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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.”

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  • 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!

  • lefty12

    Against the Jets,btw,Revis lined up against him practically,if not,every play.If DHB is so bad,why would the Jets line-up arguably the best CB in football on him?You guys just dislike him due to his draft position and the fact you wanted someone else.The same thing happens with every #1 pick on this team.

  • RaiderRockstar

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

    ***

    @Sey & Silver

    since Debo isn’t around to defend Alabama’s pride, try this on

    JaWalrus had 2 HC’s , 3 OC’s, 2 QB Coaches and two very raw starters at WR in DHB & Murphy – in his 3 years here. ex-donkey knuckleheads like Walker & Lelie were considered “vet mentors”. the defense was pathetic. Fargas was our star runner. Gallery was our best O-Lineman. ZMiller was a fantastic pass catcher, but horrible blocker. FB was Luke Lawton. LT Mario Henderson. Kwame Harris & Cornell Green, anyone?

    Poor JaMarcus!!

  • Dakota

    Where are the updates? Hasn’t practice started yet? What’s going on out there?

  • tofu escalator ver.2.00.7.000.1

    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.
    ******************************************************

    OK man, I might be 140 pounds overweight and on the verge of foreclosure, my wife and dog left me and my car won’t start. But WTF is active/NFI mean? Help a ugly situation man.

  • TxRaider210

    220 Pacific time I think..

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    DonManoukiansNeighbor Says:
    July 31st, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Seymour

    You are right. And I hope he has a HUGH season. He did get better. His first few years he just didnt impress me.
    =========================================

    Believe me I was horrified by the guy his lst years in the league. But he is a good kid, a smart kid and a very hard worker. Those are good qualities to have. As I have said in here many times, guys 6″2″, 220, that run 4.28 forties don’t just fall out the sky every five seconds. He is a marvelous athlete who I am glad is on our roster.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Adam Caplan ‏@caplannfl

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

    ***

    Curry is on the PUP list, right?

    Does that mean we can bring in 3 more camp bodies for competition ??

  • http://www.djsulli.com/ Silverandblack666

    “Against the Jets,btw,Revis lined up against him practically,if not,every play.If DHB is so bad,why would the Jets line-up arguably the best CB in football on him?You guys just dislike him due to his draft position and the fact you wanted someone else.The same thing happens with every #1 pick on this team.”

    Great point!

  • Dakota

    Thanks Tx.

  • http://www.djsulli.com/ Silverandblack666

    “Poor JaMarcus!!”

    LMFAO RR

    Good one!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Heyward-Bey with a bum knee lined up against Revis and still caught a pass?

    DHB = Superman!

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    July 31st, 2012 at 12:40 pm

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

    ***

    @Sey & Silver

    since Debo isn’t around to defend Alabama’s pride, try this on

    JaWalrus had 2 HC’s , 3 OC’s, 2 QB Coaches and two very raw starters at WR in DHB & Murphy – in his 3 years here. ex-donkey knuckleheads like Walker & Lelie were considered “vet mentors”. the defense was pathetic. Fargas was our star runner. Gallery was our best O-Lineman. ZMiller was a fantastic pass catcher, but horrible blocker. FB was Luke Lawton. LT Mario Henderson. Kwame Harris & Cornell Green, anyone?

    Poor JaMarcus!!
    =============================================

    Hahaha. Actually that is word for word from me! Still doesn’t explain how the coaching staff can hand him a blank DVD of the “game plan” against Kansas City and have him agree that it is a good plan.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Still doesn’t explain how the coaching staff can hand him a blank DVD of the “game plan” against Kansas City and have him agree that it is a good plan.

    ***

    @SeyBush

    which KC game??

    did we win?

  • TxRaider210

    Dakota Says:
    July 31st, 2012 at 12:44 pm
    Thanks Tx.

    ———
    Anytime, I think Vic Tafur will tweet updates too

  • RaiderRockstar

    re-sign JaMarcus Lamonica !!

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Dodgers OUT in Dempster trade talks.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    July 31st, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Still doesn’t explain how the coaching staff can hand him a blank DVD of the “game plan” against Kansas City and have him agree that it is a good plan.

    ***

    @SeyBush

    which KC game??

    did we win?
    ========================================

    09 at the Coliseum. No we lost. Russell was like 10 for 25.

  • Dakota

    Mods wont let me post an interesting article on the election! 1st Amendment violation!

  • Sardine

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

    You would too if you saw what was inside it. At least he could throw the ball 80 yards from his knees.

  • The Beeech Dawg

    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

  • Thec

    I was at the jest game. revis is a dik hed, tries to bully you. DHB was having non of it.

    DHB has gotten better and will continue to improve IMO.

  • lefty12

    Dakota Says:
    July 31st, 2012 at 12:54 pm
    Mods wont let me post an interesting article on the election! 1st Amendment violation!
    —————-
    GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Rangers acquire Ryan Dempster.

  • guest123

    The receiver closest to DHB’s 975 yards receiving was Percy Harvin who had 967 on 87 catches and 120 targets. That’s a catch pct of 72.5%.

    Now compare Bey’s 64 catches on 113 targets for 56.6%

    We can’t afford to force feed Bey the ball anymore. Think of all the lost series that stalled out on 3rd and long. Bey should have had somewhere around 75 catches with all those targets, and that’s taking into account his high ypc. The 10 or 11 unconverted throws probably costs a few possessions and who knows how critical that actually was.

    2012 is not the time to force feed Bey the ball to try to prove a point. It’s time to get everyone involved and make defenses pay while getting that YPA up for Carson.

    Bey (to his credit) has gotten better in his career, but he needs to scale a new hill and step up his game even more.

  • Thec

    DennisAllensVisor Says:
    July 31st, 2012 at 1:00 pm
    Rangers acquire Ryan Dempster.
    ++++++

    One year rental…He should have went to LA

  • Dakota

    Ouch

    “So it’s with that skepticism in mind that I offer, not a prediction, but a flat pre-election assessment: If President Bar@ck Ob@ma is to win, he is going to have to overcome a set of numbers that no incumbent President, or incumbent party, has ever managed to surmount.

    The jobless rate has been stuck at just above 8 per cent for months; you have to go back to 1936 to find a President re-elected with a higher unemployment rate. And in Franklin D. Roosevelt’s case, it was a far better number than he had inherited. Plus, growth was booming.

    Today, real growth is at 1.5 per cent. In the economic forecasting models, this portends what even the liberal arts majors have been predicting: a very close election.

    The core question for many voters—“Are you generally satisfied with the country’s direction, or has the U.S. gone off on the wrong track”—gets a 32.7-60.7 negative answer, according to the RealClearPolitics average. Generally, an incumbent party needs to have at least a 35% positive response to this question to win the election, says the Gallup Organization.

    The consumer confidence level is now about 60 per cent. No incumbent party has ever kept the White House with a number anything like that. (It was slightly higher, at 65 per cent, in 1980 when Carter lost in a landslide.)

    Now, try this as a thought exercise. Forget who is running, what the latest gaffe of the day is, who is outraged and what latest insult to what group has been perpetrated by the candidate or his staff. Ignore whom you’re rooting for, and just look at those numbers with the ice-cold heart of a bean counter.”

  • Dakota

    878.lefty12 Says:
    July 31st, 2012 at 12:58 pm
    Dakota Says:
    July 31st, 2012 at 12:54 pm
    Mods wont let me post an interesting article on the election! 1st Amendment violation!
    —————-
    GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    +++++++

    Ha!

  • guest123

    peace out nation.

  • Thec

    Think of all the lost series that stalled out on 3rd and long.

    +++++++=

    Wonder how many of these were the result of a penalty by banes?

  • Thec

    LTR Guest, be safe…

  • lefty12

    Damn mods.

  • Thec

    lefty12 Says:
    July 31st, 2012 at 1:05 pm
    Damn mods.

    +++++
    lol

  • Just Fire Baby

    DHB is going to be fine this year.

    The coaching staff will probably ask him to do less than last year, and he will do it better.

  • Raiderbuck

    NFI = Non Football Injury almost like the PUP physically unable to Perform list.

  • DonManoukiansNeighbor

    Mormons = 10% of your income.
    Libatards = All they can steal.

  • http://www.djsulli.com/ Silverandblack666

    “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.

  • PurpleDrank81

    We have no Corners

  • PurpleDrank81

    Rangers land Dempster….. Ughhhh I hate the Rangers

  • The Beeech Dawg

    Just had my new maid give the Beeech Lawg a deep tissue cleaning

    Haven’t had my pores opened that wide since I did received oral copulation from this Swedish MILF in the bathroom of a Lufthansa flight

    That’s what I call free livin’

  • Just Fire Baby

    So is Goethel going to have a “nice” camp again, and end it with some type of injury?

    He could be an early camp cut.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    PurpleDrank81 Says:
    July 31st, 2012 at 1:12 pm
    We have no Corners

    —-

    A Circle has no corners.

  • Marks hair

    Braylon edwards to seattle

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Marks hair Says:
    July 31st, 2012 at 1:15 pm
    Braylon edwards to seattle

    —-

    See post 553.

  • Raider Riff

    People still ripping on Ford and DHB huh?

    What a bunch of idiots you all are. Seriously, you guys rip on our own players more than the Chief or Bronco fans do.

    Guys like Romac deserve some negativity, but even he gets 10x the amount of crap he deserves. The guy played hurt all last year and has to constantly try and make up for athletes posing as OLBs. The guy didnt just stop knowing how to play football when he got to Oakland.

    Ford has won us games. And DHB has the work ethic of a Jerry Rice. All it is going to take is one small mis-step and this years flavor-of-the-month (DMoore) will be on all of y’alls chitlist. Some if you guys need to check which colors you actually bleed.

  • Raider Riff

    Beechdawg may be the most annoying member ever, but I’ll give him credit for this, at least he’s positive.

  • lefty12

    JFB,why would he be an early cut?He has impressed every staff until he’s gotten injured.

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Where is Debo, anyway? Off on a enormous coke bender since realizing his hero JaMarcus has less chance of landing an NFL job than most of the Semis on this board?

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Now, try this as a thought exercise. Forget who is running, what the latest gaffe of the day is, who is outraged and what latest insult to what group has been perpetrated by the candidate or his staff. Ignore whom you’re rooting for, and just look at those numbers with the ice-cold heart of a bean counter.”
    ===========================================

    True. But what have the conservatives done to improve the economy? Nothing. Most Americans know this. Are the conservatives responsible for the American economy tanking taking the rest of the world with it? Yes. Most American know that as well. So, while the conservatives have done absolutely NOTHING to improve the economic situation, they have done an awful lot to prohibit abortion in and around this country. That has played well to the base conservatives. As for the rest of the country, they all too well realize you can not vote for conservativism unless you want to live in places like Mississippi or Ubekastan.

  • The Beeech Dawg

    Yo, just sent toked a phat doobie while my dode soaks in a cup of cool Sangria

    Probably start to bust out some lyrics pretty soon, getting inspired by the Boyz N Blue’s big makeover, eventual World Championship comin’ down the 101

    But the jam will probably be way more about my awesome schlong, fyi