Raiders Report (824): Janikowski shows off boot


Raiders Report (824): Janikowski shows off boot

Paul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.comPractice No. 21Summary: On their second-to-last practice in Napa -- Oakland breaks camp following an early practice on Friday after an off-day Thursday -- the Raiders went at it in a physical workout in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts in front of another crowd of VIP fans. Having lost linebacker Travis Goethel to a potential season-ending injury on Monday, the Raiders emphasized plays in the flat and underneath to test out the linebackers currently on the roster.NEWS: Raiders LB Goethel tears knee, out for season
They also worked on finding a gunner and a punt returner. Recently-drafted quarterback Terrelle Pryor is still a no-show, lending credence to the notion that the Raiders would rather have him arrive when they are back in the relative solitude of their Alameda complex.
Still, head coach Hue Jackson said that's not necessarily the case. "We're not hiding him, I guarantee you that," Jackson said. "He's ours. There's some protocol we have to follow to make sure that we do everything the right way before we get him here. Once he's here, you guys will have access to him." So we've got that going for us, which is nice.Injury report: Defensive tackle Richard Seymour and middle linebacker Rolando McClain were given the day of by Jackson, meaning 18 players sat out practice with various "nicks," including receivers Louis Murphy (hamstringgroin), Chaz Schilens (sprained right knee), Shawn Bayes and Steve Goulet, tight ends Kevin Boss (left knee sprain) and David Ausberry, fullback James McCluskey, offensive linemen Lou Eliades, Alan Pelc and Roy Schuening, linebacker Travis Goethel (knee) defensive backs Hiram Eugene (dislocated left hip), Chris Johnson (oil change, yes, he said oil change), Mike Mitchell (left knee) and Zac Etheridge (knee) and defensive tackle John Henderson. Offensive play of the day: It happened so fast it looked like a hybrid of a swing pass and a slant. Except Jason Campbell's dart of a pass to Taiwan Jones went to the left sideline and Jones, catching the ball in full stride and near full speed blew by linebacker Bruce Davis as he scampered up field. A smiling coach Hue Jackson could barely contain his smile as Jones jogged back to the huddle.Defensive play of the day: Often a target for scrutiny, cornerback Stanford Routt read Jacoby Ford's dig pattern perfectly and undercut the speedy if diminutive Ford and jumped the route. He could have picked off Jason Campbell's pass easily but let the ball go through so Ford could get the feel of making the catch. Routt was on scout-team defense at the time so it was important for the first-team offense to experience some success.Special teams play of the day: Sebastian Janikowski, owner of the strongest leg in the NFL, drilled a 64-yard field goal on the penultimate play of practice, clearing the crossbar with ease. The NFL record is 63 yards, shared by New Orleans' Tom Dempsey, who did it on Nov. 8, 1970 against Detroit, and Denver's Jason Elam, who did it on Oct. 25, 1998 against Jacksonville. On the final play of practice, SeaBass moved back five yards to attempt a 69-yarder. His kick came up just short and a tad wide right.Eye on reps: While Nick Miller is the returning "starting" punt returner, he is being joined in fielding punts by Jacoby Ford and rookies Denarius Moore and Taiwan Jones. Meanwhile, Trevor Scott, practicing this week for the first time since suffering a season-ending injury to his left knee last Nov. 21 in Pittsburgh, is lining up exclusively at right defensive end. Cornerback Chimdi Chekwa is also seeing time at safety.Personnel report: Terrelle Pryor is obviously not signed yet so he is still a no-show, but room may have been made for the former Ohio State quarterback to have No. 6 as Derek Hagan switched to No. 80. Also, any hope Raiders fans may have had at Oakland re-signing former middle linebacker Kirk Morrison fizzled when the free agent signed with Buffalo Wednesday afternoon.Quotable: "We're in training camp, and you shouldn't even be playing video games. You've got o get your study time in. This is my job, this is my profession and it's something I love to do. I try to stick to what I do best and that's playing football." - Receiver Derek Hagan, on why he shies away from playing Xbox in camp.Next practice: Friday, 11 a.m.

Vanderdoes out to 'prove people wrong,' show Raiders his very best

Vanderdoes out to 'prove people wrong,' show Raiders his very best

ALAMEDA – Eddie Vanderdoes knows his UCLA game tape is inconsistent. The powerful defensive tackle admits he wasn’t always at his best, especially after tearing his ACL in 2015. Before that, he was difficult to stop. Afterward, he wasn’t the same player. He doesn’t blame the knee.

He struggled with ankle injuries and weight issues in 2016, a lackluster campaign by his own standard. Since that season ended, Vanderdoes has returned to 100 percent. His ankles are fine. His knee is great. And he lost 40 pounds heading into the NFL scouting combine, preparing for a return to his old self.

The Raiders see great potential in the former Bruin and made him their third-round pick on Friday evening. The Auburn native was excited by the prospect, and believes the Raiders will get his absolute best. His voice was passionate, his determination clear even on a conference call with local press.

“I am going to be the player I was earlier in my career,” Vanderdoes said. “I had a bad season. That wasn’t me. That’s not the person that I am. That’s not the character that I hold. I’m definitely going to bring that to the Raiders’ defensive line. I’m going to bring that energy and I’m really happy to be an Oakland Raider.”

The Raiders will be thrilled if that’s true. They liked what he showed at the Senior Bowl and the NFL scouting combine, where he showed traits that should translate to NFL production.

“I am definitely back 100 percent, very confident with the combine, the Senior Bowl,” Vanderdoes said. “I got my explosiveness back. I got my speed back, my athleticism back. I am definitely at the top of shape right now, so I’m ready to get back to work and show them the player that they saw on the film and the player that they wanted to draft and I’m also looking to turn even more heads and do things that some people might expect that I couldn’t do.”

That includes rushing the passer, being a consistent three-down tackle in the Raiders scheme. He might be a rotational player first, filling the void created when Stacy McGee left in free agency.

“He’s a good, active defensive lineman that we think his best football is in front of him,” Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said. “He had an ACL (injury) a couple of years ago. His weight has been up and down. We expect him to come in here and be a real professional and work hard with (head strength and conditioning coach) Joe Gomes and the strength staff and get himself ready to roll. He needs to come in here and add depth to our defensive line and give us a little interior push.”

Vanderdoes believes he can do more than that if he does things right. If his weight stays down, strength stays up and he learns the system well, he wants to compete for a significant role as a rookie.

“I’m coming in expecting to contribute and play right away,” Vanderdoes said. “That’s the mindset that I’ve always had. I’ve came with that mindset that I need to be the guy to step in and do what I do and dominate. I definitely think people slept on me a little bit this past offseason.

“I love the fact that (the NFL) slept on me, I think that’s what motivated me every morning waking up, knowing that I get to prove people wrong. I think I’ve done a good job so far of that, and I’m going to keep doing as well being an Oakland Raider because I know I’m at the bottom again. I have to work my way back up.”

Del Rio: Marshawn showed 'authentic passion' joining hometown Raiders

Del Rio: Marshawn showed 'authentic passion' joining hometown Raiders

ALAMEDA – The Raiders have been focused on the NFL Draft the last few days, and rightfully so. Friday night, however, was the right time to ask about what happened just before.

The Raiders acquired power running back and Oakland native Marshawn Lynch. If he’s close to top form after a year away from the NFL, the Raiders offense will be tough to stop.

He’s a big physical rusher the Raiders were looking for. The Raiders were the team Lynch wants to finish his career representing. The Oakland Tech High grad and Cal alum might be the town’s most popular citizen, someone who consistently gives back to the city he loves.

Lynch was downright giddy after formally signing with the Raiders, greeting everyone in the building with child-like enthusiasm. He got fitted in his Raiders helmet and refused to take it off, wearing it out of the building and the car ride home.

Del Rio loved the energy Lynch brought to the team’s complex, and believes that will carry on while he represents the Silver and Black.

“Authentic passion. That’s what I see,” Del Rio said Friday night. “He’s a homegrown guy. He’s extremely excited about joining this football team and being a part of the Raider Nation. We’re excited to have him.”

Lynch is a bruiser of the highest order, though some may wonder how effective he can be at 31, a year removed from professional football.

“There will be questions about how much is left in his tank, and we’re going to find out,” Del Rio said. “I don’t know that I’ve ever seen anyone else be more excited, more pleased to be joining a team, my team, our team.”

Del Rio understands where Lynch is coming from. The Hayward native longed to be a Raider at some point in his career, but never got the chance.

I told him he was lucky, because I didn’t get a chance to do that as player. I wanted to finish here as a player too. He’s getting that chance and he’s fired up about it.

“He’s a big man, and he plays with the violence that we like and appreciate. I think he’ll look forward to running behind (the Raiders offensive line) and those guys up front.”