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

  • fingers

    The defense has to be improved… I can’t possibly see them being as bad as last year… Last year was problably the worse I’ve seen…. Couldn’t stop a pissant with a sledge hammer …

  • hwnrdr

    That was exactly what I said Fingers. They couldn’t stop a Girl Scout from seeling cookies on the field!

  • Plunketthead

    Bey is becoming my favorite Raider. He is always talking trash to opposing players.

    He is not a natural at catching the ball and he is not as fluid as many WR’s but he is HUGE and FAST and something nobody has mentioned.

    He is durable, not injury prone. I will make a plunkdiction. He is pro bowl bound this year.

    I have plunkdicted that five Raiders will be pro bowlers this year.

  • fingers

    That’s a tough operation Manning had… and the pain can come and go at anytime … Plus, holding up that big head

  • fingers

    803… Lol… It was horrible

  • TxRaider210

    DKnight007 Says:
    July 31st, 2012 at 11:35 am
    I wonder what trade was rumoured with the Redskins??

    Anyone know?

    Yeah man it was total BS, Skins were just in damage control after calling his team the Raiders by accident,lol

  • raidertbone

    RE: 805 —
    Plus, holding up that weak team!!

  • raidertbone

    It was actually rumored that the Skins were shopping for offensive line help, since Jamaal Brown went down to injury.


    Tbone.. are you going to thr Raiders/ravens game this year??

  • TxRaider210

    Can anyone vouch for the new Nike game jersey(basic $100) as far as quality? The review on NFLSHOP I read was negative and said they seem cheap…

  • kidseven

    I wouldn’t argue that Ford is a great route runner, but in the NFL, where there’s a premium on finding guys who can get to the end zone and change games quickly, I think he’s WAY more valuable than a lot of people on this blog seem to believe.

    Oh how I’m looking forward to CP lining up with Ford, Moore and DHB spread out with Dmac in the backfield. I know I drink the kool-aid, but I have to think this lineup gives defensive coordinators sleepless nights.

  • guest123

    I’ve never had a qualm about Peyton Manning negative or positive. He was outta sight and outta mind. But now that he’s the sworn enemy, I hope that he stays healthy at least until week 4. Then he’s fair game.


  • Plunketthead

    Kudos to Mike Tyson appearing on Broadway in his one man shoe.
    He has lost weight, looks good and speaks real well

    Mike for President!

  • The Beeech Dawg


    Holla back, Shane Victorino! Here’s your official welcome to the Boyz N Blue, holla

    Getting ready to stack on Dempster, then stroll to the NL West title. After that all we gots to do is roll the Yanks for yet ANOTHER Big Blue world championship

    Don’t get better than that, word

    I’m expecting Dwight to officially become a member of the Purple N Gold, holla atch boy, Snoop

    Rolling out Ws like we’s rolling phat Blunts

    Already got the PARTYDUDE 8000 pumping, these LA victory margs tastin’ mighty sweet

    Like a hizzy on her hindquarters


  • RaiderRockstar

    Bey had 64 catches on 113 targets for a catch % of 56.6%.

    So if he could hope to get 80 catches, CP3 is going to force him the ball 143 times? nu-huh I don’t think so. Not with that completion rate. That’s well below league avg.



    link? source?

  • Plunketthead

    Tx I like the Bears this year

    Raiders – Bears SB sounds good

  • raidertbone

    R8ER Mike (RE Post #810):
    Absolutely! By the way, we get together (DC Metro Raiders) at the Irish Times in downtown D.C. to watch the games — come join us. Better yet, let’s the two of us meet for a beer (or three) at the Greene Turtle, next to Verizon center – and talk Raiduhs!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    There are way too many GOOD wideouts competing for CP3’s throws to allow Bey to get into the triple digit targets again. He’s just one more in a committee that has no AGENDA to FORCE FEED him the ball.



    link? source?

  • aig-raiders

    Bey had 64 catches on 113 targets for a catch % of 56.6%.
    Yup. Al Davis force fed.

  • TxRaider210

    Plunketthead Says:
    July 31st, 2012 at 11:59 am
    Tx I like the Bears this year

    Raiders – Bears SB sounds good

    Yeah they’re not too bad, just question the coaching, aging D and Cutler. Raiders-Falcons sounds good to me:)

  • lefty12

    Yeh,the QB drops back and forces the ball to a certain WR while other rec. run wide open.LMFAO @ some peoples logic.

  • aig-raiders
  • DonManoukiansNeighbor

    I don’t doubt that in the past DHB was the loan target for Campbell. Per AL’s instructions. This year all bets are off. I think by CP’s comments last year Moore is high on CP’s target list.

  • lefty12

    I’m sure last year HJ told his QB-look,you have to throw the ball to DHB.It doesn’t matter if anyone else is open,you must throw it in his direction.LMAO

  • aig-raiders

    This year all bets are off.
    Oh yeah those days are OVA (quoting the great Priest).

  • aig-raiders

    lefty12 Says:
    July 31st, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    I’m sure last year HJ told his QB-look,you have to throw the ball to DHB.It doesn’t matter if anyone else is open,you must throw it in his direction.LMAO
    Prob not. But I am sure this happened while Al was still alive…”DHB is our number 1 WR. He’s gonna be great.”

    Wasnt DHB taken out of the starting slots after Al died for a few games until we hit injuries on our roster?

  • lefty12

    Al wasn’t even alive for over half of last year yet the more the season wore on,the more DHB was involved.Come on Dan,you are smarter than that.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Fantasy Analysis

    There’s a chance Heyward-Bey gets hit with a suspension but it’s understood that players who suffer their first violation with the law typically don’t also receive a suspension. Heyward-Bey proved that he belonged in the NFL in his third year, getting 64 grabs for 975 yards and four touchdowns. Expectations are that he’ll serve as the Raiders’ top receiving target again this season. So long as a suspension doesn’t drag his value down, we see Heyward-Bey as a quality reserve receiver in the majority of leagues worth a middle- to late-round pick.
    (Updated 07/23/2012).

    We hope, as Allen said, Moore is going to be fine. He should be drafted as a No. 3 Fantasy receiver with a mid-round pick, but he could definitely emerge as a starter. The key will be if Moore is 100 percent healthy by the time training camp starts.
    (Updated 06/13/2012).

    Ford finished 2011 with 19 catches for 273 yards with one touchdown. While he has some big-play ability, he has a long way to go before becoming a reliable option in Fantasy. Plan on ignoring Ford in the majority of Fantasy leagues on Draft Day.
    (Updated 01/01/2012).

    CBS Sports

  • The Beeech Dawg

    Brahs, anyone know how to get margarita stains out of corduroy pants?

    Fired my maid yesterday (sick of banging her) and just had a little accident.

    All dressed up for lunch at Olive Garden, soup/salad/breaksticks y’all

    You KNOW what time it is

  • DennisAllensVisor Says:
    July 31st, 2012 at 10:44 am
    Hard to imagine the Rangers & Angels not taking 1st & 2nd though..

    So the A’s cant give up too much to make a run this year..

    This is the moment where you DO make a run. The A’s have a bunch of youngsters that have no idea they are supposed to finish third. Make one savvy move and you could have a young good team for a few years with no names who end up being superstars. That’s how it is done.

  • RaiderRockstar

    “He and D. Moore could make for a nice combo for Carson Palmer. DHB has big-play ability and could be a viable spot-starter in fantasy. His third season in 2011 was basically triple the amount of production from his 1st two seasons, so look for continued progression with a full year with Palmer at QB.”

    Jason Sarney
    Fantasy Phenoms

  • Missus Beeecham



  • TxRaider210
  • DonManoukiansNeighbor


    If you are asking if I think Al told HJ to get DHB his receptions. Yes.

  • lefty12

    Al might have demanded he start,but I doubt he told the QB to be sure and throw him the ball if others were open.HJ didn’t start him for 1 game.Actually,he started but was omitted from the game plan.Even the semis wondered about that after the game.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Darrius Heyward-Bey primed for breakout year

    By Steve Wyche
    Updated: June 5, 2012

    Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Raiders: It’s arguable that he crossed the threshold last season when he caught a career-best (by far) 64 passes for 975 yards. The guy has been dogged by being overdrafted (seventh overall) in 2009, but finally played like he wants to be a No. 1 wideout. An offseason DUI arrest he said he’ll plead not guilty to could motivate him even more.

    Heyward-Bey came on strong at the end of last season after taking a midseason dip following the season-ending injury to quarterback Jason Campbell and the arrival of Carson Palmer. That late-season momentum and an offseason to build chemistry with Palmer could have its benefits. Then again, if his production dips or he stops improving, he’ll be unable to shake the overdrafted tag.

  • The Beeech Dawg

    Peemore Bust, that was pretty hilarious yesterday when you climbed aboard Nob Raider’s sinking ship for a few of my signature backhands

    At least Nob – and his sock puppet RaiderfanDork – know enough to disappear from the blog for a few months after they get creamed, to lick their sizeable wounds

    Gotta love The Bust, glutton for Beeech Diggity Style Smackdowns!


  • RaiderRockstar

    Al might have demanded he start,but I doubt he told the QB to be sure and throw him the ball if others were open.HJ didn’t start him for 1 game.Actually,he started but was omitted from the game plan.Even the semis wondered about that after the game.


    yes, Lefty

    I remember everybody talking about him being used as a “decoy”

  • Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Raiders: It’s arguable that he crossed the threshold last season when he caught a career-best (by far) 64 passes for 975 yards.

    Arguable? You get almost 1000 yards in the NFL you have arrived as a weapon.

  • DonManoukiansNeighbor


    Never said if someone else is open. But he had a lot of timing routes where he is the primary in a 3 step drop.
    I don’t think he will be our #1 if everyone else is healthy. I still don’t think he’s that great.
    Now I would rather have him back returning punts then D Moore. That I would like to see.

  • RaiderRockstar

    DHB was on scholarship last year?

    he was inactive in Week 2 (Bills) due to a kneee injury. then caught only 1 pass the next week versus the Jets

    Didn’t even get a pass thrown his way in Weeks 9 & 10 following the bye week.

    I’d say somewhere between the wins against the Vikings & Bears, Heyward-Bey became Palmer’s new favorite target. he was a BEAST during the final 7 games of the season

  • DonManoukiansNeighbor Says:
    July 31st, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    I don’t think he will be our #1 if everyone else is healthy. I still don’t think he’s that great.

    DHB isn’t great. But he is getting better. That is all you can ask of a player. Dmac is getting better. Veldheer is getting better. Shaughnessy is getting better. McLame BETTER get better. JaFattAss got worse. That’s why he is no longer in the league.

  • “JaFattAss got worse. That’s why he is no longer in the league.”

    And yet he still has at least one loyal follower in here LMFAO at Raiderdebo for still clinging to his jock.

  • TxRaider210

    Any reviews good/bad on the Nike gameday jerseys gents?

  • DonManoukiansNeighbor


    You are right. And I hope he has a HUGH season. He did get better. His first few years he just didnt impress me. I just wonder if he can out play all the guys coming up behind him. Good problem to have for once.

  • The Beeech Dawg

    Yo Blog Brahs, I spent a good part of last night carefully measuring my ding dong

    Yep, you guessed it – the Beeech Lawg just broke the 11 inch mark

    When homey reaches a cool foot I’ll celebrate with a massive hip hop show for all my hizzies on the Reggae Party Boat

    Not sure if they got enough Magnums in So Cal for that one, holla

  • Thec

    McLame BETTER get better.


    McCheese is on suicide watch… Hope he comes to his senses, comes off the ledge, and balls like a RAIDER…

  • Missus Beeecham


    lot of meat at practice, my girlfriend is gettin jealous. uh-oh



  • Intrepid

    Adam Caplan ‏@caplannfl

    #Raiders placed CB Ronald Bartell and P Shane Lechler on active/NFI list.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Intrepid Says:
    July 31st, 2012 at 12:38 pm
    Adam Caplan ‏@caplannfl

    #Raiders placed CB Ronald Bartell and P Shane Lechler on active/NFI list.


    A.M. Crew had that covered, but thanks for the effort!