Raider Nation invades Georgia for minicamp

Oakland quarterback Jason Campbell (left) and Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (right) chat after the Raiders practice today. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

Oakland quarterback Jason Campbell (left) and Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (right) chat after the Raiders practice today. Both teams practices at the same field about 10 miles from Flowery Branch. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

Oakland defensive end Richard Seymour and quarterback Jason Campbell sent out the message and their teammates answered.

A total of 34 players took part in the first practice of a week-long minicamp organized by Seymour and Campbell and run by Chip Smith of Competitive Edge Sports of Duluth. Here’s some video from our buddy Steve Wyche and NFL Network.  Click here.

“We are thrilled that they have come and entrusted their week to us,” Smith said. “We have been talking for about a month now. We came up with a day-by-day plan. We sent that to Richard and Jason based on some things they wanted to get done as team.”

Smith, one of the top performance trainers of NFL talent in the nation, then crafted the schedule together and included some position specific drills.

Chip Smith, founder of Competitive Edge Sports of Duluth, is running the Raiders' minicamp this week. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

Chip Smith, founder of Competitive Edge Sports of Duluth, is running the Raiders' minicamp this week. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

“A lot of these OTAs and seven- on-seven drills led by players are nothing more than coming out and playing touch football,” Smith said.

Seymour wanted the workouts to be organized and intense.

“We just wanted to give Atlanta a little bit of a taste of the Raiders as well,” said Seymour, the six-time Pro Bowler who played at Georgia. “I know there are some big Falcons fans down here, but we brought the Raider Nation in here today.”

Campbell, who played at Auburn, had most of the wide receivers staying with him in his suburban Washington, D.C. home.

“I had to get them out of my house,” Campbell said. “They eat too much. Also, they are younger than me too. So, it’s ‘let’s go here. Let’s go there.’ I want to go to sleep.”

The Falcons, who practiced on the same field about a half an hour after the Raiders, were impressed with Oakland’s turnout.

Raider quarterback Kyle Boller during seven-on-seven drills. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

Raider quarterback Kyle Boller during seven-on-seven drills. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

“It was impressive to see how many guys that they had down here,” Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said. “But I think that’s a commitment that players have. Everybody is professional about what we do. Even though we are not able to go to the facility at this point, we know that we need to stay in shape.”

Some of the Raiders on hand included running back Darren McFadden, fullback Rock Cartwright, wide receivers Louis Murphy, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Jacoby Ford, linebacker Rolando McClain, rookie cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke and rookie center Stefen Wisniewski.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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14 comments Add your comment

Roll Tide

May 24th, 2011
4:32 pm

RoLo and Julio reunion

Roll Tide

May 24th, 2011
4:32 pm

Cornerback Smurf

May 24th, 2011
4:55 pm

Roll Turd….whateva!

Cornerback Smurf

May 24th, 2011
5:02 pm

The Raiders are a national brand franchise despite not being relevant in the NFL for almost the last 10 years. They are one of the few franchises that could go into another teams’ market and pull off the publicity attention as demonstrated in the ATL. I would say the Cowboys and Packers would be the other two teams on that same level. Maybe the Falcons can grow into a franchise like such. It won’t be easy though…..you have to win numerous championships to garner their type of mystique. The Patriot franchise is knocking at that door and they have like 3 or 4 championships. My point being, the Falcons need to establish some consistency over a period of time (kind of like the Braves did during the 90’s…albeit they did it winning only 1 title).

Just my thoughts.

JD

May 24th, 2011
5:07 pm

doesn’t say what field they’re on though. wouldn’t mind watching both teams for a few minutes….

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 24th, 2011
5:53 pm

JD — player-only workouts. Not open to public. (Buford City Park).

tim

May 24th, 2011
6:47 pm

Da RAIDDDDD-ERS are in town…….hide the women and children.

hiramsaint

May 24th, 2011
10:13 pm

i wonder if matty meltdown was able to get some pointers on how to win a playoff game?

eM

May 24th, 2011
10:32 pm

hiramsaint

May 24th, 2011
10:13 pm
i wonder if matty meltdown was able to get some pointers on how to win a playoff game?

I wonder if himaroid himey will every quit being a jerkoff blabbering idiot?

RE eM

May 25th, 2011
7:51 am

I doubt hiramTAINT will ever do anything in his life other than be a jerkoff.

PMC

May 25th, 2011
9:34 am

This is kind of funny, new blog, no negative comments about the Raiders at all and already someone has posted defending the Raiders as if they were an injured animal. The Raiders are getting better, the old man has just made a few brutal mistakes in the draft. 4

The random local Saints people just have to get their fix.

Thanks for the heads up DOL. I’m sure it will be fun for the players to get to compete a little again.

BirdDirty

May 25th, 2011
9:39 am

How is a city park not open to the public?

SAL PAOLANTONIO

May 25th, 2011
9:41 am

`
The 7-9 Seattle Seahawks exposed the pitifull sAints in the playoffs.
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hiramsaint

May 26th, 2011
12:57 pm

as did the # 6 seed wildcard packers to the #1 see failcons. at least we made a game of it and didn’t raise the white flag and surrender in the 2nd qtr as our fans bailed out at half time. what an embarassement!