Tag:Oakland Raiders
Posted on: September 1, 2010 11:40 pm

Leinart and Giants might be good fit

M. Leinart might be better off if he was traded to New York (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

As I discussed with Lauren Shehadi this afternoon during Around the League, the Cardinals have shown some interest in trading Matt Leinart. ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter reported three teams who had returned the eye-batting were the Raiders, Bills and Giants.

Since then, the Raiders and Bills have denied their interest, but we haven’t heard anything of the sort from New York.

And there might be a good reason for that. Dealing Leinart to the Giants would make sense for the Cardinals. It would make sense for New York. Maybe Leinart wouldn’t like it – since he’d be the backup to Eli Manning – but it would make sense for him as well.

Here’s why: without backup Jim Sorgi, who was placed on IR last week, around, the Giants have nobody to back up Manning in case of injury. They obviously have somebody they could throw on the field – in this case, it’d be second-year player Rhett Bomar and/or rookie Dominic Rudolph – but these guys have virtually no experience.

And really, the Giants, in good conscience, can’t simply hope Manning doesn’t go down and keep Bomar and Rudolph in the quarterback room. If they can secure Leinart, that would really ease some minds in the Giants locker room.

It makes sense for the Cardinals, because that coaching staff – not incorrectly, in my opinion – thinks Leinart has no future in that organization. Arizona has given Leinart ample opportunities to take the starting position, but instead, he lost the job to Kurt Warner (nothing to be ashamed about) and now apparently to Derek Anderson (absolutely something to be ashamed about).

The Cardinals don’t want him, and if they don’t want him, they should get rid of him.

And it makes sense for Leinart. As further evidenced by Anquan Boldin’s comments today, it doesn’t appear that Leinart and coach Ken Whisenhunt have a great relationship. Sure, Leinart wants to be a starter, but if you can’t beat out Anderson for a starting job, you don’t deserve to have one in the NFL.

The next best thing? Perhaps it’s being Manning’s backup.

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Posted on: September 1, 2010 10:26 am
Edited on: September 1, 2010 11:21 am

Bills deny talks for Leinart, who wants to start

Posted by Will Brinson
For whatever reason, Matt Leinart is the dominating storyline this week. I mean, the reason is obvious, it's just weird that he's becoming a left-handed, less-talented, backup-worthy version of Brett Favre.

Or something. We mentioned that he's on the trading block -- that doesn't appear to be at issue right now.

What might be at issue is the Buffalo Bills' interest in the former Heisman Trophy winner: Buffalo Bills [dot com]'s Chris Brown has called the report that Buffalo is interested "erroneous." He states that the "Bills have not had any discussions with the Cardinals" regarding Leinart and that "the report is simply not true."

Jay Glazer adds an update to his his earlier report that "three teams" have talked to the Cards, saying he's spoken with Leinart, who tells Glazer that "he wants to start somewhere and not be a backup."

All of these reports create quite the conundrum: Leinart will NOT start in New York, he's unlikely to start in Oakland, and he could absolutely start in Buffalo. However, if the Bills aren't interested in Leinart, which they claim they are not, it's going to be tough for him to find a team where he can start.

Adding to the bizarre nature of all of this, Schefter responds to the Bills report on Twitter by saying that the "Bills are adamant they are not trading for Leinart, despite discussions they did have this summer with the Cardinals for the QB."

Emphasis mine, because if the Bills previously spoke with the Cardinals about Leinart (and I'm drawing a blank on that, honestly, but it's entirely possible), they DO have at least some interest, even if they haven't recently spoken with the Cardinals about the possibility for a trade.

And in an email to Mike Florio at Pro Football Talk , Schefter clarifies the report: he "didn't report Leinart would be traded to Buffalo" but "simply reported that Buffalo and Arizona discussed it this summer. There's nothing erroneous in that."

In other words, when Schefter tweeted in the past tense, he didn't mean "yesterday" or "this morning" he meant "this summer."

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Posted on: September 1, 2010 8:46 am
Edited on: September 1, 2010 4:48 pm

Here's who's intererested in Leinart

Posted by Will Brinson

Update2: Kent Somers reports that the Cardinals are indeed open to trading Leinart AND guard Reggie Wells, and have been talking with teams. The Raiders, according to the Raiders, are not one of those teams, having said on their website that "Adam Schefter is once again making untrue statements." Mercy.

The Raiders axe to grind aside, it makes a LOT of sense that the Cardinals are trying to deal Leinart (and would be relatively open about their interest). After all, they only have a few days to make something happen before they're forced to either keep him or cut him; keeping him would involve either dumping one of the rookies they like or holding onto four quarterbacks.

One big problem, though, is that Leinart wants to start, and there just aren't a lot of starting spots out there.

Update: The Bills are now denying their interest in Leinart , but Schefter is also reporting that the Cards and Bills talked this summer. It's not convoluted at all.

Last night we discussed the fact that the Cardinals had placed Matt Leinart on the trading block -- now we know who's interested.

Jay Glazer writes that "several teams have confirmed" that they've chatted with the Cards -- Adam Schefter points out that the Bills, Giants and Raiders are very specific possible destinations for the former first-rounder.

All three spots make a lot of sense: Eli Manning and Jason Campbell both suffered preseason injuries, while Jim Sorgi and Bruce Gradkowski remain injured. The Bills, for their part, are being forced to start Trent Edwards again, and that's no fun.

Leinart is probably hoping -- provided he actually wants to start and play football -- that Buffalo can pull something off. There, he'd have at least a chance of starting.

The downside, naturally, is that Buffalo weather isn't exactly on par with Southern Cal, brah.

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Posted on: August 30, 2010 8:11 am
Edited on: August 30, 2010 8:12 am

Michael Bush to have procedure on fractured thumb

Posted by Andy Benoit

Jason Campbell isn’t the only member of the Raiders backfield who is dinged up. Michael Bush, the “co-starting running back” (i.e. tM. Bushhe guy Tom Cable really wants to start but can’t name the starter because that would mean admitting that Al Davis blew it with the Darren McFadden pick) will have a procedure on his fractured thumb, according to Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group.

Bush will not be in a cast and could still be ready for Week 1. Given his injury history – remember the rod iron in his leg from his Louisville days – a fractured thumb must feel like little more than a mosquito bite.

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Posted on: August 29, 2010 11:13 pm

Jason Campbell also has wrist injury

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Apparently, Oakland QB Jason Campbell doesn’t just have a stinger that will hinder him for the time being. During his Sunday news conference, Raiders coach Tom Cable said Campbell also has a wrist injury. And the wrist injury might be more serious than the stinger, though Cable didn’t say how serious the injury might be.

Campbell did have an X-ray and an MRI on his wrist today.

On a positive note, though, Cable also said RB Michael Bush – who broke his thumb Saturday – could be back by the season opener.

“Yes, there is a good chance,” Cable said. “There will be a procedure done (Monday) to repair it and then we will know more after that.”

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Posted on: August 29, 2010 9:20 am

Michael Bush suffers broken thumb

Posted by Will Brinson

Michael Bush has been a fantasy football sleeper -- and, you know, a real-life running back lying in wait -- for what feels like forever. Dude was a monster at Louisville, and this year, with some of the crazy out of Oakland (we think) and Darren McFadden not performing to his full talents, was supposed to be Bush's time.

Then he goes and breaks his thumb in a preseason game against the 49ers.

It's his left thumb, and the injury happened during the second half -- as of right now, Bush says he thinks he'll be ready for the season opener but can't be sure until the Raiders docs check it out Sunday.

"I have no idea," Bush said. "I'll find out [today]."

Given that Darren McFadden was supposedly healthy for the tilt against the Niners and Bush still started, it appears as if Tom Cable had maybe, possibly made up his mind about starting the former Cardinal.

Now, depending on Bush's timeline, the starting decision might be much easier to make.

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Posted on: August 26, 2010 8:15 am
Edited on: August 26, 2010 8:18 am

Oakland's new center may surprise you

Posted by Andy Benoit
J. Veldheer
Rookie Jared Veldheer, a third-round pick out of tiny Hillsdale College, was drafted to play offensive tackle, (side note: everyone between the ages of 14 and 18 knows Hillsdale as that random college that mails them a brochure every six months). However, with Samson Satele on the mend (ankle), Veldheer, who was extremely raw early on, has an opportunity to “audition” for the starting center job.

Jerry McDonald of the Contra Costa Times writes:

Veldheer worked with the first team at center and will start against the 49ers, essentially auditioning for the starting job with Samson Satele out with an ankle injury.

Good news for Veldheer _ with 49ers nose guard Aubrayo Franklin deciding not to immediately sign his franchise tender, the opposition will be the less imposing Ricky Jean-Francois.

Many assumed Chris Morris was the Raiders’ No. 2 center. Apparently not. 

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Posted on: August 22, 2010 11:31 am

Could Oakland be a .500 team?

M. Bush is one piece of the puzzle that could help Oakland to a .500 season (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Yes, we know it’s the preseason, but the Raiders 32-17 beating of the Bears on Saturday night meant something to Jerry McDonald of the Contra Costa Times . It meant that dreaming of a .500 season isn’t a joke. It meant that, at long last, Oakland has real talent in its organization.

From the story:

When the pair of .500 hopefuls met on the field, the Raiders had decidedly more muscles to flex than did the Bears. They were bigger, faster, better, stronger, more explosive. And that was with Richard Seymour and Nnamdi Asomugha, the two biggest names on their defense, not even suited up. Starting cornerback Chris Johnson sat it out. Same goes for running back Darren McFadden and wide receivers Chaz Schilens and Darrius Heyward-Bey, all counted on to be important parts of this year’s team.

I don’t think the Raiders can compete with the Broncos and the Chargers in the AFC West – actually I’m almost positive about that – but it’s certainly possible the Raiders go 8-8 or … gasp! … record a winning record for the first time since 2002.

I just looked at their schedule, I can envision 7-9, but assuming Seymour and Asomugha play at a high level on defense, QB Jason Campbell plays solidly along with RBs McFadden and Michael Bush, and the underachieving offensive line can protect its quarterback, getting to .500 wouldn’t be a shock.

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