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Crawford stands out on first day of padded practice

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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  • theghostronin79

    I don’t want Plex. Criner will prove himself
    ==========

    Same here. I’ve been high on Criner since we drafted him. Even before his OTA standout’s

  • aig-raiders

    man, it’s good to have a vet WR in the game to calm the young guns down during critical situations. However, not sure how much Plax can help considering how much of a head case he was during his prime days.

  • RAIDERMAN99

    If Matty Lice wasn’t surrounded by an all-star cast in Norm Chow’s system at USC, and instead played for someone like Rutgers – he might have gone undrafted.

    He is so overrated, it’s pathetic.

    When you get run out of town, and the team that dumped you has to panic and pick up a Kevin Kolb, that could be a sign you suck.

    Houston didn’t want his sorry ass either.

    Greg Knapp is the only thing keeping Lice in the league.

    That won’t be for long either.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Riff,

    You should consider working in Dubai, no income tax there, and you don’t have to pay taxes here unless you are making more than $91400.

  • theghostronin79

    I don’t know about any of you but, I got this nasty fear that I can’t shake, that the Reggime isn’t going to retain DMAC because of his injury history. I know he does us Zero good when he’s in sweats on the sideline, but when he’s “Tip Top”, he’s irreplaceable.

  • Thec

    Question, why do we keep using the term “VET WR” when we have “VET WT” on the team?

    Its not like we are fielding 7-8 rooks at WR.

    Veteran WR’s
    DMO
    DHB
    JFORD
    CALHOUN

    Hybrid WR
    Reece

    Point is we allready have vets.

  • guest123

    Are we a WR away from the SB?

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

    Sure we are. Who’s to say we’re not? Been a lot of one year turn-arounds in the league. We weren’t bottom feeders last year, were we? Look what the 49ers did last year, getting so close to a Super Bowl run after being a joke franchise for so long.

    What do the players themselves expect from this season? To play out a string of 16 games and go golfing. Or maybe a 17th game and call it a success? I don’t get that kind of thinking. Why do we play the game?

    Herman Edwards voice: We…PLAY….to…WIN….the….GAME!

  • Thec

    He is so overrated, it’s pathetic.

    ++++++++

    Barkely is another that is waaaayyy overated.

  • theghostronin79

    Point is we allready have vets.

    =========

    Yes we do. Folks forget that, just cause these guys are young, doesn’t make them any less “veteran” of the League.

  • Thec

    guest123 Says:
    August 2nd, 2012 at 9:25 am
    Are we a WR away from the SB?

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

    Sure we are. Who’s to say we’re not? Been a lot of one year turn-arounds in the league. We weren’t bottom feeders last year, were we? Look what the 49ers did last year, getting so close to a Super Bowl run after being a joke franchise for so long.

    What do the players themselves expect from this season? To play out a string of 16 games and go golfing. Or maybe a 17th game and call it a success? I don’t get that kind of thinking. Why do we play the game?

    Herman Edwards voice: We…PLAY….to…WIN….the….GAME!

    +++++++++

    Guest, that was not my point. Us picking up the shooter, is not going to make us any more of a contender than we allreaady are.

    Moreover, the way this team is currently constructed, org, schematic, talent that we could get into the tournament and make a serious run to the SB.

  • hwnrdr

    I have this funny feeling too about Plax! We’ll see though

  • RAIDERMAN99

    Rich Gannon ‏@RichGannon12

    Get the sense our guy Plex could wind up in OAK. Likes the idea of pairing with Carson Palmer “who throws the deep ball as well as anyone.”
    ================================================
    Gannon has even less of an idea about what personnel moves the Raids might make than Corky.

    That is to say, less than zero.

    LMAO at ‘get the sense’, ‘could wind up’.

    What he means is that he thinks Plax would like to play for the Raids.

    He has no idea if Reggie is interested or not.

    Gannon is full of crap.

  • Thec

    my hope is the shooter never wears the S&B.

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    I think T.O. signs with Jets at some time in future days. That’s a combo like Peanut Butter and Lingonberry Jam!

  • guest123

    Us picking up the shooter, is not going to make us any more of a contender than we allreaady are.

    *******

    @Thec,

    If that’s your point, then I wholeheartedly agree. Raiders are going to stun everyone this year. Even most of the blog semis. They can do it, but like coach Patton says, nobody can take any shortcuts. It’s a new day in the Nation, and you can positively feel the vibe going on right now.

  • Thec

    WTF is the shooter going to tell guys like DHB and JFORD???? Gun safety protocol, and club etiquette?

  • mcfadden20.

    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!!

  • hwnrdr

    I think that was the best quote of the day yesterday! No one takes short cuts! Love it!

  • hwnrdr

    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

  • Thec

    guest123 Says:
    August 2nd, 2012 at 9:31 am
    Us picking up the shooter, is not going to make us any more of a contender than we allreaady are.

    *******

    @Thec,

    If that’s your point, then I wholeheartedly agree. Raiders are going to stun everyone this year. Even most of the blog semis. They can do it, but like coach Patton says, nobody can take any shortcuts. It’s a new day in the Nation, and you can positively feel the vibe going on right now.

    ++++++++++

    That is it Guest. I truly beleive when this team does get to the tournament this year, no one will want to play them.

  • Raiderbuck

    Watching the NFL network, they actually didn’t blame the Raiders for Jacheeseburger mes. They actually blamed JaCheeseburger.

  • Thec

    Raiderbuck Says:
    August 2nd, 2012 at 9:33 am
    Watching the NFL network, they actually didn’t blame the Raiders for Jacheeseburger mes. They actually blamed JaCheeseburger.

    ++++++

    BRL and his drug habits undid him. dumb fcker…

  • Raiderbuck

    I don’t mind Plex coming to Oakland, as long as he doesn’t screw up the locker room.

  • TxRaider210

    theghostronin79 Says:
    August 2nd, 2012 at 9:23 am
    I don’t know about any of you but, I got this nasty fear that I can’t shake, that the Reggime isn’t going to retain DMAC because of his injury history. I know he does us Zero good when he’s in sweats on the sideline, but when he’s “Tip Top”, he’s irreplaceable.

    —————–
    I’d venture to guess that if DMAC stays healthy for at least 12 games this year, they’ll resign him. Now if he doens’t make it half a season, it’s anyone’s guess..

  • TxRaider210

    doesn’t*

  • Thec

    He has no idea if Reggie is interested or not.

    Gannon is full of crap.

    +++++++++

    Agreed, he should pipe down.

  • RAIDERMAN99

    Lombardi goes out of his way to appear being fair and impartial to the Raids.

    Also attempts to give the impression he knows what’s going on in Alameda.

    Doesn’t want to come off as being bitter or having sour grapes about Al canning him.

    You can still tell he doesn’t like the organization and wants the Raids to fail.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    No Plex please! We don’t need that idiot. He shot himself in the leg!

  • TxRaider210

    Gannon is beating the dead horse carcass that the semi’s left alone a while back. I don’t take anything he says to heart; he does have the Raiders ranked 25th.

  • hwnrdr

    Raiderbuck Says:
    August 2nd, 2012 at 9:33 am
    Watching the NFL network, they actually didn’t blame the Raiders for Jacheeseburger mes. They actually blamed JaCheeseburger.

    WOW! Sapp wasn’t talking I’m taking…

  • RaiderRockstar

    if Palmer does take a veteran’s day off, you can bet Pryor will be taking the 2nd QB reps and the 3rd QB reps if he’s given the chance. He wants all the work he can get. And I’d give it too him. Let him get in a rhythm.

    ***

    @Riff

    I think if Palmer gets a day off, Leinart will start in camp … and probably throw 4 or 5 INT’s … and the defense would probably have at least 6 “would be” sacks on him

    But hey, he throws a pretty football once in a blue moon and knows the offense.

    Pryor would get all the QB2 and QB3 reps.

    Kyle Newhall-Caballero = camp fodder

  • Raiderbuck

    hwnrdr Says:
    August 2nd, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Raiderbuck Says:
    August 2nd, 2012 at 9:33 am
    Watching the NFL network, they actually didn’t blame the Raiders for Jacheeseburger mes. They actually blamed JaCheeseburger.

    WOW! Sapp wasn’t talking I’m taking…
    *********************************************

    Nope it wasn’t him LOL

  • Thec

    No Plex please! We don’t need that idiot. He shot himself in the leg!

    ++++++++

    complete dumbazz…

  • RAIDERMAN99

    I’m not sure what DA was referring to by ‘taking shortcuts’.

    Can anyone here give me an example of a ‘shortcut’ ?

    Or which player(s) he might have been referring to ?

  • The Big Banana

    Gannon should learn to keep his trap shut where it comes to the Raiders. He’s clearly not following the team very closely.

  • DutchRaider77

    Interesting that Reece twitter page now has him listed as “Oakland Raiders Utility (full back/ H-back).” So will we see Reece function as C. Cooley did under Joe Gibbs (Al Saunders was the OC)?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Raiders dont need any more WR’s

    Sincerely,

    Carson Palmer (2 months ago)

    … but that was before we traded Murphy and DMo17 got “nicked”

  • guest123

    @431, no AGENDA there!

    :)

  • RaiderRockstar

    @Dutch

    Reece is a utility player, thats right.

    RB/FB/WR/TE.

    We will move him around to exploit mismatches

  • TxRaider210

    The Big Banana Says:
    August 2nd, 2012 at 9:43 am
    Gannon should learn to keep his trap shut where it comes to the Raiders. He’s clearly not following the team very closely.

    —————-
    No kidding, he should quit while he’s behind, but instead he’ll inch closer to the Nation’s “line in the sand”lol

  • RaiderRockstar

    @G123 #438

    it’s just a prediction. don’t get your panties in a bunch. We all know you have a mancrush on #7

    Should I make the politically correct statement of “I hope he proves me wrong” to make you feel better ??

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    Gannon needs to shut his mouth. He talks garbage like a Norwegian.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Thec Says:
    August 2nd, 2012 at 9:42 am
    No Plex please! We don’t need that idiot. He shot himself in the leg!

    ++++++++

    complete dumbazz…
    $$$$$$$$$$$$

    Exactly bro.
    We can’t find anyone better than a 35 yo dumbazz who shot himself in the leg?
    STFU Gannon.

  • 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

  • Raiderbuck
  • Nnamdi21

    Gannon’s a tool. Tries to slink his way back in after Davis dies. Like we don’t remember the smack he talked about us for years after he left.

    It’d be like Warren Sapp comin round wantin to coach up / whine about how bad he had it to our young D guys.

    Gannon ranked us 25th the day after visiting us.

    Pfft…

  • RAIDERMAN99

    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.

  • RaiderRockstar

    N21 returns to the blog, but only to pimp the RNS website again ??

    ugh!

  • Nnamdi21

    445. Uh U can go with this… ;)

  • Nnamdi21

    448. Yeah, had nothing to do with the season starting…

    Some of us have lives we enjoy…

    ;)

    Have a good day and roll Nation roll!

    Pretty simple rock “star” don’t like it? Don’t click on it!~

    Peace!