Kevin Burnett Answers Raider Nation, Joins OTAs — Hayden, Murray, Burnett Injured — Tom Flores On The Field During OTAs — Khalil Mack’s Surreal Experience at NFLPA — 49ers vs Raiders Basketball Game For Charity Friday — Hedge Fund Billionaire Has Stake In Raiders

 

Coach Allen Talks OTAs Week 2  (Raiders.com)…Head Coach Dennis Allen took questions from the media following the first practice of OTAs Week 2. Opening Statement: “Week Two out here. Today we worked red zone.”

QUESTION: Did DJ get hurt last week?temp060214-otas-11--nfl_mezz_1280_1024
COACH ALLEN: “He rolled his ankle last week.”

QUESTION: Is it serious?
COACH ALLEN: “No, I don’t expect it to be anything serious.”

QUESTION: Is Kevin Burnett hobbled by something?
COACH ALLEN: “Kevin’s back. He’s got an ankle issue that he’s working through. It was good to have him back out here today. He went through a little bit of work with the trainers on the side. Hopefully he’ll be back out practicing sooner rather than later.”

QUESTION: This was his first day back?
COACH ALLEN: “Yes.”

Q: Is Latavius Murray hurt?
COACH ALLEN: “Really kind of the same as DJ. He tweaked his ankle or his foot the other day in practice. Again, it’s kind of a day-by-day thing. Hopefully we’ll have him back out here sooner rather than later.”

QUESTION: How often in all your years you’ve been in the NFL have you been able to get every single guy out for this time of year? How do you get that to happen?
COACH ALLEN: “I couldn’t tell you from past experiences how many times. I think the key is, is that this is a group of guys that have a hunger, have a desire. We’re here to win games. I think these guys understand that. I think they’re looking forward to getting started on the season.”

QUESTION: The NFL is going team to team this offseason to address the bullying issue. Is that something you guys have addressed much or do you think the guys that you have added to this team will police that?
COACH ALLEN: “I think that question is twofold. Number one, yes there have been some things that we’ve done to address that. That was one of the first things that we talked about when we got this group together. I think we’ve had a pretty good locker room since I’ve been here. I don’t expect that to change any. But, that is certainly something that we take very seriously. We’ve really limited the rookie hazing as part of kind of our culture and the way that we do things. I don’t really believe in that. We’ll continue to monitor that locker room on a daily basis. That’s a never-ending process. The thing is that you want this work environment, you want people to come in here, you want people to be comfortable in the work environment, but you want to be able to hold people accountable for doing their job.”

QUESTION: Are you guys looking to do any joint practices in training camp this year?
COACH ALLEN: “We’re in the process of communicating with the Cowboys. We haven’t finalized those plans, but that’s something that we’re looking in to. We’ll see where that goes.”

QUESTION: That would be at their site?
COACH ALLEN: “Yeah.”

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D.J. Hayden’s health issues in the past  (ESPN)
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Ten observations from Raiders OTAs — Tom Flores at OTAs  (by Paul Gutierrez, temp060214-otas-3--nfl_mezz_1280_1024ESPN)…#5. Before he was elevated to head coach and won a pair of Super Bowls, Tom Flores was the Raiders receivers coach and it was he who, from the press box at old Baltimore Memorial Stadium, suggested the famous “Ghost to the Post” play against the Colts on Christmas Eve, 1977. Flores may have had some flashbacks Monday, then, as he took a keen interest in the Raiders’ pass catchers during practice, along with Hall of Fame cornerback Willie Brown. Oh, and the first quarterback Brown ever picked off in his pro career? Flores, on Dec. 15, 1963, when Flores was the Raiders quarterback and Brown was with the Denver Broncos. (read more)

Observations from OTA today — WR Criner Making Eye Opening Catches  (by temp060214-otas-70--nfl_mezz_1280_1024Steve Corkran, Bay Area News Group)…Remember wide receiver Juron Criner? Anyone? Yes, that Juron Criner, the one who burst on the scene two years ago and flashed during offseason workouts as if he was going to be the next Cris Carter. Somewhere along the way to stardom, Criner crashed back to reality, was seldom used his rookie season and almost vanished last season. He got passed by undrafted free agent Rod Streater, unheralded Andre Holmes and seventh-round draft pick Brice Butler. Fast forward to today, and Criner looked like the Criner who caught anything he got his hands on for several practices his rookie season. On Monday, Criner made a handful of eye-opening catches despite tight coverage, including a few in which he left his feet. Far and away, Criner looked like the best receiver on the field. (read more)

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Juron Criner impressive in Oakland Raiders OTAs  (NFL.com highlight video)
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Raiders, Cowboys may tangle in training camp  (Bay Area News Group)…Chances are the Raiders will spend a small portion of training camp in joint practices with the Dallas Cowboys in Oxnard, coach Dennis Allen said Monday. “We’re in the process of communicating with the Cowboys,” Allen said as the Raiders convened for their second week of organized team activities. “That’s something we’re looking in to. We’ll see how it goes.” Allen said the Raiders would be visiting the Cowboys, rather than Dallas coming to Napa. (read more)

temp060214-otas-120--nfl_mezz_1280_1024Ausberry Talks About Returning to the Field  (Raiders.com)…TE David Ausberry took questions from the media about returning to the field after an injury sidelined him in 2013. (read more and/or watch video)

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Ausberry aiming to win Raiders starting TE job  (Associated Press)
Raiders tight ends need to step up, Allen says  (Bay Area News Group)
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Woodson Feels Good About Defense  (Raiders.com)…FS Charles Woodson discussed the additions to the defense and preparing for the 2014 season.
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Woodson likes what he sees from new-look, veteran-laden Raiders (Bay Area News Group)
Thompson: Raiders’ Woodson has high hopes (Bay Area News Group)
Woodson excited about veteran presence on Raiders (Associated Press)
Woodson likes mix of Raiders’ refurbished roster (SF Gate)
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Moore Talks Growth and Learning from Vets  (Raiders.com)…LB Sio Moore spoke with the media after the first practice of OTAs Week 2.

QUESTION: When guys like Tuck and Woodley come in, do you approach them or do you wait for them to come and seek you out?
SIO MOORE: “I bother those guys before they get a chance. Every opportunity, I’m doing the hand slap drill with Tuck. I’m doing one of with Antonio [Smith]. I’m talking to Wood [LaMarr Woodley] about his rushes. I’m talking to C-Wood [Charles Woodson], it doesn’t matter if it’s about on the field, off the field. I even go to Nick’s [Roach] house. Nick has been one of those guys for me that’s been a big brother and like a father figure type role. I’ve never had a father and to hear a lot of the wisdom and guidance that he provides as a friend, and as somebody who I really look like as family and a brother, it means a lot to you. You carry it in a certain way, because now you see that there are people who are like family. I’ve known Tyvon [Branch] since before here, when we were in college together. To have those guys around that really have your back and support you, it’s not just about football, it’s about family. When you go out there and you’re playing the game, and you know that the guy next to you is your brother and that he would do anything and give the shirt off his back, that adds something to what you want to do out there. It makes you want to do everything for those other than yourself, because there’s no payout for you.”

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Sio Moore shows versatility with position switch  (CSN Bay Area)
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Fast Facts about Justin Tuck  (Raiders.com)…Five things you should know about veteran DE Justin Tuck… (read more)

Player Profile: TJ Carrie  (Raiders.com)…The Oakland Raiders selected Bay Area-native CB TJ Carrie in the 7th round (219th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. (read more)

Khalil Mack’s At NFLPA  (NFL Network)…The NFL Network was on the field for the NFLPA rookie fashion show where the recent first round draftees put on their NFL team’s jersey for the first time. “It was very surreal; especially seeing all the guys in their uniforms, not in college uniforms.” (watch video)

Khalil Mack playing catch-up at OTAs  (by Paul Gutierrez, ESPN)…And while he got back to practice Monday, he has already made an impression on his new teammates. Even if the Raiders are still nearly two months away from putting on the pads and hitting. (read more)

49ers to play charity basketball game against Raiders in San Ramon  (by Cam Inman, San Jose Mercury News)…A sellout crowd of nearly 1,000 is expected Friday night when several high-profile 49ers and Raiders, including Aldon Smith and Darren McFadden, face off in a charity basketball game at California High School in San Ramon. Albeit an independently organized fundraiser, this will be the first Bay Area sporting event pitting 49ers and Raiders since a 2011 exhibition at Candlestick Park, where fights erupted in the stands and shootings occurred in the parking lot. That chaos prompted the 49ers and Raiders to cease their exhibition series. (read more)

Rams, ex-Michigan T Jake Long helping special camp  (by Larry Lage, Associated Press)…As Long and his wife await the birth of a child this summer, the timing was right for him to join a capital campaign committee to help create a summer camp for children with serious and life-threatening illnesses. Long and his wife, Jackie, are hosting a sold-out fundraising event for about 350 people on Saturday night. Former Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland, Oakland Raiders and former Wolverines defensive back Charles Woodson, ex-Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr are expected to attend along with Rams quarterback Sam Bradford and linebacker James Laurinaitis. (read more)

In Boston, Secretive Hedge-Fund Billionaire Stays in Shadows  (by Rob Copeland, Wall Street Journal)…David Abrams, 53, would be near the top of every list of highly-paid hedge-fund managers—if anyone had known his name, until now. The veteran of Seth Klarman’s Baupost Group has built an almost $8 billion firm with virtually no external marketing, nor public speaking. He swapped out for a larger mansion in the Boston suburbs, and purchased a $20 million Manhattan pied-a-terre located on Fifth Avenue with Central Park views. He also owns a stake in the NFL’s Oakland Raiders. Yet while ESPN’s cameras frequently pan to other owners’ suites, Mr. Abrams has rarely been spotted. He sticks to playing squash in Boston, an associate said. (read more)

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