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Raiders bid farewell to Napa, head south to practice against Cowboys

Veteran defensive end Justin Tuck is confident that the Raiders can get in some meaningful work against the Dallas Cowboys when the teams conduct joint practices.
That is, he said, if things don’t get out of hand the way they did in 2005, when Tuck and his New York Giants scrimmaged the New York Jets.
“The one time we did it, we went over the top,” Tuck said. “So, I’m not sure I got the right answer.”
Either way, it’s going down Tuesday and Wednesday between the Raiders and Cowboys in Oxnard in what coach Dennis Allen considers the next phase of training camp.
The Napa portion of training camp ended Monday, with the Raiders satisfied with what they got accomplished in their 13 practices and even more thrilled to be checking out of the hotel they called home the better part of three weeks.
“I’m ready to go,” Tuck said. “I’m already halfway down I-80 in my mind.”
Allen and several players said that there’s still plenty of work to get done between now and the regular-season opener Sept. 7. They also agree that they are right on schedule.
“We got a lot accomplished here,” Allen said. “It was important for us to get an opportunity to work against another team, so going down to Oxnard will be good for us. … . We still have a lot of things that we have to get better at, but I like the direction we’re headed.”
For now, the Raiders are headed south, where the Cowboys await. The two teams will practice against each other in a scripted setting Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning.
Allen said both practices will feature players in full pads. Tuck said he likes the idea of squaring off against another team after banging heads against the same guys for so long.
“It’s good to go and face some people that don’t wear the same color as you and see different schemes,” Tuck said. “Dallas has a really good offensive line, so it will be a good challenge for us.”
Running back Darren McFadden is in his seventh NFL season. He has battled injuries every season but so far he looks primed for a healthy start to the season.
Same goes for most of the Raiders, who departed Napa relatively healthy. Therefore, most of their focus is trained upon the work that still needs to be done.
“We got better every day but there’s still a lot of things we got to get cleaned up,” McFadden said.

– Nickel back Chimdi Chekwa missed practice with a knee injury. Next man up, rookie Keith McGill.
“That was an opportunity for Keith to get in there in nickel situations and work with the ones some,” Allen said. “We haven’t had an opportunity to see a lot of him. So, he’s a guy that obviously we felt highly of coming out in the draft and wanted to get an opportunity to look at him.”

– Denarius Moore and Greg Jenkins took turns fielding punts. Moore also getting a look on kick returns. Overall, both jobs remain wide open.

– Linebacker Justin Cole returned to practice after having missed one day. Defensive tackle Justin Ellis (concussion) was among the five who missed practice.

– Cornerback Jansen Watson missed a second straight day of practice as he decides whether he wants to continue his pursuit of an NFL career. He suffered a toe injury against the Minnesota Vikings on Friday night and hasn’t returned.

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  • FourMoreYears

    Optimism abounds!

  • eastoaklandraider

    Remember guys this is pre season so the D is kind of vanilla so dont ride CRodgers too hard.

  • Guest123

    “We got a lot accomplished here,” Allen said.

  • Guest123

  • Guest123

    ….

  • SaintKaufman

    Oh, come on man. Please.

  • Guest123

    We still have a lot of things that we have to get better at, but I like the direction we’re headed.”

  • Guest123

    ….

  • Carl weathers

    optomistic post of the week: Art Shell ll team practiced well and finished 4-0 preseason record… week after week we got kicked in the nuts that year. First time I ever took a break from following in season.

  • eastoaklandraider

    Not going to show their hand too much, I still expect better play tho.

  • RaidingTexas

    Our guys will be flying around in the sky to Oxnard.

  • FourMoreYears

    Ditto for me, only time I have ever quit on a season.

  • eastoaklandraider

    Its PRE SEASON, Tarver isnt going all out. That being said you look like comlpete schit.

  • RaidingTexas

    Vanilla playcalling in preseason: YES. Failing to execute the vanilla plays: NOT ACCEPTABLE.

  • Guest123

    at the end of the day, we got guys flying around the ball, but I like the direction we’re headed.

  • FourMoreYears
  • RaidingTexas

    South?

  • SaintKaufman

    Damn, that’s not very nice. I thought I looked pretty good today!

  • RaidingTexas

    Optimism shoved out of bounds.

  • eastoaklandraider

    fixed, lol.

  • Guest123

    In DA’s case the poker analogy is appropriate. He’s pushing his last chip into the center of the table, going all in on the blind.

  • Carl weathers

    Where is oxnard? They keep mentioning itI these posts like its LA. What statw is it evwn in lol

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    breaking news: RB Latavius Murray said he is looking forward to staying healthy and playing this season.

  • eastoaklandraider

    I’m just saying, give the guy a couple more looks before we burn him at the stake.

  • Guest123

    Tiajuana maybe?

  • Guest123

    update us please for when DMAC plans to go IR. Thanks in advance!

  • http://batman-news.com 559 Raider 87

    Agreed were arent running everything we will be in season, but Rogers is garbage in a vanilla defense or base defense it is what it is. Carrie should be the #2 CB

  • eastoaklandraider

    If the OC call for a 5 yard hitch and the DC calls a zone play in which the corners responsibility is to cover deep who has the advantage? and is it the def players fault?

  • eastoaklandraider

    If the OC call for a 5 yard hitch and the DC calls a zone play in which the corners responsibility is to cover deep who has the advantage? and is it the def players fault??

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    Week 17, after he’s amassed 2500 total yards

  • ComptonRaider

    Why stop at Oxnard. This is a good opportunity for Mark to meet with LA officials.

  • Guest123

    and miss the playoffs! we’re sunk!

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    LMurray to the rescue…

  • Elliot

    Well let me ask you this who tells the cbs to play 8 to yards off the reciever? Why?

  • SnBG

    He’s already eyeing some land down there.

  • Elliot

    If dmac gets 2500 yards I will fly to alameda…take some pop and run around naked

  • Elliot

    Pcp

  • http://batman-news.com 559 Raider 87

    Read that today on Bleacher Report that he is looking at purchasing land, but cant seem to find the story any more

  • Carl weathers

    Wait a minute, I-80? Tuck is stuck on the east coast!

  • eastoaklandraider

    depends on the playcall and the player, if a D calls for press coverage then you press up, if your resposibility is to cover deep in a specific playcall then you play off the line a bit. Some players have the freedom to play how they want, mostly top notch shutdown corners.

  • SnBG

    I think Tarver can call a good D. Look at last year when so many in here were calling him the mad scientist. Preseason in easy livin. Enjoy the vanilla ice cream.

  • RaidingTexas

    I think it was actually 4-1. But I’m more interested in what happens with the first teams in those games, not the final score. I could mostly care less what the scrubs did the rest of the game.

    And if I remember correctly, the early parts of those games did give us a pretty good glimpse of things to come. The defense and special teams made some plays in those games. I think a few INTs by the defense gave the Raiders short fields or stopped potential scoring drives for the other team. There was also a punt return for TD. But the offense generally did not look good, save for one big Moss TD.

  • Guest123

    Minnesota shut down the offense after they got a 10-0 lead on us. Called off the dogs and tossed in the scrubs. Don’t go thinking it was Tarver’s mad genius plan. As a coordinator, he’s below avg.

  • SnBG

    I like the fact that when the Vikes came with their first blitz Schauby got the ball away to a confused receiver running down the sideline. Now if said receiver, and I won’t mention his name cause we all now who it was, could pay a little more attention to the blitz and help Schauby out that would have been a nice little gain.

  • SlashNHack

    Listen, ya know, at the end of the day it’s great to see guys flying around out there, and compete and make progress, but we still have some things we have to get cleaned up.

  • rudegruden

    A lot of ifs

  • SnBG

    It’s preseason vanilla. Don’t over think it.

  • rifflicks

    you’re wasting you breath….most of these idiots think the starters should play the whole preseason game to get a win

  • Guest123

    If Schaubby could get the ball to said reciever with a little more pace, littel more zip… maybe he’d have adjusted on instinct than wonder where the duck was going to land?

  • rudegruden

    The Reggie Regime loves the word “Compete”. We may have lost, but we competed. We will compete this year. We brought on guys who like to compete.