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Van Dyke, McClain, Mitchell spur defense

By Steve Corkran
Tuesday, July 31st, 2012 at 7:21 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Quarterbacks and receivers had their way with defensive backs, for the most part, on the first day of training camp. Tuesday, it was time for the defense to show that they aren’t going to be pushed around all the time.
Middle linebacker Rolando McClain blanketed receivers on short passes over the middle, cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke shined for the second straight day and backup safety Mike Mitchell punctuated the spirited performance with an interception of Carson Palmer on what appeared to be a well-thrown pass for receiver Juron Criner.
“Yeah, we made a few plays,” coach Dennis Allen said. “Coaches are all perfectionists, so it’s never what you want. I’ve learned over the years that when you walk off the practice field, it’s never as good as you thought it was or never as bad as you thought it was.
“Kind of reserve judgment until we get to watch the tape. It was nice at least to see us make a few plays. Mike Mitchell made a nice play on the interception, so it was nice to see.”
The real proof that the defense is up to the challenge, of course, comes during games. For now, it’s a nice start.

– The Raiders placed punter Shane Lechler (knee) and cornerback Ron Bartell (hamstring) on the non-football-injury list, which means they aren’t able to practice as a result of injuries suffered in non-football-related activities.
The Raiders can activate Lechler and Bartell from the list once they pass a physical and are cleared to practice.

– Second-year player Joseph Barksdale worked at right offensive tackle today, with rookie Tony Bergstrom next to him at right guard. This is in contrast to Monday, when they worked on the left side.
We’re still waiting to see them get some meaningful reps with the first-team unit. Allen said that’s likely to occur at some point in camp.
Until then, the first-team line looks like this, from left to right: Jared Veldheer, Cooper Carlisle, Stefen Wisniewski, Mike Brisiel and Khalif Barnes.

– Mitchell has supplanted Rock Cartwright as the personal protector on punts. For now, at least. Mitchell is fast enough and versatile enough to execute a direct snap off a fake punt, if needed.

– Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford were the lone two fielding punts Monday. Today, four others joined the fray — Criner, Rod Streater, DeAundre Muhammad and Derek Carrier.
Ford showed no lingering effects from the tweaked left knee he suffered in practice Monday.

– The NFL has implemented a mandatory use of metal detectors for all fans entering the stadium at games this season. As a result, the Raiders are encouraging fans to arrive at least two hours before kick-off to ensure that no one misses any of the game.
Chief executive Amy Trask is confident that the Raiders won’t have any difficulty adjusting to the new procedure aimed at ensuring fans’ safety. Part of that confidence stems from the Raiders being the first team to employ walk-through scanners, which are believed to be faster than hand wands.

– Bartell, Lechler, linebacker Aaron Curry and defensive tackle Travis Ivey were the only four players who missed all of practice.
Running back Mike Goodson (hamstring) and tight end Richard Gordon (hip flexor) suffered injuries in practice today. Their long-term status is unknown right now. They will be evaluated on a daily basis, Allen said.
As for Lechler’s status, Allen said: “I don’t expect it to be any big deal, so I’m not real concerned about it.”

– When asked to rate the performance of Palmer so far, on a scale of 1-10, Allen doled out high praise, as well as high marks.
“Eight, nine,” Allen said. “He’s doing exceptional. He’s got full command of the offense and he’s doing a nice job of running it.”
Seeing Palmer perform at such a high level and in a nice comfort level, in turn, gives Allen peace of mind that the offense is in good hands.
“Absolutely,” Allen said. “You can’t win in this league on a consistent basis (without an reliable quarterback), and we feel good about the one we got.”
Being able to work with his teammates and coaches all year has helped a great deal, Palmer said. Last season, he arrived midway through the season after asking out of the Cincinnati Bengals and not practicing or playing until mid-October.
“It’s (Bill) Parcells that always says, ‘There’s a difference between being in shape and being in football shape, and the only way to get into football shape is to play football,’ ” Palmer said. “When you don’t play football for seven months or whatever it was, it just takes awhile not only for your mind to adjust to the speed of the game but your body to adjust. That was one of the toughest things for me just trying to get caught up with game shape.”

– The Raiders are permitted to throw on pads at practice for the first time Wednesday. Guidelines set forth in the Collective Bargaining Agreement prohibit teams from using pads the first two days of camp.
Allen, for one, is fired up about the prospect of seeing how his players look in pads. All the offseason workouts were conducted without pads, as well, per league rules.
“We’re going to go play football, and that’s the way the game was meant to be played, in pads,” Allen said. “We’ll put ‘em on, we’ll mix it up a little bit, and we’ll find out who’s going to compete when we put the pads on.”

– Allen showed Tuesday that he won’t hesitate to get on his players if they aren’t performing at an acceptable level.
At one point, Allen stopped practice, assembled his players and reminded them about what he expects from them in practice.
“I felt it was necessary to bring them all in together, let ‘em know what I was observing, and give ‘em a chance to get it corrected,” Allen said. “They did a pretty nice job of responding.”
Palmer said it’s not uncommon for their to be a letdown this early in camp, especially with the hot weather.
“Today was not quite what we expected,” Palmer said. “Coach had to get on us a little bit. But yesterday was a good first practice. Today was kind of what you’d expect from a second day, a little bit sluggish.
“We had a couple of guys pull up with some cramping and minor things. Like coach says, there’s no light at the end of the tunnel right now. It’s a grind. We have a double day tomorrow and we just have to keep working.”

– Add Marcel Reece to the list of people impressed by running back Darren McFadden.
“I keep saying it and I’m going to keep saying it; Darren McFadden is the best running back in this league, and he’s going to be that,” Reece said. “I’m excited for him and just for him to show you guys everything he can do.”

– Plays of the day
1. Mitchell’s interception of Palmer.
2. Palmer delivered a perfect strike to Reece on the left sideline, with the ball placed just over the hands of rookie linebacker Miles Burris.
3. Criner turned around Shawntae Spencer, caught the crossing route and continued down the left sideline for a long gain.
4. Spencer and strong safety Tyvon Branch bracketed receiver Eddie McGee on a deep post route, giving McGee no room to make a play on a ball that sailed over his head.
5. Palmer eluded a strong rush, stepped up in the pocket and delivered a strike to receiver Jacoby Ford.

– Quote of the day: “I went home and my mama told me, ‘DeMarcus, I’m your No. 1 fan, but you dropped too many interceptions last year.’ So, this year, I’m trying to work on catching the ball and turning my head when the ball when the ball is in the air.” — Van Dyke on what he felt he needed to work on from his rookie season

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  • eastoaklandraider

    And what makes a GM job so hard anyway long hrs?

  • The Beeech Dawg

    Nob, stop apologizing / kissing up to bloggers you admire, geez

    Add that to:

    1) Your legendary defeat in the blog rap off
    2) Your desire to post your losing rap over and over for me and my blog brahs to laugh at
    3) Declaring yourself an “Actual Cool Guy”

    It’s been quite a week of humiliations and embarrassments at the hands of the Beeeech Diggity Dawg!

    Thanks, nerd

    BIG DAWG SALUTE WOOF WOOF MEOW

  • rob_raider

    raiderman—great post—u said it very well.

    i think most nfl people respected al davis tremendously. but when a great mind ages, it can be tough to find good people willing to be ur 2nd in command. most gifted coaches want to be in charge. it’s the ego part of being talented. so some guys, like sean payton, were intrigued and wanted to talk with him, but they wanted it to be their show, so they couldn’t commit. al needed to loosen his grip and trust other good people more, just so he could get them on board. a good captain delegates. but it was hard for him because he so identified himself as the raiders. i’ve always thought the “toxic environment” angle was way overblown. missing out on those draft picks u mentioned, overpaying for some free agents, bringing in some coaches who didn’t have it, and of course, JaRassic. those led to several bad years. but the team is on the right path, and a lot of it has to do with al davis and what he did recently.

  • rob_raider

    b!tch dog. as a courtesy to the group and because i find u boring, i’m done with u. i made great sport of u and u look like an idiot. that’s enuff for me. i’m ignoring u now, little b!tch dog. go away and bark at someone else’s door. maybe someone will play w/ u. bye, stupid little mongrel.

  • lefty12

    99,the environment had a lot to due with it,especially Gallery.Until Cable made him a G every coach moved him around.Shell thought he could be a LT and moved him there for 1 season before he was moved again the following year.Also,almost every 1st rd pick that Davis made was considered a sure thing when he picked them including Gallery.When judging a draft,often how it came out in the later rounds is a better assessment than just looking at the 1st rd.If 1st rd picks were sure things the Raiders wouldn’t have been able to have 2,3,4,or5 from other teams on the roster at the same time.

  • rob_raider

    how’d gallery and miller do in seattle? hmm?

  • TxRaider210

    DVD should start turning those batted passes in to picks with some more practice! Yeeaauuhh

  • The Beeech Dawg

    rob_raider Says:
    August 1st, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    b!tch dog. as a courtesy to the group and because i find u boring, i’m done with u. i made great sport of u and u look like an idiot. that’s enuff for me. i’m ignoring u now, little b!tch dog. go away and bark at someone else’s door. maybe someone will play w/ u. bye, stupid little mongrel.

    —————

    HaHa, sweet! Thanks for your notice of surrender!

    And totally hilarious to see you cower to the demands of the bloggers you worship, too funny

    Don’t worry, Nob, I’ll keep bagging on you to my heart’s content. It’s much more fun when there’s no lame rebuttal, anyway

    WRECKS N EFFECT IN FULL EFFECT

  • lefty12

    Gallery is through-too many injuries.Same with Zack-too many concussions.But Gallery always did as asked when he played here and never complained even though they never let him settle into 1 position until the end.A lot of guys would have complained to no end and made demands-he never did.For that alone I give the guy credit.BTW,he isn’t the 1st ‘sure thing’ LT to not succeed and he won’t be the last.

  • Deja vu

    It’s great news about DVD performing well the past few days, we need someone to step up and secure those corner spots.

    Kinda sad that his mom has to point out his obvious flaws in his game. lol

    That was my biggest issue with him, not locating or making a play on the ball. Hopefully he works hard to get ball instincts down, by watching the wr’s eye and body movement.

    His size is a bit concerning in run support, let the best man win that cb spot!

  • DonManoukiansNeighbor

    Wow! This is B.S! Nothing is tax free anymore. I though money earned over seas was tax free?

    For instance: Americans who win bronze will pay a $2 tax on the medal itself. But the bronze comes with a modest prize—$10,000 as an honorarium for devoting your entire life to being the third best athlete on the planet in your chosen discipline. And the IRS will take $3,500 of that, thank you very much.
    There are also prizes that accompany each medal: $25,000 for gold, $15,000 for silver, and $10,000 for bronze.
    Silver medalists will owe $5,385. You win a gold? Timothy Geithner will be standing there with his hand out for $8,986.

  • hwnrdr

    I know, that sucks Don!

  • hwnrdr

    lefty12 Says:
    August 1st, 2012 at 1:45 pm
    Gallery is through-too many injuries.Same with Zack-too many concussions.But Gallery always did as asked when he played here and never complained even though they never let him settle into 1 position until the end.A lot of guys would have complained to no end and made demands-he never did.For that alone I give the guy credit.BTW,he isn’t the 1st ’sure thing’ LT to not succeed and he won’t be the last.

    Well said, Lefty!

  • theghostronin79

    DVD should start turning those batted passes in to picks with some more practice! Yeeaauuhh

    ===============

    Shoot man, PICKS would be fantastic. Right now I’ll take a batted pass any day of the week over getting torched. Keep hearing his name over and over again…..and I like it.

  • TxRaider210

    It would be better to have your teammate punch you and say you got robbed of the medal. lol

  • TxRaider210

    theghostronin79 Says:
    August 1st, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    DVD should start turning those batted passes in to picks with some more practice! Yeeaauuhh

    ===============

    Shoot man, PICKS would be fantastic. Right now I’ll take a batted pass any day of the week over getting torched. Keep hearing his name over and over again…..and I like it.
    ————–
    Yeah man he is looking instinctual out there, my only concerns were size and turning his head quicker, but he seems to have fix the last part.

  • TxRaider210

    Don’t know how many DB’s make me yell at my TV “Dude turn the fk around before the ball hits your last name!”lol

  • DonManoukiansNeighbor

    I never realized they got prize money for winning.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Don,

    I don’t how it works for the Olympics, but I know if you live abroad for 11/12 months (spend a month in the US), you don’t have to pay taxes up to $98,500.

  • TxRaider210

    If DVD were to gain even 10lbs, it may help him against the bigger receivers imo.

  • theghostronin79

    Yeah man he is looking instinctual out there, my only concerns were size and turning his head quicker, but he seems to have fix the last part.

    ==============

    definately had my concerns with size. Gotta carry some more weight to get involved in the “Ruckous” in run support. Can’t just throw an arm out there when you got a guy like Steven Jackson turning the corner at you. Plus I worried about bigger physical receivers tossing him around.

  • RAIDERMAN99

    99,the environment had a lot to due with it,especially Gallery.Until Cable made him a G every coach moved him around.Shell thought he could be a LT and moved him there for 1 season before he was moved again the following year.Also,almost every 1st rd pick that Davis made was considered a sure thing when he picked them including Gallery.When judging a draft,often how it came out in the later rounds is a better assessment than just looking at the 1st rd.If 1st rd picks were sure things the Raiders wouldn’t have been able to have 2,3,4,or5 from other teams on the roster at the same time.
    ================================================
    Lefty, agree with you entirely that a really good draft is dependent on ‘hitting’ in the later rounds. Think the Raids generally did well in that respect.

    Just very very hard to overcome whiffing on the 2nd overall pick, like Gallery.

    When Gallery was selected it was to be a dominant LT for a decade. He was never envisioned as a G. He was only moved there when it became obvious he was a turnstile as a T. He wasn’t moved around due to a horrible environment. He was moved around bcz he couldn’t perform at the position he was drafted to fill.

    If it was a matter of environment we’d expect to see a nbr 2 overall, like Gallery, or a nbr 1 overall, like JaMoron, move on to another team and a better environment and show something.

    That hasn’t been the case.

    Sure, Gallery was a consensus ‘can’t miss’. Sure, the Raids desperately needed a franchise QB and JaMoron was the top rated QB.

    Still doesn’t absolve Al for making the mistake of drafting them.

    A mistake is a mistake and those were two very costly ones.

  • The Beeech Dawg

    Blog Brahs, after a few leisurely days of creaming Nob Raider all across the blog, he’s predictably surrendered to the Beeech Dawg and accepted his life of humble minion-hood

    Plus he said he was too weak to respond to my epic disses, so I’ll be bagging on him freely, for all of our shared shared enjoyment

    The PM Party Patrol is INDEED in full effect

    Yo, speaking of my huge boner-dawg, just got a beach volleyball hizzy to give me a dry, salty handy.

    Will have soak the ‘ol boy in aloe vera the rest of the day, but it was worth it, holla

  • TxRaider210

    theghostronin79 Says:
    August 1st, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Yeah man he is looking instinctual out there, my only concerns were size and turning his head quicker, but he seems to have fix the last part.

    ==============

    definately had my concerns with size. Gotta carry some more weight to get involved in the “Ruckous” in run support. Can’t just throw an arm out there when you got a guy like Steven Jackson turning the corner at you. Plus I worried about bigger physical receivers tossing him around.
    —————-
    Exactly man, but maybe the coaches don’t want extra weight to hurt his speed..he’ll have to be extra nasty and jam guys off the line imo.

  • theghostronin79

    58 pm
    Don’t know how many DB’s make me yell at my TV “Dude turn the fk around before the ball hits your last name!”lol

    ==========

    yeah that too. Playin so much “Man coverage” left our DB’s with their backs to the QB too often, and just flat out chasing guys around the field.

  • TxRaider210

    79
    At least the zone scheme should help the D watch the QB and react more.

  • theghostronin79

    That’s what we’re all hoping.
    did you get eyeballs on a jersey yesterday? I couldn’t gt to the mall myself.

  • TxRaider210

    I’m not just critical of our DB’s, lots of them don’t turn the head on timing routes imo.

  • lefty12

    99-agreed those were very costly but how can you say taking someone like Gallery,who everyone said was a sure thing,can’t miss 10-15 year franchise LT was a mistake.He was the proper pick he just didn’t pan out.That isn’t the fault of the person that picked him.

  • TxRaider210

    79
    Didn’t peep the jersey yet, Friday is payday so gonna check it out Saturday with the ol lady.

  • theghostronin79

    Right on man…. gonna be bored tomorrow with no practice to follow.

  • TxRaider210

    79
    Yeah no kidding, but Friday NFL network will be there I think. Seems like the kid Burris is not overplaying, which I think is smart of him to stay in the play.

  • Intrepid

    Raiderrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Crust Says:
    July 31st, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Intrepid Says:
    July 31st, 2012 at 5:28 pm
    Raider Riff Says:
    July 31st, 2012 at 4:04 pm
    Brining in Kerry Colins was the first mistake that led to the Gannon era unraveling.////////////////////////////////////////Maybe.That and his head coach (Norv). But he was a bit of a gunslinger and I’ve been dying for one of those ever since. Well, Grads was a gunslinger; just couldn’t sling it very far.

    —————————————————

    JaMarcus was a slinger. He can throw the ball 85 yards from his knees. Strongest arm to ever play the game. To bad his agent extorted all that moolah outta Al.////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////He might have been able to sling it, but a gunslinger has a mindset of “I can’t lose”. They do all the time of course but that’s not the point. Favre could have gimped his way to a first down on the last play of his last game in the playoffs and pulled up and threw an incompletion instead. And I loved him for it.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Raidernationdave Says:
    August 1st, 2012 at 10:06 am
    More fuel for O’s fire!!!!!! LOL!!!!!

    Whut up Beyotch!

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    – The Raiders placed punter Shane Lechler (knee) and cornerback Ron Bartell (hamstring) on the non-football-injury list, which means they aren’t able to practice as a result of injuries suffered in non-football-related activities.
    The Raiders can activate Lechler and Bartell from the list once they pass a physical and are cleared to practice.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    LOL
    Whut up HO?

  • theghostronin79

    79
    Yeah no kidding, but Friday NFL network will be there I think. Seems like the kid Burris is not overplaying, which I think is smart of him to stay in the play.

    ==============

    Oh yeah, absolutely. I figured it was more, him being cautious than “Not” making the play. He’ll HIT when it matters. Important thing is that he’s getting in the right position now.

  • DJ Johnny

    Beech,

    I’ve seen hardliggity sometimes around 10ish or so at night.

  • RAIDERMAN99

    99-agreed those were very costly but how can you say taking someone like Gallery,who everyone said was a sure thing,can’t miss 10-15 year franchise LT was a mistake.He was the proper pick he just didn’t pan out.That isn’t the fault of the person that picked him.
    ================================================
    Yes it is. The buck stopped with Al.

    It was up to Al to make the determination that what everyone was projecting Gallery to be, was wrong.

    That was Al’s responsiblity.

    Heck, why have a scouting department or a GM when all you need is Kiper’s and McShay’s draft guide.

    Nope, it doesn’t work that way.

    If Kiper and the entire world loved Gallery, it was still Al’s job to make the final and correct call. Trade down. Take someone else.

    Buck stopped with Al and he missed on that pick.

    Can’t say it was the correct pick when it turned out not to be.

    We have the benefit of hindsight. Al didn’t. Al had the right intention, but got the wrong result. Can’t get around that.

  • TxRaider210

    79
    Very true man, how about Crawford going off today man, geez! Dude is gonna be a player for the Raiders, but Curry needs to get healthy or Burris will take his job imo.

  • hwnrdr

    You all be cool, Nation!
    See ya back in the morning!

  • The Beeech Dawg

    DJ, I’ve been working mostly on amazing Rasta Ganja jams, now that Snoop Lion has followed our lead into the reggae frontier

    Now is the ultimate time to capitalize on his publicity and put more cash/money into the PMPP secret overseas trust (aka my wallet)

    But there are some 2K4S concepts I’m working on as well, most notable this incredible jam where we all get kneed in the nads on stage by our mothers

    COMIN ATCH N FULL FORCE

  • theghostronin79

    Yeah, totally stoked about Crawford. didn’t know much about him but highly curious. gotta get the pads on the big boys before you see what they can offer. It doesn’t much matter WHO he was abusing anyway. The fact is we kept hearing his name in the viscinity of the QB. That makes me smile.

  • TxRaider210

    Later Hwnrdr!

  • theghostronin79

    Later Hwnrdr

  • TxRaider210

    theghostronin79 Says:
    August 1st, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Yeah, totally stoked about Crawford. didn’t know much about him but highly curious. gotta get the pads on the big boys before you see what they can offer. It doesn’t much matter WHO he was abusing anyway. The fact is we kept hearing his name in the viscinity of the QB. That makes me smile.
    ——————
    Yep, he seemed to be in Leinart’s face a lot, Craw faced tough competition in college man, could be the real deal.

  • lefty12

    We’ll just have to agree to disagree as I don’t see it the same as you.If I want to buy the fastest car made,do my research,and find that 1 car is superior to any other,buy it but it turns out to be a lemon that isn’t my fault,I picked the proper car.I just got a bad 1.Maybe not a great analogy,but that is how I see it.

  • theghostronin79

    Yep, he seemed to be in Leinart’s face a lot, Craw faced tough competition in college man, could be the real deal.

    ============

    yeah for real. Plus you ever see pics of him going through drills? His face looks like somebody just threw his Mamma down on the sidewalk and He’s goin to Kill ‘em…LOL…….Intense.

  • TxRaider210

    theghostronin79 Says:
    August 1st, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Yep, he seemed to be in Leinart’s face a lot, Craw faced tough competition in college man, could be the real deal.

    ============

    yeah for real. Plus you ever see pics of him going through drills? His face looks like somebody just threw his Mamma down on the sidewalk and He’s goin to Kill ‘em…LOL…….Intense.
    =============
    No schyt man! When we first got him I thought he’d be a mean m’fkr, glad he has the mental aspect down. Add in some trash talk and tackles will be scared.lol

  • TxRaider210

    new post

  • Intrepid

    Levi Damien ‏@LeviDamien
    Seymour was on Palmer quick and then haunts him for twenty yards as if to say “I could have sacked you 3 or 4 times now. ////////////////////////////////////////////////////// That’s what I’m talking about.

  • Intrepid

    – Allen talked about players taking short-cuts in discussing Crawford. A follow-up question along those lines elicited a rather pointed response that every player on the roster should digest.
    “Doesn’t take long,” Allen said, when asked how long it takes to spot players taking short-cuts. “It doesn’t take long. It sticks out like a sore thumb, and those are usually the guys that don’t last very long. And if they do make it for a little while, you’re always looking to replace them.”