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Crawford stands out on first day of padded practice

By Steve Corkran
Wednesday, August 1st, 2012 at 2:35 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Training camp means different things to different players. For instance, quarterback Carson Palmer is using the time to better learn the offense and get in synch with his receiving corps. A rookie such as defensive end Jack Crawford is just trying to find a way to make the 53-man roster.
Crawford took a huge step toward doing just that Wednesday by spending a great deal of time in the backfield, frustrating offensive linemen and harassing the quarterback.
Defensive players are prohibited from touching quarterbacks in practice. However, it’s safe to say that Crawford would have sacked Matt Leinart three times in a game setting.
“I’m pleased with Jack,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “Jack, obviously, he’s a young player, so he’s still learning the game, but he’s a big guy that’s got athleticism, and he wants to be good. And if you have athleticism and some football instincts and you’re willing to work to get there, then he’ll, at some point, be a player for us.”
Crawford is bright enough to realize that one good practice does not a successful NFL player make. Yet, it’s a nice start to a fledgling career and a great way to stand out among 89 players.
“It’s a lot of pressure,” Crawford said. “Coming in as a rookie, nothing’s safe; that’s how I feel. There’s nothing guaranteed in this league, so you really have to go and play every single play like it’s your last. At the end of the day, you don’t know how many plays you’re going to have left.”
One of the things that stands out about Crawford, Allen said, is that he takes care of business all the time. He isn’t content just being a part of an NFL camp.
“He’s willing to do the things that are necessary to be good,” Allen said. “And in my experiences, some guys are willing to go that extra to really be good and some guys are looking for some shortcuts to take. They want to be good but they’re not willing to pay the price to be good. And he’s one of those that’s willing to pay the price to be good.”

– Suffice, it’s going to take more than showing cut-ups of practice, lectures and lip service for the Raiders to shed their penchant for committing penalties.
On Wednesday, several players jumped offsides, especially in one-on-one pass-protection drills. Defensive tackle Tommy Kelly jumped offsides twice without the ball being snapped. Defensive end Lamarr Houston jumped three times in a span of a few snaps in the same drill.
Worse, two players jumped offsides on a punt, with one player being way offsides when the ball was snapped.
“It’s part of the process,” Allen said. “That’s what happens when guys begin to get tired. They lose their focus a little bit, and that’s the thing that we’ve got to continue to push through. I’ve been pleased with the penalty situation overall, but we still got to keep working on it.”
The Raiders set league records for penalties and yards penalized last season. Allen has said all along that remedying that situation is a huge priority. Then again, so did Hue Jackson, Tom Cable, Lane Kiffin, Art Shell, Norv Turner and Bill Callahan.
Time will tell.

– The play might have gone unnoticed on a day that featured a countless number of plays. Yet, to those who have watched wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey throughout his NFL career, it passes as a glaring sign of just how far he has come since he arrived as the No. 7 pick of the 2009 NFL draft.
The play came late in practice, when quarterback Carson Palmer spotted Heyward-Bey in single coverage against second-year cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke. Palmer is famous for exploiting such matchups.
Sure enough, Palmer threw up the ball for Heyward-Bey to make a play on. As it turned out, the pass was underthrown by a bit.
In the past, it wasn’t uncommon for Heyward-Bey to stick to the route, regardless the location of the ball. This time, Heyward-Bey broke off his route, positioned himself well and leaped for the ball.
Never mind that the ball fell incomplete. It’s another sure sign that Heyward-Bey is maturing as a receiver and becoming a more well-rounded player.
“He’s improved as a receiver, as a total receiver,” Allen said. “His route running’s better, he’s catching the ball cleaner. His blocking has been good. We’re going to ask our receivers to do a lot of things. He’s really our most veteran receiver, so we’re expecting him to stand up and be a leader for us.”

– 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.”

– Wide receiver Denarius Moore was held out of practice as a “precautionary” measure, Allen said, because of lingering effects from a hamstring injury Moore suffered in June.
It was believed that Moore would be at or near 100 percent when training camp rolled around. If so, he reinjured his hamstring Tuesday, when he looked limited.
Fortunately for the Raiders, Moore has plenty of time to recover. Also, it now gives younger receivers such as Rod Streater, Juron Criner and Duke Calhoun more opportunities to shine.

– Punter Shane Lechler (knee), cornerback Ron Bartell (hamstring), linebacker Aaron Curry (knee) and defensive tackle Travis Ivey (conditioning) missed practice for a third straight day. Tight end Richard Gordon (hip) also sat out. Allen said all are making progress. Running back Mike Goodson (hamstring) returned to practice after getting hurt Tuesday.

– Through three days, the same five guys have worked with the first-team offensive line: Jared Veldheer, Cooper Carlisle, Stefen Wisniewski, Mike Brisiel and Khalif Barnes.
Joseph Barksdale and Tony Bergstrom worked with the second-team line once again, with Barksdale mostly at right tackle and Bergstrom at left guard.
Allen said both players are being asked to practice on both sides of the line so that they become more versatile and, by extension, more valuable as backups.

– Today’s practicde was pretty fast-paced, with very little wasted time between plays and the quarterbacks not using all the time on the play clock.

– Every player has his welcome-to-the-NFL moment. For rookie linebacker Miles Burris, it came on a play in which veteran running back Darren McFadden bolted around right end and toward the sideline.
Burris moved in, laid a hit on McFadden and watched as McFadden bounced off and continued around the corner.
“I was a little tentative on, ‘Do I hit 20 or not? How does this go?’ ” Burris said.
Burris is pretty certain that he would have made the play in a game.
“Yeah, I would like to think that anybody with a ball in their hands, I would get him down,” Burris said.

– Terrelle Pryor, no doubt, is Oakland’s most-athletic quarterback. Evidene of that came on a play in which Pryor was pressured up the middle.
Pryor sensed the rush, rolled out left and delivered a strike to Calhoun. The pass was dropped. However, it served notice that Pryor can do things that not all quarterbacks are capable of doing.
Overall, Pryor looked sharp in his limited snaps. On another play, he noticed rookie Criner streaking across the middle and placed the ball right on line.

– Let the record show that the first training camp scuffle occurred on the third day, with strong safety Tyvon Branch and rookie Thomas Mayo exchanging blows, while Branch was atop Mayo.
No one got hurt after the brief skirmish, with players stepping in and breaking up things before they got out of hand.
“It was nothing like that,” Branch said, when asked if he was setting the tone for the defense. “It was out of character for me. It’s just camp. The first day of pads, everybody’s amped up. Just a little camp squabble. Nothing major. We just got into it.”

– Curry said he suffered his knee injury during an offseason workout and that he exacerbated the injury by trying to be a “tough guy” and play through the pain.
Now, he is heeding the advice of team athletic trainers and waiting until his knee is sound enough to resume practicing. In the interim, he is spending his time walking around the field, mentoring younger players and assuming a coaching role.
“I’m the best coach on the field,” Curry said. “Guys can feel comfortable to come to me to ask questions, which requires me to do all my homework on the defense, especially at my position. I can coach everything about linebackers in this defense.
“So, I’m just taking pride right now. I’m trying to outcoach coach (Jason) Tarver, I’m trying to outcoach coach (Johnnie)Holland on our position. Being a player, players will be more comfortable approaching another player with questions because they don’t have to worry about being evaluated.”
Give Curry an A for finding a way to contribute, even though he isn’t able to suit up and play right now. It’s not uncommon for injured players to shut it down and show up again when they’re healthy.

– Quote of the day
“They can’t talk or bark yet. Their opinions don’t count yet.” — Kelly on calling rookies pups

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  • Nnamdi21

    NEW!~ 08-02-12: MARCEL REECE: WEAPON OF CHOICE
    The versatile hybrid WR/FB should be a fixture in returning OC Greg KNapp’s offense and if hes smart he’ll make “the most dangerous FB in football early and often his “weapon of choice”.

    http://​www.raidernationstation.com/​exclusives

  • TxRaider210

    http://www.ourlads.com/nfldepthcharts/depthchart/OAK
    ————-
    These fellas seem to update the chart every few days..

  • mcfadden20.

    hwnrdr Says:
    August 2nd, 2012 at 9:33 am

    mcfadden20. Says:
    August 2nd, 2012 at 9:31 am
    anybody they bring in right now is on a try out basis nothing else, roster spot is not going to be gauranteed, so if they want to give PLaxico a chance and see what he can do , I’m all for it .. GO RAIDERS!!

    What’s up dude? been awhile

    ———–

    nothing much dude, just excited for football season to start, whats good with u

  • hwnrdr

    mcfadden20. Says:
    August 2nd, 2012 at 10:00 am
    hwnrdr Says:
    August 2nd, 2012 at 9:33 am

    mcfadden20. Says:
    August 2nd, 2012 at 9:31 am
    anybody they bring in right now is on a try out basis nothing else, roster spot is not going to be gauranteed, so if they want to give PLaxico a chance and see what he can do , I’m all for it .. GO RAIDERS!!

    What’s up dude? been awhile

    ———–

    nothing much dude, just excited for football season to start, whats good with u

    Nothing really! Just can’t wait for football….but it is coming! Soon! We all should be happy :)

  • realtruraider

    TK has started every game since signing this contract, and has 20 sacks over the past 4 seasons (64 games)
    ——————————————————

    20 sacks from a DT over 4 years, is pretty damn good actually

  • The Big Banana

    RAIDERMAN99 Says:
    August 2nd, 2012 at 9:55 am
    No examples of a ’shortcut’ ?

    I honestly don’t know what DA meant by that.

    Someone speculated it was about TK jumping offsides trying to get a lick in and grabbing some attention.

    I don’t think that’s what DA meant at all.

    I think what DA was referring to, and did not express very well, is guys trying to get by on their natural talent and not putting in the work to be the best they can be.

    Think he was complimenting The Craw on his work ethic and putting some other guys on notice that raw talent isn’t enough on THIS team.

    ————–

    99, I think what you’re saying about what DA meant regarding shortcuts can, in fact, apply to TK. Rather than thinking about it in the sense of TK wanting to cheat to get in the backfield, we can think of it as TK not applying himself enough to avoid those penalties. Maybe he’s not doing it purposefully, but he’s also not focusing enough to stop the behavior,

    Also, think back to his comments regarding playing the nose. That can’t sit well with the general.

    That being said, even if he is one of those guys DA was referring to, we have to roll with him cuz that’s the best we’ve got.

  • DJ Johnny

    455.realtruraider Says:
    August 2nd, 2012 at 10:07 am
    TK has started every game since signing this contract, and has 20 sacks over the past 4 seasons (64 games)
    ——————————————————

    20 sacks from a DT over 4 years, is pretty damn good actually

    But the sack statitstic is overrated. Is that what he’s supposed to do?

    Guys say he’s a “good run stuffer”, than how come we haven’t “stuffed the run” for years? Is he the only guy stuffing that run?

    Raiders were 2nd in the NFL in sacks two yrs. ago and still ranked 27th(?) in the league in overall D. That’s why I say sacks can be overrated stat.

  • DJ Johnny

    Don’t be surprised if Burris supplants Curry as the starter due to Curry not practicing.

    They always say “he’ll be fine it’s just a hammy or nick” or whatever then you don’t see a guy for weeks.

    We’ve all heard coaches lessening severity of injuries.

  • DJ Johnny

    Live chat at 12noon today w/ Cork.

    Good opportunity to ask him his true feelings about the Raiders….since he picked ‘em to finish dead last in division.

  • DJ Johnny

    BTW: Is there any difference in picking a team to finish “dead last” or 4th in west?

    At the end of the day it’s the same thing; “dead last” just sounds more severe.

  • RAIDERMAN99

    I happen to think that Plaxico probably has something left and could help the Raids.

    Here’s the thing about signing guys like Plaxico, Haynesworth, Ocho, T.O. -

    More often than not, these moves don’t work out.

    The important thing to keep in mind is that it’s OK if these guys flop, so long as it doesn’t cost anything in the way of draft picks or much in cash.

    I can see taking those gambles. It’s basically a free shot at possibly adding someone that can help.

    When Bellicek does this, everyone says it’s a good move and if this guy can’t play for Bill and the Patsies, he’s almost certainly done.

    If the Raids try it, everyone says it’s a sign the Raids are weak and it’s unlikely the guy can play anymore or thrive in that environment.

    It’s all BS, and wasn’t always this way.

    There was a time when Al made Oakland THE place a troubled, or approaching the end, player would come to salvage his career.

    Paid some big dividends too.

  • guest123

    Browns got sold today for more than $1 billion. That’s BBBBillion with a B!

    If a joke loser start-up expansion franchise like Cleveland is worth that, Mark Davis’s storied 3-time Super Bowl Champion, team of the decades has to be worth at least $2B, right?

  • fingers

    Yep, not only did Plex shoot himself in the leg…. He went to prison for shooting himself….pretty lame… …

  • guest123

    Your prison rep takes a hit when you shoot yourself in the leg. “what you in here for Brah?…. um, er, uh, I shot myself in the leg. (pause) BWHAHAHWHAHAHA!!!

  • DJ Johnny

    Out of all these “has been” receivers the one I would take a flier on would be Plaxico. He’s a huge target and hasn’t shown evidence that he can’t hold on to the ball.

    Red zone.

  • DJ Johnny

    No sense in talking about Plax or any other “has been” as I don’t see Reg even considering it.

    Speaking of “has beens” what about Cedric Benson? He’s gotta be sweating it out right now.

  • guest123

    Good opportunity to ask him his true feelings about the Raiders….since he picked ‘em to finish dead last in division.

    ++++

    @ Johnny,

    I think he’ll conveniently evade this question for the usual questions on the blog. rinse/repeat.

  • Thec

    The org is into HIGH Character guys, not characters.
    The shooter will never dawn the Silver and Black.

  • guest123

    468. I’d like to believe that but the signing of Brandon Underwood and the smokescreen interest in Cedric Benson has me thinking otherwise. I don’t blame the new regime for putting up with the Rolando McClain’s of the world, they have little choice. But it’s not all High Character guys from the new REGGIME.

  • TxRaider210

    Thec Says:
    August 2nd, 2012 at 10:40 am
    The org is into HIGH Character guys, not characters.
    The shooter will never dawn the Silver and Black.

    —————-
    Agreed man, no losers allowed on the New Raiders!

  • Thec

    Where is the we need a WR talk coming from?
    Why the hell do we need the shooter?

  • RAIDERMAN99

    No sense in talking about Plax or any other “has been” as I don’t see Reg even considering it.
    ==============================================
    I’ll guarantee you he’s considering every move possible.

    What moves he’ll make is anoyone’s guess, but if he’s NOT considering every option, he’s not doing his job.

    If a guy comes at a reasonable price, doesn’t cost any draft picks, and might help – Reggie would have to be a fool not to think about it.

    He might conclude the guy is done, can’t help, could be a bad influence or hinder the development of a younger prospect, but he sure as sht should be considering every possibility to improve the team.

  • TxRaider210

    Thec Says:
    August 2nd, 2012 at 10:47 am
    Where is the we need a WR talk coming from?
    Why the hell do we need the shooter?

    ————
    Don’t think Plax would even make it inside the Coliseum, with new metal detectors and all..

  • RAIDERMAN99

    Why the hell do we need the shooter?
    ======================================
    You might be asking the same question soon about Ronaldo McShooter.

  • rob_raider

    my picks for potential surprises to make the roster:

    colin miller–brawling center
    zach hurd–rangy tackle
    lonyae miller–big back
    carl ihenacho–speed rusher

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    Miles Burris needs to grow long flowing locks today. I want my linebackers to look like Medieval Nordic warriors.

  • DutchRaider77

    473.TxRaider210 Says:
    August 2nd, 2012 at 10:50 am
    Thec Says:
    August 2nd, 2012 at 10:47 am
    Where is the we need a WR talk coming from?
    Why the hell do we need the shooter?

    ————
    Don’t think Plax would even make it inside the Coliseum, with new metal detectors and all..

    ______________________________________________________

    Honestly, I don’t have a problem that he was carrying a gun for “protection.” Crazy as it sounds many athletes have been robbed. My problem is that he drank a bottle of tequilla with his friends and then was walking around with a handgun that is known to have safety issues tucked into his pants gangster style. Holster?

  • guest123
  • realtruraider

    DJ Johnny Says:
    August 2nd, 2012 at 10:20 am
    Live chat at 12noon today w/ Cork.

    Good opportunity to ask him his true feelings about the Raiders….since he picked ‘em to finish dead last in division
    ——————————————————-

    I sent him a tweet the other day about this, he sent me one back sayin he didn’t make that prediction, it was the editors or something. I told him he’s off the hook for now, but once he has his next chat the Nation is going to want answers.

  • TxRaider210

    Dutch

    I have no problem with Plax protecting himself either, regardless of NY’s lame laws. He clearly has money to afford a holster and maybe even range classes, but he chose the thuggish route.lol

  • realtruraider

    Paul G or Cork? A Charger fan or a Bears fan. I will go with Cork the Bears fan.

  • guest123

    I think about Plax’s shooting incident and imagine Clint Eastwood staring down a nimrod criminal and squinting, “A man’s gotta know his limitations”

  • TxRaider210

    realtruraider Says:
    August 2nd, 2012 at 11:12 am
    Paul G or Cork? A Charger fan or a Bears fan. I will go with Cork the Bears fan.

    ———————
    LOL We should tell Cork the Bears will win their division this year, maybe put the whammy on em.

  • RAIDERMAN99

    Miles Burris needs to grow long flowing locks today. I want my linebackers to look like Medieval Nordic warriors.
    ===============================================
    I prefer my linebackers being muddy, bloody and missing teeth.

  • guest123

    he didn’t make that prediction, it was the editors or something.

    *********

    not buying it. still on the hook until he publically calls for a retraction by that editor and asks for and receives an apology for the mixup. Till then, he owns that “4th place in the AFC West” prediction.

  • ppleschamp030

    why is the chat moved?

  • Raiderbuck

    guest123 Says:
    August 2nd, 2012 at 11:15 am

    he didn’t make that prediction, it was the editors or something.

    *********

    not buying it. still on the hook until he publically calls for a retraction by that editor and asks for and receives an apology for the mixup. Till then, he owns that “4th place in the AFC West” prediction.
    *************************************************

    Agreed! kick rocks pal! :)

  • The Beeech Dawg

    BEEECH DIGGTY REPRESENT MO FRESH FLAVA

    Yo Blog Brahs, after a full week of slapping lil Nob Raider all over the blog, he finally wrote a letter of surrender yesterday.

    Now your boy – the Beeech Dawg – can bag on him freely without any of those pesky, lame responses

    Gotta admit, I’m a little sad he won’t be posting his losing blog rap for us all to laugh at. That will be missed, fo shizzle

    But victory, as usual, belongs to the PM Party Patrol and all my Blog Brohams. Once again, keeping my nerd minions under foot so the blog is a safe, happy place for our families

    SHOUT OUT TO SNOOP LION< MY HOMEY WIT REGGAE FLAVA

  • DutchRaider77

    Another Moron…DUI

    The Tennessee Titans wide receiver was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated at about 3:30 a.m. in Fort Campbell, Ky., while trying to enter a military base, according to Fort Campbell public information officer Bob Jenkins. Britt failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI when he refused a Breathalyzer test, the Nashville Tennessean reported.

  • TxRaider210

    Dang, I just noticed the first two pre-season games are only 4 days apart..wtf

  • Raiderbuck

    TxRaider210 Says:
    August 2nd, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Dang, I just noticed the first two pre-season games are only 4 days apart..wtf
    *********************************

    I saw that too, it sux

  • DutchRaider77

    Dang, I just noticed the first two pre-season games are only 4 days apart..wtf

    _________________________________________________

    You think that mostly the scrubs will play the AZ game? Wonder how they will divide playing time with such a short time in between games?

  • theghostronin79

    August 2nd, 2012 at 11:27 am
    Dang, I just noticed the first two pre-season games are only 4 days apart..wtf

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

    Oh yeah dude, that’s crazy…..

  • RAIDERMAN99

    I have no problem with Corky if he chose the Raids to finish last in the AFC West.

    I would have a problem if he did, and lied about his editors adding that.

    All I’ve ever seen Corky say in his chat is that the Raids will be in the thick of things.

    It’s possible they could be in the thick of things, finish 7-9 and in last place.

    Almost happened last year.

  • raidertbone

    RE #475:
    Love the guys you listed; however, don’t see any of them making the team this year. Maybe Miller and Ihenacho on the Practice Squad.

  • TxRaider210

    Buck, Dutch and 79

    That is nuts to have a Monday and Friday game, no rest at all. Arizona will be seeing lots of our back-ups imo, time for TP to shine.

  • raidertbone

    Second teamers will probably start against ‘Zona. Doubt we’ll even see DMAc or CP3 at all for that one …

  • theghostronin79

    Game 2 will belong to the 2nd and 3rd teamers I bet.

  • DutchRaider77

    Can we pepper cork with questions on the depth of the CB position? Want to know how he thinks Pat Lee, Underwood and etc will shake out.

    Last time I asked him how the CBs looked he answered “defensive.”

  • TxRaider210

    Expect the AZ game to be a time management test for DA, just run a lot and get out of there healthy.