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Raiders coach Hue Jackson says time and again that, “It’s all about performance.” Rookie wide receiver Denarius Moore is on the verge of putting that idiom to the test.

Every day, Moore not only is the best wide receiver on the field, oftentimes he is the best player, period. It has reached the point where this isn’t some one-week wonder, flash in the pan or fluke. The man can flat out play.

That’s what Jackson says he is looking for, playmakers. No one personifies that more than Moore, a fifth-round draft pick out of Tennessee.

On Sunday, Moore was at it again. Not once, or twice, but three times he had fans and teammates oohing and aahing over his ability to get open, adjust to the ball flight, get position on the defender and make a play on the ball.

The first time, Moore slowed up, outleaped rookie cornerback Sterling Moore and snared the ball at the highest point as people gasped. Moore came down with the ball, but it came out as he hit the ground. The play likely would have been ruled an incompletion, but it’s worth pointing out because few other receivers would have done the things necessary to make it close to a reception.

A bit later, Moore worked the left sideline, positioned himself just inbouns and made an outstretched catch of a dart in front of the defender.

On the third play, Moore beat cornerback Jeremy Ware with a double-move, with Moore continuing toward the end zone as Ware slipped to the ground. Safety Jerome Boyd made a sensational diving play to prevent the wide-open Moore from scoring.

To hear Moore tell it, there’s nothing to see here. What he’s doing is what he always does. Don’t be so surprised.

“I hear it here and there,” Moore said after practice. “Coaches say I’m doing a good job, players say I’m doing a good job — they actually talk to me more. So, I guess I’m fitting in pretty well with the team right now.”

Fitting in? Jackson is going to have some explaining to do if Moore isn’t starting Sept. 12 against the Denver Broncos, or if Moore isn’t on the field a ton. There are 31 coaches and general managers grilling their scouting departments on how they let Moore slip past in the draft.

“It goes without question what he’s doing,” Jackson said. “For me to talk about him, there’s no reason to. … You get to see his plays because he jumps over people and he makes these fantastic catches and he runs with punts and all that.”

*Quite a sight after practice, with second-year left offensive tackle Jared Veldheer and rookie offensive linemen Stefen Wisniewski and Joseph Barksdale getting in some extra work with assistant offensive line coach Steve Wisniewski long after the other players hit the showers.

Perhaps it’s no wonder that Jackson is so high on those guys. As for the two rookies, Jackson said: “Those guys are getting it done.”

And Wisniewski? “We drafted the right guy.”

Wisniewski has been so impressive, Jackson said, that the Raiders have to find a starting spot for him on the line, even if it mean moving him to left guard.

“I’m just trying to, again, just keep finding the right pieces, as you continue to watch the tape each and every night and see what’s gonna’ be our best fit for him,” Jackson said of Wisniewski. “Because he’s a very tremendous player. We drafted the right guy. He has all the qualities that we were looking for. He’s everything that I thought he would be, and he’s gotta’ be up there somewhere. So, if it’s not at center, obviously, he has the capability of playing guard.”

*Barksdale showed his fiery side midway through practice Sunday when he delivered several punches to defensive tackle Tommie Hill at the end of a one-on-one pass-protection drill.

“I’m very all right with it,” Jackson said. “That’s competing. I keep telling you. I’m going to create an environment where our players get better every day. I don’t know any other way to do it. Our players have bought into it.

“We saw iron sharpens iron, and the more you work at it it’s going to get hot, it’s going to get testy, but they all love and respect each other when they go in that locker room. But out there between the lines there’s a job to be done and I think they understand what it takes to get it done.”

Barksdale shrugged off the dustup between he and Hill.

“It happens, man,” Barksdale said. “That was actually self defense. I didn’t start that, if you were watching. But it happens, it’s unfortunate. We are teammates and, at the end of the day, we’re still cool. It gets hot. Things happen.”

*More reason to be giddy over Denarius Moore? Watching him and Nick Miller field punts offers some insight into Moore’s athleticism, grace and versatility.

Moore fields just about every punt with his hands. You wouldn’t hear a sound if you had your eyes closed. Miller tends to field punts against his body, with the sound of the ball hitting his pads quite audible from a distance.

Don’t be surprised to see Moore as one of the primary receivers and the punt returner come Sept. 12.

*Backup defensive tackle Desmond Bryant “has something going on” with his left hand, Jackson admitted.

Something, indeed. Bryant’s left hand had a huge wrap Sunday, though it didn’t seem to affect his ability to play the position. The wrap points to Bryant suffering a fracture of some kind, though that hasn’t been revealed.

*Steve Wisniewski isn’t being shy about his first foray into coaching in the NFL. At one point Sunday, he presided over a drill that featured defensive linemen against offensive linemen as offensive line coach Bob Wylie and defensive line coach Mike Waufle watched and listened in on.

*Rookie receiver Eddie McGee returned to practice after a lenghty absence caused by an undisclosed injury. He has his work cut out for him in terms of doing enough within the next two to three weeks if he is to make the 53-man roster.

*Offensive lineman Stephon Heyer is wearing a protective sleeve on his upper right arm. He said he suffered a strained triceps in practice Saturday and that he won’t be out for too long.

Heyer was signed to compete for a starting spot on the line, and he has made the most of his opportunity so far. He is working at guard and tackle as a means of making himself more versatile.

“I felt good (before the injury),” Heyer said. “Moving around better. Felt like I’m in good shape right now. Definitely was making strides at either position. Just a minor setback. I’ll get some time here to heal up a little bit and get back to work.”

*Turns out, rookie cornerback Chimdi Chekwa has dislocated his left shoulder before. He said he did it three years ago at Ohio State. He played the next game.

Raiders trainers forced Chekwa to sit out several days until they were certain that he is ready for full contact and not at heightened risk of reinjuring his shoulder.

“My approach is to ease back into it, but my mind is telling me to make up for lost time,” Chekwa said. “Every rep I get I try to make the most of it. I’m a little bit harder on myself because I’m just getting to start in practice for real and every time I mess up I get hard on myself, but it’s good to get out there and run around a little bit.”

Missing Oakland’s first exhibition game was the hardest part, Chekwa said.

“It was tough, watching some of the other rookies, (Sterling) Moore and DVD (DeMarcus Van Dyke) out there playing a little bit. I wanted to get out there and compete with them but I couldn’t. I need to be patient. I had an injury, so I had to be patient and kind of ease back into it.”

*Running back Darren McFadden (orbital bone), receivers Chaz Schilens (knee), Murphy (hamstring) and Ford (hand) and defensive end Trevor Scott (knee) missed practice once again. No firm timetable on the return of any of those players, Jackson said.

*Approximately 100 fans attended practice Sunday. This marks the second straight day that the Raiders welcomed a small contingent of fans, when normally their practices are closed to the public.

*Jackson said Sunday that he and managing general partner Al Davis are in constant contact about the state of the Raiders.

“Absolutely! This is his football team, and he lets me drive the engine,” Jackson said. “I talk to him all the time about what we’re doing, where we are, how I feel we are, where we’re getting to. This team has made a lot of strides. … I want them faster. We all do, but it’s been three weeks.

“But I give him my input and, trust me, he listens. And he gives me his input, and on we march. And that’s what this things all about. It’s about working together, and the best way to work together is to be able to communicate. And we do that, and we do that well.”

 *The loss of Hiram Eugene to a dislocated hip brings about the need to find a replacement as the gunner on punts. Jackson said that’s not an easy task.

“It’s very important because Shane (Lechler, punter) depends on those guys to go down there and make plays for him,” Jackson said. “And we have some very young talented players and some veteran players that can do it. We’ll see how that unfolds but, obviously, it’s a tough … job. It’s a job that guys are vying for. They want that job. They want that opportunity because we know how important it is to our football team.”

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  • Sullivan44

    BeAlwaysUrself,

    A guy says that black people for the most part aren’t intelligent and don’t speak well. He gets no invite to the game for you to meet up with? Just, “leave, troll!”?

  • There is a reason black QBs aren’t franchise QBs. They only get by on athleticism for so long. Look at the evidence. Culpepper, McNabb, Kordell Stewart, and Russell. All of them were supposed to be franchise QBs, they all got dumped.

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    495.LTR Says:
    August 15th, 2011 at 1:47 pm
    Sullivan44 Says:
    August 15th, 2011 at 1:29 pm
    Hey, Rush is actually alright. I don’t worship them or anything, that’s all. It’s decent music. I just laugh at a lot of their fans, that’s all. They are huge in the trailer trash community. Nothing wrong with that.

    Well, you apparently are far more accustomed/familiar to trailer trash life than I. I’m pretty sheltered on my 3 acres in the redwood forest.

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

    HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    503.Sullivan44 Says:
    August 15th, 2011 at 1:49 pm
    BeAlwaysUrself,

    A guy says that black people for the most part aren’t intelligent and don’t speak well. He gets no invite to the game for you to meet up with? Just, “leave, troll!”?

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

    I’ve been invited Fake Ray and he makes every excuse in the book

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011 Says:
    August 15th, 2011 at 1:47 pm
    Fake Ray….still mad black athletes have took your women from ya and slammed them better than u ever could? Not a race issue its YOUR issue cuz you lack certain manhood traits
    —-
    That was uncalled for. I’m not racist at all. I have black friends. I’m just forming my theory on the factual evidence.

  • Sullivan44

    Wow. Raider Ray is laying on the racism. Funny how BeAlwaysUrself hasn’t offered to meet him at a game yet. BeAlwaysUrself, a black man, evidently doesn’t get as angry at blatant racists as he does at people who merely want to discuss a GM change with the Raiders. Interesting.

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    504.Raider Ray Says:
    August 15th, 2011 at 1:49 pm
    There is a reason black QBs aren’t franchise QBs. They only get by on athleticism for so long. Look at the evidence. Culpepper, McNabb, Kordell Stewart, and Russell. All of them were supposed to be franchise QBs, they all got dumped.

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

    Just like white women would dump you to go with the black qb in school?

  • I like Rush.

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    507.Raider Ray Says:
    August 15th, 2011 at 1:52 pm
    BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011 Says:
    August 15th, 2011 at 1:47 pm
    Fake Ray….still mad black athletes have took your women from ya and slammed them better than u ever could? Not a race issue its YOUR issue cuz you lack certain manhood traits
    —-
    That was uncalled for. I’m not racist at all. I have black friends. I’m just forming my theory on the factual evidence.

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

    Boy we can do theories all day and i’m sure you wont like it….so spare us

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    508.Sullivan44 Says:
    August 15th, 2011 at 1:52 pm
    Wow. Raider Ray is laying on the racism. Funny how BeAlwaysUrself hasn’t offered to meet him at a game yet. BeAlwaysUrself, a black man, evidently doesn’t get as angry at blatant racists as he does at people who merely want to discuss a GM change with the Raiders. Interesting.

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

    You may wanna actually read my posts you moron

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    MR….why do you want the heat off of ya? You that scared?

  • Violent Hands

    *Quite a sight after practice, with second-year left offensive tackle Jared Veldheer and rookie offensive linemen Stefen Wisniewski and Joseph Barksdale getting in some extra work with assistant offensive line coach Steve Wisniewski long after the other players hit the showers.
    —–
    No Bruce Campbell wtf

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011 Says:
    August 15th, 2011 at 1:52 pm
    507.Raider Ray Says:
    August 15th, 2011 at 1:52 pm
    BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011 Says:
    August 15th, 2011 at 1:47 pm
    Fake Ray….still mad black athletes have took your women from ya and slammed them better than u ever could? Not a race issue its YOUR issue cuz you lack certain manhood traits
    —-
    That was uncalled for. I’m not racist at all. I have black friends. I’m just forming my theory on the factual evidence.

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

    Boy we can do theories all day and i’m sure you wont like it….so spare us
    ———————-
    I don’t think you are intelligent enough to back up your empty arguments. I notice you like to talk trash without backing it up.

  • Sullivan44

    What, you haven’t offered to meet him yet! It took you no less than 5 seconds to threaten me just for criticizing Al. Yet someone comes right in here and equates black people to animals, and you’re in a friendly little flame war with him. No threats yet. I don’t know who you are or what you are, BeAlwaysUrself. But I know this. Insults to Al Davis are far more offensive to you than racism against you and people of your ethnic background.

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    515.Raider Ray Says:
    August 15th, 2011 at 1:55 pm
    BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011 Says:
    August 15th, 2011 at 1:52 pm
    507.Raider Ray Says:
    August 15th, 2011 at 1:52 pm
    BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011 Says:
    August 15th, 2011 at 1:47 pm
    Fake Ray….still mad black athletes have took your women from ya and slammed them better than u ever could? Not a race issue its YOUR issue cuz you lack certain manhood traits
    —-
    That was uncalled for. I’m not racist at all. I have black friends. I’m just forming my theory on the factual evidence.

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

    Boy we can do theories all day and i’m sure you wont like it….so spare us
    ———————-
    I don’t think you are intelligent enough to back up your empty arguments. I notice you like to talk trash without backing it up.

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

    please you already got proven to be a liar last year then lied and said you got banned….yet you come back here with the same name? Come on you closet homo grand wizard…go back to your trailer and suck off your older brother some more

  • Dakota

    zzzzzzzzzzz

  • please you already got proven to be a liar last year then lied and said you got banned….yet you come back here with the same name? Come on you closet homo grand wizard…go back to your trailer and suck off your older brother some more
    ————–
    More shallow threats. Do you even know how to argue? I guess that why you people like to wear bling. All flash and no substance.

  • inonewordraider

    Raider Ray Says:
    August 15th, 2011 at 1:46 pm
    BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011 Says:
    August 15th, 2011 at 1:43 pm
    482.Raider Ray Says:
    August 15th, 2011 at 1:39 pm
    We don’t need Culpepper. I like Campbell. He is intelligent and well spoken. That’s a rarity with black QBs.

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    Spare us your Grand Klan Wizard talk u troll
    —————
    I doubt you can dispute that.

    hey man most qb’s aren’t rocket scientists they’re athletes. Eli Manning didn’t win any spelling b’s growing up

  • J Hill

    yaaaahhhhhhhhhwwwwwwnnnnnn

    ZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Sullivan44, I never called black people animals. That was you. It’s like you are calling the kettle black.

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    516.Sullivan44 Says:
    August 15th, 2011 at 1:56 pm
    What, you haven’t offered to meet him yet! It took you no less than 5 seconds to threaten me just for criticizing Al. Yet someone comes right in here and equates black people to animals, and you’re in a friendly little flame war with him. No threats yet. I don’t know who you are or what you are, BeAlwaysUrself. But I know this. Insults to Al Davis are far more offensive to you than racism against you and people of your ethnic background.
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    MR I’ve been inviting for 3 years….dotn act all brand new to this

  • Thec07

    Raider Ray <——-Are you an adult? curious what line of work are you in?

  • Silverandblack666

    It never fails either political opinions or racial slurs slow down this damn blog.

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    520.inonewordraider Says:
    August 15th, 2011 at 2:00 pm
    Raider Ray Says:
    August 15th, 2011 at 1:46 pm
    BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011 Says:
    August 15th, 2011 at 1:43 pm
    482.Raider Ray Says:
    August 15th, 2011 at 1:39 pm
    We don’t need Culpepper. I like Campbell. He is intelligent and well spoken. That’s a rarity with black QBs.

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

    Spare us your Grand Klan Wizard talk u troll
    —————
    I doubt you can dispute that.

    hey man most qb’s aren’t rocket scientists they’re athletes. Eli Manning didn’t win any spelling b’s growing up

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    big Ben is sure smart lol

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    519.Raider Ray Says:
    August 15th, 2011 at 1:59 pm
    please you already got proven to be a liar last year then lied and said you got banned….yet you come back here with the same name? Come on you closet homo grand wizard…go back to your trailer and suck off your older brother some more
    ————–
    More shallow threats. Do you even know how to argue? I guess that why you people like to wear bling. All flash and no substance.
    ***********************************

    LOL i dont wear “bling” and that term is over 10 years old….get in with the new

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Fake Ray has been beat up by black people alot and had women he loved to LAMBED by the brothas too….so bitter I see…its sad

  • inonewordraider

    Raider Ray Says:
    August 15th, 2011 at 1:59 pm
    please you already got proven to be a liar last year then lied and said you got banned….yet you come back here with the same name? Come on you closet homo grand wizard…go back to your trailer and suck off your older brother some more
    ————–
    More shallow threats. Do you even know how to argue? I guess that why you people like to wear bling. All flash and no substance.

    you aint a Raider so change your name, look at all the black raider greats or any teams greats for that matter. better start following beach volleyball

  • I’m a cop.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Ray,

    does this mean you will not be drafting Vick, McNabb, Garrard, Campbell, Jackson, Newton or Freeman in fantasy football this year?

    thanks for tipping your hand, bruh!

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    Fake Ray wont show up at Coliseum even spewing this garbage

  • Raiders for life

    I was there, best show I seen from them and I’ve seen a dozen or more tours. Lifeson needs some respect that guy is lights out

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

    Believe it or not…Rush is not in the Rock n Roll hall of fame. That should of happened 10 yrs ago.

  • Thec, I’m a cop.

  • Thec07

    Raider Ray Says:
    August 15th, 2011 at 2:03 pm
    I’m a cop.
    +++++++

    really, what city?

  • DEATHROW 55

    I wonder how good JC’s stats would look if he was throwing to moss in his prime????, I am fine with JC, I can’t believe culpepper is still in the league, wow. You must be a dumb a$$ if your asking for his services on this raider team.

  • Silverandblack666

    I’m a cop…..where?

    Lets meet I want to defecate in your mouth you lackey government worker draining our economy.

  • Bring in Capt. Kirk – cut Sam Williams!

  • GoodOle00

    Raider Ray, DOug Williams has a super bowl ,ring. There was a guy named McNair who did alright as well and others

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post

  • LTR

    Raiders for life Says:
    August 15th, 2011 at 2:04 pm
    I was there, best show I seen from them and I’ve seen a dozen or more tours. Lifeson needs some respect that guy is lights out

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

    Believe it or not…Rush is not in the Rock n Roll hall of fame. That should of happened 10 yrs ago
    ————————————————
    Rush-
    #3 all time number of gold records
    R&R hall of shame is a joke

  • dvrick

    # Al Davis Support Group Says:
    August 14th, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    McFadden, Bush & Reece = TRADE BABY!!!!!!!

  • dvrick

    Why should we even practice!!

  • CJ Legend 34

    Swet