Raiders camp report (730): Putting on the pads


Raiders camp report (730): Putting on the pads

Paul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.comSaturday, July 30Practice No. 3

Summary: Saturday marked the first padded practice, meaning they were allowed to hit. Not with aplomb, mind you, but just enough to get a feel for what is the most violent game in the country. There was a certain electricity in the air -- was that the Oklahoma drill? Why yes, yes it was -- when practice began. But it began to wane as the two-plus hour practice went on. The defense seems to be ahead of the offense but that is no surprise given each unit's job description. Neither is word of the first on-field camp fight, which was essentially a draw between linebacker Travis Goethel and guard Roy Schuening. Injury report: Rookie cornerback Chimdi Chekwa seemed to dislocate his left shoulder in an early practice hit-and-wrap scrimmage. "My shoulder popped out," he said to a trainer. "He just had a little nick," offered coach Hue Jackson. Meanwhile, rookie running back Taiwan Jones' baptism by fire continued as he was plowed over by middle linebacker Rolando McClain and later left practice with what Jackson described as either a hamstring or groin issue. Plus, receiver Jacoby Ford exited the locker room with his entire left arm bandagedwrapped, from his hand to his biceps. Meanwhile, defensive end Trevor Scott (knee), offensive lineman Bruce Campbell (knee) and receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (undisclosed) continued to work out on their own.Eye on reps: The first look at the offensive line in a live contact situation had Jared Veldheer at left tackle, Daniel Loper at left guard, Stefen Wisniewski at center, Cooper Carlisle at right guard and Joseph Barksdale at right tackle. Also, Tyvon Branch continued to see time at free safety, while Mike Mitchell was at strong safety. Rookie DeMarcus Van Dyke had significant time at cornerback, though when he flubbed a sure interception of Jason Campbell at the goal line, DVD immediately dropped to the grass and made like Willie Mays Hayes by pumping out some pushups.Coaching moment: As the offensive coordinator last year, Hue Jackson had no issues issuing challenges to the defense. Now that he's head coach, it was his assistant coach, safeties, Kevin Ross running the smack talk at him during 11-on-11 drills. "What are you waiting on out here?" Ross said. "You sure you want that?" Jackson answered. And the gamesmanship began anew.Rookie report: Poor Alan Pelc. The undrafted rookie free agent offensive lineman from North Carolina first got steamrolled by linebacker Kamerion Wimbley. Later, Pelc got in a tussle with defensive tackle Tommy Kelly. Bad idea. Kelly went upside Pelc's helmet with at least three Deacon Jones- inspired head slaps. Call it a rookie learning moment.Notable: There's a reason quarterbacks wear red jerseys in practice. They mean, hands off. Which makes defensive line coach Mike Waufle screaming at defensive tackle Richard Seymour - "Nobody touches the quarterback! EVER!" - all the more understandable. Apparently, nobody is above being yelled at, either.Quotable: "I love that. That's the name of the game. If we're going to be a team that's building a bully, I can't all of a sudden walk out there on Sunday, Monday or Thursday and say we are. We've got to become one, and I think our guys understand it's a contact sport and we've got to line up every now and then and run into each other." - Coach Hue Jackson on hitting at practice.Next practice: Sunday, 3:30 p.m.

Del Rio’s anxiety level up with trio of Raiders going extreme in New Zealand


Del Rio’s anxiety level up with trio of Raiders going extreme in New Zealand

Raiders Pro Bowl left guard Kelechi Osemele, running back Taiwan Jones and safety Brynden Trawick are currently enjoying their offseason in New Zealand. 

But a few videos they posted going white-water rafting and bungee jumping left head coach Jack Del Rio a bit anxious. 

"Anxiety level went up a bit thinking of my BIG pro bowl LG on the rapids!!" Del Rio tweeted Monday. "Can't leave out Brynden or Taiwan either ... have fun and be safe"

Osemele has posted a handful of photos and videos from the trip, including one of a raft capsizing with the caption: "It got real out there!!! Category 4 Rapids #NewZealand." Another showed the 6-foot-5, 333-pounder doing a backflip off a bungee platform with the caption: "Just did a backflip off the highest swing in the WORLD!!!!!!! Crazy!!! #LivingLife"

Report: Former Raiders RB arrested for domestic violence


Report: Former Raiders RB arrested for domestic violence

Trent Richardson is reportedly in some trouble.

Richardson was arrested on Thursday night for domestic violence, according to TMZ Sports.

The former running back was taken into custody on a third degree charge, the report states, with bail being set for $1,000.

The arrest was made in Hoover, Alabama.

The Browns selected Richardson with the third overall pick in the 2012 draft.

He was traded to the Colts in 2013 and played for Indianapolis in 2014.

He signed with the Raiders in 2015 and appeared in three exhibition games, but did not make the team.

The 26-year old was cut by the Ravens last August.