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July 29, 2010
Raiders opening camp Blog

The four straight days of two-a-day, non-contact practices to kick off training camp for the second straight season was met with relief by at least one veteran.

"Trust me, I'm not complaining," said defensive lineman Richard Seymour, who got camp off to a raucous start by riding into Napa on the rookie bus. "C'mon, think about it. You've got wine country, you've got this weather, it's a nice way to come to camp. We're in T-shirts and helmets, you definitely can't beat that."


New starting quarterback Jason Campbell is on, by his count, his ninth different offensive system.

"Sometimes it's like speaking my second language," he said. "We were in a meeting the other day and coach asked me what was the protection change here and I called out one of my protections in last year's offenses when I was in Washington. But it started with the same letter."

Campbell laughed.

"Sometimes you have to block those things out and just focus on just trying to learn these
plays. I've done a lot of these plays before. But I don't really focus on the different systems or anything like that, I just want to play football."


In giving praise to Campbell, a few offensive playmakers threw former quarterback JaMarcus Russell some backhanded slaps.

Louis Murphy, on Campbell's presence: "Oh, man, it was great. He came in, commanded the huddle, very sharp on the plays, really spoke highly, loudly in the huddle, and commanded the huddle so it was good to be able to follow our quarterback."

Chaz Shillens, on Campbell coming to the Raiders and Russell being shown the door: "It's unfortunate the way everything went down. I really don't want to get into that too much, but right now I feel we've got a good guy, a dependable guy, a guy who's going to work hard, who will be there for us every day. He's not going to shy away from anything. You know what to expect. We know what to expect.

"You know where the balls are going to be. That's really all you can ask for as receivers, a dependable guy that's going to go out and work hard every day. So we have that now. We're ready to work. We're ready to forget about everything else and move forward."

And finally, Darren McFadden, on the season's high hopes: "Right now there's an uproar around the team. People are looking forward to a new quarterback, a new offensive coordinator, so he's going to bring different things to the offense. The new quarterback is a great leader. He gets back there and takes control so we're looking forward to getting out there and seeing what we can put together."


The Raiders also waived two players this morning - defensive tackle Ryan Boschetti and wide receiver Damola Adeniji.


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Afternoon practice...

Schilens walked off the field early in practice and never returned. He was not limping, though. The Raiders had no official comment or medical update, even as he was seen walking without a noticeable limp after practice.

OL Khalif Barnes also walked off the field but there was no word on an injury to him, either.


Best fireworks of the session - rookie defensive end Lamarr Houston and left guard Robert Gallery going at it. Houston lost his helmet in the scrum.

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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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