Raiders camp report: Maurice Hurst growing up fast battling interior O-line


Raiders camp report: Maurice Hurst growing up fast battling interior O-line

NAPA – Raiders offensive and defensive linemen have squared off during every training camp practice in pads. These pass-rushing drills are generally one-on-one, occasionally two-on-two working from either side of center.

They’re entertaining as heck, providing physicality and a little drama with a clear winner and loser. There are some excellent matchups inside and out, especially with rookies and veterans going at it.

Bruce Irvin vs. Kolton Miller has been a main attraction. Maurice Hurst vs. Kelechi Osemele (or Gabe Jackson) has been just as good.

The Michigan man is an excellent interior pass rusher, and believes he’s getting better facing some of the NFL’s best blockers.

They don’t hand out trade secrets, but they are open to assist to this talent rookie trying to develop this summer.

“They throw a few crumbs every now and then,” Hurst said. “They don’t want you to beat them every time, but they’ve been extremely helpful. There are no better guards in the game than those guys. Every day I go to work against the best guys in the country. That’s only going to make me better.”

Hurst has a big fan up front, a respected veteran who sees potential in the young buck.

“He’s got a lot of ability. Smart rusher,” center Rodney Hudson said. “He’s asking questions. We talk back and forth, o-line to d-line. He’s always attentive and asks questions like ‘why did you do this’ or ‘why did you do that’ and like I said, he’s got a lot of God-given ability. He’s quick. He uses his hands well to be so young.”

Harris has surgery

Safety Erik Harris had surgery Friday to repair a spiral fracture in his right index finger, a league source told to NBC Sports Bay Area. The injury was sustained on Wednesday, and practiced through the injury the following day. Ultimately, Harris had to get it surgically repaired.

It’s a setback for someone who made such a solid impression on Jon Gruden’s coaching staff, but he shouldn’t be out long. He’s expected to miss a week, maybe more, and then play with a cast. Time will tell on the exact recovery timetable.

Gruden said earlier this week Harris is in the mix to start at safety. He’s also a valued special teams contributor only now starting to shine on defense.

Raiders offensive line banged up

The Raiders have several offensive linemen on the shelf, most of whom play on the right side.

Starting right guard Gabe Jackson left Thursday’s practice early and skipped Friday’s practice, though offensive line coach Tom Cable told reporters the ailment was minor and shouldn’t miss much time. Brandon Parker has been out several days with an ankle injury, per the San Francisco Chronicle.

Right tackle Breno Giacomini was also out for an undisclosed reason.

That left super-sub Jon Feliciano to man Jackson’s spot inside. Ian Silberman was the first-team right tackle with David Sharpe on the second unit.

Also Donald Penn ran well in side work on Friday, looking agile in change-of-direction drills.

Ateman continues to shine

Seventh-round receiver Marcell Ateman has had a strong start to training camp, using his body to box out defenders and make plays downfield. He doesn’t have breakneck speed, but the Oklahoma State product is adept creating separation with the ball coming his day.

Ateman’s a big guy at 6-foot-4 and 213 pounds – he almost looks like a tight end – and has been an attractive target for Raiders quarterbacks. He has an uphill battle to fight for the fifth (and likely final) receiver spot on the roster, but has made a solid impression thus far.

“This guy can be one of those matchups for us,” quarterback Derek Carr said. “It’s nice and he has to continue to do it because there’s a very competitive receiver room trying to make this team. We love Marcell, I think he’s doing a great job.”

This ‘n that

Starting quarterback Derek Carr seemed to jam his finger on a snap late in Friday’s practice. He shook his hand in pain afterward, though it’s uncertain if it will impact him in future practices. … The Raiders went live for a few rushing plays near the goal line, with success on most attempts. Doug Martin, for one, smashed through the line for an easy score. …Second-round defensive tackle P.J. Hall, activated from the PUP list on Wednesday, is fully back in the mix now, and has shown solid push on the inside. …Undrafted receiver Saeed Blacknall made a nice catch down the right sideline, beating Rashaan Melvin to reach an EJ Manuel pass rocketed downfield. …Marshawn Lynch took off on a long run, showing solid burst and open-field speed. …Former Chargers punter Mike Scifres, who knows special teams coach Rich Bisaccia from their days in San Diego, is in Raiders camp working with rookie Johnny Townsend.

How Oakland Coliseum has been 'legendary' even for newest Raiders

How Oakland Coliseum has been 'legendary' even for newest Raiders

ALAMEDA -- You don't have to be Derek Carr, Jon Gruden or a Raiders legend to appreciate what the Coliseum has meant to the franchise. 

It was a state-of-the-art facility and helped legitimize the Raiders when they moved into the building in 1966. It has been the home of a number of memorable Raider moments and has served as a second home for the legion of fans who pack it on fall Sundays to make life hell on the opposition. 

It no longer is state-of-the-art. It has a myriad of issues and the Raiders are waving goodbye after Sunday's game against the Jaguars, as the franchise relocates to Las Vegas in 2020. 

Most of the current Raiders haven't had many moments at all in the Coliseum. Only six current Raiders have been with the franchise for more than three seasons, with Carr and guard Gabe Jackson being the longest-tenured Raiders. Both were drafted in 2014. 

But even those who have only donned the silver and black for a short period of time know how important Sunday's farewell is. 

"It'll be exciting, I'm really looking forward to it," guard Richie Incognito, who only has played four games in the Coliseum, said after the Raiders' Week 14 loss to the Titans. "I got a bunch of family coming in to experience it. We're new to Oakland but the fans are awesome. They were rocking today, they were loud. I think next week will be a special moment for everybody involved." 

Last year was Daryl Worley's first season in Oakland. The Coliseum goodbye that wasn't a season ago didn't really impact him. 

But things have changed after spending another season with the Silver and Black. 

"Hopefully, it's going to be for real this time," Worley said of saying farewell a second time to the Coliseum. "It's definitely going to be emotional. Last year when I was here on a one-year thing, you just don't get the full feel. But coming back Year 2, just seeing what it means to Raider Nation, it's definitely a lot more emotional. 

"You really get to see -- around the town, around the entire Bay Area -- I mean there are two teams out here but it kinda seems that Raider Nation, they always have that fan base that is strong and passionate about everything that's going on with the players. It's going to be tough to leave a place like this even though going on to Vegas, I don't think this fan base will waver at all. 

"It's an amazing place," Worley continued. "For it to be an outdoor stadium, you would think that it's indoors the way that it rocks. Between the Black Hole to the costumes, it's definitely a legendary experience."

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The Raiders come in riding a three-game losing streak. While snapping that run of Ls is important, especially if the team has any hope of a miracle playoff push, it means more for the Raiders to give the Nation one more W in the house of loud. 

"It's definitely a big motivation and we feel like we owe it to everyone here," Worley said.

Doug Marrone, Jaguars preparing for Raiders in emotional Oakland finale

Doug Marrone, Jaguars preparing for Raiders in emotional Oakland finale

ALAMEDA -- Sunday won't be an ordinary Week 15 game between two teams that have dropped out of playoff contention. 

The Oakland Coliseum will be rocking, as those who bleed silver and black say their final farewell to the Raiders when they take on the 4-9 Jacksonville Jaguars. Most of the young Jaguars haven't played in the Coliseum, but head coach Doug Marrone is well aware of what his scuffling team will face Sunday afternoon. 

"Absolutely. I think that, we kind of polled today, we don’t have a lot of players that have played at Oakland and we tried to give them a sense of ... and when I say crazy atmosphere, I mean that in a very positive sense," Marrone said on a conference call with Bay Area media Wednesday. "We talked about the locker room and we’ve talked about it. I think it will be an emotional day for a lot of people there and I had a good relationship with Mr. [Al] Davis. When I was the head coach at Syracuse, we’d meet every year and there will be a lot of emotion knowing that finally, I know last year they went through it a little bit, but the finality of it being the last game for sure." 

Marrone was drafted by the Los Angeles Raiders out of Davis' alma mater Syracuse in 1986. He didn't make the 53-man roster and never donned the silver and black inside the Coliseum. Despite never being a Raider, Marrone had a good relationship with late owner Al Davis and came to the Coliseum as an offensive line coach for the New York Jets in the early 2000s. 

Even for Marrone, it will be weird for the Raiders to no longer call the Coliseum home. 

"When I was with the Jets and we would go out there, we’d always warm-up and I had the offensive line with me and I had a bunch of veteran guys who we’d warm up in the one corner of the end zone and for some reason, there was one guy, he was all over me," Marrone said recalling his time as a visitor in the Coliseum. "Like he was killing me, not the players, me. And the players would come up to me and go, ‘Coach, you going to take that (expletive) from that guy? Like, if he did that (expletive) to me, I would go up in the stands. You need to go up in the stands, you need to confront that.’ And I’d be like, ‘Shut the hell up, would you? We’re just going to go ahead and play.’

"But I just remember those times and the playoff game up there when I was in New York and just how crazy it can be and it’s a special place. I remember going up there back in the day and you look over at pregame warmup and Mr. Davis would be down on the sideline. A lot of the old Raiders would be there and so I think for me there will be a point I think, ‘Wow! I can’t believe the Oakland Raiders are moving.’”

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After three consecutive losses, the Raiders no longer find themselves in the playoff hunt. There will be no playoff goodbye for the hallowed grounds that hold so many Raider memories. 

Jon Gruden, Derek Carr and these Raiders have but one more chance to give those who love the Raiders so dearly a final memory of a building and franchise that means so much to them. 

That's bad news for Marrone and the Jags.