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.

Report: 49ers strongly considering QB at No. 2

Report: 49ers strongly considering QB at No. 2

General manager John Lynch and the 49ers have created the desired intrigue about what the club will do with the No. 2 overall pick in this week’s NFL draft.

The team remains “open for business,” in the words of Lynch, to trade the second pick. If the 49ers are unable to find a trade partner, the team can do any number of different ways with that pick. The first round of the draft is scheduled for Thursday evening.

After edge-rusher Myles Garrett, widely projected to go to the Cleveland Browns with the No. 1 overall pick, there does not seem to be much separating the next dozen prospects on the board at a number of different positions.

Now, there is buzz the 49ers could go with a quarterback – likely, Mitchell Trubisky of North Carolina – with the No. 2 pick. That possibility gained steam Monday morning with a report from Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, citing “several sources,” that the 49ers are “strongly considering” selecting a quarterback with the second pick.

One league source last week told NBC Sports Bay Area some around the league believe the 49ers would draft Trubisky or Stanford defensive lineman Solomon Thomas.

“If the 49ers are waiting on Kirk Cousins, just remember that Trubisky is a better prospect now than Cousins was coming out of the 2012 draft,” the source said.

Cousins, who is set to play his second consecutive year as Washington’s franchise player, was a fourth-round selection under then-coach Mike Shanahan, New 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan was his father’s offensive coordinator when Washington drafted Cousins.

Lynch has been open in his scouting and praise of this year’s draft class. He has attended workouts of top quarterback prospects: Trubisky, Deshaun Watson (Clemson), DeShone Kizer (Notre Dame), Patrick Mahomes (Texas Tech) and Davis Webb (Cal).

"I think most of this quarterback class should be later down the line, whether it's first round or second round,” NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said recently. ESPN’s Mel Kipier and Todd McShay had Trubisky as the first quarterback selected by the Browns at No. 12 overall.

“I think these guys are somewhat getting a bad rap,” Lynch said at the NFL scouting combine. “You turn on the film, and there’s a lot to like.”

The 49ers head into this week’s draft with Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley as the only two quarterbacks on the roster.

The 49ers have shown no interest in re-signing any of the top three quarterbacks on the team’s roster last season: Colin Kaepernick, Blaine Gabbert and Christian Ponder. Each of those players remains unsigned.

49ers release Coffee after reinstating RB off retired list

49ers release Coffee after reinstating RB off retired list

Running back Glen Coffee, who walked away from the 49ers during training camp before his second NFL season, was reinstated Friday off the reserve-retired list.

As part of the same transaction wire released by the NFL office, the 49ers released Coffee, making him a free agent.

After seven seasons away from the game, Coffee is attempting a comeback, his agent told NBC Sports Bay Area on Saturday.

“I can tell you, he’s in great shape,” agent Ray Oubre said. “The man doesn’t have a six-pack, he’s got a 12-pack. He’s been waiting for the right time to hopefully get a workout with someone and show what he can do.

“He had a calling, and right now he feels like it’s his time to show what he can do. He explained to me, ‘I can do things now that I couldn’t do when I was initially with the 49ers.’ That’s the kind of shape he’s in.”

Coffee, who turns 30 on May 1, was a third-round draft pick (No. 74 overall) of the 49ers in 2009. He was the sixth running back selected in that year's draft. Coffee appeared in 14 games as a rookie and carried 83 times for 226 yards and one touchdown. He also caught 11 passes for 78 yards.

During training camp the next year as his teammates were exiting the locker room for the practice field in August 2010, Coffee cut the tape from his shoes and left the team's Santa Clara practice facility. He later informed then-coach Mike Singletary of his decision to stop playing football. Coffee said he believed God had a bigger plan for him.

Coffee was a specialist in the Sixth Battalion of the Army Rangers after enlisting in 2013. He is no longer active, Oubre said.

“He’s been training several months,” Oubre said. “The rigors of the Army Rangers, he was already in shape. He’s taking it to another level now. He’s been training for more than four months.

“He feels like he served and now the time is right. He’s in a good place. He understands, you can’t play football forever and you can’t do any one thing forever. He’s in a place right now that he wants to use his God-given ability as a football player.”

Coffee turned pro after his junior season at Alabama. In his final college season, Coffee rushed for 1,383 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Coffee has been training under Johnny Jackson at JDPI Sports Performance in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Oubre said he will be in contact with all 32 NFL teams to see if there’s any interest in bringing in Coffee for workouts. He might also hold an open workout for any interested teams.