NFL News and Notes: Raiders Tag Tyvon Branch, Breaking down Jacory Harris

Dec 11, 2011; Green Bay, WI, USA; Oakland Raiders safety Tyvon Branch (33) deflects a pass intended for Green Bay Packers receiver Greg Jennings (85) at Lambeau Field. The Packers defeated the Raiders 46-16. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

The Oakland Raiders have placed the franchise tag on SS Tyvon Branch

Here is Just Blog Baby’s, an Oakland Raiders blog, viewpoin

The move comes as somewhat of a surprise to this blogger who didn’t see Reggie McKenzie as the franchise tag type. However given the Raiders current cap situation, which is nastier than the taste in Lindsay Lohan’s mouth on a Sunday morning, it seems very reasonable that they’d alleviate some drama by putting a set price on Branch now while working out the details on a deal later.

One man’s joy is another’s pain however. This also means somebody has got to go. With the Raiders well over the cap and Branch getting a raise that only indicates more slashing must be done.

Stanford Routt was already fired and Kamerion Wimbley is currently in the crosshairs. Michael Huff could be next in line. This also mean the Raiders won’t be using the tag on Michael Bush who is looking more likely to hit the open market. Either that or the Raiders are getting really creative in finding ways to pay Bush too.

Also from, an article about Sebastian Janikowski.

Hopefully this is the last time we’ll have to discuss any more off-field misadventures of Sebastian Janikowski. Yesterday it was reported that a judge in Walnut County ordered Janikowski to complete 30 hours of anger management and substance abuse counseling in addition to 30 hours of community service as part of an incident at a Walnut Creek nightclub that occurred back in 2010.

In order to gain admittance to the counseling program prosecutors agreed to drop one misdemeanor count of false imprisonment. Sebastian could also have another misdemeanor battery charge dropped if he completes his courses and remains arrest-free for 12 months.

Mocking the draft has an interview with UCF CB Josh Robinson:

When did you find out what you ran the forty in?

I found out, like a couple minutes after. Once I sat down, and checked my phone out, a few people had texted me the information, including you. I was happy and even happier when I found out the official time to see that I had the fastest time.

Did you feel that you were going to show the world that you were a burner?

Yeah I felt that I was going to show them that I had the speed. I knew I was going to put on a great performance, but I am glad I got to show the world my speed.

Do you feel like you moved up draft boards?

I would say I have, talking to my agent and different people they all think I have. People had me running a 4.5 and I really showed them that I am not a 4.5 guy. So yeah I would say that I moved up the boards.

How many NFL teams came up to you after your 4.33 forty?

I would say about 4 or 5 teams came up to me after words, and began asking me when was my pro day and if I was going to be there. They all told me that they would be there to see me again, so I am very happy that they will be there for me and my teammates.

Matthew Waldman breaks Miami Quarterback Jacory Harris to highlight how mechanical flaws can create accuracy problems

If Harris were throwing a deeper pass that required a lot of arc then a partial torque of the hips is probably fine. I’ve seen a excerpt of a practice of Jon Gruden instructing Rich Gannon to throw the ball in this manner on a specific down field route. He wasn’t talking about the hips with Gruden, but the motion clearly limited the hip torque.

Two plays later, Harris’ certain touchdown-turned-interception is an even more dramatic example of his delivery issue.  The play is a 1st and 10 from the Pitt 33 yard line with 7:20 in the first quarter. Miami comes to the line in an 11-personnel, 1×2 receiver set versus a 4-3 with the SLB over the TE on the near side wing.

Ourlad’s has some notes on the Tight Ends from the Senior Bowl:

Michael Egnew (Missouri) – 6052, 251. A big target who catches the ball in his hands. Occupies linebackers as a blocker. Will struggle with big, on the line, defensive ends. Competitive with excellent hand quickness. Good concentration to reach and extend for the ball. He is a unique and athletic weapon. Emil Igwenagu (Massachusetts) – 6011, 245, arms 33 1/8”, wing span 80 3/8”. Played in the Shrine Game. Impressed in Tuesday’s practice with his ability to block as a tight end and at fullback. He is also a capable hand catcher


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