News, Notes: Raiders and Chargers

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Here is an interesting excerpt from new Oakland backup quarterback Jeff Garcia on SIRIUS XM Radio:

"I'm up here in Oakland right now taking part in the quarterback school with JaMarcus (Russell) and Bruce Gradkowski and we're working on just the fundamentals of playing the position, the leadership qualities that you have to have, the work ethic, getting in the weight room. I think JaMarcus, being able to see how myself and how Bruce work as far as what we do in the classroom, what we do in the weight room and what we do on the field, it's something positive for him to see. I don't think he's had those types of guys around him to help him push him or help him understand what it takes to be a true professional at this level. The guy is tremendously skilled, he's huge and we just want to get him into a position where he can be better on the field if he is physically better and mentally sharper. I think those are things he's starting to see right now with me being involved this week and hopefully it's just something where the relationship continues to build. And we're going to help him as much as possible by pushing him in a positive way. At the same time I'm going to do everything I can do to make sure that I'm prepared in case I do get that opportunity or in case something were to happen that I take advantage of that opportunity and make the most in trying to help this team win football games."

San Diego center Nick Hardwick finally feels good again and he is looking forward to the 2009 season.

Here is a report that says Missouri wide receiver Jeremy Maclin does not have a visit to Oakland scheduled before the draft. Oakland is looking at receivers in the draft. As the article points out, whether or not Maclin visits doesn't mean he will or won't end up wearing silver and black.

Watch for an upcoming feature on the rehabilitating Shawne Merriman on ESPN's SportsCenter. The feature follows Merriman's rehab after his knee surgery last September.