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Notes, quotes and observations from camp — Day 4

NAPA — Coach Dennis Allen said that rookie cornerback D.J. Hayden basically is ready to go mentally and physically. The only thing holding back Hayden from taking the next step in his recovery from two surgeries is an abundance of caution on the Raiders part.
That’s understandable, given the Raiders selected Hayden in the first round of the NFL draft in April and signed him to a contract worth more than $10 million.
Allen is so confident in Hayden’s progress that he said Hayden definitely will play an exhibition game at some point, if not the first one.
If Hayden had his way, he would have ditched the red, no-contact jersey that he sports at practice. On more than one occasion, defensive coaches have had to remind Hayden to throttle down and avoid contact.
“He wants to go,” Allen said Monday. “That’s the great thing about him. That speaks to the type of guys that we’re trying to bring in here, guys that love playing football. He wants to practice and play.
“Most of these guys have been doing it since elementary school and that’s all they really know. DJ’s that type of guy, and I’m excited about the fact that he’s ready mentally and physically. But we’re going to take a little bit of time and stay on the cautious side of things and make sure he’s totally ready before we put him in a contact drill.
Tracy Porter and Joselio Hanson are getting the most reps in the slot, while Hayden is spending all his time on the outside. Hayden is getting some reps with the first-team defense as defensive coordinator Jason Tarver gauges just what he has in his newest toy.
To recap, Hayden suffered a ruptured a vein during a freak accident in practice at the University of Houston last November. the kind of injury that Hayden suffered almost always is fatal.
He underwent another surgery in May to remove scar tissue in his abdominal region and wasn’t cleared to practice again until Friday.

– Quarterbacks play was pretty sharp once again, just as it has been for most of camp.
At one point Monday, Matt Flynn, Tyler Wilson, Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin were having their way with the defense.
One particular passing drill featured touchdown passes to tight ends Jeron Mastrud, David Ausberry and Richard Gordon, with Ausberry and Gordon encountering little resistance.
Pryor and Flynn had a couple of misfires, to go with a handful of plays where they would have been sacked if defenders were allowed to tackle them, but by and large, the quarterbacks aren’t having much difficulty with the snap, the dropback, the reads and their throws.

– Backup offensive tackle Alex Barron made quite a showing during one-on-one blocking drills.
He swallowed up rookie defensive end David Bass twice and, for good measure, stoned end Lamarr Houston.
Sure, it’s only a few plays, but Barron is a guy that the Raiders are taking a long look at for the right offensive tackle spot. He’s also getting some time as a backup at left tackle.

– Quite a scare for Lucas Nix today, when he went down in a heap early on in practice, writhing in pain and grabbing at his left knee.
A couple of team trainers rushed to Nix’s aid, evaluated Nix’s condition and decided it was best to take Nix in for further evaluation.
Allen said Nix’s injury fell into the category of normal bumps and bruises associated with the rigors of training camp. Nix might beg to differ, but we’ll take Allen’s word for now.
Nix is competing against Tony Bergstrom for the starting spot at left guard. Therefore, he can’t afford to miss much time, if any.

– Nose tackle Johnny Jones, defensive tackle Vance Walker and defensive lineman Brandon Bair also suffered injuries that were serious enough to keep them off the field for part of practice.
Again, Allen said, these injuries likely aren’t much to worry about in terms of being long-term deals.

– The Raiders didn’t waste any time putting linebacker Omar Gaither to work.
He was in Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday. Less than 24 hours later, he was in Napa playing linebacker for the Raiders.
Allen said the Raiders liked what Gaither did for them in the seven games he played here last season. Therefore, when a slew of linebackers went down with injury, Gaither’s name was the first one that came up.
“You have to know that sooner or later call is going to happen,” Gaither said. “I feel like I played good enough last year to feel like I would be on some team’s roster. I was getting some feelers out there but I finally got a call from Oakland and I was ready to go.”
Gaither played middle linebacker for the Raiders last season. He also has starting experience at the strong-side and weak-side spots. For now, he’s playing in the middle, behind starter Nick Roach.
“His versatility is good for us,” Allen said. “He spent a lot of time at Mike linebacker, that’s where we played him today. That’s where we’ll start him out. But he’s a smart enough player and versatile enough player that he can play a couple of different positions for us.”

– Wide receiver Jacoby Ford was in uniform and on the practice field today. However, he did not participate in any drills during the two-and-one-half-hour practice.
Allen still isn’t divulging the nature of Ford’s injury, which occurred Sunday. For what it’s worth, Ford walked without a limp and didn’t have any obvious signs of injury.
“It’s a little bit more of a precautionary deal,” Allen said. “But we need Jacoby out here. He’s missed a lot of time and he’s got to get some work. He had a couple of good days of practice so it’s unfortunate that he’s a little bit nicked up. But I don’t anticipate him being out real long.”

– Rookie defensive tackle Stacy McGee impressed during one-on-one drills. He displayed the ability to get a big push into the backfield, which is something the Raiders need from their interior linemen.
Vance Walker and Pat Sims are the projected starters and the replacements for departed veterans Tommy Kelly and Richard Seymour. Beyond that, the Raiders are hopeful that McGee or someone else, if not more than one player, emerges as a player capable of making an impact along the lines of Desmond Bryant last season.

– There weren’t nearly as many dropped balls today as there was each of the past two days.
Again, Allen said, it’s all part of the process. One day of sure-handed grabs is nice. Two is better. And so on.
“It was better,” Allen said of his receivers’ play. “What we have to do is keep stacking bricks on top of each other. We’re trying to build a foundation with this team of what type of team we’re going to be. We’re trying to find guys to go out and make plays for us. That’s what you do in the NFL.”
Undrafted rookie Greg Jenkins quickly has earned a reputation as a guy that makes difficult catches look easy and drops seemingly routine throws.
Perhaps that’s to be expected from a guy that played quarterback in college and is making the conversion to receiver in the pros.
On Monday, he made two eye-opening grabs despite tight coverage. He made it through the day without any drops, for a change.

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  • mcfadden20.

    Raider O Says:
    July 30th, 2013 at 12:51 pm
    Mcfadden20. Says:
    July 30th, 2013 at 12:49 pm
    Raider O Says:
    July 30th, 2013 at 12:45 pm
    Chicken tikka rules!!!!
    Naan is great too.


    Chicken Tikka, damn why you had to remind me

    Any Indian or Pakistani restaurant near you O?
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Yeah, but they are not that good. My favorite Indian restaurant is in Jordan. Mankal chicken tikka.


    Was in India few months back , best food in the world :)

  • Beeeeeech Dawg N Full Effect

    YO YO YO THE BIG DAWG IS BACK N FULL EFFECT MO WIZZLE

    Whut up Brahs, Dorks and Rat Family Members

    The Dawgs has arrived on the bloggy blog blog to get hella wizzle up n here, shout out to Biz Markie

    Spent most of the AM making out with this hawt stripper I pulled last night, she’s into the kama sutra so we performed multiple bunghole penetrations without protection

    After she wanted to treat the Dawg to brunch, but the Dawg was like HELLZ NO you haven’t lickin’ the Lawg into mayonnaise explosion in almost 2 hrs

    So after another 80 mins we left and feasted on eggs bene, mimosas and sensual deserts

    Sensual because I put a few on the Lawg (under the tablecloth) and she choked them down – giggling under the table, natch

    Anyway, now she’s calling some of her friends to come over and I’ve got a little time to smack around some of my minions

    Don’t worry, dorks, the Dawg hasn’t forgot about his stable of blog tools, nerds and ultimate party zeros

    H TO THE IZZLE

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

    If you hate Palmer it is his fault we were 4-12

    If you hate Dennis Allen its his fault we were 4-12

    If you hate Reggie McKenzie its his fault we were 4-12

    If you hate Mark Davis it is his fault we are 4-12

    Just depends on what agenda you are promoting in here.

    Some of us understand its a team sport hence the phrase #PalmersFault

  • mcfadden20.

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    July 30th, 2013 at 12:52 pm
    Cam doesn’t need to win any more games just blame the coach like some dorks in here do!

    ***

    @silver

    yeah, I can see Panther fans screaming “FIRE TITS RIVERA YESTERDAY!!”

    -
    If you seem Rivera , calling him TitS would make sense too

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    I like Indian food and women. I just think they are freaky. Kama Sutra freaky. lol

  • hwnrdr

    Not sure about Pakistani food, but indian food is friggen delish! Is it because its spicy, Rockstar?

    749.Raider O Says:
    July 30th, 2013 at 12:52 pm
    RaiderRockstar Says:
    July 30th, 2013 at 12:50 pm
    Any Indian or Pakistani restaurant near you ?

    ***

    just thinking about that makes me wanna head for the toilet!
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    WTF?? You eat squirrel and possum.

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

    Beeech, you missed Kell’s continued blog meltdown last night. 36 hours and counting…

  • R8ER MIKE

    Allen confirms doesn’t have go-to receiver yet. “I’m waiting.” Says Moore needs to work on concentration, make plays in traffic

    ****************************
    ???? damn..i thought when someone told you to go play in traffic, they were mad at you !!!

  • mcfadden20.

    Seen**^

  • mcfadden20.

    Raider O Says:
    July 30th, 2013 at 12:55 pm
    I like Indian food and women. I just think they are freaky. Kama Sutra freaky. lol


    Where you been Meeting these freaky Indian women, I must have had bad luck or living in wrong part of the world

  • mcfadden20.

    R8ER MIKE Says:
    July 30th, 2013 at 12:56 pm
    Allen confirms doesn’t have go-to receiver yet. “I’m waiting.” Says Moore needs to work on concentration, make plays in traffic

    ****************************
    ???? damn..i thought when someone told you to go play in traffic, they were mad at you !!!


    Hahhaahaha

  • RaiderRockstar

    You eat squirrel and possum

    ***

    @Raider O

    link? source?

  • mcfadden20.

    Lets not talk about KK please don’t wake up the sleeping Pig

  • The Big Banana


    Was in India few months back , best food in the world

    ———

    Hefty claim. Have you been around the world?

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

    Raider in Napa on NFLN

  • RaiderRockstar

    @M20 & Hwnrdr

    Indian or Pakistani restaurants = colon cleanser

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

    “Hefty claim. Have you been around the world?”

    One would think Paris France might rank up there…

  • mcfadden20.

    Practice notes and Quotes please

  • RaiderRockstar

    please don’t wake up the sleeping Pig

    ***

    none of you guys would call Kell “Wilbur” to his face

    he was in the Navy, 30 years ago

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Where you been Meeting these freaky Indian women, I must have had bad luck or living in wrong part of the world
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    San Diego, but that was 8-10 years ago before I got married.
    Freaky!!!

  • mcfadden20.

    The Big Banana Says:
    July 30th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Was in India few months back , best food in the world

    ———

    Hefty claim. Have you been around the world?
    — no, I hope to one day, but food in india much fresher than anything you get over here an much much tastier , I miss India for that and you can drink anywhere anytime you want , don’t miss India or anything else though

  • Beeeeeech Dawg N Full Effect

    Sir RaiderDuck, OMS Says:
    July 30th, 2013 at 12:56 pm
    Beeech, you missed Kell’s continued blog meltdown last night. 36 hours and counting…

    ——–

    Give me the long version

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

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    July 30th, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    none of you guys would call Kell “Wilbur” to his face

    he was in the Navy, 30 years ago

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

    I kind of doubt that.

  • Ghosttoothepost

    mcfadden20. Says:
    July 30th, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Raider O Says:
    July 30th, 2013 at 12:51 pm
    Mcfadden20. Says:
    July 30th, 2013 at 12:49 pm
    Raider O Says:
    July 30th, 2013 at 12:45 pm
    Chicken tikka rules!!!!
    Naan is great too.


    Chicken Tikka, damn why you had to remind me

    Any Indian or Pakistani restaurant near you O?
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Yeah, but they are not that good. My favorite Indian restaurant is in Jordan. Mankal chicken tikka.


    Was in India few months back , best food in the world :)
    —————–
    You really need to get out more.
    Ranks inbetween gypsy street cart food, and spam, undercooked.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Do all Indian women have brown nipples, or do say maybe Persian’s have pink ones?

    Just curious.

  • mcfadden20.

    Raider O Says:
    July 30th, 2013 at 1:04 pm
    Where you been Meeting these freaky Indian women, I must have had bad luck or living in wrong part of the world
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    San Diego, but that was 8-10 years ago before I got married.
    Freaky!!!

    Uh San Diego college babes , living far from family , makes sense

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

    Beeeeeech Dawg N Full Effect Says:
    July 30th, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Sir RaiderDuck, OMS Says:
    July 30th, 2013 at 12:56 pm
    Beeech, you missed Kell’s continued blog meltdown last night. 36 hours and counting…

    ——–

    Give me the long version

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

    Scroll up to the top. It’s all on display, including his now complete inability to even form sentences.

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

    “Give me the long version”

    LOL

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    The Big Banana Says:
    July 30th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Was in India few months back , best food in the world

    ———

    Hefty claim. Have you been around the world?
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    I love food.
    Sushi/ Jap
    Italian
    Thai
    Chinese
    Burgers
    Mediterranean
    Etc…..
    I’m not a fan of French food or women.

  • RaiderRockstar

    why are we trying to have 35 year old Andre Carter cover TE Ausberry?

    to nobody’s surprise.. that was a massive fail

    Dre also jumped offsides at least once today.

    Jack Crawford & David Bass got slapped around the last few days

    hey Reggie. sign John Abraham!!

    oh wait – nevermind

  • Beeeeeech Dawg N Full Effect

    Mcfadden20. Says:
    July 30th, 2013 at 1:03 pm
    Practice notes and Quotes please

    ——–

    Ok, I’ll practice -

    Notes: Mcfailin’ is a huge goober

    Quotes: “Sorry Mcfailing, but you’re a huge goober”
    - The Beeech Diggity Dawg

  • Ghosttoothepost

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    July 30th, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    none of you guys would call Kell “Wilbur” to his face

    he was in the Navy, 30 years ago
    ————-
    Kell admitted he enlisted in the Navy instead of going to VietNam.
    Wasn’t like he enlisted because it was his civic duty, was to avoid conflict.
    He’s braver behind a keyboard.

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

    “Persian’s have pink ones?”

    Persian women are hot!

  • R8ER MIKE

    lol Ghost… you smoke the right bud and that cart food is pretty damn good !!!

  • mcfadden20.

    Ghosttoothepost Says:
    July 30th, 2013 at 1:06 pm
    mcfadden20. Says:
    July 30th, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Raider O Says:
    July 30th, 2013 at 12:51 pm
    Mcfadden20. Says:
    July 30th, 2013 at 12:49 pm
    Raider O Says:
    July 30th, 2013 at 12:45 pm
    Chicken tikka rules!!!!
    Naan is great too.


    Chicken Tikka, damn why you had to remind me

    Any Indian or Pakistani restaurant near you O?
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Yeah, but they are not that good. My favorite Indian restaurant is in Jordan. Mankal chicken tikka.


    Was in India few months back , best food in the world
    —————–
    You really need to get out more.
    Ranks inbetween gypsy street cart food, and spam, undercooked.

    – I don’t know where you been eating , obviously you been eating at wrong places though .. Just wonderful food man , I’ll go back there again just for food

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    July 30th, 2013 at 1:07 pm
    Do all Indian women have brown nipples, or do say maybe Persian’s have pink ones?

    Just curious.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    I don’t know about all Indian women, but I know for a fact some Persians have pink nipples.

  • Ghosttoothepost

    “no, I hope to one day, but food in india much fresher than anything you get over here an much much tastier”
    Fresher? You believe that all Indian food is transported?
    How can it be fresher?
    You buy fresh meat at the deli, buy fresh veggies wherever, same with spices.
    Sorry, but it tastes the way it does, over here, because that’s just the way it tastes.

  • mcfadden20.

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    July 30th, 2013 at 1:08 pm
    why are we trying to have 35 year old Andre Carter cover TE Ausberry?

    to nobody’s surprise.. that was a massive fail

    Dre also jumped offsides at least once today.

    Jack Crawford & David Bass got slapped around the last few days

    hey Reggie. sign John Abraham!!

    oh wait – nevermind

    — chill it’s training camp, just exercising players play muscles and memory , carter won’t be doing anything but rush the passer when the games start , and Abrahm wanted go to a team that’s ready to compete

  • SnBG

    I’m not a fan of French food or women.
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    Have you had french for in France?

  • Ghosttoothepost

    – I don’t know where you been eating , obviously you been eating at wrong places though .. Just wonderful food man , I’ll go back there again just for food”

    Didn’t you say the other day that you’re Indian?
    You think that might have something to do with you being prejudice towards Indian food?

  • RaiderRockstar

    JFB is just messing with you guys!

    he’s trying to see how many bloggers he can get fired when they try to Google search “Indian & Persian nipples” on the clock, employer’s dime

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

    Beeeeeech

    We caught him in a fake flight. He was too dumb to stay away from the keyboard when he was supposed to be in flight.

    He tried acting like he just got off a flight from Seattle Sea/Tac airport when someone said how is that possible you just posted one hour thirty minutes ago that is almost 2 hour flight.

    Then he tried backpedaling saying that the flight back is faster than the flight up there (using tailwind as an excuse for a plane traveling South)

    I reminded him yesterday of this….it will strike a nerve if you mention it.

  • SnBG

    Kurt Warner likes him some Palmer. Palmer looks good throwing today.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Palmer looks good throwing today.

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

    There are no 4th quarters in training camp

  • mcfadden20.

    Ghosttoothepost Says:
    July 30th, 2013 at 1:12 pm
    “no, I hope to one day, but food in india much fresher than anything you get over here an much much tastier”
    Fresher? You believe that all Indian food is transported?
    How can it be fresher?
    You buy fresh meat at the deli, buy fresh veggies wherever, same with spices.
    Sorry, but it tastes the way it does, over here, because that’s just the way it tastes.

    — fresh cut meat right in front of you if you like , fruits veggies everything tastes much better

  • RaiderRockstar

    Abrahm wanted go to a team that’s ready to compete

    ***

    @M20

    the Cards haven’t been “ready to compete” since 2009!

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    SnBG Says:
    July 30th, 2013 at 1:12 pm
    I’m not a fan of French food or women.
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    Have you had french for in France?
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    I dislike the French, their food, and their women who can’t find a razor.

  • RaiderRockstar

    @SnBG

    Kurt Warner compared Terrelle Pryor to Doug Williams last week.. compared Palmer to Neil Lomax

  • mcfadden20.

    Ghosttoothepost Says:
    July 30th, 2013 at 1:13 pm
    – I don’t know where you been eating , obviously you been eating at wrong places though .. Just wonderful food man , I’ll go back there again just for food”

    Didn’t you say the other day that you’re Indian?
    You think that might have something to do with you being prejudice towards Indian food?

    — haha I might be biased , but you already know there’s no fresh meat here, everything transported frozen and with stuff to keep fresh , can’t beat the daily fresh meat cut right infront of you everyday

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

    ” try to Google search “Indian & Persian nipples” on the clock, employer’s dime”

    Sounds like fun to me….I wish I knew the answer but you all know I am a 40 year old virgin living in my moms basement.