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Van Dyke, McClain, Mitchell spur defense

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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  • PurpleDrank81

    And Practice is over lmao

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Thec Says:
    August 1st, 2012 at 11:30 am
    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

    —-

    Amen.

  • Thec

    eastoaklandraider Says:
    August 1st, 2012 at 11:30 am
    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!

    ++++++

    what up East? DAV is at camp, he will have great insight.

  • PurpleDrank81

    Yea my Dentists Assistant is at camp…Thats how I get my Text’s…

  • realtruraider

    Good stuff, the D sounds like it stepped up today with pads on.

  • Thec

    Lots of drops today. I would summize that it had to do with hearing footsteps, causing lack of concentration.

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Thec Says:
    August 1st, 2012 at 11:25 am
    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.

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

    Assuming Allen doesn’t get mad and cut someone who obviously values the buffet line more than his football team…

  • theghostronin79

    DAV is at camp, he will have great insight.

    ========

    Dat SUM-Beee…..Jealous over here

  • Thec

    DVD, CRAWDOG, Mcheese turning it out so far on the D.

  • RAIDERMAN99

    Great job consolidating the assorted tweets from the media twits.

    Thanks fellas.

  • realtruraider

    Did DVD shutdown DHB? By the tweets it sounded like it, on the other hand it sounded like DHB burnt Spencer a few times.

  • PurpleDrank81

    Yea the Defense was the star of the day and Rod Streater is showing out….. Criner is pretty quiet

  • hwnrdr

    Thec Says:
    August 1st, 2012 at 11:36 am
    DVD, CRAWDOG, Mcheese turning it out so far on the D.

    LOVING IT! Da da dada DA!

  • PurpleDrank81

    DVD Shutdown almost everything

  • Thec

    Assuming Allen doesn’t get mad and cut someone who obviously values the buffet line more than his football team…

    ++++++++++

    DAV made a good point yesterday that I did not consider. He may have had the conditioning issue becuase he was still concussed, and could not work out.
    Will give him the benifit of the doubt.

  • Thec

    RAIDERMAN99 Says:
    August 1st, 2012 at 11:36 am
    Great job consolidating the assorted tweets from the media twits.

    Thanks fellas.

    ++++++++++

    1 NATION

  • eastoaklandraider

    From what I hear sounds like DHB has been fine tuning his game. May be a true breakout season for him. And if so I will be the first eating crow becuz while I wasn’t on the cut DHB bandwagon I did want crabtree. Looks like AL may have done it again.

  • Raiderbuck

    Vic Tafur ‏@VicTafur

    Just heard NFL Network’s Training Camp Live will be here at @Raiders camp Friday

  • Thec

    Looks like AL may have done it again.

    ++++++++

    Mr. Davis could still find talent more often than not.

  • Thec

    Mr. Davis could still find talent more often than not.

    ++++++++

    what we are going to find out is, what would happen if you couple Mr. Davis talent, with a diffrent schematic????

  • PurpleDrank81

    EastO

    When we drafted DHB over Crabtree I broke my hand punching a stud in my wall….Couldnt feel the Pain because I was so pissed….It took me awhile but I really like DHB..He’s a great guy with even better work ethic….

  • theghostronin79

    I was super curious about Crawford. Not much known or spoken about him after draft and OTA’s….Gotta get the pads on to know with the big uglies. He’s BEASTING so far. It’s awesome. Cork said he was beating everyone in front of him.

  • Thec

    Vic Tafur‏@VicTafur

    Allen says Denarius Moore sitting out just precautionary and Bartell and Curry making progress and hopefully back “soon”

  • PurpleDrank81

    Great Job Today Thec

  • realtruraider

    I picked DHB last year for my MUP, he just keeps getting better. Thats why Im so impressed with DVD, it sounds like he wasn’t giving up anything to DHB or anyone, he was making them work for it.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I guess Goodson’s hamstring injury wasn’t serious.

    Not only did he practice today, but he broke a few long ones!!

  • R8ER MIKE

    Thec Says:
    August 1st, 2012 at 11:25 am
    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.

    ******************
    hope you are correct with this Thec…
    want to see all of our Maryland guys make it !!!

  • Thec

    For a good analysis of individual performances go to this blog;

    http://www.raidersblog.com/

  • PurpleDrank81

    Yea Crawford had an awesome day today…

    It seems like Palmer was off today

  • Thec

    PurpleDrank81 Says:
    August 1st, 2012 at 11:44 am
    Great Job Today Thec

    +++++++++

    same to yo Bruh…

    1 NATION

  • Thec

    Vic Tafur‏@VicTafur

    Allen: “McClain did some nice things in pass coverage,” Van Dyke has “been consistent,” & “been pleased with” Crawford — “wants to be good”

  • PurpleDrank81

    1 NATION

  • eastoaklandraider

    eastoaklandraider Says:
    August 1st, 2012 at 11:39 am

    From what I hear sounds like DHB has been fine tuning his game. May be a true breakout season for him. And if so I will be the first eating crow becuz while I wasn’t on the cut DHB bandwagon I did want crabtree. Looks like AL may have done it again
    ___________

    But then again crabtree is on the whiners with a garbage QB. Maybe if he was on our sqaud with CP3 maybe he breaks out. Just saying.

  • Thec

    It seems like Palmer was off today

    ++++++++

    Pace and fatigue. This is what training camp is for to get your “football legs” under ya.

  • Raidernationdave

    With all of Corks Tweets I feel as if I’m right there. Good job Cork!

  • RaiderRockstar

    I’m mildly disappointed in our starting DE combo today … ShoNasty & Houston

    How about you guys??

    Seymour, Kelly, Bryant & Crawford all making things happen on the D-Line though!

  • Thec

    Levi Damien‏@LeviDamien

    RT @TWorksJoe: @LeviDamien Which side of the ball won today? — Defense. By wide margin.

  • Thec

    Paul Gutierrez‏@PGutierrezCSN

    Denarius Moore held out of practice with lingering hamstring from minicamp

  • TxRaider210

    Just one practice today gents or is there one later?

  • theghostronin79

    RT @TWorksJoe: @LeviDamien Which side of the ball won today? — Defense. By wide margin.

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

    Gotta be happy with that.
    It’s 2 days in a row now.

  • Raiderbuck

    Levi Damien ‏@LeviDamien

    RT @TWorksJoe: @LeviDamien Which side of the ball won today? — Defense. By wide margin.

  • RaiderRockstar

    where was Wheeler today?

    so far this camp, haven’t heard anything about Goethel & Stupar either …

  • theghostronin79

    Just one practice today gents or is there one later
    =========================

    I read that if there’s another, it will be a walkthrough, no pads, and probably no media.

  • Thec

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    August 1st, 2012 at 11:51 am
    I’m mildly disappointed in our starting DE combo today … ShoNasty & Houston

    How about you guys??

    Seymour, Kelly, Bryant & Crawford all making things happen on the D-Line though!

    +++++++

    Think it is all part of the whole. Need to get some guys take that was there. Per Levi, the D looked better than the O this practice.

  • DJ Johnny

    618.Raiderbuck Says:
    August 1st, 2012 at 11:39 am
    Vic Tafur ‏@VicTafur

    Just heard NFL Network’s Training Camp Live will be here at @Raiders camp Friday

    I guarantee you they’ll talk about the Raiders for a few secs. and then switch to breaking news from Jets camp.

  • ottocrat

    DVD blanketing dat azz all day, AGAIN!

  • TxRaider210

    You guys think Curry would be doing better than Burris out there? For some reason I don’t..

  • PurpleDrank81

    Goethal and Stupar really arent being mentioned because there not making any significany plays…

  • Raider Riff

    619. Thec

    Yep. I think anyone that questioned Al’s eye for talent was a fool.

    It was the way he ran the org and his meddling that bought down his empire.

  • TxRaider210

    theghostronin79 Says:
    August 1st, 2012 at 11:53 am
    Just one practice today gents or is there one later
    =========================

    I read that if there’s another, it will be a walkthrough, no pads, and probably no media.

    ——————-
    Sweet, thanks man. Burris fighting for that job bro!