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Walker, Ford back at practice

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, August 19th, 2013 at 1:13 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Defensive tackle Vance Walker and wide receiver Jacoby Ford were notable returning players to Raiders practice Monday as the team went into its “regular-season’’ mode with three practices remaining during training camp.

Also back at practice for the Raiders were right guard Mike Brisiel and cornerback Chimdi Chekwa. Cornerback D.J. Hayden, cleared for contact last Friday, was in full pads for the first time since suffering a ruptured blood vessel leading to his heart last November.

Strong safety Tyvon Branch was not present as practice began, with Brandian Ross getting work with the first team opposite free safety Charles Woodson.

It was the first day of “closed’’ practice, with the media watching only warm-ups and drills before exiting for team sessions as the Raiders build an actual game plan for Friday’s night’s game against the Chicago Bears at O.co Coliseum.

Typically, NFL teams treat the third preseason game as a dress rehearsal for the opener and merely hope to get through the fourth game healthy.

The Raiders have single practices Tuesday and Wednesday, breaking camp after the Wednesday session and returning to the club facility in Alameda.

Players who were working with the training staff and not practicing included defensive tackle Pat Sims, linebacker Keenan Clayton, offensive tackle Menelik Watson, wide receiver Juron Criner and linebacker Kevin Burnett.

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  • Bigmike34

    To RAID 0

    The numbers for Flynn in the last game are quite good when you look at the whole picture…You mentioned the 5 Sacks..and it took a full quarter plus for our guys on the line to Settle in…It is always a BIG PROBLEM when the Left Tackle Go’s down…

    You did not mention that we had a flood of penalties that made it even more difficult to get 1st Downs…

    I would point out that AFTER FLYNN 8/10 in the Second Quarter…our line came together and performed better They cut down the Penalties and Flynn drove us straight down field for a perfect 18 yard TD pass

    You all saw how horrific Pryor was in the 2ond quarter against their 2ond and 3rd team players.

    THE WHOLE TRUTH IS A HORRIBLE THING TO WASTE.

  • Bigmike34

    AS TO RUSSEL WILSON IN SEATTLE….HE IS SO SUPERIOR TO PRYOR THAT IT MAKES THOSE OF YOU WHO BELIEVE THAT PRYOR IS THE BETTER QB TO BE TOTAL MORONS….WHO KNOW NOTHING ABOUT FOOTBALL AND FOOTBALL PLAYERS

    THE GUY HAS AS STRONG AN ARM AS PRYOR….

    HE IS NOT AS ACCURATE AS FLYNN BUT MUCH MORE ACCURATE THAN PRYOR

    HE HAS EVERY INTANGABLE QUALITY THAT A QB NEEDS TO BE SUCCESSFUL…

    HE IS A TERRIFIC LEADER, IS FIRST IN AND LAST OUT IN “EVERY” PRACTICE

    IS LAST TO LEAVE THE PRACTICE FACILITY WHERE HE GOES EVEN ON OFF DAYS TO STUDY FILM…

    He is very smart and a very good field general makes very few mistakes of any king…MUCH SMARTER THEN PRYOR

    HE HAS very GOOD SPEED (NOT AS MUCH AS PRYOR BUT MORE THEN FLYNN)…

    HE IS A MAN OF STRONG CHARACTER (UNLIKE PRYOR)

    HE IS PROBABLY AS GOOD AT HIDING THE BALL IN HIS READ OPTION PLAYS AS ANYONE IN THE NFL…

    THE GUY IS SPECIAL…ALSO NOTE ACCORDING TO PETE CARROLL FLYNN HAD A SORE ELBOW WHICH CUT BACK ON HIS REPS IN PRE-SEASON…last year and that took him out of the running to be the starting QB….It also didn’t help that Carroll was in love with Wilson

    (P.S) I THINK SEATTLE MADE A HORRIBLE MISTAKE IN TRADING FLYNN TO THE RAIDERS BUT THEY HAD TO DUMP HIS SALARY TO GIVE MUCH DESERVED RAISES TO SOME OF THEIR BIG TIME DEFENSIVE PLAYERS.. Paying $8 million a year to a guy sitting on the bench is not part of the SeaHawk plan for success