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Allen gets across message, players respond with sharp practice

Rookie defensive end Shelby Harris provided one of the bright spots for the Raiders in their exhibition-opening loss to the Minnesota Vikings when he sacked the quarterback on a play that resulted in a fumble.
Yet, that’s not enough collateral for Harris to be immune from a scolding. On Sunday, Harris was the target of a tongue lashing by coach Dennis Allen for a perceived lack of effort on a particular play.
“Just a reminder about the way we want to practice,” Allen said afterward.
Allen’s brief outburst was directed at Harris, yet he no doubt raised his voice so that everyone got the message that there’s a standard expected of everyone at all times.
“It means don’t get comfortable,” Harris said afterward. “We came out here to work. That’s what he wants us to do and that’s what is expected of us to come out here and work. I respect him for that. He’s willing to get on anyone.”
The Raiders failed to meet Allen’s standards against the Vikings, be it the 13 penalties, the interception, the several dropped passes and the inconsistent defensive play.
“They are things that, through my experience, I’ve seen them happen in the first preseason game,” Allen said. “You don’t like it, it’s not acceptable, but that’s why we play preseason games, so that we get a chance to work on these things.”
The Raiders conclude the Napa portion of their training camp Monday morning. They then fly to Oxnard, where they will take part in joint practices with the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday and Wednesday.
On Friday, the Raiders host the Detroit Lions at the Coliseum. In other words, there’s limited time for the players to get things worked out before their next dress rehearsal for the regular season.
Allen put his players through a fast-paced practice that featured extensive work in red-zone offense and defense, the two-minute drill and field-goal operation.
“It was good to get back out here after playing a game, get a chance to make some corrections, get out and get some more work in,” Allen said. “We got better as a football team.”
Harris, a seventh-round draft pick in May, feels as if he gets better every day. In fact, he said, he has seen enough to know that he belongs in the NFL.
“I can definitely play at this level,” Harris said. “There’s no doubt about it in my head. I can go out there and be an impact player wherever I’m needed.
I have the confidence to play in this league and I have the skill to play in this league. Now it’s just to show everyone else that I have the skill to be able to play every day.”

– Cornerback DJ Hayden jogged lightly under the watchful eye of a team trainer Sunday. He hasn’t practiced since late May, when he suffered an injury to his right foot that required surgery.
“I still don’t have anything to where I can give you an accurate timeline,” Allen said of Hayden’s return to full-team practice. “It was encouraging that he was out here on the field and able to do some things on the field. Hopefully the process can begin to speed up. A lot of that is going to depend upon how he responds after a day’s work.”
Hayden was Oakland’s first-round pick in 2013. He missed the final eight games last season after he suffered a groin injury.

– Rookie cornerback Jansen Watson, who suffered a toe injury against the Vikings, voluntarily left training camp. A Raiders spokesman said Watson is contemplating his future.

– Defensive tackle Justin Ellis (concussion), linebacker Justin Cole, cornerback Neiko Thorpe and guard Lamar Mady also missed practice.
Linebacker Kaluka Maiava practiced Sunday for the first time since he injured a hamstring early in camp.

– Darren McFadden, TJ Carrie, Latavius Murray, Jeremy Stewart and Denarius Moore returned kicks in practice.

– Backup quarterback Matt McGloin worked on holding for extra points and field-goal attempts early in practice. Punter Marquette King handled that role last season, and he remains the leading candidate for this season.

– Sebastian Janikowski blasted a 56-yard field goal at the end of one of the two-minute drives. The kick sailed over the perimeter fence, went through a tree and landed in someone’s backyard. He later hammered a 48-yarder into the same yard.

– Safety Brandian Ross intercepted a Derek Carr pass that hit off the hands of wide receiver Greg Little. In fairness to Carr, the ball was catchable, even though it was off the mark.
Little had a rough day overall, despite making a nice fingertip grap of a Matt Schaub pass midway through practice.
On one play, he landed hard after he attempted to outjump Carrie for a deep throw at the goal line. Little jogged it off and returned to practice. A short time later, he dropped a pass on a crossing route in which no one was near. The ball hit him in the hands.

– The Raiders will practice about 30 minutes shorter than usual Monday morning. Then it’s on to buses for the ride to the airport so that they can get to Oxnard for the joint practices.
The plan is for the Raiders and Cowboys to practice Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning. Allen said he and Cowboys coach Jason Garrett worked out the details in advance. The coordinators for both teams are scripting their game plans accordingly.
Allen said he is looking forward to his players getting another opportunity to challenge themselves against another team. It comes at a time during camp when the players can use a change-up, too.
“Anytime that you can do to change up the schedule a little bit, to get the guys a little bit of energy, is a positive,” Allen said.

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  • FourMoreYears

    Optimism abounds!

  • Thec

    Little is on shaky ground with the drops…He may drop himself out of the NFL

  • JV.

    Sounds like little is on his way out.

  • inonewordraider

    the spotlight is on DA. this team needs to be prepared next preseason game or he can’t coach, because he has the players to be a playoff contender

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Second!

  • J Hill

    Moore
    Streater
    Jones
    Criner
    Butler

  • marks hair

    Can’t dumpster dive for impact players..

  • JV.

    Roberts, Davis might knock criner out.. Especially if he gets injured again.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    fvckin clown.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    criner gtfoh.

  • RediaR

    About what I expected when he signed.

    Bottom of the first chart. http://www.footballoutsiders.com/stats/wr

  • RediaR

    Congrats.

  • the super genius dr robert

    not really. just had a bad day. i didn’t read anything that said he was on his way out.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    I’m assuming Little had a lot of drops in college too. I don’t understand why NFL teams think that guys will learn how to catch. Jerry Rice had a rough beginning with the Niners but in college, he could catch. His problems were mental. He just needed time and a few important receptions to get him on track.

  • the super genius dr robert

    hey, shouldn’t u be focused on penn-bashing?

    that’s ur niche.

  • the super genius dr robert

    a lot of posters here think that coaches are supposed to teach everything.

    (pryor)

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    Da is awesome. Little sucks

  • the super genius dr robert

    ….said u when u were 8 and the birthday clown made fun of u in front of everyone for peeing ur pants.

    explains a lot.

  • the super genius dr robert

    neither of those statements is remotely true.

  • RediaR

    Other people have picked up pitchforks to help out with that one.

    I have more time for Little bashing.

  • RediaR

    Well, Little does suck. DA might be awesome… at something.

  • turf toe

    Maybe Little should attach a set of gloves to his face mask.

  • turf toe

    DA is pretty good at opening jars.

  • Howard Benner

    yet I’m guessing both were facetious comments. . .

  • RediaR

    His wife must be in heaven.

  • Howard Benner

    Where is Holmes?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Allen gets across message, players respond with sharp practice

    that’s not really possible, is it?

  • turf toe

    Allen attempts to get across message, players respond with sharp instruments.

  • Steve

    The Raiders dropped “several passes” in the game on Friday?
    It seemed like a dozen or more.

  • Gdog

    I’d hope some would respond with a little effort…

  • Steve

    One other person is typing……has fallen asleep.

  • turf toe

    Yeah. Remember the stink eye Mcgloin gave to some guy who dropped an easy catch?

  • Steve

    Why can’t pro receivers learn to catch a football???

  • RediaR

    Because they should already know how.

  • turf toe

    They can. We just don’t have any.

  • Steve

    I think pass catching is our biggest problem.
    What a different game that would have been with a few catches that were right in their hands.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Didn’t care for the song much, but there’s some fair gunslinging guitar work there.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CL80jFkLzQ0

  • Dakota

    Check out the super moon.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Still prefer ‘Bullfrog Blues’ as The ‘REAL’ Crawfish Joe will tell you.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Whom?

  • turf toe

    True. It was hard to watch. Our receivers looked like they came from Father Damian’s colony.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    You’ll notice the problem some receivers had with Carr’s bullets. The daily tweets from camp have pointed out the same thing. Yes, true that Carr doesn’t need to fire with all his might a five yarder, but the writers have noted several times that the receivers have a hard time with his longer zipped passes.
    So, we could have, oh, Brett Favre or Aaron Rodgers or Dan Marino and those qbs would be useless with our receivers.

  • Blackholepriest

    He yells at a 7th rnd pick when he probably wanted to yell at a vet. But didn’t feel he had the clout to do so. Just my guess, you don’t have to agree. But that’s what I think of DA.

  • Blackholepriest

    It’ll take so,e getting used to…..but I’d rather that kid get it going. We need him, BAD!

  • the super genius dr robert

    but little time for Moore bashing?

  • 0ak R8rs

    Finally watched the first half of the Minny game. QBs didn’t look bad to me. WRs and TEs were pathetic. Piss poor play call to a piss poor TE in Leonhart on 3 and 1 when we should be pounding it down their throats. Chalk it up to preseason I hope.

    One thing tho that I think contributed to our looking somewhat outclassed (besides the penalties and dropped balls) and even the Minny announcers were bashing their own DC for it somewhat. Talking about putting 10 guys on the LOS and dropping DEs into coverage. Their defense was anything but vanilla.

    It can’t be overlooked that Matt FCKING Cassel marched down the field and made us look bad. And Brown was clearly outclassed by Patterson. He’s supposed to be our best CB. Not looking good at all in the secondary, which has been a concern for me since even before DBust went down.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Thank you Dakota/Ft Collins. I watched the last few nites, but it had perfect striated clouds over the Sierras when you told me to look.

  • the super genius dr robert

    lol. he put mcclain in a green beanie and made him a scout team RB. ran him out of the league. so….no.

  • turf toe

    I was lucky enough to watch a Raiders game at the Coliseum. My girlfriend knew one of the Raider team doctors and got us great seats. Chargers. Winslow. Fouts. Winslow just sucked the ball out of the air. We won, but Winslow was incredible. He didn’t just catch the ball…he consumed it.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Bullsht.