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September 13, 2011
Still looking for more in the passing game

ALAMEDA - Some notes from Tuesday's press conference:

The Raiders' improved passing game didn't show up in Monday's win at Denver.

Jason Campbell completed 13 of 22 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown. The leading receiver was Darrius Heyward-Bey with four catches for 44 yards.

In some cases Campbell missed receivers. Other times Raider penalties took them out of favorable down-and-distance situations.

And with the defense playing well and the running game solid, it made more sense to be conservative and run rather than force the ball downfield.

Settling for 100 or so passing yards isn't ideal and Jackson said the gameplan was to find his speedy wideouts for explosive plays.

Running for 190 yards meant the lack of a passing game wasn't a factor.

"Well, we tried," said Raiders coach Hue Jackson. "Whether there was a miscue here or a miscue there, it didn't happen. That's the truth to the matter. It's something we've got to get better at. There's no question. We need to get better in that area and we'll continue to work hard at it."

Jackson said he was pleased with Campbell. His statistics weren't overwhelming, but Campbell did account for two scores (he also ran for a touchdown) and didn't turn the ball over.

Jackson emphasized that at the end of the night the Raiders won:

"He did a good job. He's 1-0 this year. The thing about quarterback play in the NFL is winning. Jason Campbell right now, today, is 1-0 in his division. And that's all what matters. Are there plays that we all wish we had back? It's not just him. There are a lot of players that would tell you there are plays they wish they had back. At the end of the day, the thing we're most excited about is winning the game last night in Denver."

Among the things Jackson wants to see is the Raiders play faster. That's why Campbell was running to the line of scrimmage against the Broncos.

"It's our tempo," Jackson said. "We like to go fast. We're still not as I told you guys a little time ago we're not going as fast as I'd like us to go. We're still working through some kinks that way. We like to have a fast tempo and we'll continue to stress that."

*Jackson said safety Michael Huff (groin) and receiver Jacoby Ford (hamstring) will be evaluated this week after leaving Denver with injuries.

If Huff were to be limited at all, that would mean more time for Matt Giordano, who played well in his Raider debut with an interception and forced fumble.

Giordano was cut by the Raiders after camp, but the former Cal standout was brought back in short order.

"The day we cut him I had a great conversation with him in my office," Jackson said. "I wasn't going to be surprised if he showed back up here and neither was he. He told me this was a place he wanted to be if he could get back."

*After practicing at night to get ready for Denver the Raiders will practice at 10 a.m. for Sunday's game in Buffalo, which will begin at 10 a.m. PST.

*No, I didn't forget about the 15 penalties by the Raiders. I spent a lot of time for the story that will be in tomorrow's newspaper.

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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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