Raiders Report (822): Injured players practice


Raiders Report (822): Injured players practice

Paul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.comPractice No. 19Summary: News, news and more news. The day began with the Raiders selecting disgraced Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor in the third round of the NFL's supplemental draft.
NEWS: Raiders take Terrelle Pryor in Supplemental Draft
It continued with several familiar, if injured faces (in one case, literally) practicing again. Continued with the starting quarterback, who took a knee to the helmet on Saturday, sitting out practice as a precaution. Went on with the future of the Raiders' annual exhibition game against the 49ers in serious jeopardy after last weekend's violence at Candlestick Park. And ended with coach Hue Jackson saying Pryor would be a quarterback. At least, to begin his NFL career. Oh yeah, the Raiders took to the field in helmets and shoulder pads and worked on two-minute drill offense as well as red-zone offense. Coaches seemed especially on edge. As they should be after the showing against the 49ers.Injury report: Even with some notable players returning to practice, 16 players sat out practice with various "nicks," including quarterback Jason Campbell (concussion-like symptoms) receivers Louis Murphy (hamstringgroin), Chaz Schilens (sprained right knee) and Shawn Bayes, tight ends Kevin Boss (left knee sprain) and David Ausberry, fullback James McCluskey, offensive linemen Stephon Heyer (strained right triceps), Lou Eliades and Alan Pelc, 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 lineman John Henderson. Offensive lineman Daniel Loper and cornerback Walter McFadden, however, both missed practice due to the births of their respective children.Offensive play of the day: It was a simple pitch play to the right side but Darren McFadden made it look easy, and like a thing of beauty. He ran just as smooth as he did hard and galloped past the defense, barely breaking stride in nine-on-nine, non-contact drills.Defensive play of the day: With his speed in the open field, a quick slant to Jacoby Ford seems a sure thing. But not this time. Not with Michael Huff shadowing the diminutive Ford. Huff broke up the pass and several onlookers held their breath as Ford was getting in his first live work since suffering his broken left hand.Returning to work: The big news, of course, were the returns of running back Darren McFadden, who suffered a fractured lower left eye orbital on Aug. 3, and receiverreturner Jacoby Ford, who broke his left hand on July 30. Perhaps just as uplifting to the Raiders were rookie running back Taiwan Jones, who has been out since the first week of camp with a hamstring issue, and defensive end Trevor Scott, who suffered a torn ACL in his left knee at Pittsburgh last Nov. 21, joining the fray. "We got some of my toys back," said coach Hue Jackson. "I'm excited about that."Personnel report: Obviously, the seismic shift in Silver and Blackdom had to do with the Raiders that third-round draft pick to select Pryor in the NFL's supplemental draft. As soon as he signs, which his agent said would be very soon, the Raiders will have the maximum 90 names on their training camp roster. Per NFL rules, rosters have to be down to a max of 80 by 1 p.m. PT on Aug. 30, and then at 53 by 1 p.m. PT on Sept. 3. Flying under the radar over the weekend was former Raiders middle linebacker Ricky Brown signing with New England as a free agent.Rookie report: OK, so technically only one of these guys is a rookie, receiver Eddie McGee. But he showed some fire in his lighting-quick fight with second-year cornerback Joe Porter on a side field during unit drills. It was over as fast as it started.Quotable: "This young man is a quarterback. That's where we're going to start and we'll go from there." -- Raiders coach Hue Jackson on Terrelle PryorNext practice: Tuesday, 3:30 p.m.

Norton looks at his Seahawks days to slow down Brady: 'I have a good feel'


Norton looks at his Seahawks days to slow down Brady: 'I have a good feel'

ALAMEDA – Raiders defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. has a good feel for Tom Brady. He faced New England’s legendary quarterback three times as Seattle’s linebackers coach, with some positive results. The Seahawks won two regular-season games and lost the Super Bowl at the last second.

He knows what worked then, and believes that should help prepare the Raiders defense for what’s coming Sunday in Mexico City.

“I played Brady a couple years ago in the Super Bowl with Seattle. We played very well against him,” Norton said Thursday afternoon. “I’ve had some success against him so I have a good feel for what can be done and what cannot be done. It’s just a matter of having the right emphasis and the ability to make the plays.

“Having a guy like (Brady) on the team who’s capable at any point of throwing a deep ball, capable at any point of getting it to the right players at the right time. He understands who is around him. He understands how to get the ball to the guys. He’s got a long resume of doing it well.”

Having success against Brady, however, is a relative term. He still produced against a loaded Seattle defense far better than this year’s Raiders unit. He will produce again Sunday, even if most goes right. Limitation, however, if key.

Norton believes certain things are essential when facing a Patriots team. Sure tackling. Impacting the quarterback.

The first is vital, something the Raiders have done well save a Week 9 win over Miami. The Raiders have to limit explosives and keep the ball in front of them, especially with the way Brady likes to play.

“The Patriots do a really good job of underneath coverage,” Norton said. “They have guys that catch and run really well. The backs, the tight ends, the matchups underneath, they catch and make people miss. They try to match up with your linebackers and safeties. They feel like their guys are pretty good. Tackling is something we’ve been really outstanding with all year but this last game against Miami we didn’t do so well and it kind of stands out, especially when it’s something we’ve taken a lot of pride in.

“I really feel like our emphasis and what we do well matches up well with that they try to do.”

There are some problem spots. One is limiting deep shots, something Brady has unleashed with startling efficiency. He’s 19-for47 for 410 yards and four touchdowns on passes of 20-plus yards, with speedsters Brandin Cooks and Phillip Dorsett able to haul them in. The Raiders have proven vulnerable to track-star receivers. 

Impacting Brady is mandatory, but also difficult given his excellent pocket presence. He’s especially good at feeling pressure off the edge, where reigning defensive player of the year Khalil Mack typically lines up opposite Bruce Irvin.

Brady has proven vulnerable to interior pressure, which is why Mario Edwards Jr. will be an X-factor on passing downs. He has four sacks this season and needs to break free in the backfield to force difficult decisions or, at the very lest, disrupt New England’s timing.

Brady gets rid of the ball fast at times. Raiders rushers can’t get frustrated by that, especially Mack.

“If the quarterback is going to throw the ball in less than two seconds, it’s going to be tough to get there,” head coach Jack Del Rio said. “So when the quarterback is throwing the ball quick like that, we’ve got to tackle and have their punt team come out. They’ll get tired of punting or turning the ball over and they’ll sit and hold the ball a little bit and Khalil can get there. If they’re throwing the ball in two seconds or less, it’s going to be hard to get sacks.”

The Raiders only have 13 sacks this season, second worst in the NFL. Getting a few could swing a tight game. Norton’s Raiders believe they have a solid plan to mitigate somewhat the Patriots ferocious attack, that features versatile tight ends allowing them to do different things from one personnel package.

Don’t expect a shutout, or anything close. The Raiders understand that, but believe they can mitigate some damage.

“If you go back to the New England Patriots five, six, eight years ago they’re doing similar things,” Norton said. “They do what they do really well. They’re a fine-tuned machine. Everybody knows exactly what their role is. Guys know exactly what’s expected of them. Obviously the quarterback is the heart and soul and the one that makes that train run. Really, really good players that really understand what their role is and play well against leverage, run after catch, tough and they make plays.”

Khalil Mack wants to be Raider for life: 'That’s a no-brainer for me'


Khalil Mack wants to be Raider for life: 'That’s a no-brainer for me'

The Raiders gave quarterback Derek Carr a massive contract extension last June. Right guard Gabe Jackson got paid later that month.

Khalil Mack’s big deal is coming, likely this offseason. Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie anticipates a deal getting done, and hopes Mack’s agent feels the same way.

Mack’s rep and Raiders contract folks will work out details of a massive contract extension. The reigning Defensive Player of the Year doesn’t have interest in all that. He has one preference above all.

Mack doesn’t want to go anywhere. He wants to stay with the Raiders long term.

“Of course. That’s not even a question,” Mack said in an exclusive interview with NBC Sports Bay Area’s Fallon Smith, which airs in this week's episode of "Raiders Central." “That’s a no-brainer for me, especially when you think about coming into this organization and try to build something special, that’s something you want to be a part of for a lifetime”

Mack has plenty of money, top-5 overall draft picks often do. The No. 5 selection in 2014 considered that first deal life-changing money, enough to help his family.

“That has been a treat for me so far,” Mack said.

He doesn’t daydream about signing a nine-figure contract. He doesn’t long to be the NFL’s highest-paid defensive player (although that might be in the cards, anyway).

“I’m not really even thinking about that,” Mack said. “I’m thinking about the Patriots, that’s just my focus that’s just my mindset – anybody who talked to me about that matter, whether it be my best friend, my mom, my dad, I tell them the same thing. I’m thinking about the Patriots and sacking Tom Brady.”

That, unlike signing a record contract, was a career a goal. Mack said in a post-draft press conference he wanted to sack legends. Peyton Manning and Brady topped the list.

Manning retired before Mack could check his box. Mack will have a second chance at Brady Sunday when the Raiders play New England in Mexico City. He had eight tackles and two quarterback hits against Brady’s Patriots in 2014, but didn’t bring the quarterback down.

Mack considered his third regular season game a welcome-to-the-NFL moment.

The University of Buffalo alum has accomplished a ton since then, with 34.5 sacks and last year’s top defensive honor to his credit. He’ll need a Herculean performance against the Patriots to help the Raiders win a pivotal game. A sack would certainly help, but Mack isn’t calling his shot.

“Yeah, I’m not one to talk,” Mack said. “I’ll express that when I get on the field, but I can’t wait, I can’t wait to play against him.”