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Oakland Raiders tight end Zach Miller (80) is tackled after catching a pass by Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jason Williams (58) in the first quarter during a preseason NFL football game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Sharon Ellman)

Coach Tom Cable's desire to get tight end Zach Miller more involved in the passing game has meshed well with new quarterback Jason Campbell's penchant for finding his tight end on a regular basis.

At Monday's practice, Campbell twice looked Miller's way on a two-minute drive, and they connected for a touchdown on the final pass.

"I like it," Cable said of the chemistry between Miller and Campbell. "I really like it with that whole group, but those two guys are really starting to develop something, for sure. You take him in the red zone; you need a touchdown in that situation. You saw who he went to."

Washington Redskins tight ends Chris Cooley and Fred Davis combined for 77 receptions for 841 yards and eight touchdowns last season with Campbell as their quarterback. Miller caught 66 passes for 805 yards and three touchdowns last season.

Cable said there are plenty of ways for the Raiders to get more from Miller, especially near the goal line. Miller is all for the increased workload.

"He's had good tight ends in the past to work with," Miller said of Campbell. "Him coming here, right away we developed a good connection right off the bat. We have good trust.

"On certain routes he knows I'm going to win. We have a good feel for each other already on where I'm going to be. I try just to be consistent for him and make the plays for him so he keeps coming my way."


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Campbell said the tight end is a vital weapon these days because of the emphasis placed upon double-teaming wide receivers and forcing teams to throw to other players.

"You have to have a guy who creates space on the inside," Campbell said. "Zach is a guy that creates that space for us and helps draw some of that attention away from those guys on the outside."

  • Former Raider Justin Fargas believed last season that the team was equipped to produce three 1,000-yard running backs.

    Running back Rock Cartwright isn't so sure about three 1,000-yard backs, but he is confident about the prospect of one running back amassing a ton of yardage in Oakland's offense.

    "This offense allows a back to do a lot of different things," Cartwright said. "It allows him to split out at wideout a lot. It allows him to take a lot of checkdowns and screens. If a back is able to stay healthy for a full season in this offense, I'm sure he can put up close to 2,000 all-purpose yards."

    For the record, Michael Bush's 589 yards rushing led the Raiders last season. Bush, Fargas and Darren McFadden combined for only 1,900 yards rushing and receiving.

  • Cable said he expects to know more about defensive end Jay Richardson's long-term outlook today, once Richardson returns from seeing a specialist about his bothersome knee.

    Quarterback Charlie Frye is scheduled to visit a hand specialist today in an attempt to learn something definitive about why his sore right wrist isn't getting any better.

  • Wide receivers Jacoby Ford (quadriceps) and Chaz Schilens (foot) sat out the morning practice, but they returned for the afternoon session.

  • Middle linebacker Rolando McClain and kicker Sebastian Janikowski rejoined the team after missing two days for personal reasons. Both were away on excused absences.