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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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  • Culebra

    Tatupu
    2009 Torn pectoral
    2010 surgeries on both knees,

    a lot of wear on those tires

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Wow Jacoby…..less than two weeks before 1st preseason game…..mthfk me!

  • jmackraider16

    I dont want jacoby or shilenz to get touched until the opener

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Well Huff wanted to come back? Thats a positive

  • Raider J

    “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.”

    Yeah Coach Wiz!

  • devilr8er

    Should be a 3 week injury, not worried at all.

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Nice to hear Jhill’s boy Matt S doin his thang………Barksdale will start at RT without a doubt

  • jmackraider16

    Veldheer….future

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    DHB u fkin suck!Just retire and go back to Maryland…get ur degree and call it a day

  • devilr8er

    Coaching should make a big difference. Especially Wiz and Woodson coaching up those young guys. Is Sanjay Lal still the wide receiver coach? If so this is also his make or break year.

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Veldheer + Barksdale= seal them edges

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Man our wr coach is al saunders……fk sanjay lal

  • jmackraider16

    59.
    lol…call it a day

  • PlunkforHOF

    Excellent post Steve.. Thanks

    Raccoon- If you drape a CODE BLACK 2011 banner at Piled High Stadium… what else could be said other than YOU ARE THE MAN!

    I’m beginning to feel we don’t need that vet WR

    DMAC and Pain McClain are going to the Pre Bowl this year.. so is ShoNasty

  • http://www.tedhendricks.com/Ted_vs_Montana.jpg BigTed707

    I hope the Run D steps it up. It sounds like DMAC is embarrassing them.

  • jmackraider16

    61.
    Yeah man..Veldeer and barksdale gona shaaaape that pocket bro..and now we got wiz in the middle..we need to help him out at G. Whos it gona be? Loper? Campbell? Who? lol

  • PlunkforHOF

    What up B@uce? You missed Beech/DisCharge talking to himself today

  • ohioraider

    Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Long live Al.
    —————————
    Steve! Please get John Herrera off the blog!

  • devilr8er

    66
    We need to pick up Brian Waters at G

  • SilverNutSack

    I’m so excited about DMC going on a beastathon this year… is there anyone in the 2008 draft class you would trade him for?

  • jmackraider16

    64.-”I’m beginning to feel we don’t need that vet WR”

    Moore is our guy..shotgun 4 wr..shilenz and moore in the slots, murphy and ford out wide

  • PlunkforHOF

    I like it Jmack

  • SilverNutSack

    jmackraider16 Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    64.-”I’m beginning to feel we don’t need that vet WR”

    Moore is our guy..shotgun 4 wr..shilenz and moore in the slots, murphy and ford out wide

    _________________________________________

    That’s what I’m talkin’ about… All we need is eachother… band together as a group of men and explode on them!

  • devilr8er

    We need a vet wr for insurance on Glass, DHB might not produce, Ford V12 will get his, Murphy is improving, Moore is a wildcard.

  • devilr8er

    I think they will go get a vet wr, they contacted ocho. So that tells me Al is looking for a vet wr

  • http://poopreport.com MuddButt

    Can wait for the Coach Davis presser on his take of this years team. Gonna be a good one. Hue at his side. Raiders ready to roll.

  • VanHeathen

    Jacoby will have all the time he needs to get well, right up til opening night…
    DHb just may be getting a little of that old ‘Scholarship’, while the rooks get used to the NFL.
    At least that’s my best case scenario,
    cause if he’s “nick’d” already, could be along season,
    for a guy who i thought will break out,
    especially if J12, Chaz and Murphy are all in the mix.

    Need to see M Bush and Zach back in the fold too.

  • plataynegro

    Ford should be in the slot, to take advantage of mismatches

  • jmackraider16

    just a compilation of Al’s handpicked gems bunched up into one recieving core..height, speed, hands, all(except moore cuz i havnt seen him play a snap) with big play capabilty…feel like murphy is gona be the best overall balanced of the group..the rest are so dang talented though..cannot wait to see that go down..this year if shilenz stays healthy(such a qb friendly target), Murphy will excel..and then there is Obi one Jacoby..need i say more

  • WNYRaidersFan

    I think Moore won’t see too much action this year, he’s the insurance for DHB, if he doesn’t step up than Moore will make it that much easier to cut DHB after this season. And as far as the Trent Edwards thing, i’ve seen a lot of his games while he was in Buffalo. Smart and has a good arm, but after his second concussion he lost his confidence and started making really stupid plays. Plus he lost confidence with everyone rallying around Fitzgerald, sort of like what cambell went through the first half of last season. But since he passed a physical i can see hue and al s coaching him up to be a strong back up, and maybe provide a solid option for next year when cambells contract is up.

  • SilverNutSack

    I’m standing pat with these receivers. I only wish I had a way to get them all more playing time… They’ve been developing here for years and the time has come… they are READY… close the gates, fold your arms and just silently shake your head no when those FA wideouts come knockin’

  • GoodOle00

    Sproles bailed out of the Conference just to get away from McClain

  • personal foul

    “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.”

    You know……. this MIGHT be complete B.S. because he knows he’ll get a lot of roll out of the loyaly angle (probably after reading this blog and watching everybody pick up torches and pitch-forks to follow Aso out of town), but it still raised my estimation of the guys character and dedication. If that’s the way he REALLY feels, we may have another emerging leader on the defense. I like dedication. I like genuine dedication even better, and I hope Huff comes through.

    Excellent fix, Steve. Get a good nights sleep because we’ll want more in the morning.

  • jmackraider16

    78.
    Schilenz is that guy on 3rd and 10 you throw that 12 yd curl to…from the slot…
    Jacoby is on the outside taking the safety away..I dont think jacoby has refined his game enough to run those lil cut routes from the slot, for screens yeah, but i think on a key down you will see schilenz there..

    Only part that sucks tho is that i want Jacoby in there when we line up with 2 WR cuz he dont need much help when we get that play action goin theres no other guy i want out there running fly’s….ughh…However, thats why we have Hue lol

  • SilverNutSack

    GoodOle00 Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Sproles bailed out of the Conference just to get away from McClain
    ________________________________________

    Big Daddy McClain is gonna get that a$$ again the third game of the preseason.

  • PlunkforHOF

    Night fellas..

    Go Raiders!

    CODE BLACK 2011

  • DaTruth91

    Sad to hear about Ford. But injuries are part of the game. And with the Raiders you never know when he’ll be back in the swing of things.

    Love or hate Hue Jakin…He has this team competing and busting there as$es. He is def the right man for the job.

  • YoungAmerican

    At least Ford can still practice running routes. That’s the important thing.

  • jmackraider16

    no ford=more time for everyone else lol

  • Kirk

    70.SilverNutSack Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 8:43 pm
    I’m so excited about DMC going on a beastathon this year… is there anyone in the 2008 draft class you would trade him for?
    ………………………………

    Ryan Clady.

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

    PlunkforHOF Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 8:38 pm
    Excellent post Steve.. Thanks

    Raccoon- If you drape a CODE BLACK 2011 banner at Piled High Stadium… what else could be said other than YOU ARE THE MAN!

    I’m beginning to feel we don’t need that vet WR

    DMAC and Pain McClain are going to the Pre Bowl this year.. so is ShoNasty
    :::::::::

    I got big Silver and Black Balls bro, it shall be done!

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

    PlunkforHOF Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 8:38 pm
    Excellent post Steve.. Thanks

    Raccoon- If you drape a CODE BLACK 2011 banner at Piled High Stadium… what else could be said other than YOU ARE THE MAN!
    :::::::::

    I got big Silver and Black Balls bro, it shall be done!

  • jmackraider16

    DHB gotta get his a$$ on the field man!! We need to know what this “tooth-ache” is all about!! Are they packing it in with DHB Steve!?? Being there you must get the feeling….answers..now..lol

  • morilla
  • jmackraider16

    lol love it…

  • Seymour Bush

    jmackraider16 Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    DHB gotta get his a$$ on the field man!! We need to know what this “tooth-ache” is all about!! Are they packing it in with DHB Steve!?? Being there you must get the feeling….answers..now..lol
    ================================================

    He’s fine. They just remember last year when DHB pulled a hammy early on in camp and it set him back basically all season. They want to ease him in. And after Ford broke his hand, that is probably not a bad idea.

  • morilla
  • jmackraider16

    96. Good call
    i remember the hammy pull..he was beat for training camp.

  • Kirk

    Morilla, isn’t that Ford?

  • big oak boy

    morilla Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    They better not cut whoever this is.
    http://prod.static.raiders.clubs.nfl.com/assets/images/imported/OAK/photos/clubimages/2011/07-July/_R1K1978–nfl_medium_540_360.jpg

    this is jacoby ford