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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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  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    DHB=booooooooo!

  • lefty12

    JHill-whenever possible,even in winter.

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    DHBz is beat for his career

  • big oak boy

    we need 2 vet wr cuz injurys are part of the game

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    4 days your teammates bustin their tails and u not doin schit

  • jmackraider16

    103. lol..sh*t

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Cut DHB….get a vet wr mmaybe two

  • http://www.wix.com/GGEden/ggeden GG

    *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.”

    ——

    this is why i can understand people are disappointed/angry with Nnamdi.

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Bout sick of this schit already with this loser

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

    Saucy Boss man, you going to the MNF game at Pile High?

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    I’m not going to MileLow stadium to be around those piss ant south park reject people

  • TheGeneral

    Hope to wake up to a miller bush waters and cro signings. One at a time is cool with me

  • big oak boy

    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!

    if so u will be on tv fashow

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    DHB do the honorable thing and retire….stop embarrassing yourself,your family and the entire Raider group

  • lefty12

    We don’t need any overpaid,head case,castoff,veteran WRs.The ones we have will do just fine.All they need is time and experience and they won’t get it sitting,watching some guy who couldn’t keep a job on another team.Too many of you,and B,you are one of them,don’t get it.It is like the real world-you want a job,you need experience;you don’t have experience,you can’t have the job.Give the kids we have experience and we won’t have to talk about other teams experienced guys.

  • lefty12

    Suppose DHB does go.Who will be the next guy you guys hate?Every year you pick a new one.

  • big oak boy

    dhb take a pay cut or put incentives on his contract

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

    BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011 Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 9:45 pm
    I’m not going to MileLow stadium to be around those piss ant south park reject people
    ::::;;

    I’m going bro, DRAPED in every piece of Raider gear I own, and gonna hang a CODE BLACK 2011 banner on there assssses!

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Lefty u can say what u want but that guy is stealin money and snaps from others. He is awful. I way past get it….he sucks to holy hell

  • From the Bay 2 L.A. 2 Las Vegas

    GoodOle00 Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 8:59 pm
    Sproles bailed out of the Conference just to get away from McClain

    ——-

    Word on the street is he called Al and asked if he could play for us…he said he would take the minimum.

    Chiefs and Broncos called…he did not answer the phone!

    I’m assuming he’ll end up with the Eagles, Rams…some team we’re not playing this year!

  • chuck

    I saw some scouting reports on barksdale and everyone said he was a beast and a first round pick,he may be the steal of the draft.

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Lefty guys that aint gettin it done get cast off by me….oh fkin well if its harsh but so is life

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Anyways….at yall tomorrow….dhb can go to hell

  • jmackraider16

    dhb gets outshined by late draft picks..first year we got him and murphy right off the bat i saw murphy was the right guy…

  • lefty12

    That is your opinion which you are entitled to.I don’t happen to share it and I doubt the people running the team do either.We shall see.You may be proven totally correct.Then again,you may be proven totally wrong.The difference between us is i believe he deserves the opportunity to prove which one of us is correct,while you don’t-your mind is made up.

  • jmackraider16

    but who knows…i hope he gets better..i think half of it is the qb not trustin to throw to him..grads got dhb the ball dont forget that..

  • jmackraider16

    and u no hue is gona get dhb some screens and reverses and what not too

  • Raiders for life

    92.The Realist Dirty Raccoon Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 9:20 pm
    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!

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

    The NATION will owe you a high five and a pitcher of beer.

  • big oak boy

    jmackraider16 Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    and u no hue is gona get dhb some screens and reverses and what not too

    i hope he has a dmac season he works hard but i dont really like dhb

  • DKnight007

    Glad Raiders were able to keep at least one out of the two DB’s between Nnamdi and Huff. Losing both would have been disastrous to the defensive backfield. Branch and Mitchell can’t cover and have no range at the lone FS spot and Brown is still too young and inexperienced.

    With Ford being hurt now until the start of the season most likely, I think the Raiders need to go after WR Malcolm Floyd. I would much rather seem them get a potential #1 WR ahead of someone like Cromartie.

    Then resign Z Miller of course and add one more O-Linemen.

  • http://www.tube8.com NoLuv4Hoes

    DHB = Pitos

  • lefty12

    I understand the fact most didn’t like the DHB choice when it was made-neither did I.I believe he was drafted for the potential he had.Many on here want him gone without allowing him the opportunity to fulfill that potential.I don’t agree.Given the price we’ve paid he deserves time to succeed.He isn’t like ‘the bust’ where he doesn’t care-he works his behind off.

  • http://build-a-bully 909RaiderLifer

    Bummer about Jacoby..

    But, did you see that nut job Travis Pastrana crawl into a rally car, with a badly busted ankle/foot and RACE the damn thing at the X games today?

    So, I think Jacoby can at least catch some passes from Charlie Frye on the side, lord knows he can’t throw hard enough to hurt Ford’s hand any more than it already is…

    CODE BLACK 2011………<—–Endorsed by 909!

  • Raiders for life

    16.priesttj Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 7:57 pm
    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.

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

    I think most Raider fans would like to see him succeed, DHB makes an awful lot of money for didley shwoo hoo squat. I hope he can turn it around and he can prove 90% of the fans wrong. IMO

  • DKnight007

    I would rather see the Raiders sign WR Malcolm Floyd instead of Cromartie!

  • DKnight007

    I want to see them sign Floyd and LB Crowder and then resign Miller.

    Then add another O-Linemen at a bargain price.

  • Raiders for life

    DKnight007 Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 10:33 pm
    I want to see them sign Floyd and LB Crowder and then resign Miller.

    Then add another O-Linemen at a bargain price

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

    I think at this point of FA….Al is shoppin at Wal Mart.

  • imisstimbrown

    NoLuv4Hoes Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 10:24 pm
    DHB = Pitos

    **********************************************

    hahahahahhahahahahaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • YoungAmerican

    Cromartie to the Jets.

  • DKnight007

    # Raiders for life Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    DKnight007 Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 10:33 pm
    I want to see them sign Floyd and LB Crowder and then resign Miller.

    Then add another O-Linemen at a bargain price

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

    I think at this point of FA….Al is shoppin at Wal Mart.

    ^^^^^^^^^
    LOL…I don’t want them to overpay for Cromartie and if he comes here ahead of the Jets, the Raiders will overpay…big time. Ugh

  • big oak boy

    DKnight007 Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    I would rather see the Raiders sign WR Malcolm Floyd instead of Cromartie!
    DKnight007 Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    I want to see them sign Floyd and LB Crowder and then resign Miller.

    Then add another O-Linemen at a bargain price.

    thats alot of wants get edwards on an incentive loaded deal and T.O. as well

  • http://build-a-bully 909RaiderLifer

    My two bits on Nnamdi leaving….

    Figured it was a loooongshot after Al’s, Hues hired/Cable’s under the bus presser. When Al said he could pay 2 or 3 players for the dough it would take to keep him…

    That being said, I kinda got caught up in the hype after a few days passed and he hadn’t signed with anyone, thought maybe, just maybe he just may stay..

    Now that he’s gone, I harbor no ill will towards him..

    Just remember… O picks, 0 sacks, 0 fumble recoverys won’t fly in Philly…

  • http://build-a-bully 909RaiderLifer

    I think at this point of FA….Al is shoppin at Wal Mart.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    More like Good Will……

  • imisstimbrown
  • http://poopreport.com MuddButt

    Raiders for life Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 10:29 pm
    16.priesttj Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 7:57 pm
    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.

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

    I think most Raider fans would like to see him succeed, DHB makes an awful lot of money for didley shwoo hoo squat. I hope he can turn it around and he can prove 90% of the fans wrong. IMO

    =========================================

    I would like to see DHB succeed but at this point I just hate to see Al get stung for that large amount of cash especially after getting stung by JR and his agent.

    DHB hasn’t exactly given out any nuggets of hope other than his speed. But you must catch the damn ball.

  • Raiders for life

    139.YoungAmerican Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 10:40 pm
    Cromartie to the Jets.

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

    I’m good with that. Not because of attitude or abilities, I just don’t see room for him when the Raiders are struggling to re-sign their own players.

  • http://poopreport.com MuddButt

    909RaiderLifer Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 10:43 pm
    My two bits on Nnamdi leaving….

    Figured it was a loooongshot after Al’s, Hues hired/Cable’s under the bus presser. When Al said he could pay 2 or 3 players for the dough it would take to keep him…

    That being said, I kinda got caught up in the hype after a few days passed and he hadn’t signed with anyone, thought maybe, just maybe he just may stay..

    Now that he’s gone, I harbor no ill will towards him..

    Just remember… O picks, 0 sacks, 0 fumble recoverys won’t fly in Philly…

    =========================================

    Here’s the deal: why should opposing teams throw Nnamdi’s way when the pickins are easier on the rest of the field. Why go there at all?

    But what I don’t understand is why Nnamdi would line up on a #2 or #3 wide reciever when he should man up to the best.

  • http://poopreport.com MuddButt

    YoungAmerican Says:
    July 31st, 2011 at 10:40 pm
    Cromartie to the Jets.

    ===========================

    Thats why it just doesnt do any good to make a wish list for Uncle Al. We will make do with who we got. Its all up to the coaches to coach the players up and get them ready. Gonna be a pressure cooker for the coaches.

  • big oak boy

    The market for Edwards has been soft, and the former Jets receiver might come cheaper than originally expected.

    get him al come on

  • armond

    lefty i agree with u. i dont mind getting guys who can clearly make a difference. we must give our young guys a chance if we want them to get better. b has a long way to go imo. too much instant gratification is what runs the world nowadays. we drafted these guys so u have to let some of them play.oline needs bodies so we have no choice but to sign people. we could use more lb’s cuz we really arent that deep. dhb needs to prove he can play but will only do that if he plays. i really get sick of this self righteous know it all attitude in here. do we root for all of the raiders or just the ones we like? thats the problem in here. u guys talk about al davis scholarships yet u have your own.