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

  • TxRaider210

    RAIDERNATIONSTATION http://www.raidernationstation.com/ Says:
    June 13th, 2012 at 1:41 pm
    794. Thats whos playing 1st team today with McClain who had a pick of Palmer.

    Go Raiders!~

    Nice! Turdlando may do big things this season, if he wants a job next year..

  • Silverandblack666

    “666 I think we see Wheeler and Burris as our cover LB’s, they seem the most active. imo”

    Agree 100%

  • RaiderRockstar


    I heard Lamar Odom is practically begging for the Lakers to re-sign him as well

    Allen & Odom would both be solid role players imo [not guys you’d count on for 20 ppg though]

  • Nnamdi21

    799. Curry is a better pass rusher than some think.

  • Just Fire Baby

    who picked off Palmer?

    Burris or Wheeler?


    I believe it was the only LB on our roster with an NFL interception in their career.

  • Dakota

    Odom can go kick rocks. We would have to trade for him as Dallas hasn’t relinquished his rights. Odom cried his puzzy-azzed way out of town, so he can rot in Dallas for another season if they don’t want to just release him outright.

  • TxRaider210

    Later gents…off to the casa

  • Nnamdi21

    It was McClain with the pick right?

    Article said Wheeler and Burris running 1st team. Thats good. Burris needs reps. Allen seems to like him but where the he-llz Goethel? Bet hes not in football shape yet after 2 YEARS of sitting.

  • Dakota

    Burris getting playing time over Curry is not a bad thing. Curry is a retard on the field.

  • The Beeech Dawg

    Brahs, just blasted a mega turd after enjoying the Taste of Tuscany menu at Olive Garden

    Caught a little air off the toilet seat from the force of the blast

    Pretty sure everyone in the dining room heard it too, when I came out half the restaurant was barfing into their endless salad bowl

    Needless to say, I grabbed a few choice bottles of Chianti and hit the highway


  • RaiderRockstar

    Rod Streater has been turning heads and had those not paying attention wondering what the hell was going on when he joined Heyward Bey and Jacoby Ford for 1st team reps(!) fellow WR and rookie stand out Juron Criner has been the one making spectacular catch after catch but the 24 yr old Streater may have an advantage over the talented 22 yr old Criner who worked with the 2nd team today.

    Criner, a fifth rnd (168th overall) draft pick by the Raiders, has been a stand out this off season. He made another great catch late in practice in heavy traffic on a laser from QB Terrelle Pryor.


    cool, RNS

  • RAIDERNATIONSTATION http://www.raidernationstation.com/

    It was McClain off a WR Eddie McGee tipped pass.

    Burris the guy Allen said can play LB and put his hand in the dirt as an edge rusher…Niiiice!

    Good question and point about Goethel!

    Have a gr8 day!~

  • Just Fire Baby

    In 61 career games, including 24 starts, Wheeler has a whole 2 passes defensed.

    McClain has 20 already.

    Not sure what to make of that, other than McClain has definitely faced a lot more live bullets on the field in passing situations than our other LB’s, probably combined.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Ivey suffered a concussion when struck by a weight bar in a work out accident – Steve Corkran

  • Just Fire Baby

    I guess using Rolando and the analogy of “live bullets” probably wasn’t the best choice of words, lol.

  • RaiderRockstar

    It was McClain off a WR Eddie McGee tipped pass.


    McGee is back on the field? awesome.

    what about Murphy? he back yet?

  • Dakota

    The one area that I have been impressed with on McClain is his ability to knock down passes. He can’t cover very well, but he is tall enough to get a paw up once in a while. Still can’t stop the run or make the right decisions on the field, and half-azzes it, but at least he can do one thing right!

  • hwnrdr

    798.Dakota Says:
    June 13th, 2012 at 1:42 pm
    lakers want to sugn ray allen? why? fkin sucks these days.

    Why, unless they need someone to hit 3’s

  • RaiderRockstar

    Nevermind. McGee walked off the field with trainers

  • Steve Corkran
    Juron Criner with nice catch of Pryor throw. Came in heavy traffic.

    Criner = Stud!

  • RAIDERNATIONSTATION http://www.raidernationstation.com/

    812. Streater?! Why not? Streater!!! lol!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Back up QB Matt Leinart looking good. Some nice completions and hes a favorite of new OC Greg Knapp.

    IBA’s Steve Corkran said of Leinart: “Prettier ball but less accurate than Palmer.”

  • RRS, FYI, I lost a $500 bet to a North Dakota Podunker on my ship on the 1st Duran/Leonard fight.

  • Dakota

    824.KoolKell Says:
    June 13th, 2012 at 1:58 pm
    RRS, FYI, I lost a $500 bet to a North Dakota Podunker on my ship on the 1st Duran/Leonard fight.


    Was that the USS Constitution?

  • Silverandblack666

    I don’t bet on boxing but I do bet a lot on football.

    Its cool sometimes during the season a few of us in here will discuss our parlays!

  • RaiderRockstar


    you went with Roberto Duran over Sugar Ray Leonard??


    McClain is a cb trapped in a MLB body,

  • Just Fire Baby

    Sugar Ray lost the first fight

  • Plunketthead

    Looks like Bryce Harper is gonna star on around the horn. Something about saying that is a “clown question”

  • SaintKaufman

    M Huff throwing the old man under the bus!! RIP Mr. Davis, but now we’re running a real defense!

    Why does this make me so happy?? I love Al Davis.

  • Silverandblack666

    “I love Al Davis.”

    Me too I miss his pressers!

    RIP big guy!!!

  • The Beeech Dawg

    Laker 2012 roster, courtesy of inside info obtained by the Certified Platinum Posse at Popeye’s Chicken on Adams near USC

    Starting 5

    PG – Deron Williams
    Traded for Pau Gasol, Jordan Hill & World Peace
    SG – Kobe
    SF – Lamar Odom
    PF – Kevin Garnett
    Signed as free agent
    C – Dwight Howard
    Traded for Andrew Bynum, Steve Blake & Devin Ebanks


    PG – Ramon Sessions, Darius Morris
    Renews option
    SG – Andrew Goudelock
    SF – Matt Barnes, Grant Hill (FA)
    PF – Josh McRoberts
    C – Nazr Mohammed, Dan Gadzuric or some other FA


  • Just Fire Baby

    “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.

  • USS Oaklahoma City CG5. We were in Hong Kong at the time watching the fight. That ole boy was slicker than snot on a door knob. Still lives in Tokyo. Love him.

  • Plunketthead

    Good for Bryce. I did not know he was a mormon

  • Just Fire Baby

    The Mormons are taking over.

    You got Bryce Harper, and now the top HS basketball prospect, Jabari Parker from Chicago, was on the cover of SI (where they said he is best HS prospect since Bron-Bron) talking up his faith.

    And of course, our next President!!!

  • Dakota

    837.Just Fire Baby Says:
    June 13th, 2012 at 2:19 pm
    The Mormons are taking over.

    You got Bryce Harper, and now the top HS basketball prospect, Jabari Parker from Chicago, was on the cover of SI (where they said he is best HS prospect since Bron-Bron) talking up his faith.

    And of course, our next President!!!


    All thanks to HBO & BIG LOVE!

  • RaiderRockstar

    LOL @ JFB

    you think Romney stands a chance?

    I don’t. I don’t have that much faith in the American people to make the right decision

  • The Beeech Dawg

    KrappyRat’s there’s no way your over sized rear end ever fit on a bunk in the US Oklahoma

    Oh yeah and glad to see you’re still ONLY talking Raiders on the blog

    Sorry old goat, just keeping it real

  • Just Fire Baby

    Stand a chance?

    He is going to get more electorals than BO had in ’08

  • Dakota

    US Anti-doping Agency charging Lance Armstrong….smh, we all know he took it, but so did the other top cyclists, so what is the big deal?

    Stop the witch hunt!

  • I agree with Spike Lee, when they debate toe to toe, 0bama’s going to make that Mormon look stupid.

  • Dakota

    841.Just Fire Baby Says:
    June 13th, 2012 at 2:24 pm
    Stand a chance?

    He is going to get more electorals than BO had in ‘08

    lol, I’ll just take a close race with Romney coming out ahead at the end of the day.

  • No way a person with secret foreign bank accounts gets elected President.

  • No way a person who said Let General Motors go bankrupt wins Ohio, Michigan.

  • Plunketthead

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

  • Silverandblack666

    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.

  • Dakota

    843.KoolKell Says:
    June 13th, 2012 at 2:28 pm
    I agree with Spike Lee, when they debate toe to toe, 0bama’s going to make that Mormon look stupid.

    It will come down to the debates….but teleprompter-in-chief isn’t at his best when he isn’t being spoon fed words.

  • No way a person who says “Corporations are people” gets elected President.

  • Plunketthead

    Wow, that set the old koot off.
    Lol KK your man is in big trouble.
    The is not a teleprompter smart enough to BS his way out of the mess he has helped create.

    They left me with the bill for a steak dinner, so Michelle, I and the kids had steak and lobster and champagne, then we ran out on the bill.