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Veldheer working at left tackle, Barnes at left guard

Veteran Jared Veldheer is working at left offensive tackle in practice today, with Khalif Barnes replacing Lucas Nix at left guard. The former was expected, the latter speculated about.
Veldheer entered this season as the incumbent left tackle. However, he suffered a triceps injury in training camp that necessitated surgery. He spent most of the past 3 1/2 months recovering from his injury and working his way back into shape.
Coach Dennis Allen and Veldheer said the plan is for Veldheer to make his 2013 debut Thursday against the Dallas Cowboys. If so, that would be Veldheer’s first game action of any kind since last season.
Nix has been inconsistent at left guard. As a result, it makes sense that the Raiders would consider moving Barnes to guard.
Barnes has vast experience at both tackle spots. He has played guard once in a regular-season game. That came in 2010 when he played 31 snaps as a backup.
Barnes has played mostly right tackle since he joined the Raiders in 2009. However, once he moved to left to fill in for Veldheer this season, the Raiders signed veteran Tony Pashos to play right tackle.
Pashos has played well enough to remain in the starting lineup, which gives the Raiders the flexibility of playing Barnes at guard.

– Tight end Mychal Rivera and cornerback Mike Jenkins are at practice for the second straight day despite suffering concussions Sunday.
Rivera said Monday night that he has been cleared to practice and play in games. Jenkins was limited at practice Monday, and he seemed less than full strenght today.
Linebacker Kevin Burnett also is on the field once again, showing no lingering effects from the quadriceps bruise he suffered Sunday. He appears to be ready to go for the Cowboys game.

– Wide receiver Denarius Moore, defensive end Jason Hunter and strong safety Tyvon Branch are the only three players not at practice. They also weren’t in attendance Monday night.
Therefore, it’s unlikely that any of the aforementioned trio will play Thursday.

– Running back Darren McFadden is at practice for the second straight day, as well. At one point, he took some reps, which we haven’t seen since he suffered a hamstring injury against the Philadelphia Eagles on Nov. 3.
McFadden said he felt well enough to play against the Titans, but he opted to sit out one more game so that he has a better chance of holding up the final five games.
Regardless, it’s likely that Allen is going to lean on Rashad Jennings more than McFadden once McFadden returns, given Jennings rushed for 413 yards the past four games, which is more than McFadden amassed in seven games.

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  • RediaR

    Aaan collapse.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Watson Bergstrom Wisneiwski Nix McCants

    Raiders’ starting OLine next season if we don’t resign Vehldeer, we don’t draft an OLineman, and Pashos, Barnes, Brisiel, and Gurode all retire.

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    Nice try, Goober. You got rectified by the PM Party Patrol, tried to spoon with 2 other low level blog dweebs for safety and protection, then whined about your beatdown all afternoon

    Totally awesome, me and my brahs are still having a sweet laugh about it

    SORRY BUT THEMS THE FACTS :(

  • RediaR

    There is approximately 0.0% chance Nix is a Raider next season.

  • eastoaklandraider

    Hayden hasnt done anything to show that he’s better than the vets, and you dont know how good Hayden will ever be, Star should have been the pick period.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I am melting

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Our DLine next season without signing our FAs or draft one:

    Robinson Sims McGee Crawford

  • aig-raiders

    Wiffed badly on Star. you always take a good big man. Dbs are dime and dozen in this league.

  • Gdog

    Before it was because he was beating crappy teams.. then he goes out and clocks Indy. Micheal Floyd is suddenly looking like a pro-bowler. MICHEAL Floyd.. not Malcolm. Nothing to do with CP though. Oh, and they can’t say its the o-line, its WORSE than Oaklands.

    Anything but give CP credit. Same as last year…

  • eastoaklandraider

    ok you like him and he’s a good guy pay cut etc etc but that doesnt change the fact he gets pushed back most plays.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Our secondary:

    Hayden Young Branch Chekwa

  • KoolKell

    In my opinion, the strength of this Raiders defense is their linebackers. Sio Moore, Nick Roach and Kevin Burnett are always around the ball run or pass. Moore is one of the most impressive rookies that I have seen this year. I remember looking at him while he was at Connecticut wondering where I was going to play him, but the Raiders found a home for him at Sam.

    He is physical in his take-on and when he sees the ball, he is off like a shot. He tackles well in space and is a wrap-up player. He is a hard guy to get away from once he has his hands on you. He is a powerful blitzer. He can cause issues off the edge taking on tackles but especially running backs.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/article-BryanBroaddusBlog/Broaddus-Oakland-LB’s-Make-Up-For-Weak-Secondary/bd28cb60-5e83-4bbe-b7bf-6adbbb2c01a0

  • Al_is_theraiders

    theres an eye opener…

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Sorry I saw him play in 2011 at LG he was very good. No myth

  • brad

    Well at least he has decent D, real weapons and a real OC! We need all of the above. LMAO!

  • Davy Jones

    DE more of a priority than DT

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    linebacker and WRs are the only units we have starters and backups longterm (qbs not withstanding).

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    Old Troll, are you just going to cut & paste today or actually go off on a few of your daily drunken rants?

    Either way is cool, we’re still pals no matter what :)

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Next to qb our biggest need is DE.

  • Gdog

    The only place anyone thinks Wiz is better at guard is here. He’s a top 5 center, and rising. Yea, lets change positions…

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    that would totally and completely suck

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Sims has a longer contract?

  • Scourge of the East

    Afternoon, all!!!

    Shout outs to P-man, C-Joe and the Everlovin’ B-Diggs!!!

  • RediaR

    He is a better C.

  • Scourge of the East

    >Raiders found a home for him at Sam.

    Has your wife found a home for you yet?! ;-)

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Maybe we can see Nix and Willie Smith blocking on the right or left side of some offensive line in the AFC west besides Oakland.

  • RediaR

    I think Smith is a charger right now.

  • KoolKell

    In my opinion, the strength of this Raiders defense is their linebackers. Sio Moore, Nick Roach and Kevin Burnett are always around the ball run or pass. Moore is one of the most impressive rookies that I have seen this year. I remember looking at him while he was at Connecticut wondering where I was going to play him, but the Raiders found a home for him at Sam.

    He is physical in his take-on and when he sees the ball, he is off like a shot. He tackles well in space and is a wrap-up player. He is a hard guy to get away from once he has his hands on you. He is a powerful blitzer. He can cause issues off the edge taking on tackles but especially running backs.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/article-BryanBroaddusBlog/Broaddus-Oakland-LB’s-Make-Up-For-Weak-Secondary/bd28cb60-5e83-4bbe-b7bf-6adbbb2c01a0

  • RediaR

    They don’t just draw names from a hat. Hayden was picked because he showed high level coverage skills. Chekwa and Adams haven’t done that at any point. If we only judged players based on their rookie seasons, there would be way more busts.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Barr, Mack, Mosley three top ten players we don’t need.

  • eastoaklandraider

    Didnt say he was a bust I said Star was the better pick, and both Adams and Chekwa have flashed good cover skills

  • Gdog

    Well except having two players covering two WRs (including their best WR) in one zone, one player covering one WR on the other side… and FIVE players covering the other two. It was PERFECT! We had the TEs blanketed!!

  • RediaR

    Maybe. We’ll see.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Interesting. My reply was deleted. They must really be coming down after the Stormbringer debacle.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Barr, Mack, Mosley three top ten players we don’t need. If they are available when we draft we should trade back.

  • eastoaklandraider

    I hear a lot of good things about the Bar kid supposedly creeping up on Clowney as the best DE in college.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Based on the recent posts by Thunderstorm I think Reggie needs to get off his butt and sign some people.

    Veldheer 1st
    Houston 2nd
    Walker 3rd
    Not sure about CBs….
    If we sign Velhdeer and FA/Draft a guard you can have:

    Velhdeer, NewFAGuard, Wiz, Brisezel or sign Barnes at RG along with Watson at RT then McCants and guy from Utah coming back as BUs. Maybe draft a Center/Guard later rounds as another BU.

    With Walker, Houston and Sims, Raiders can focus on rush end in draft early.

    I do think Hayden will be at least servicable next year so one of the CBs should be resigned. Not sure what to do about safety. Like U. Young on ST and as a BU and like TB being back. CW is good at right price.

  • Scourge of the East

    Hey, Kell, I’m posting this again so you don’t have to do it. You’ve probably tired yourself out with the last two postings….

    In my opinion, the strength
    of this Raiders defense is their linebackers. Sio Moore, Nick Roach and
    Kevin Burnett are always around the ball run or pass. Moore is one of
    the most impressive rookies that I have seen this year. I remember
    looking at him while he was at Connecticut wondering where I was going
    to play him, but the Raiders found a home for him at Sam.

    He is physical in his take-on and when he sees the ball, he is off
    like a shot. He tackles well in space and is a wrap-up player. He is a
    hard guy to get away from once he has his hands on you. He is a powerful
    blitzer. He can cause issues off the edge taking on tackles but
    especially running backs.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/n

  • RaidingTexas

    It’s more fun to judge them 11 games into their rookie seasons.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Thanks AutumnWind.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Yep that is why I said this….

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Storm

    Thank you. Your posts show how important it is to have a culture and a cap situation where we can retain and build talent into the roster.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Raiders don’t defeat Dallas or New York, we should give McCants and Watson more playing time.
    Also give Wilson some starts, see what he’s got, shop him a little.

  • turf toe

    I agree with you.

  • Gdog

    Someone last night was diveeing up our compensatory picks because no way we should sign any of these guys… they cost too much!

    I know how much cap trouble we got in by keeping and picking up players, but good gawd I roll my eyes here sometimes…

  • Gdog

    Why do you say that? I think our coaches think he is GOOD!

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    I was, ( only have eight hours this week), so I have a lot of time to post and ponder).

    Raiders need to sign Vehldeer and Houston, Walker and Porter also (I think we have Sims for two years, not sure though).
    I don’t want us paying Seymour, Huff, Wimbley dollars though to keep them.

  • RaidingTexas

    If Veldheer returns to good form after this injury, they won’t let him walk.

  • 0ak R8rs

    He only has to do what he’s done every other year of his NFL career? Not wiin anything. True, I thought he would go down. That hasn happened. But he hasn’t won anything either. Never has. Never will.

  • JOn Wooah

    John Clayton
    ‏@ClaytonESPN

    20 Nov

    The Raiders are wise in holding out Terrelle Pryor, but once his knee is healthy, he deserves a chance to start again. He’s improved