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Training camp practice highlights, notes and quotes

By Steve Corkran
Friday, July 29th, 2011 at 7:04 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Day 2 of Camp Hue was even more up tempo than the previous day. That fact wasn’t lost on defensive tackles Tommy Kelly and Richard Seymour, along with the numerous players seeking massages afterward.

Raiders coach Hue Jackson said Thursday that he apologized to his players for throttling down on Day 1. They got the full Hue on Friday.

“Oh, yes, I did,” Jackson said, when asked if he noticed a more up-tempo practice. “I was even harder today, I was faster. So, I know that the tempo was much faster. Tommy Kelly will tell you guys today, ‘Hue, you’re going to get it out of us.’ That’s what he said. No doubt. I am. That’s the name of it. We’re going to go fast all the time. Our players expect it. They’re excited about it because, as you see, practice goes a little faster. But that’s the process. We’re going to take care of our bodies but we’re going to practice with a purpose every day.”

At one point, right guard Cooper Carlisle steamrollered cornerback Stanford Routt on a sweep left, with Carlisle leading the way for running back Darren McFadden.

The quick, breathtaking pace featured countless fly routes, which made for numerous highlight-reel plays by wide receivers and defensive backs.

Second-year safety Stevie Brown garnered Play of the Day honors for breaking up a pass to McFadden on a play in which quarterback Jason Campbell hit McFadden in stride, with safety Hiram Eugene trailing the play. Brown entered the picture at the last second and knocked the ball from McFadden’s hands.

A short while later, cornerback Chris Johnson broke up a pass that arrived on target in waiting hands of rookie receiver Denarius Moore.

Johnson made several nice plays, which came only an hour or so after the Raiders learned that three-time Pro Bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha had taken his talents to Philadelphia.

Jackson said he was comforted by the sight of Johnson flying around and breaking up passes.

“He made plays out there today,” Jackson said. “He’s competing for the ball, and it’s time for guys to rise up and be players. And Chris is. He’s played in some big games for us and he knows how to play. We’re very comfortable and confident in his abilities.”

Jackson said he’s also confident that young cornerbacks such as Walter McFadden, Jeremy Ware, Chimdi Chekwa and DeMarcus Van Dyke will make their mark before long.

“We got some good young players behind those guys, and on we go,” Jackson said. “That’s just part of it. I feel very comfortable and very good about the players that we have here. I’ve said that all along. We have very good players here at the Raiders. It’s just a matter of us coaching them, and those guys playing as a unit and as a very good football team.”

Speaking of Van Dyke, he got a taste of just how difficult it’s going to be making the transition to the NFL on a deep pass to receiver Louis Murphy. Van Dyke let Murphy run past him, and Murphy hauled in a well-thrown pass from Campbell for a long gain.

Paging Zach Miller. Mr. Miller, please, pick up the silver-and-black courtesy phone. Rookie tight ends Richard Gordon and David Ausberry struggled at times during the pass-heavy drills.

At one point, Gordon dropped a crossing route and fumbled at the end of a short reception on back-to-back plays. A short time later, Ausberry clanked a well-thrown pass near the sideline.

In other news, rookie offensive lineman Joseph Barksdale practiced for the first time, one day after he signed his contract. All eight rookies were on the field at the same time for the first time as Raiders.

Receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey and linebacker Quentin Scott missed practice. Heyward-Bey watched amongst his teammates. Scott was nowhere to be seen. No word on whether he was cut or excused for the day.

Jackson confirmed that offensive lineman Bruce Campbell also is on the physically-unable-to-perform list. Word has it that he failed his physical Wednesday. Defensive end Trevor Scott is on the PUP list, too. He worked out off to the side, without a brace on the left knee he injured last season.

The Raiders confirmed the signings of long-snapper Jon Condo and defensive end Jarvis Moss. Both players were at practice, but they aren’t allowed to practice until Aug. 4.

The Raiders signed undrafted free agent Cody Habben, an offensive tackle from the University of Washington. He is wearing No. 70.

Defensive tackle John Henderson missed the tail end of practice Thursday. He was back at full strength Friday.

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  • RaiderRockstar

    right guard Cooper Carlisle steamrollered cornerback Stanford Routt on a sweep left, with Carlisle leading the way for running back Darren McFadden

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    savage!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Chris Johnson broke up a pass that arrived on target in waiting hands of rookie receiver Denarius Moore.

    Johnson made several nice plays, which came only an hour or so after the Raiders learned that three-time Pro Bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha had taken his talents to Philadelphia.

    Jackson said he was comforted by the sight of Johnson flying around and breaking up passes.

    “He made plays out there today,” Jackson said. “He’s competing for the ball, and it’s time for guys to rise up and be players. And Chris is. He’s played in some big games for us and he knows how to play. We’re very comfortable and confident in his abilities.”

    ***

    I’ll take CJ37 over Cromartie or Clements

  • RaiderRockstar

    Paging Zach Miller. Mr. Miller, please, pick up the silver-and-black courtesy phone. Rookie tight ends Richard Gordon and David Ausberry struggled at times during the pass-heavy drills.

    At one point, Gordon dropped a crossing route and fumbled at the end of a short reception on back-to-back plays. A short time later, Ausberry clanked a well-thrown pass near the sideline.

    ***

    where is Myers?

    signing a new 5-year $30 million deal for Grandpa Davis?

  • Blandafan

    I’m still annoyed over this:

    “Thus officially ends the eight-year Raiders career of Asomugha. He reportedly received a five-year deal that guarantees him $25 million from the Eagles.
    The Raiders gave Routt a three-year contract in March that guarantees him $20 million.”

  • RaiderDuck

    “Receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey and linebacker Quentin Scott missed practice.”

    Who, exactly, is Quentin Scott???

  • severeraiderz

    Duck

    Quotes around elite because some considered him elite and I didn’t. C is traditionally a very weak position in the draft and still most had him projected as a 3rd rounder. He often times got overwhelmed by big NTs and wasn’t considered strong at the POA. He is a great technician and understands hand placement but physically he is no more imposing than Samson, who was our best OL the last quarter of the season. The jury is still out as to whether Wiz can consistently get to the second level in the screen game, which became an important part of our offense and something Satele was great at. We needed an upgrade at the C position but at this point I’m not sure its him and I don’t feel he should have been anointed starter without any competition. 2 years down the line I think he will be good and I have no doubt he will be no worse than solid for the duration of his career, but am I sold on him as ever being elite or an instant upgrade…..no.

  • kcsam

    Uhhhhh who is Quentin Scott????

  • Raiders for life

    Second-year safety Stevie Brown garnered Play of the Day honors for breaking up a pass to McFadden on a play in which quarterback Jason Campbell hit McFadden in stride, with safety Hiram Eugene trailing the play. Brown entered the picture at the last second and knocked the ball from McFadden’s hands.

    ##############################

    Watch out Mitchell, Stevie wants the job!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • plataynegro

    I can’t help but wonder, if the lack of interest in Z.Miller has anything to do with the plantar injury he suffered last season. He just wasn’t the same after that. I am in an X-ray program, and have learned a lot about different injuries and asked a lot of questions about rehab and what not. I was told by a doctor that sometimes you never fully recover from injuries to the feet. We learned the slow process with Chaz, and I wonder if Al is just waiting to see how it goes for Zach. Just a thought.

  • jmcclain

    Raiders gave routt that contract cause they knew #21 wasnt comming back thats common sence. This blog doesnt realize how good routt actually is. Some people just cant stop complaining about everything this team does. Sometimes this blog is sad ur either part of the nation are not. Seasons bout to start so support ur players ur coaches and ya even al davis.

  • priesttj

    I honestly think we’re going to be OK in the backend of the defense I think what happens is fans are so used to having a Nnamdi until they think we can’t play without him. Nnamdi is better than anyone we have hands down that isn’t even a question. The point is teams win and if you have enoug talented players especially young players they tend to become Nnamdi’s themselves. I know most laugh at when I say DVD can play and be that type of player. But I’m telling you he can and so can Chekwa who was rated higher than DVD he justsuffered a wrist injury.

    I remember when we lost CWood man it hurt bad. But we did OK without him sure we struggled for a year but next thing you know Nnamdi’s a star and the other guys started to play well as well. Life goes on. Neither GB or Pitt had a player close to Nnamdi but they were both in the SB.

  • Raiders for life

    plataynegro Says:
    July 29th, 2011 at 7:24 pm
    I can’t help but wonder, if the lack of interest in Z.Miller has anything to do with the plantar injury he suffered last season. He just wasn’t the same after that.
    ########################

    Sure hope that you are wrong.

  • Just Win Baby

    Nnamdi was obviously exceptional in man to man coverage. Are the Eagles primarily a man coverage team or do they play a lot of zone packages too? He might not be the shut down corner for another philosophy that he was in our package. Time will tell. I’m not saying he’s going to suck or anything, I just think he might be more easily exploited in a different system.

  • plataynegro

    RLF:

    I hope I am wrong as well! Miller is a huge asset to what we want to do. Underrated blocker, and under-appreciated athleticism on the national stage. Sign him Al, even if the deal is loaded with incentives, sign him!

  • plataynegro

    Sorry *RFL*, my bad

  • plataynegro

    I think he can flourish in a system like what the Eagles had when J.Johnson was DC. They blitzed more than anybody and left the CBs on an Island. I’m not sure what they will be doing now that the old O-line coach is the DC.

  • Raider J

    “Tommy Kelly will tell you guys today, ‘Hue, you’re going to get it out of us.’ That’s what he said. No doubt. I am… We’re going to take care of our bodies but we’re going to practice with a purpose every day.” -Hue Jack City

    Yes Coach!

    Forget Jacoby Ford “Motors” or “Mustang”
    I’m going with…

    Jacoby “V12″ Ford

  • Kirk

    How many concussions has Zack Miller had?

  • dbaz09

    How about some details on Bruce Campbell? From vanishing his rookie season to failing his physical at the start of year 2. Too many expectations of this guy to let his story go unreported..

  • 1TrueFan53

    “Second-year safety Stevie Brown garnered Play of the Day honors for breaking up a pass to McFadden on a play in which quarterback Jason Campbell hit McFadden in stride, with safety Hiram Eugene trailing the play. Brown entered the picture at the last second and knocked the ball from McFadden’s hands.”

    —> with safety Hiram Eugene trailing the play.

    RAIDERS NEED TO CUT HIM… He is so garbage!!!!

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    369.DaTruth91 Says:
    July 29th, 2011 at 5:45 pm
    And those who argue, he doesnt have the stats or make the game changing plays…you are indirectly the reason why he left, He is now going to a team that blitz and run exotic def schemes and have a descent CB beside him…..Nnamdi will now prove you all wrong, and i hope he does, because he wasent used here correctly

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    DaTruth tells the truth.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    When Cable wasn’t resigned, a pizzed Lechler said that probably some players would leave because of it and when asked who,he named Gallery, Asomugh, Zach Miller, and Bush.
    Since Bush has a first and third tender Lechler might be right on three out of the four.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    * I’m still hoping Miller stays as well as Bush.

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