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Asomugha, Lechler, Willis named to All-Pro team

Asomugha, Lechler, Willis named to All-Pro team

Jan. 24, 2011NFL PAGE RAIDERS PAGE 49ERS PAGE

NEW YORK (AP) -- Raiders Nnamdi Asomugha and Shane Lechler, along with 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis were named to the All-Pro team on Monday.

The 2010 NFL All-Pro team, as selected by a national panel of 50 media members:

First teamOffense
Quarterback - Tom Brady, New England.
Running backs - Jamaal Charles, Kansas City; Arian Foster, Houston.
Fullback - Vonta Leach, Houston.
Tight end - Jason Witten, Dallas.
Wide receivers - Roddy White, Atlanta; Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis.
Tackles - Jake Long, Miami; Joe Thomas, Cleveland.
Guards - Logan Mankins, New England; Jahri Evans, New Orleans.
Center - Nick Mangold, N.Y. Jets.
Kicker - Billy Cundiff, Baltimore.
Kick returner - Devin Hester, Chicago.

Defense
Ends - Julius Peppers, Chicago; John Abraham, Atlanta.
Tackles - Haloti Ngata, Baltimore; Ndamukong Suh, Detroit.
Outside linebackers - Clay Matthews, Green Bay; James Harrison, Pittsburgh.
Inside linebacker - Patrick Willis, 49ers; Jerod Mayo, New England.
Cornerbacks - Nnamdi Asomugha, Raiders; Darrelle Revis, N.Y. Jets.
Safeties - Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh; Ed Reed, Baltimore.
Punter - Shane Lechler, Raiders.
Second teamOffense
Quarterback - Vacant.
Running backs - Michael Turner, Atlanta; Adrian Peterson, Minnesota.
Fullback - Ovie Mughelli, Atlanta.
Tight end - Antonio Gates, San Diego.
Wide receivers - Brandon Lloyd, Denver; Calvin Johnson, Detroit, and Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City (tie).
Tackles - Jason Peters, Philadelphia; Sebastian Vollmer, New England.
Guards - Chris Snee, N.Y. Giants; Carl Nicks, New Orleans.
Center - Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh.
Kicker - David Akers, Philadelphia.
Kick returner - Leon Washington, Seattle.

Defense
Ends - Osi Umenyiora, N.Y. Giants; Justin Tuck, N.Y. Giants.
Tackles - Vince Wilfork, New England; Kyle Williams, Buffalo.
Outside linebackers - Cameron Wake, Miami; DeMarcus Ware, Dallas.
Inside linebackers - Brian Urlacher, Chicago; Ray Lewis, Baltimore.
Cornerbacks - Devin McCourty, New England; Charles Woodson, Green Bay.
Safeties - Nick Collins, Green Bay; and (the following tied) Antrel Rolle, N.Y. Giants; Eric Weddle, San Diego; Malcolm Jenkins, New Orleans; Quintin Mikell, Philadelphia; Chris Harris, Chicago; Michael Huff, Raiders; Michael Griffin, Tennessee; and Darren Sharper, New Orleans (tie).
Punter - Mat McBriar, Dallas.

VotingHere is how the voting broke down.
Quarterback
Tom Brady, 50.

Running backs-x
Arian Foster, Houston, 45; Jamaal Charles, Kansas City, 33; Michael Turner, Atlanta, 8; Adrian Peterson, Minnesota, 6; Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville, 5.
Fullback-y
Vonta Leach, Houston, 17; Ovie Mughelli, Baltimore, 13; Le'Ron McClain, Baltimore, 7; Lawrence Vickers, Cleveland, 4; Greg Jones, Jacksonville, 4; Michael Turner, Atlanta, 1; Jason Snelling, Atlanta, 1; John Kuhn, Green Bay, 1; Marcel Reece, Raiders, 1.

Tight end
Jason Witten, Dallas, 36; Antonio Gates, San Diego, 8; Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville, 3; Vernon Davis, 49ers, 2; Rob Gronkowski, New England, 1.

Wide receivers
Roddy White, Atlanta, 47; Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis, 18; Brandon Lloyd, Denver, 10; Calvin Johnson, Detroit, 8; Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City, 8; Andre Johnson, Houston, 5; Greg Jennings, Green Bay, 2; Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh, 2.

Tackles
Joe Thomas, Cleveland, 22; Jake Long, Miami, 21; Jason Peters, Philadelphia, 11; Sebastian Vollmer, New England, 7; D'Brickashaw Ferguson, N.Y. Jets, 6; Donald Penn, Tampa Bay, 5; Andrew Whitworth, Cincinnati, 5; Kareem McKenzie, N.Y. Giants, 4; Jordan Gross, Carolina, 4; Chad Clifton, Green Bay, 4; Marshal Yanda, Baltimore, 2; David Stewart, Tennessee, 2; Michael Roos, Tennessee, 1; Michael Oher, Baltimore, 1; Tyson Clabo, Atlanta, 1; Matt Light, New England, 1; Sam Baker, Atlanta, 1; Damien Woody, N.Y. Jets, 1; Eric Winston, Houston, 1.

Guards
Jahri Evans, New Orleans, 24; Logan Mankins, New England, 15; Chris Snee, N.Y. Giants, 14; Carl Nicks, New Orleans, 13; Brian Waters, Kansas City, 12; Kris Dielman, San Diego, 9; Josh Sitton, Green Bay, 5; Brandon Moore, N.Y. Jets, 3; Ryan Lilja, Kansas City, 3; Steve Hutchinson, Minnesota, 1; Rich Seubert, N.Y. Giants, 1.

Center
Nick Mangold, N.Y. Jets, 37; Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh, 11; Casey Wiegmann, Kansas City, 1; Alex Mack, Cleveland, 1.

Placekicker
Billy Cundiff, Baltimore 24; David Akers, Philadelphia, 10; Sebastian Janikowski, Raiders, 4; Rob Bironas, Tennessee, 4; Matt Bryant, Atlanta, 4; Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis, 3; Neil Rackers, Houston, 1.

Kick returner
Devin Hester, Chicago, 43; Leon Washington, Seattle, 4; Jacoby Ford, Raiders, 2; Marc Mariani, Tennessee, 1.

DefenseEnds
Julius Peppers, Carolina, 35; John Abraham, Atlanta, 21; Justin Tuck, N.Y. Giants, 16; Osi Umenyiora, N.Y. Giants, 9; Dwight Freeney, Indianapolis, 7; Trent Cole, Philadelphia, 4; Jason Babin, Tennessee, 2; Jared Allen, Minnesota, 2; Robert Mathis, Indianapolis, 1; Cameron Wake, Miami, 1; Vince Wilfork, New England, 1; Justin Smith, 49ers, 1.

Tackles
Haloti Ngata, Baltimore, 45; Ndamukong Suh, Detroit, 30; Vince Wilfork, New England, 15; Kyle Williams, Buffalo, 3; Justin Smith, 49ers, 2; B.J. Raji, Green Bay, 1; Casey Hampton, Pittsburgh, 1; Jonathan Babineaux, Atlanta, 1.

Outside linebackers-z
Clay Matthews, Green Bay, 39; James Harrison, Pittsburgh, 31; DeMarcus Ware, Dallas, 9; Cameron Wake, Miami, 9; Tamba Hali, Kansas City, 7; Lance Briggs, Chicago, 2; Terrell Suggs, Baltimore, 1.

Inside linebacker-q
Patrick Willis, 49ers, 28; Jerod Mayo, New England, 21; Brian Urlacher, Chicago, 20; Ray Lewis, Baltimore, 18; Lawrence Timmons, Pittsburgh, 8; Jonathan Vilma, New Orleans, 1; Derrick Johnson, Kansas City, 1; A.J. Hawk, Green Bay, 1.

Cornerbacks
Nnamdi Asomugha, Raiders, 20; Darrelle Revis, N.Y. Jets, 19; Devin McCourty, New England, 17; Charles Woodson, Green Bay, 14; Asante Samuel, Philadelphia, 12; Tramon Williams, Green Bay, 8; Brent Grimes, Atlanta 3; DeAngelo Hall, Washington, 2; Champ Bailey, Denver, 2; Joe Haden, Cleveland, 1; Brandon Flowers, Kansas City, 1; Antoine Winfield, Minnesota, 1.

Safeties
Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh, 47; Ed Reed, Baltimore, 41; Nick Collins, Green Bay, 4; Darren Sharper, New Orleans, 1; Antrel Rolle, N.Y. Giants, 1; Malcolm Jenkins, New Orleans, 1; Michael Griffin, Tennessee, 1; Eric Weddle, San Diego, 1; Chris Harris, Chicago, 1; Michael Huff, Raiders, 1; Quintin Mikell, Philadelphia, 1.

Punter
Shane Lechler, Raiders, 34; Mat McBriar, Dallas, 11; Sam Koch, Baltimore, 3; Donnie Jones, St. Louis, 2.

Notes:
x-three voters selected only one running back.
y-one voter selected did not vote for a fullback.
z-two voters selected only one outside linebacker.
q-two voters selected only one inside linebacker.

Raiders expect better from interior pass rush

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Raiders expect better from interior pass rush

ALAMEDA – A large chip rests on Jihad Ward’s shoulder. That’s common for athletes, always on the hunt for motivation. Critics, detractors, those of little faith are easy and obvious targets.

The Raiders defensive lineman had options during a rookie season where he was thrust into full-time duty. Mario Edwards Jr. got hurt and never truly recovered, leaving last year’s second-round pick to play significant snaps. The heavy workload came earlier than the Raiders had planned, before Ward was ready. When Edwards Jr. returned late in the year, Ward was essentially shut down.

The Illinoise product took some flak for it. He listened, absorbed and was fueled. He’s comfortable with that process, and the motivation that comes with it.

“They’re just trying to hate (on) people trying to do what they have to do,” Ward said Tuesday. “Keep on pushing. That’s all. …There will be critics everywhere.”

Head coach Jack Del Rio openly criticized Ward’s position group. He said after last season that the Raiders had to upgrade their inside pass rush, that they need more quarterback pressure from guys not named Mack or Irvin. He was right. The Raiders had a league-low 25 sacks despite 18 coming from their star edge rushers.

Edwards Jr. got healthy and Eddie Vanderdoes came in the NFL draft’s third-round, adding power and speed to that group. Ward, Denico Autry, Treyvon Hester, Justin Ellis and Darius Latham all have a part to play inside, and Del Rio believes that unit will be more impactful this season.

“It definitely is a much deeper group than we’ve had. More athletic group than we’ve had,” Del Rio said. “I’m very encouraged by the early signs that I’ve seen in pads, throughout camps against a very good offensive line that we have. Another great test this week to evaluate these guys because we’re playing one of the better lines in the league.”

The Raiders play Dallas on Saturday at AT&T Stadium, where starters will play extensive snaps against the vaunted Cowboys offensive line.

“It’s a great opportunity to evaluate, develop, continue to push, but we feel like we’ve strengthened ourselves there,” Del Rio said. “It’s probably the strength of the defense right now.”

That’s a vote of confidence for a group that should be more effective if healthy. Edwards Jr. and Vanderdoes should front the effort, though Ward could be an impact player if he builds off a strong offseason program. Del Rio says Ward was “more decisive,” this spring, a product of being comfortable playing in this system and this league.

Then Ward suffered a setback. He felt a tweak in his foot during OTAs, one that proved serious and required surgery to repair. He spent training camp on the PUP list, and was finally cleared to practice on Monday. Ward doesn’t think the layoff killed offseason momentum. The comfort and confidence hasn’t left.

“Your first year coming here, you’re thinking too much,” Ward said. “Now it’s like ‘okay, I get it now.’ That’s how it is for all rookies. They just have to learn what’s going on, so I feel it. Everything is easier now, it’s my second years now. It’s regular.”

 

Donald Penn yet to report as Raiders return home

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Donald Penn yet to report as Raiders return home

ALAMEDA – Raiders left tackle Donald Penn missed training camp holding out for a new, more lucrative contract. He missed Tuesday’s practice, the first back at the team’s training facility.

His protest began 26 days ago. The regular season is 19 days away.

Penn has worked out with top trainers and private offensive line coaches while away from the team, but still needs time to get back in the flow.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday that Penn is expected back this week. He wasn’t there for the first of three sessions when the Raiders will focus on the third preseason game at Dallas. It’s the last meaningful exhibition, with players down on the depth chart expected to populate the preseason finale versus Seattle.

Penn doesn’t necessarily need to play in a preseason game to prep for the Sept. 10 regular-season opener at Tennessee, but it could help.

Head coach Jack Del Rio wouldn’t address Penn’s status, or whether there’s a deadline for him to report and be ready for the regular season.

The Raiders have managed with Marshall Newhouse on the left and Vadal Alexander on the right. The pair has fared well, though the line will be significantly stronger with Penn back and a Newhouse/Alexander competition on the right.

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie made it clear weeks ago that the Raiders wouldn’t talk contract until a player reports. Penn preferred a contract get done before showing up. Weeks were lost to that impasse.

Quarterback Derek Carr hopes it will end soon, and that Penn will come back to the team.

“It would obviously mean a lot, if that’s what he chooses to do,” Carr said. “He’s our teammate. We want all our teammates here. We want to work hard together. We want to be together and joke together. It’s more than just football. We want to be there in his life, with him.

"It would mean a lot. Obviously, I would love it.”