Raiders camp notes and links


Some notes, quotes and links from the Raiders practice Friday:

Looks like the Raiders will be looking at some more defensive tackles. Vance Walker was back at practice for the second consecutive day, but Pat Sims still hasn’t practiced, Stacy McGee came back from an undisclosed injury but did not finish and newly signed Myles Wade was injured.

“I think that’s something we’ve got to continue to look at,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “We brought in Myles Wade, unfortunately he was injured today, so we’ve got to keep going and make sure we have enough bodies to come out here and practice with.”

— Impressive day from running back Rashad Jennings, who looks nothing like the 2.8 yards per carry runner he was in Jacksonville last season.

“He’s done some good things for us,” Allen said. “One of the challenges you have for Rashad is … Rashad’s a big back, we want Rashad to play like a big back, and that will be something we’re going to look at as we go into the preseason is him being that big physical presence that we expect him to be.”

Jennings moved the pile in a third-and-1 drill and later described that situation as being “like a carrot in front of a bunny. You just go get it.”

— Officials on their annual tour were at the Raiders facility and will be there through Sunday. The practice was so clean Allen counted only one flag thrown. Officials spent much of the time conversing with players and mostly coaches, informing of them how rules will be enforced.

Some of the rule changes aren’t applicable in practice anyway, in particular the rule which won’t allow running backs in the tackle box to lower their head and pile into an opposing defender.

“They’re obviously not going to see everything since they don’t have the full crew out here,” Allen said. “It’s part of the deal. We bring the officials out, it’s good for them, they get some work, but it’s also good for us because we get a chance to have them explain some of the new rules and some of the things that they’re going to emphasize this year. ”

— Tackle Alex Barron, considered a major bust in St. Louis as a first-round draft pick, has been dominating in some blocking drills _ he’s been particularly rough on rookie end David Bass _ and has played well enough to get some first team reps at right tackle to push Khalif Barnes with Menelik Watson still not having practiced.

“Well I think we’re going to let that thing play out, but obviously I’ve been impressed with the things Alex Barron has done and that’s been a nice surprise for us,” Allen said. “He’s a guy that’s kind of getting that second chance and he’s taking advantage of it.”

Allen hasn’t felt the need to to talk to his team aobut the situation in Philadelphia with white wide receiver Riley Cooper getting caught on video using racial epithets at a Kenny Chesney concert.

“We haven’t addressed it. Obviously, that’s a situation that you don’t want anything to be divisive in the locker room,” Allen said. “I think we all understand that we have a group of young men that all come from different backgrounds, and we have to respect all kinds of different backgrounds, whether it be race, religion, whatever the case may be.”

— One of the items on the NFL video presentation on rule changes was, ahem, the elimination of the tuck rule. Charles Woodson, Lincoln Kennedy and Zack Crockett had a few things to say about that in this Bay Area News Group web story.

— Place kicker Sebastian Janikowski’s timing couldn’t have been better for getting a contract extension. The Raiders may have as much as $50 million in cap space this year. Janikowski talked about his new deal in this Bay Area News Group web story.

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  • Myopinion

    Again lack of good judgement rob, an nfl scout said star.him over flynn, and none.bb of the media has said anything close to your worst passer ever eval. Your just hating. I really cant reply anymore u win.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Immediately following practice, the team announced they had locked up Sebastian Janikowski with a 4-year extension. He spoke with the media afterward about his new deal, saying he couldn’t wait to call his friend Shane Lechler, had no intention of retiring after this new contract was up, and was going for breaking the record for 50 plus yard field goals in a career (he’s 10 away from tying it).

    There’s a gimme. Hopefully not by game 5, though.

  • fingers

    Me..ill wait till both Pryor and Flynn have had a fair chance to prove who should be the starter….it will become clear…… Thats whats gonna be decided in the coming weeks…

  • Raiders for life

    Things are looking up, I can feel it.

  • realtruraider

    Pryor to the Browns?


    Why would you want to get rid of Pryor now? From all reports he is looking good, all we have behind him is 2 rookies who aren’t exactly lighting it up, Pryor will be a good backup (with special packages for him) and he has a chance to push for starter if Flynn slips.

  • Breaking_Black

    Warren Sapp > Joe Montana

  • PlunkforHOF


  • realtruraider

    Myopinion Says:
    August 3rd, 2013 at 2:18 pm
    Again lack of good judgement rob, an nfl scout said star.him over flynn, and none.bb of the media has said anything close to your worst passer ever eval. Your just hating. I really cant reply anymore u win.


    lol, Doc is like that guy in the bar that talks a lot but no one really pays attention because its all BS and nonsense, the bartender tells people to pay him no attention and that he is a regular but no one cares or knows wtf he is talking about

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Vic Tafur ‏@VicTafur 9s Olson on McFadden: “I think he lost confidence in that scheme last year. … he is “more comfortable” with gap (power) scheme

    No chit

  • SnBG

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    August 3rd, 2013 at 2:37 pm
    Vic Tafur ‏@VicTafur 9s Olson on McFadden: “I think he lost confidence in that scheme last year. … he is “more comfortable” with gap (power) scheme
    How come DMC couldn’t run in the ZBS. A lot of teams including the Steelers have and are changing their blocking schemes.

  • RaidO

    The Famous Dr Robert Says:
    August 3rd, 2013 at 2:10 pm
    Fact #1: Pryor is big, fast, and has good arm strength.

    Fact #2: Pryor is one of the worst passers I’ve ever seen in the nfl.

    See how one doesn’t cancel out the other?

    Worst? LOL. Exaggerate much.
    Since he only had one game in the NFL not much of an example on “throwing” but way back in 2010 Rose bowl his “throwing” look just fine.
    Oh and all info now from camp is that he has “improved” in the “throwing” department.

    Terrelle Pryor – Oregon Highlights

  • mcfadden20.

    Sir RaiderDuck, OMS Says:
    August 3rd, 2013 at 2:03 pm
    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    August 3rd, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    4-12….and you guys like Donkey and Shrek? Theres no hope for you guys…


    You’d prefer to go back to the “Good Old Days” of seven straight 11-loss seasons?

    Al troll is owned