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Coach Allen speaks with the media in Napa

By Steve Corkran
Sunday, July 29th, 2012 at 2:19 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Raiders coach Dennis Allen broke from his busy day on the eve of training camp to speak with the media for the first time since the conclusion of offseason workouts.
In a bit, I shall post the entire transcript of the 18-minute, question-and-answer session. For now, here are some tidbits culled from the informative sit-down.

– All 89 players under contract reported to camp on time and are ready to hit the ground running Monday, when the first practice commences.
That means rookie wide receiver Juron Criner is here on the heels of his signing a four-year contract. It also means that recent signees DeAundre Muhammad and Chad Gilgore also made it here in time.
Allen said he doesn’t expect to fill the final roster spot right away. He prefers leaving it open for when there’s a need during camp.

– Wide receiver Denarius Moore and center Stefen Wisniewski are slated to practice Monday, as projected in June. Both missed some or all of the offseason workouts with injuries.
Allen said the players went through a conditioning test and physicals earlier today. However, he hasn’t received the results from the training staff yet, so he isn’t sure if there is any candidate for the physically unable to perform list.

– Allen said the Raiders are content to stick with the running backs they have on their roster for now. So, all that talk about the Raiders signing veteran back Cedric Benson can be placed on hold for now.

– The recent resignation of assistant offensive line coach Steve Wisniewski caught Allen by “surprise,” he said. Allen added that the move was totally Wisniewski’s because of undisclosed personal reasons.
Allen and his staff contemplated whether to hire a replacement for Wisniewski. For now, they are content sticking with line coach Frank Pollack.

– Every team gets the benefit of having an NFL officiating crew work practice at training camp for three days. Beyond that, Allen said he doesn’t have any plan to bring in local officials for some extra help.
Former coach Hue Jackson made it a practice to have local officials presiding over every practice throughout the season.

– Allen said he is a proponent of having his defenders wrap up ballcarriers and keeping them off the ground as much as possible. However, he added, there will be times when the practices are a bit more lively than the norm.

– There is a premium on making the most of every practice, Allen said, because of the guidelines set forth in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
In part, teams are required to give players one day off each week, five days off before the final exhibition game and subject them to only one padded practice per day.

– Former Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon is in Napa for an early look at the Raiders. You can find an interview of Gannon with Jeanette Thompson Raiders.com.
Gannon said in a Tweet earlier this week that he has not met with quarterback Terrelle Pryor, as the two planned, and that Pryor has to have “an exceptional camp to beat out (Matt) Leinart.”

– Allen pretty much stuck with the same five offensive linemen during the offseason workouts open to the media. He said that hopefuls such as Joseph Barksdale and Tony Bergstrom likely will get some opportunities to work with the first-team offense during training camp.
The Raiders appear set with Jared Veldheer at left offensive tackle, Wisniewski at center and Mike Brisiel at right guard. Bergstrom is battling Cooper Carlisle for the left guard spot and Barksdale is competing against Khalif Barnes for the right offensive tackle position.

– In years past, the San Diego Chargers held out star running back LaDainian Tomlinson from all of their exhibition games. Allen said he won’t go that route with running back Darren McFadden, who missed most of the final 10 games with a severe foot sprain last season.

– The trade of veteran wide receiver Louis Murphy came about as a result of the emergence of youngsters Rod Streater and Duke Calhoun, among others, during offseason workouts, Allen said.

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  • No Mas Diamante

    uno

  • ppleschamp030

    THE SILVER AND BLACK ARE BACK!!!

  • ddsman

    Gannon = Playoffs
    No Gannon = Suck

    Can we please try to break this trend in 2012?

  • ELWAYs TEETH

    It’s ON!

  • ELWAYs TEETH

    Reggie is the man who can find the diamonds in the rough. Please find some LBs and some CBs……….

  • No Mas Diamante

    We are young but solid at wr. Talented too. The competition will be fun to watch. DHB scholarship may be over. I don’t think he’s going to be guaranteed a starting spot anymore.
    As for Criner’s attitude, well let’s just wait and see on that one. Seems like a decent guy in the interviews I’ve seen.

  • DJ Johnny

    This talk of the fans “overreacting” to the Criner situation was fueled not only be various articles, tweets, media reports on the 14 k “issue” as well as smart alek tweets by Criner himself.

    I always said a deal would get done but I didn’t like the way things were going down.

    I don’t know how anyone reading those reports and Criners tweets as well as comments by his agent could lead anyone to think he was being anything other than a guy who was acting way too full of himself for having not done jack as yet.

    THAT is what I had a problem with.

    FACT is he was the LAST lowest round player to sign of ALL the drafted players.

    That means there was resistance on Criner and his agents part when his salary was already set.

    It also was obvious attempt by his agent to bust up the deal that was bargained in the CBA.

    Sounds like some are fine with all that. I am irritated by it.

    It’s done and we move on but to laff at anyone who expressed concern or angst about this can blame the agent and the media articles playing up the whole 14k thing.

  • RaiderRockstar

    The trade of veteran wide receiver Louis Murphy came about as a result of the emergence of youngsters Rod Streater and Duke Calhoun

    ***

    Murphy was already behind Ford & Criner on the depth chart??

    Rod & Duke are 5th & 6th WR’s

    Ouch, JFB!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Bergstrom is battling Cooper Carlisle for the left guard spot and Barksdale is competing against Khalif Barnes for the right offensive tackle position.

    ***

    youngsters Bergs & Barks have work to do!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Allen said the Raiders are content to stick with the running backs they have on their roster for now. So, all that talk about the Raiders signing veteran back Cedric Benson can be placed on hold for now.

    ***

    and with this, G123 breathes a sigh of relief!

  • No Mas Diamante

    Lets let the Criner thing die. He’s in camp on time and ready to compete. Everyone starts with a clean slate.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    DJ Johnny Says:
    July 29th, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    It’s done and we move on but to laff at anyone who expressed concern or angst about this can blame the agent and the media articles playing up the whole 14k thing.
    ==========================================

    I agree. Then you have idiots like Raider HO who idiotically advocated just caving in to a 5th round pick to eliminate distractions. Of course imagine the message that would send to everyone that signed and showed up on time, not to mention breaking the brand new CBA which was negotiated in part to eliminate the circus of distractions of player negotiations. Raider HO is once again a proven moron.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Lets let the Criner thing die. He’s in camp on time and ready to compete. Everyone starts with a clean slate.

    ***

    Agreed, he wasn’t a holdout. the whole thing was overblown by ESPN & PFT. Surprised??

  • RaiderRockstar

    @SeyBush

    Raider HO ???

  • TxRaider210

    Casey Stoner wins Laguna Seca!! Fcck I should take up gambling..lol

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    July 29th, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    @SeyBush

    Raider HO ???
    ========================

    Yeah, Raider HO. Speaking of which did you guys hear the Americans just got beat by France in the 4 X 100 mens relay? Beaten by FRANCE???? Who was swimming for the Americans, Jamista Clown and Raider HO??

  • RaiderRockstar

    @Tx

    trade Matt Leinart for Stoney Case !!

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post, amazing

  • No Mas Diamante

    Feeling pretty optomistic about this team. Lots of young potential talent blended with some good veteran leadership. This can be a competitive team. IMO the only real question marks are how the players respond to the new coaches and how fast they pick up the new schemes.

  • joker94583

    This is gonna be a fun team to watch. New regime and lots of youngsters hungry to succeed in the NFL. This team will surprise a lot of teams and make the so called “experts” eat their words.

  • TxRaider210

    RR
    Great idea, Casey “The Stoner” Stoner for president!lol

  • Raider D

    The criner debacle should of been easy to solve! The player chosen made ahead made 160k & player below 144k, you split the difference = 16 / 2 =8k + 144= 152k done
    Raider On ! Great news no need for Beson…. We need the coach who resolved tiki’s fumbles and a nt!
    Raider-Die-Nasty

  • Raider D

    We Lap need more competition at cb& lb! Our rookie dt are projects! Bilukidi &Crawford are practice squad slated imo! Watch out next yr!

  • rob_raider

    what up raider fans! haven’t posted in awhile but the season is around the corner so it’s time. fyi, this muhammad kid is no big deal really, although i’m rooting for him. i’m from indiana and went to IU, so he’s my guy. he was a walk-on that ended up earning a scholarship and being a starter as a senior. he was a stud in high school. mvp of state champ. cousin of james hardy. he’s come a long way, so maybe he’ll stick on the practice squad.

  • rob_raider

    here’s my predictions for the O-Line:
    veldheer, carlisle, wiz, brisiel, barnes. obviously. bergstrom is our first pick so we’re a little too high on him as fans. he’s a likely starter next year. remember he’s a 3rd rounder, not a 1st. cooper is still pretty good most plays. he’ll hold it down for the year i think. i kinda feel like barksdale could be gone actually. he’s a bit slow for the ZBS. he’s not allen’s or reggie’s guy. they have no attachment to him. if he’s too slow, he’s gone. i think the other backups will be parsons at C, and probably wang. haslam has a shot because he and wang are the only veteran depth, and i suppose nix might because he was regarded as a likely drafted player. i’ll guess barksdale makes the team but i don’t think it’s automatic. so, bergstrom, barksdale, parsons, wang, and haslam are my guess if they keep 10.

  • rob_raider

    of the third group, miller, howell, and hurd very much longshots. nix and knapp are big guys from big schools, so maybe they could stick over haslam, but again, haslam and wang were brought in for a reason. they have some experience.