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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
  • R8erEduc8er

    My hometown.

  • FourMoreYears

    Yes, but who needs things like facts when we have blind hate.

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    8-24.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Truly.

  • Thec

    You guys are going to get someone fired for laughing too much in an office setting. That pic is hilarious.

  • BigBenRexor

    Aren’t all Raiders passing drills?

  • Elliot

    Hey…it is just reality…I don’t want to be dramatic but the fact is we just don’t measure up it is so painfully clear

  • http://thebadtenants.com/ eternal pessimist

    didn’t read anything about that. good thing it’s practice.

  • Elliot

    That’s scary

  • r8ter4evr

    Has this years team played a real game yet??

  • http://thebadtenants.com/ eternal pessimist

    are we talking about today too? and there was a practice yesterday as well, so it wasn’t even the “next practice.”

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    if I was out in the cold during a snowstorm, my wife would ask “did you just fart in the sleeping bag!?” “you son of a @#$^&*(^%# “

  • Blackholepriest

    I don’t think so, maybe, at least let’s hope so……I just can’t believe he’s that bad…….period

  • FourMoreYears

    Ok, this is wrong, but I still laughed. (refresh)

    http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y238/04GTS-USMC/image_zps4a00b949.jpg

  • r8ter4evr

    I know our roster was SB quality
    My bad

  • Thec

    Raiders’ Allen: Matt Schaub will get all first-team reps

    ALL HAIL KING SHOB

  • Blackholepriest

    The Salsa!

  • Elliot

    No you are right…I did say I will access game 1…

  • r8ter4evr

    That might work

  • SaintKaufman

    Oh my goodness, today is the day the blog wheels finally came off!! RIP Ibabuzz, it was a good run.

  • Blackholepriest

    You need SB quality to do better than that???

  • http://thebadtenants.com/ eternal pessimist

    How bad? he didn’t look awful in the game I didn’t think. in fact, without 3 drops he’s 6-for-7 with close to 100 yds and probably a TD…
    and it was an int return drill today (the second practice after the game). Schaub’s gonna be ok. deep breath.

  • r8ter4evr

    Fair enough
    I am not defending DA or RM
    But it was clear this team wasn’t going to win right away
    No excuses for these guys
    This year they have to produce
    I agree

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    exactly. the shob haters can light a doobie and shove it up their collective cans

  • Elliot

    So I guess you see a good team in your eyes…yes?

  • aig-raiders

    ouch. good one.

  • JLofty

    We need the Asante Samuel talk to get rolling in here….again…

  • FourMoreYears

    DA might.

  • r8ter4evr

    Tell em
    Rock

  • Blackholepriest

    All Schaub has to do is get it done, is that too much to ask. Stop throwing picks!

  • aig-raiders

    It was Derek Carr right? Off Little’s butterfingers and right into our DB for a pick 6.

  • http://thebadtenants.com/ eternal pessimist

    that’s the only practice INT I read about.

  • Elliot

    We are in agreement. ..and I want our owner to be true to those words….no excuses

  • Blackholepriest

    Lol That’s wrong man. Who did that??

  • aig-raiders

    yup. Cannot convict Stewart in court but we all know publicly he killed the man with his stupidity. Both of them were stupid and one paid the price.

  • SaintKaufman

    All World!

  • aig-raiders

    Send me the koolaid recipe pls. Mine is quite sour right now.

  • Elliot

    You know what…if that happens reggie would have been better off resigning porter…Samuel is about done

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    check your e-mail bruh

  • aig-raiders

    0-3 or 0-4 and they both will be bye bye

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    it’s practice. chillax

  • Blackholepriest

    Maybe I don’t know…..I thought they were talking about the game. Maybe I got confused..

  • aig-raiders

    right after that Murphy drop. yup.

  • Blackholepriest

    You play the way you practice. Never forget that. If you do it in practice you will definitely do it in a game……..period

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    Joe Porter? didn’t Hueball cut him for safety Ndukwe a few years ago?

  • R8erEduc8er

    From the twitter feed to the right:

    Steve Corkran @CorkOnTheNFL

    Raiders defense works on interception return. http://www.tout.com/m/eizol7

  • aig-raiders

    Schauby didnt throw a pick in the game nor any reported in TC since then. I did read about Carr’s pick 6. Wonder how long they will keep the Mighty Red Leprechaun down when he is the only that looks like a qb out there.

  • inonewordraider

    must show up game on fri, most important preseason gm 2 EVER

  • http://thebadtenants.com/ eternal pessimist

    yeeeeeeup.