Coach Allen Wraps Up Mini-Camp, Offseason (Raiders.com)…Head Coach Dennis Allen spoke to the media at the conclusion of the Raiders mandatory mini-camp.
QUESTION: Do you feel that this is a better team?
COACH ALLEN: “I don’t think there’s any question you can feel that. You guys have been around here too, so I think you’ve seen these practices around here for a while. I think we’ve had an outstanding offseason and I think our team from the day that we started the offseason program to where we’re at now, we’ve improved tremendously, but we’ve still got to go out there and do it when we get to training camp and do it when we get to the regular season.”
QUESTION: Derek Carr taking most of the second team reps right now …
COACH ALLEN: “Yeah, he’s taking most of the second team reps. Like ‘Olie’ [Offensive Coordinator Greg Olson] said yesterday, we’re trying to expedite his progression and I like a lot of the things that I’ve seen out of Derek. He’s still got a long way to go, but I like the direction that he’s headed.”
QUESTION: Would you think that you would start with Carr at No.2?
COACH ALLEN: “Yeah, I would think that we would start that way.”
QUESTION: Are you going on vacation?
COACH ALLEN: “I’m going to spend a couple of weeks down in Florida. It’ll be a good time, just me and the family. I’ll hang out a little bit, then get back here and get ready to go.”
Mini-Camp Day 3 Photos (Raiders.com)
Mini-Camp Day 3 Recap (Raiders.com)
Offensive Coordinator Greg Olson Likes What he Sees from Schaub (Raiders.com Video)
Defensive Coordinator Jason Tarver Excited About Infusion of Talent (Raiders.com video)
Derek Carr Enjoying Transition to NFL (Raiders.com Video)
Miles Burris Says He Feels Great (Raiders.com Video)
Moore: ‘Got to compete everyday; nothing is guaranteed’ (CSN Bay Area)
Mack Looking to Make Major Impact (Raiders.com)…Rookie LB Khalil Mack spoke to the media at the conclusion of the Raiders mandatory mini-camp.
QUESTION: What are your plans for the next month?
KHALIL MACK: “For the next month, I’m obviously going to go home to Florida for a little while and spend some time with my family, but while I’m down there I’m going to be working out, in Orlando probably, with Tom Shaw maybe. Even then, I’m going to be working my techniques and different things that I’ve learned here throughout this time I’ve been here with Coach Bob [Sanders] and JT [Jason Tarver]. Just going over different things, maybe even meeting up with some of the veterans and doing some off the field training.”
QUESTION: Any surprises your first month as a pro football player?
KHALIL MACK: “Like I told you, I go with the flow. I was surprised today because, I wasn’t late to the meeting just now, but I had to do a quick physical, and I went into the team meeting room and they made me get up there on stage and try to sing something. They caught me off guard with that. Other than that, no big surprises.”
QUESTION: Did you sing?
KHALIL MACK: “I tried.”
QUESTION: School song or what?
KHALIL MACK: “I tried. Somebody wanted me to sing R. Kelly and somebody else wanted me to sing Usher.
QUESTION: You didn’t bring your guitar?
KHALIL MACK: “That’s what I’m saying. I didn’t have any background music, so I couldn’t really do what I wanted to do.”
Ten Raiders minicamp observations (by Paul Gutierrez, ESPN)…The Oakland Raiders concluded their mandatory three-day minicamp on Thursday, which was attended by everyone on their roster. Here are 10 observations from the final practice.
- Seventh-round draft pick T.J. Carrie has impressed the Raiders with his play at cornerback. “I’ve been very impressed with him, his ability to understand what we’re trying to do within the scheme of the defense,” Allen said. “What you look for in guys like that, you look for a guy that’s going to make a play that kind of catches your attention and really, just about every day, there’s been something that he’s done that you say, ‘Damn, that was a pretty good play.'”
- Taiwan Jones, still making the transition to cornerback, had a pretty interception of McGloin, even if the pass itself was underthrown. Safety Jonathan Dowling, who was also a seventh-round draft pick, picked off Carr and later knocked down a McGloin pass down the right sideline. Still, there were some nice catches turned in by the likes of receiver Juron Criner across the middle and tight end Mychal Rivera over Tyvon Branch. “You never want to see things just totally one-sided, because that’s not the sign of a good football team,” Allen said.
- There was a brief skirmish — a couple of pushes — between tackle Dan Kistler and defensive end Denico Autry. Who? It took longer to look up their names than the actual fight lasted. I kid … kinda.
- Raiders owner Mark Davis was an observer and said after practice that stadium talks for his team to remain in Oakland were “positive, but nothing happens after the talks.” He also said he does not consider Major League Baseball’s Athletics to be a rival for the Coliseum site but wishes that A’s owner Lew Wolff would make his long-term intentions known.
Healthy Burris making a push for Raiders (by Josh Dubow, Associated Press)…Miles Burris went from being a promising rookie to an injured afterthought in less than a year with the Oakland Raiders. Now that his injured knee is completely healthy, Burris is making a run to regain the starting linebacker job he lost when he got hurt a year ago. Burris has been lining up as the first-team weakside linebacker at this week’s mandatory minicamp that serve as the Raiders’ final practices before they start training camp late next month. Burris started 15 games as a rookie in 2012 before playing just sparingly last season when he most of the year recovering from knee surgery before playing six games as a reserve and special teamer. It was the first time he ever missed a game at any level due to injury. (read more)
Former 49ers Tarell Brown, Carlos Rogers hope to bring winnning approach across bay to Raiders (by Jerry McDonald, Bay Area News Group)…Brown and Rogers represent a third chance to get it right, and likely will go into training camp as the projected starters _ just as they were for the last three seasons on a 49ers team that went 36-11-1 and went to the NFC championship game each year, winning one. (read more)
Jones-Drew impressed with Carr (by Vic Tafur, SF Gate)…Maurice Jones-Drew has done the rookie quarterback thing in Jacksonville, and it wasn’t that nifty, so he would prefer not to do it again. But …The Raiders running back has been impressed with rookie Derek Carr at offseason practices, and this week’s mini-camp. “I feel like, if it’s me, I would prefer him to sit and watch and learn and then come in, but Derek has sat and watched,” Jones-Drew said. “He had a brother that was in the NFL, so he’s done that, and he’s done a great job competing, coming in and moving up, throwing the ball well.” (read more)
Coach Flip Honored to Tutor Raiders QBs (Raiders.com)…Raiders quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo says he wants to win for “the best fans in the league” and “wants to see it as much as anybody.” (watch video)