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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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  • 24

    Could we try not to turn this blog into a place where we’re wishing Chargers players played for us…*I feel so dirty now*

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Jefferson was great.
    Loved watching Muncie run.

  • Blackholepriest

    Both those kids should get long looks IMO. Davis and Roberts to see if they’re legit. Both have big play potential.

    Little haas been a big disappointment to me. Very talented just lacks any degree of concentration and focus. Move On!

  • RaidersOrNot

    Sounds like he hurt his toe, sees the writing on the wall and is calling the season in. Would you risk your career on a coaching staff worth of sh!t?

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Is it really “focus” or does he just have bad hands. I mean, some people really have only average hand/eye co-ordination. Add to that the fact that a receiver has to be expecting contact and has to have really strong hands ….or hands so relaxed they never allow a ball to bounce off them. Much of this skill of catching is innate.

  • the super genius dr robert

    ur afraid of what’s under the bed aren’t u?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I thought you said little Axe and got offended.

  • Back-N-Black

    RB Rashad Jennings discusses his 73-yard touchdown run against the Steelers… remember this guy??

  • the super genius dr robert

    as i’ve said, roberts, he of the great last name, was my sleeper udfa after i watched his limited game tape.

  • 24

    *sigh*

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I was defending Rivers recently and felt really dirty. It was O’s fault.

  • 24

    Irrelevant…this crap needs to stop… =P

  • 24

    Or regardless I mean…eh…I’m tired..

  • the super genius dr robert

    i think u mean palmer’s

  • Scourge of the East

    Evening, all! Shout out to the P-man and the crew!

  • the super genius dr robert
  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    No. Did I fail?

  • Raider O

    I agree. The kids problem is his concentration/ focus. He makes the hard play/ grab, but drops the easy one.

  • the super genius dr robert

    u didn’t listen long enuff. incredible.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I’mturning them on to Rory Gallagher(RIPat 47> heart,not drugs)with little feedback.
    Nurse more than most.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I tried the start, and then 3 minutes in and then 10 minutes in and then 15 minutes in. What did I miss?

  • the super genius dr robert

    try it at 9 minutes and let it play for a couple.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I was in Belize and there was a worker at Crooked Tree with a Radio and I asked if that particular song would ever be over. After three days. Same thing here.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Gave it another chance. Musicianship became evident. Not enough to thrill me.

  • Heck Legler

    I was also bummed that we didn’t resign Jennings, but our running game is the only thing that looked decent Friday….

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Lazy bluesy jazzy pot smoking what I can do blindfolded riffs.

  • r8ter4evr

    How about Sonny Jurgenson

  • the super genius dr robert

    are u also a rock legend like Can?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    No. a better musician, quite possibly. Heard nothing real inspiring there,.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Rick Springfield. Milli Vanilli. and Helen Reddy are legends

  • the super genius dr robert
  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Even the fricking Beatles, in your mind!

  • the super genius dr robert

    no they aren’t. popular isn’t legend.

    can were really influential and loved by heads.

  • the super genius dr robert

    yeah. in my mind.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Only gave it a minute and we’re talking now . will finish it shortly.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    You fantasize about knowing what you call ‘heads’ liked. sorry, you’re too young.

  • Nosferatu Man

    Can is one of my favorite bands. Of course the two albums with Damo Suzuki are such classics. There are some very very good albums otherwise too. Great band.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Is all TV going to be all American Family All The Time Forever From Now On No Matter What You Want To Watch or Matlock and That’s it TV?

  • the super genius dr robert

    wow. u just became one of my fav posters. not too many people know them. although they were certainly known in their time among a certain crowd.

  • the super genius dr robert

    lol. i’m 45. music heads have been around forever and there are teenagers who are heads.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Modern Family, American Family, Whatever.

  • the super genius dr robert

    i have internet tv. all apps. i search out what i want.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    It’s on 14 channels on Comcast basic.

  • the super genius dr robert
  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    All right, only 5. But that’s ridiculous.

  • Scourge of the East

    You gotta have at least one channel with L&O SVU?!

  • the super genius dr robert

    i have comcast “internet plus”, which is internet plus local (for the raiders and irish) and hbo (so i can watch hbogo, which is all of their shows on demand).

    hulu, websites, and netflix give me whatever i’m currently looking for.

    right now, i’m in the middle of “the pacific”, and movies from the ’40s.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Man I’m tired of that too. Old L&O’s are OK.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I haven’t your resources.

  • the super genius dr robert

    hbo has basically become the best tv show provider in history. their shows have been so good, so consistently, that they have destroyed other tv channels.