Raiders camp summary (810): Lack of focus, tempo mark the day


Raiders camp summary (810): Lack of focus, tempo mark the day

Summary -- It was as sloppy as it was hot in wine country Friday as the Raiders returned to a padded practice. Plus, the injury list is growing seemingly by the minute as nine players did not suit up and three others failed to finish practice. The 10th Raiders' practice was not one to write home about -- or even blog about? -- but it should serve as a teaching tool. Yes, the dog days of camp are here for Oakland, let's see how the Raiders respond come Monday's exhibition opener.Offensive play of the day -- We're not allowed to divulge the specifics of a trick play from camp but let's just say Darrius Heyward-Bey hauled in a long bomb down the right side from someone not the quarterback.Defensive play of the day -- Safety Mike Mitchell stepped in front of the tight end on a quick pass over the middle at midfield and picked off Carson Palmer. Mitchell weaved his way through the offense and would have had a big return in a real game. As it was, he merely had bragging rights for the day.Injury report -- Strong safety Tyvon Branch had a back spasm Friday that kept him out of practice and he was joined on the sidelines by receivers Denarius Moore (hamstring) and Eddie McGee (hamstring) and running back Taiwan Jones (hamstring), defensive end Jack Crawford (foot), running back Mike Goodson (neck) and defensive tackle Richard Seymour (knee). Punter Shane Lechler (knee) was seen lifting weights while linebacker Aaron Curry (knee) was in Los Angeles seeing a specialist. Meanwhile, receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (knee), offensive tackle Zach Hurd (head) and tight end Brandon Myers (shoulder) did not finish practice.Notable -- Safeties Mitchell and Matt Giordano are flying all over the field and each has a knack for delivering a message with a blow to a ball carrier. Seems like each guy is trying to one-up the other with a little pop.Quotable -- "Let's be real; I went to Ohio State and we ran a pro-style offense(and) coming out of college I learned to read defenses (but) I wasn't blessed enough to be at a powerhouse that you learn that stuff as a quarterback." -- Terrelle Pryor
Eye on reps -- Undrafted rookie receiver Rod Streater is a good bet to make the final 53-man roster, but he probably bolstered his chances by working at gunner on the point team Friday.Extra work -- No doubt, Lonyae Miller is gearing up for a lion's share of the load at running back come Monday night's exhibition opener against Dallas.Coaching moment -- For the first time this camp, Allen had to figure out how not only to combat a lack of focus from his players, but also a down tempo. "It wasn't what we expected," he said. "I thought the guys tried to battle through but we've got to practice better with less mistakes than we did today."Next practice -- The Raiders practice Saturday at 8:50 a.m.

Reports: Former 49ers wide receiver to visit Bills


Reports: Former 49ers wide receiver to visit Bills

Aquan Boldin is looking for a new football home.

And the former 49ers wide receiver is visiting with the Bills on Monday, according to multiple reports.

Boldin started all 16 games with the Lions last season, recording 67 catches for 584 yards and eight touchdowns.

From 2013 to 2015 with the 49ers, he racked up 237 receptions, 3030 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns.

The three-time Pro Bowler will turn 37 years old in October.

Boldin entered the NFL as the 54th overall pick in the 2003 draft.

Taking a closer look at Ryan's criticism of Shanahan


Taking a closer look at Ryan's criticism of Shanahan

There is no shortage of blame to go around for the Atlanta Falcons’ collapse in Super Bowl 51.

The Falcons built a 28-3 lead in the middle of the third quarter and let it slip away, ultimately falling to the New England Patriots, 34-28, in overtime.

Matt Ryan voiced one previously undisclosed factor in the collapse this week in an interview with Pete Prisco of CBS Sports, pointing the finger at the new coach of the 49ers.

Kyle Shanahan has been the focus of a lot of the blame, but critique from the league MVP was a new one.

The Falcons quarterback faulted his former offensive coordinator for taking too much time to relay the play calls. Ryan said he did not have enough time to change any of the plays – presumably checking out of called pass plays to run the ball.

Here’s what Ryan told Prisco:

"Kyle's play calls -- he would take time to get stuff in. As I was getting it, you're looking at the clock and you're talking 16 seconds before it cuts out. You don't have a lot of time to say, 'There's 16 seconds, no, no, no, we're not going to do that. Hey, guys, we're going to line up and run this.' You're talking about breaking the huddle at seven seconds if you do something along the lines.

"With the way Kyle's system was set up, he took more time to call plays and we shift and motion a lot more than we did with (former coordinator) Dirk (Koetter). You couldn't get out of stuff like that. We talk about being the most aggressive team in football. And I'm all for it. But there's also winning time. You're not being aggressive not running it there."

The 49ers can point to mismanagement of the clock for their own Super Bowl heartbreak. The 49ers’ offense had the perfect play call at the perfect time against the Baltimore Ravens late in Super Bowl XLVII.

But with the play clock striking :00, coach Jim Harbaugh was forced to call a timeout from the sideline. A split-second later, the ball was snapped and it appeared the quarterback run would have easily ended up with Colin Kaepernick in the end zone.

Much like after the 49ers’ loss, the Falcons left plenty of room for second-guessing.

Two of Shanahan’s plays calls, which directly led to the collapse, will forever be scrutinized.

The first came with 8:31 remaining in regulation and the Falcons holding a 28-12 lead. On third and 1 from the Atlanta 36, Shanahan did not remain conservative with an expected run play. He swung for the fence.

Receiver Aldrick Robinson, whom the 49ers added this offseason as a free-agent pickup, was breaking free past the Patriots secondary for what could have been a touchdown. But just as Ryan was unloading, New England linebacker Dont’a Hightower hit him and forced the fumble. Running back Devonta Freeman whiffed on blitz pickup, which would have provided Ryan with enough time to target Robinson deep.

Ryan’s explanation does not appear applicable on this play, though. In watching the replay, the Falcons broke the huddle with more than 25 seconds remaining on the play clock and the snap occurred with :15 to spare.

The other questionable sequence came after the Falcons – leading by eight points -- got to the New England 22-yard line with less than five minutes to play. The Falcons lost 1 yard on a run play on first down.

On second down, Ryan was sacked for a 12-yard loss. Before that play, the Falcons broke the huddle with :19 on the play clock. The snap occurred with :04 remaining. The game clock was running, so the Falcons had reason to attempt to burn as much clock as possible.

In the fourth quarter, the Falcons never seemed rushed to get off a play. The closest they came to delay-of-game penalties were when they snapped the ball with :04 on the one play and :03 another time. The majority of their snaps occurred with :10 or more seconds to spare.

If the Falcons were guilty of anything when it came to the play clock, it was that the offense did not waste more time. After New England pulled to within 28-9 late in the third quarter, the Falcons ran only six offensive plays while the game clock was running.

On those six plays, the Falcons snapped the ball with :13, :09, :14, :20, :13 and :04 remaining on the play clock. If they’d snapped the ball with one second remaining each time, they could have shortened the game by 1 minute, 7 seconds. The Patriots scored the game-tying touchdown with :57 remaining in regulation.