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Raiders training camp practice highlights, notes and quotes

Day 3 brought about the first padded practice, with coach Hue Jackson keeping up the intensity that was missing at the start of the past two camps under Tom Cable.

“Phenomenal,” linebacker Kamerion Wimbley said. “It was great. It was a lot of intensity in the beginning. Guys finished up great for their first day being back in pads.”

Early on in practice, Jackson busted out the famed Oklahoma Drill, where players square off against each other and see who prevails.

There were plenty of heated battles. As usual, the drill failed to live up to the hype, with few exceptions.

On one play middle linebacker Rolando McClain laid a pretty good hit on rookie running back Taiwan Jones. A short time later, Jones returned to the field in shorts an baseball cap.

Jackson said Jones suffered a “nick.” Get used to hearing that word quite a bit. It’s a catchphrase that Jackson uses for most injuries. He later said it’s either a groin or hamstring strain.

Jackson said he is encouraged by what he saw from his players.

“I love that,” Jackson said. “That’s the name of the game. If we’re going to be a team that’s building a bully, I can’t all of a sudden walk out there on Sunday, Monday or Thursday and say we are. We’ve got to become one, and our guys understand it’s a contact sport, and we’ve got to line up every now and then and run into each other.”

Rookie cornerback Chimdi Chekwa’s left shoulder popped out of its socket during one-on-one cover drills amongst defensive backs.

“Trainer!” Chekwa hollered a split second after he suffered the injury. Two trainers rushed to Chekwa’s aid and escorted him off the field. Again, Jackson referred to the injury as a “nick.”

Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey missed practice for the third straight day. He spent his time watching and offering tips to the younger receivers.

When asked the reason for his absence, Heyward-Bey refused to give any specifics.

“I can’t really say,” Heyward-Bey said. “Just trying to get back, trying to get ready. I am in meetings and everything, staying on top of everything and being a coach on the sidelines.”

He said he is receiving treatment for his undisclosed injury. When pressed, he said: “It might be a toothache.”

Fellow receiver Chaz Schilens made a nice adjustment on an underthrown pass, with cornerback Walter McFadden in tight coverage. Schilens made a sliding catch, while shielding McFadden from the ball.

Schilens said it’s a “blessing” being back healthy and not rehabilitating from foot and knee injuries the past two seasons.

“There’s always pressure,” Schilens said. “Even the rookies we had last year. Jacoby (Ford),  there was pressure on him. He knew he had to make plays. Louis (Murphy) knew he had to make plays. It just is what it is, man. We know we have to win. We know we have to go out there and make plays. The quarterbacks are depending on us, the offense is depending on us. Just the offense as a whole, everyone has pressure.”

Offensive lineman Bruce Campbell actually is on the Non-Football Injury List and not the Physically-Unable-to-Perform List. He had ice on his right knee and missed his third straight practice.

Undrafted rookie tackle Alan Pelc had a day to remember. Wimbley worked him over pretty good on a one-on-one pass-protection drill, with Pelc winding up on the ground. Later, defensive tackle Tommy Kelly slapped Pelc upside the head a few times during a brief skirmish.

For the record, second-year linebacker Travis Goethel gets credit for partaking in the first dustup during camp. He brawled briefly with an offensive lineman before teammates intervened.

Jackson confirmed that the Raiders re-signed offensive lineman Khalif Barnes. He said Barnes will get some work at right offensive tackle but not be limited to that spot for the time being. The Raiders are in need of a replacement for Langston Walker.

Rookie Joseph Barksdale worked at right tackle with the first-team offense. He was joined by Jared Veldheer, Daniel Loper, Stefen Wisniewski and Cooper Carlisle, from left to right, on the line.

Defensively, there doesn’t appear to be much room for long-shots or hopefuls to crack the starting lineup. Once again, the defensive line featured Kelly, Richard Seymour, Lamarr Houston and Matt Shaughnessy, the linebackers were Wimbley, McClain and Quentin Groves and the defensive backs Tyvon Branch, Mike Mitchell, Stanford Routt and Chris Johnson.

Walter McFadden jumped a route by Schilens early in practice, stepped in front of Jason Campbell’s pass but dropped the sure interception. Rookie cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke also whiffed on a Campbell pass for Murphy that landed in Van Dyke’s hands at the goal line. Van Dyke dropped down and did some push-ups as punishment for his gaffe.

Jackson raved about the way McClain looks in his second year as the Raiders starting middle linebacker.

“Wow. Wow,” Jackson said. “What an improvement. What a different guy. Last year, obviously, I wasn’t as involved with him that way but I see a guy with a  lot more confidence, really taking command of our defense, is the leader of our defense, wants that responsibility, understands that it’s time for him to play like he can play. Not that he didn’t a year ago but he knows that I expect for him to play like they play. The guys play every day so he comes to practice with that attitude. He brings it. He demands it from the rest of the defense, him and Richard and Tommy. Those guys are doing a good job.”

McClain declined to be interviewed. He rarely speaks with the media. However, he said he intends to speak Sunday.

The Raiders welcomed back linebacker Sam Williams and fullback Marcel Reece. Williams signed on for his ninth year, making him the longest-tenured position player on the Raiders roster. Punter Shane Lechler and kicker Sebastian Janikowski have more time here.

Reece is like the handful of other free agents who aren’t allowed to practice until Aug. 4.

“It’s hard, man,” Reece said of watching. “You don’t realize how hard it is until you get out here and watch them practice. You just want to get out there and get out with the fellas and work around a little bit.”

Reece got a chance to watch the proceedings from a different viewpoint. He said he likes what he saw from his teammates.

“Oh, we looked good, you know?” Reece said. ”You love the fast tempo, you love the hard hitting and you just want to get physical and get back with the team.”

Quarterback Trent Edwards also showed up to watch practice, only hours after signing a contract. He picked the Raiders on the recommendation of former Raiders passing game coordinator Ted Tollner.

Coincidentally, the Raiders coveted Edwards in 2007 out of Stanford. Instead, the Raiders used the No. 1 pick on quarterback JaMarcus Russell. Edwards was drafted by the Buffalo Bills.

“I just remember visiting with coach Knapp (Greg, offensive coordinator) when he was here, and they were interested,” Edwards said. “I felt like I had a good chance coming here and now I didn’t, obviously, and now I’m back and excited to be here.”

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  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Ambivalent on Huff. He stepped up in a contract year, and could go back to weak play. Stevie Brown is more of a playmaker and should be ahead of MM

  • lefty12

    B,haven’t you been reading how HJ loves ‘Big Rich and Tommy’?Henderson won’t start unless one of them gets injured and maybe not even then.

  • http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=eb53t3&s=5&hid=3&tag=my+pool Lynn from Snot

    Can’t wait to see Mc Clain destroy

  • Raider Toe Jam

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 9:55 am
    Raider Toe Jam Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 9:52 am
    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 9:51 am
    Raider Toe Jam, Davis does has a gm. His/Her names are John Herrera, Amy Trask, and Danny Southwick.

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    They on vacation or on a cruise?
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    They have been chilling at Steve Corkram’s apartment and playing Wii.

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    That figures.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    Our blog insider Clarence is M.I.A also.

  • J Hill

    adbrandt Andrew Brandt
    Saw Fabian Washington just signed. Had Oakland not drafted him right before us in 2005, Aaron Rodgers-GB may never have happened.

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    I love when stuff like this comes out, lol.

    To all of the folks commenting on Al’s GM skills, I guess GBs GM would have been just as dumb, eh?

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    Huffy247 Michael Huff
    Just landed in Oakland….what I miss?

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    #21 looking like a 100% fruitcake in his presser in Philly. Whats up with the mini afro fade?

    lmao

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Lefty….before years end Henduu starting….it will be too obvious

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    How have you been MistaClown?

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    Ask your wife.
    _____

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 10:01 am

    How have you been MistaClown?

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Aso is a sucka….Been knowing it but yall love that nice guy phag soundin schit

  • J Hill

    Dumb move by the GM to not manage the roster.

    You can’t lose a guy like that and get nothing….

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    Really?

    Well when the player says he wants to remain a Raider, you still trade him?

    Nnamdi, the stand up guy and all, shouldn’t have been taken at his word?

    I can just imagine you guys blasting Al if he did trade Nnamdi to the Jets and Nnamdi is standing at his PC talking about he never wanted to be traded, lol. Not to mention the biotching you would’ve done when we didn’t draft the player you wanted with the 1st rd pick we got.

    LMFAO!

  • PurpleDrank81

    So Huffy resigned I wonder for how much? Does that mean we have Wimbley’s long term contract…Way to start off my sunday

  • bcz24

    BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011 Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Lefty….before years end Henduu starting….it will be too obvious
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    I disagree with you there. He just doesnt have the motor left.

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Cromartie….come on thru patna….we give u two cracks at SD yearly

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    Huff is the ONLY db on the roster that can cover a TE and you meatheads wanted him gone?

  • lefty12

    J-464-beautiful.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    That “Thank You” intro at raiders.com was pretty ninerish.

    Only recognized about half of em too. Condo looked like a tranny.

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Bcz i dont know how u get that. He started a few games last year and was starting all his career beforehand

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    LOL & KC & Den, all those are gravy!
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    BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011 Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Cromartie….come on thru patna….we give u two cracks at SD yearly

  • YoungAmerican

    Really?

    Well when the player says he wants to remain a Raider, you still trade him?

    Nnamdi, the stand up guy and all, shouldn’t have been taken at his word?

    I can just imagine you guys blasting Al if he did trade Nnamdi to the Jets and Nnamdi is standing at his PC talking about he never wanted to be traded, lol. Not to mention the biotching you would’ve done when we didn’t draft the player you wanted with the 1st rd pick we got.

    LMFAO!

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    All truth here.

  • Gerard

    We will only have Hue Jack for a few years. Not becuz Al is gonna fire him, but becuz he is gonna become one of the top coaching prospects in the league becuz of kicking so much butt here in Oakland.

    Print that!

  • http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=eb53t3&s=5&hid=3&tag=my+pool Lynn from Snot

    Huffy247 Michael Huff
    Just landed in Oakland….what I miss?
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    Well, Oklahoma drills for one

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Lol we talkin about motors? Consistently what motor have u seen from Kelly?

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    With #21 out of the picture the sky is the limit for our DB’s to snag some INT’s and make plays.

    A welcome sight around here!

  • lefty12

    Favre started a few games last year and was starting all his career too.There comes a time when the old body just won’t let you do what you once did.

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Lynn i say Huff needs to do Oklahoma drill against fullbakcs and tight ends….maybe that softy can be a man

  • big pep

    huff resigned, not my favorite player back there but with numnuts going to phily i guess we need his experience and thats better than losing both of them.

  • Just Win Baby

    Plaxico Bullethole going to the Jets. He won’t even have to get permission from his P.O. to leave town.

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Lefty lol….u talking a 41 yr old man vs 32 yr old….come on man

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    lol @ bullethole

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    Al should bring Jamarcus back for the minimum and cut Boller.

  • big pep

    i was pretty pissed off about the numnut signing with phily but i guess if he didnt want to be here, FUCEM!!!

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    MistaBrown<—–yall may wanna start paying attention to that guy….Nnamdi was a fraud

  • http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=eb53t3&s=5&hid=3&tag=my+pool Lynn from Snot

    Hue seems to be crackin the whip unlike previous camps at Napa. Thats how to build a bully. Oklahoma drills and practice on pads

  • lefty12

    Look at the positions.Playing in the middle ,banging against other 300 lbers takes its toll much faster.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Stevie Brown can cover TEs. Well.

    Huff can cover em, just not tackle.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    It feels nice to have a real coach for once. Cable was a fraud.

  • http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=eb53t3&s=5&hid=3&tag=my+pool Lynn from Snot
  • J Hill

    but yall love that nice guy phag soundin schit

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    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

    You’ze a fool mayne!

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Big Pep….i was happy

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    B,

    I started the #21 is a fraud early last year, thank you very much.

    I started the SeaPerch is a b!tch 2 years ago, thank you again.

    I started the priesttj is a fraud as well, you are welcome.

    Lat but not least I exposed OakGlen666SeymourJustWinDebo is a troll & fraud, the end.

  • big pep

    hue jax sure talks alot, i hope he can geter done, haha

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    You know this from his 0 lifetime NFL starts and 1 rookie season?
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    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Stevie Brown can cover TEs. Well.

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Lefty….Favre took cold beast shots at qb for 20 years….free shots at that

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    A month ago I said Rolando would be our most improved Raider in 2011.

    I’m feeling pretty good about that one too.
    :D

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Mista lolol

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Mista…u get no credit for DHBz….we all knew he sucked