Raiders camp summary (83): Fans show up


Raiders camp summary (83): Fans show up

Summary -- About 1,000 fans filled the bleachers and took in Friday afternoon's padded practice, cheering everything from stretching to big hits to calling defensive tackle Tommy Kelly the rapper Rick Ross. There was a festive atmosphere in the air and the team responded, even if the company line was to just practice.

"This was the exact same practice we would have had if no fans were here," said coach Dennis Allen. "We're focused on how we're going to get better as a football team. We don't worry about any of the outside influences. We're just worried about us."Offensive play of the day -- It was as pretty as it was deadly. Carson Palmer unleashed a 50-yard bomb down the left sideline, seemingly overthrowing Jacoby Ford. Until the speedy Ford ran under the ball and hauled it in at the goal line for a touchdown, tumbling over the goal line.Defensive play of the day -- Defensive tackle Jamie Cumbie, a longshot to make the team, plugged the hole on a Darren McFadden running play. And as McFadden shifted gears and changed direction, Cumbie reached in with one paw and stripped the ball loose. The crowed groaned. Cumbie received more than a few pats on the back.Injury report -- Tight end Richard Gordon (hip flexor), linebacker Aaron Curry (knee), cornerback Ron Bartell (hamstring), nose tackle Travis Ivey (conditioning) and punter Shane Lechler (left knee) did not practice, though Bartell was getting in quite a bit of work on a side field during practice.Notable -- Receiver Denarius Moore, who sat out Wednesday's practice after aggravating a strained hamstring suffered in June, was back in practice. He had his right calf taped up and it appeared there was a brace of some sort going up to his hamstring.Quotable -- "I'll say this, we're going to look at any options that are out there that we think can make us better. Whether or not we make any moves or not, that's to be determined. But we're not going to rule anything out," Allen said when asked if the Raiders had any mutual interest in free agent receiver Plaxico Burress.Eye on reps -- There was a noticeable gap between second- and third-team snaps between Matt Leinart and Terrelle Pryor at quarterback, behind starter Palmer, with Leinart getting most of the reps. In fact, you could say that Leinart actually looked sharper than Palmer for most of the practice. But that may have been because Leinart was going against second- and third-stringers himself.Extra work -- Darrius Heyward-Bey may not be an established No. 1 NFL wide receiver, but the fourth-year pro is working as if he is one. No one could ever question his work ethic and especially not when you see him working on catching the ball with his hands so often and so early with the JUGS machine.Coaching moment -- There were about 1,000 in the stands, the fans reminding the Raiders players to hustle and play hard and, yes, catch the ball with their hands.Next practice -- The Raiders return Saturday with another 2:20 p.m. practicein front of the fans.

Raiders' Sean Smith charged with assault

Raiders' Sean Smith charged with assault

Raiders cornerback Sean Smith has been charged with assault, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced on Thursday.

The charge is for assault of his sister's boyfriend in Smith's hometown of Pasadena. Smith allegedly beat and stomped the boyfriend's head on the morning of July 4, 2017 in Old Town Pasadena, the district attorney said.

Smith faces formal felony counts of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury to the victim.

The 30-year old plans to fight the charges levied against him. 

"Sean maintains his innocence at this time," Smith's attorney, Daniel Rosenberg told NBC Sports Califorinia on Thursday evening. "We are going to be entering a plea of not guilty and fighting these charges."

A warrant was filed on Aug. 16. Smith's arriagnment is scheduled for Sept. 29. 

Smith was not present at Thursday's Raiders practice, the last session of training camp. He surrendered to Los Angeles County authorities, posted an $80,000 bond and has been released from custody.

If convicted as charged, Smith could face a maximum sentence of seven years in California prison. 

A Raiders spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The case is still under investigation by the Pasadena Police Department. 

This is another blow in a rough summer for Smith. He has struggled on the practice field during training camp and faces an off-field legal issue. Smith is guaranteed $9.5 million for the 2017 season. 

More to come...

After speaking with Marshawn Lynch, two things are crystal clear

After speaking with Marshawn Lynch, two things are crystal clear

NAPA – Marshawn Lynch spoke with the media Thursday for the second time as a Raider. He was quick-witted, disarming and, as always, not suitable for work.

It was five minutes of peak Marshawn, where he brought light to his charitable endeavors, called himself the “daddy” of his position group and cleverly sidestepped all things nation anthem.

He was asked four questions on other topics before elephant in the room was mentioned. It didn’t stick around long.

“I think the elephant left the room because a little mouse ran in here,” Lynch deadpanned. “Didn’t they say elephants are scared of mice or something? That [expletive] left the room, cousin.”

[RATTO: Lynch reminds media how much control he exerts over any interaction]

Two more related questions came down the pike. The first was about Del Rio letting players be themselves. He answered a different question instead.

“Yeah, because on ‘doctor-24,’ it’s a designed way that you’re supposed to run it but I have all freedom to go any way that I choose to run it,” Lynch said. “I would say, yes.”

The final anthem-esque query was deflected in a similar fashion.

“When we run ‘74’ or something like that, where I have to scan and read on both sides, that is pretty difficult. For the most part, I’m a veteran so I can make it work.”

Two things were crystal clear after speaking with Lynch.

He didn’t miss football one bit during his year in retirement. Lynch said this spring he decided to return after the Raiders were approved to relocate away from his native Oakland. He wants to represent his hometown well and give them something to cheer before the team leaves for Las Vegas.

That’s why he’s fired up even for Saturday’s exhibition against the Rams – he’s expected to make a cameo in that game – his first in Oakland wearing silver and black.

“It’s truly a blessing and just to have the opportunity to go and do that is a good [expletive] feeling,” Lynch said. “It’s a good [expletive] feeling.”

Lynch has always been active in the community, and hopes him playing here will bring more visibility to what’s being done to help kids in Oakland.

“I plan on continuing to do what I do in the community,” Lynch said. “It’ll probably be that now that I’m here, more people that are in the community might actually come out and support what it is that we’ve got going on.”