Raiders camp report (731): The 'Plus-30' Club

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Raiders camp report (731): The 'Plus-30' Club

July 31, 2011GUTIERREZ ARCHIVE
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CSNCalifornia.comSaturday, July 31Practice No. 4

Summary: In the movie "Logan's Run," these players would have been, well, taken out behind the Napa Marriott and put down. In Hue Jackson's first training camp as an NFL head coach, they got the day off. Jackson called it the Plus-30 Club and any player over the ripe old age of 30 got the day off, save for backup quarterback Kyle Boller and running back Michael Bennett. Both of whom are fighting for jobs. Could the break have been because it was the day after the Raiders' first padded practice of camp? Most likely. In any event, it was another spirited, physical practice, even if the players were only in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts. Injury report: Receiverkick returner Jacoby Ford was nowhere to be found after breaking his left hand in practice on Saturday. Rookie cornerback Chimdi Chekwa sat out with his left arm in a sling a day after his shoulder "popped out" on a hit-and-wrap drill. Rookie running back Taiwan Jones sat out a day after a lower body "nick." Defensive end Trevor Scott (knee), offensive lineman Bruce Campbell (knee) and receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (undisclosed) continued working on their own.Eye on reps: With both Ford and Heyward-Bey sidelined by injury, the injury-prone Chaz Schilens has taken advantage. He has been healthy and dominated as the No. 1 receiver on Sunday, going deep and beating Sterling Moore, Tyvon Branch and Stevie Brown. The coaches held their collective breath, though, when Schilens was tackled. But he popped right back up. Also, rookie receiver David Ausberry was impressive on a slant, along with Denarius Moore, who made an acrobatic grab.Extra work: In one-on-one drills, left tackle Jared Veldheer and defensive end Matt Schaughnessy waged a spirited battle. A year ago, Shaughnessy essentially had his way with the Division-II offensive lineman. But on Sunday, Veldheer more than held his own.Coaching moment: Much has been made about the up-tempo speed of the first four practices. And while the Raiders were not in full pads Sunday, things still get testy. Like when Louis Murphy beat Jeremy Ware and new offensive coordinator Al Saunders sprinted onto the field to get in Murphy's earhole. "That's," Saunders screamed, "what tempo gets here."Notable: The Raiders have officials working the scrimmages to get more of a gameday feel in camp. So it was amusing to see receivers coach Sanjay Lal run onto the field to complain after Nick Miller was absolutely mugged by rookie Sterling Moore on a deep pass and no flag was thrown. "We led the league in penalties (yardage) last year," Jackson said. "That's a fact. It's something that we have to get better at."Quotable: "There have been some great players that have played here and we need to uphold that standard, and that's what we talked about -- put on for this city. That's a song that everybody talks about. It's our turn to put on for this city and we're going to rep this city and we're going to do it well." - Hue JacksonNext practice: Monday, 3:30 p.m.

Peterson blasts report over salary demands, outlines main objectives

Peterson blasts report over salary demands, outlines main objectives

Adrian Peterson played defense on Friday night.

Hours after a report suggesting that the four-time All-Pro running back was still a free agent due to salary demands, the former Viking posted a lengthy statement on Instagram along with a video of his running an agility drill.

"YOU CANT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ OR HEAR PEOPLE. The last thing I'm worried about is playing ball this coming season ... that WILL HAPPEN! It's not all about the money as EVERYONE is speculating here lately. You'd THINK these analysts spoke to me directly. When you don't know what's going on people will say anything to create or make a story! How prideful is it for me to put out ... I won't play for anything less than 8 million! But see, when you don't know a person or what they stand for it's easy to paint YOUR OWN PICTURE. Unfortunately, this is the world we live in! Here is something Straight from the horse's mouth ... finding the best fit & helping a team in a major way win a championship is my main objective! I'm in no rush. Let me eliminate questions or speculation as to why... I believe whole heartedly my God will land me right where I need to be to accomplish what I've asked from him PERIOD"

Early in the free agency period, the Raiders were linked to Peterson, but nothing came of those rumors.

The Raiders, in need of a feature back after Latavius Murray signed with the Vikings, are reportedly pursuing the possibility of luring Oakland-native Marshawn Lynch out of retirement.

Peterson was scheduled to make $18 million in 2017, but the Vikings declined to exercise his contract, making him a free agent. The 2012 NFL MVP turned 32 on March 21 and played in just three games in 2016 due to a major knee injury.

According to the ESPN report, Peterson was looking for a contract that paid him over $8 million in the first year of the deal.

YOU CANT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ OR HEAR PEOPLE. The last thing I'm worried about is playing ball this coming season ... that WILL HAPPEN! It's not all about the money as EVERYONE is speculating here lately. You'd THINK these analysts spoke to me directly. When you don't know what's going on people will say anything to create or make a story! How prideful is it for me to put out ... I won't play for anything less than 8 million! But see, when you don't know a person or what they stand for it's easy to paint YOUR OWN PICTURE. Unfortunately, this is the world we live in! Here is something Straight from the horse's mouth ... finding the best fit & helping a team in a major way win a championship is my main objective! I'm in no rush. Let me eliminate questions or speculation as to why... I believe whole heartedly my God will land me right where I need to be to accomplish what I've asked from him PERIOD

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Oakland, Lott Group pen letter to NFL in last-ditch effort to keep Raiders

Oakland, Lott Group pen letter to NFL in last-ditch effort to keep Raiders

Through the office of mayor Libby Schaaf, the City of Oakland issued the following statement on Friday, revealing a letter they sent to the NFL a day earlier highlighting the viability and appeal of keeping the Raiders in Oakland.

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OAKLAND, CA — Today, the City of Oakland, Alameda County, the Lott Group and Fortress, who have been working in concert to develop a fully-financed local stadium proposal for the Oakland Raiders, shared publicly documents detailing the strength of the Oakland plan.

Specifically, they made public for the first time, their most recent correspondence to the NFL. The letters and accompanying documents were sent in follow-up to a March 6, 2017 presentation Mayor Libby Schaaf and former NFL player and real estate investor Ronnie Lott made to the NFL’s Joint Stadium and Finance Committee that outlined the economic advantages to the league and the team of staying in Oakland.

[RELATED: Letter to NFL from Libby Schaaf, Lott Group]

“We’re not giving up in the fourth quarter,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. “Since I took office two years ago, I have been focused on taking a team-centered approach that is responsible to the Raiders, the NFL, the fans and the taxpayers of Oakland. We’ve been successful in doing the environmental clearance, aligning the City and the County which jointly own the land, engaging the league and bringing partners to the table in the Lott Group and Fortress who have the financial backing, compassion for this community and intimate knowledge of the game -- on and off the field -- to get a deal done. All that’s missing is the Raiders.”

“I know how passionate the Bay Area is about the Raiders,” said NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott. “To rip this team away from Oakland for a second time would be heartbreaking and entirely unnecessary given that we have a viable option on the table that keeps them here and helps this community and the team grow. We have a sophisticated financial partner in Fortress. We have done the due diligence, and it is clear that the only fully-financed, ready-to-roll option for the Raiders is in Oakland.”

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, City Council President Larry Reid, whose district is home to the existing Coliseum and the proposed new stadium site, Lott Group partner and former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete and Fortress Managing Director Drew McKnight plan to gather with fans, local business leaders, nearby residents and other community members to demonstrate support for the Oakland stadium plan at events planned for Saturday, March 25. This is the day before NFL owners begin a series of meetings during which they are expected to discuss, and possibly vote on Raiders’ owner Mark Davis’ request to move the team to Las Vegas.

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