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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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  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Lol Armond……he gone and ppl still wwanna cry over that slimeball

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    Todd Heap signed with Cardinals.

  • 1234567

    BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011 Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Huff at cb lmao
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    Would you care to offer an opinion?

    I didnt say I think he should start at CB for the Raiders this year. I said I always wanted to see him at CB, like he played some at Texas. I think if he would have come into the league and coached up at CB from day one, he has the tools and abilities to have excelled at that position.

  • CuzImaRaider

    BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011 Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 10:38 am
    Huff at cb lmao

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    Dude, lol. We’ve seen it in the past. And in all honesty you could say the same about FS, I mean you didn’t see teams knocking down the door to sign him. At least at corner he’s not expected to make tackles.

  • Raiders for life

    Is CODE BLACK 2011 still on?

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    I want Lofa Tatupu bruddah!

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    The Cards aren’t playin they know the NFC west is garbage.

  • CuzImaRaider

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 10:41 am
    Todd Heap signed with Cardinals.

    Source? Thought he was visiting the Jets today. If he doesn’t land there, and Miller doesn’t get re-signed which is unlikely. I hope Hue Jack is ringing Heap up ASAP

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011 Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 10:39 am
    Mista….kell and mr bring the blog down
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    WRONG!!! It is the crazies that make this blog fun, especially MR. He is the King of the Blog.

  • armond

    531.BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011 Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 10:32 am
    Fu ha ha ha ck Nnamdi….told yall he was a btch

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    it was just a matter of time.

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

    On Huff playing CB , Didn’t Nnamdi get drafted as a Safety??

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    RFL……of course its CODE BLACK 2011 all day everyday

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    On Huff playing CB , Didn’t Nnamdi get drafted as a Safety??
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    I don’t think so.

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Albert Bigelow Paine=MR

  • lefty12

    Huff at CB.You’ve got to be kidding.Wasn’t the Jacksonville game enough evidence that would be a disaster?

  • Raiders for life

    562.BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011 Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 10:44 am
    RFL……of course its CODE BLACK 2011 all day everyday

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

    Oh yeah, it’s on now!!!!!!!!!!

  • CuzImaRaider

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 10:45 am
    On Huff playing CB , Didn’t Nnamdi get drafted as a Safety??
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    I don’t think so.

    Nnamdi was a safety at Cal

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    What’s Code Black?

  • armond

    551.BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011 Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 10:41 am
    Lol Armond……he gone and ppl still wwanna cry over that slimeball

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    maybe they shouldve sang that wham song wake me up before u go go and they would be alright.

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    There isnt any king of blog….we got semi pros,elder statesmen and soldiers

  • 1234567

    Lynn from Snot Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 10:44 am

    On Huff playing CB , Didn’t Nnamdi get drafted as a Safety??
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    Exactly, Nnamdi was a straight up free saftey at Cal

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    lol @ MR logged in as ABP and calling himself the King of the Blog.

    hahahahahaahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Armond if they playing George Michael to get amped then we got a problem

  • CuzImaRaider

    lefty12 Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 10:45 am
    Huff at CB.You’ve got to be kidding.Wasn’t the Jacksonville game enough evidence that would be a disaster?

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    Agree, but if he played there everday in practice with preperation, coaching and developed habit could be a different story. I only ask because I’v seen cj37 play corner for years, and aside from a few pick 6′s the majority has been a disaster. Last I can remember him playing well was the season before his contract was extended.

  • http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=eb53t3&s=5&hid=3&tag=my+pool Lynn from Snot
  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Nnamdi is now Free Loser for the Philly Swallows

  • morilla

    Nnamdi played safety at Cal but was drafted to play CB.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    MR is King of the Blog. Whenever he logs in, this entire site revolves around him.

  • armond

    so brandon marshall is now confirming what we all knew. YO AZZ IS CRAZY!!

  • CuzImaRaider

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 10:47 am
    What’s Code Black?

    haha Thats me yesterday!! But I got the lowdown! CODE BLACK IS THE SH!T!

  • Seymour Bush

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 9:52 am

    No to Cro.

    Huff IS soft.

    Just win baby.
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    I don’t know if I would call Mike Huff soft. Especially the way he was cracking Lendale White in the National Championship game. He has played tentatively, which could come across as “soft”. There is no denying Huff’s game has improved the last two years. It would be a crime to let a guy go, who is just about to turn the corner into a Pro Bowl type player.

    Lastly, Polamalu, Adrian Wilson, Sanders, Reed, Nick Collins all prove that to be in the dance, you better have at least one excellent safety back there.

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

    Jerrymcd Jerry McDonald
    Good news about Todd Heap signing with Arizona . . . Cards won’t pursue Arizona native Zach Miller. Silence surrounding Zach is strange.
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    This is the type of stuff Corkram should be giving us.

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Hahahahaha Sproles scared of the RoBeast….thats what we been lackin for years…ability to put fear in people

  • 1234567

    morilla Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Nnamdi played safety at Cal but was drafted to play CB.
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    Right, but Im just using Nnamdi as an example that with Huffs size, speed, and coverage abilities, if he was coached from day one and dedicated himself as a CB, he has the tools and abilities to do so. It probably will never happen anyways, Im just sayin, it would have been nice to see, especially instead of wasting ANY time at SS, where he NEVER should have been.

  • CuzImaRaider

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 10:51 am
    Jerrymcd Jerry McDonald
    Good news about Todd Heap signing with Arizona . . . Cards won’t pursue Arizona native Zach Miller. Silence surrounding Zach is strange.
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    This is the type of stuff Corkram should be giving us.

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    True!

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

    When is going to be Miller time ??

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Blog revolves around Al Davis

  • http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 408RAIDER

    From the Bay 2 L.A. 2 Las Vegas Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 10:37 am

    408, what up? What you think about the Huff deal?
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    Im into it. We have a very young secondary. Sad as it is Huff’s the Vet. I really want to know whats going to happen with the Oline!

  • CuzImaRaider

    around 12:30

  • armond

    573.BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011 Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 10:48 am
    Armond if they playing George Michael to get amped then we got a problem

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    “yall love that nice guy phag soundin schit”

    just like u said

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    Jerrymcd Jerry McDonald
    Here’s how one person I trust summed it up _ teams simply aren’t paying big bucks for TEs. If Zach had big offer, he’d have signed by now.

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Miller time about to happen as soon as I go to corner store

  • 1234567

    Is there any truth to the rumor that the hold up with Miller is his agent? I honestly havent even heard of any teams supposedly be interested other than Miami, but that was shot down. So is this just his agents not getting it done? Raiders are moving Wimbleys contract around, so obviously theyre doin it for someone, but who?

  • J Hill

    Huff at CB.You’ve got to be kidding.Wasn’t the Jacksonville game enough evidence that would be a disaster?

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    That 2nd TD, Huff had that guy blanketed, AND he was OOB. Too bad we were outta challenges SO EARLY that we couldn’t review an actual error on a TD!

    That play has a lot to do with why I am in favor of TDs and FGs going to automatic review, thus not burning one of the coaches challenges.

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    CODE BLACK= sommething APB aka MR dont understand

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    MR/ABP, you can always go to the 9er blog if you dont like Corkran.

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Lofa and Cromartie come on down and jump on this afc west title run

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Al sign a RG and LG and get a vet WR….ill take D Mason

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Carlisle and Loper suck