Raiders camp summary (84): Moore's hamstring acts up again


Raiders camp summary (84): Moore's hamstring acts up again

Summary -- For the second day in a row, some 1,000 fans filled the bleachers and took in a padded practice. This crowd seemed more into it than Friday's crowd was, even if it did not go bonkers for stretching. Still, the fans saw a lot of competing and more than a few hard hits, if not downright tackling. The offense put up a better fight with the defense than it had the previous few practices, which made the afternoon all the more compelling. Still, receiver Denarius Moore is slowed by a sore right hamstring, so the daily show he put on last year at camp has been put on hiatus, so to speak. In fact, he was pulled from practice and did not finish. The only real bummer of the afternoon was when an older woman slipped and fell on the stands and needed medical attention to her leg, though she was able to walk it off.Offensive play of the day -- The pass was thrown off-line by Terrelle Pryor, which made the play all the more spectacular, but Rod Streater went completely horizontal across the middle, going left to right, and snagged the ball out of the air in front of the linebackers. The crowd went wild.
Defensive play of the day -- Middle linebacker Rolando McClain is showing increasing flashes of athleticism. Saturday, in team drills, he drifted from his right to left across the middle and extended vertically to break up a Carson Palmer laser on in in-route with both hands. It would have been a pretty interception, but as it was, it was a pretty pass breakup.Injury report -- Tight end Richard Gordon (hip flexorlower leg infection), linebacker Aaron Curry (knee), cornerback Ron Bartell (hamstring), nose tackle Travis Ivey (conditioning) and punter Shane Lechler (left knee) did not practice, and they were joined by receiver Eddie McGee (hamstring).Notable -- While project quarterback Pryor saw more reps, he had a tough time controlling his passing at times. His ball wobbled quite a bit and he consistently overthrew receivers in the end zone on a drill.Quotable -- "Its changed. Were a new team. Were a lot more disciplined. We have better coaches here who are making us more disciplined, helping us understand plays that we need to understand." -- defensive end Lamarr HoustonEye on reps -- With Lechler still out, backup quarterback Matt Leinart and punter Marquette King served as holders for Sebastian Janikowski on field-goal attempts. Interestingly enough, Janikowski missed two attempts wide left and one wide right with Leinart as his holder while Janikowski was true on his lone attempt with King holding.Extra work -- Running back Mike Goodson saw time as the personal protector on the Raiders' punt team for the first time this camp. "I like doing it," Goodson said. "You're kind of the quarterback of the punt team -- you tell everybody what to do, you set everything up. I like it."Coaching moment -- Of course the Raiders would prefer he be on the field, in pads, and practicing with his teammates. But Aaron Curry has taken his self-described role of player-coach to new heights. He says players may be more comfortable talking to him than actual coaches and the same lessons are applied.Next practice -- The Raiders return Sunday with another 2:20 p.m. practicebefore 1,000 fans.

Donald Penn yet to report as Raiders return home


Donald Penn yet to report as Raiders return home

ALAMEDA – Raiders left tackle Donald Penn missed training camp holding out for a new, more lucrative contract. He missed Tuesday’s practice, the first back at the team’s training facility.

His protest began 26 days ago. The regular season is 19 days away.

Penn has worked out with top trainers and private offensive line coaches while away from the team, but still needs time to get back in the flow.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday that Penn is expected back this week. He wasn’t there for the first of three sessions when the Raiders will focus on the third preseason game at Dallas. It’s the last meaningful exhibition, with players down on the depth chart expected to populate the preseason finale versus Seattle.

Penn doesn’t necessarily need to play in a preseason game to prep for the Sept. 10 regular-season opener at Tennessee, but it could help.

Head coach Jack Del Rio wouldn’t address Penn’s status, or whether there’s a deadline for him to report and be ready for the regular season.

The Raiders have managed with Marshall Newhouse on the left and Vadal Alexander on the right. The pair has fared well, though the line will be significantly stronger with Penn back and a Newhouse/Alexander competition on the right.

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie made it clear weeks ago that the Raiders wouldn’t talk contract until a player reports. Penn preferred a contract get done before showing up. Weeks were lost to that impasse.

Quarterback Derek Carr hopes it will end soon, and that Penn will come back to the team.

“It would obviously mean a lot, if that’s what he chooses to do,” Carr said. “He’s our teammate. We want all our teammates here. We want to work hard together. We want to be together and joke together. It’s more than just football. We want to be there in his life, with him.

"It would mean a lot. Obviously, I would love it.”

If McGregor beats Mayweather, Raiders may move to Dublin


If McGregor beats Mayweather, Raiders may move to Dublin

So Las Vegas’ army of legal books are in a moderate panic because they are so overexposed with Conor McGregor bets. Apparently, other than the Maloof brothers, they can’t scare up any Mayweather money at all.

Maybe this is the secret reason Mark Davis has declared publicly that the Raiders intend to colonize Los Angeles.

The latest evidence of the books’ distress is this Big Lead headline, which subtly hints, “Vegas Sportsbooks Are Exposed Like Never Before, Will Be Decimated if Conor McGregor Beats Floyd Mayweather.”

Well, if McGregor wins (and you’ll have to tell me about it because I’d rather watch feet sweat in the noonday sun than this), gambling in Vegas apparently will not exist any longer because the sporting apocalypse will finally be upon us. And if there is no gambling in Vegas, there is no Vegas, and all of a sudden the Raiders are moving to a town whose mayor is an iguana and whose chamber of commerce is tumbleweeds.

Hence, Davis’ answer to a question from Los Angeles Daily News writer Vincent Bonsignore about how L.A. has always been a Raiders’ town and that the team will get lots of its fans from the basin – fans who apparently cannot stomach either the Rams or the Chargers.

Ignoring Davis’ folly of answering that question that way at this time, when the NFL itself is wondering if, for its financial purposes, the mayor of L.A. is an iguana and the chamber of commerce is tumbleweeds, this news reminds us that the league has managed in less than two years to ruin the second-largest market in the United States by dithering, by backroom deals, by aversion of money spent by “the wrong kind of people” (see “brown”). That level of chaos is to be appreciated and enjoyed for what it is – nature’s way of telling rich people who’s boss.

Now, if nature doubles down and figures a way to make McGregor win and break Vegas, maybe the entire down isn’t destroyed but instead becomes a colony of Ireland, where the prime minister is not an iguana but a human, and the closest thing to tumbleweeds is a Guinness brewery.

Maybe if that happens, the Raiders end up playing in Dublin instead (a delightful little asterisk since there was a perfectly good Dublin not far from Oakland to begin with) – and they spend their entire time complaining that they have to share Croke Park and that there are too many markings on the field from all those damned hurling matches.

Of course this isn’t likely to happen, and Vegas keeps taking all the McGregor money you can throw at it. But one of these times, and sooner than we think, the apocalypse is not going to take no for an answer, and you will see Mark Davis with a pipe stuck bowl downward in his mouth standing next to a pot of gold.

Which of course will belong to the Bank Of America, because there are some things even the apocalypse can’t beat.