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Notes, quotes, observations from today’s practice

By Steve Corkran
Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012 at 2:35 pm in Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders granted access to the media Tuesday for the second straight week, as they continue their organized team activities in Alameda. What follows is an overview of things gleaned from watching the two-hour practice, as well as post-practice interviews:

Rookie Juron Criner is not a one-practice wonder. Early on in drills, Criner broke toward the sideline on an out route, only to discover that the ball was thrown well off the mark.
No worry. Criner stuck out one hand and stopped the ball and then calmly secured the ball with his other hand, just before he stepped out of bounds.
Add this catch to the growing list of eye-opening plays made by Criner in the month or so since he was selected in the NFL draft.

Running back Darren McFadden shows no lingering effects from the foot injury that forced him to miss the final nine games last season.
On one play, McFadden lined up wide right, put a move on strong safety Tyvon Branch, ran past Branch and into the open field. Carson Palmer’s throw sailed over McFadden’s head, but the play showed that McFadden is all the way back and ready to pick up where he left off last season.

Quarterback Matt Leinart worked almost exclusively with the second-team offense today, with second-year player Terrelle Pryor taking the snaps with the third-team offense.
What’s it mean? Who knows at this point. It’s conceivable that coach Dennis Allen and offensive coordinator Greg Knapp just wanted to see Leinart with the second-team today and that Pryor might get his shot later down the road.
Leinart looked sharp, save a pass that was intercepted on the final play of practice. Pryor was a tad off on some of his throws, but he was accurate enough so that the receivers could make plays on the ball.

Rookie Miles Burris worked at outside linebacker today with the first-team offense, in large part because projected starter Aaron Curry is sidelined with an undisclosed injury.
That’s where Burris will stay for the time being, Allen said. He wants Burris to focus upon learning the nuances of the defense, as well as the outside linebacker spot, before he attempts to convert to the middle or inside.
“Right now, with the learning curve, we’re going to keep him outside linebacker and let him get his feet wet,” Allen said, “and then we’ll figure where he’s at probably closer to training camp, and even closer to the beginning of the season.”
Burris played mostly outside in college. However, he is versatile enough to play anywhere, as he did on occasion at San Diego State.

Middle linebacker Rolando McClain practiced for the second straight day after missing the three practices last week, while in Alabama for his trial on four misdemeanors from a Nov. 30 incident in Decatur, Ala.
He looked to be in fine shape and moving around well. Allen said he isn’t worried about McClain at all, though he said McClain needs to perform better against the pass.
“He’s moving around good,” Allen said of McClain. “Obviously, he had some injuries last year. I’ve been pleased with everything I’ve seen out of Rolando this whole offseason.”
Allen said McClain is “ahead” of where he should be at this point of the offseason.
“He’s done a real good job from a leadership standpoint,” Allen said. “He’s very instinctive. He’s smart out there. He’s taken command of the huddle. Those things I’ve been pleased with. Physically, as you look at him, what he needs to improve on, and he knows this, is a little bit of the pass coverage aspect.”
McClain issued a statement about his legal issue in which he was found guilty on all four counts and sentenced to 180 days in jail. He intends to appeal the sentence and ask for a jury trial, according to his lawyer.
Allen said he and the Raiders will wait for the legal process to play out before deciding whether to mete out any punishment.
“Well, really, right now, as we look at it, Rolando’s part of our family, he’s part of our team,” Allen said. “We’re going to let the whole process play out before we do anything and once the whole legal proceedings are finished then we’ll determine what if any action we need to take.”
McClain did not field any questions from the media. The fact he emerged to issue the statement is another example of general manager Reggie McKenzie and Allen being serious about players being accountable.
Moving forward, Allen said that he has spoken with his players about how he and the Raiders expect them to comport themselves.
“We’ve talked to all the players about that,” Allen said, “and all the players understand what we expect out of them. And the thing we’ve also got to understand is that we’re starting anew. We’re not going to take into account past sins necessarily for everybody’s actions. But everybody knows what the standard is around here and we’re going to expect people to uphold that standard.”

The following six players were not in attendance today, either because of injury, personal reasons, contractual issue or the choice to miss what is a voluntary practice: punter Shane Lechler, kicker Sebastian Janikowski, defensive tackles Tommy Kelly and Richard Seymour, and fullbacks Marcel Reece and Manase Tonga.
Allen said Tonga underwent surgery on his knee and won’t be back until mid-June, at the earliest.
The following 10 players were here but did not practice: Wide receivers Thomas Mayo, Brandon Carswell, Eddie McGee, Louis Murphy and Denarius Moore, safety Mike Mitchell, center Stefen Wisniewski, defensive end Matt Shaughnessy, Curry and offensive lineman Zach Hurd.

The Raiders practiced in helmets that don’t have the iconic shield on each side. It’s likely that Allen is using that as a motivational ploy.
“We just started off that way,” Allen said. “If anything, we’ll all earn the right to wear that symbol.”
There you go.

Impressive sight of the day: former Raiders guard Steve Wisniewski doing numerous push-ups on the sideline as the players performed running drills early in practice. It appears as if Wisniewski could throw on a uniform right now and nail down a starting spot.

Cornerback Ron Bartell said he has healed from the neck injury that forced him to miss all but one game last season, when he was with the St. Louis Rams.
Bartell said he isn’t at greater risk of further injury as a result of his broken neck and that he is eager to validate the Raiders signing him this offseason.
“I’ve been completely (healed) and 100 percent since about March,” Bartell said. “I feel great. The injury happened early in the year. I didn’t get a lot of wear and tear on my body because I played one game, so I feel fresh, new spirit, just excitement to help get this team back to where it should be. So, I’m just ready to play ball.”
Bartell and fellow newcomer Shawntae Spencer are the projected starters at cornerback this season. Bartell said he is just trying to make the most of his opportunity.
“To have the type of injury I had, just from that standpoint, just being able to get back out on the field and compete, that’s all I can ask for,” Bartell said. “Another chance, another opportunity to play again. The way I look at it, the chips will fall where they may. They’re going to put whoever they feel is best for the job out there on the field. If I’m one of those guys, then more power to me. If not, I’ll play my role.”
Bartell is a big fan of defensive coordinator Jason Tarver’s scheme, he said, because it places players in position to make plays.
As for his experience, Bartell said he and Spencer are doling out advice to the younger players such as DeMarcus Van Dyke and Chimdi Chekwa.
“I just try to show them what it’s like to be a pro, how to approach practice, how to study film, how to take care of your body, some of the little things that I picked up along the way from a lot of the veterans that I was able to play with,” Bartell said. “So, if I’m able to rub off on them that way, it will be positive for them.”

Spencer was part of a 49ers team last year that made the precipitous jump from mediocre team to Super Bowl contender in one season.
He said the talent was there with the 49ers before last season. The key was, getting a coach and coaching staff to harness that talent.
Given that, Spencer said he doesn’t see any reason the Raiders can’t make the same kind of leap, as long as they cut down the penalties and turnovers.
Just looking at it here, you can ask leaguewide, the Raiders are always the most talented team. Size wise, speed wise, skills wise and things like that but it’s just changing the culture, being disciplined, doing the little things right,” Spencer said.
Spencer said Allen and his staff are preaching details, discipline and working hard. That has Spencer and others feeling confident about what lies ahead.
“Once you do those things, it all comes down to the game,” Spencer said, “but if you’re beating yourself before the ball’s even snapped, you don’t have a chance. So that’s what he’s really been preaching and that’s what everyone’s buying into right now. We got a great attendance at OTAs and we had a great attendance thus far through the offseason programs, so I think the whole building, everyone should be optimistic.”

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  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Raccoon = D Russell.
    Another guy from Chico? God help us.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    RR = M Millen (LOL Lefty)
    Vegas = Gradkowski

  • R8ER MIKE

    lefty12 Says:
    May 24th, 2012 at 12:44 pm
    I’ve noticed Rock hasn’t been added to the list.I’d like to suggest M.Millen-Detroit GM.

    RRS = Giordano

  • JR

    How do you set-up wi-fi in a basement?

  • JB

    JR Says:
    May 24th, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    How do you set-up wi-fi in a basement?
    ****************************

    The same as you do in any other room. Do you have a wireless router? if yes, where is it located? How far from basement? More information about what you have set up & what you want to do would help.

  • Dan78

    Dan78=Hostetler

  • JR

    Thanks JB,

    I’ll get back to you when I find out the information.

  • R8ER MIKE

    ?? WTF ??
    everybody leave for lunch ???

  • Intrepid

    Shoot! Hardline got Howie Long. I’m still thinking.

  • hwnrdr

    Or they’re all in the green room!

  • Intrepid

    Ok, then. I’m Frank Hawkins. Old school.

  • R8ER MIKE

    hwnrdr Says:
    May 24th, 2012 at 1:13 pm
    Or they’re all in the green room!

    ***********************************
    not for another 6 minutes east coast time !!

  • Intrepid

    Intrepid aka Purvisman. No subterfuge here.

  • Intrepid

    Or I’ll go split personality with Purvisman as Jack Squirek.

  • hwnrdr

    R8ER MIKE Says:
    May 24th, 2012 at 1:15 pm
    hwnrdr Says:
    May 24th, 2012 at 1:13 pm
    Or they’re all in the green room!

    ***********************************
    not for another 6 minutes east coast time !!

    LOL!

  • guest123

    Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks fractured the fifth metatarsal of his right foot this morning during the team’s second OTA (organized team activity) workout. Nicks suffered the injury early in practice as he was running a route during individual drills in the Timex Performance Center field house.

    *******
    Injuries already coming in OTA’s

  • R8ER MIKE

    PUFF PUFF PASS my Green Party brothers !!
    its 4:20 east coast time !!!

  • r8eray

    Whats the list for?

  • guest123

    Yup, it’s 4:22…

    working overtime today….

  • DJ Johnny

    1586.RaiderRockstar Says:
    May 24th, 2012 at 12:34 pm
    Kell,

    do laugh at any of the crap in here???

    seem like a pretty serious guy.

    hilarious banter in here, at times

    Much too cool. Seeing as he’s a long time poster on a football blog and all.

  • hwnrdr

    r8eray Says:
    May 24th, 2012 at 1:21 pm
    Whats the list for?

    I guess it was for fun! Too lazy to scroll up and memory is shot these days…lol

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    A judge ruled Tuesday that a mixed-martial artist accused of murdering and mutilating his friend in 2010 is mentally competent to stand trial. After reviewing evaluations by a pair of psychiatrists, Del Norte County Superior Court Judge William Follett determined Jarrod Gaylen Wyatt is both capable of understanding the criminal proceedings against him and of assisting his attorney in mounting his defense. Follett consequently reinstated criminal proceedings in the case, setting a Sept. 10 trial date. Wyatt, 27, was arrested at a residence in Klamath in the early morning hours of March 21, 2010, and stands accused of killing Taylor Powell, 21, by ripping his still-beating heart from his chest after gruesomely beating and torturing Powell, his friend and sparring partner.

    http://www.insidebayarea.com/crime-courts/ci_20700878/northern-california-mma-fighter-competent-stand-trial-gruesome

  • RaiderRockstar

    Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks fractured the fifth metatarsal of his right foot this morning

    ***

    dang, sad news for the G-Men!

  • raidertbone

    1596 and 1597:
    just say “No” to being a master baiter!!

  • r8eray

    Patriots worked out free agent OTs Stephon Heyer and Brandon Keith as well as free agent G/C Jamey Richard.
    Following Matt Light’s retirement, the Patriots lack experienced depth at tackle. Heyer or Keith could be signed in case Marcus Cannon isn’t ready for the swing role.
    Related: Patriots
    Source: Adam Caplan on Twitter

  • DMAC

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    May 24th, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks fractured the fifth metatarsal of his right foot this morning

    ***

    dang, sad news for the G-Men!
    ==========

    Fk the G-Men.
    No one showed us sympathy for our injuries last year.

  • DMAC

    Marcus Cannon isn’t ready for the swing role.
    ===========

    Schit, I wouldn’t either.

  • Dan78

    Agree 100% DMAC

  • R8ER MIKE

    lol tbone

  • DMAC

    Raiders TE David Ausberry is working primarily with his “hand in the dirt” at OTAs.
    Coach Dennis Allen believes the converted wide receiver “definitely has the ability to” become an every-down tight end, and the Raiders are serious about making it happen long-term. Ausberry has gained 20 pounds to aid in blocking, though he remains on the raw side. While we aren’t expecting much fantasy value in 2012, Ausberry makes for a decent Dynasty stash.
    Source: CSN Bay Area
    May 24 – 3:06 PM

  • hwnrdr

    Good thing Bruce Wayne, well his name wasn’t Bates!
    I don’t think Alfred will call him Master!

  • bcz24

    1501.Raider O Says:
    May 24th, 2012 at 11:47 am
    Bcz24 Says:
    May 24th, 2012 at 11:37 am
    1485.Raider O Says:
    May 24th, 2012 at 11:33 am
    Give Lechler a contract extension!
    ******
    Now we are on the same page.
    $$$$$$$$$$$

    But you still think its a bad idea, correct? What about incentives? Do they count against the cap?
    *****
    Nah O I am all about extending Lechler, the problem is, it won’t lower his cap hit this year. He isn’t signing an extension for less than 4 mill per year, and he already has 1.8 in cap hit this year that no matter what we do is still there. Only option we have is to extend him with a heavy signing bonus to lower the cap hit, but in 3-4 years we will be in the same boat with him having a 5-6 mill cap hit.

  • The Beeech Dawg

    MO HIZZLE TO MY FIZZLE, WHUT UP BLOG DORKS

    Yo, that list is straight up silly. Laughed so hard I pooped a whole falafel into my swim trunks

    There’s gotta be a deranged janitor with a weight problem on the Raider’s staff for KrappyRat

    Can’t leave the old fool out, he’ll run to his gal pal Becker and whiny/sob until the whole blog is banned

    Yo, got 2 Kewl 4 Skool rehearsing on the Reggae Party Boat, I’ll tell you all about after I finish macking on this Subway Melt

    BACON AND AVOCADO IN THE HIZZY

  • R8ER MIKE

    hwnrdr Says:
    May 24th, 2012 at 1:48 pm
    Good thing Bruce Wayne, well his name wasn’t Bates!
    I don’t think Alfred will call him Master!

    ***************
    ?? if God didnt want you to masterbate he would have made your arms shorter ??

  • bcz24

    1627.DMAC Says:
    May 24th, 2012 at 1:42 pm
    Marcus Cannon isn’t ready for the swing role.
    ===========

    Schit, I wouldn’t either.
    *****
    Lol. The NFL mandates that teams can only dress 7 olineman, so 5 starters and you usually have ‘swing tackle’ that will come in if either tackle goes down, and a ‘swing guard’ that will come in if any of the interior 3 go down.

  • lefty12

    Bcz-I doubt that is what he was referring to.

  • hwnrdr

    R8ER MIKE Says:
    May 24th, 2012 at 1:50 pm
    hwnrdr Says:
    May 24th, 2012 at 1:48 pm
    Good thing Bruce Wayne, well his name wasn’t Bates!
    I don’t think Alfred will call him Master!

    ***************
    ?? if God didnt want you to masterbate he would have made your arms shorter ??

    no wonder T Rex was an angry SOB!

  • DJ Johnny

    I don’t know about u guys, but i’m gonna be glued to Raiderstv.com on Saturday when our beloved Swarco Raiders of the “european league” make their debut agasint the Prague Panthers.

    Prague is going down…and HARD!!!

  • realtruraider

    Sully should be that Valley dude who Al stole the team from. Only one other person hates Al as much as MR
    _____________________________________________________

    How about Kawakami?

    Sully = Kawakami

  • lefty12

    Sully=Shanahan

  • DMAC

    Swarco Raiders?
    Never knew they existed.

  • DutchRaider77

    1634.R8ER MIKE Says:
    May 24th, 2012 at 1:50 pm
    hwnrdr Says:
    May 24th, 2012 at 1:48 pm
    Good thing Bruce Wayne, well his name wasn’t Bates!
    I don’t think Alfred will call him Master!

    ***************
    ?? if God didnt want you to masterbate he would have made your arms shorter ??

    ___________________________________________________

    He said to the Israelites, If God didnt want you to masterbate he would have made your arms shorter– Exodus 20:3-17

  • R8ER MIKE

    LOL LOL , Hwnrdr and Dutch !!

  • R8ER MIKE

    oh damn .. time for buds and beers !!!

  • DMAC

    R8ER MIKE Says:
    May 24th, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    oh damn .. time for buds and beers !!!
    ============

    Peace ODB.
    Green Party fk’n rules!!!!!!!!

  • Silverandblack666

    “How about Kawakami?

    Sully = Kawakami”

    Sully = John Wayne Gacy

  • Silverandblack666

    I said to the Israelites, stop the freaking hate and war mongering you idiots we are sick of it– Toby 20:6-66

  • DJ Johnny

    1641.DMAC Says:
    May 24th, 2012 at 1:58 pm
    Swarco Raiders?
    Never knew they existed.

    To be honest with you, I didn’t either lol.

    You can’t stop the Swarco Raiders…you can only hope to contain ‘em.

  • HairyBush

    Raidernationdave Says:
    May 24th, 2012 at 11:36 am
    Raider O should be Lechler!!!!

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

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    May 24th, 2012 at 11:30 am

    revised:

    Jhill = McClain
    Sully = Randy Hanson
    Kell = Shell
    Armond = Hue Jax
    JFB = Al Davis 30 years ago
    Bcz = Madden
    Hwnrdr = Albert Lewis
    Dirt Lot = Sam Adams
    Debo = JaMarcus
    silver = Gannon
    ROG = Crockett
    Lefty = Norv
    Dakota = McFadden
    HairyBush = Arman Sheilds
    Beeeeecham = Romanowski
    Marley = Jerry Rice
    Dell = Ron Wolf
    Dave = Kerry Collins
    Mr Brown = Janikowski
    Sey Bush = Wheatley
    G123 = Tim Brown
    DMAC = Garner
    DJG = CWood
    Marks Hair = Cable
    N21 = Herrera
    O = Grant Irons
    DAV = Travian Smith
    RRS = Giordano
    SR Raider = Tyler Brayton
    Mistic = Jason Camp
    RM99 = DHB
    Dirty Raccoon = Ted Washington
    Plunk = Plunkett
    LMN = Rod Coleman
    ABP = Eric Barton
    JLofty = Todd Christiansen
    Mike = Stabler
    Duck = Flores
    YA = Rod Woodson (the player, not the coach!)
    BSJ = Condo

    ***
    ————————-
    HairyBush= Napolean Kaufman

  • DMAC

    DJ Johnny Says:
    May 24th, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    1641.DMAC Says:
    May 24th, 2012 at 1:58 pm
    Swarco Raiders?
    Never knew they existed.

    To be honest with you, I didn’t either lol.

    You can’t stop the Swarco Raiders…you can only hope to contain ‘em.
    ==========

    They went 7-1 last season.
    lol