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The Raiders’ second practice session Saturday, accompanied by a stiff wind, saw far too many passes hit the ground to do much for the comfort level of coach Tom Cable and offensive coordinator Hue Jackson.


For the proper perspective, one needs to flash back a year when the Raiders were atrocious in the passing game. On many of Saturday’s misplays, receivers were at least in the right spots and passes were thrown to the right place.

It’s a matter of securing the ball and putting it away.

A few quick observations:

– Have been asked a time or three about the running backs, Darren McFadden and Michael Bush in particular.

The reason I don’t pay a lot of attention to the running backs is that non-contact practices are set up for their success.

So, yes, McFadden looks terrific. He accelerates quickly, pulls away from defenders and is dangerous in the passing game. Like he always is in these sessions.

Bush looks big and swift, a load to bring down if that was the goal.

For that matter, both Rock Cartwright and Michael Bennett, the latter in on a tryout basis, looked explosive and productive.

– Quarterback JaMarcus Russell got the least amount of work among the four quarterbacks, with Jason Campbell, Charlie Frye and Kyle Boller all getting more work.

For the record, Cable says to pay no mind to depth charts or practice reps during a minicamp.

For practice highlights, check my Twitter page . . .