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Coach Allen fields questions about rookie mini camp

By Steve Corkran
Saturday, May 12th, 2012 at 2:24 pm in Oakland Raiders.

First-year Raiders coach Dennis Allen is in the midst of presiding over a rookie mini camp for the first time. On Saturday, he spoke with the media about his thoughts on his new players and the team after the second of three practices in Alameda. Here is the entire trancript:

Q: What do you look to get out of this weekend?
Allen: Really we’re just trying to get a good evaluation of the rookies, both the drafted players and the undrafted players. We’ve had a couple of good practices already. We have another walk-through this evening and one more good practice tomorrow.

Q: Why so many tryout guys?
A: The big thing is, we wanted to be able to run an offense and a defense and have a couple of deep to be able to do that. We wanted to take a look at a lot of different guys and see what we could come up with. We’ve all been a part of a lot of teams where you find guys that can play for you that you bring in on a tryout basis. We wanted to have a chance to look at a lot of guys and we were able to do that.

Q: 90-man roster give more guys chances?
A: The big thing is we have the ability to get to a 90-man roster and we want to make sure that the guys we bring in all are capable of potentially making the team. That’s part of the evaluation process that we’re going through today.

Q: Anybody jump out at you?
A: There have been several guys that have really jumped out at me. I know (Rod) Streater, the wide receiver out of Temple, has done a really nice job. He’s been pretty impressive. Obviously, the defensive end Kaelin (Burnett) that we got out of Nevada has been a nice addition as a Sam linebacker and a guy who can put his hand on the ground and rush on third downs. Those are just a couple of the guys.

Q: How does Burris adjust to NFL after playing in and out in college?
A: Football is football. There are only so many different things you can ask guys to do. The thing we liked about him from the very beginning is he is an instinctive football player and he does understand how to play the game. We’re going to put him in positions to give him a chance to be successful and let him use his athleticism, let him use his instincts to make plays.

Q: What does Travis Ivey bring to table?
A: He’s a big powerful guy inside who has the ability to be a good run-stopping player inside.

Q: Help to have a guy who has played NT in 3-4?
A: It helps a lot. We’re obviously always going to be looking for guys we can do multiple things with. Anytime you’re talking about first and second down and stopping the run, you need a big guy inside to be able to do that. He’s a nice piece to be able to work with. He’s been out here working and trying to get better. We’ll see where we’re at when we get through camp and see if he’s good enough to make the team.

Q: What are your weeks like?
A: Its’ been busy. It’s been pretty smooth. You kind of take it phase by phase. We just finished up with the draft phase and now we’re really kind of getting into the football phase of the offseason program. It’s been pretty smooth. It’s been exciting and every day there’s something different that shows up. You wake up every morning and wonder what life has in store for you.

Q: How helpful to have rookie camp before OTAs?
A: It’s extremely important. We’ve had the veteran players here for a while and have already been through a minicamp with them. The rookies are obviously behind from a mental and a physical standpoint. They’re going to have to work hard and work fast to get caught up because if they don’t get caught up pretty soon they’ll fall behind. It’s real important to have this camp for them.

Q: What have you seen from Burris physically?
A: He’s a tough, physical player. When you’re in these camps, it’s hard to really tell how physical a guy is going to be because of the rules and the way we have to go about practicing. I’ve seen every indication that he’s fully athletic enough to play the positions that we’re going to ask him to play. We’re excited about him.

Q: Thoughts on Bergstrom?
A: He’s done a nice job. He fits the scheme, the zone running scheme and he has some athleticism. He’ll be a nice fit in there.

Q: Stay at left guard for now?
A: We’re going to start with him at left guard and give him a chance to work and compete and see where he’s at.

Q: Reece signed yet?
A: Marcel Reece has been tendered and Reggie (McKenzie, general manager) and him and his agent have been working on trying to get the deal finished up.

Q: Will he be here Tuesday?
A: I don’t know whether we’ll see him on Tuesday or not but hopefully we’ll see him soon.

Q: Desmond Bryant?
A: Desmond Bryant has been out here working.

Q: Your thoughts on DHB facing a drunken driving charge?
“It’s a situation that we’re aware of and we’re monitoring. We’ll see how the whole legal proceedings carry out and then we’ll kind of go from there.”

Not the best way to start a new era here?
“No, but you know what? Until we get all the facts of the case, we’re not going to rush to judgment on anything. Get all the facts and then play it out from there.”

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

    Once again.

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

    What about Cumbie

  • joker94583

    Man wish I could be there in person! Just have to read about it. Getting fired up for the season!

  • r8eray

    Thanks Steve…good lookin out!

  • McFaddens_Sneakers

    With the minicamp opening up football seems alot closer. Usually i give away the preseason games but this year im going against dallas.

  • Kirk

    I am looking forward to seeing Pryor, and I am also looking forward to seeing Palmer and McFadden on the field at the same time.

  • Raidernationdave

    I know (Rod) Streater, the wide receiver out of Temple, has done a really nice job.”

    That’s encouraging and exciting….Oaktown appears to be well stocked at wide receiver.

  • Thec

    The Realist Dirty Raccoon Says:
    May 12th, 2012 at 2:28 pm
    Once again.

    ++++++++

    sheer luck

  • Thec

    The thing we liked about him from the very beginning is he is an instinctive football player and he does understand how to play the game.

    ++++++++
    Can the same be said for Mayor McCheese?

  • Thec

    NFL needs to bump up players from 53 to 63.
    Practice squad from 8 to 15.

  • realtruraider

    Thec

    I agree and now with all the issues with concussions they might have to soon

  • realtruraider

    I want to hear what Tarver and Knapp had to say today. guess I better go check twitter.

  • http://InsidetheOaklandRaiders Goldie7

    Thanks for the Q&A interview with Coach DA Cork. I enjoyed the article. I would like to know more info about how Jack Crawford is coming along because he has a rugby background and very eager to learn the NFL. IMO Crawford may be a starter this season….who knows.

  • raidertalk

    Alright Cork!
    Great job on the last few posts
    Its really interesting to take a look at the guys that are trying to fulfill their NFL dreams as rooks, strive and work hard and hopefully become a part of …The Raiders…

  • raidertalk

    Dennis Allen so far seems to be legit; very good communicator

    Can’t help but look at all the guys brought in and think about what Lance Kiffen said a few years ago that “the team lacked depth”, looks like Reggie Mac is doing a good job bringing in some quality depth guys that may be able to suprise some folks, looks to be some potential diamonds in the rough.

  • raidertalk

    Can’t wait to see CP3 and McFadden on the field together, I can see Dmac breaking off some long runs with Palmer’s arm threating the pass-D;

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    Kiffin was referring to Al Davis’s team, in 2007-8, not this one.

  • BewareofRaiders

    We should really move houston inside

  • Raidernationdave

    raidertalk Says:
    May 12th, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    …I can see Dmac breaking off some long runs…

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

    Would that be before he hurts his pinky toe? Those hangnails are a beyotch!

  • Marks hair

    Not a great sign for the vets and draft picks when the coach mentions a few nobodys as the standouts.

  • Seymour Bush

    Marks hair Says:
    May 12th, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Not a great sign for the vets and draft picks when the coach mentions a few nobodys as the standouts.
    =======================================

    It’s rookie camp.

  • Raidernationdave

    Seymour Bush Says:
    May 12th, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Marks hair Says:
    May 12th, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Not a great sign for the vets and draft picks when the coach mentions a few nobodys as the standouts.
    =======================================

    It’s rookie camp.

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

    There’s a grand total of 11 vets there and I’ll bet everyone is worried about their j.o.b.

  • Raidernationdave

    “Of those in attendance, there are all six players selected in the draft last month, 11 selected veterans, 13 undraftedd free agents that were signed soon after the draft, and 30 players in on a tryout basis.”

  • Seymour Bush

    In the past, the Raiders have granted full access to some of the mini camps. That isn’t the case this year. The media aren’t allowed to watch the remainder of the 90-minute practice. They also weren’t permitted access Friday.
    ======================================

    You guys are being tough on Cork. He has to watch through a hole in the fence along with priesttj.

  • Thec

    McCheese should be at the rookie camp also, he sure plays like one…

  • Seymour Bush

    There’s a grand total of 11 vets there and I’ll bet everyone is worried about their j.o.b.
    =========================================

    When they ask who stood out, I don’t think Dennis Allen wants to say, “well, Carson, Dmac and Rich Seymour looked good against the scrubs”……

  • Raidernationdave

    Serious Seymour….the 11 selected veterans are not dudes that have to worry about their jobs. I can easily name 11 vets on the roster right now that should be scared of losing their jobs.

  • http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/206715_193995057305540_193988420639537_443774_5811685 thetragicblackmajick

    Denarius Moore was a nobody.

  • ohioraider

    Q: Why so many tryout guys?
    A: The big thing is, we wanted to be able to run an offense and a defense and have a couple of deep to be able to do that. We wanted to take a look at a lot of different guys and see what we could come up with. We’ve all been a part of a lot of teams where you find guys that can play for you that you bring in on a tryout basis. We wanted to have a chance to look at a lot of guys and we were able to do that.
    ——————————————-
    Translation: We have a history of underachievement here. I don’t even know what I have in terms of commitment from the core roster. I’m going to subject them to more competition than in the past in order to show them there’s a new sheriff in town, and no more riding on reputation. So I need bodies to do that, and that’s why I’m bringing in scrubs because you never know who’ll put in the extra effort to surpass expectations.

  • realtruraider

    I think the 11 vets are the practice squad players and such

  • Raidernationdave

    ohioraider Says:
    May 12th, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Translation: We have a history of underachievement here. I don’t even know what I have in terms of commitment from the core roster. I’m going to subject them to more competition than in the past in order to show them there’s a new sheriff in town, and no more riding on reputation. So I need bodies to do that, and that’s why I’m bringing in scrubs because you never know who’ll put in the extra effort to surpass expectations.

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

    Reminds me of those employment ads that say, “Looking for 10 people to work right away for 10 people who wouldn’t!”

    Dennis Allen for President!

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    Marks Hair Says:
    May 12th, 2012 at 5:15 pm
    Not a great sign for the vets and draft picks when the coach mentions a few nobodys as the standouts.

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

    It means he’s pleasantly surprised by them. No big deal.

  • Seymour Bush

    Q: What have you seen from Burris physically?
    A: He’s a tough, physical player. When you’re in these camps, it’s hard to really tell how physical a guy is going to be because of the rules and the way we have to go about practicing. I’ve seen every indication that he’s fully athletic enough to play the positions that we’re going to ask him to play. We’re excited about him.
    ========================================

    Translation: We have a guy we think is ready to take over in middle.

  • J Hill

    Travis Ivey wii certainly make the team.

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    Seymour Bush Says:
    May 12th, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Translation: We have a guy we think is ready to take over in middle.

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

    Disagree. I think it means Allen and Tarver are looking at Burris for WLB, with Curry either moving inside to take McClain’s job or being a super-sub backup.

  • morilla

    Get your Burris jerseys ready.

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    I think we’ll carry 8 LBs. Multi-defense, meaning 3-4 heavily involved, as too nickel-like packages with 3 down lineman, etc. Allen said earlier in the year that the LB position would be a focal point of the defensive scheme, a lot of blitzing and looks from there, a lot of play-making expected from it. So will need about 8 LBs for the OLB/ILB positions. Some of those might be taken by the likes of Shaughnessy and Tollefson in a Lamarr Woodley manner.

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    *nickel packages with 2 down linemen. ^

  • morilla

    Lucas Nix looks like he needs to spend some more time in the weight room. Noodle arms.

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    Mig Mac seems to have a “type”…He once said size and speed is good if combined with production (paraphrasing).

    That being said, on field production with an added caveat that if you are a WR you best be tall.

    Ford appears to the only runt of the lot..and he wasn’t picked by Big Mac…

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Kirk Says:
    May 12th, 2012 at 3:09 pm
    I am looking forward to seeing Pryor, and I am also looking forward to seeing Palmer and McFadden on the field at the same time
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I don’t know about Pryor but I’m definitely loking forward to seeing Palmer and McFadden on the field at the same time-for the first time.
    I also like McKenzie’s emphasis on the OL.

    I’m not so crazy about the scouting changes.
    Al and the scouts often did well in the middle rounds although in the first round I sometimes thought I was going to have a stroke.

    McKenzie though is entitled to hire his own people but does it have to be from the fuk’n Jets?

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    priesttj Says:
    May 12th, 2012 at 12:55 pm
    If Al Davis was running the show the complaints would be loud and accusatory. Paranoia and dysfunction would be the operative words. It took these guys 10x as long to announce the UNDFA yet no one complained. No access to minicamp hardly a wimper. If Mr Davis did the same thing there would be an uproar……….I’m not complaining about the way they’re operating but I’m shocked no one else is whinning.

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

    I agree with you Priest but for fuk’s sake, there is only one “n” in whining. I thought you were talking about winning.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    *well two if you count the second syllable.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Seymour Bush Says:
    May 12th, 2012 at 5:30 pm
    There’s a grand total of 11 vets there and I’ll bet everyone is worried about their j.o.b.
    =========================================

    When they ask who stood out, I don’t think Dennis Allen wants to say, “well, Carson, Dmac and Rich Seymour looked good against the scrubs”……
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    LOL.

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    The pics from Day 2 are up.

    Either Reggie was patrolling the sidelines, or Raleigh Mac’s in the house.

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    ENGLANDRAIDER Says:
    May 12th, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    McKenzie though is entitled to hire his own people but does it have to be from the fuk’n Jets?

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

    Who cares what team he hired them from as long as they can do the job?

  • morilla

    RaiderDuck Says:
    May 12th, 2012 at 6:35 pm
    The pics from Day 2 are up.

    Either Reggie was patrolling the sidelines, or Raleigh Mac’s in the house.
    ——-

    Looks like Reggie keeping a watchful eye.

    Some big boys in #90′s in one of the shots.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    RaiderDuck Says:
    May 12th, 2012 at 6:46 pm
    ENGLANDRAIDER Says:
    May 12th, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    McKenzie though is entitled to hire his own people but does it have to be from the fuk’n Jets?

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

    Who cares what team he hired them from as long as they can do the job?

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

    Well that would be because the Jets draft record isn’t one I want the Raiders to aspire to.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    McFadden “making cuts at full speed”

    Running backs coach Kelly Skipper had some encouraging words to say about running back Darren McFadden on Saturday.

    McFadden was on pace for a 1,600-yard season last year before a Week 7 mid-foot sprain, later called a Lisfranc injury, pulled the plug on that.

    “The thing about Darren is he didn’t have any major surgeries, so he’s able to come back here healthy and he’s playing at a high level right now and it’s offseason,” Skipper said. “So, that’s a good thing. … He’s out here. You would never know he got hurt. He’s making cuts at full speed, everything. There’s no problem with that.

    Source SF Gate

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

    I just heard a donkey squeal… Looks like our intertrade odds just got a little better.

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    Making cuts at full speed. Now. 4 1/2 months after the season ended.

    Hue is so full of [MULTIPLE EXPLETIVES DELETED]