Post-practice notes


Highlights from an eventful day during which the Raiders got a lot faster with the supplemental draft selection of Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor and the return to action of Darren McFadden, Jacoby Ford and rookie Taiwan Jones:

— Anyone really surprised the Raiders took Pryor? Simply too big, too fast and too talented to pass up with a third-round draft pick. Hue Jackson wasn’t his usual expansive self when discussing Pryor, realizing the quarterback’s not yet in camp and there’s no sense building up a buy who won’t be eligible for the first five weeks of the season.

Interesting that Pryor would tell Monday Night Football’s Mike Tirico he’ll follow the lead on Al Davis as to whether to appeal his suspension. The suspension is actually a good thing for the Raiders, and not just because they save $100,000 in salary.

It means Oakland doesn’t have to decide which player to cut for five weeks, since Pryor doesn’t count against the 53-man roster. By the time the sixth game rolls around, attrition will probably take care of any dilemmas.

— Jackson said Pryor would be a quarterback. For now. He also said he’d do anything to score a touchdown, even if it meant putting in something special for Pryor.

— Shouldn’t be any surprise that McFadden practiced as if he had never been away. He exploded to the perimeter on more than one occasion and made an over-the-shoulder catch some 45 yards down field from Trent Edwards against linebacker Quentin Groves, who actually had better coverage than you’d think.

Jackson conceded he might just leave McFadden in “cellophane” for the remainder of the preseason. No sense risking your best offensive player.

— Ford did less, but seemed to have no trouble catching the ball. He said afterward he wasn’t concerned about catching hard throws at awkward angles and is good to go.

— Defensive end Trevor Scott was activated from the physically unable to perform list and got in a lot of work. Looks like he’ll stick with the ends for now and not yo-yo between end and outside linebacker.

— Quarterback Jason Campbell sat out practice. Jackson said it was his call but conceded Campbell had not yet passed all the concussion tests. Campbell told Comcast SportsNet he had “whiplash.”

With Campbell out, Edwards and Kyle Boller got all the work in team sessions and were not sharp. A lot of balls on the ground, many passes behind receivers. Jackson attributed it to different rotations with Campbell being out of action.

— Safety Mike Mitchell was on crutches with his undisclosed injury. No telling when he’ll be back.

— Tight end Kevin Boss, out two to six weeks according to one report, was vigoriously pedaling on stationary bike during practice, working hard enough that a good guess would be closer to two weeks than six.

— Linebacker Travis Goethel left practice with an undisclosed injury.

— Running back Taiwan Jones got loose on one of his carries during the team session and broke free down the left sideline, pulling away from defenders as if on rails.

When Jones returned to the sideline, he was immediately greeted by an excited corps of runners including McFadden and Rock Cartwright.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • RaiderRockstar

    Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel has said something pretty strong about Pryor’s pro potential.

    “I think it’ll be scary to see what he can do for this reason — watching the progress [on Saturday] after he had just six weeks where all he did was football,” Tressel told Albert Breer of NFL.com. “College involves going to class, doing schoolwork, and the social aspects of being that age. Now that he can do football and play quarterback 24-7, and that’s really what he wants to do, his development might happen quicker than people think.

    “He’s as attentive as you can possibly imagine. It means a lot to him. And he’s at his best when folks are doubting him and, I think, with the suspension you have that.”

    Folks are definitely doubting Pryor now. He’ll soon get a chance to prove them wrong

    -Mike Florio (PFT)

  • RaiderRockstar

    Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times writes that the Ravens are “very interested” in free agent Bryant McKinnie. Perhaps the former Viking would play left tackle in Baltimore, with Michael Oher sliding back to the right side. Or maybe they want to try McKinnie at right tackle.

    Whatever the answer, Baltimore’s offensive line looks rather unsettled as the opening week game against the Steelers approach.



    BM over Barnes or Heyer?

  • lefty12

    Bcz-not true-there was 1 DB(38) trailing the play and then Willis comes in and makes the play.When he makes the tackle there are 3 guys in front of him but not before that.I’m looking at the play right now.

  • inonewordraider

    DHB and JC hate makes no sense after the first two preseason games. DHB has caught every catchable ball including two tough ones last game and JC underthrew one the first game and missed Boss open in the enzone hesitated a bit on either running/taking the sack/throwing out of bounds but has thrown some lazers and confident in his arm. These guys are workers who are just going to get better. If you wanna hate, hate on the run d

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    # lefty12 Says:
    August 23rd, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Mistic,you know as well as anyone it isn’t about intelligence.JC is a without a doubt an intelligent man.The key is how fast one thinks on his feet and is able to make snap decisions.That is where he seems to come up short.I’d love to see the guy prove me wrong this year,but that is what I see.

    We see it completely differntly. I see a guy that has a firm grasp on this offense and this team. his leadership and abilty is rejuvinating a once dead passing attack. hell even DHb is now poised to brek out, following JC’s lead.

    Most of Jc’s passes this preseason have not only been on the money but he is throwing people open. case and point the back shoulder catch and throw down the sideline to DHB. You cant make those kinds of plays with out being ahead of the play, or having quick decision making ability.

    The concern is unwarranted

  • lefty12

    Mistic,He is not producing.The 1st team offense hasn’t scored 1 TD.TDs=production.I don’t care if a guy throws for 400 yards.If he doesn’t get the ball into the end zone he didn’t produce sh!t.Luckily it is just practice so he can work on it.BTW,every lineman will miss a block or gets beaten once in a while also.You can’t excuse one player for a gaffe,yet chastise another for making one.

  • RaiderRockstar

    If you wanna hate, hate on the run d



    can’t do that either without stepping on the McClain lover’s toes!

  • HueKnows
  • dvrick

    # Smells like beeechum Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    I don’t expect the Raiders to do well against the donkeys.we hired a coach that previously has no experience! Other than a few players on D, we lack the talent to handle the donkeys. I probably won’t be wrong

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Braksdale over barnes cant come soon enough. Barnes looked like he couldnt even get out of his stance last week. Barksdale looked like a rookie but you can see the potential clear as day. he was up and down but his up was way better than barnes, and his down wasnt nearly as bad.

    Barnes was spinning around so often it made me dizzy trying to follow. Once barkdsale get a hold of you it is over. he absolutly stone walled the defense on a few pass plays, and was a road grader on some runs.

    He and campbell bullied the defense on few occasions and looked like a twosome that will just abuse defenders for years to come.

    get these guys as many reps as possible.

  • dvrick

    # raiderinpa Says:
    August 23rd, 2011 at 7:27 am

    I said it before and I’ll say it again…. I’m F-ing BUMMED about our backfield (DMAC, Bush, Jones, Reece)… Can’t Throw some QB sneaks & naked bootlegs in with Pryor and everybody stops the Silver & Black this year!! BAD move bringing in Pryor very risky and psosibly gobbling up a roster spot in week 6….
    Al, you still ARE a STUPID F-ing man!!


  • lefty12

    Mistic,I didn’t say he doesn’t have a total grasp of the offense.He has shown great leadership.He can and does make all the throws,his physical skills are without question.However,sometimes his reads and reactions are too slow.Sometimes his decision making is questionable.Those are my concerns.

  • dvrick

    # Sullivan44 Says:
    August 23rd, 2011 at 10:25 am

    It seems in the Raiders’ organization, Hue Jackson ranks no higher than the players. Basically, he’s addressing the Pryor acquisition the same way the players would. Just fielding a few questions, giving the old ho hum answers. Where’s the head coach? Who is our head coach?
    # BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011 -YOU ARE THE MR THAT DOESN’T KNOW SQUAT!!!!!!!!!!MR!!! MR!!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post

  • dvrick

    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    August 23rd, 2011 at 11:29 am

    the Fins running game went from Ronnie Brown/Ricky Williams to Reggie Bush/Larry Johnson?


    Chad Henne might be the least of thier problems…
    **Yeah but pound for pound they still have DOUBLE the talent on their team then we have.Ronnie and Ricky were just same ole same ole.

  • dvrick

    # Plunketthead Says:
    August 23rd, 2011 at 8:08 am

    M Lonetree Says:
    August 23rd, 2011 at 7:49 am
    usually I despise anything about Ohio State (except of course Jack Tatum, RIP), but the way BSPN corporate and its shills are hating on Pryor for becoming a Raider makes me want to welcome the kid with open arms whether he pans out or not.

    I could not disagree more,Pryor stinks