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Allen gets across message, players respond with sharp practice

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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

    No takers on Jeff Beck? Interesting!

  • the super genius dr robert
  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Jimmi Page and EricClapton both gave him the nod 20 years ago.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    The devil you say!

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Beck’s best work is long, long behind him. I did Robert the favor of assuming Beck, Page, etc weren’t being included in his list.

  • Nosferatu Man

    Love the film. Love F.W. Murnau…but that isn’t where the name comes from. This is:

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

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    ‘noodling or boring jamming’?

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Never heard a song from Satriani? I think your definition of “song” may not be the same as mine.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    In other words, don’t try playing Miles Davis’ “Agharta” or “Pangaea” for him. If it isn’t verse-chorus-verse, he ain’t interested.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    The fabulous Forum Huge big stage. Drummer, bassist and guitarist in the very front and center. No theatrics. No lightshow Played rock and roll. It was an awesome experience.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Hmmm.

  • the super genius dr robert

    don’t be stupid. i love song structure but jamming can have song value too.

    the difference between van halen and montrose.

    one gets monotonous and one is legend.

  • the super genius dr robert

    it has to have melody and not just be wailing away frantically showing how fast u can play. big fvking deal.

    bb king yes.

    satriani bores me.

  • Nosferatu Man

    Those were some very very solid miles albums. I love that era Miles. The Live-Evil (though it was a bit earlier) and Dark Magus were fantastic. I love how out there he gets for awhile after B. Brew (but I guess you can maybe include Filles de Kiliminjaro as the turning point).

  • the super genius dr robert

    beck is cool.

  • the super genius dr robert

    i’m talking about “now”.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Now, I’d just seen Bowie there who did use the whole stage to good effect. The entire backdrop was 4′ flourescent lights arranged vertically and was stunning. ZZ Tops nothing stood out all the more.

  • the super genius dr robert

    sharp dressed man? bleck!

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Not sure which you’re referring to there. A year or two back, I listened to Van Halen’s “5150” and was shocked at how limited Eddie’s playing was, which is weird because the Dave-era albums mostly hold up. Eddie just gave up innovating after a point and became content to live off his name.

  • Tyler Angelica Miller

    Kory Sheets is the man!!!!

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Dark Magus was OK, but his two sax players in that band were nowhere near Sonny Fortune’s level.

  • the super genius dr robert

    jump killed VH for me, although i like a few songs from that album, notably “I’ll Wait”. but before that, they not only shredded (eruption), but made great memorable songs that rocked.

    montrose, who VH loved, and was why they brought in hagar, was a good guitarist, but it can just get to be piledriving bland monotony.

  • the super genius dr robert

    and from left field….

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Montrose’s debut album was awesome. Everything he did after? Meh.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    he does turn it on there at the end, I remember making a mental note on them back a ways.

  • the super genius dr robert

    meh describes what i’m talking about.

    virtuosity ain’t everything.

    the ramones were great and they weren’t great players.

    the se x pistols either..

  • the super genius dr robert

    i’m a huge floyd fan and i love me some david gilmour.

    but go listen to umma gumma and tell me u ever want to again.

    it’s got to “sound good”. that’s it.

    it’s not a test.

  • Nosferatu Man

    True.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Terry Kilgore was the better Pasadena guitarist from that era and Eddie would be the first to tell you that.Eddie was pretty frickin good as well.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Beck? Now? You have someone better?

  • the super genius dr robert

    the black cherrys. unsigned LA band. the leader was the dad of jade castinos who was in edward and the magnetic zeros.

  • the super genius dr robert

    she’s the singer

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    your football knowledge far exceeds your guitar knowledge. And I question your football knowledge,

  • the super genius dr robert

    yes. jack white. made that clear.

    btw, page agrees.

  • Nosferatu Man

    I dig the live part of that. All of those are solid selections. Have you watched Live at Pompeii? One of my favorite music DVD’s, has most of those songs on it. The studio side (of ummagumma) isn’t quite as good as the surrounding albums though.

  • the super genius dr robert

    ever seen the silent film “sunrise”?

    maybe the best silent ever. murnau in america.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    HeII of a conversation tonight and I,a so so guitar gunsliger,have enjoyed the heck out of it.

  • the super genius dr robert

    i haven’t but i’m about to.

  • the super genius dr robert

    gilmour is one of my fav guitarists ever.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    He and Beck have issues. And I don’t believe you.

  • Nosferatu Man

    So good. He is why Animals is my favorite Floyd album.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    there are some that would put Brian May in the conversation. HeII of a guitarist. Good astronomer too.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Syd Barrett was better. Intergalactic Overdrive.

  • the super genius dr robert

    i like saucerful of secret better than umma gumma and atom heart mother.

    i like some songs from pipers at the gates of dawn too.

    but meddle, dark side, wish u were here (maybe my favorite of all), and animals are the best.

    i could live without about a third of the wall.

    and i like a few cuts off the final cut and waters’ hitchiking solo album.

  • the super genius dr robert

    and their soundtrack stuff can be cool. more and obscured by clouds have some good ones.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    It was, actually. You weren;t there to take it.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    You do not and you know your lying.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    See Emily Play.

  • the super genius dr robert

    interstellar.

    and gilmour blows him away.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Fresh Garbage by Spirit.