Raiders Blog and Q&A

News, observations and reader questions about the Oakland Raiders

July 28, 2010
Seymour riding the rookie bus a class move, ploy or not

P.R. ploy or not, you had to love Richard Seymour showing up in Napa on Tuesday on the bus with the rookies and other no-namers.

Seymour, you'll recall is not only a five-time Pro Bowl defensive end but is the Raiders' franchise tag player, making $12.398 million this season. Plus, he had not spoken publicly since the end of the season.

"Camp is the foundation that you build your success on for the season," he said, according to Associated Press. "During the season, you're spending so much time with gameplans and focusing in on your opponents that you really don't have the time to work on a lot of individual things.

"This is my time, where I really get into me and focus in on the things I need to do to make myself a better player. Come in and knock some of the rust off and be ready to go."

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Also, the Raiders announced the hiring of former middle linebacker Greg Biekert as an assistant coach on defense.

He spent nine of his 11 seasons in the NFL with the Raiders and, according to the team's web site, Biekert "may be best remembered for recovering Tom Brady's fumble in the 'Tuck Game' against the New England Patriots."

Classic. Just. Classic.

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Coach Tom Cable's media availability from Napa at 12 noon today (Wednesday)will be broadcast live on CSN California with Jim Kozimor hosting from the Bay Area studio and Kate Longworth reporting live. I'll be joining Longworth as an analyst, of sorts, pre- and post-Cable.

Until then...follow me on Twitter @PaulHGutierrez

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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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