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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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  • the super genius dr robert

    moom

  • the super genius dr robert

    why can’t pryor learn to throw?

    racism of course.

  • Blackholepriest

    Fine, but as I said it’s my opinion of him…….period

  • Dakota

    Was there a Llama jumping over it?

  • 0ak R8rs

    Yea. That’s why I just called bullsht on the opinion. And didn’t call you anything. ;)

  • the super genius dr robert

    i’m not sure u know what the definition of opinion is.

    ur opinion is that he sucks. ok.

    but an opinion is NOT a GUESS about what happened.

  • the super genius dr robert

    u may be having acid flashbacks and getting the game confused with some epic games of pac man.

  • turf toe

    Good assessment. They cut right through us like we were crepe paper in that first drive. Hard to watch.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    I hated that guy. He was damn good.

  • turf toe

    You’re right. Neither I, nor anyone else on this blog, has ever seen a live Raider game.

  • the super genius dr robert

    gotta leave the basement first. and we all know that everyone here is MR.

  • turf toe

    He moved like James Worthy in football gear.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Winslow is one of only 3 chargers I would have wanted on the Raiders. Tomlinson and Seau being the other two. Up till last year anyway, I’d like to have Fluker too now.

  • Blackholepriest

    Better hope he doesn’t lose this team…..period

  • turf toe

    Good choices, Oak.

  • turf toe

    Wish I even had a basement. I live in a van down by the river.

  • the super genius dr robert

    that team had some really good players. fouts, muncie, jefferson, joiner. and winslow of course.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Damn near. Had to to treat a few. Brought home 6 moms/ 6 babies yesterday.That’s hard work.

  • Dakota

    Moomy.

  • Blackholepriest

    But you can get them if you’re willing to pay or draft them which he did neither. Everyone knew we needed a stud rec’r. Except Reggie!

  • turf toe

    Too bad few people know about Jefferson. He made a one-handed catch that was on the highlight reels for weeks.

  • Raider O

    I was thinking the same thing, or he released his frustration on a 7th rounder who will not say anything. Poor rookie. Lol

  • Raider O

    What are you talking about? Sounds interesting.

  • Dakota

    Super mooms.

  • Blackholepriest

    It just sounds like something he would do…….lol

  • Raider O

    Super moon?

  • the super genius dr robert

    he was a star for a brief time and faded quickly. helped popularize the raquetball glasses look in football for a time.

  • the super genius dr robert

    like u lost ur mind?

  • the super genius dr robert

    i tortured u long enuff.

  • Dakota

    That is what I said…..super moom.

  • the super genius dr robert

    good location and rent is reasonable. good for u!

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I saw that game.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Hey, neighbor!

  • the super genius dr robert

    u two should get a moom.

  • the super genius dr robert

    so jansen watson has already gotten to the “what’s it all for?” stage. what’s going on at practice?

  • Al_is_theraiders

    shrek wants his shoes back…says he left under your bed

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    We got one.

  • Dakota

    Who? What?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    No such things as acid flashbacks. I’m pretty sure.

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    I vote we keep Roberts and axe Little!!

  • Raider O

    Davis?

  • Morilla_00

    it’s not for everybody.

  • RaidersOrNot

    That’s exactly what I was thinking. He doesn’t see a future with this team.

  • r8ter4evr

    Charlie Joyner was a nemesis for sure
    Great WR

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Sounds like he knew he hadn’t done well in camp, hurt his toe, saw the writing on the wall, and probably doesn’t like NFL football.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Well, considering our qb woes, nothing wrong with Fouts. Damn good arm, not a quitter either.

  • 24

    Little is who the Browns thought he was…

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist
  • 24

    Yeah…who needs millions anyways?

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    I’m old enough to have seen Hadl (true, I was very young) and Bambi, who burned us all the time like he did everyone else.