Camp Report (84): Raiders welcome back old faces


Camp Report (84): Raiders welcome back old faces

Paul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.comPractice No. 7Summary: With the players union re-certifying itself and voting to ratify the new Collective Bargaining Agreement early Thursday afternoon, the Raiders had a larger complement of players at their disposal. The veterans who agreed to contracts with the team after the lockout ended were finally allowed to practice, giving the Raiders 83 players on their training camp roster. But one big name is still missing, that of restricted free agent Michael Bush, who has yet to sign his first- and third-round tenders. Plus, there were so many guys nicked up that didn't suit up. The offense again got the better of the defense for the second day in a row, even if the defense showed what is likely to be its starting 11 come opening night in Denver. Yes, it was the Denarius Moore show again.

Injury report: Fifteen players sat out practice with various "nicks," receivers Jacoby Ford (broken left hand), Louis Murphy and Eddie McGhee, fullback James McCluskey, tailbacks Taiwan Jones, Michael Bennett and Darren McFadden (fractured eye socket), offensive linemen Cooper Carlisle, Bruce Campbell (knee), Lou Eiliades and Alan Pelc, defensive backs Chimdi Chekwa (shoulder), Walter McFadden and Joe Porter and defensive end Trevor Scott (knee). Plus, linebacker Rolando McClain, cornerback Walter McFadden and quarterback Jason Campbell did not finish practice.Offensive play of the day: A day after putting together a highlight reel tape against cornerback Stanford Routt, rookie receiver Denarius Moore delivered again. This time, running a post from 25 yards out, an outstretched Moore went up and, between Stevie Brown and DeMarcus Van Dyke, plucked Jason Campbell's pass out of the air. Moore came down with both feet in the end zone for the touchdown, just in front often goalpost. It was as impressive as it was physical.Defensive play of the day: While a healthy Chaz Schilens has been the most impressive wideout thus far in camp, "forgotten" cornerback Chris Johnson owned him on one play. With Schilens running a short curl, Johnson cut in front of him and intercepted Jason Campbell's pass. For a split second, when Johnson's No. 37 flashed for the pick, it looked like Lester Hayes and gobs of stickum flying into the picture. Almost.Eye on reps: With all of their players finally available, the defense took on a familiar look. On the line, Lamarr Houston, Tommy Kelly, Richard Seymour and Matt Shaughnessy. Quentin Groves, Rolando McClain and Kamerion Wimbley were the linebackers. And Stanford Routt and Chris Johnson were the cornerbacks while Tyvon Branch and Michael Huff were the safeties.Rookie report: Center Stefen Wisniewski's baptism by fire continued in an especially grueling session in which he went one-on-one with the Raiders' fearsome three-headed monster of Richard Seymour, John Henderson and Tommy Kelly. All in a day's work for the Raiders legacy. Especially since he's more than holding his own.Notable: With the Raiders entering the day anywhere from 14 million to 17 million over the cap, reportedly, and the players ratifying the new CBA in time to officially start the new league year, the 1 p.m. deadline for teams to get under the 120-million salary cap was pushed back 24 hours. "We will be in compliance," said Raiders coach Hue Jackson. "(Al Davis) knows that cap as well as anybody in this league." As such, there was no movement in the Kevin Boss talks, though reports came out that Stanford Routt and Richard Seymour both re-structured their contracts to help out. Neither, though, confirmed as much.Quotable: "Well, you know, I always remain, Hey, I don't talk about contracts and, uh, anything like that. But, you know, I'll be ready for Game 1, so." - Defensive tackle Richard Seymour on if he's re-structured his contract to help the Raiders' salary cap woes.Next practice: Friday, 3:30 p.m.

Donald Penn: Raiders players trust McKenzie will add right pieces

Donald Penn: Raiders players trust McKenzie will add right pieces

The Raiders were pretty darn good last season. A 12-4 record proved that point. There was plenty of talent on a team with a penchant for high-wire acts in victory that masked the fact there were holes on the roster.

They need to be filled for the Raiders to improve in 2017, and new players will be imported through free agency and the draft.

Left tackle Donald Penn is excited to see who gets added, but said there’s no doubt talent is coming to Oakland. He speaks for Raiders players, who have faith that general manager Reggie McKenzie will make the right moves.

“Things that Reggie has done in past drafts have been great, and we’re looking forward to seeing what he brings back towards us,” Penn said recently during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network. “We can’t wait to get back out there healthy. We’re ready to hit the football world with a storm.”

While new guys are coming, a few might head out. The Raiders have several unrestricted free agents. Penn wants to keep his guys around – he mentioned running back Latavius Murray by name -- though he has some ideas for McKenzie’s checklist.

The Raiders don’t need much with most key players under contract – the Raiders should be less active in free agency over past offseasons – but a few key components could put this team over the top.

“If we stick to Reggie’s plan, we’ll be great,” Penn said. “I know he’s going to have a great draft, add a couple little pieces here and there – maybe somebody in the secondary to help out a little bit.

"On offense, you could always use a weapon. Maybe we get another receiver to take (pressure off Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper), but we have a good nucleus right now.”

Raiders LT Donald Penn: QB Derek Carr 'almost 100 percent'

Raiders LT Donald Penn: QB Derek Carr 'almost 100 percent'

Derek Carr is on the mend. The Raiders franchise quarterback had surgery to repair his fibula shortly after he broke it in a Week 16 victory over Indianapolis, and is recovering well during the offseason.

Carr insisted on intense rehab this winter in an attempt – however unlikely it may have been – to return should the Raiders have played in the Super Bowl. It slowed to a normal pace after the Raiders' loss at Houston in the postseason’s opening round, but those in contact with him say he’s making strides.

Left tackle Donald Penn was recently in contact with Carr, and provided an update on Monday during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network.

“I texted Derek (a few) days ago checking in,” Penn said, “and he said he’s almost 100 percent.”

Surgically-repaired broken filbulas take significant time to heal, and the Raiders plan to be conservative with their MVP candidate during the offseason. Derek Carr’s brother and NFL Network analyst David Carr, who was on set with Penn on Monday, said Derek could be back for offseason work.

“He’s doing good,” David Carr said. “He’s walking around already, stretching it out. You can’t do a lot for the bone, right? But he’s going to be back. He’s going to get a whole full offseason in. That’s going to be the best part.”