Raiders Blog and Q&A

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May 4, 2007
Wake up, it's camp time

Random observations from this morning's minicamp practice:

*Jarrod Cooper said the players refer to last season as "Fight Club" because the first rule of Fight Club is you don't talk about Fight Club.

*Newly acquired receiver Mike Williams was last seen leaving practice early with medical staff. It's not believed he has a serious injury, but not the way you want to leave your first practice

*JaMarcus Russell can throw the ball really, really hard. If you catch one of his passes your hands might hurt. If you don't wear pads, your chest might get caved in.

*Lane Kiffin is really into a fast tempo. He's got guys running all over the place, even the coaches.

*Tyler Brayton spent a lot of time at defensive tackle, which would give him three different positions the last three years. He was a defensive end last year and was experimented with at linebacker in 2005.

And for all of you anxiously waiting, here's the latest first team offensive line:

Left tackle: Robert Gallery

Left guard: Paul McQuistan

Center: Jake Grove

Right guard: Cooper Carlisle

Right tackle: Barry Sims

Still to earl to get caught up in who belongs where, but it's worth noting Carlisle, a free agent pickup from Denver, was ahead of Kevin Boothe, who started the last 15 games last season.

*Darnell Bing, a safety at USC that was drafted and moved to linebacker by the Raiders, is back at safety. Kiffin is still looking out for the Trojans.

--Jason Jones

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Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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