Here are my random Raider thoughts for Tuesday, June 29. Enjoy the Ramblings.
— I recently read that JaMarcus Russell showed up to the Andre Ward/Allan Green fight at the Oracle Arena to a chorus of boos. Russell is just lucky he got out of there alive.
If you want to know what a jerk the guy is, just listen to this. Russell arrived at the fight wearing an Alabama Crimson Tide jacket and hat. Normally that wouldn’t be a big deal except Russell played quarterback at one of Alabama’s biggest rivals: LSU.
I don’t care what anyone says, Russell is the biggest bust of all-time. I once saw Ryan Leaf throw for over 300 yards and three touchdown passes against the Broncos. Russell couldn’t do that if he played in the NFL for 100 years.
— I really like Chaz Schilens. I am excited to see what Louis Murphy can do in his second season with the Raiders. I believe Darrius Heyward-Bey is going to play much better this year. I am intrigued by the potential of rookie Jacoby Ford.
Having said all that, I would be lying if I didn’t express my concern over the wide receiver position in Oakland. I’m hoping one of these guys can elevate and be a No. 1 receiver but it would be an understatement to say that is far from a guarantee.
My prediction? I say Murphy becomes the best of the bunch. He was a money receiver in college and Murphy brought that playmaking ability with him to the NFL as a rookie. I like his long-term prospects to become the Raiders top receiver.
— I love the Quentin Groves signing. Maybe it’s because I was a huge fan of his when Groves played at Auburn but I think the former Jag is going to help the Raiders as a pass rusher.
Groves fell out of favor in Jacksonville but I don’t think the coaching staff there always used him in the right way. If Tom Cable turns Groves loose and allows him to just worry about pressuring the quarterback, I have a hunch he could be the surprise of Oakland’s defense this season.
— I think Sam Williams’ time with the Raiders is coming to an end.
Williams never became the outside pass rush threat Al Davis envisioned when the Raiders drafted him in the third round back in 2003. Williams has a dismal one sack in five seasons with Oakland and he’s basically been relegated to a special teams player.
Five years is more than enough time for any player to progress. Look for Williams to be one of the odd men out at linebacker and get cut some time during training camp.