Camp Report (86): Boss, Bush make debuts


Camp Report (86): Boss, Bush make debuts

Paul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.comPractice No. 9Summary: A new face and an old one were welcomed to camp on Saturday as newly-signed tight end Kevin Boss got in his first work as a member of the Raiders and running back Michael Bush signed his one-year tender and finally reported to camp, 10 days after he could have, five days before he would have been considered a hold-out. Both saw some action in live drills -- not a lot -- but enough to get a feel for things. And after a week in which the offense got the better of the defense most of the time, the defense answered with aplomb. The Raiders also signed three receivers -- Derek Hagan, Chad Jackson and Shawn Bayes -- and a fullback -- Bryson Kelly -- while coach Hue Jackson said recently-signed guard Justin Smiley told him earlier in the day he was retiring. Oakland will take Sunday off and practice Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in anticipation of Thursday's exhibition opener against Arizona at the Coliseum.Injury report: Sixteen players sat out practice with various "nicks," receivers Jacoby Ford (broken left hand), Louis Murphy, Eddie McGhee and Derrick Jones (Achilles'), fullback James McCluskey, tailbacks Taiwan Jones (hamstring) and Darren McFadden (fractured eye socket), offensive linemen Bruce Campbell (knee), Lou Eiliades and Alan Pelc, defensive backs Chimdi Chekwa (shoulder), Mike Mitchell and Joe Porter and defensive linemen Trevor Scott (knee), John Henderson and Jarvis Moss.RELATED: Raiders add three free agents
Offensive play of the day: On the second-to-last 11-on-11 play of the day, Jason Campbell hit Shaun Bodiford on a perfectly timed slant pass from the right side from 10 yards out and for a touchdown. Bodiford beat cornerback Stanford Routt and safety Tyvon Branch on the play and yes, Bodiford was out there with the first-team offense on the play.Defensive play of the day: As a strong safety, Tyvon Branch is not supposed to have soft hands. But after dropping back into coverage and then reacting to a Trent Edwards pass over the middle, Branch showed 'em. His interception of Edwards was clean and pretty. Especially for a strong safety.Eye on reps: Take it for what it's worth, but the first-team offensive line had a beefier, more experienced look to it as rookie Stefen Wisniewski moved from center to left guard for the second day in a row, though he did move back to center later on. The first-team O-line on this day, then: (left tackle) Jared Veldheer, (left guard) Wisniewski, (center) Samson Satele, (right guard) Cooper Carlisle, (right tackle) Khalif Barnes.Rookie report: Let's just call this this Denarius Moore Corner, for now. The fifth-round receiver's latest highlight reel play was another beauty. This one was a long bomb from Kyle Boller, in which Moore split rookie cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke and veteran safety Hiram Eugene for the touchdown. As coach Hue Jackson said earlier this week, there goes that man again.Notable: Blood from that noted Harvard-Hillsdale College feud spilled on the practice field when defensive tackle Desmond Bryant tangled with left tackle Jared Veldheer late in practice. OK, I kid about the collegiate feud. But the lightning quick rumble between the two behemoths was entertaining, nonetheless.Quotable: "We're going to be a tough, rugged football team that walks with a swagger and plays the way the Raiders used to play. That's what I want. That's what I demand. And that's what my players are going to give me." - Raiders coach Hue JacksonNext practice: Monday, 3:30 p.m.

Source: Raiders release one of their longest-tenured players


Source: Raiders release one of their longest-tenured players

Taiwan Jones was one of the longest tenured Raiders entering 2017, one of the few acquired by late owner Al Davis.

The Raiders released Jones on Thursday morning, a league source said, concluding his six-year run with the club.

The running back turned defensive back turned running back (again) carved a niche on special teams as a gunner and quality cover man.

He wasn’t an offensive asset, pushing him firmly on the roster bubble. It burst just before camp.

The San Francisco native and Antioch Deer Valley High alum was a popular locker room presence during his time in Oakland. His speed was always attractive, but durability and ball security issues dectracted from more positive traits.

Jones had just five offensive touches last season and just eight kickoff returns. Cordarrelle Patterson is an All-Pro returner and an excellent gunner. Johnny Holton also serves as a speedy cover man on special teams.

Releasing Jones now gives him a full preseason to latch on with another team.

Only long snapper Jon Condo and kicker Sebastian Janikowksi remain on the roster from the Al Davis era.

The Raiders now sit one player below the 90-man roster limit, a vacancy that should be filled soon.

ESPN first reported the news. 

Raiders sign second-rounder Melifonwu, leaving one draft pick unsigned

Raiders sign second-rounder Melifonwu, leaving one draft pick unsigned

Obi Melifonwu entered Wednesday as the only second-round draft pick without a signed rookie contract. Later that afternoon, he joined the group.

The safety from UConn put pen to paper on a four-year deal at the Napa Valley Marriott, allowing him to join pre-training camp activities. Veterans report on Friday and camp’s first full-squad practice starts Saturday morning.

The pact took longer than the Raiders or Melifonwu had hoped. There's little room for fiscal movement in the rookie wage scale, but some contract language had to be hashed out before shaking hands.

Melifonwu is slotted to make $4,509,376 over the life of the contract, with a $1,419,544 signing bonus and a $819,886 base salary in 2017, per

The Raiders have one draft pick left unsigned. First-round cornerback Gareon Conley hasn’t agreed on a deal, though it’s still likely that happens before the first full practice.

The Ohio State alum’s situation could be complicated by an ongoing investigation into a sexual assault allegation stemming from an April 9 incident in Cleveland.

Head coach Jack Del Rio said in a Tuesday radio interview he expected unsigned rookie contract issues to be resolved soon.