Sam Williams was very blunt about his feelings for the San Diego Chargers, the Raiders upcoming opponent this Sunday. In fact, Williams said that he’s not the only one in the Raiders locker room with these feelings. “We don’t like the Chargers at all,” said Williams of the divisional foe. “We don’t like anything about them.”
Much of the dislike Raiders’ players have for the Chargers may stem from a 13-game losing streak dating back to September 28, 2003, when the Raiders defeated San Diego 34-31 in overtime. Williams, in his eighth season with the Silver and Black, is well aware of the streak.
“I’m well aware of it. A lot of guys here are well aware of it. We don’t like it,” said Williams Wednesday in the locker room. “We don’t like them, so we’re going to end this streak. That’s our goal.”
So, is this just hyperbole or does he really get angry when he’s faced with a helmet sporting a lightening bolt? “Oh yeah. It’s something about the Chargers. San Diego and the Raiders don’t mix.”
- Didn’t see Rolando McClain out on the field today. Whether or not he’s missing due to personal reasons isn’t known, but his brother is facing up to 10 years in prison for a Class C felony charge of first degree possession of Marijuana. We’ll have to ask Tom Cable about it later today.
- Darren McFadden wasn’t at practice, but we did see him performing some sort of conditioning drill next to the Raiders’ gym.
- Robert Gallery was out on the field, but not at practice. Gallery was seen doing drills with one of the coaching assistants.
- No sign of Chaz Schilens.
- No sign of Michael Bennett, but he could’ve been in the gym working out for all I know.
- Travis Goethel and Walter McFadden came onto the field without a jersey, but I didn’t see them doing any drills.
- Quentin Groves was on the field in a jersey, but he wasn’t wearing a helmet. Chances are he wasn’t practicing today.
- Speaking of starting linebackers, the Raiders had Kamerion Wimbley at strong side, Ricky Brown in the middle, and Trevor Scott on the weak side.
- Last week the Raiders signed LB Alex Joseph from Temple to the practice squad. This week, they signed Bruce Davis Jr. to the active roster from San Francisco’s practice squad. Davis, the son of former Raiders offensive tackle with the same name, is in his third season in the NFL out of UCLA. Davis was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round of the 2008 draft and converted from defensive end to linebacker. The transition was slow, he was placed on the practice squad, and then cut just before his second season was to begin. Davis was signed by New England, cut after the 2009 season, picked up by Denver, cut before camp, then cut by the 49ers in the final cuts before signing on to their practice squad.
- To make room for Davis, the Raiders released DT Jay Alford. The Raiders also released CB Joey Thomas, who was on IR, by way of injury settlement.