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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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  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Wrong.

  • the super genius dr robert

    50 bucks for internet plus. everything else is websites showing free shows that i use “airdrop” on my ipad to put onto tv, or run out of my computer into my projector.

    but really, 50 bucks for internet, local, and hbo (with their entire history of shows) is all u need for sports and great shows.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    You were born when the term ‘head’ was becoming passe.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I was too young!

  • the super genius dr robert

    ha! u probably used to make fun of oldies that said young people didn’t know anything.

    there are 20 year olds who dig music in their souls.

  • the super genius dr robert

    a rose by any other name is still a rose.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I’m sure there’s meaning in that missive. Let me look again.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Does it smell as sweet?

  • the super genius dr robert
  • the super genius dr robert

    pretty much.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Get your cliche’s right!

  • the super genius dr robert

    putting an age on people u “allow” to be knowledgable about music is fairly ridiculous.

    don’t sleep on the young. hendrix was 20 once.

    and jack white is amazing.

  • the super genius dr robert

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urEeUMqRhA4

    best guitarist alive today.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I have to , don’t really have to. provide Basic cable to two renters. Gave up on the third for distance considerations.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Jack White??? Even if you’re counting guys still in their creative prime (which would rule out Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page and that generation), what about Joe Satriani, for starters? Alex Lifeson? Robin Finck? John Frusciante?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Was only commenting on your terminology. Mea Culpa. And I’m trying to pizz people off. Your bad luck to be here tonight.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Amazon Prime ($50 per year if you have a student email account) just added a ton of HBO shows for free: Sopranos, The Wire, Oz, Big Love, Deadwood, Rome, True Blood and some of Boardwalk Empire.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I did enjoy that. i knew you’d find one.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Haven’t watched yet because of that over the top comment.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Isn’t Adrian Belew still alive?

  • Heck Legler

    Um, Billy Gibbons. But Jack White over all the others mentioned except maybe Frusciante, who hasn’t exactly lived up to his potential.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    ZZTop you are in ther unning. Billy is a serious contender.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Jack White better than Joe Satriani? Uh, no.

  • Heck Legler

    Jimi Hendrix , on the Tonight Show, I think, called him the best guitar player

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Satriani is a technician.

  • Heck Legler

    Not from a technique standpoint, but music isn’t a track and field event

  • the super genius dr robert

    no one close when it comes to shredding combined with songwriting.

    i don’t care much for noodling or boring jamming.

  • the super genius dr robert

    ur loss. he fvcking kills it.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    don’t have a clue yet about White.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Not a huge Billy Gibbons fan. He was kind of an earlier Eddie Van Halen: a real innovator when young, found a style of guitar playing that made him money, and settled into a rut. My guitar teacher from decades ago referred to such musicians as “hacks.”

  • Heck Legler

    Gotta have soul, fire, passion…

  • the super genius dr robert

    he’s amazing.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    SRV was referred to as the queen of slop by an idiot I once had the misfortune o f getting an opinion from.

  • Nosferatu Man

    Another classic of Kraut-rock. Trans-Europe Express and Autobahn are also two brilliant albums. Those are really the only Kraftwerk albums I spent much time with though. I’m sure others are great.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Hendrix famously called Gibbons one of the best young guitarist he’d heard or something. But that was when Gibbons was young and hungry. I’ve heard nothing original from ZZ Top in 30 years, and even that (Eliminator) was largely due to its boogie/synth combination.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Is your teacher still a hack?

  • the super genius dr robert

    well, i think it’s apparent i can give as well as get.

    some people have complained about me here.

  • the super genius dr robert
  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    I’ve seen Satriani in concert four times (over an 18-year span in three different states). Trust me: the dude has fire and passion in spades.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Beck has a legitimate claim.

  • Heck Legler

    Saw a recent live recording on tv and they still bring it. But yeah nothing new in the decade or two that matters. Unlike Alex Lifeson?

  • Heck Legler

    Guitar teachers are almost universally bitter haters.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    By his own definition (musician who reaches a level of playing and never tries to improve on it), quite possibly. But I haven’t talked to him in 20 years. Not even sure if he’s still alive.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Bull shytt. their later stuff is some of their best.Eliminator being one of the better.

  • the super genius dr robert

    and don’t no one know about this. i discovered it looking for jade castrinos and bam!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAeIp5-DNLE

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Loved Rush and Alex, but he’s not in the conversation.

  • Heck Legler

    And there we part my friend. 70s ZZ for me. CHeap sunglasses, I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide, and the list goes on…

  • the super genius dr robert

    never heard a SONG from him.

    jack white jams and makes tunes.

    he’s fantastic.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I’m a Rough Boy.

  • the super genius dr robert

    btw, are u a fan of the silent film nosferatu?

    cuz i am. fw murnau was great.