Raiders Blog and Q&A

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July 23, 2008
Reporting day

NAPA - The Raiders began checking in today for the start of training camp.

Players don't officially need to be here until tomorrow in time for a team meeting. Practice is at 3 p.m.

RB LaMont Jordan remains away at the request of the team. This is against league rules so there needs to be a resolution ASAP. If not, Jordan's agent will likely file a grievance unless Jordan is traded or released.

The team also told Jordan to stay from last month's mandatory minicamp.

*CB Nnamdi Asomugha isn't here and likely won't be anytime soon. Until he signs his franchise tender worth $9.765 million, he doesn't have to be in camp.

CB DeAngelo Hall thinks Asomugha will be fine whenever he shows up.

"I don't think it's going to hurt him too much," Hall said. "Obviously, we would love to see him here. We would love to build chemistry with him but we understand the business side of things too."

There was no comment from the team on those matters. Lane Kiffin isn't scheduled to address the media until tomorrow at noon.

*DE Derrick Burgess on whether it's exciting to see everyone again:

"It's part of the job. I get sick of seeing these (expletives) after three days, you know what I'm saying?"

It's nice seeing you too, Derrick.

*Rookie DE Trevor Scott (sixth-round pick) said he got his contract done signed about 10:30 a.m. He arrived on the bus that brought several rookies and a few veterans.

WR Arman Shields (fourth round) also signed today.

*S Greg Wesley arrived and has revenge on his mind.

He didn't like the way he was treated in Kansas City when he lost his starting job. Wesley said he is still an impact player.

"That was their choice to try to go young in Kansas City," Wesley said. "Unfortunately they didn't get rid of me, but they had chances to trade me, they had offers that they didn't want to take. And one of the reasons why is because they didn't want to trade me to the division. So I can't control their choice of starting a younger guy over me. It wasn't a competition. They just gave the position to him. And I'm here to show it's still there, it ain't went nowhere."
*Former NFL head coach and oft-mentioned Raiders coaching candidate and former assistant Jim Fassel is here as a guest of head coach Lane Kiffin.

Fassel had double knee-replacement surgery about 2 ½ months ago, but had no problem getting in a workout Wednesday afternoon.

Fassel's son, John, is a quality control assistant for special teams for the Raiders.

"He was a ball boy when I was coaching here," Jim said. "It's kind of fun for him. He really likes it here. He likes the staff. He likes everything here, he really does. So, I was really happy for him."

*RB Darren McFadden arrived. He managed to duck into the Marriott while media was speaking with Hall.

--Jason Jones

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

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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