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Daunte Culpepper, Oakland Raider

Introducing the newest member of the Oakland Raiders: quarterback Daunte Culpepper, one of the league’s mega-stars until a serious knee injury shelved him during the 2005 season. Culpepper threw about 60 passes for the Raiders on Tuesday morning, then left the building without speaking to reporters. He was not at the Tuesday-afternoon practice, generating speculation that he departed without a contract. But after practice, coach Lane Kiffin said Culpepper had signed a one-year deal. He’ll suit up tomorrow, with a… Read More »

Culpepper in the hizzy

Yes, Daunte Culpepper is here in Napa. He just wrapped up a workout with the Raiders, and is showering before he leaves the Marriott. Will anyone get to talk to him? That remains to be seen. If Culpepper escapes without an interview, you can bet it’s his decision to do it that way. The Raiders have everything to gain from letting the quarterback speak to the world. Because at this point, the message is primarily aimed at rookie JaMarcus Russell… Read More »

Culpepper in for a workout

Daunte Culpepper is flying to California for a workout. Lane Kiffin confirmed after the Monday-night practice that the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback will work out with the team Tuesday morning. The Dolphins cut Culpepper July 19 after one disappointing and injury-wracked season. Think this development has something to do with JaMarcus Russell’s holdout (which isn’t technically a holdout, since he is not under contract)? You bet. Even Kiffin noted that Culpepper’s presence is related to Russell. “Sure it is,” he… Read More »

Walter stating his case

Here’s something I never expected to be writing on the third day of training camp: Andrew Walter looks like the best quarterback on the team. The proclamation comes with a major disclaimer, of course, because the Raiders have practiced only three times. But in those three sessions, Walter has clearly outplayed his major competition at this point, Josh McCown. Jeff Otis has gotten minimal repetitions, Cody Pickett just joined the team and JaMarcus Russell is still chillin’ in Mobile while… Read More »

Miller is signed

Zach Miller, the second-round draft choice from Arizona State, was on the field for the Raiders’ practice this morning after signing his first NFL contract the night before. Miller had driven to Napa from Oakland on Friday in anticipation of getting his deal done, but the two sides were unable to forge a deal before practice began at 2:45 that day. So he waited a night and took the field Saturday morning. And when the offense lined up for its… Read More »

Burgess on the PUP list

Defensive end Derrick Burgess showed up on time to camp, but he’s temporarily out of commission. The two-time Pro Bowl choice had a hernia operation two weeks ago, and has been placed on the Raiders’ physically unable to perform list. He worked out individually with a trainer, and seemed to be moving pretty well. Indeed, coach Lane Kiffin said if the team had to play tomorrow, Burgess would suit up. In his absence, Kevin Huntley lined up at left defensive… Read More »

Kiffin in control: more evidence

The recent moves that most caught the attention of Raiders fans were probably the dismissals of Adam Treu and Jarrod Cooper. Both were popular in the Nation, Treu for his steadfast snapping and humility, Cooper for his wild abandon, general hilarity and famed tattoo contest. But the transactions that surprised me most involved Darnell Bing and Courtney Anderson, both of whom were waived this week. Bing is a stout, impressive-looking safety, and he never got the slightest chance to show… Read More »

And now the defense

Here’s the second half of my look at the Raiders’ roster entering training camp. I broke down the offense Monday. Here comes the defense, along with the kickers. (And by the way, I’m not counting out anyone in the OTHERS category; somebody from this group will see playing time in 2007.) Players report for camp tomorrow afternoon. DEFENSIVE LINE THE STARTERS: Derrick Burgess (LDE), 6-2, 260, 7th season, Mississippi: Reigning two-time Pro Bowl choice sets tempo for Raiders, both on… Read More »

Raiders cut Treu

Today I had a story in the print edition of the Press Democrat called “10 Questions,” with an eye toward training camp. Make that 9 1/2 questions. The last query asked “Is this the end of the line for Treu and Crockett?” Today, the Raiders released one of those guys — center Adam Treu, the longest-serving player on the team. So much for my sanguine observation about not counting out the veterans. Treu’s departure is a dark day for the… Read More »

Raiders’ training camp roster — Pt. 1

The Raiders report to training camp in three days, with the first practice on Friday. We got our camp schedule today (including a total of seven evening practices, 7-9 p.m.!). This thing is really happening. To get the ball bouncing, I’ll be breaking down the roster by position group, starting with offense. I’m only guessing at the starters, of course, based largely on the mini-camps and OTAs. Consider this a starting point. Here goes. QUARTERBACK THE STARTER: Josh McCown, 6-4,… Read More »