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    The Official 2013 Training Camp/Pre-season Thread

    I thought we should have a thread specifically for camp and pre-season news. I am so glad it is finally here.Raider Nation!

    http://www.raiders.com/media-vault/v...b-cc08ede4ebaa
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    I guess we also worked out Andre Gurod G/C after practice, friday. 34yrs old, been bounced arround the past few years. probably camp meat.

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    the Raiders returned to Napa, Calif. and participated in their first day of practice on Friday.

    Those not participating were linebacker Miles Burris, defensive tackle Pat Sims and rookie offensive tackle Menelik Watson. Burris is still recovering from knee injury and Sims and Watson have an undisclosed injury that head coach Dennis Allen did not want to discuss.

    “Well when they’re ready to roll, they’ll be back out there practicing,” Allen said of Watson and Sims.

    Allen thought that his team did a good job jumping back into practice after having roughly a month off between the mandatory mini-camp and the beginning of training camp.

    “We’re excited about being out here. We’re excited about the first day of training camp. I thought, for the first practice, I was pleased with what we were able to get done today. Obviously, it’s the first step in a long journey and we’ve got a lot of progress we’ve got to make and we’ve got a short time to get it done.”

    One player that was good to see back on the field was rookie cornerback D.J. Hayden, who missed most of the offseason workouts after having surgery to remove scar tissue in his abdomen from his original nearly fatal injury suffered last fall.

    Hayden was listed on the Non-football injury list last night as a precaution, according to Allen. Hayden was forced to wear a red non-contact jersey by coaches but did participate in all drills. Allen intends to take a slower pace with incorporating Hayden back into the defense.

    “We want to work him back into football condition,” Allen said of his young cornerback. “We’re going to limit some contact drills we do with him and really bring him along, I don’t know if I’d say slowly, but we’re not just going to throw him into the fire.”

    Despite being in a red jersey, Hayden was just grateful to be back out on the field and working with his teammates.

    “I’m just happy to even be out there. If I’ve gotta have a red jersey on, then that’s what it is. I’m cool with it, and happy,” Hayden said.

    The start of training camp also marked the first time veteran defensive back Charles Woodson returned to the Raiders training camp facility.

    “Coming back up to Napa, that part of it felt good,” Woodson said. “Walking out here to practice today, you know, it was, again, it was a familiar feeling, having been here a long time the first time around. I was just anxious to get out there and run around on the field today and have a little fun.”

    For rookie linebacker Sio Moore, it was a little different of a feeling as he enters his first training camp as an NFL player. Moore was just happy to be back on the field after an offseason that seemed longer than a month.

    “It felt long, to tell you the honest truth,” Moore said. “It felt good to be able to get football back on under my wings and get back out there with the guys and just working and seeing where I’m at, whether it be mentally or physically. And seeing what I’ve got to improve on from a fundamental aspect being that we’re not in pads, so it was a good day.”

    Though they returned to the field, the players are excited to have the two “acclimation” days over so they can get the pads on and start hitting.

    “I’m excited man, because then you get to play football,” Moore said. “I mean, right now we’re playing football but from a fundamental standpoint. In a couple of days, we’re going to be going at it the right way and we’ll be really able to work and being able to simulate true game-like situations because we’re going to have the pads on. It’s exciting.”

    The players should appear in pads for the first day starting on Sunday.

    A couple of plays and situations to note:

    Tyler Wilson had a rough first day of training camp, throwing three interceptions… in a span of four throws. He did have some nice completions as well, but he will definitely need to improve.
    Pryor had a series of three throws where he completed passes deep down the sidelines three times in a row. The first one was down the left sideline to Andre Holmes, the second down the right sideline to Travionte Sessions and the final one down the left sideline to Juron Criner. These three passes were some of the best ones I have seen from Pryor this offseason. It will be interesting to see if he can progress throughout training camp.
    Linebacker Kaluka Maiava was back on the field after his offseason incident. Maiava was supposed to have court yesterday in Maui.
    Another interesting thing of note was that D.J. Hayden was back with the punt returners hauling punts. Not sure how much they’re really looking into him being a punt returner, but don’t know if I’ve ever seen a red jersey in back hauling in punts.
    Rookie running back Latavius Murray really impresses me, as he has this entire offseason. He used some awesome footwork today to make a nice cut and explode through the hole.
    This team really needs to find a consistent tight end. None of them really stuck out today.
    Wide receiver Josh Cribbs was back on the field today. The first time we have seen him participating in practice since he joined the Silver & Black.

    http://www.sbreport.net/raider_news/008/11096.html

    Kind of an overview of day one of training camp
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    Quote Originally Posted by 00raider81 View Post
    I guess we also worked out Andre Gurod G/C after practice, friday. 34yrs old, been bounced arround the past few years. probably camp meat.
    We're clearly looking for offensive linemen, must not be satisfied with what we've seen. If we could land Wharton, that would be a big help from a depth standpoint.

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    Awesome stuff.

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    It's very early, but there have been a couple of recurring themes since OTA's:

    Bad first: Our TE's are weak. I like Kasa and Rivera, but it's hard to see either of them impacting this season. I have no faith in Ausberry, hope he makes me a believer.

    Good: Can't wait to see L Murray in action, he could be a nice find. Maybe our future starter?
    More good; Is it me or does Sio Moore seem to be one of the most posied rookies we've seen in a while? The guy's play and his comments seem way ahead of what you expect in a rookie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Rat View Post
    It's very early, but there have been a couple of recurring themes since OTA's:

    Bad first: Our TE's are weak. I like Kasa and Rivera, but it's hard to see either of them impacting this season. I have no faith in Ausberry, hope he makes me a believer.

    Good: Can't wait to see L Murray in action, he could be a nice find. Maybe our future starter?
    More good; Is it me or does Sio Moore seem to be one of the most posied rookies we've seen in a while? The guy's play and his comments seem way ahead of what you expect in a rookie.
    Im not sure about our TE's either. If at least one of them can be close to a Brandon Myers we will be fine. We just need a te who can catch it at the first down when we need it. Ausberry does look like our best bet at the moment. Not sure if Gorden even makes the team.

    Im big on both Murray and Moore. Moore will almost for sure be a starter out of the get go. Has a lot of talent and passion for the game. Plus he felt like he was the best lb in the draft so he will be playing with a chip on his shoulder. Murray I feel has the ability to start for us. If Mcfadden goes down this season I hope they give Murray the nod to start.
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    Christopher Hansen ‏@ChrisHansenNFL 4m

    #Raiders went to Stanford to study the read-option this offseason.

    Interesting
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    Quote Originally Posted by HunterNRoss View Post
    Christopher Hansen ‏@ChrisHansenNFL 4m

    #Raiders went to Stanford to study the read-option this offseason.

    Interesting
    Not certain when we will see it, but I would be shocked if they don't develop a package of read-option plays for Pryor. To me, that's the surest path for Pryor to impact this season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Rat View Post
    Not certain when we will see it, but I would be shocked if they don't develop a package of read-option plays for Pryor. To me, that's the surest path for Pryor to impact this season.
    Maybe we may actually see some plays with him this season.
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    Steve Corkran ‏@CorkOnTheNFL 2m

    For clarification's sake: LB Miles Burris and DT Pat Sims are on the physically unable to perform list. OT Menelik Watson is on NFI list.
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    DAY ONE Tweets:

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    Watson and Burris working on side with trainer …while Hayden is on practice field with red no-contact jersey. #Raiders

    Some here think they saw Sims on stationary bike in fieldhouse … Andre Carter, meanwhile, looks in phenomenal shape as always in drills

    Pryor throws a pick and then two pretty deep passes that were complete

    McGuffie with two drops early. … Streater goes up for nice deep catch over Porter. Criner also looking good in matchup drills against CBs

    Bilukidi in for Sims at DT, Gordon starts out at first-team TE and Nix gets first crack at LG over Bergstrom

    off to a good start. All 4 of top WRs look poised for a good camp

    DB Nelms with acrobatic interception of deep Wilson pass … then Hanson picks off short Wilson throw
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    @TerrellePryor impressing the fans in attendance with three straight throws right on the money.

    Rookie Tyler Wilson looking sharp early on, as well

    D.J. Hayden is covering receivers in pass drill. Just no contact allowed for now.

    Rod Streater makes impressive catch despite tight coverage by Tracy Porter. Fans show their appreciation

    Lucas Nix working at left guard with first-team offense

    Quarterbacks completing a high percentage of passes. Looking much better than last time we saw them in June

    Khalif Barnes and Alex Barron getting work at right offensive tackle with first-team offense

    Joshua Cribbs on the field for the first time. He is returning punts right now, along with several others

    Brandian Ross with nice breakup of Terrelle Pryor pass in the flat

    Safety Cory Nelms with great interception of Tyler Wilson. Ball was on the money for Conner Vernon. Nelms just made a nice play

    Wilson gets picked for third time in four passes by Reggie Smith

    Kasa got open deep, made catch; Rivera looks a big WR. None of 4 stood out today

    Flynn’s been solid

    Hayden was cleared this morning; Allen: “been 9-10 months since he played football; not going to throw him back in the fire.

    Allen said Sims and Watson were injured recently, no more details forthcoming

    Raiders working out a free agent center on far field meanwhile

    Hayden: “I’m just happy to get back on the field; if I have to wear a red jersey … I’ll wear a red jersey.” # Raiders

    Putting Hayden on the NFI list was a precautionary move, and in talking to Hayden I’m not sure he even knew he was on it for one day

    GM Reggie McKenzie said he’s “eager” for September to get here. “I like being the underdog.” #Raiders
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    Raiders worked out FA guard Travelle Wharton today.

    Mike Jenkins just stepped in front of Jacoby Ford to pick off Pryor pass #Raiders

    Mychal Rivera with nice correction on sideline ball from Tyler Wilson #Raiders

    Chance Casey just laid out Sam McGuffie on crossing route. McGuffie held on but got up a little slowly. #Raiders

    Hayden back fielding punts with Porter, Ford, Cribbs, Adams, Jenkins, Criner, Denarius #Raiders

    Pat Sims on field now but not practicing. #Raiders

    Flynn with nice connection with Richard Gordon. Follows up with nicer connect with Jacoby on tight slant. #Raiders

    Nelms with nice int on long ball from Wilson for Vernon

    Wilson picked off on three straight passes. Nelms, Hanson, Reggie Smith. #Raiders

    Brandon Ross defends slightly under thrown pass from Pryor intended for Gordon. #Raiders

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    Thanks to all of you who are providing the commentary. It's much appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Rat View Post
    Not certain when we will see it, but I would be shocked if they don't develop a package of read-option plays for Pryor. To me, that's the surest path for Pryor to impact this season.
    I believe that I read somewhere that they definitely are going to have some Pryor packages set up if he doesn't make it as the starter. I would love to see that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfe-Raider View Post
    I believe that I read somewhere that they definitely are going to have some Pryor packages set up if he doesn't make it as the starter. I would love to see that.
    so would I. Pryor in packages would be like a change of pace back. Allows us to change things up during the game.
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