Part of the Bay Area News Group

Notes, quotes and observations from Wednesday’s practice, locker room

By Steve Corkran
Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 at 4:49 pm in Oakland Raiders.

ALAMEDA — A calf injury cost rookie Menelik Watson almost all of training camp. Now, on the eve of Watson starting at left offensive tackle for the Raiders in their regular-season opener against the Indianapolis Colts, Watson is battling a knee injury.
Coach Dennis Allen said Watson “tweaked” a knee in practice today. To that end, Watson was limited in practice, and his status for Sunday’s game against the Colts is up in the air.
If Watson can’t play Sunday, Allen said, veteran Khalif Barnes will take over on the left side, with recently signed veteran Tony Pashos replacing Barnes at right offensive tackle.
Barnes started at left tackle for his four seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He has played right tackle almost exclusively during his Raiders career.
Left tackle continues to be a revolving door, of sorts, on the heels of entrenched regular Jared Veldheer suffering a torn triceps.
Once Veldheer went down, the Raiders tried veteran Alex Barron. That experiment bombed, with the Raiders releasing Barron last Saturday.
Watson started Oakland’s exhibition finale against the Seattle Seahawks at left tackle and held up quite well, though the competition and noise were mitigated somewhat by the meaningless nature of the game.

– The news is better concerning kicker Sebastian Janikowski. Allen revealed that Janikowski has been sidelined of late with a right calf injury and, more important, that his standout kicker will be ready to go against the Colts.
The Raiders signed Justin Medlock to kick for Janikowski against the Seahawks last Thursday night. They then waived Medlock two days later.
Janikowski was not at practice today. However, Allen wasted little time in saying, “He’ll be fine,”

– Tight end David Ausberry worked with a trainer off to the side today, while his teammates practiced on an adjacent field. It appears as if Ausberry’s injured shoulder is making progress, based on how he looked.
“I’m making progress every day,” Ausberry said. “It’s getting better, and I hope I’ll be able to play again real soon.”
Allen didn’t shed much light on the situation, as expected.
“I’m not going to make that decision yet,” Allen said, when asked if Ausberry is going to play Sunday. “He’s not ready to go, but I won’t have to decide on his status until later in the week. We’ll see how he continues to progress as the week goes on.”
Ausberry said he has to weigh the short-term gain of returning too soon versus the long-term gain of making sure he is at or near full strength upon his return.
He is the starting tight end whenever he’s healthy. If he can’t play, the Raiders will choose from among Jeron Mastrud and rookies Mychal Rivera and Nick Kasa. Mastrud likely will start if Ausberry isn’t able to do so.

– Colts coach Chuck Pagano spent the 2005 and ’06 seasons with the Raiders as their defensive backs coach. He worked under Norv Turner and Art Shell.
He said he enjoyed his time here, even though the Raiders won four games in ’04 and two in ’06.
“The most memorable moments were spent with Mr. Davis,” Pagano said of late owner Al Davis. “It was an honor to work under a man, a legend and an icon that he is and was. I learned so much from him.
“When my career is over and done, I’ll always look back on those moments. It was a great opportunity for me, a great two years. Everybody else would say that the opportunity was very unique. I am humbled by it and honored to have had that opportunity.”

– The Raiders boast 27 players on their 53-man roster that weren’t on the team last year. All but one will be making their Raiders debut Sunday, with safety Charles Woodson in his second go round with the team that drafted him in 1998.
That figure also might change if the Raiders make a roster move or two between now and Sunday, which is possible.
One potential move is with Veldheer. Allen said the Raiders aren’t in any hurry to decide whether to place Veldheer on the injured reserve/designated to return list.
Teams are permitted to use that designation once per season. They are expected to do so this season with Veldheer, but not until they are certain that Veldheer is going to be able to return at a reasonable time during the season.

– Fullback Marcel Reece (offense), defensive end Lamarr Houston (defense) and long-snapper Jon Condo (special teams) were voted team captains, Allen said.
Houston receiving the honor adds to the role that Allen and others envisioned their defensive linchpin playing this season.
“Lamarr was a guy that, going into the offseason, that we kind of pegged as a guy that we wanted to be a leader for this team,” Allen said. “He began to take a little bit of that role at the end of last year and he’s continued to improve in that regard as we’ve gone through the offseason and training camp.”

– Allen said one of the objectives of training camp was identifying a clear-cut, No. 1 wide receiver.
Allen and receiver Rod Streater stopped shy of saying whether the Raiders feel as if they achieved their stated goal.
“We have a lot of good receivers,” Allen said. “All those guys can step up and make plays. We’re happy where we’re at from the receiver position. We have guys that bring different elements and different strengths.”
Streater said all he knows is that he is a starter and that he is expected to make plays every game. Therefore, it doesn’t matter to him whether he’s considered the go-to guy or not.

– Few give the Raiders a chance to do well this season. That fact obviously isn’t lost on Allen and his coaches and players.
Still, it doesn’t change their approach or get them too riled up.
“The expectations in what we are as a football team will be defined inside this building,” Allen said. “That’s the only way you can look at it. We’re focused on doing the best that we can to continue to improve, and we’re really focused on how we’re going to try to win this game against the Indianapolis Colts. And that’s our only focus right now.”

  • Share/Bookmark

[You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.]

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    The Famous Dr Robert Says:
    September 5th, 2013 at 11:26 am
    GhostTooThePost Says:
    September 5th, 2013 at 10:17 am
    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    September 5th, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Since possibly EVER?
    Guess some missed that memo.
    This morning’s paper, Marc Purdy theory: “Most people blame a substandard roster for the Raiders failings, but I believe there are large magnets buried in the Raider turf at Oco, that influence the flight of magnet in-bedded balls. Just watch some of the ridiculous off-target passes thrown by Pryor this season, and tell me I’m wrong.”

    I’m just sure he’ll backtrack and apologize.
    Because, after all, Pryor is the best EVER.

    You got dropped a lot as a baby, didn’t you?
    MY theory is that your Dad, in his haste to slam that gloved fist in the air, yelling Black Power, in his Panther days, forgot he was holding you.

    Yes?
    ************

    hmm. if i said this, it would be “racist”.

    but it’s funny.

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

    we already know that you are ghost

    stop with the cross posting it fools no one

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Nelson Mandela is good guy, he was great when he was young, but he got weak later.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 5th, 2013 at 11:35 am
    teddy roosevelt lives and his policies die hard

    ***

    @Mistic

    the Davis family goes way back with the Roosevelts.

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

    what is your point?

    this isnt surprising

  • RaiderRockstar
  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Raider O Says:
    September 5th, 2013 at 11:37 am
    Nelson Mandela is good guy, he was great when he was young, but he got weak later.
    ===================

    27 years of torture and brain wash in a prison can do that to a person

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    MEX_GHOST Says:
    September 5th, 2013 at 11:32 am
    Hey O!!

    Are the Mexicans white in the gov documents too???

    LOL
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Nope!! Sorry… You are a minority. Too bad for you.
    I’m White!!!
    Lol

  • raideralex99

    e Famous Dr Robert Says:
    September 5th, 2013 at 11:26 am
    GhostTooThePost Says:
    September 5th, 2013 at 10:17 am
    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    September 5th, 2013 at 10:04

    PRYOR IS BY FAR THE SINGLE MOST WORST QB WE HAVE SEEN IN SILVER AND BLACK SINCE….POSSIBLY EVER

    hmm. if i said this, it would be “racist”.

    but it’s funny.

    =======================================
    Hey remember when Jason Whitlock ( black reporter) said that teams with the most white players have the best records in football. If a white reporter said that he would be fired.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 5th, 2013 at 11:38 am
    @Dr Bob

    http://www.drafrika.com/african-holistic-health.php

    free your mind!
    ==============

    this is only part of the story

    he is only one of the authors and medical professionals that I read and trust

    its deeper than just this

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    September 5th, 2013 at 11:39 am
    Raider O Says:
    September 5th, 2013 at 11:37 am
    Nelson Mandela is good guy, he was great when he was young, but he got weak later.
    ===================

    27 years of torture and brain wash in a prison can do that to a person
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Good point.
    South Africa belongs to Africans not Europeans. They can live there but not have any power. F Peace! Africa belongs to Africans!!!

  • spiff

    did anyone see mike (the raider hater) silver’s comments on the network today about people inside Oakland organization are not sold or confident in pryor. that some inside the organization feel mcgolin give the raiders the best chance to win ?

  • Marks hair

    code keep the secret títs!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    @Mistic

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/09/05/riley-cooper-says-cary-williams-never-mentioned-racial-slur/

    Cooper is back to being awesome in Philly. so much for your theory an hour ago, lol

  • raiderkoolaid

    Thing about Bridgewater is from what I hear he is very intelligent. I don’t think he will be a bust. It is a bit premature though to know where The Raiders will be drafting, but if Pryor does flop, it will probably be very high, and I would hope for Bridgewater, or Tajh Boyd, assuming his wonderlic score is good.

  • raideralex99

    Raider O Says:
    September 5th, 2013 at 11:42 am
    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    September 5th, 2013 at 11:39 am
    Raider O Says:
    September 5th, 2013 at 11:37 am
    Nelson Mandela is good guy, he was great when he was young, but he got weak later.
    ===================

    27 years of torture and brain wash in a prison can do that to a person
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Good point.
    South Africa belongs to Africans not Europeans. They can live there but not have any power. F Peace! Africa belongs to Africans!!!

    =========================================================
    I agree so why is there an African president in the White House and why is the USA always attacking Africa.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Mistic,

    I don’t like the passive approach from oppressed people. We need to fight, and take what belongs to us. If you think asking nicely and protesting is going to get it done, you are crazy and Cluless like our staff.

  • MEX_GHOST

    Raider O Says:
    September 5th, 2013 at 11:39 am
    MEX_GHOST Says:
    September 5th, 2013 at 11:32 am
    Hey O!!

    Are the Mexicans white in the gov documents too???

    LOL
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Nope!! Sorry… You are a minority. Too bad for you.
    I’m White!!!
    Lol
    —————————–

    But we are descendents of the Arabians!!

    You lucky white guy! LOL

  • RaiderRockstar

    I would hope for Bridgewater, or Tajh Boyd, assuming his wonderlic score is good.

    ***

    nah, Reggie will wait until Round 4 to address QB and then pick the wrong one again!

  • RaiderRockstar

    why is there an African president in the White House and why is the USA always attacking Africa.

    ***

    @alex99

    his brother still lives there too

    sibling rivalry?

  • RAIDERMAN99

    Wonders if starving Afrikkkans turn down food packkkages from America.

    I seem to recall seeing many emaciated Afrikkkans that could use venetian blinds as bunk beds.

  • Marks hair

    notice how whenever someone reports on títs secret plan, they always say that there is a competitive advantage to it….in allens mind…. no one ever says I agree Smart Plan..

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Raideralex99 Says:
    September 5th, 2013 at 11:44 am
    Raider O Says:
    September 5th, 2013 at 11:42 am
    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    September 5th, 2013 at 11:39 am
    Raider O Says:
    September 5th, 2013 at 11:37 am
    Nelson Mandela is good guy, he was great when he was young, but he got weak later.
    ===================

    27 years of torture and brain wash in a prison can do that to a person
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Good point.
    South Africa belongs to Africans not Europeans. They can live there but not have any power. F Peace! Africa belongs to Africans!!!

    =========================================================
    I agree so why is there an African president in the White House and why is the USA always attacking Africa.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    You are not the sharpest tool in the shed are you?
    1- this country belongs to Native Americans and not Europeans.
    2- BO is American.

  • RaiderDebo

    On Tuesday, Matthews made similar remarks in an appearance on ESPN Radio.

    “You do have to take your shots on the quarterback, and obviously they’re too important to their offense,” Matthews said, via Maiocco. “If that means [coaches] pull them out of that type of offense and make them run a traditional, drop-back, pocket-style offense, I think that’s exactly what we’re going for. So you want to put hits as early and often on the quarterback and make them uncomfortable.”

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/09/04/harbaugh-raises-concerns-over-talk-of-hitting-kaepernick/

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Great insight into how NFL defenses think. Basically, they’re scared shtless of “wave of the future” QBs and the offenses they run. I bet if you asked any NY Giant defender who he’d rather face between Tom Brady and Mike Vick in a big game, 100% would say Brady. Olson better be burning the midnight oil putting together an offense that puts the same kind of fear Matthews is feeling into our opponents this year.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    LOL MEX.

  • RaiderRockstar

    BO is American.

    ***

    @Raider O

    anybody can manufacture documents – especially the Prez!

    wanna see my fake ID?

  • RaiderReloader

    Ok, so then if Reggie does not wait til 4th round we draft Geno Smith?

    I think Pryor is better (for now, and likely on going).

    We bite the bullet this year, and hope to see a good portion of out players start to form something.

    It sucks but beats another 10 years of quick fixes and traded 1st round picks

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 5th, 2013 at 11:43 am
    @Mistic

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/09/05/riley-cooper-says-cary-williams-never-mentioned-racial-slur/

    Cooper is back to being awesome in Philly. so much for your theory an hour ago, lol
    =====================

    what theory?

  • RaiderRockstar

    this country belongs to Native Americans and not Europeans.

    ***

    @Raider O

    you serious? did you see those dudes on America’s Got Talent earlier this season? “do the rain dance!”

    we’re in bad shape!

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    RAIDERMAN99 Says:
    September 5th, 2013 at 11:47 am
    Wonders if starving Afrikkkans turn down food packkkages from America.

    I seem to recall seeing many emaciated Afrikkkans that could use venetian blinds as bunk beds.
    ===============

    your point?

  • dplunk

    Damn damn damn…Watson hurt..can’t seem to catch a break

  • RaiderRockstar

    @Raider O

    see “Lil Mike and Funny Bone”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQKxgFbhpjo

    and I meant Amerikkka’s Got Talent …

  • RAIDERMAN99

    MF was handed the starting QB gig on a silver and black platter.

    I’m amazed that the Flynnstones refuse to accept that his putrid play cost him his job.

  • The_Judge37

    One intersting thing i find funny is that the only people who hate African Americans more than White Racits are AFRICANS.

    If you know anyone from Africa, you know they Hate black Americans with a passion.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    RaiderDebo Says:
    September 5th, 2013 at 11:50 am
    On Tuesday, Matthews made similar remarks in an appearance on ESPN Radio.

    “You do have to take your shots on the quarterback, and obviously they’re too important to their offense,” Matthews said, via Maiocco. “If that means [coaches] pull them out of that type of offense and make them run a traditional, drop-back, pocket-style offense, I think that’s exactly what we’re going for. So you want to put hits as early and often on the quarterback and make them uncomfortable.”

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/09/04/harbaugh-raises-concerns-over-talk-of-hitting-kaepernick/

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Great insight into how NFL defenses think. Basically, they’re scared shtless of “wave of the future” QBs and the offenses they run. I bet if you asked any NY Giant defender who he’d rather face between Tom Brady and Mike Vick in a big game, 100% would say Brady. Olson better be burning the midnight oil putting together an offense that puts the same kind of fear Matthews is feeling into our opponents this year.
    =================

    exactly Debo

    it is why griffin was drafted so high,

    it is why the niners shid canned smith for kappy

    it is why the sea hawks laughed flynn out of the state of washington

    and I agree that eagle 7 in chips offense will be a nightmare for nfl defenses this year and they will own the giants

  • RaiderRockstar

    @RM99

    how do you feel about the talent level of our QB’s ???

    Flynn, Pryor, McGloin & Wilson …

    G123 gave his review “4QB crap sammich”

    does Reggie have an eye for talent, or not?

  • J Hill

    99,

    I think you take things personally.

    Pretty sure no one thinks you are one of the 5 little men in a room controlling ameriKKKa.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    The_Judge37 Says:
    September 5th, 2013 at 11:57 am
    One intersting thing i find funny is that the only people who hate African Americans more than White Racits are AFRICANS.

    If you know anyone from Africa, you know they Hate black Americans with a passion.
    ==================

    this is a lie

    I have been there and was greeted with open arms and treated like a long lost relative

    many countries in Afrika even over a dual citizenship program to attract us in the states and elsewhere throughout the diaspora to return home

  • raiderkoolaid

    I am glad to see Pryor get this chance. If he flops, hopefully we get a franchise qb next April, and if he succeeds, we don’t need one.

  • J Hill

    I’m amazed that the Flynnstones refuse to accept that his putrid play cost him his job.

    ——————————————————————————

    He’ll be out of the league next year.

  • ohioraider

    Since this team will need some divine guidance this year I’m hoping somebody will step up to post a preseason benediction Sunday morning. Ideally, that person would be Goldie, but he’s disappeared.

  • Marks hair

    is hayden out or what?

  • Marks hair

    I mean watson

  • RaiderRockstar

    One intersting thing i find funny is that the only people who hate African Americans more than White Racits are AFRICANS.

    If you know anyone from Africa, you know they Hate black Americans with a passion.

    ***

    @Judge

    is this a swing at me?

    you know I wanted to draft Ziggy Ansah!

    think he would have divided the locker room, hating on all of our black americans?

  • raiderkoolaid

    Why is it black people can say things about other blacks, that if a white person said he would be branded a racist?

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 5th, 2013 at 11:51 am
    BO is American.

    ***

    @Raider O

    anybody can manufacture documents – especially the Prez!

    wanna see my fake ID?
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    LOL
    Stop it.
    Are you saying our HS and other departments are useless and Clueless like our staff?

  • theghostronin79

    Marks hair Says:
    September 5th, 2013 at 12:00 pm
    I mean watson

    ===========

    Hasn’t been declared out yet….Still hasn’t practiced

  • RaiderRockstar

    @Mistic

    what would that do for the U.S. economy, if you people (since you choose to distance yourself) decided to “return home” ??

  • RaiderRockstar

    @Mistic

    what would that do for the U.S. economy, if you people (since you choose to distance yourself) decided to “return home” ??

  • the famous dr robert

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    September 5th, 2013 at 11:59 am
    The_Judge37 Says:
    September 5th, 2013 at 11:57 am
    One intersting thing i find funny is that the only people who hate African Americans more than White Racits are AFRICANS.

    If you know anyone from Africa, you know they Hate black Americans with a passion.
    ==================

    this is a lie

    I have been there and was greeted with open arms and treated like a long lost relative

    many countries in Afrika even over a dual citizenship program to attract us in the states and elsewhere throughout the diaspora to return home
    ************

    why didn’t u stay?

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post, tools!

  • Marks hair

    if you’re not practicing by wed you’re probably out.. he’s not a vet