Sims among returning players

It managed to escape my own apparently poor eyesight, but defensive tackle Pat Sims was suited up and on the field with the Raiders as the media window closed Tuesday.

We’ll find out soon from coach Dennis Allen if Sims was simply going through individual drills or if he was included in team sessions, as fellow defensive tackle Vance Walker was Monday.

Either way, it’s an encouraging sign provided Sims makes it through practice. He tried to come back midway through camp and then ended up limping off halfway through, not taking the field again until Tuesday.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • http://ho-lee-fuk 909RaiderLifer

    Scott Bair @BairCSN 1h
    DA said Lamarr Houston will play Friday. Uncertain about walker and sims. #raiders
    Bit of good news there..

  • The_Judge37

    199.Raider O Says:
    August 20th, 2013 at 3:20 pm
    Gaither is talented but he has injury and attitude issues.

    Those things can be over come alot easier than someone with Talent issues.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Height32 1/4″
    Arm Length244LBS.
    Weight9 5/8″

    In a November 2011 article about Thomas in the San Francisco Chronicle, former Stanford and current 49er defensive coordinator Vic Fangio aptly summed up scouts’ feelings about the versatile defender: “He was born to play football.” While quarterback Andrew Luck and the Cardinal’s offensive line received well-deserved hype over the past couple of seasons, Thomas impressed his coaches and pro scouts alike by wreaking havoc in opponents’ backfields.

    The Georgia native redshirted in 2008 to add to weight to his lean sub-200 pound frame coming out of high school. He played 13 games, starting eight, in his freshman year after stepping in for injured defensive end Erik Lorig (36 tackles, seven for loss, four sacks). He earned honorable mention All-Pac 12 accolades as a linebacker in Fangio’s 3-4 scheme by leading Stanford in tackles for loss (11.5) and tying for the lead in sacks (7.5). His playmaking skills flourished as a junior, garnering All-American and first-team All-Pac 12 honors by increasing his production (17.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks) for the second straight season.

    The Stanford program didn’t miss a beat after losing Luck to the NFL. Riding the strength of their running game and defense, they lost just one game (in overtime to Notre Dame) and largely shut down many high powered offenses. Thomas had another year of gaudy production (71 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks) on his way to earning first-team All-Pac 12 honors once again.

    StrengthsVersatile edge defender who finds the ball regularly and has made plays at linebacker or defensive end. Displays violent and strong hands to get past the shoulder of his blocker on an edge rush or disengage when containing his side. Works his way though trash well on this inside, showing a bit of quickness to cut into the A-gap for run plays (or B-gap as a blitzer), work his man upfield on the pass rush or spin inside to take advantage of that lane. Good club and swim move inside. Mirrors pretty well in coverage, takes good angles to running backs in the flats, and gets physical with tight ends and crossing receivers. Usually beats tight ends and running backs when they pass block against him. High-effort player, hustles through single blocks and doubles to the ball, consistently chases plays from behind, and keeps his balance after taking on linemen at the second level. Has enough upper-body strength to separate the ball and create turnovers or slow down/stop ball carriers trying to cut past him.
    WeaknessesNot an elite pass rusher with pure power, great flexibility or upfield speed to turn the corner. Also lacks top closing speed, relies on hustle to make plays. Lacks lengths and bulk, offensive tackles can keep him at bay and mirror him easily as an edge rusher. Needs to continue to get stronger, getting off blocks and keeping leverage will be a bit tougher against NFL linemen. Most of his pressures come against tight ends/running backs or inside stunts. Has good enough movement skills to handle coverage responsibilities in the flat, but quicker ball carriers cut past him in space and he struggles changing direction due to playing upright. One speed player who lacks burst off the ball on the edge or closing speed in pursuit.
    NFL ComparisonConnor Barwin
    Bottom LineAn aptly-named defender who earned All-American accolades as a junior (17.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks) with great hustle and instincts, Thomas displays potential as a starter for teams needing a strong-side linebacker or utility defender that plays on the line of scrimmage. His lack of length and athleticism handicap his ceiling, but he has been an ultra-productive defender on a good defense. If he fails to develop into a starter, he should at the very least be a capable backup linebacker and special teams player. He will likely be chosen on the second day of the draft.


    NFL .COM draft tracker scouting report 2013 on chase thomas. Got rated a 79.3 near B status

    Hard to just a guy off 2 preseason games or a few months in camp.

    POTENTIAL pickup

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Nycraider Says:
    August 20th, 2013 at 2:18 pm
    Seymour Bush Says:
    August 20th, 2013 at 2:13 pm
    nycraider Says:
    August 20th, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    The OL was the reason Flynn struggled by Dmac sucks? idk doesnt sound consistent

    Flynn has been good in other situations. McFadden has been terrible for four different coaching staffs. Sounds pretty consistent to me.
    Flynn has 2 career starts, boy your definition of good in other situations is hilarious. Couldve sworn Dmac one or two seasons not games averaged over 5yds per carry.

    I don’t know how much I can blame Matt Flynn for having Aaron Rogers arguably the best Q in the game, playing in front of him. And on another note, in sports you are only as good as your last at bat. So in McFaddens case, that means he is not very good.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Yet another make genitilia reference?!?!?


    The majority of youth in this movie are 6 & under.

    Hollywood must be run by pedophiles

  • elraidmanhattan

    Obviously Burris is in f’ked up shape, like Thomas not expecting much though, i guess maiva is in hiding too.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    UCLA Raiders Says:
    August 20th, 2013 at 3:13 pm
    Why not sign Jared Gaither to a vet minimum contract?

    As I said before he completely flamed out in SD, Jared Gaither makes Alex Barron look like workaholic guy who would play the game for free.

  • elraidmanhattan

    Dmac is fine, did you see those runs straight up the middle in a meaningless game, sure he is washed up….lol

  • elraidmanhattan

    Gaither is a complete loser, wouldn’t touch him

  • elraidmanhattan

    Where is famous Dr.? Clearly he hates athletic qb’s

  • Twocents

    The smartest lawyers become politicians and then they become gods to stupid voters.
    Oh lord, please just keep the food stamps coming and I swear eternal allegiance.
    What a sorry bunch Americans have become.

  • the famous dr robert

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    August 20th, 2013 at 3:26 pm
    Yet another make genitilia reference?!?!?


    The majority of youth in this movie are 6 & under.

    Hollywood must be run by pedophiles
    So it’s this or ur bigot posts?

    Great. Starting to miss ur space age qb rants.

  • rediaR

    Elraidmanhattan Says:
    August 20th, 2013 at 3:29 pm
    Dmac is fine, did you see those runs straight up the middle in a meaningless game, sure he is washed up….lol
    I base it more off of last year. He looks just as slow and useless as he did when he was outplayed by a not so special FA, an UDFA rookie and a WR converted to FB.

  • willy91137

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    August 20th, 2013 at 3:26 pm
    Yet another make genitilia reference?!?!?
    angry old man

  • the famous dr robert

    New post.