Raiders camp summary (731): Defense arrives

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Raiders camp summary (731): Defense arrives

Summary -- The Raiders defense took a major step forward a day after being MIA in the training camp opener. Yes, the offense was still able to make some plays Tuesday but the defense got the better of the battle in the final practice before the pads come on and hitting commences.Offensive play of the day -- Streaking across the middle, going right to left, Jacoby Ford stretched out and caught a bullet from Carson Palmer with the tips of his fingers before hauling in the pass. Ford appeared to wince as Michael Huff closed in, but with no pads and thus, no hitting, Ford's ribs were safe.Defensive play of the day -- Palmer seemed to have Juron Criner open for a big gain on a deep inand then safety Mike Mitchell entered the picture. Timing his arrival perfectly, Mitchell stepped in front of Criner and cleanly picked the ball off and took off to the end zone for a 50-yard touchdown.Injury report -- Running back Mike Goodson (hamstring) and tight end Richard Gordon (hip flexor) did not finish practice. Meanwhile, the four players who sat out Monday were out again Tuesday -- punter Shane Lechler (knee), linebacker Aaron Curry (knee), cornerback Ron Bartell (hamstring) and nose tackle Travis Ivey (conditioning). Curry is on the Physically Unable to Participate list and Lechler and Bartell were reportedly put on the activeNon-Football Injury listNotable -- Undrafted rookie punter Marquette King showed off his booming punting leg, which can be inconsistent. He did, however, unleash one punt that had a hangtime of 5.2 seconds, at least, according to the stopwatch on my Android phone.Quotable -- "We're going to go play football. That's the way the game was meant to be played, in pads, and we'll put them on and we'll mix it up a little bit and we'll find out who's going to compete when we put the pads on." -- coach Dennis Allen, on the Raiders donning pads Wednesday morning.Eye on reps -- Running back Taiwan Jones was the second-team running back and, before he went down with the strained hamstring, Mike Goodson was running with the third team. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor also saw some second-team snaps, sharing time with Matt Leinart.Extra work -- A day after being nearly invisible, Criner was heavily involved with the first-team offensejust as he was late in OTAs and in minicamp.Coaching moment -- Sensing the team going flat in the hotter-than-advertised-76 degrees midway through the 170-minute practice, coach Dennis Allen put a halt to practice and called the entire team together at midfield for, let's just call it a pep talk. The team responded and finished practice with better urgency.Next practice -- The Raiders put the pads on for the first time since Jan. 1 and hit Wednesday at 8:50 a.m.

Raiders head to NFL owners meetings looking for Las Vegas approval

Raiders head to NFL owners meetings looking for Las Vegas approval

PHOENIX -- All signs point to the Raiders being approved for relocation to Las Vegas. It could happen as early as Monday, when the topic will be discussed at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix. It could be Tuesday. Or in May. Or at any point in a conference call.

The timing is less important than the ultimate outcome. The when is uncertain. The what seems likely, though not guaranteed, at this stage.

The Raiders need 24 of 32 approval votes to relocate and start construction on new digs.

The Raiders have presented a solid application to the NFL, centered on a stadium proposal in Las Vegas that includes $750 million in public funds for stadium construction. Bank of America, who is financing the project, is expected to loan the Raiders money to complete a financing plan that includes the public contribution and $500 million from the team and the NFL.

The Sports Business Journal reported on Sunday that the estimated stadium cost has dropped to $1.7 billion, and will receive $200 million in infrastructure improvements not included in their construction contribution.

League sources continue to say approval is expected. There is great confidence within the Raiders organization a vote will go their way.

Some issues remain, though none are significant roadblocks. A stadium lease hasn’t been finalized and a site hasn’t been formally announced – it’s reportedly set for a spot just off the Las Vegas Strip near Russell Road – so approval would likely come with conditions that could be met in time.

The Raiders worked a sweetheart deal that mines significant money from the public. They don’t have investors with direct ties to gambling. And, as important as anything else, the NFL doesn’t believe Oakland has a viable plan to keep the Raiders in an otherwise attractive, booming market.

That includes the latest proposal from the Oakland and financial partner Fortress Investments announced on Friday that makes certain concessions aimed at getting the Raiders back to the table.

The Silver and Black haven’t worked with East Bay officials in more than as year, as they’ve shifted complete focus to their Las Vegas quest.

The revised Oakland plan didn’t move the needle, a league executive said. That point was made crystal clear in a letter NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent to Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf.

“The material that we reviewed earlier today confirms certain information that had previously been communicated orally, such as a willingness to bring bank financing to a stadium project, and a proposed valuation of the land at the Coliseum site,” Goodell wrote in a letter obtained by Bay Area News Group. “It also confirms that key issues that we have identified as threshold considerations are simply not resolvable in a reasonable time. In that respect, the information sent today does not present a proposal that is clear and specific, actionable in a reasonable timeframe, and free of major contingencies.”

That virtually eliminates the prospect of Oakland planting doubt in NFL owners’ minds heading into a pivotal discussion on the topic Monday at the Arizona Biltmore hotel.

It’s possible the stadium and finance committee will make a formal recommendation on the Raiders application to relocate. That could precede a vote, and generally holds significant weight among undecided owners.

A league source said the new Oakland plan will be a talking point, though it may not be viewed in a flattering light. That’s especially true in light of Goodell’s letter.

“At this date, there remains no certainty regarding how the site will be fully developed, or the specific and contractually-defined nature of the participation by Fortress or other parties,” Goodell wrote. “In addition, the long-term nature of the commitment to the A’s remains a significant complication and the resolution of that issue remains unknown. Other significant uncertainties, which we have previously identified, remain unaddressed. We had hoped that the past two years would have allowed both of us to develop a viable project.”

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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