may be the fastest player in the NFL.
    With an NFL full of Crabtree and Boldin type receivers, this kid DHB if develops as they think he will and having a real QB for the first time with the Raiders that can put the ball within arms length he will become a beast and along with it help show just how pathetic you band wagon jumpers in the media really are. That Nnamdi is something do you think lol, punks nothing but know nothing punks.

  29. Andyr2120 says: Jun 13, 2010 5:20 PM

    Why does Evan Silva get to keep on writing articles for PFT? Is Paris Hilton too busy?

  30. Legend says: Jun 13, 2010 5:21 PM

    Everyone continues to add pressure to this kid’s shoulders. The a-holes in the media ridiculed him for simply being drafted last year, and the organization is trying to create such lofty comparisons that are literally unattainable for 90% of all NFL wide receivers.
    It’d be nice to see what would happen if everyone, including the Raiders, just shut their pie-holes long en0ugh to see what the kid can do without an undue amount of pressure.

  31. shannscott2000 says: Jun 13, 2010 5:22 PM

    Of all the 32 teams in the league, the Raiders are probably the worst and definitely my least favorite! And they’re fans are right on par with Philly’s scum-of-the-earth fans. Go every other team except them!

  32. HereThere says: Jun 13, 2010 5:22 PM

    While you Raider fans are crying, Silva didn’t label Heyward-Bey a career bust, just his rookie year. Sorry, but Davis saying this kid’s going to become one of the greatest Raiders of all-time is stupid and isn’t doing Heyward-Bey any favors. All vampire Al is doing is trying to make himself look smart for picking a guy who should’ve been drafted in the 20s at seven overall.
    Raiders fans are like Browns fans–you brag about how tough you are, yet when one little article like this comes out, you yelp like scalded dogs.

  33. Legend says: Jun 13, 2010 5:24 PM

    Oh yeah, and it’s stories like this that secure my decision not to buy your NFL preview. Why waste money on bias I can get here free 7 days a week.

  34. raiderrob21 says: Jun 13, 2010 5:29 PM

    Your facts are messed up Silva. Do some research before you throw stuff at the wall. All the local beat writers were first to praise Bey from his offseason training (added bulk,muscle) his extra work in the offseason catching footballs on his own with other back QBs, to his OTA practices that the beat writers say he looks like a different guy, catching everything thrown in his area. (All starting CBs were there for those OTAs which had “Too much contact”
    Im not saying hes gonna be a Pro Bowl REC but just giving you the info you wre too lazy to go get yourself. Instead choosing to throw mierda at the wall to see if it would stick……IT DIDNT! HATE ON HATERS!

  35. INVAIDUH says: Jun 13, 2010 5:30 PM

    @The armpats…..
    let us know when the the bandwagon leaves and you dumps are still around…
    shove yer tea.

  36. mr_snrub says: Jun 13, 2010 5:32 PM

    I think I’ve seen this one before. GM ran commercials for a few years in a desperate attempt to convince the United Statesian public that GM is professional grade.

  37. TheToolofTools says: Jun 13, 2010 5:41 PM

    Jamarcus Heyward-Bey

  38. INVAIDUH says: Jun 13, 2010 5:46 PM

    rose colored glasses……
    tell ur mom to shovem till she tastes roses…
    that 2 in the pink b!t@h….
    NATION.

  39. DirtDawg55 says: Jun 13, 2010 5:46 PM

    Only the Raiders would claim guys like Jerry Rice and James Lofton as their own. Does that make me a Raider fan because I once watched them on TV?
    And nice that they threw in Lance Alworth as well. Coached by Al Davis but not a Raider.
    Silly.

  40. Big Tex says: Jun 13, 2010 6:00 PM

    @ronniea54
    “Jerry Rice could not catch a cold as a rookie and everyone thought the 49ers had drafted a bust also.”
    Uh dude, please point out the similarities between 11 starts, 9 receptions, and 124 yards versus 4 starts, 49 receptions, and 927 yards. At his current pace, Bey would need almost 7 1/2 seasons to get to Rice’s rookie year.
    Al Davis saying a player is going to be great has bit him in the ass before. And BTW, why is Al referencing Alworth as a Raider great when the Raiders traded him as soon as he was drafted?

  41. ampats says: Jun 13, 2010 6:03 PM

    Invaiduh,
    NATION ??
    Of what, the NFL version of the Republic of Zimbabwe ??
    The second poorest nation in the world as a result of mismanagement of the country’s resources by its leaders ??
    Sound familiar ??

  42. edgy1957 says: Jun 13, 2010 6:07 PM

    Alworth was drafted by the Raiders but they traded him away. Never stepped foot on the field as anything except an opponent.

  43. east96street. says: Jun 13, 2010 6:07 PM

    Perfect example of why this site is in the toilet. Florio goes NBC and hires hacks. I’m completely indifferent to the Raiders and Oakland itself. So, I’m NO Raider Nation douche coming up with their oh so intelligent retorts like “GFY”. WR is one of those positions where a first year player often does extremely poorly. It is rare when a WR has an outstanding rookie year. MANY HOFs WRs had bad first years. Am I saying DHB will be a HOF or even good? NO! But I am saying that an intolerable ass that claims to write about the NFL should have enough basic football knowledge to know you can’t call a rookie WR a bust, especially when he had multiple QBs of questionable quality, including one that is currently unemployed, throwing the ball to him.

  44. Ravenmuscle says: Jun 13, 2010 6:09 PM

    Let’s get real… the Raiders don’t have a clue in drafting OR signing free agents. Robert Gallery (bust)…JaFATTEST Russell…Gerald Warren, Javon Walker, KYLE BOLLER.
    Of course their spin machine MUST put out something positive about their latest REACH. Somebody has to buy tickets to watch Al Davis’ disastrous bunch of losers.

  45. pigsty says: Jun 13, 2010 6:22 PM

    Actually, any story about Heyward-Bey’s improvement should probably include 2 undrafted rookies: Hue Jackson and Jason Campbell.
    Jackson apparently made Al an offer he couldn’t refuse: remove cancer, acquire QB, reclaim receiver, revive offense.

  46. FumbleNuts says: Jun 13, 2010 6:28 PM

    DHB should talk to Jerry Rice, he could give him some advice on how he prepared and excelled in the NFL.

  47. Sensual Lettuce says: Jun 13, 2010 6:29 PM

    I hope to see DHB shut everyone up. After seeing the way that crack head Carter put him down, it really made me a DHB fan. It wasn’t even being professionaly critical, it was just being mean and abusive towards a player who had no say in where or when he was drafted. I hope that POS Carter never gets into Canton now.

  48. buzzbissinger says: Jun 13, 2010 6:54 PM

    Evan Silva = Blogger bust.

  49. rraider says: Jun 13, 2010 6:59 PM

    Let me get this straight…….A team isnt allowed to market itself? or it’s players?What should the Raiders have said? “We suck”……………..
    Come on, of course they are going to hype the guy and they have to do it more than most organizations because the local media is alot like you and bashes them daily.
    As much as i love the Raiders in oakland, i hope they leave so the local media realizes that they now only have high school tennis to write about.
    Every team(baseball\football) has and needs a “Homer” writer…………The raiders havent had a homer to write any positive pieces since they returned to Oak……………..

  50. Blk&SlvrSoldier says: Jun 13, 2010 7:06 PM

    Again another wonderfully useless article by the great evan silva. Pfft!! This guy makes me absolutely sick! We should boycott this website till Silva gets fired! I love how he hates on the Raiders every chance he gets. He must also forget that the first guy that was at the team facilities working on getting better after the regular season was Bey. He more than anyone was dissapointed and ashamed of his rookie performance and has obviously made it a personal vendetta to correct what was wrong and become a stand out. But no, silva is just another raider basher employed by a liberal media site. I think he was probably bullied by kid wearing a raider shirt as a kid. Oh and NWA music prolly scares the pants off ol Evan. Get a life tool bag….

  51. Trips Right, 68 Slant, D Slant says: Jun 13, 2010 7:16 PM

    Weak and Corny-Ass response “East Gay Ray”.
    And where’s the “empty threat?”
    That’s what I thought. ‘Just bumping your gums in vain.”
    EPPPIICCC FAAAIIILLLLLL! Try again.
    ‘Nation……..

  52. mr_snrub says: Jun 13, 2010 7:19 PM

    “WR is one of those positions where a first year player often does extremely poorly. It is rare when a WR has an outstanding rookie year.”
    “Shut up! Just shut up! They don’t get it! They’ll never get it! It’s been 4 hours! The cows can tape something by now! Forget about it please!”

  53. comment_submission_error says: Jun 13, 2010 7:22 PM

    Are you sure you’re Evan Silva and not Michael Silver? You have a boner for the Raiders that just won’t quit. Hayward-Bey had a terrible rookie season for sure, but you can’t label him a bust this soon.

  54. Blk&SlvrSoldier says: Jun 13, 2010 7:26 PM

    Agreed, East Gay Ray why even type anthing? Tell you what, Ill get in touch with Trips and I can give you an address to meet at an we can fill the “empty threats” for ya!
    To: Buzzbissinger
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA seriously funny!!!!
    I hate you Evan Silva, and I will find you…….

  55. Raiders757 says: Jun 13, 2010 7:51 PM

    It’s too early to call DHB a bust, so anyone who considers him as one, is an idiot.
    It’s also way too early to call him the next Tim Brown. That memo from the Raiders is laughable right now, so I can’t blame the reaction by some you.
    One thing is for sure. The guy took his rookie failure personally, and has been working hard since last season ended to rectify his issues. He hasn’t taken any real time off. Even if he fails, nobody can knock him for not giving 110%. Hate on Al for making the pick, but don’t hate on DHB. He’s doing everything he can to improve his game. His work ethic is everything you want in a young player at this level.
    ———————–
    # humbolt says: June 13, 2010 4:33 PM
    What a bunch of clowns running the Raiders. The AFC West would be more competitive with the Sacramento Mountain Lions in the division instead of the Raiders. The Raiders are a better fit for the UFL.
    ———————————–
    Spoken like a true idiot. Put down the bong and join the rest of the world.

  56. robert ethen says: Jun 13, 2010 8:49 PM

    Take more than just rose colored glasses to pimp Haywire by the Bay. I think they need the wide brimmed Panama hat with the fur trim around the edge, the lime green velvet suit, the silk shirt open to the naval, and about 38 pounds of jewellry hanging off the whole arrangement.

  57. Raiderguy says: Jun 13, 2010 8:56 PM

    you still suck silva

  58. East Bay Ray says: Jun 13, 2010 9:07 PM

    @Trips Right, 68 Slant, D Slant and Blk&SlvrSoldier:
    Responding to my charges of juvenile name-calling with more juvenile name-calling? You guys are brilliant!
    Congratulations on being a fan of the first team in NFL history to lose at least 11 games in seven straight seasons.

  59. Steve W. says: Jun 13, 2010 9:43 PM

    ronniea54 says: June 13, 2010 4:33 PM
    Just remember Haters,
    Jerry Rice could not catch a cold as a rookie and everyone thought the 49ers had drafted a bust also. It is documented that the kid put in the work this off-season so at least he is trying to improve. As for the press release, no it was not needed the Raiders have been getting rave reviews for all of their off-season moves and the draft so no need for this. The press release should be done after the first 6 games of the season when everyone will realize the kid is a PLAYER.
    _________________________________
    Just remember homers, Rice and Moss had their great success with other teams. They were picked up as free agents, and didn’t do for the Raiders nearly what they did for their other teams. So, using them to show how great the Raiders are at selecting and training WRs is kind of pathetic. I’ll be the first person to congratulate the Raiders on their draft and roster moves this offseason. That congratulations does not, however, extend to their previous pick of DHB, nor to their refusal to recognize the obvious…their other receivers are both better and less costly. Selecting DHB 7th overall wasn’t just a reach, it was a big mistake. Everyone except for Al noted all of the problems with his game, as well as his lack of production in college. Al just loves him some 40 times, however. Note to Al, a player’s 40 time doesn’t matter if they have problems getting away from bump coverage at the line and getting open when they run their routes. It also helps if they hold on to the ball when it’s thrown to them.

  60. BLeedGreeN4Life says: Jun 13, 2010 10:10 PM

    Al Davis is a jackass.

  61. sasquash69 says: Jun 13, 2010 11:44 PM

    It was a bad reach for a guy who didn’t have good production in a weak ACC. But in a few seasons he may well develop into a solid speedy wr. Not saying probowl but he may do ok. Davis loves speed and DHB has plenty of that. I’m not a Raiders fan but the league is better when there good because so many people hate them. I think they are slowly getting better.

  62. Shanahan's Rat Teeth says: Jun 14, 2010 12:01 AM

    DirtDawg55 says:
    June 13, 2010 5:46 PM
    Only the Raiders would claim guys like Jerry Rice and James Lofton as their own. Does that make me a Raider fan because I once watched them on TV?
    –Fool, did you actually read the press release? Obviously not, or else you’d realize these players were only said to “…have passed through the portals of the Oakland Raiders…”
    Even so, Lofton’s numbers with the 1987 Raiders eclipsed every season he had after he left, except one.
    Jerry Rice was a Pro-Bowler with Oakland and had 2 great seasons in 2001 and 2002, with a solid 3rd season considering Rick Mirer was QB for much of the year.
    And nice that they threw in Lance Alworth as well. Coached by Al Davis but not a Raider.
    –That’s why the previous quote from the press release finishes with “…or have been coached by Davis.”
    Silly.
    –Silly would be popping off about something when it’s plain to see you have no idea what you’re talking about. Next!

  63. Shanahan's Rat Teeth says: Jun 14, 2010 12:05 AM

    BLeedGreeN4Life says:
    June 13, 2010 10:10 PM
    Al Davis is a jackass.
    –How long did it take you to formulate this “post of the year” candidate?
    I bet your momma is real proud of her smart baby boy!

  64. Shanahan's Rat Teeth says: Jun 14, 2010 12:09 AM

    shannscott2000 says:
    June 13, 2010 5:22 PM
    Of all the 32 teams in the league, the Raiders are probably the worst and definitely my least favorite! And they’re fans are right on par with Philly’s scum-of-the-earth fans. Go every other team except them!
    –How is summer break going so far little boy? When does school start up again? Are you going to play soccer this year?
    If you are older than 15, you should really think about not ever speaking or posting anything in public again. Nobody cares who your least favorite team is. Go find a paper route or something else to do. Next!

  65. City_Native says: Jun 14, 2010 12:21 AM

    Instead of focusing on the truth….Raider fans would rather call people haters for another negative article.
    Do you know why all the articles are negative about the Raiders . . . because there are NO POSITIVE ONES. Name one positive story to report on?
    Another thing….how about most of the named receivers the better part of their careers with other teams?

  66. Shanahan's Rat Teeth says: Jun 14, 2010 12:21 AM

    Big Tex says:
    June 13, 2010 6:00 PM
    “…And BTW, why is Al referencing Alworth as a Raider great when the Raiders traded him as soon as he was drafted?”
    –You again. Did you read the friggin’ press release? It’s that link inside the article you can click so you know what PFT is referencing before you try to sound smart. Here I’ll help you out with an answer to your dumbass question:
    “The greatest wide receivers in professional football have passed through the portals of the Oakland Raiders or have been coached by Davis.”–from the press release you neglected to read.
    Also, you do know that Oakland traded Alworth to San Diego in 1962, when Al Davis was an assistant coach there? Davis convinced the team to trade for him and convinced Alworth to sign with the Chargers instead of the NFL’s 49ers and switch to WR. Answer your question?
    Trivia time: Guess who Lance Alworth chose to present him when he was inducted into the HOF?

  67. Shanahan's Rat Teeth says: Jun 14, 2010 12:30 AM

    edgy1957 says:
    June 13, 2010 6:07 PM
    Alworth was drafted by the Raiders but they traded him away. Never stepped foot on the field as anything except an opponent.
    –Considering you have already shown you can’t read, I will assume you won’t see the answer I provided to bigtex. So I will make this really easy for you.
    The press release NEVER SAID ALWORTH WAS A RAIDER. It specifically said: “The greatest wide receivers in professional football have passed through the portals of the Oakland Raiders or have been coached by Davis.”
    Davis was an assistant coach with the Chargers when the Raiders traded Alworth to San Diego in 1962. Davis lobbied for the team to make the trade, then convinced Alworth to sign with the Chargers instead of the 49ers (who were an NFL team,) and switch to WR. Alworth credits his success to Davis’ coaching and his belief in Alworth becoming a great WR. Alworth chose Al Davis to present him at his HOF induction ceremony.
    That’s why Lance Alworth was included in the press release that you failed to read, yet decided to leave a pointless comment about. Nobody believes Al Davis is claiming him as a Raider except the really smart ones like you. Next!

  68. Slder78 says: Jun 14, 2010 12:44 AM

    Any truth to the rumor that the Big XII has invited the Raiders to join their conference? They might actually have a chance at a title there.

  69. Shanahan's Rat Teeth says: Jun 14, 2010 12:54 AM

    Ravenmuscle says:
    June 13, 2010 6:09 PM
    Let’s get real… the Raiders don’t have a clue in drafting OR signing free agents. Robert Gallery (bust)…JaFATTEST Russell…Gerald Warren, Javon Walker, KYLE BOLLER.
    Of course their spin machine MUST put out something positive about their latest REACH. Somebody has to buy tickets to watch Al Davis’ disastrous bunch of losers.
    –Robert Gallery- considered a can’t miss pick and an obvious choice at #2 overall. If you want to call him a bust since he doesn’t play LT, than call Todd Christensen (not sure if you’re familiar) a bust because he didn’t play fullback.
    Only issue since switching to guard when Cable joined the staff in 2007 has been injuries . Other than that, has played at a high level that is obvious to those that actually watch him play as opposed to parroting ESPN and comments from 3 years ago.
    –JaFATTEST Russell- Definitely a bust, but was viewed by most as a hands-down top 5 pick, contrary to what the Nostradamus’ that have appeared on PFT’s message boards since 2009 would have you think. Hilarious, original nickname by the way! Change your username to Ravenbrains!
    –G-E-R-A-R-D Warren- Wasn’t a free agent, but was acquired for a conditional 5th rounder from Denver in 2007. Had his moments but also disappeared for stretches. 3 average to above average years out of a 5th rounder isn’t bad at all. You can’t even spell his name and he wasn’t a free agent…try again Ravenbrains!
    Javon Walker- OK, you’re 1 for 4.
    Kyle Boller- Saying the Raiders don’t know how to draft, then mocking them for signing this guy to a 1-year minimum deal to compete as a #3 is probably not a smart idea…when YOUR TEAM DRAFTED THE GUY IN THE 1ST ROUND, MORON!
    He’s still got the Ravens money they guaranteed him to be their franchise QB, just like every other QB bust from every other team that bounces around the league on minimum backup deals.
    His familiarity with new OC Hue Jackson and his ability to understand and help players grasp the new system is why he’s in Oakland. Actually kind smart, don’t ya think?
    I doubt you even made it through the whole post before stopping to come up with some totally hilarious, witty nickname for me, Al Davis and/or JaMarcus. If you did though, hopefully you realize that it’s easy to tell when someone is talking out of their a– and in the future, you will do a little research or consider remaining silent before you decide to squawk.

  70. JSpicoli says: Jun 14, 2010 1:57 AM

    @ steve W.
    Rice had a pro bowl year for the Raiders and went to the SB with his MVP QB he helped create in OAK. I hate to bring facts, but get yours straight.

  71. AcidSoda says: Jun 14, 2010 2:16 AM

    ugh! I’d rather not have the management say anything until after the season to really see how much he’s improved, but you can’t have a perfect offseason.

  72. raideralex99 says: Jun 14, 2010 3:22 AM

    East Bay Ray says:
    June 13, 2010 9:07 PM
    Congratulations on being a fan of the first team in NFL history to lose at least 11 games in seven straight seasons.
    __________________________________
    No cares how many games you lose … at the end of the season there are 31 losers and one SB Champ.

  73. Trips Right, 68 Slant, D Slant says: Jun 14, 2010 5:00 AM

    East Gay Ray, Sour-Bro,
    Don’t Hate….. Congratulate.
    When you speak, all we hear is Whaun, Whaun, Whaun-Whaun (Charlie Brown’s infamous teacher).
    You clowns continually regurgitate to the ‘Nation, to not live in the past regarding our wins and championships; and yet, you doubly-standard break that notion by harping on the last seven years since we lost in the Superbowl.
    Who’s your team? Don’t answer that (it’s rhetorical). Let me guess; whoever is currently winning.
    Don’t hate the player; hate the game.
    Sniff, sniff. I smell……. I smell……. Fear! That most recent and most excellent draft has got you guys surely shook (intentional). ‘Can’t stand those FA moves and savvy trades, hunh? Chuckle.
    Come back and see us; come January. LOL.
    We’ Out!
    ‘Nation………..

  74. Sourdough says: Jun 14, 2010 12:55 PM

    @Trips Right, 68 Slant, D Slant: In order to prove you aren’t just another juvenile poser, please tell the readers of PFT why you believe the Raiturds will win the AFC West and “cruise up and through the playoffs.” Considering the weak Raiturds roster, how do you honestly make a statement like that? Rather than act like a little kid who calls people names when he can’t formulate a valid cognitive argument, give us examples and proof as to why we should believe your nonsensical gibberish of the Raiturds making a run at the AFC Championship. Tell us how they will get by the Colts, Chargers, Patriots and Ravens. Simply calling people names is easy, especially behind the safety of your computer, but what you are really doing is ruining what little credibility you brought to the table. Don’t worry, we know you’ll run and back into your hole once the Raiturds get back to their standard of losing games. Enjoy the offseason because it is all you have.

  75. Blk&SlvrSoldier says: Jun 14, 2010 5:06 PM

    @JSpicoli: Gannon was selected to a pro bowl his first year in Oakland with three more in a row afte that. Your boy Rice wasnt there for all of those pal. Gruden made him an MVP not Rice. Get facts before you hate buddy

  76. Trips Right, 68 Slant, D Slant says: Jun 14, 2010 5:49 PM

    “Give us examples and proof as to why we should believe your nonsensical gibberish of the Raiturds making a run at the AFC Championship.”
    Proof? ‘So idiotic (expected though). What can you or anyone prove in the pre-season regarding the prospects of an NFL team? Wow!
    If you haven’t seen our gradual improvement towards the close of the ’09 season, our 2010 FA moves, our draft, our new stability in the coaching staff, the coaches’ newfound autonomy, our schedule, etc; then you are the most clueless sap to ever click a Profootballtalk.com link. Matter of fact; you must walk through life totally oblivious and virtually unconscious.
    “Simply calling people names is easy, especially behind the safety of your computer.”
    You mean like “Raiturds” you lame? And safety from what? Not too many cats can get-down with ex-Infantry soulja. You seem to be so damn keen – How ‘bout you trace my IP, triangulate & confirm my location, then come test your manhood….. Tough guy.
    “But what you are really doing is ruining what little credibility you brought to the table.”
    Credibilty? Credibility? LMFAO!! Surely you jest… Right? What freakin’ credibility moron? Is that what you care about “in the comment section of a website (continually LMFAO)?”
    Get real.
    ‘Nation…………

  77. Blk&SlvrSoldier says: Jun 14, 2010 6:51 PM

    He’s just upset that he still gets bullied by RAIDER fans, even on the web. Way to go Sourdouche

  78. raider4life says: Jun 14, 2010 8:41 PM

    We all remember how DHB let the ball bounce off of his shoulder pads right into the hands of a Kansas City Cornerback last year. It cost Bruce Gradkowski another comeback game when he came in for JBust. The next big test for DHB is to see how he catches with pads on. Does he catch with his hands, or is he letting the ball get to his body. I think for Al to publicize that DHB will the next big reciever is putting a lot of pressure on the kid. Right when you think Al has finally found his sensess he goes and does something hairbrain like this.

  79. David56 says: Jun 15, 2010 12:57 PM

    So DHB had a less than stellar rookie season. Well, just get in line with the likes of John Elway and Troy Aikman(1-15 rookie season) or Jerry Rice who certainly did not make eyes pop open during his rookie season. I’m 56 years old and remember those three and many others who looked like a bust or near-bust their rookie season.
    I’m a die-hard Giants fan, but objectively speaking, I like what the Raiders are doing right now with the team. Might take another season, but the Silver-and-Black may end up making a lot of eyes pop open again. Russell is gone FINALLY with a ton of Al’s money, but it was the best move the Raiders could have made after three seasons and only 7 touchdown passes. Getting rid of Russell and making some very good draft moves has put some wind back behind Oakland’s sails. We’ll see where it all goes over time, but at least it looks good on paper.

  80. -Slap- says: Jun 15, 2010 1:30 PM

    With some work he could be the next Jesse Hester.

  81. Big Tex says: Jun 16, 2010 12:57 PM

    @David56
    Can we quit with the “Jerry Rice” comparisons? Rice ended up tied for 40th in the league in receptions (19th in receiving yards) following his rookie year. DHB? Well, he tied for 254th in the league in receptions. See any difference?

  82. AllThat says: Jun 16, 2010 3:34 PM

    @Slder78 says:
    June 14, 2010 12:44 AM
    Any truth to the rumor that the Big XII has invited the Raiders to join their conference? They might actually have a chance at a title there.
    ———————————————-
    Great Post
    There are a couple of openings now aren’t there…..
    Nation “Not”

  83. The Jumpsuit says: Jun 17, 2010 2:43 AM

    Silva, talk like that about the Raiders at your own risk. Be a man and show up on opening day running your freakin’ mouth, punk!

  84. NinersRule! says: Jun 17, 2010 11:46 AM

    DHB isn’t worth the charmin extra soft he wipes his butt with

  85. Grimmlock42 says: Jun 17, 2010 3:36 PM

    I’ve got one word for DHB and that’s confidence. He has to want and expect that ball thrown to him everytime. Once he’s comfortable catching the ball and gets a couple years of experience under his belt, LOOK OUT. I’m gonna say 6 TD’s this year for DHB. He had a horrible start to his rookie season, but I expect him to make some noise this year.

  86. fordlaw says: Jul 21, 2010 12:15 PM

    Lets see how this kid does with a real QB before we label him the 2nd biggest bust since Marilyn Monroe.

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