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Camp Report (817): Jackson gets raw on Raiders

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Camp Report (817): Jackson gets raw on Raiders

Aug. 17, 2011GUTIERREZ ARCHIVE
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CSNCalifornia.comPractice No. 16Summary: This was, no doubt, the saltiest rookie head coach Hue Jackson has been at a practice in front of reporters this camp. He seemed ticked from the start, stopping practice 20 minutes in to jump the players about a lack of passion. And throughout, he challenged them with a renewed vigor. Was it the heat? The dozens of fans as guests on the sidelines? The knowledge that the Raiders' injury list continues to grow? After practice, and after he had cooled down, Jackson acknowledged that cornerback Chris Johnson and receiver Louis Murphy had recently had "procedures" and that safety Mike Mitchell was getting looked at for still yet another undisclosed injury. This after center Samson Satele left practice with "a little discomfort" and was seen being driven away from the hotel. As Jackson addressed the media, a fly continually circled and dive bombed at him on the lectern. He shooed it away, but it obviously bugged him. As he gestured, drops of dried blood could be seen on his white long-sleeved shirt. Yes, it was that kind of day.

Injury report: Fourteen players sat out practice with various "nicks," including receivers Jacoby Ford (broken left hand), Louis Murphy (hamstringgroin) and Chaz Schilens (sprained knee), fullback James McCluskey, tailbacks Taiwan Jones (hamstring) and Darren McFadden (fractured eye socket), offensive linemen Stephon Heyer (strained right triceps), Lou Eliades and Alan Pelc, defensive backs Hiram Eugene (dislocated left hip), Chris Johnson, Mike Mitchell and Zac Etheridge (knee) and defensive lineman Trevor Scott (knee). Plus, center Samson Satele did not finish with an undisclosed injury.RELATED: Raiders' Johnson, Murphy undergo surgeries
Offensive play of the day: He's not a playmaker; he just makes plays. And rookie receiver Denarius Moore did it again, going horizontal in the right flat on a pass thrown slightly behind him by quarterback Jason Campbell. The completely outstretched Moore caught the ball with his fingertips. Just another highlight-reel play by Moore.Defensive play of the day: It was the final play of practice and, in a real game, a flag would have been thrown for pass interference. But it was at the tail end of the 2-minute drill and middle linebacker Rolando McClain dropped back in coverage to break up Jason Campbell's 25-yard pass to tight end Kevin Boss in the end zone. Even if McClain absolutely mugged Boss in the process. No flag, no foul.Returning to work: Offensive lineman Bruce Campbell, who reported to camp with a tweaked right knee, and linebacker Bruce Davis, who had not practiced in nearly two weeks with an undisclosed malady, were full go. Campbell saw a few snaps in team drills at right guard and held his own against Lamarr Houston in individual drills. Davis, meanwhile, worked with the first-team defense at weak-side linebacker in place of Quentin Groves for a few plays.Stock rising: Unheralded receiver Shaun Bodiford and just-as-unsung safety Jerome Boyd continue to have strong camps. Each seemingly has a nose for the ball and has been solid. They are performing as if they fully expect to make the team.Coaching moment: Hue Jackson did not like what he was seeing early in practice. So 20 minutes into the two-plus hour workout, the rookie coach called a quick end to the various position drills going on all over the field and summoned the entire team to the center of the facility. "I'm going to start this wholeu2026practice over," he threatened, not liking the energy or effort in the early going. Yes, the vibe improved.Quotable: "Dang, wish I would have known. Nobody tells me anything." - starting free safety Michael Huff after being told by a reporter that starting cornerback Chris Johnson is out for the time being following a, ahem, "procedure."Next practice: Thursday, 3:30 p.m.

Raiders QB Derek Carr named to third straight Pro Bowl

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Raiders QB Derek Carr named to third straight Pro Bowl

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is headed to his third consecutive Pro Bowl. He became eligible once New England qualified for the Super Bowl and Tom Brady was out of the running for next week’s NFL all-star game in Orlando.

Carr was the next alternate up, and accepted the invitation to represent the Silver and Black. Khalil Mack, Rodney Hudson, Kelechi Osemele and Donald Penn were named to the original roster, though Penn has bowed out with injury.

Carr will join his teammates in Florida for game-week festivities, followed by the inter-conference clash on Sunday at noon at Camping World Stadium. The game can be seen on ABC.

He joins Rich Gannon and Ken Stabler as Raiders quarterbacks with at least three Pro Bowl selections. Carr had a down year relative to his previous two, but still posted standout numbers. He had 3,496 passing yards, 22 touchdowns, 13 interceptions and an 86.4 passer rating.

The Raiders finished a disappointing 6-10, and head coach Jack Del Rio was fired in favor of Jon Gruden.

“It was not the year we wanted, but to still be recognized by you, Raider Nation and fans everywhere, and the players and coaches you go against is an extremely high honor I will always be thankful for!” Carr wrote in a note posted on Twitter. “Although I am extremely blessed to be thought of in such a way by my peers, I understand there is more work to do. There is more to achieve and more to accomplish and I will now ret until we get there, Raider Nation!”

Back again: Patriots rally past Jags, head to eighth Super Bowl since 2001

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Back again: Patriots rally past Jags, head to eighth Super Bowl since 2001

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Give `em a hand: Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are heading back to the Super Bowl.

Brady shook off a hand injury and threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Danny Amendola with 2:48 remaining , rallying the Patriots to a 24-20 comeback victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC championship Sunday.

Brady, wearing a black bandage on his right hand after hurting it during practice earlier in the week, showed no signs of being hampered.

And, with the game - and possibly the season - on the line, the Patriots star came up big again.

"I've had a lot worse," Brady said. "I didn't know that on Wednesday. It was a crazy injury. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday was a little scary. Then I started getting some confidence and today we did just enough to win."

Brady finished 26 of 38 for 290 yards and two touchdowns for the Patriots (15-3), who'll play the winner of Sunday night's game between Minnesota and Philadelphia in Minneapolis on Feb. 4.

It's the eighth Super Bowl appearance for Brady and coach Bill Belichick, who have won five times - including last year's 34-28 overtime rally against the Atlanta Falcons.

The Jaguars (12-7) led 20-10 early in the fourth quarter, but couldn't hold against the defending champions.

Jacksonville - looking to reach the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history - had one more shot, but Bortles' throw on fourth-and-15 to Dede Westbrook was knocked away by Stephon Gilmore.

The Patriots then ran out the clock, with Dion Lewis' 18-yard scamper with 90 seconds remaining sealing the victory. And they did it mostly without tight end Rob Gronkowski, who left the game late in the first half and didn't return.

Brady's hand was the most-scrutinized body part in Boston since the quarterback's right ankle before the 2008 Super Bowl, and Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's right ankle tendon - the bloody sock - in the 2004 playoffs.

Brady was listed as questionable after he hurt his right hand during practice earlier in the week. He was limited Wednesday, sat out Thursday and was limited again Friday because of the injury.

That caused some panic among the Patriots faithful.

Turns out, it was nothing to fret about.

Brady came out for warmups without a glove on his hand, and he came out throwing. He completed his first six passes - including a 20-yarder to Amendola on fourth-and-1 from the Jaguars 30 - for 57 yards to march the Patriots down the field. The drive stalled when Brady was sacked by Dante Fowler Jr., and New England settled for Stephen Gostkowski's 31-yard field goal.

A wide-open Marcedes Lewis gave the Jaguars a 7-3 lead 45 seconds into the second quarter with a 4-yard touchdown catch from Blake Bortles, who was 5 for 5 for 66 yards on an impressive and efficient seven-play, 76-yard drive.

Leonard Fournette gave Jacksonville a 14-3 lead midway through the second quarter with a 4-yard TD run, hushing the crowd at Gillette Stadium.

The Jaguars made some big mistakes that hurt them just before halftime. Bortles completed a 12-yard pass to Lewis on third-and-7 from the Patriots 44, but Jacksonville was called for delay of game - after New England called a timeout.

That wiped out a first down, and Bortles was sacked by Adam Butler on the next play to force a punt.

With just over two minutes left before halftime, New England's offense took over and the fans chanted "Bra-dy! Bra-dy!"

And their quarterback delivered - with some help from the Jaguars on two long penalties.

On first-and-10 from the Patriots 40, Brady threw a long pass for Gronkowski, who was injured when he got popped by Barry Church just as the ball was arriving. Church was called for unnecessary roughness, putting the ball at Jacksonville's 45.

A.J. Bouye was called for pass interference on the next play on an incomplete throw for Brandin Cooks. The 32-yard penalty put the ball at the Jaguars 13. After a 12-yard catch by Cooks, James White ran it in from the 1 to make it 14-10 with 55 seconds left.

Josh Lambo gave Jacksonville a 17-10 lead 4:37 into the third quarter with a 54-yard field goal. He added a 43-yarder 8 seconds into the fourth quarter to make it a 10-point game.

But Brady & Co. were just getting started.