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Notes, quotes and anecdotes from Raiders training camp — Day 1

The Raiders kicked off training camp with an up-tempo, pass-happy practice that pleased the hundreds of fans in attendance, the players and, most important, coach Dennis Allen.
“For the first day of practice, it was a pretty clean practice,” Allen said. “We worked well. We’ve still got a lot of improvement that we’ve got to make. It’s step one of a long journey. … We took a step forward.”
Allen’s assessment seemed spot-on, at least to the naked eye. Then again, it’s tough to get a great gauge for things when players aren’t banging into each other, tackling or going all out.
That comes Sunday, when the Raiders are permitted to practice in pads for the first time this season. Allen doesn’t need to wait until Sunday to know what he expects from his team this season.
“You have to push the chips all in every year,” Allen said. “Nothing is promised in the NFL. We’re here for one reason, and one reason only, and that’s to win games. We understand that what we’ve done around here in the past has not been good enough. We understand the task ahead of us and we’re fully committed to getting that done.”
That process kicked into high gear Friday, with the start of training camp. Things crank up even more Sunday, when the players don pads and get after each other.
If Friday is a harbinger of any kind, the Raiders are going to come out firing, working hard to get better and making strides toward improving upon last season’s 4-12 finish.

– The offensive line looked the same as it did throughout all the offseason workouts and three-day minicamp: From left to right, Donald Penn, Khalif Barnes, Stefen Wisniewski, Austin Howard and Menelik Watson. That isn’t likely to change anytime soon, either, unless a player gets injured.

– Five players fielded punts, including returners Denarius Moore and Greg Jenkins and veteran running back Maurice Jones-Drew.
Taking a look at Jones-Drew isn’t some camp novelty, either, Allen said.
“That position has not been settled yet,” Allen said. “He’s a guy that when he came into the league, he’s done that some and he’s done it at a high level. He’s a guy that I wanna take a look at down there. I think we wanna go into this training camp with an open mind and really open up to all possibilities of guys.”

– The temperature soared past 100 degrees Friday. None of the players complained, passed out or complained. Allen welcomed the kind of hot day that the Raiders avoided in recent years during training camp.
“That’s what training camp is all about,” Allen said. “If you want to be a mentally tough team and you want to be able to win in the fourth quarter, you have to go through experiences like this where you have to push yourself through the heat, don’t give into it and you’re able to still go out and execute your job at a high level.
“One hundred degree heat is no comparison to what it will be like the pressure of opening day. Our guys handled it pretty well.”

– Miles Burris worked alongside rookie Khalil Mack and Nick Roach as part of the linebacking corps with the first-team defense. Sio Moore worked with the second-team.
Moore supplanted Burris as the starter last season when Burris’ surgically repaired knee took longer than expected to heal. Moore retained the job even when Burris was cleared to play.
Burris spent most of his time on special teams. Now he is back to full strength and giving Moore all he can handle in terms of competing for the starting spot.
“It’s going to be a great competition there at the ‘Will’ linebacker spot, to see who can step out and take that role over,” Allen said.
Based on how well Burris looks so far, Allen said, it’s not a stretch to envision Burris in the starting lineup in the regular-season opener.
“My expectation is that he’s going to compete to be a starting linebacker for us,” Allen said. “Now that will be determined by how we go through training camp and the preseason. There’s a lot of time between now and the time we open up against the New York Jets. But I like where he’s at right now.”

– Every player on the 90-man roster that is deemed healthy was on the field and taking part in drills today. That included defensive lineman Antonio Smith, who missed most of the offseason with an undisclosed injury.

– Veteran wide receiver Greg Little arrived in Oakland with a well-earned reputation for dropping too many catchable passes.
On Friday, Little dropped one such pass. However, he caught everything else thrown his way and looked the part of a receiver that can not only make the Raiders 53-man roster but make a contribution.
“Since he’s been here, he’s done everything we’ve asked him to do,” Allen said. “He’s been a real pro about the way he has gone about his job. His job, just like everybody else out here, is going to be to focus in and continue to work to get better on a day in and day out basis.”
He averaged 52 receptions for 607 yards in his three seasons with the Browns. That far exceeds the production the Raiders got from the likes of Juron Criner, Brice Butler and Andre Holmes last season.

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  • JV.

    @Jerrymcd: Without going into specifics, Dennis Allen says Raiders have changed up Darren McFadden’s weight room routine to help keep him on field.

    Good luck.

  • JV.

    @Jerrymcd: At weakside linebacker position, Sio Moore got work with first team. He and Miles Burris could be longest-running competition.

    Burris moves inside in a 3-4.. But good news.

  • JV.

    @Jerrymcd: Another solid overall day from WR Greg Little. Too many drops from unit overall, Little pretty sure-handed so far.

  • Papertiger

    Soccer team in your native land. For example, Liverpool or Arsenal.

  • 909RaiderLifer

    J.P. Hoornstra @jphoornstra 2m Corey Seager has not been traded. #Dodgers
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    (yet?) Hoornstra i the Dodger beat writer for L.A. Daily News..

  • 909RaiderLifer

    On the 5lb. dumb bell max program….

  • Dakota

    Making him finally work on those legs?

  • 909RaiderLifer

    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan 8m Dodgers prospect Corey Seager had a stomach virus yesterday and tried to play through it today. Safe to say he has not been traded

  • JV.

    #dontskiplegday

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I don’t know. Skipping might be good for the legs.

  • 909RaiderLifer

    Vic Tafur @VicTafur 9m Reece: “Every year, I add something to my game & I talked about it w/ Coach Olson & we thought losing weight would keep opponents guessing.”
    “““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““`
    “Will he get 6 touches or only 3″

  • Dakota

    Hope they don’t plan on having him block anyone.

  • RediaR

    Why? He sucks. Do more to get him off the field.

  • RediaR

    Little has plenty of time in camp to show how much he sucks.

  • Raider O

    Davis ran a 4.3 40?

  • Raider O

    Dumbest staff in America.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Fullbacks are a dying breed anyway. Why do you think Reece keeps making the Pro Bowl when he hardly gets the ball? There’s nobody else to choose from.

  • Blackholepriest

    Boy thus the kind of rumors that just make me wonder what agenda is.

    To say some crisp like this shows how devious you are.

  • Blackholepriest

    So what does that make Dennis Allen?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Yeah. He slowed down towards the end.

  • Raider O

    Lol
    The WR. I doubt AL
    Davis ran a 4.3 40.

  • BuckeyeRaider

    New post fellas

  • RediaR

    One or two good days from Little doesn’t convince me he’s doesn’t suck either. We need guys to show what they are consistently and then bring that to the games. Hopefully they bring something helpful.

  • RediaR

    BOLLOCKS!

  • DJ Johnny

    Greg Little=Anquan Boldin

  • Gdog

    Reggie picked up a dumpster jewel? I would love it…

  • Gdog

    Might be our best HB.

  • Rico Stifler

    Everything that I’ve read says that he has improved a lot on catching the ball.

  • Rico Stifler

    Didn’t you think that Pryor would be an All-Pro??

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Yes sounds so far so good!

  • Eldiabs

    Who cares the Raiders WERE and are the only team to hire that jacka** Hue Jackson. Dennis Allen RM they all suck….. They still have Khalif Barnes on this roster…. If they haven’t figured that one out yet they never will SELL THE TEAM TO A WINNER

  • TrevJo

    Nooooooooooo. I never thought Pryor would be any good, I didn’t even drink the kool aid after the San Diego game. Nice try just making s*** up though.