Raiders make it through first day of camp in fine shape despite scare


Raiders first-year head coach Dennis Allen emerged from his initial training camp practice in good spirits after what he termed a “pretty good” first practice.
His demeanor no doubt would have been quite different if the left knee injury suffered by wide receiver/kick returner Jacoby Ford midway through practice turned out to be as bad as it looked at first.
Ford turned upfield on one play, made one cut and slipped to the turf, while grabbing his hurt knee. A team athletic trainer immediately came to Ford’s aid and worked on Ford off to the side.
A short time later, Ford appeared headed to the training room. Again, the trainer worked on Ford’s knee as Ford lay on the ground. Then, as if nothing happened, Ford got to his feet, placed on his helmet and jogged downfield to field punts.
“I was scared more than anything,” Ford said, “but I finished practice fine.”
Ford wasn’t the only one concerned, naturally. Several players came over to check on Ford and numerous others watched from afar.
“He’s a good player, and we want to make sure we can keep all our good players healthy,” Allen said. “It was a close call, but he’s fine. It kind of scared him more than it did anything else.”
The rest of the practice went according to plan, with few exceptions.
“We had a pretty good first day of practice,” Allen said. “We’ve still got a lot of things we’ve got to get better at, but I thought for the first day in training camp, it was pretty good.”
Defensive tackle Tommy Kelly said he noticed a change in the ways practices are conducted, if for no other reason than the number of reps taken by the first-team offense and defense.
“It’s definitely different how things are run,” Kelly said. “With the old man (late owner Al Davis), he had been in place for so long, he had stuff just how he wanted. With the new GM and coach Allen, they’re going in a different direction. Just get in line and do what they ask you to do.”

— The Raiders placed linebacker Aaron Curry on the physically unable to perform list because of an ailing knee. He is eligible to be activated at any time during camp.
Curry missed some time during the offseason workouts with what was described as a soft-tissue injury. He spent the early part of practice walking around the practice field.
Punter Shane Lechler (knee), cornerback Ron Bartell (hamstring) and defensive tackle Travis Ivey (conditioning) also missed practice.
Allen said those players are day-to-day. Marquette King filled in for Lechler and DeMarcus Van Dyke replaced Bartell opposite Shawntate Spencer.

— Beat writer Jerry McDonald checked into the rumor about the Raiders and Washington Redskins talking about a possible trade. In short, McDonald learned that it’s “not going to happen.”

— Speaking of Van Dyke, he turned in two impressive plays on passes from Carson Palmer. Both times, he broke on the ball in prompt fashion and broke up the passes.
“He’s a guy that we’re counting on to improve to be a player for us,” Allen said. “Just like I’ve talked to everybody, we’re going to expect him to get a little bit better every day. and if he’ll worry about that, at the end of the day he’ll like the end results.”
So far, so good.

— Wide receivers Rod Streater and Eddie McGee caught the coaches’ attention by hauling in long passes down the sideline. Streater beat Brandon Underwood and Terrail Lambert on his reception. McGee got behind Spencer on his long reception.

— As promised, most of the players that missed some time during the offseason workouts were on the practice field Monday.
Among those were: center Stefen Wisniewski, safety Mike Mitchell, defensive end Matt Shaughnessy and wide receiver Denarius Moore.
In Wisniewski’s case, he returned after missing all the offseason workouts because of a shoulder surgery.
“I was standing around doing nothing for a while and I didn’t like that,” Wisniewski said. “It’s been seven months since I’ve played football, and it feels great to be back.”
Wisniewski’s return gave Allen his first look at the projected starting offensive line, with Jared Veldheer at left tackle, Cooper Carlisle at left guard, Wisniewski in the middle, Mike Brisiel at right guard and Khalif Barnes at right tackle.
Second-year player Joseph Barksdale spent his time at left tackle and rookie Tony Bergstrom at left guart with the second-team.

— Not a great start for backup quarterback Terrelle Pryor. On one play, he fumbled the exchange from center. Later, he stumbled on his drop-back and then made an ill-advised pass that rookie defensive lineman Christo Bilukidi intercepted and returned for a touchdown.
Bilukidi said he read the play well and just jumped it when he saw Pryor look his way on a screen pass.
“Yeah, I just read it,” Bilukidi said. “It seemed like everything that coach was teaching us, how to read plays, how to read the offense (paid off). I saw it was a screen, I just backed up and then just had to make a play.”
As for Pryor, Allen said he remains confident in Pryor’s abilities.
“I have expectations of him to develop as a quarterback on a daily basis,” Allen said. “I’m not setting anything as far as where I want to see him on the depth chart or how many passes or anything like that. I just want to see him get better every day. That’s what he’s come out here and tried to do, and if he continues to do that, at the end of the day he’s going to be all right.”

— Ford and Moore split time returning punts. It’s likely that other players will be tried in that role later in camp. However, Moore and Ford are getting the first crack.
“We’ll continue to evaluate guys as we go throughout training camp,” Allen said, “but right now those are kind of the top two guys that we’re looking at.”
Ford said he is excited about the prospect of adding punt returns to his long list of duties. He also plays receiver and return kicks.
“It’s definitely something that is going to help us out a lot, having either both of us back there or alternating it, in case he wants to go and then if I want to go,” Ford said. “It gives us two explosive options back there. We’re definitely both excited about it looking to whenever we have a chance to go out and prove ourselves.”

— Those concerned about running back Darren McFadden can rest easy. He looks every bit as sharp now as he did during the offseason workouts.
McFadden copped to being a little sore afterward. However, he said he is looking forward to the process.
“It does feel good out there, being back out there on the field, being out there with the guys running around,” McFadden said. “I feel like we did a lot of good things out there today. Some things we still got to improve on. It’s like, coming out there on the first day, it’s nothing you can do to prepare for it all summer. You get out there the first day, you get a little winded. Guys are going to come along it’s time to go.”
Allen liked what he saw from McFadden.
“Fast; he looked good,” Allen said. “We all understand that he’s an explosive playmaker for us and we need him to be healthy for the entire season.”

— Wisniewski spoke for the first time about the recent resignation of his uncle Steve as the Raiders assistant offensive line coach.
“Yeah, it’s weird,” Stefen Wisniewski said. “I definitely miss him. I definitely miss him a lot.”
Understandably, but there’s a strong likelihood that Steve Wisniewski will make his presence felt this season.
“He’s told me he’s going to be around game days and he’ll be around a little bit here at practice,” Stefen said. “So we’ll still see him.”
Stefen Wisniewski also weighed in on the scandal that rocked his alma mater, Penn State.
“It’s been really tough,” Wisniewski said. “It makes me really sad and a little bit angry, too, with some of the things. But like we said, Penn State sticks together. I’m really impressed with the way the players have been handling themselves. They look like they’re going to stick together and fight through that with most of the guys staying there. I’m really proud of that.
“The NCAA, they can’t kill Penn State. Penn State is going to be a great place. They might wound us for a little while, but Penn State is still going to be a great university and football program.”


Steve Corkran

  • Marks hair

    894. Waay to far back..
    So does that mean we should call our dime D our circle package?

  • Silverandblack666 Says:
    July 31st, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    “Ignore whom you’re rooting for, and just look at those numbers with the ice-cold heart of a bean counter.””

    I did look at the numbers and Vegas odds have the current president favored by a considerable amount and they are not known for giving money away.

    True. Vegas wasn’t built on winners. The question is where is Raider HO after Romney called the Israeli’s culturally superior and the Arabs a bunch of dirty, slimy goat fu***ers.

  • Raider Riff Says:
    July 31st, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Beechdawg may be the most annoying member ever,

    May be? Is is the better word. Depending on what your definition of the word is is.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Trade deadline over.

  • The GOP is doing what the Dems did in 2004: picking an extremely weak, charisma-less candidate, and running him with the slogan “I’m Not the Incumbent.” I doubt it will work any better this time around.

  • Marks hair

    Another full day of jets highlights & interviews.. Its like espn & the nfl net are doing a hard knocks week on those fools..

  • rob_raider

    The Beeech Dawg Says:
    July 31st, 2012 at 12:57 pm
    Nerds, after a busy couple days of humping hot hizzies, smoking hella weed and thumpin’ blog goofs, I’ve decided to spend today taking care of my lovely weiner

    That involves a nice long soak in the hot tub, applying exotic ointments and then a few spritzes of Drakkar Noir

    Repeat x16

    The Beeech Lawg should be ready for going bareback on strippers this weekend, keep them fingers crossed


    exotic ointments meaning some salve he got from the doctor from paying the 49 yr-old stripper w/ 5 kids to “ride bareback” on him.

    could this guy be more pathetic? constantly telling a bunch of dudes about his little weiner. this dude is a closet-case. guaranteed.

    note how often he likes to talk about my “nob”.


  • Right now today if you bet $100 on the current president to win and he did you would win $58.40.

    If you bet $100 that Mitt would win in November and he did you would win $148.32.

    So as you can see the odds makers in Vegas are saying that the current president will win.

    Whatever I am voting Independence anyways I will not vote for either of those parties as I hate them both equally.

    It took both parties to get us into this mess over the last 80 years so I blame them both!

  • rob_raider

    let’s see how many of u can come up with a rap about lame b#tch dog nuts is.

    b#tch dog, always licking his balls
    applying for jobs at all of the malls

    an internet partier, raising the roof
    but we all know he’s a reality goof

    sitting alone in his hole-y underpants
    coming up with his ridiculous rants

    smoking his make-believe dope
    he likes to be tied up with a rope

    an S&m creep in a leather mask
    beating off to pictures of amy trask

    a little pathetic middle aged guy
    remembering that one time the cool guys let him get high

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post

  • Marks hair

    the worst football commercial ever is still on tv.. the get on the bus commercial with nfl players on a bus with little kids while little kids sing along to some god awful noise.. it cuts through me and burns my insides like a red hot knife..

  • DJ Johnny

    Mark’s Hair,

    OMG!!! That IS the most annoying commercial song I have ever heard in my life.

    What the He!! are those kids screaming about?

    Absolutely HORRIBLE!!!