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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

    Niners have Guy Fieri Bbqing for them…..Our guys all tweeting about getting Chipotle and Jamba Juice lol

  • RaiderRockstar

    Niners have Guy Fieri Bbqing for them

    ***

    @PD81

    I thought he was a Raider fan??

  • PurpleDrank81

    EAST

    Evaluating Draft Talent is like my biggest hobby…After my lackluster football career I wanted to become a coach but the money isnt there for me and I have to support my family so I decided to get into researching the draft and now I absolutley love it.

    I would be starting my own blog but I dont have the time to properly do it. So I come here and chat it up with the NATION

  • PurpleDrank81

    I’ve always thought he was too…Niners paying him a nice chunk of change I bet

  • Raider Riff

    The penalty issue is going to still be difficult to solve.

    If the league still hates us even though Al is gone, were f’d. Because its those “Pete Rozell Payback Specials” that we get at the most in-opportune times that are what cost us games.

    The pre-snap penalties are annoying. But they arent the whats losing us games. It’s the subjective calls that the refs/league use to manipulate point spreads and outcomes that have been screwing us over the years.

    The Gut and the Visor are doing their best to change our image. But it comes down to one thing really, are we still gonna be punished for Al’s court transcretions by bylaws written into Goodell’s contract left behind by Rozell.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Question:

    I saw one tweet that said Carlisle & Barnes opened a huge hole for McFadden …

    is Cooper back at RG? or Barnes back at LT?

    perhaps the guy confused #65 Brisiel with #66 Carlisle ??

  • PurpleDrank81

    It’s camp….Common thing to switch up positions everyonce in awhile….. But Im not a 100% sure

  • J-Raider

    Q: How is Marcel’s [Reece] role different in this offense than what you were doing a last year?

    Carson Palmer: I don’t think it’s a whole lot different. He’s such a unique player. He’s not really a fullback, he’s not a tight end, he’s not a receiver. We’re going to split him out and have him run routes, we’re going to have him run screens, he might even run the ball like he did sometimes last year. There’s obviously different terminology and different routes, but for the most part he’s going to be doing a lot of the same things he’s done in the past which is using him as a weapon in the receiving game. He’s going to have to block if he’s going to play fullback once in a while but that’s not what he specializes in. He specializes in giving him opportunities to get the ball in his hands and letting him do his thing.

    –well looks like schmitt is our new starting fullback..

  • Raider Riff

    Anyone else notice that our old friend Schilens is getting into it with Cromartie haha

  • RaiderRockstar
  • Raider Riff

    Schmitt or Tonga? Who do you guys pick?

  • PurpleDrank81

    Yessss and I love it…Schilens is a great guy and probally the best beer pong player in the USA. Good Luck in New York Chaz

  • J-Raider

    @ Raider Riff,

    Schmitt by far is the better fullback.. remember last year tonga had issues with his blocking.

  • PurpleDrank81

    SCHMITT is a giant weirdo…. Follow him on twitter and you’d be amazed to see some of his weirdo posts

  • The Beeech Dawg

    Yo, Crawford needs to straight up eat a ManWich

    Cause a sandwich is a sandwich, but a ManWich is a MEAL

    Word, got a few hizzies playing beach volleyball down in Venice, gonna do a quick spray tan, mist on a lil Drakkar Noir and go represent

    Usually I sport wood through my swim trunks so they know I’m down with setting and spiking

    STRAIGHT HIZZLE

  • J-Raider

    honestly though, im more worried about our tight end position than the fullback position. how many teams actually carry two fullbacks on gameday??? all we have is two healthy tightends that really have a shot of making this team..

  • DutchRaider77

    SCHMITT is a giant weirdo…. Follow him on twitter and you’d be amazed to see some of his weirdo posts

    ______________________________________________

    Concussions? Though I do like a little bit crazy in our Raider FB…

  • J-Raider

    Concussions? Though I do like a little bit crazy in our Raider FB…
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    i agree 100% :)

  • JLofty

    Glad to hear Demarcus VanDyke realized his primary failing as a youngster. I think he could be good. Kid had good coverage last year when he was getting roasted….

  • RAIDERMAN99

    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.
    ===============================================
    It wasn’t Al’s meddling that brought down the empire.

    That is rubbish.

    To start with, it was Al’s team. You can disagree with his micromanagment and overbearing presence in every facet of the operation, but to call that ‘meddling’ is incorrect. Again, it was Al’s team.

    What brought down the empire, more than anything else, was a slew of disastrous whiffs on high number one picks.

    That and some incredibly bad free agent signings.

    Despite his acknowledged eye for talent, Davis missed badly on his top draft picks and FA signings in his latter years.

    It’s also hard to deny that he vastly overpaid many players.

    What was so great about Al, is that he didn’t give a shiit what anyone thought.

    ‘Draft a punter in the first ? You’re nuts.’

    ‘Fk you, I’ll do it MY WAY.’

    Al’s way didn’t always work out. When it did, it was genius and a thing of beuaty. When it didn’t, things got very ugly.

    My most fervent hope as a Raider fan was that the old man was going to resurrect the Raids, get his 4th Lombardi and have the last laugh.

    Man, that would have been so sweet.

    I miss Al. Things will never be the same without him.

    The Raids go on without Mr. D.

    The best way to honor his memory is to kick some azz and get that 4th trophy.

  • DonManoukiansNeighbor

    I just ran into Don Manoukians son John. Small world!

  • PurpleDrank81

    Interview with Burris by Corky

    He says he was unsure if it was cool to tackle DMAC . He seems confident that he would have been tackled if it was game time

  • eastoaklandraider

    PurpleDrank81 Says:
    August 1st, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Post 676 Yea Rick Tittle will too…Haha he asked me the other day why I havent applied to be a draft insider for 95.7 The Game. I put in close to 300 hours a year evaluating college players fopr the draft.
    ____________

    I always wanted to be a GM. I do a dam good job putting a team together on Madden in my fantasy draft and I manage the cap well. Lol.

  • PurpleDrank81

    LOL

  • Raider Riff

    99, I agree with a lot of what you wrote.

    But he needed to let the coaches do their job. Those FA whiffs and draft whiffs werent so much that they were bad draft picks as they were kids that came into horrible environments. Same with the FA’s.

    No FA or rookie should have been expected to excel in the environment that Al created.

    Sure, we could have gotten Calvin Johnson instead of Russel. But Calvin Johnson wouldnt be Calvin Johnson had he ended up here. Just look at what we did to Randy Moss and then look at what he still had left.

  • Raider Riff

    All that said, I miss Al too.

  • R8ER MIKE

    Riff, Randy quit on us. we didnt quit on him !!!

  • The Beeech Dawg

    Yo, free wi-fi here at the volleyball courts, holla

    Able to keep you nerds updated on all things Beeech Diggity. Lucky you, huh

    Anyway, my Beeech Lawg is at full mast watching these bizzies skip around in their thong bikinis

    That’s over 11 inches of mast, fyi

    Good thing the Certified Platinum Posse brought a cooler of Snapples, a brother can get parched out in this here sun

    FIZZLE

  • eastoaklandraider

    For instance and this is not just hindsight either but I wud have drafted Calvin Johnson (to me no brainer). And I wouldn’t have given Tkelly all that money (no brainer). And there is a host of other moves I would have made that I can’t think of right now.

  • lefty12

    Allen said Moore being held out of practice was precautionary and Curry and Bartell are making progress and should be back soon.No mention of Ivey.The guy just might have eaten himself off the team.

  • r8eray

    PurpleDrank81 Says:
    August 1st, 2012 at 12:11 pm
    Niners have Guy Fieri Bbqing for them…..Our guys all tweeting about getting Chipotle and Jamba Juice lol

    ======

    Guy Fieri = Steve Corkran = Doing ish behind our backs!

    Next time I see that foo (Guy) at a game I’ll make sure I talk ish!

  • eastoaklandraider

    eastoaklandraider Says:
    August 1st, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    For instance and this is not just hindsight either but I wud have drafted Calvin Johnson (to me no brainer). And I wouldn’t have given Tkelly all that money (no brainer). And there is a host of other moves I would have made that I can’t think of right now
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    Oh yeah and when haloti ngata was a FA I would have done whatever it took to sign him even if it meant losing a first rd pick. That guy is the true meaning of a beast.

  • R8ER MIKE

    eastoaklandraider Says:
    August 1st, 2012 at 1:05 pm
    eastoaklandraider Says:
    August 1st, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    For instance and this is not just hindsight either but I wud have drafted Calvin Johnson (to me no brainer). And I wouldn’t have given Tkelly all that money (no brainer). And there is a host of other moves I would have made that I can’t think of right now
    _______________

    Oh yeah and when haloti ngata was a FA I would have done whatever it took to sign him even if it meant losing a first rd pick. That guy is the true meaning of a beast.

    ****************************
    and IF a frog had wings he wouldnt bump his azz when he hops !!

  • DJ Johnny

    728.The Beeech Dawg Says:
    August 1st, 2012 at 12:52 pm
    Yo, free wi-fi here at the volleyball courts, holla

    Able to keep you nerds updated on all things Beeech Diggity. Lucky you, huh

    Anyway, my Beeech Lawg is at full mast watching these bizzies skip around in their thong bikinis

    That’s over 11 inches of mast, fyi

    Good thing the Certified Platinum Posse brought a cooler of Snapples, a brother can get parched out in this here sun

    FIZZLE

    PMPP Represent….beyotches…

  • DonManoukiansNeighbor

    and IF a frog had wings he wouldnt bump his azz when he hops !!
    —————————————————-
    Link?

  • lefty12

    Hindsight is great but when we did it the drafting of the Bust,it was something that had to be done.We had no QB and he was the only one thought to be a possible decent choice in that class.Getting a great WR would have been nice,but the reality is WRs are easier to find than franchise QBs.

  • DJ Johnny

    Beech,

    I played the 2K4S classic “I’m not tardy, you’re just late…beyotch” at a party last weekend.

    Let me tell you…not a dry eye in the place.

  • aig-raiders

    PurpleDrank81 Says:
    August 1st, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Interview with Burris by Corky

    He says he was unsure if it was cool to tackle DMAC . He seems confident that he would have been tackled if it was game time
    ————
    Being that he played in SD and how they treat LT down there. I’ll give him the pass on this one.

  • DJ Johnny

    735.DonManoukiansNeighbor Says:
    August 1st, 2012 at 1:11 pm
    and IF a frog had wings he wouldnt bump his azz when he hops !!
    —————————————————-
    Link?

    LMAO. Classic DonManoukinas neighbor right there.

  • rob_raider

    The Beeech Dawg Says:
    August 1st, 2012 at 12:52 pm
    Yo, free wi-fi here at the volleyball courts, holla

    Able to keep you nerds updated on all things Beeech Diggity. Lucky you, huh

    Anyway, my Beeech Lawg is at full mast watching these bizzies skip around in their thong bikinis

    That’s over 11 inches of mast, fyi

    Good thing the Certified Platinum Posse brought a cooler of Snapples, a brother can get parched out in this here sun

    FIZZLE

    *****************

    yep. this post says a lot. first, he doesn’t have internet at home. second, and this is really telling, he walks around at the beach leering at the girls and getting a hard-on. uh-huh. the weirdo who creeps all the girls out. sounds exactly right.

  • eastoaklandraider

    733 this is east as your GM if the nation could only be so lucky.

  • R8ER MIKE

    lol lol Don !!

  • rob_raider

    b#tch dog, always licking his balls
    applying for jobs at all of the malls

    an internet partier, raising the roof
    but we all know he’s a reality goof

    sitting alone in his hole-y underpants
    coming up with his ridiculous rants

    smoking his make-believe dope
    he likes to be tied up with a rope

    an S&m creep in a leather mask
    beating off to pictures of amy trask

    a little pathetic middle aged guy
    remembering that one time the cool guys let him get high

  • DonManoukiansNeighbor

    Glad to see that DVD had a good day. I was just talking him up the other day.

  • JLofty

    Rob give it a rest. Your solution is worse than the problem…

  • RAIDERMAN99

    Raider Riff Says:
    August 1st, 2012 at 12:48 pm
    99, I agree with a lot of what you wrote.

    But he needed to let the coaches do their job. Those FA whiffs and draft whiffs werent so much that they were bad draft picks as they were kids that came into horrible environments. Same with the FA’s.

    No FA or rookie should have been expected to excel in the environment that Al created.

    Sure, we could have gotten Calvin Johnson instead of Russel. But Calvin Johnson wouldnt be Calvin Johnson had he ended up here. Just look at what we did to Randy Moss and then look at what he still had left.
    =================================================
    I hear you Riff and appreciate where you’re coming from.

    I just can’t agree with the idea that it was a ‘horrible environment’ that caused bums like Gallery and JaMoron to fail.

    I think it was the whiffs on top picks like them that created/perpetuated the losing and ‘horrible environment’.

    I think Davis’ ‘meddling’ with the coaches is somewhat exaggerated.

    To be sure, Davis was a tough cat to work for. Wanted things done his way, demanded unquestioned loyalty and had the final word on everything.

    But Davis wanted to WIN more than anything.

    Doubt he appreciated Gruden’s dink and dunk offense. He lived with it, bcz it won and was the way to go with Gannon’s noodle arm.

    As Davis often said, he’d rather be right than consistent.

    Some people say the catalyst for the Raider catastrophe was Davis trading Gruden.

    I prefer to think that trading Gruden was the correct move and whiffing (almost completely) on the draft pick bounty that was obtained in exchange for him was the real catastrophe.

    I don’t entirely discount the ‘horrible environment’ argument you make when it comes to being a Raider coach. Tough, tough job under Al.

    But I don’t agree at all that the ‘horrible environment’ contributed to the failure of a guy like Gallery. Just a lousy pick that helped perpetuate the losing environment. I think Calvin Johnson would have done fine and JaMoron was a lost cause from the start.

    Good discussion though, you’ve got some interesting takes.

  • rob_raider

    jlofty–haha. i know. i have a weakness for making fun of that guy. i’m sure it’s borderline as annoying as the b!tch dog himself. sorry about that.

  • The Beeech Dawg

    DJ Johnny Says:
    August 1st, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Beech,

    I played the 2K4S classic “I’m not tardy, you’re just late…beyotch” at a party last weekend.

    Let me tell you…not a dry eye in the place.

    ————————

    PMPP IN FULL EFFECT

    Yo DJ, gots to keep that jam pumping

    The more you play it, the more the crowd is moved to tears

    We need to set up a gang meeting this week, what’s Hardliggity’s schedule?

  • DonManoukiansNeighbor

    So you think Reece will be our Gronkowski at TE this year? Seems like the perfect roll for him.

  • eastoaklandraider

    lefty12 Says:
    August 1st, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Hindsight is great but when we did it the drafting of the Bust,it was something that had to be done.We had no QB and he was the only one thought to be a possible decent choice in that class.Getting a great WR would have been nice,but the reality is WRs are easier to find than franchise QBs.
    __________
    Lefty CJ is not just any WR as everybody can see now. Plus he was the best player in the draft