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Notes, quotes and observations from camp — Day 1

NAPA — The Raiders kicked off the training camp portion of their season Friday, with coach Dennis Allen and his players thrilled to be back in action and one day closer to the regular-season opener.
The players aren’t in full pads yet, so it’s difficult to glean much from the proceedings. However, Allen said that he is satisfied by what he saw from his players in their first practice since mid-June.
“For the first practice, I was pleased with what we were able to get done today,” Allen said. “Obviously, it’s the first step in a long journey, and we’ve got a lot of progress that we’ve got to make and we got a short time to get it done. Guys are working extremely hard to get that done.”
The pads go on Sunday, at which time the intensity will rise and the play more spirited. You can expect to see veteran defensive back Charles Woodson right in the thick of things, even if he is in his 16th season.
“They’re going to have to pull me off the field at times because I love being out there,” Woodson said. “This is a new defense for me, new calls. I want to be out there getting the calls and the communication down anyway. I’m going to work hard. I feel like there’s nobody who will outwork me.”
That’s the kind of talk Allen likes to hear, and it’s coming from the type of player that Allen and general manager Reggie McKenzie want up and down their roster.
How it translates, time will tell. Allen admitted that “all of us have a long way to go.”

– Second-round draft pick Menelik Watson, second-year linebacker Miles Burris and veteran defensive tackle Pat Sims didn’t take part in practice Friday.
Watson and Burris worked with team trainers off to the side, while their teammates went through their paces on two adjacent fields.
Watson is on the non-football-injury list. Sims is on the physically unable to perform list. Coach Dennis Allen said he isn’t sure when either player will be cleared to practice with the team. Allen said both players suffered injuries recently, though he refused to go into detail.
As for Burris, he’s still recovering from offseason knee surgery. He is on the physically unable to perform list.

– Quarterback Terrelle Pryor had a pass intercepted by cornerback Michael Jenkins early in practice. He then rebounded with several well-placed passes, including a deep throw to wide receiver Rod Streater, who made an impressive leaping grab near the goal line despite tight coverage by cornerback Tracy Porter.

– Presumptive starting quarterback Matt Flynn looked sharp Friday, particularly during the 7-on-7 portion of drills.
Time and again, Flynn delivered the ball right on target, be it on short throws, medium routes, crossing routes, whatever. He completed all but one pass during three sessions.

– Rookie quarterback Tyler Wilson’s first training camp practice is one he would rather forget. At one point, he was intercepted three times in a four-pass span.
In Wilson’s defense, safety Cory Nelms made a spectacular play on a well-thrown pass for receiver Conner Vernon down the left sideline. Nelms arrived at the last second, leaped and snared the ball just before Vernon could get his hands on the ball.
Cornerback Joselio Hanson and safety Reggie Smith also registered interceptions. In other drills, Wilson made a handful of nice throws and showed nice zip on his passes.

– Joshua Cribbs practiced as a member of the Raiders for the first time since he signed a contract earlier this year. He still was recovering from a knee injury when he joined the Raiders.
Cribbs ran routes at wide receiver, fielded punts and everything else asked of him throughout the day.

– Second-year player Lucas Nix got the first call at left guard with the first-team offense. Fellow second-year player Tony Bergstrom has been splitting time with Nix at the position as they battle to see who is going to replace Cooper Carlisle.
Jared Veldheer, Stefen Wisniewski, Mike Brisiel and Khalif Barnes manned the four other offensive line spots, from left to right. At one point, Alex Barron replaced Barnes.

– Kaluka Maiava was at the weak-side linebacker spot from the outset. Kevin Burnett also received some reps at that spot. It will be interesting to see how that position shakes out once Burris returns.
Nick Roach was with the first-team defense in the middle, with Sio Moore at the strong-side linebacker spot.

– Receiver Sam McGuffie, an undrafted rookie, also had a rough first day of camp. He dripped two catchable passes during one drill, then collided with safety Chance Casey while attempting to catch a pass on another play.

– Porter is wearing No. 31 after now that veteran safety Charles Woodson received No. 24.
Porter was assigned No. 24 when he signed with the Raiders. Once Woodson arrived, he pushed for the number he wore during his first stint with the Raiders.
At some point, the number was “taken” away from Porter, he said. Woodson said Friday that the fans deserve the credit.
“It was a big deal,” Woodson said. “I got the jersey back in large part because of the fans. A big thank you to the fans for that.”

– Speaking of Woodson, he said he is confident in rookie D.J. Hayden being a successful cornerback in the NFL because of Hayden’s footwork.
Woodson also heard what he was hoping to hear from Hayden during a lengthy conversation with Hayden during the offseason.
“I just asked him if he loved football,” Woodson said. “He said that he did. Really, for a young guy, that’s what you’re looking for, just a guy that loves football. We’re all going to make a lot of money once you get into this league. But what happens after you get the money. Do you still love to play the game? That’s the one thing I got from him, he loves football.”

– Today’s practice marked the first of attended by season-ticketholders. The Raiders granted all season-ticketholders a chance to sign up for the rights to tickets to one practice.

– General manager Reggie McKenzie spoke with a handful of media while Woodson spoke at the podium. Colleague Monte Poole was there for the entire McKenzie session, therefore I won’t steal his thunder in advance of his Sunday column.
However, I will pass along that McKenzie says the Raiders aren’t “too far away” from being a really good team and that he wants to see “good football” this year, first and foremost.

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Steve Corkran

  • Marks hair

    oh..

  • http://WhyWontGodHealAmputees.com Sir RaiderDuck, OMS

    Marks hair Says:
    July 27th, 2013 at 11:04 am

    why aren’t they tweeting from practice?

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    Because it hasn’t started yet. It doesn’t begin until 2:20 today.

  • Marks hair

    id put dmc in a full body cast till the opener

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Marks hair Says:
    oh..
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    Heh, heh, heh. Had your coffee yet?

  • http://WhyWontGodHealAmputees.com Sir RaiderDuck, OMS

    Here’s the full schedule (courtesy Purvis)

    25 Physicals/administrative meetings

    26 *8:50-11:40 a.m.: Practice (DA)

    27 *2:20-5:15 p.m.: Practice (DA)

    28 *8:50-11:40 a.m.: Practice (DA)

    29 *2:20-5:15 p.m.: Practice

    30 *8:50-11:40 a.m.: Practice

    31 Off Day

    August

    2 *8:50-11:40 a.m.: Practice

    3 *2:20-5:15 p.m.: Practice

    4 *8:50-11:40 a.m.: Practice

    5 *2:20-5:15 p.m.: Practice

    6 Off Day

    7 *2:20-5:15 p.m.: Practice

    8 *Practice TBA

    9 DALLAS COWBOYS, 7 p.m.

    10 Off Day

    11 *2:20-5:15 p.m.: Practice

    12 *8:50-11:40 a.m.: Practice

    13 *2:20-5:15 p.m.: Practice

    14 *8:50-11:40 a.m.: Practice

    15 *Practice TBA

    16 at NEW ORLEANS SAINTS, 5 p.m.

    17 Off Day

    18 *2:20-5:15 p.m.: Practice

    19 *TBA: Practice

    20 *TBA: Practice

    21 *TBA: Practice (Camp breaks, Practice moves to Alameda)

  • Marks hair

    I just asked before scrolling down..

  • Marks hair

    or maybe we can freeze dmc in carbonite and float his áss around till gameday..

  • SnBG

    Marks Hair Says:
    July 27th, 2013 at 11:17 am
    or maybe we can freeze dmc in carbonite and float his áss around till gameday..
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    ROFLMAS

  • http://WhyWontGodHealAmputees.com Sir RaiderDuck, OMS

    Marks hair Says:
    July 27th, 2013 at 11:17 am

    or maybe we can freeze dmc in carbonite and float his áss around till gameday..

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    Just as long as I’m not the one who has to say “I Love You” before he hits the tube.

    OTOH, if we were freezing JaPaycheck or Pryor, I know two dudes who’d be glad to fill those roles…

  • SnBG

    Maybe we just freeze his head and steal APs body and put DMCs head on it.

  • inonewordraider

    Steve Corkran ‏@CorkOnTheNFL 2h
    Recently signed center/guard Andre Gurode has been assigned jersey number 72. He should be on the field at practice this afternoon.

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    not post worthy?

  • Marks hair

    anyone reading Tps q&a? he made a smart move hiring tom house to work on his mechanics.. breese and brady swear by that guy..

  • inonewordraider

    Steve Corkran ‏@CorkOnTheNFL 1h
    “@Big_Shirk: @CorkOnTheNFL your opinion of game 1 starter at LG?” — Might be Stefen Wisniewski now that Andre Gurode is in the fold.

  • inonewordraider

    Steve Corkran ‏@CorkOnTheNFL now
    “@RaiderGabe114: @CorkOnTheNFL Will Pryor Start at any point this year? Or is Flynn way ahead in the QB battle?” — Flynn all the way.

  • SilverLining20

    Inonewordraider Says:
    July 27th, 2013 at 11:29 am
    Steve Corkran ‏@CorkOnTheNFL 2h
    Recently signed center/guard Andre Gurode has been assigned jersey number 72. He should be on the field at practice this afternoon.

    ____________________
    not post worthy?
    —-
    Cork has been red-shirted. He’s only cleared to tweet right now.
    Not trying to rush him into full blogging til he’s ready.

  • inonewordraider

    Steve Corkran ‏@CorkOnTheNFL 53s
    “@DashMan18: @CorkOnTheNFL @raidergabe114 with this OL Pryor will play at some point.” — There will be a Pryor Package this season.

  • inonewordraider

    The quarterbacks as a whole didn’t look near as bad as they had in those first practices of OTA’s and minicamp which is a credit to their familiarity with the offense.

    Terrelle Pryor had some poorly thrown balls and also threw an interception in Mike Jenkins who read him and stepped in front of a pass intended for Jacoby Ford. He also had some nice throws including following up his interception by dropping in a long ball to Andre Holmes.

    Matt Flynn had one of the better days I’ve seen from him and it was obvious he has gotten on the same page with his receivers. Matt McGloin looked steady as well.
    -levi damien

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Just got around to actually reading Cork’s post and said ‘who’s Alex Barron?’ Then I stupidly went and found out.

    From wikipedeia;
    During his five years with the Rams, Barron was the most penalized player in the NFL next to tackle Flozell Adams with more than 70 calls against him. In a 35-0 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, Barron’s poor play resulted him being benched by the Rams staff. Barron became notorious for his false start and holding penalties. In 2009, Barron led the league with 7 holding penalties.

    Guess he’s ideal competition for Barnes!

  • willy91137

    If you turn on the NFL network you will see the Cowboys the patriots Eagles

    the Redskins and the New York Jets there are other teams in the NFL I think

    they were talking about the AFC West and the San Diego Chargers and the Kansas City Chiefs and the Broncos and never mentioned the Raiders and they said Kansas City probably in second place behind the Broncos

    that F ING channel sucks

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Marks hair Says:
    anyone reading Tps q&a? he made a smart move hiring tom house to work on his mechanics.. breese and brady swear by that guy..
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    Just read it. No doubt now that if he doesn’t become #1 there’s something fishy afoot.
    At least Priest will find a way to read that into it.
    Just kidding. Hey, it’s the PM now, it’s OK to get snarky.

  • Raiders for life

    The Raiders have sucked sht for so long, the media doesn’t even consider them an NFL team.
    Hopefully that changes this season.

  • The Big Banana

    Willy91137 Says:
    July 27th, 2013 at 12:10 pm
    If you turn on the NFL network you will see the Cowboys the patriots Eagles

    the Redskins and the New York Jets there are other teams in the NFL I think

    they were talking about the AFC West and the San Diego Chargers and the Kansas City Chiefs and the Broncos and never mentioned the Raiders and they said Kansas City probably in second place behind the Broncos

    that F ING channel sucks

    ———-

    Plenty of teams better than us right now not getting coverage. Imagine how their fans feel. Always the same BS with BSPN and NFL East network.

  • The Big Banana

    Raiders For Life Says:
    July 27th, 2013 at 12:14 pm
    The Raiders have sucked sht for so long, the media doesn’t even consider them an NFL team.
    Hopefully that changes this season.

    ——-

    Nah, why? Better this way. Under the radar. Guess its easy for me to say since I cut the cord years ago but I like it this way. Screw them.

  • SnBG

    When the NFLNet mentioned the QBing for the Raids today they couldn’t remember Flynn’s name.

  • http://www.christianitydisproved.com/ Silverandblack666

    They love the Patriots and the Cowboys

    They seem to give the Steeler’s a lot of love as well.

    They = NFLN

  • Raiders for life

    Big Banana,
    LOL, when I said hopefully that changes this season I meant the Raiders sucking sht!!!!

  • The Big Banana

    Lol, my bad RFL

  • The Big Banana

    SnBG Says:
    July 27th, 2013 at 12:18 pm
    When the NFLNet mentioned the QBing for the Raids today they couldn’t remember Flynn’s name.

    —–

    Who?

    ;)

  • SnBG

    Big B is really Soloman Wilcox of the NFLNetwork

  • The Big Banana

    Ugh, can’t stand Soloman. Falls all over himself for just about every player and coach.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    SnBG Says:
    When the NFLNet mentioned the QBing for the Raids today they couldn’t remember Flynn’s name.
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    I don’t believe you!
    .
    .
    .
    They mentioned the Raiders?

  • Raiders for life

    Since it is slow in here I think I shall make a prediction for week 3.
    Christo Bilukidi will take out peyton early in the game.
    Raiders will win.

  • http://www.christianitydisproved.com/ Silverandblack666

    “Ugh, can’t stand Soloman. Falls all over himself for just about every player and coach”

    Yeah I agree but no one is as bad as that fat ass Warren Sapp. Talk about no class bumbling moron talks loud over people make stupid faces and noises about as unprofessional as you can get.

  • J Hill

    This whole notion of a “Pryor package” is ridiculous!

    If he’s good enough to play on 3rd down and in the red zone, frickin’ start him already.

  • Raiders for life

    PURVIS,
    It’s slow right now, what do you think about the frog/toad issue?

  • http://WhyWontGodHealAmputees.com Sir RaiderDuck, OMS

    Raiders for life Says:
    July 27th, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Since it is slow in here I think I shall make a prediction for week 3.
    Christo Bilukidi will take out peyton early in the game.
    Raiders will win.

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    If Sims is out for an extended period, I wonder if it will be Bilukidi or McGee alongside Walker.

  • Dakota

    J Hill Says:
    July 27th, 2013 at 12:35 pm
    This whole notion of a “Pryor package” is ridiculous!

    If he’s good enough to play on 3rd down and in the red zone, frickin’ start him already.
    ++++++

    Come on it worked for the Steelers and SLASH!

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Raiders for life Says:
    Since it is slow in here I think I shall make a prediction for week 3.
    Christo Bilukidi will take out peyton early in the game.
    Raiders will win.
    =====================================================

    Career ending or just season ending?

  • Raiders for life

    Duck,
    Sims has a injury history so I’m not really counting on him for much.
    I hope McGee gets some playing time but I think Bilukidi will win the starting job.

  • Raiders for life

    Career ending or just season ending?

    #####################

    Just the game. I don’t root for major injury. But, if it is severe I won’t lose any sleep over it.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    J Hill Says:
    July 27th, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    This whole notion of a “Pryor package” is ridiculous!

    If he’s good enough to play on 3rd down and in the red zone, frickin’ start him already.
    ————————–
    Agreed. But, like I said a couple of weeks ago. I heard this same notion from a Front Office Guy I know at HQ. (not a football person)

  • Plunketthead

    Whats up semis, trolls and bloggoobers.
    I spent a 15 day exile for engaging in immaturity.
    Some of you need to check yourselves and I don’t mean the trolls

    DA will put a end to not showing up for early east coast games. He is a lot smarter then blog goobers.

    Hayden will be the MVR and DA will be COY

    best year ever!!

  • 0ak r8rs

    Hahahahahaha

    For San Diego, that municipal money may not be able to be approved for awhile.
    With Bob Filner apologizing for years of disrespecting and intimidating women but refusing to step down, the time isn’t right for the local NFL team to close a deal on a new home. In fact it might be a long time as they wait to get this issue resolved before even beginning to start a new mayoral election and working on ironing out the details involving the Chargers stadium proposal.

    Hahahahahaha

  • Dakota

    Plunketthead Says:
    July 27th, 2013 at 12:45 pm
    Whats up semis, trolls and bloggoobers.
    I spent a 15 day exile for engaging in immaturity.
    Some of you need to check yourselves and I don’t mean the trolls

    DA will put a end to not showing up for early east coast games. He is a lot smarter then blog goobers.

    Hayden will be the MVR and DA will be COY

    best year ever!!
    +++++++++++++++++++

    put the crack pipe down!

  • http://WhyWontGodHealAmputees.com Sir RaiderDuck, OMS

    Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    July 27th, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Raiders for life Says:
    Since it is slow in here I think I shall make a prediction for week 3.
    Christo Bilukidi will take out peyton early in the game.
    Raiders will win.
    =====================================================

    Career ending or just season ending?

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

    We’re not monsters here. I hope Peyton makes a full and complete recovery…five minutes after the game ends.

  • Dakota

    0ak r8rs Says:
    July 27th, 2013 at 12:45 pm
    Hahahahahaha

    For San Diego, that municipal money may not be able to be approved for awhile.
    With Bob Filner apologizing for years of disrespecting and intimidating women but refusing to step down, the time isn’t right for the local NFL team to close a deal on a new home. In fact it might be a long time as they wait to get this issue resolved before even beginning to start a new mayoral election and working on ironing out the details involving the Chargers stadium proposal.

    Hahahahahaha
    ++++++++++++++++++

    The Oakland Chargers?

    What if the raiders moved to LA and the Chargers to Oakland?

    Would you local guys still be Raider fans?

  • Dakota

    My main concern for the 2013 season is that Denver does not will the SB.

    I can’t take it when they win the big one…..I was young when they won, so my heart held up…..but now I might die.

  • Plunketthead

    put the crack pipe down!
    ***************

    Don’t be a hater. DA will make you rue the day

  • Dakota

    Plunketthead Says:
    July 27th, 2013 at 12:54 pm
    put the crack pipe down!
    ***************

    Don’t be a hater. DA will make you rue the day
    ======

    I hope so……but it won’t happen.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    I don’t think human encroachment has affected them as much as planting trout in formerly fishless lakes, that are prime frog/toad habitats. Those trout grow up and get hungry. No penalty for encroachment, just intervention. I haven’t researched it much, so take that with a grain of salt.
    And I do love trout fishing (and eating, when I’m actually catching and not just fishing). There’s a whole lot of lakes up and down the Sierras, both easily accessible and back country with natural populations and more that could still be stocked while giving the amphibians their own.
    That said, the ‘critical habitat’ measures being proposed are hardly restrictive from what I’ve read, certainly not a land grab by the gov’t, and appear to be more of a ‘let’s consider this also’ when reviewing proposed development.
    Got a few links if you’re interested.