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Van Dyke, McClain, Mitchell spur defense

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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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  • TxRaider210

    Crawford would have broken both of Lionhearts collarbone’s geez!

  • Thec

    Christopher Hansen‏@RaidersBlog

    Crawford in the backfield again. Would have been possible strip sack of Leinart.

  • ohioraider

    backstageatapuppetshow Says:
    July 31st, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    These journalists bother me when they come to town with their NEW perceptions of an AL DAVIS free environment….

    I’m here to let them know that THERE is still EVIL in the world….

    Men like Peter King are collectivist pawns with no real morality to speak of IMO.
    ———————————————
    Would somebody please translate this for me?

  • Marks hair

    Millertim

  • Thec

    40sChristopher Hansen‏@RaidersBlog

    Streater with another catch.

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    49sChristopher Hansen‏@RaidersBlog

    Jump ball for DHB. DVD is there and DHB can’t get it.

  • Raider Riff

    Raider O

    I like ya dude. Youre a standup guy.

    And yeah, a Lechler extension would be good.

    The reason everyone is high on Ivey is that he stood out last year. But we didnt need a true NT so he didnt make the roster. He’s supposedly a good 3-4 NT.

    Good 3-4 NT’s can come out of nowhere. In fact, most of the good ones did. Which is kinda odd considering their very rare skillset.

    But I gotta agree with DAV a bit. Ivey is blowing his chance to make this team. The Visor dont hand out scholarships.

    It’s nice to see MM34 playing well. Ive always liked what I saw from the guy.

  • Thec

    Levi Damien‏@LeviDamien

    DVD continues his lock down of DHB. This time on long ball knock down.

  • theghostronin79

    Man, Crawford is getting AFTER it today.

  • hwnrdr

    I was hoping that Crawford was nasty as they want him to be!

  • Thec

    1mPaul Gutierrez‏@PGutierrezCSN

    DVD breaks up Carson bomb to DHB

  • Thec

    Christopher Hansen‏@RaidersBlog

    Illegal formation. Allen not very happy. Then they run it and DHB burns Spencer on slant.

  • hwnrdr

    Lets go DVD! Can we show Spencer the door, I mean bridge?

  • TxRaider210

    DVD, if you can touch it, catch it buddy!!lol

  • RaiderRockstar

    DHB is continuing to have a solid training camp…Catching everything that comes his way, with his hands.

    He has 1 real drop in camp.

    ***

    kING dARRIUS!

  • Raider Riff

    I cant wait til we put in Taiwan Jones late in the 3rd when the defense is starting to get a little tired.

    He’s gonna make them all look like they are wearing lead boots.

  • Thec

    ohioraider, whats up Bruh? where ya been?

  • Thec

    Levi Damien‏@LeviDamien

    DHB runs nice route, freezing Spencer but makes it look harder than it was with gut catch over middle.

  • TxRaider210

    theghostronin79 Says:
    August 1st, 2012 at 11:18 am
    Man, Crawford is getting AFTER it today.

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    Looks like Burris is 1-1 with DMAC today bro.lol

  • Marks hair

    Yay crawford.. Ivey did not excite me..

  • Thec

    1 new Tweet

    1mLevi Damien‏@LeviDamien

    Shaughnessy gets his hands up and bats down Palmer pass at the line.

  • Thec

    38sLevi Damien‏@LeviDamien

    If you had Branch as first fight, you guessed right.

  • Thec

    1mVic Tafur‏@VicTafur

    Shaughnessy bats away Palmer pass … first fight is Thomas Mayo and Branch

  • hwnrdr

    With who?

  • RaiderRockstar

    DHB burns Spencer on slant.

    DHB runs nice route, freezing Spencer

    ***

    Yup

  • Thec

    42sSteve Corkran‏@CorkOnTheNFL

    Thomas Mayo and Tyvon Branch mix it up in first scuffle of camp. Punches thrown, no one hurt.

  • hwnrdr

    Ok, nevermind!

  • PurpleDrank81

    SORRY GUYS FOR NO UPDATES RITE NOW… Regional Boss just showed up at my Training Center…I’ll try to keep updating

  • Raider Riff

    we got our first fight!!!

    who is this mayo character?

  • RaiderRockstar

    first fight is Thomas Mayo and Branch

    ***

    LOL!!

    Mayo trash talkin’ Mr. Scholarship and he didn’t like it …

  • Marks hair

    Dhb looking good over the middle.. His route tree is growing

  • TxRaider210

    DVD goin hard out there today!

  • Thec

    51sSteve Corkran‏@CorkOnTheNFL

    DHB with nice adjustment on jump ball. Van Dyke with tight coverage, though, and breaks it up.

  • realtruraider

    Thomas Mayo and Tyvon Branch mix it up in first scuffle of camp. Punches thrown, no one hurt.
    ——————————————————

    Good stuff, get after it

  • Thec

    PurpleDrank81 Says:
    August 1st, 2012 at 11:22 am
    SORRY GUYS FOR NO UPDATES RITE NOW… Regional Boss just showed up at my Training Center…I’ll try to keep updating

    +++++++

    I will keep it going Bruh, no worries.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    ChikFilA day… 🙂

  • Marks hair

    Nasty still not getting much pass rush

  • Thec

    Marks hair Says:
    August 1st, 2012 at 11:20 am
    Yay crawford.. Ivey did not excite me..

    +++++++++

    Ivey will serve as our NT in the 3-4 alignment.

  • Thec

    Practice over…Put it in the books.

  • theghostronin79

    DVD goin hard out there today!

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

    I know I’ve been real hard on DVD lately. He’s been showing up BIG TIME thus far. Bravo kid……

  • Thec

    DennisAllensVisor Says:
    August 1st, 2012 at 11:24 am
    ChikFilA day…

    ++++++++++

    Good job with the Twit post…

  • Marks hair

    Way to go dvd. Keep spencer & checkwa where they belong..

  • TxRaider210

    theghostronin79 Says:
    August 1st, 2012 at 11:26 am
    DVD goin hard out there today!

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

    I know I’ve been real hard on DVD lately. He’s been showing up BIG TIME thus far. Bravo kid……

    —————–
    Yeah man I was critical of him too, kid still needs 10-15 lbs imo, but does look good out there.

  • Marks hair

    587. If he even makes the team..

  • RaiderRockstar Says:
    August 1st, 2012 at 11:22 am
    DHB burns Spencer on slant.

    DHB runs nice route, freezing Spencer

    ***

    Yup
    ————–
    Happy for Darrius, Just be mindful you could “freeze” Spencer.

  • Thec

    Marks hair Says:
    August 1st, 2012 at 11:25 am
    Nasty still not getting much pass rush

    ++++++++

    This is a Dualality, a conundrum of sorts.

    Guys were making noise on the D, just cant see it through the twits.

    Guys like DAV could give a solid impression on what the rush looked like.

  • Marks hair

    Thans for all the tweets guys. Following 5 feeds is too much for my phone

  • One thing about McClain is I like his honesty. It is refreshing, even if he is a dick.

  • Thec

    Marks hair Says:
    August 1st, 2012 at 11:29 am
    Thans for all the tweets guys. Following 5 feeds is too much for my phone

    ++++++++

    1 NATION

  • eastoaklandraider

    Was good nation. No need to follow corks thec purpledrank gt it on lock. And did I see a post that DAV is at camp? If so DAV u da man!

  • PurpleDrank81

    Im back guys