Oakland Raiders: 2014 NFL Training Camp

Most significant moves: Safety Brandian Ross was a surprise cut. He started 13 games the past season, and he had 75 tackles. The Oakland Raiders re-signed him in May. He was expected to be a key backup this year. The Ross cut meant seventh-round pick Jonathan Dowling (acquired with the pick acquired in the Terrelle Pryor trade) made the 53-man roster. Greg Little, claimed off waivers from Cleveland in the spring, looked like he’d be a contributor early in camp, but his play tailed off, and he was cut. Expect Denarius Moore and Brice Butler to be in the rotation. The Raiders liked running back/special teamer Jeremy Stewart, but he was caught in a number’s game. They kept Jamize Olawale over Stewart. One of the best stories to make the team is cornerback Neiko Thorpe. Coaches have raved about him. He was a future signing in January after he played in the CFL this past year.

Draft class is intact: The Raiders kept all eight of their draft picks, including three seventh-rounders: Dowling, TJ Carrie and Shelby Harris. This is how the Raiders are going to build their roster. The draft picks have to hit. On the flip side, defensive end Jack Crawford was cut. He was a fifth-rounder in 2012. Just two members of that six-player class remain on the roster. It was the first draft class of the Reggie McKenzie-Dennis Allen era. If this draft class can contribute, it could help define the tenure of these two men.

What’s next: The Raiders will scan the waiver wire. They have the fifth-highest claiming priority. Expect Oakland to consider adding tight ends, offensive linemen, linebackers or cornerbacks. They can start claiming players Sunday. Oakland can compile its 10-player practice squad Sunday as well. It will likely be filled mostly by the 11 undrafted free agents the Raiders signed and then cut this summer.

Raiders moves: Released DT Ricky Lumpkin, FB Karl Williams, WR Greg Little, WR Brandian Ross, DE Jack Crawford, TE Jake Murphy, RB George Atkinson III, DE Denico Autry, CB Chance Casey, T Jack Cornell, LB Carlos Fields, Bojay Filimoeatu, LB Spencer Hadley, OT Dan Kistler, T Erle Ladson, G Lamar Mady, WR Seth Roberts, DE Ryan Robinson, OL Jarrod Shaw, TE Scott Simonson, RB Jeremy Stewart, K Giorgio Tavecchio, FB Karl Williams.
Examining the Oakland Raiders' roster:

QUARTERBACKS (3)

We might not know the exact order of this group, but these are your three quarterbacks.

RUNNING BACKS (3)

The Raiders are strong here. Murray has potential to play this year.

FULLBACKS (2)

Reece and his understudy complete a solid backfield.

RECEIVERS (6)

Butler has done enough to make the team. This group is deeper than recent Raiders receiver groups. The team had to love to see what they saw from Moore with Carr on Thursday night.

TIGHT ENDS (3)

This is a work in progress. Ausberry's injury could be an issue. I think this is a position Oakland looks to upgrade on the waiver wire.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)

Not a perfect group, but the depth has improved here.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (8)

This group looks deeper this year.

LINEBACKERS (6)

The are some injury issues here, so perhaps this spot is fluid.

CORNERBACKS (6)

Really like this group. It will be better when D.J. Hayden gets healthy. Neiko Thorpe had a bad night Thursday, which could hurt his chances of making the team.

SAFETIES (4)
Usama Young and Ross could be battling to the end.

SPECIALISTS (3)

Nothing wrong with this trio.
Most significant move: The Raiders put 2013 first-round pick D.J. Hayden on the physically unable to perform list to start the season. He will be out at least the first six weeks of the season. He had foot surgery in June. Initially, the Raiders said the issue was minor. But clearly, it has been a significant issue for a player who has not been able to stay healthy. The Raiders took Hayden early despite suffering a heart issue that nearly killed him in November 2012. His rookie season was ended early due to a sports hernia. Last week, Oakland defensive coordinator Jason Tarver said Hayden is suffering from missed practice time. He will be further behind when he returns. The Raiders have had many questionable first-round draft picks in recent history. It is probably too early to call Hayden a bust, but he, at the very least, looks like an overdraft.

Camp star cut: The Raiders cut receiver Juron Criner. He was a fifth-round pick in 2012. Criner was famous for making circus catches in training camp. However, the light never came on during the season. He made essentially no NFL impact as a Raider.

What’s next: The Raiders have to pare down their roster to 53 players by 1 p.m. PT Saturday.

Raiders' moves: QB Trent Edwards, WR Juron Criner, S Larry Asante, WR Greg Jenkins, RB Kory Sheets (all waived-injured); G Lucas Nix (waived/failed physical); TE Nick Kasa, injured reserve; CB D.J. Hayden, PUP.
Examining the Oakland Raiders' roster:

QUARTERBACKS (3)

We might not know the exact order of this group for a while, but these are your three quarterbacks.

RUNNING BACKS (3)

The Raiders are strong here. Murray has potential to play this year.

FULLBACKS (2)

Reece and his understudy complete a solid backfield.

RECEIVERS (6)

Butler has done enough to make the team. This group is deeeper than recent Raiders receiver groups.

TIGHT ENDS (3)

This is a work in progress. Ausberry's injury could be an issue. I think this is a position Oakland looks to upgrade on the waiver wire.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)

Not a perfect group, but the depth has improved here.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (8)

Ellis has been dealing with a concussion for an extended period, but he should be safe.

LINEBACKERS (6)

The are some injury issues here, so perhaps this spot is fluid.

CORNERBACKS (6)

The coaching staff loves Thorpe. So I'm giving him the edge over Chimdi Chekwa, which may be a tough call. I really like this group. It will be better when D.J. Hayden gets healthy.

SAFETIES (4)
Usama Young and Ross could be battling to the end.

SPECIALISTS (3)

Nothing wrong with this trio.
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Latavius Murray keeps one thing in mind when he returns a kickoff -- it’s just like a running play.

Murray
"I tuck the ball and I look for the blocking patterns and the holes,' the Oakland Raiders' intriguing running back/return man said. "It’s just like being a running back. That’s what I tell myself."

Murray said he was never a kick returner before the idea as broached to him by the Oakland staff this year. He instantly bought into the idea. He figured it would give him more opportunities to touch the ball and make an impact.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Murray has one kick return for 21 yards in the preseason. Murray is competing with Kory Sheets to be the primary kick returner. Expect Murray to make his mark in the backfield. He has seven carries for 28 yards in the preseason and figures to get some playing time behind veterans Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew during the regular season.

Murray, a sixth-round pick out of Central Florida in 2013, was hurt during the preseason last year and put on the injured reserve.

"I’m basically a rookie again," Murray said. "There was some benefit of sitting out last year. I learned the mental part of the game. I really feel like I have an advantage going into this season."
Examining the Oakland Raiders' roster:

QUARTERBACKS (3)
Yes, McGloin has looked impressive ... against third-stringers and guys who will not be on an NFL roster in two weeks.

RUNNING BACKS (3)

Murray in a potential roster battle with Jeremy Stewart?

FULLBACKS (2)

Reece will also be used in tight-end sets as a pass catcher, not as an in-line blocker.

RECEIVERS (6)

Butler leading the team in preseason catches (eight) and receiving yards (118) has to count for something, right?

TIGHT ENDS (3)

Ausberry's knee "procedure" throws a lot of doubt here.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)

Dennis Allen likes what he sees here in terms of protection, so there.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (8)

Can Jack Crawford work his way onto the roster, and if so, whose spot does he take? Or do the Raiders go with nine D-linemen?

LINEBACKERS (6)

Maiava has returned from a troublesome hamstring and has been flying all over the field, so we'll put him back ahead of Bojay Filimoeatu.

CORNERBACKS (6)

More than ever, DJ Hayden appears headed to the regular season PUP list.

SAFETIES (4)
Usama Young is back practicing, preparing for roster battle with Ross?

SPECIALISTS (3)

Period.

Raiders' Camp Report: Day 16

August, 17, 2014
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ALAMEDA, Calif . – A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Oakland Raiders' training camp.
  • Yes, the Raiders already technicaly broke camp in Napa last week before traveling to Southern California for a pair of joint practices with the Dallas Cowboys and Friday’s home exhibition opener against the Detroit Lions. But Sunday was treated as the final camp practice of the preseason at the Raiders' compound, with it open to reporters throughout. Starting Monday, practice is open to the media for only the first 30 minutes.
  • Rookie quarterback Derek Carr did not practice after being diagnosed with a concussion following a blow to his ribs against the Lions. Third-stringer Matt McGloin took Carr’s spot at No. 2 while Trent Edwards had the most snaps he has had all camp.
  • Matt Schaub had a few nice passes and was also picked off by strong safety Tyvon Branch , who was practicing after suffering an ankle injury Friday. “There are still some things that we’re trying to work on in the passing game,” said coach Dennis Allen. “There were some really good plays and then there some plays that weren’t quite as good. So, we’re going to continue to work and we’re going to continue to get better. Matt Schaub is our starting quarterback. I think he’s doing a good job for us and I think he will do a good job for us.”
  • Safety Usama Young (quad) was taken off the Physically Unable to Perform list and practiced for the first time while cornerback Neiko Thorpe (unknown) practiced for the first time since early in camp.
  • In the wake of second-year tight end Nick Kasa suffering a potential season-ending knee injury last week in Oxnard, and with presumptive starter David Ausberry still recovering from a procedure on his left knee 10 days earlier, the Raiders signed tight end Kyle Auffray on Sunday. The 6-feet-5, 254-pound Auffray, who was originally signed by Arizona as an undrafted free agent out of New Hampshire in 2013, has also been with New England and Cleveland, though has yet to play in an NFL game. He began his college career as a quarterback at Mississippi State before transferring to New Hampshire and playing tight end and punter. In the corresponding roster move, the Raiders waived kicker Kevin Goessling and have yet to make a roster move with Kasa.
  • Cornerbacks Chimdi Chekwa (knee) and Taiwan Jones (banged up) sat out practice, as did receiver Juron Criner (hip). Defensive tackle Justin Ellis (concussion), guard Lamar Mady (ankle) and Ausberry (knee) were also out. Cornerback DJ Hayden (foot) and guard Lucas Nix (knee) remain on the PUP list. Fullback Marcel Reece came out of practice with a sore foot.
  • Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie got into the ALS ice-bucket fray by accepting Denver Broncos president John Elway’s challenge.
  • The Raiders practice Monday at 11:50 a.m. PT.
OXNARD, Calif. -- Sure, there were brawls, five of them, in fact, big enough to stop the action of the two joint practices here. And there was the fan who swung a replica helmet at Dallas Cowboys cornerback B.W. Webb, plus the numerous scuffles throughout.

But you’d have a hard time finding anyone from either Oakland or Dallas who did not consider the joint effort a rousing success. So successful, in fact, Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen hopes the Cowboys come to Napa, California, next summer for the, ahem, rematch.

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AP Photo/Jae C. HongScuffles didn't take away from the productivity of joint practices with the Cowboys, Raiders coach Dennis Allen said.
“I don’t know if that’s 100 percent determined,” Allen said after Wednesday’s practice. “I think there have been some preliminary discussions and we’d like to be able to do it. But again, it’s probably too early to say for sure.”

But what gave this week’s workout an added oomph might not be possible on the grounds of Napa’s Redwood Middle School -- an overflow of fans. The Cowboys announced a crowd of 8,326 for Tuesday’s opening practice, with Raiders fans sequestered to one side and Cowboys fans on the other, funneled into their areas through fences that resembled cages and/or European soccer-style fan seating.

The Raiders played host to fans for 12 of their 13 practices in Napa and there was no separation, save for a painted yellow line on the grass and waist-high tape between posts, between the fans and the field. Capacity was about 1,000.

In Oxnard, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett called the opening practice “as electric an atmosphere as I’ve ever been around on a practice field, really in my life.”

A visibly pumped-up Allen said, “What a hell of an atmosphere to practice football in. That’s what Raider Nation is really all about, man. That was awesome to see those [fans] come out and support us like that. It almost felt like, at times, that I had to quiet the crowd down just so we could get some plays off. It was a great atmosphere.”

And while it’s hard to imagine a joint practice being held in front of fans at the Raiders’ current training camp facility in Wine Country, Allen sees bigger benefits from a pure football standpoint.

“Absolutely,” Allen said, “I like doing this. I think it does nothing but help your football team.

“Again, any time you get in these competitive environments, I think it increases the sense of urgency of your football team. I thought we got better over these last couple of days.”

Injury update: cornerback Chimdi Chekwa (knee) was not the only Raiders player unable to finish Wednesday’s practice as receiver Juron Criner was also sidelined. “I think Criner had a groin injury or a hip, so he wasn’t able to go,” Allen said.
“He tried to go out here through individual [drills] and wasn’t able to go.”

The Raiders’ home exhibition opener against the Detroit Lions Friday night at 7 p.m. PT will be broadcast live locally on KTVU 2.

Raiders Camp Report: Day 15

August, 13, 2014
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OXNARD, Calif. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Oakland Raiders training camp:
  • The temperature was warmer and the tensions just as high for the second of two joint practices with the Dallas Cowboys here at the Cowboys’ training camp home. Again, Raiders fans outnumbered Cowboys fans and there was an increased police presence on the Raiders fan side of the complex after Tuesday’s incident in which a fan swung a replica Raiders helmet at Cowboys cornerback B.W. Webb during a brawl. Three more skirmishes erupted Wednesday, though none involved fans. The atmosphere, Raiders coach Dennis Allen acknowledged, increased his team’s sense of urgency. “We got better the past few days.”
  • The first fight was between Raiders safety Larry Asante and Cowboys receiver Devin Street, with Oakland linebacker Kaluka Maiava playing a guest-starring role. (Maiava was all over the field making plays Wednesday.) Fight No. 2 was between Raiders center Jarrod Shaw and Cowboys safety Johnny Thomas while the third scuffle happened when Darren McFadden was taken down by Cowboys linebacker Cameron Lawrence. In two days of practices, five brawls big enough to stop practice occurred. And, yes, Allen said there have been preliminary discussions about the Cowboys coming to Napa next summer.
  • I mostly stayed on the side of the field where the Raiders' defense practiced against the Cowboys' offense (I watched the Raiders' offense on Tuesday). Impression No. 1: the Raiders' cornerbacks are going to have trouble with the bigger elite receivers in the league. They had no answer for Dez Bryant, who took turns beating Carlos Rogers, Tarell Brown and Chance Casey. Still, the defense did have two interceptions, both on tipped passes. The first when Jonathan Dowling got a hand on a Tony Romo pass that Nick Roach picked off, and the second on a Ryan Robinson tip of a Brandon Weeden throw that Jeremy Deering intercepted.
  • Other highlights: Jack Crawford breaking through to block a Cowboys punt in the end zone; TJ Carrie breaking up a long bomb in the end zone on a pass from Romo to Terrance Williams; Kory Sheets showing open-field shiftiness in breaking off a true to-the-house untouched TD run from midfield; Denarius Moore closing out the practice with a pretty leaping catch in the back of the end zone from Matt Schaub to beat Ryan Smith. (To be fair, the Cowboys' offense also scored on the other field a few minutes earlier.)
  • Quote of the two days in Oxnard: “Hey, we kicked ass down here.” – Raiders right tackle Menelik Watson.
  • On a somber note, Allen said “preliminary” results showed second-year tight end Nick Kasa suffered an ACL injury in his left knee on Tuesday. In a one-one-one drill with Cowboys safety Ryan Smith, Kasa went down in a heap after trying to plant and cut. If it is indeed a torn ACL, that “probably means he’s done for the year,” Allen said. Which means the Raiders are officially in the market for another tight end, with no timetable set for presumptive starting tight end David Ausberry’s return from last week’s procedure on his left knee.
  • Cornerback Chimdi Chekwa (sore knee) started practice but did not finish. Meanwhile, the same injured players sat out: defensive tackle Justin Ellis (concussion), guard Lamar Mady (ankle), cornerback Neiko Thorpe (unknown) and Ausberry. Cornerback DJ Hayden (foot), safety Usama Young (quad) and guard Lucas Nix (knee) remain on the PUP list.
  • The Raiders are off Thursday and play their home exhibition opener Friday at 7 p.m. PT against the Detroit Lions.
OXNARD, Calif. -- This, to borrow an old line, used to be the Oakland Raiders' playground. Or, at least, their training camp ground.

The Raiders, who called Los Angeles home from 1982 through 1994, worked out their summer kinks on this field, which Jerry Jones has turned into a Jerry World West, of sorts. So no, Raiders owner Mark Davis did not neccesarrily have any flashbacks or anything like that when his team took the field for the first of two joint practices with the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday afternoon. He had to have heard, though, the chants of "Bring them back! Bring them back! Bring them back!" before even the stretching began in front of an announced and lively crowd of 8,326.

"I’m kind of surprised it was 3-to-1 Raider fans to Cowboy fans," Davis said.

"Fantastic."

Of course, it’s no secret the Raiders are in need of a new home. Though Davis has said he wants to stay in Oakland, he has been linked to San Antonio -- when asked if he spoke with Jones about the Alamo City, Davis said abruptly, "No." -- and Los Angeles remains an intriguing possibility.

Before practice, Magic Johnson hung out in the Raiders VIP tent, alongside the likes of former L.A. Raiders Jay Schroeder, franchise sack leader Greg Townsend and Jerry Robinson. Johnson was a regular at Raiders game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and has also come to games in Oakland.

"Al Davis came to all our championship games," with the Lakers, Johnson told ESPNLA 710 AM radio. "I was a Raider season ticket holder. I’m a Raider diehard.

"Al used to be in his all-white (outfit). That was so cool. He watched every Finals we had. What was so cool back in the day, we all hung out together -- Marcus Allen, Howie Long -- we hung out with them; they hung out with us. We came to see their games; they came to see our games. I’m just hoping, in the next two years or so we can finally get a team back to Los Angeles."

Pressed on the Raiders returning, Johnson laughed.

"I would love that," he said. "San Antonio? Come on. The Spurs?

"Mark knows there’s only one place he can go -- that’s L.A. San Antonio? Come on now. Come on."

Regardless, the Raiders' fan base gave them a home advantage, so to speak, for the practice.

"What a hell of an atmosphere to practice football in," said coach Dennis Allen. "That’s what Raider Nation is really all about, man. That was awesome to see those guys come out and support us like that. It almost felt like, at times, that I had to quiet the crowd down just so we could get some plays off. It was a great atmosphere.

"We’ve got a lot of support, not only in the Oakland area but Southern California and really across the country. It was great that Raider Nation came out today to support us and watch us practice. I think they got a good show."

Though no one was condoning the two brawls with the Cowboys, the Raiders were not shying away from them, either. Not with the support they felt from the pro-Raiders crowd.

"It was humbling," said fullback Marcel Reece, "and a reality check for the new guys who thought they knew what Raider Nation was all about."

Raiders Camp Report: Day 14

August, 12, 2014
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OXNARD, Calif. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Oakland Raiders training camp:
  • The tension was palpable as the Raiders played the role of unruly, but thankful guest for the first of two joint practices at the Dallas Cowboys’ facility. Raiders fans were on one side of the two-field complex; Cowboys fans on the other. And yes, Raiders fans outnumbered Cowboys fans. Per the Cowboys, attendance was 8,326. “What a hell of an atmosphere to practice football in,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “That’s what Raider Nation is really all about, man. That was awesome to see those (fans) come out and support us like that. It almost felt like, at times, that I had to quiet the crowd down just so we could get some plays off. It was a great atmosphere.” Raiders owner Mark Davis agreed. “The Raider Nation is big,” Davis said. “I didn’t expect it. I’m kind of surprised it was 3-to-1 Raider fans to Cowboy fans ... good stuff. Good for the team.”
  • A pair of brawls erupted, the first after Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne took a late shot at Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera and fullback Marcel Reece came to the rescue. Both the Raiders’ offense and the Cowboys’ defense jumped into the fray, in which a camera captured a fan swinging a Raiders helmet at a Cowboys player. Later, on the other field, a scrum between Raiders linebacker Justin Cole and Cowboys backup fullback J.C. Copeland erupted, with Copeland losing his helmet in the fracas. Before that, there was a mini-skirmish between Raiders right guard Austin Howard and Cowboys defensive tackle Davon Coleman. “I’m proud of every one of my guys,” Reece said. “It’s not about fighting; it’s about us having each other’s backs, taking care of each other, playing the game the right way.”
  • The Raiders suffered a pretty big loss early in practice when second-year tight end Nick Kasa went down in a heap in a one-on-one drill against safety Ryan Smith. Kasa immediately grabbed his left knee and screamed in pain. Allen did not have an update, simply saying, “It didn’t look good.”
  • I stayed on the side of the field where the Raiders offense practiced against the Cowboys defense all day (I’ll watch the Raiders defense on Wednesday), so the prettiest play of the day came when Kory Sheets treated Oxnard like some CFL wasteland and broke off a long run to the house off right tackle. The most almost-there play? Greg Little blowing through the Dallas secondary and not having anyone with 10 yards of him ... before strong-armed Derek Carr overthrew him.
  • Cornerback Chimdi Chekwa sat out the proceedings with a sore knee, but Allen said he hoped Chekwa would suit up on Wednesday. Defensive tackle Justin Ellis (concussion), guard Lamar Mady (ankle), cornerback Neiko Thorpe (unknown) and tight end David Ausberry (knee) sat out practice with cornerback DJ Hayden (foot), safety Usama Young (quad) and guard Lucas Nix (knee) still on the PUP list. Ausberry had his left knee wrapped, rather than wearing a cumbersome brace. So that’s a good sign, no.
  • The Raiders’ second of two joint practices with the Dallas Cowboys in Oxnard starts Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. PT.

Raiders Camp Report: Day 13

August, 11, 2014
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NAPA, Calif. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Oakland Raiders training camp:
  • The Raiders broke camp in Napa after just 13 practices. "We got a lot of good work done here," said coach Dennis Allen. "I like where we’re at. We’re still in training-camp mode going down to Oxnard and practicing against the Cowboys for a couple days. I think that will be great for our football team. Get a chance to go against somebody else for a change ... we’ve gotten a lot accomplished. We still have a lot of things that we have to get better at, but I like the direction we’re headed."
  • The last time new Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck participated in a joint practice? His rookie season with the New York Giants in 2005, and it erupted into a major brawl with the New York Jets. "The one time we did it," he said, "we went over the top." But can you get in good work without it escalating into a fight, or two? "Sure you can," Tuck said. "It’s good to go and face some people that don’t wear the same colors as you and see different schemes. Dallas, especially their O-line, is a really, really good O-line (so) it’s going to be a challenge for us. Looking forward to it." So what’s the message Allen hopes to impart to his guys? "The message is that we have to treat it like a game and go out there and compete," Allen said. "There won’t be tackling live to the ground or anything like that. We’re going there to compete and try to get better as a football team."
  • Allen said Sunday that he wanted to see how second-year cornerback DJ Hayden, who worked out with a trainer on a side field that morning for the first time since having surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right foot in late June, responded to said workout on Monday. Hayden was just an observer again for the final camp practice in Napa. Every missed practice makes him a more likely candidate to begin the season on the Physically Unable to Perform List.
  • The prettiest play of the day comes courtesy of rookie quarterback Derek Carr, who hit a wide open Juron Criner on a bomb down the middle of the field. The most eye-opening play? That would be rookie linebacker Khalil Mack, who had a tough time reacting to the ball in the Raiders’ preseason opener at Minnesota, showing quick-twitch skills in breaking up a pass to fullback Marcel Reece in the flat.
  • With cornerback Chimdi Chekwa nursing a sore knee, rookie Keith McGill took first-team snaps at a corner in the Raiders’ nickel defense package. "That was an opportunity for Keith to get in there in nickel situations and work with the 'ones' some," Allen said. "We haven’t had an opportunity to see a lot of him. So, he’s a guy that obviously we felt highly of coming out in the draft and wanted to get an opportunity to look at him."
  • Defensive tackle Justin Ellis (concussion), guard Lamar Mady (ankle), cornerback Neiko Thorpe (unknown) and tight end David Ausberry (knee) sat out practice, and linebacker Justin Cole (unknown) returned. Hayden, safety Usama Young (quad) and guard Lucas Nix (knee) remain on the PUP list.
  • The Raiders’ first of two joint practices with the Dallas Cowboys in Oxnard starts at 3:45 p.m PT on Tuesday.
Examining the Oakland Raiders' roster:

QUARTERBACKS (3)
Carr has been impressive, even as he holds onto the ball too long in the pocket at times.

RUNNING BACKS (3)

Legacy George Atkinson III seems a safe bet for the practice squad.

FULLBACKS (2)

Reece has flashed his pass-catching abilities in camp. Olawale has flashed his speed.

RECEIVERS (6)

Does Moore being listed third on the depth chart put him on the roster bubble? Keep an eye on the Butler vs. Juron Criner battle. Mike Davis and Seth Roberts are also practice squad candidates.

TIGHT ENDS (3)
David Ausberry's knee injury makes him a candidate for the injured reserve/designated to return list, meaning the Raiders have an immediate need for bodies at tight end.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)

Not much movement here since camp opened. In fact, none at all in this corner.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (8)

This week, seventh-round draft pick Shelby Harris, listed second at a defensive end spot on the depth chart, takes the place of third-year DE Jack Crawford.

LINEBACKERS (6)

With Kaluka Maiava missing most of camp with a strained hamstring, let's replace him with Filimoeatu ... for now.

CORNERBACKS (6)

A new prediction -- DJ Hayden never practices in the preseason and opens the regular season on the PUP list.

SAFETIES (4)
Usama Young has been on the PUP list all camp long.

SPECIALISTS (3)

No questions needed.

Raiders Camp Report: Day 12

August, 10, 2014
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NAPA, Calif . -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Oakland Raiders training camp:
  • Cornerback DJ Hayden, on the Physically Unable to Perform list since before training camp began as he recovers from surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right foot, worked with a trainer on a side field before practice began Sunday. But while fellow cornerback Neiko Thorpe and safety Usama Young were able to make cuts while jogging, Hayden labored to run in a straight line. Progress, yes? “Yeah,” said Raiders coach Dennis Allen. “As far as the timeline, I still [can’t] give you an accurate timeline, but I think it’s encouraging that he was out here on the field and able to do some things on the field. Hopefully the process can begin to speed up, but a lot of that is going to depend on how he responds after a day’s work.” Hayden suffered the injury in the first week of OTAs but was not diagnosed with a stress fracture until after minicamp in June, which is when he underwent the surgery. Are the Raiders harboring hopes of Hayden being ready for the regular season opener? “I think we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it,” Allen said. “Right now, we’re a little ahead of ourselves. So, I think we’ve just got to monitor his progress and his rehab and then we’ll kind of figure out where we go from there once he’s able to get out here and actually start practicing football.”
  • Allen also said there was no timetable for the return of tight end David Ausberry, who underwent a procedure on a knee last week. “It’s still too early to know exactly when we’ll get him back,” Allen said. “He’s in the rehab process.”
  • The Raiders were in helmets and shorts for the second consecutive practice and for the second consecutive practice there was a brief scuffle in team drills. Defensive end Justin Tuck and right guard Austin Howard pushed and shoved until Howard fell to his back and teammates broke it up. Howard was also involved in a skirmish with rookie defensive tackle Justin Ellis on Wednesday.
  • The prettiest play of the day was Andre Holmes splitting linebacker Sio Moore and free safety Charles Woodson on a deep ball from Matt Schaub. The second prettiest? The absolute bullet thrown by Derek Carr and caught by Brice Butler in a tight window over the middle. The ugliest? Greg Little dropping a Schaub spiral over the middle. And that’s not counting the Carr pass that bounced off Little’s fingertips and into the waiting arms of Brandian Ross for an interception.
  • Linebacker Kaluka Maiava (hamstring) practiced for the first time in two weeks. Defensive tackle Justin Ellis (concussion), guard Lamar Mady (ankle) and linebacker Justin Cole (unknown) missed practice while cornerback Jansen Watson left the team to contemplate his future, a Raiders spokesman said. Hayden, Young and guard Lucas Nix (knee) remain on the PUP list and safety Shelton Johnson and linebacker Marshall McFadden were transferred to the Reserve/Injured list.
  • The Raiders break camp Monday with a practice at 8:20 a.m. PT before flying to Southern California to prepare for a pair of practices with the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday and Wednesday in Oxnard.
NAPA, Calif. – The moment Shane Lechler left the Oakland Raiders for the Houston Texans last year, long snapper Jon Condo knew Sebastian Janikowski would have a “down” season.

Even if he was coming off his best season.

The only holder Janikowski had known since entering the NFL as a first-round draft pick in 2000 was headed to the Houston Texans, and the place-kicker known as "SeaBass" had not handled change well in his career. As least, that’s what Condo found.

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Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY SportsSebastian Janikowski and Marquette King are developing better chemistry after a rocky 2013.
Condo took note that in two of Janikowski’s worst field-goal kicking seasons in terms of misses, the Raiders’ all-time leading scorer dealt with foreign territory. Janikowski missed 10 field-goal attempts in his rookie season and nine in 2007, Condo’s first year as the long snapper.

So with his security blanket gone to Houston and a newbie taking over Lechler’s holding duties in Marquette King, it made sense that Janikowski would struggle again.

Indeed, a year after converting a career-high 91.2 percent (31 of 34, with misses coming from 51, 61 and 64 yards), Janikowski missed nine field-goal attempts in 2013.

“Bass, he’s mentally tough and all that,” Condo said, “but it’s a comfort thing and it’s a trust thing.”

Janikowski, who signed a four-year contract extension last summer, still has one of the strongest legs in the NFL, and much of the blame last season fell on King, who grew weary of the talk. Even a few weeks back, on the day the Raiders reported to training camp, King said he could “not really remember” when asked about the purported issues between himself and Janikowski.

Janikowski made just 70 percent (21 of 30) of his field goals in his first year with King as his holder after converting 89.9 percent (62 of 69) in his previous two seasons with Lechler holding. The left-footed Janikowski even missed two attempts from inside 40 yards last season, a distance from which he had only missed one kick since 2007.

The way Condo put it, all it would take to send his kicker down a doubtful path would be just one bad hold from King. Even if everything else went perfect the rest of the game.

Condo’s advice? “Trust yourself,” he said was his counsel to Janikowski. “Trust your steps.”

To the surprise of many at 1220 Harbor Bay Parkway, Janikowski showed up two months early this offseason to get in extra work with King. Two weeks into training camp, and before the Raiders’ exhibition opener against the Minnesota Vikings on Friday night, the two seem to be connecting.

“Timing,” Janikowski told Associated Press, when asked what the issue was with King in 2013. “Our timing was off. Marquette, me and Condo, we hadn’t worked much … just timing, the confidence. Just the trust.

“You stay with the same guy for (13) years, the trust is there. You don’t have to think about it going on the field.”

And now?

“It’s much better,” Janikowski said. “Marquette’s been working his (behind) off. He’s holding every day -- 50, 100 times -- so hopefully it shows up on the field.”

New assistant special teams coach Chris Boniol, himself a former NFL kicker, has helped bridge the gap between kicker and holder.

“Chris has a way of being able to relate to those guys and talk to them on a level where they can understand what he’s trying to get accomplished,” said coach Dennis Allen. “To (Janikowski’s) credit, he’s taken to all of that and done everything that we’ve asked him to do.”

Janikowski, 36, also holds personal goals.

He is within striking distance of the NFL record for most field goals of at least 50 yards -- Jason Hanson had 52 for the Detroit Lions from 1992 through 2012; Janikowski has 45.

And after tying the record for longest field goal with that 63-yarder in Denver in 2011, the Broncos’ Matt Prater booted a 64-yarder last season to set a new standard.

“It’s a challenge,” Janikowski said.

Though maybe not as challenging as King attempting to truly break into the inner sanctum of Janikowski, who has twin girls, and Condo, who became a father seven months ago.

“Hey, you want to hang out?” Condo said he told King. “You’ve got to have a kid.”

The 25-year-old King’s response, per Condo: “What if I just got a dog?”

Condo laughed.

“The relationship is starting to develop a little bit,” he said. “The trust factor, so far in camp, we have a good rhythm going right now.”

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