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Burris antsy to get back on the field

By Steve Corkran
Sunday, July 28th, 2013 at 1:39 pm in Oakland Raiders.

NAPA — By this time last year, linebacker Miles Burris was well on his way to establishing himself as a rising star and forcing the Raiders to find a place for him in the starting lineup.
These days, Burris still is recovering from offseason surgery on his right knee and itching to get back on the field as soon as possible.
“That’s part of why they picked me up is my mentality,” Burris said. “I love football. I love competing. I love being with my teammates and getting better every day. Just playing ball. That’s what I love to do.”
Burris started 15 of the 16 games he played in as a rookie last season. In the process, he recorded 138 tackles and injured his knee.
He underwent surgery soon after the season ended and has been in rehab mode ever since. Coach Dennis Allen said Burris and the other injured players fall further and further behind with each missed day.
“Miles is the guy that we were counting on this year,” Allen said.
That still might be the case if Burris is able to return to full strength before long and play at the level he did last season, when he made veteran Aaron Curry expendable.
For now, Kaluka Maiava is working at the weak-side spot that Burris occupied last season. But, not Maiava is out with a left foot injury. That underscores the need for depth and versatility.
“You have to be able to train all of these linebackers to play multiple positions,” Allen said.
Burris said a typical day for him is working out with the strength coach, then “mentally” playing his position as a means of staying sharp on his assignments and the defensive scheme.
His knee injury was the manifestation of normal wear and tear from playing football, Burris said. He started to feel pain at some point in the second half of the season.
Sitting out isn’t something that Burris accustomed to doing. He hasn’t missed a game since he started playing in the fifth grade, he said.
“I’ve rarely missed any practices,” Burris said. “So, I just love being out there every day. Being here right now, it’s just the Lord’s way of teaching me some patience. It’s been good, though. You got to take the positives out of it.”

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

    Oak

    “Go ahead. You still haven’t named anyone.”

    Nobody in here hates Pryor he wears Silver and Black. It’s just something a troll would say because they are losing an argument and they have nothing intelligent to counter with. The next comment is usually name calling followed by you are a racist blah blah its so predictable.

  • RaiderRockstar
  • RaiderRockstar

    Joe Mays, anyone?

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/28/no-deal-for-joe-mays-with-redskins/

    “Mays has reportedly drawn interest from several teams since getting dumped by Denver”

    we could be one of those “several” teams. We’re thin at linebacker for sure

  • RaiderRockstar

    Report: Marcus Camby will sign with the Rockets

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    “Thanks for the reports by the way.”

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I second Bob’s comment.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    July 28th, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    SeyBush, I keep reading about Flynn not so good outside the hashmarks. You see anything to support or contradict this?
    ========================================

    That’s ridiculous. One of the things that Flynn looked much better than Pryor was throwing the deep boundary ball to the back shoulder. On both sides of the boundary. It is a difficult pass and Flynn looked much better at that one.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Posted by Mike Florio on July 27, 2013, 9:28 PM EDT

    AP
    As quarterback Matt Flynn embarks on his career as the Raiders presumed starter, Flynn has reflected on his inability to go from presumed starter to actual starter in Seattle last year.

    And while Flynn concedes that Russell Wilson won the job based on his play, beating out Flynn and Tarvaris Jackson, Flynn suggests that his own style didn’t mesh with the head coach’s high-energy, rah-rah approach.

    “I had to find a medium ground last year because I knew that Pete was high energy, all over the place in practice, and I knew he probably wanted that out of his quarterbacks a little bit,” Flynn tells Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times. ”But I still didn’t want to be someone I wasn’t.

    “I think Russell and I had two different personalities. But I don’t think any of that played a part in the decision. The bottom line was, Russell took ahold of his opportunity and made the most of it.”

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Wilson beat him out with his personality?
    Those comments bother me some.
    And anyway, he was trying to replace Jackson.
    Still pulling for him though as the probable starter.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Thanks, SeyBush. That makes me feel better. Now I gotta go feed and pluck some tail hairs from our new stud llama for DNA registry. They like that. Not.

  • Crawfish Joe

    Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    July 28th, 2013 at 1:43 pm
    Crawfish Joe Says:
    To late. :mrgreen:
    =================================================

    No problemo. Technically, I didn’t bring it up. And the ‘P’ detectors don’t seem to be around, anyway.

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

    The ‘P’ detractors don’t bother me, mostly don’t bother me that is. But nice thing is it’s easy to put down the keyboard and walk away.

    Well, lunch is over and it’s back out to the lower 40 on this fine sunny day. Can’t wait to read the positive tweets about Pryor tonight.

  • CDERaider

    We really need Burris – in addition to the aforementioned – as a 3rd down pass rusher, he’s quick and smart and can get to the QB from multiple positions. Need him back ASAP.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Crawfish, you leave a comment over there? None of ‘em read like you.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Read the article about Tom House.

    He did great work with the Atlanta Braves for many years. He also worked with Tebow as well and “fixed” his throwing motion, so I guess all is not gravy.

    But it made sense the talk of TP flying open too early. That is usually the cause of someone trying to throw it harder, they old “flying open” as the call it in pitching, hitting, golf, etc.

    Puts undue pressure on the elbow as well.

    Not sure why more QB’s don’t work with former pitchers.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Silverandblack666 Says:
    July 28th, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Pryor has a lot of work to do why cant we just enjoy watching him try to make the team like every other player out there?
    ————————————–
    You should have asked yourself that before practices proved yourself a dumbass.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Nobody hates Pryor, wtf are you talking about

    -Pryor Haters

  • RaiderRockstar

    nice to see Pryor shine, for the 3rd day in a row

    you can tell how hard he worked this offseason and how bad he wants it

    hungry. motivated. driven

    we need more players like him!

  • xraided

    yea frankenpeyton is hurtin without a center right now. gonna be ugly for them this year me thinks

  • RaiderRockstar

    @Kell

    nice to see the TP6 haters do a “foot in mouth” isn’t it?

    I hope this continues on into preseason

    8)

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Nobody hates Pryor, wtf are you talking about

    -Pryor Haters as of Today.

  • RaiderRockstar

    is #12 REALLY hurt again or is somebody playing a practical joke?

    if this report is legit.. what is the injury?

    let’s hope it’s not related to LisFranc

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    July 28th, 2013 at 2:03 pm
    @Kell

    nice to see the TP6 haters do a “foot in mouth” isn’t it?

    I hope this continues on into preseason
    ————————-
    Yep, lets see what happen during pre-season.

  • Marks hair

    I got really irritated listening to the smartest guys on the blog tell me how you can’t coach accuracy…

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    July 28th, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    nice to see Pryor shine, for the 3rd day in a row

    you can tell how hard he worked this offseason and how bad he wants it

    hungry. motivated. driven

    we need more players like him!
    =======================================

    He has certainly put in the work, that you can tell. I was speaking with Tyvon Branch yesterday and told him some rockstar from Podunk thought he was the most over rated player in Raider history. I think he is going to come looking for you. Just an FYI.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I’ve been telling YOU PEOPLE that Pryor is better than Cam Newton since the day we got him in the Supp draft!

    #6 = Randall Cunningham

  • xraided

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    July 28th, 2013 at 2:05 pm
    is #12 REALLY hurt again or is somebody playing a practical joke?

    if this report is legit.. what is the injury?

    let’s hope it’s not related to LisFranc

    ___________

    does it really matter what exactly it is? he’s not a football player… this much is certain. he needs to stick to track and field

  • xraided

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    July 28th, 2013 at 2:06 pm
    I’ve been telling YOU PEOPLE that Pryor is better than Cam Newton since the day we got him in the Supp draft!

    #6 = Randall Cunningham

    __________

    wow… based on some good practices? you are the king of koolaid RR

    wait until the preseason games come at least!

    i want him to be better than any of those guys… but let’s just ease up now

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Personally I was thinking TP would need live action to shine. Not in Passing drills.

    Hope I didn’t have it backwards. Doubt it. ;-)

  • Just Fire Baby

    I got really irritated listening to the smartest guys on the blog tell me how you can’t coach accuracy…

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

    You can’t.

    You can teach better mechanics, which will improve EVERYTHING (quicker release, arm strength, accuracy, etc.).

    But accuracy is accuracy. If you could just teach it, there wouldn’t be some guys completing 70% of their passes and others 50%.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Marks hair Says:
    July 28th, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    I got really irritated listening to the smartest guys on the blog tell me how you can’t coach accuracy…
    ==============================================

    It’s not that you can’t coach accuracy, obviously you can, it’s just that nowadays coaches don’t have time to coach accuracy. Guys have to come in ready to play. Or they have to improve on their own. It looks like on some levels Pryor has improved on his own. Now the next point is when the bullets really start flying do the old bad habits come back?

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    July 28th, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    I got really irritated listening to the smartest guys on the blog tell me how you can’t coach accuracy…

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

    You can’t.

    You can teach better mechanics, which will improve EVERYTHING (quicker release, arm strength, accuracy, etc.).

    But accuracy is accuracy. If you could just teach it, there wouldn’t be some guys completing 70% of their passes and others 50%.
    ============================================

    A better point than I made in #28.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Jacoby Ford, lol

    Notice, even when he was healthy, wasn’t involved in the punt return rotation.

    Dueces Jacoby. Thanks for the two great months in 2010.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Seymour Bush Says:
    July 28th, 2013 at 2:09 pm
    Marks hair Says:
    July 28th, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    I got really irritated listening to the smartest guys on the blog tell me how you can’t coach accuracy…
    ==============================================

    It’s not that you can’t coach accuracy, obviously you can, it’s just that nowadays coaches don’t have time to coach accuracy. Guys have to come in ready to play. Or they have to improve on their own. It looks like on some levels Pryor has improved on his own. Now the next point is when the bullets really start flying do the old bad habits come back?
    ——————————
    Adjusting like a mfkr.

    You’re ALWAYS WRONG. That why you cross-post so much.

  • http://ho-lee-fuk 909RaiderLifer

    I for one, don’t hate Pryor or anyone else wearing Silver & Black..

    And, I really don’t care WHO plays QB. As long as we win…

    I have said before, we could have a trained seal from Sea-World playing QB..Just Win Baby….

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    KoolKell Says:
    July 28th, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Personally I was thinking TP would need live action to shine. Not in Passing drills.

    Hope I didn’t have it backwards. Doubt it. ;-)
    =============================================

    Pryor was one guy I had my eye on all day yesterday. When he was on the far fields warming up and throwing just to receivers he looked ridiculously good. But once the live action started, he did not look nearly as good. Better than he did last year, mind you, but probably not good enough to be out there against bona fide NFL ones.

  • RaidO

    Q and A with Terrelle Pryor
    Posted Jul 26, 2013

    Q: How are things going so far?

    Terrelle Pryor: I feel great. I missed about three or four balls today. The biggest thing to me, I know I missed one bad, which was all about my feet. The biggest thing today, when I did miss was if the ball got tipped was that I was going to the right spot and I didn’t turn the ball over. It’s a process, but the main thing to me was when I messed up a pass today, and I’m very happy with myself, I’m glad that I did mess up passes because I could get that strength to move on to the next play. It’s something that I’ve been working on a good bit by myself and with my quarterback’s trainer back in Southern California. I’m glad, I’m glad I missed passes today, because I can see my reaction and it was a good reaction to me to get to the next play.

    Q: How is your confidence coming into camp? Do you feel like you’re getting a fair shot? And do you feel like whatever happens it is going to be on you?

    Pryor: I think that at then end of the day that’s what it is. Who can be a leader, who can lead the team up and down the field, and that’s the main thing. We are talking who can score points and that’s up to me, Matt [Flynn], Tyler [Wilson], and [Matt] McGloin – who can be the best. I believe if you show us what you got and who can lead the team, I believe that is what the choice is. You can see it nice and clear. That’s on us.

    Q: Last year you spoke so glowingly of Carson [Palmer], and his influence on you and what you were learning from him. Is it going to be hard for you not to have him around? Or do you feel like you are ready to take the next step without that kind of mentor?

    Pryor: Absolutely, because I’m a sponge. I love taking in info, and I love to learn. If it’s not about getting better then I’m not really interested. Speaking about that is just every single day when I wake up I’m on top of my game and I’m trying to get better. Every pass may not be perfect but my thing is just getting to the next play and that’s another thing that he would always preach to me and that stays with me as well.

    Q: This is a team, clearly in transition and last year was a disappointment and they hope to improve next year. Do you feel like you deserve a shot in this process? I mean you’re young, you’re talented…

    Pryor: I believe they’re giving me a shot right now, just by letting me on the team. I’m very appreciative of that. I don’t want to take for granted that they are out here letting me take the second team reps. No one has to give Matt [Flynn] the first team reps, no one has to give me the second team reps. It’s all what you earn and at the end of the day after we talk after the preseason games whether I have it or not, I’m going to give you the honest truth. Hey, I got beat out or hey I wasn’t accurate enough. I’m going to be honest and real. It’s all about being a leader and being consistent with that and consistent on the field.

    Q: When a team acquires a quarterback and it’s paying a certain salary, there is an assumption that maybe your competition may not be wide open. Money might dictate who is going to get the best shot at the starting job.

    Pryor: That’s a good one to sponge me in on but there’s a lot of scenarios that go down. You know last year there are some teams where some quarterbacks that are getting paid and some young guys took over. It happens. At the end of the day, it’s that best man wins. If I deserve it at the end, then I deserve it. If Matt [Flynn] deserves it, then he deserves it. Either way I’m going to be here and make the team better every single day because this is a we thing. Not I, not him, not me, or anything. It’s a “we” thing. Everything that we are doing is for the team and like you said we didn’t have a great year last year so that’s our main focus. Everyone should be saying, “We, we, we.” What did we do wrong here? What do we got to do to get better? I think that’s the main thing.

    Q: Was there any particular part of your game during the offseason that you worked on and that right now you feel is tangibly better.

    Pryor: Absolutely. I went and worked out with a guy named Tom House. He’s [Tom] Brady and [Drew] Brees’… I’m sure you guys have heard of him, he’s a baseball pitcher. He’s a throwing mechanic freak. He breaks everything down scientifically, and I found out that I was leaving my chest open a lot so it was making me late. So when I was coming down to throw with my left arm, my right arm was saying it’s time to go, the timing wasn’t right. He kind of helped me with that. It’s definitely helping shoot the ball a lot more and better. My thing looking in the mirror last year was I need to be more accurate. That’s what it is and somewhere I have got to get there, and I will get there, and I’m getting close I can feel it.

    Q: Do you feel like you are more accurate than you were four or five months ago? And do you feel like you will be more accurate in four weeks?

    Pryor: Oh absolutely. I’m more accurate than I’ve ever been. I feel very confident about it.

    Q: Does looking at the league last year, and [Colin] Kaepernick, and [Robert Griffin III], kind of an evolution in quarterbacks, give you hope that maybe there is going to be, you know have a lot of skills and obviously accuracy is improving, do you feel like you have things you can bring that maybe are more open to now?

    Pryor: I’m under the assumption myself that on a personal level that when I get on the field I’m the best on the field. Being able to run and throw the ball, it’s a big thing because you put a lot of pressure on defenses by being able to run, so it’s definitely a new thing but you also have your still traditional guys like [Tom] Brady. I put [Aaron] Rodgers in there too, because Rodgers can also take off and get some yards too. I think the main thing is you can run the ball, but you must be accurate.
    Q: Did you get to know [Kaepernick] at all?

    Pryor: Yeah, that’s one of my good friends.

    Q: You must take encouragement from that. A guy who a lot of guys said, “Eh maybe he doesn’t have the exact right throwing motion and skill set to make it in this league.” And all of a sudden, he’s the hottest thing in football.

    Pryor: I think that at the end of the day, it’s can you get the ball to where it is supposed to be, at the right time, in the right spot, and that’s what it is. It doesn’t matter about the arm, or the way you throw, it’s can you get the ball in the right spot at the right time.

  • Just Fire Baby

    This same Tom House guy “fixed” Tim Tebow supposedly.

    Now Pryor might actually been someone with good accuracy but completely awful mechanics (WTF are they teaching up there at OSU then?) and this will even out for him.

    Could be. Hopefully it is.

    But some kids can pick up a rock and chuck it farther than their dad. And some kids pick up a rock, and throw it like their sister.

    There is a genetic lottery to throwing accuracy. There just is.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Nobody hates Pryor, wtf are you talking about

    -Pryor Haters as of Today. Seymour Bush aka many others.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I was speaking with Tyvon Branch yesterday and told him some rockstar from Podunk thought he was the most over rated player in Raider history. I think he is going to come looking for you. Just an FYI.

    ***

    @SeyGlenn

    tell him to bring it. I’ll pay for his plane ticket

    heck, I’ll meet him before the KC away game and we’ll have a nice little bet. Put me at TE with Pryor at QB in a goalline situation. I’ll score at least 3 times outta five on him. Just don’t put me at RB!

    I don’t want to eat puree soup out of a straw for the rest of my life, lol

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    KoolKell Says:
    July 28th, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Seymour Bush Says:
    July 28th, 2013 at 2:09 pm
    Marks hair Says:
    July 28th, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    I got really irritated listening to the smartest guys on the blog tell me how you can’t coach accuracy…
    ==============================================

    It’s not that you can’t coach accuracy, obviously you can, it’s just that nowadays coaches don’t have time to coach accuracy. Guys have to come in ready to play. Or they have to improve on their own. It looks like on some levels Pryor has improved on his own. Now the next point is when the bullets really start flying do the old bad habits come back?
    ——————————
    Adjusting like a mfkr.

    You’re ALWAYS WRONG. That why you cross-post so much.
    ===========================================

    Ole raisin you are angrier than usual. Did you wake up on the wrong side of the couch again?

  • http://ho-lee-fuk 909RaiderLifer

    xraided Says:
    July 28th, 2013 at 2:03 pm
    yea frankenpeyton is hurtin without a center right now. gonna be ugly for them this year me thinks

    “““““““““““““““““““““““““““`
    He’s calling Jeff Saturday as I type, trying to talk him out of retirement…..

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

    “I for one, don’t hate Pryor or anyone else wearing Silver & Black..

    And, I really don’t care WHO plays QB. As long as we win…

    I have said before, we could have a trained seal from Sea-World playing QB..Just Win Baby….”

    We all feel that way no one here hates Pryor its what a degenerate racist unemployed Realtor would say if he were losing an argument (throw out the “well you must hate Pryor then” remark)

  • RaiderRockstar

    is JFORD really hurt?

    come on. quit messing with me.

    it’s only Day 1 of padded practice..

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Who’s the Dumbass who said Mc Gouin would get TP cut?

    Dumbass Seymour Bush.

    But now he’s changing his tune

  • RaiderRockstar

    yeah, I can see Saturday in a Donks uni

    he’d probably jump off a cliff if Peyton asked him to. those guys are close buds

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    July 28th, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    This same Tom House guy “fixed” Tim Tebow supposedly.

    Now Pryor might actually been someone with good accuracy but completely awful mechanics (WTF are they teaching up there at OSU then?) and this will even out for him.
    ===========================================

    I have brought this point up here many times, as long as Pryor was winning games, Tressel probably didn’t do ANYTHING with him. Didn’t coach his motion, his release, anything. Tressel just Let him run around back there and hit his obviously superior athletes compared to the competition. That is one reason why he seemed to play really well against Akron State but not so well against say Wisconsin or U of Miami. At this level, that is not going to work.

  • Just Fire Baby

    The Donkeys are facing the curse of Tebow.

    They may NEVER get past where he took them, 2nd round of the playoffs, ever again.

    You don’t take a clear cut fan favorite, who had success, and who just might be Jesus Christ, and completely ditch him on the side of the road.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Now the fags want to talk about Tim Tebiw. Shhh.

  • RaiderRockstar

    @JFB

    today’s practice is like Preseason Game #2 last year for #12 – isn’t it?

    several dropped passes, then promptly gets injured

    Pfft!

    maybe Tray Sessions can make the team?

    McGuffie might be concussed again.. I think Conner Vernon is a lock at this point

  • Marks hair

    when I say you can coach accuracy obviously I mean by improving your mechanics.. if you force the most accurate quarterback on the planet to throw across an open chest and a throw off the wrong foot and throw from the wrong release point and angle they will be inaccurate too…

  • EMRaiders

    So is Pryor beginning to separate himself from the other QBs? Is he stringing together one good practice after another?

    I can’t wait until preseason games.

    I bet if he does well in this practices he will be getting the first reps in the Aug 9th game. Should be interesting!

  • RAIDERMAN99

    Then he had a nice practice and 3 guys snipped my “HE CAN’T THROW” like in wrong that he’s not accurate and can’t hit his spots. That’s pretty well known actually. I’m pretty well informed.

    And I said smart @sses. Because they were busting me.
    =============================================
    Busting you ?

    As in busting your onions ?

    Bit oversensitive there ?

    Merely repeated your words.

    HE CAN’T THROW.

    That’s your story and you’re sticking to it.

    Good for you.

    Don’t know why you feel so threatened by people repeating your words.

    Relax. Let it play out.