Mini camp notes, quotes and observations


First-year coach Dennis Allen and his staff got their first look at the entire roster Tuesday, with every player showing up for the start of the three-day, mandatory mini camp in Alameda.
Fullback Manase Tonga and safety Mike Mitchell weren’t on the field, but they were here rehabilitating knee injuries. Defensive lineman Dave Tollefson, center Stefen Wisniewski and defensive tackle Travis Ivey were the only players in uniform who weren’t able to participate in individual and team drills. They worked out on the side.
Allen had even more reason to feel good about the way things went after seeing defensive end Matt Shaughnessy practice for the first time since last September and linebacker Aaron Curry retun from a nagging injury he suffered earlier this offseason.
“It’s nice to have him out there,” Allen said. “Obviously, he’s rusty. It’s been a long time since he’s lined up and played defense. He is a little rusty, but it’s good that we get him out here and get a little work.”
Shaughnessy hurt his shoulder against the New York Jets on Sept. 23, underwent surgery and missed the final 13 games last season.
He spent the better part of this offseason rehabilitating the shoulder. On Tuesday, he turned it loose for the first time.
“I’m full-go now,” Shaughnessy said. “If there was a game on Sunday, I’d play.”
Shaughnessy said he is energized by the new defensive scheme.
“Once we learn this defense and start playing together, it’s going to be tough to stop because there’s so many different things we can do. And if we’re all on the same page, we’re just going to be working faster.”
Allen said he likes what he sees from his defensive linemen.
They can be “as good as they want to be,” Allen said. “It’s dependent on how much those guys are willing to put forth as far as the effort to continue to improve. If they’re willing to put forth effort to continue to improve, they can be as good as they want to be.”
Defensive tackle Richard Seymour called Shaughnessy a vital cog in the Raiders defense, someone the Raiders missed a great deal last season.
“Oh, man, tremendously,” Seymour said of missing Shaughnessy’s presence. “I tell him all the time, he’s the best run defensive end in the NFL, for sure, in terms of stopping the run. He’s the best in the NFL against the run. I can’t say that against the pass now for all the sacks a lot of the other defensive ends have. In terms of the run, I’ll put him out there with anyone. He’s definitely developed into a complete player. It was a big blow for us when he went down.”

Shane Lechler shanked his first punt Tuesday, with the ball kicked from his own end zone failing to sniff the 50-yard line. Call it his mulligan.
On his second punt, Lechler bombed the ball some 70 yards, causing more than a few bystanders to ooh and aah.
“That was my first ball since the Pro Bowl,” Lechler said. “I go back mentally to the basics. Drop it, watch the ball hit your foot. I got up through a few of them today and felt good about it. It’s one of those things where I was worried on how it was going to be. I haven’t touched a ball since the Pro Bowl. It came off well. Looks like I still got it.”
The question is, will the Raiders still have Lechler beyond this season? This is the final year of a contract that made Lechler the highest-paid punter in NFL history.
If he has his way, he will be re-signed by the Raiders and spend the remainder of his career in a silver-and-black uniform. He is entering his 13th NFL season.
“Yeah, why not?” Lechler said. “I’ve been here 13 years, what’s 13 more? I’d like to finish it up here if I could. I know Mark (Davis, owner) believes in me and the Davis family does. I want to be here when it turns back around. I was here when it was awesome, and it would be cool to see it come full circle.”
The Raiders qualified for the playoffs in each of Lechler’s first three NFL seasons, including a Super Bowl appearance in the 2002 season.
He has enjoyed sustained success throughout his NFL career. However, the Raiders are in the midst of a nine-year stretch in which they failed to win more than eight games in a season and make the playoffs.
Lechler said he feels a sense of urgency for the Raiders to get back to the playoffs so that he and older players such as Sebastian Janikowski and Cooper Carlisle can taste what that feels like at least one more time.
Lechler said his right (kicking) leg feels as strong now as it has at any point in his career. It’s not a stretch to envision Lechler kicking well into his 40s.
Time and again Tuesday, Lechler launched balls that forced the returner to retreat and field the ball 65 yards or more away from the line of scrimmage. Three straight times, returners muffed Lechler punts.

Rookie wide receiver Juron Criner has developed somewhat of a cult following based on his early showing in offseason practices.
With good reason, too. It seems as if he turns in a head-turning play every time you look. Tuesday was no different.
On one play, Criner ran upfield, made a sharp cut, turned around and was welcomed with the thud of the ball hitting him in the chest.
No problem. Criner processed the situation in a split second, clutched the ball to his chest and fell to the ground for yet another breathtaking reception.

Jacoby Ford, DeQuan Lewis, Bryan McCann and Chaz Powell split time on punt returns. No word on whether Moore would have been part of the rotation, though he handled that role quite a bit last season.
Ford was guilty of muffing one punt. He looked sure-handed on his other chances.

Mark Davis and general manager Reggie McKenize watched most of the practice from the sideline. Reggie’s twin brother Raleigh also was spotted on the field for the first time since he was hired earlier this offseason.

Seymour has spent most of the offseason working out on his own, away from the Raiders year-round facility in Alameda.
He said he trains four days a week and that his offseason regimen this year helped him shed 10 pounds from his well-built frame.
“I did a little boxing, a little bit of everything,” Seymour said. “I get more football specific as the season gets closer. I definitely train four days a week for sure. That’s always been my routine. That’s one thing that keeps you strong, especially in the interior of the line.”
Allen said he likes what he sees of Seymour so far and that he’s expecting big things from him this season.
“I wouldn’t say it would be any different than what it would be in the past,” Allen said of the perennial Pro Bowler. “I would expect good things out of him. He’s a Pro Bowl player and I would expect that to continue to be the case. I would expect him to make plays when we need him to make big plays.”
Seymour’s impression of Allen and his staff is a positive one, he said.
“They understand what they want and they do a good job of teaching how to get it done,” Seymour said. “That’s a quality that’s overlooked in the NFL because even though you may have talented athletes you still need to teach them what to do and how to do it.
They do a great job of getting that message across and making it become (reality). You can hear it like you heard it before but someone just makes it crystal clear like, ‘Oh, I get it now.’ That’s kind of what they do a really good job of doing. They’re really smart guys who understand the game. It still remains to be seen.”


Steve Corkran

  • 0mama is smooth as buttermilk, TelePrompter or no.

  • Plunketthead Says:
    June 13th, 2012 at 2:31 pm
    Globalist #1 or globalist #2? Hmmmm
    I will take the shiney new guy with the nice smile

  • Silverandblack666

    Our current president is heavily favored in Vegas.

    Since no one in Vegas is giving money away……

    Again not saying I am for one side or the other just bringing up the Vegas odds.

  • Dakota

    846.KoolKell Says:
    June 13th, 2012 at 2:31 pm
    No way a person who said Let General Motors go bankrupt wins Ohio, Michigan.



    June 7

    Michigan: Romney 46 Ob@ma 45 with 9% undecided
    Ohio: Romney 48 Ob@ma 45 with 7% undecided

    Remember….the undecided vote almost NEVER goes to the incumbent.

  • The Beeech Dawg

    Guaranteed KrappyRat was the Navy’s version of Gomer Pyle

    Probably always poked himself in the eye when saluting, got his foot stuck in the wash pail every time he swabbed the mess hall

    Man, he must’ve fallen off the side of the Oklahoma more times than we can count

  • Republicans are for the rich, Dems represent the middle class. Which is why I can’t understand podunkers voting Republican. Well actually I can. lol.

  • RaiderRockstar

    The problem Mitt is going to have is that we live in a Christian Nation and most Christians firmly believe the Mormon religion is a cult.

    Not agreeing or disagreeing just stating the facts.



    I can’t speak for everybody, but I’m in the group of people you describe and i’m voting for Mitt – the lesser of two evils

  • RaiderRockstar

    I can’t understand podunkers voting Republican



    neither party has morals, but the Republicans are “supposed to” LOL

  • Silverandblack666

    The DOW is up over 400 points, the S&P is on a 4 year high and the dollar is on a 3 year high against all major currencies.

    This says investor confidence is high. These people actually put their money where their mouth is while most people sit on the sidelines and spout ignorantly what the media is selling them. Just think about it for a minute….in 2008 we were in the worst recession since the great depression and here we are 4 years later and investor confidence is high.

    How can this be when so many reports are telling me the country is falling off a cliff?

    I will trust the people putting their money in Wall Street and the FOREX before I will listen to the peanut gallery.

    Now with all that being said if McCain was elected instead of our current president this would all be exactly the same EXCEPT…the liberals would be crying about job losses and high gas prices instead of the conservative party complaining about it.

    So to me it doesn’t matter if you are a Republican or a Democrat because they both waste our money and overspend!

  • TxRaider210

    It’s one big club, and we aint in it.

  • White men vote Republican, for their own reasons. Everybody else votes Democrat, including white women, our sisters.

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post

  • JB

    KoolKell Says:
    June 13th, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    White men vote Republican, for their own reasons. Everybody else votes Democrat, including white women, our sisters.

    KK That’s pure bullschit! Plenty of white males vote Democrat. Bad call on using the race card.

  • Hardline

    Has anyone noticed the black perp in the recent Alabama killing of 3 and wounding of 3, (all Afro-Americans) looks remarkably like our Mr. McClain ?

    Really…..I looked at his photo when he turned himself into police yesterday and for a moment thought Mr. McClain was back to his old tricks of playing “thug in the ghetto.”

    I wonder why it is when too many young black men mass together people get shot and killed. I suppose it’s self loathing.

    You can’t blame whitey for that!

  • Cut Condo!

  • Raidernationdave

    Funniest thing in the world is getting a Mormon hoe liquored up for the first time ever!

    Them’s some seriously kinky bitaches when they get sauced!


    Just Fire Baby Says:
    June 13th, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    “That’s a clown question bro” is what Harper told some Canadian scribe who snidely asked him if he was going to go drink in Canada since the legal age is 19 there.

    Harper is a Mormon.

    Hitting over .300 now too, and that home run yesterday must have went 450 feet.

  • Raidernationdave

    Except for the fact that the guy wears “magic undies” and believes in Joesph Smith bedtime stories the guy might be OK.

    Because of those two things I’ll take the other globalist. Besides globalist 1 will probably drive the bus over the cliff faster.!

  • Raidernationdave

    Except for the fact that the guy wears “magic undies” and believes in Joesph Smith bedtime stories the guy might be OK.

    Because of those two things I’ll take the other globalist. Besides globalist 1 will probably drive the bus over the cliff faster.!
    Plunketthead Says:
    June 13th, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Globalist #1 or globalist #2? Hmmmm
    I will take the shiney new guy with the nice smile

  • raiderfankirk

    Hate to break it to you Kell. If all white guys voted Republican then oboma wouldn’t have been elected. I’m white and voted for him and will again. Way I see it is Clinton have the bottom line straight and Bush f’ed it up. Next guy up for Republicans I though was similar. Mitt is to involved in religion. Religion has no place in government. Has nothing to do with race or party.

  • Darrrkness

    The starting wrs should be as follows: Moore-DHB-Ford(slot). If criner proves to be a starter, then he replaces DHB! Trade DHB for a position needed. DHB is not a slot receiver and has trade value. NEVER,NEVER put his name in the same sentence as Cliff Branch! Let it be a lineup of fifth rnd draft choices tht produce. Moore runs the best routes, Ford runs better with the ball in hand(slot), and Criner just may have the best hands(possesion). DHB has hands of stone and does not run good routes. He is getting better but considering where we drafted him, he is getting every chance in the world. He to has been injured. Ford can and has taken over a game because he cant be covered frm the slot one on one. He is the poor man’s DeSean Jackson/Steve Smith tht can battle for the ball then poof TD! OK ok, I gotta calm down. Im a newby,but Palmer is talking these guys up for a reason.

    Huff has not performed like a 1st rounder. He must have left his hitn tackln skills in Texas! While I miss Al(RIP), the draft did suffer in judgement. Jamarcus over Calvin(Megatron?)Coach Kiffin and Coach Chuckie must have some interesting phone conversations. Im just sayn