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Walker, Ford back at practice

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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  • eastoaklandraider

    Even though Callahan went to the SB you wont hear anybody call him a great coach.

  • SnBG

    One quarter of bad play and it’s doom and gloom. Help me Martha, I’m commin. I’m comin!

  • SnBG

    Callahan was a great OC for us. Leave him alone.

  • eastoaklandraider

    DJ Johnny Says:
    August 19th, 2013 at 4:49 pm
    eastoaklandraider Says:
    August 19th, 2013 at 4:31 pm
    Alex7 Says:
    August 19th, 2013 at 4:28 pm
    lol SnB

    he made a Super Bowl and got fired. The point remains the same. Using a coach being fired as a sign that he’s obviously not good is just dumb.
    ———-

    Lovie shouldnt have been fired.

    Lovie said at his opening presser his NUMBER #1 GOAL is beating GB.
    ——–

    What was he supposed to say? Bottom line is dude was a good coach and was unjustly fired. If the GM would have got the team some oline help maybe he would still have his job.

  • CDERaider

    4 sounds about right but I’ll say 5 in 3 quarters. Oline is shuffled again and the Bears are going to be coming for sure.

  • RaidO

    CDERaider Says:
    August 19th, 2013 at 4:44 pm
    Bears game blacked out.

    Over/Under on sellouts this season with the Tarps? Remember, we’re not on the 80% rule this year.
    ———————–

    Oakland came in dead last in attendance last season, an average of 54,217 per game. That’s just 86 percent of the capacity at O.co Coliseum, already one of the smallest stadiums in the NFL at 63,132

    With no more Mt Davis the Coliseum’s new capacity will be 53,250, by far the smallest in the NFL.

    There will be some sell outs.

  • Raider E

    One quarter of bad play and it’s doom and gloom. Help me Martha, I’m commin. I’m comin!

    ———————————

    I hope this wasn’t a Redd Foxx from Sanford and Son reference because the name should be Elizabeth. Damn, your dumb.

    I bet you put ice in your condoms to kepp the swelling down.

  • SnBG

    eastoaklandraider Says:
    August 19th, 2013 at 4:31 pm
    Alex7 Says:
    August 19th, 2013 at 4:28 pm
    lol SnB

    he made a Super Bowl and got fired. The point remains the same. Using a coach being fired as a sign that he’s obviously not good is just dumb.
    lllllllllllllllllllllllll
    Huh, what what, Huh, I never said anything like that.

  • eastoaklandraider

    95.7 THE GAME is gushing over DJ Hayden.

  • JLofty

    Pitt game sold out before singles went on sale…

  • Raider E

    Callahan was a great OC for us. Leave him alone.

    ———————————————-

    He sabotaged the Superbowl. I take Timmy B’s word for it because he is a Raider.

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

    Raider E Says:
    August 19th, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Callahan was a great OC for us. Leave him alone.

    ———————————————-

    He sabotaged the Superbowl. I take Timmy B’s word for it because he is a Raider.

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

    Oh, not this again.

  • eastoaklandraider

    Lamar Houston at the top of the hour on 95.7 THE GAME.

  • ddsman

    You have to love how stupid our fan base is. Only on a Raiders blog would somebody question the validity of an article from the Onion…

    PS We have 4 QB’s and not one would be a starter on any another team in the NFL. #Truth

  • alex7

    Raider E

    before you brag in December…

    what do you expect from Flynn?

    Because it’s not like we’re saying he’s going to go 11-5 and out-perform Tom Brady.

    I’m expecting 3,400 yards, 25 TDs, 15 INTs, and a 6-10 record. Basically average NFL QB #s, for a 5th round pick

  • CDERaider

    Real reason for the tarps? Raiders have only had 1 regular season blackout in 2 years… So why tarp?

    Because Davis won’t buy the extra tickets to get the sellouts anymore and he’s doing his ‘due diligence’ to fulfill the NFL ‘requirement’ to prove a team can’t succeed in their current market – in order to get approval to move.

    Get out to the stadium as much as you can this year.

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

    “He sabotaged the Superbowl. I take Timmy B’s word for it because he is a Raider.”

    I agree with you.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    DA svcks donkey aszs

  • RaidO

    Oakland Raiders: How Terrelle Pryor Outplayed Matt Flynn While Throwing For Nine Yards

    It would be an insult to the word awful to say Matt Flynn and the Oakland Raiders first-team offense looked awful during a 28-20 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Friday night at the Superdome in Louisiana.

    Yet, people are already characterizing Flynn’s absolutely atrocious first half performance as heroic simply because he walked off the field after five sacks without injury, but he also walked off without helping his team by calling audibles, switching protections, being aware of the rush, scrambling or throwing incompletions.

    The truth is, Terrelle Pryor’s four incompletions and 9 yards passing were far more encouraging than anything Flynn did.

    Statistics don’t lie, it’s the interpretation of statistics that can take us to the dark side, and believe me the following statistics need William Wallace type leadership to find freedom:

    Matt Flynn 12-16, 124 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT 117.7 qb rating

    Terrelle Pryor 1-5 9 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT, 39.6 qb rating

    Matt McGloin 4-7 32 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT, 29.2 qb rating

    Flynn was sacked five times in two quarters; Pryor and McGloin each took one sack in their 15 minutes of work. Plus-minus for points scored under each QB : Flynn -16 (7-23), Pryor +10 (10-0), and McGloin -2 (3-5).

    But it was Flynn who was painfully bad, a deer in the headlights exhibiting no leadership, spark, grit or solutions. Many are already blaming Flynn’s entire performance on his porous offensive line, but guess what, this is the kind of protection Raider quarterbacks are going to have all season.

    Gene Upshaw and Art Shell aren’t walking through that door, and without a healthy Jared Veldheer, its open season on Raider QB’s in 2013. With nine new starters on defense, the Raider offense must score to stay in games. So whoever starts at QB has to realize punting is not the answer, be unafraid of taking risks, and be able to make plays while running for his life.

    Does that sound like Matt Flynn?

    Flynn’s accuracy was nonexistent for 27 minutes, with each sack he became more skittish, and his only real play of the first half came on a poor decision, an inaccurate throw caught by David Ausberry for 24 yards in triple coverage. Flynn blew an easy touchdown with all day to throw off play-action, missing a receiver all by his lonesome 40 yards downfield.

    Flynn finally made a couple nice throws during an 11 play, 82-yard touchdown drive that is being given far too much credit, and it came against a vanilla Saint defense, one content with a 23 point blowout with starters vs. starters.

    Before that drive, Flynn completed only one pass longer than 7 yards, and led the Oakland offense to just 48 paltry total yards.

    Raider coach Dennis Allen summed up the first half like so. “We didn’t play well in any of the phases of the game”.

    Amen to that.

    Terrelle Pryor opened the second half with some positive runs before a false start brought up 3rd and 6, one of many plays demonstrating Pryor was more assertive with his audibles and protections than Flynn.

    Pryor recognized the blitz, hurried an audible, got his receivers in position, calmly beat the play-clock without wasting a timeout, and then outran a blitzing defender he’d been eyeing for a first down.

    Pryor’s first incompletion was one of his most impressive throws as a Raider. On 3rd and 11, Pryor waited for the play to develop in the pocket, eyes downfield as a defender was making contact with his legs, and instead of searching for a quick dump off with his team down three scores, Pryor tried to make a play. Pryor failed in his efforts, but only after dropping a beautiful toss to the sideline that Brice Butler couldn’t quite corral.

    Terrelle is learning the delicate balance between aggressiveness and poor decisions, but one thing you won’t ever see him do is roll around on the ground in the fetal position while praying his defense will outscore Drew Brees — paging Matt Flynn.

    To be clear, the Saints defense defended the read-option well, and Pryor wasn’t that impressive, unless you compare him to Matt Flynn. But if you’re not seeing Pryor’s progress then you should pay closer attention. Pryor also made two very decisive plays at the Saints’ goal line that Matt Flynn doesn’t even have the option to attempt.

    People will tell you this first play was a mistake, they’re wrong.

    A botched snap on second down at the Saints’ 7-yard line saw Pryor collect the ball, look downfield, find a receiver, and then decide better of it while under pressure, so he tried to get it out of bounds. Pryor’s throw was almost intercepted, but he worked very hard to get that incompletion so the offense had 3rd down at the 7-yard line, instead of ten yards back.

    The 24-year-old Pryor’s process of decision-making was sound, he needs more reps to give him the judgment to know when his athleticism should be trusted, but taking the sack is not the right play here, especially for a dual-threat QB. The value of risking the throw to avoid a sack became clear on the very next play.

    On third down Pryor again created something out of nothing by scrambling into the end zone with no one open, a run that would’ve been nearly impossible if he’d taken the sack. A questionable holding call that didn’t affect his run can’t negate the fact Pryor’s efforts should’ve been rewarded with four extra points, and the recognition that he had the guts to make the right decision on the incompletion, even after his awful interception in the end zone a week ago.

    Pryor’s only completion made his run to pay dirt possible. On 3rd and 6 from the Saints’ 17-yard line Pryor threw a 9-yard pass that gave the Raiders 1st and goal inside the 10. Flynn threw for only one first down in his first 27 minutes behind center, and that was his ill-advised 24-yarder into triple coverage.

    It was disappointing to see Pryor not get the opportunity to start the fourth quarter so he could attempt more than five passes, but it seems like the coaching staff is determined to ignore the abundant evidence that Flynn has always been destined for one position, backup quarterback.

    Unfortunately for the Raiders and their fans, on opening day at Indianapolis, they’re going to need a starter.

    TRUTH!

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

    ddsman Says:
    August 19th, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    PS We have 4 QB’s and not one would be a starter on any another team in the NFL. #Truth

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

    But…but…but…Priest KNOWS FOR A FACT that Pryor is a better quarterback than Russell Wilson!

  • CDERaider

    Raider E Says:
    August 19th, 2013 at 4:56 pm
    Callahan was a great OC for us. Leave him alone.

    ———————————————-

    He sabotaged the Superbowl. I take Timmy B’s word for it because he is a Raider.

    ————————————-

    Not sure about sabotage but he called probably the worst SB in history. Should have run Wheatley and Garner all day long – Gannon sh*t the bed too…

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

    “Get out to the stadium as much as you can this year.”

    I am going to go to all the games this year assuming they will not be in Oakland next year because the lease is up in January.

  • Raider E

    alex7 Says:
    August 19th, 2013 at 4:59 pm
    Raider E

    before you brag in December…

    what do you expect from Flynn?

    Because it’s not like we’re saying he’s going to go 11-5 and out-perform Tom Brady.

    I’m expecting 3,400 yards, 25 TDs, 15 INTs, and a 6-10 record. Basically average NFL QB #s, for a 5th round pick

    —————————————

    In all honesty, I don’t expect Flynn to last 4 games, and this is because he is going to be hurt.

    Now, if he somehow manages to stay on the field? I will give a charitable prediction of 2500 yds, 12tds, 8 ints, and a 3-13 record with thw wins being @KC, home vs. JAC, and home vs. SD.

  • Kirk

    Sir RaiderDuck, OMS Says:
    August 19th, 2013 at 4:15 pm
    Kirk Says:
    August 19th, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Gruden would way better than Dennis Allen.

    Reggie would still be making the personel decisions.

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

    NFL coaches returning for second stints with their teams doesn’t work. It just doesn’t.
    /////////////////////////////////////////////////

    When has it happened before?

  • alex7

    Saying none of our QBs would start on another team…

    when 2 are rookies and Flynn backed up a Hall of Famer…

    is kinda pointless.

    Flynn is a better VALUE (talent/age/cost) than the QBs in Cleveland, Jacksonville, Miami, Kansas City, Tennessee, Minnesota, and NYJ

  • SnBG

    CDERaider Says:
    August 19th, 2013 at 5:01 pm
    Raider E Says:
    August 19th, 2013 at 4:56 pm
    Callahan was a great OC for us. Leave him alone.

    ———————————————-

    He sabotaged the Superbowl. I take Timmy B’s word for it because he is a Raider.

    ————————————-

    Not sure about sabotage but he called probably the worst SB in history. Should have run Wheatley and Garner all day long – Gannon sh*t the bed too…
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    Timmie B was a great WR but he’s an idiot with some of the things he says. The Raids threw the ball all over the field that year. Any good coach will tell you you play to you’re streaths. Gruden just knew to much about us and it was TBs year.

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

    “When has it happened before?”

    Art Shell do you need to be reminded how that went 2-14

  • Marks hair

    shell

  • alex7

    Thanks RaiderE. Curious…

    do you think his performance against the Patriots was a fluke? I assume you think 500 yards and 6 TDs vs Lions was a fluke.

    And if so, why?

  • Kirk

    Silverandblack666 Says:
    August 19th, 2013 at 5:05 pm
    “When has it happened before?”

    Art Shell do you need to be reminded how that went 2-14
    ////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    Art Shell is not a coach. Never was.

  • Kirk

    alex7 Says:
    August 19th, 2013 at 5:06 pm
    Thanks RaiderE. Curious…

    do you think his performance against the Patriots was a fluke? I assume you think 500 yards and 6 TDs vs Lions was a fluke.

    And if so, why?
    ////////////////////////////////////////

    Throw the ball to Jordy. Watch Jordy run.

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

    SnBG Says:
    August 19th, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Any good coach will tell you you play to you’re strengths. Gruden just knew to much about us and it was TBs year.

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

    Truth. Callahan didn’t even change any of Gruden’s audible calls. When ever Gannon checked out, the TB defense knew what we were going to run.

  • alex7

    Gruden and Art Shell aren’t the same.

    Gruden would be returning to a new owner and new coaches.

    treat each situation as it’s own. Lazy thinking to just say “something not that similar happened before, therefore it will always…”

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

    No argument here Kirk.

  • Marks hair

    329.. hardly… callhan fúcked us.. we out weighed their defense of line by about 50 to 75 pounds per player.. not to mention he changed the entire game plan away from the running attack like tfri night before the Superbowl ..

    I wouldn’t say he sabotaged the Raiders I would say he sabotaged himself.. like a gambler having the best hot run of his life but he has to go back to the table until he loses it all

  • Marks hair

    its art shell was not a coach them what the hell is da?

  • alex7

    Jordy Nelson had 1 catch for 19 yards vs the Patriots.

    Try again.

  • ddsman

    Alex 7 – Daunte Culpepper had 5 TD’s in a game as a Raider. Solid premise their chief…

    http://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/Daunte-s-inferno-QB-gets-his-chance-5-TDs-2520153.php

    When Matt Flynn has 6 TD’s for the Raiders and we have a winning season, remind me of this post. Otherwise, get a clue bro.

  • ddsman

    or *there :)

  • Raider E

    alex7 Says:
    August 19th, 2013 at 5:06 pm
    Thanks RaiderE. Curious…

    do you think his performance against the Patriots was a fluke? I assume you think 500 yards and 6 TDs vs Lions was a fluke.

    And if so, why?

    ——————————————

    I think the pick 6 he threw to tie the game, and the sack fumble on the potential game winning drive against NE says all we need to know about Flynn.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    kirk coisins >>> flynn

  • Plunketthead

    Cousins is smaller then Bart Flynn, smaller hands too

  • Plunketthead

    Big Ben is slowing down

  • SnBG

    Art Shell was coach of the year. Leave him alone. He’s a great Raider.

  • Plunketthead

    Nice pass Ben and they thought Flynn was bad

  • RAIDERMAN99

    Attention Know-It-Alls, here’s your chance to prove it.

    Heck, even if you’re not a Know-It-All, here’s your chance to take a stab at predicting what the 2013 RAID record will be.

    The rules are simple. Post your screen-name and prediction. You can change your prediction at any time – up until the kick-off in Indy. After that, your prediction is FINAL and irrevocable.

    We’re on the honor system here, so please don’t fk with or alter any of your RAID brother’s predictions.

    Let’s go…

    THE 2013 RAIDER RECORD WILL BE:

    RAIDERMAN99 2-14

  • Raider Riff

    323. My thoughts exactly.

  • SnBG

    Plunketthead Says:
    August 19th, 2013 at 5:19 pm
    Big Ben is slowing down
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    He’s been beat up enough.

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  • Bigmike34

    Raider E said the following: In response to a comment about Flynn Throwing for 480 yards and 6TDs against Detroit in his second Start.
    ————————————————-
    I think the pick 6 he threw to tie the game, and the sack fumble on the potential game winning drive against NE says all we need to know about Flynn.
    ——————————————–
    I would first tell Raider E that the NE game was Flynn’s first start….and he had a terrific game with a 102 QB rating and a 64.8% Completion rate..he threw for 251 yards and 3TDs….HOW DID PRYOR DO IN HIS 1ST START????

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

    I WOULD ALSO NOTE THE HORRIBLE PRYOR INTERCEPTION WHERE HE THREW ACROSS HIS BODY DIRECTLY INTO THE HANDS OF A DEFENDER….IN THE END ZONE….COLLEGE FRESHMAN YOU DO NOT DO THAT…AND THAT ACCORDING TO RAIDER E….IS ALL WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PRYOR..