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Raiders training camp practice highlights, notes and quotes

By Steve Corkran
Sunday, July 31st, 2011 at 7:25 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Day 4 of Camp Hue brought about a welcomed break for those 30 years old or older. All players who reached that threshhold were given the day off as a means of letting their bodies heal from the first three days of Raiders coach Hue Jackson’s physical camp.

That didn’t stop Jackson from putting the other 65 players or so allowed to practice through the paces, with an emphasis on third-down plays.

*Running back Darren McFadden looks rather serious about reaching the undisclosed lofty goals he set for himself this season. He is making players miss on a routine basis, making sharp cuts into the open field and blowing past would-be tacklers with ease. It says here, don’t be surprised if he surpasses his yardage total from his breakout season last year.

*Rookies Denarius Moore and DeMarcus Van Dyke split time with Nick Miller on kick return duties. That job figures to go to Jacoby Ford before all is said and done, but it doesn’t hurt to know what you have in case Ford gets hurt.

*Roy Schuening replaced Cooper Carlisle at right guard in Carlisle’s absence — he was given the day off — and he looked the part. At one point, assistant line coach Steve Wisniewski singled out Schuening, let out a holler, ran to the line and patted Schuening onthe backside for a job well done. Schuening has spent time with the Raiders on their practice squad.

*Moore made an impressive catch of a laser pass from fellow receiver Edward McGee, who has experience at quarterback. “We got another arm, we got another arm,” an unidentified player yelled upon seeing McGee cut loose.

*Linebacker Kamerion Wimbley was someone to stay away from during practice Sunday. Those who crossed his path usually ended up on the ground. Wimbley flattened tight end Kevin Brock with a forearm shiver during a seven-on-seven passing drill, and he later laid out Miller in full-team drills.

*Second-year left offensive tackle Jared Veldheer got beat by defensive end Matt Shaughnessy in a pass-protection drill the first timne they squared off. Wisniewski pulled aside Veldheer, gave him some pointers on his stance and footwork and sent Veldheer back in the line of fire. Veldheer stoned Shaughnessy the next two times.

*Rookie right offensive tackle Joseph Barksdale did an impressive job holding his own against second-year end Lamarr Houston during pass-protection drills. Barksdale is competing against veteran Khalif Barnes for the starting spot held by Langston Walker last season.

*Backup quarterback Kyle Boller is well known for his arm strength. It was on full display on a deep pass to receiver Chaz Schilens down the right sideline. Schilens fought through a pass interference from strong safety Tyvon Branch and hauled in the pass, just before he got flattened by safety Stevie Brown. Schilens added a leaping catch on an in route, just before he got drilled by rookie Zac Etheridge. Both times, Schilens bounced to his feet.

*Jackson said that he is confident in the Raiders getting running back Michael Bush and tight end Zach Miller in the mix soon. “Those things are going to resolve themselves soon,” Jackson said.

*Jackson speaks at length about the work ethic of his players and coaches. Long after practice, offensive line coach Bob Wylie was spotted on the field putting his starting offensive linemen through drills and working on technique, while Schilens was off to the side catching balls spit out from a machine.

*Free safety Michael Huff said he was amused by all the stories during the offseason that had him headed to the Dallas Cowboys or somewhere else. He said he and the Raiders had an understanding that he would be back once he was allowed to re-sign. It wasn’t that he didn’t have any other offers, though.

“I could have (left), yeah, but like this whole time I didn’t take any visits, didn’t take any phone calls or nothing,”Huff said. ”They called, but I didn’t answer.”

Huff said he still is the free safety. However, he intends to “do it all.”

“Whatever the defense needs, I’ll do it,” Huff said. “I’ll play dime, I’ll play a little linebacker in there  –  I’m not really too big but I’ll do anything to help the defense. I just want to win. That’s the main thing is to win and make plays.”

 Huff isn’t allowed to practice until Thursday, along with the other veteran players who signed contracts since the lockout ended.

*Jackson said it doesn’t appear as if the shoulder injury suffered by rookie cornerback Chimdi Chekwa is anything “major.” Chekwa’s left arm is in a sling as a result of his shoulder popping out during a drill Saturday.

*Jackson said that receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey is day to day. Neither Jackson nor Heyward-Bey will say what’s wrong with Heyward-Bey. He has not practiced since camp began Thursday.

*Chris Johnson said he is eager to get back in the starting lineup after losing the job to Stanford Routt last season. The opportunity is there now that Nnamdi Asomugha no longer is around to lay claim to the right side.

“I always looked as myself as a starter in this league,” Johnson said. “My whole thing was, once I lost that starting spot last year, I always looked at myself as a starter, so I don’t really worry about getting back in the lineup. It’s just a business. And like I said, at the same, I’ve been hungry the whole time so it’s just my time to get back in and do what I know I can do and show everybody what I can do.”

*Shaughnessy is the hardest-working player in camp, according to Jackson. It’s only a matter of time before he gets the kind of leaguewide recognition he deserves, Jackson added.

“I’ve said earlier this year, that I think he’s about to hit his stride and I really believe that,” Jackson said. “I think he’s close. He’s got to do it consistently over time, like any players does in this league that people say are great players. But he works at it and there’s not a harder worker on this football team and there’s not another player with more desire than he has, so he’s getting there. He’s very close in my opinion.”

*Jackson spent an inordinate amount of time talking about the myriad players who have shined during the early part of camp. We’ll let Hue take it from here:

“I’m not going to tell you that there’s a surprise,” Jackson said. “I’m very excited about what our quarterback is doing. I think Jason (Campbell) is doing a fantastic job. He’s doing really good job. (Rolando) McClain, is doing a good job. Tyvon Branch is everything I’ve said he is. I feel very comfortable where he is and where he’s going.

“Obviously, Jared Veldheer, he’s second year in the league. (Stefen) Wisniewski, I mean ’cause he’s playing center. He’s playing a lot of snaps and he’s running the show up there and he’s done a tremendous job. Obviously, Louis Murphy today just had an outstanding day.

“But there’s so many players I could talk about, individually, but collectively, I think our whole team is starting to get it, of what it takes to play, week in and week out, day in and day out every time you walk out here on this field, to get better. That’s probably what I’m most excited about. The team, the attitude, the conviction of coming out here with a purpose to play. I mean, there’s young men out there now working at their skill. That’s what it takes. These guys what to be good and there’s no substitute for hard work.”

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  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Long live Al.

  • TheLastWarrior

    Need a big year from you Chris…

  • http://poopreport.com MuddButt

    Raiders coach Hue Jackson just revealed to the media in his Sunday news conference that second-year wide receiver Jacoby Ford suffered a broken left hand and could be out a couple of weeks

    NOT GOOD.

    aig-raiders Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 7:01 pm
    ok Grad was just Sirius confirming that Miller is tending offers and Grad is actively trying to get him to Cinci. I hope we dont lose Miller.

    NOT GOOD.

    408RAIDER Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 6:13 pm
    Ford with 1 mitt > DHB

    NO BRAINER.

  • TheLastWarrior

    Hopefully Ford is back soon. With a short practice season this isn’t good news…

  • TerrapinRaider

    Steve bringing the heat. Good job. Thats the kind of stuff we are looking for. Now if you can keep us updated a bit more often when pertinent news develops, Jerry would really be a thing of the past. This post was a big step in that direction.

  • da trinity

    Get off jerry jock already geez

  • aig-raiders

    It sounds like Wiz 1.0 can coach. Good.

    It sounds like Chaz is our #1. Good.

    Ford with 1 mitt > DHB (too effin funny man. Good one. Sad but true)

    Later.

  • TerrapinRaider

    Was neva on Jerry’s jock. Get that straight fella.

  • RaiderRetribution

    Thanks Steve C. for giving us the quick update on Mr. Ford’s hand injury (your last blog); it’s not his knee or ankle so I know he will be running back kicks and end arounds to the goal line soon.

  • 89052RAIDER

    Jackson exudes confidence and positive energy. He leaves no doubt who is in charge and he is comfortable in his role as leader, which is so different from things under Cable.

  • J Hill

    Hendu,

    I don’t “really” want Miller gone, but I don’t think we need to break the bank for a TE. Miller has had a lot of chances to sign with us, starting BEFORE the lockout.

    If he wants to come back, a la Huff, he’s more than welcome. If he had to be the highest paid TE in the league to play for the Raiders, I say let him walk.

  • 89052RAIDER

    I don’t even think DHB is physically injured, perhaps it is pride after being asked to take the league minimum or get clipped. Something seems fishy about the DHb situation.

  • RaiderRetribution

    great to hear Mr. Shaughnessy is going to get to opposing qbs and Mr. Vehldeer is listening and learning;

    I see Mr. Huff and Mr. C. Johnson competing for #2 CB position

    Mr. Brown is competing for the FS position with Mr. Branch & 34mm will win the SS job

    great to hear UFDA and practice squad palyers are not settling for part-time positions.

  • 89052RAIDER

    Why would the staff need to be secretive about DHB’s injury status. It is not as if his presence on or the field provides a competitive advantage.

  • jmackraider16

    Louis Murphy this year 50 catches 800 yds 12tds

  • priesttj

    All your guy’s jokes are fine but What DHB is or what he does will be displayed on the field. If he can’t it’ll show if he can you’ll see no matter how YOU personally feel about him.

  • jmackraider16

    im tellin ya

  • devilr8er

    In my opinion needs at this point:
    Miller-TE
    Waters-G
    Cro-CB
    Captain Kirk-WLB
    Vet WR-Floyd, Mason, or TJ

    I’ll take 3 out of 5

  • RaiderRetribution

    was hoping to read Raiders signed Waters, ended up reading jacoby broke his hand, Mr. T. Brown recovewred from a knee injury so this should be nothing for Ford he was tough last season, I expect nothing less this season.

  • jmackraider16

    i see dhb getting traded honestly…really though

  • http://www.wasRaider75.com wasbanned

    Go Raiders! Always love this time of year. Hope springs eternal.

    Really glad these guys look amazing in practice.

  • plataynegro

    Our system and tremendous running attack can make a good TE great! I want Miller back because he is a really good TE, but we can win with a TE with less ability.

    Bush will be here no question. Either that or someone is giving us a 1st and 3rd next year!

  • devilr8er

    The most we can get for DHB is a 5th. He still has a huge upside, I believe he lacks confidence.

  • jmackraider16

    18.
    Enough everybody about morrison..HES SOFT!! Thats why hes gone!!

  • RaiderRetribution

    Mr. HUff stepped up his football game after his Sound FX was aired; I think he was embaraased and knew he had to be more aggressive.

    Glad to see him come back he had a great second half last year.

  • jmackraider16

    I think hes on the sideline cuz they are saying fu** it..he sucks..lets get a 5th..Sounds like denarius moore is gona be this years jacoby type guy..Our recieving core just got better i think

  • plataynegro

    I don’t understand how any REAL Raider fan can hate DHB! He didn’t draft himself at #7! All he has done since he has been here is work hard, stay positive, and help all he can. He drops balls. So did a lot of young WRs. Everyone hating on him doesn’t help anything!

  • devilr8er

    This is DHB’s make or break year, Andre Johnson was considered a chump till he lit it up his 3rd year.

  • RaiderRetribution

    Raiders need to sign LB Tatupu.

    Seahawks just gave him his release.

    Wimbley McClain Tatupu
    as our linebacker corp would be awesome

  • marios

    It sounds like dmac is the sh*t. Dude is going to dominate

  • jmackraider16

    27.
    Not hating, i stay with our draft picks til the end..sometimes the bitter end lol(#2)…dhb did get better last year..unfortunately it was grads who was getting him the ball most the time…dont think campbell trusts dhb worth a d*ck..and honestly man, Ford, chaz, murph are all better than him and he knows it..denarius moore is known for his HANDS! would love to see this kid step up and become that possession reciever me need

  • RaiderRetribution

    Mr. Hetward-Bey will have 5 100+ yd games, score 9 TDs this season.

    then Al will tell every one to shut up I’m the boss!

  • jmackraider16

    And yes this year is DHB’s make or break year..
    First play of the season should be a play action to him deep lol, i would love that

  • devilr8er

    Tatupu essentially plays the same position as MCpain MLB. I would keep Mcpain at mlb and get Captain Kirk at WLB.

  • da trinity

    Ya u are on jerry jock

    Get Over It!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Davis The Realist Dirty Raccoon

    Thec07 Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 7:05 pm
    :::::::::

    Who came up with the term? We need to get together and make a Logo! Probably just Big Bold Black letters “CODE BLACK 2011″

    ++++++++++++++

    cant CODE BLACK is an entertainment company…
    ;::::::::::

    B A U C e, you going to the MNF game in Dungver? If so we gotta talk.

    I’ll be there DRAPED in Raider gear, talkin all kinda $hitz and backin it up!

    I think a CODE BLACK 2011 banner is in order!

  • RaiderRetribution

    Houston Kelley Seymour Shaughnessy
    Tatupu McClain Wimbley

    magnificent 7

  • jmackraider16

    Another thing i wanted to discuss was that i hope we dont COMPLETELY get rid of our zone running game…bush and mac both had alot of succesful runs with that inside/outside zone shizz..the mixture of gap/power and zone really is the best, hope Hue keeps it like that..

  • RaiderRetribution

    keep mcclain at mlb

    find out from tatupu what it would take to get him here

  • RaiderRetribution

    jmack Hue alreadt said they will play some ZBS along with power blocking, but that the emphasis will be on power blocking now,

  • jmackraider16

    Ideal front 7…

    Houston,rich,kelly,shownasty

    Goethal,mcclain,wimbley…

  • jmackraider16

    40.
    Last year many of our running success stemmed from zone, my favorite thing HUE did was bring in that unbalanced line with the extra tackle as the TE..LOVED THAT..kind of what Baltimore did cam camerons first year there…

  • devilr8er

    41
    I like that front 7 and I believe that is what we are going with, I like Goethel I saw a lot of him at ASU and he is very underrated. He will surprise a lot of people.

  • jmackraider16

    I think somebody said it in here a few days ago..”hues got the goods”

  • severeraiderz

    DHB is gonna have a solid year and year 4 will be a pretty good player

  • marios

    Goethel looks like the guy from scary movie 2 that has the f*cked me tatoo

  • jmackraider16

    yeah 43..
    towards the end of the year he was playing over groves right? i remember him in the KC game the whole game..I like McClain and Him there..smart players..cant fu**in wait to see mcclain bust some one up this year man..

  • devilr8er

    McPain is a beast, just ask Sproles.

  • jmackraider16

    Defense 3rd and 13

    Houston-Rich-Kelly-Shownasty—Wimbley

    Routte Huff Mitchell
    MCclain
    Cromartie

    Branch

    ..Why not have extra DB’s?….lol

  • jmackraider16

    huff mcclain mitchell as lbs