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Raiders DBs strike back

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Posted: 08/01/2014 11:07 PM

Raiders DBs strike back 


Over the last few days, defensive backs have started to fight back.

While quarterbacks Matt Schaub and Derek Carr made some nice throws -– several on deep passes in single coverage -- the defensive backs made a fair share of plays on Thursday and again Friday afternoon.

“There was some give and take again today,” head coach Dennis Allen said. “Over the last two days, I think both sides have been crisp.”

[RELATED: Practice 6: Woodson shines as Raiders defense wins the day]

Safety Charles Woodson made his third interception in two practices on Friday, nabbing a Matt Schaub pass after it skipped off tight end David Ausberry’s hands.

Carlos Rogers used quick hands to dislodge a pass seemingly secured by Denarius Moore. Jansen Watson slapped a completion away from Rahsaan Vaughn. Even Keith McGill, who started slow after being taken off the PUP list, made a diving deflection that illustrated his progress in recent days.

While there were more interceptions the day before, Friday continued a trend of defensive resistance that should make for greater competition in practice and better performance down the line.

Some other notes from Raiders camp:

-- Defensive end Justin Tuck missed practice for a minor groin injury.

“I don’t think it’s anything serious,” Allen said. “(Friday’s absence) somewhat of an injury, somewhat of a veteran’s day off.”

-- Rookie seventh-round pick Shelby Harris worked some with the first team in Tuck’s absence, a sign that the coaching staff thinks he’s making significant progress between now and the offseason program.

-- No. 2 quarterback Derek Carr had a solid practice that included two long touchdown passes. He has also shown a willingness to take off and run when space allows it.

“We’re pleased with Derek Carr,” Allen said. “He had a good day today, but he’s had a lot of good days.”

-- Carr set up the catch of the day, when he hit Andre Holmes made an over-the-shoulder grab on a post pattern to the end zone.

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Posted: 08/02/2014 2:43 PM

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Its a good sign that the coach feels like Carr has had a lot of good days because we may just need him at some point this year
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Posted: 08/02/2014 5:12 PM

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I don't think many will be shocked if Schaub is as bad as last year and Carr starts after the bye.

 

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Posted: 08/02/2014 7:57 PM

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4th I agree, im on record at the 6 week mark
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Posted: 08/02/2014 10:41 PM

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There is a link within that text and in that story it says that Woodson picked Schaub off on two consecutive so who knows? Carr might end up starting the season. Dennis Allen said "Every time Schaub throws an interception people are going to hit the panic button and act like the sky is falling".  Well Mr. Allen, I hit the panic button when you and Reggie spend a huge amount of money on Schaub and the sky has been falling ever since you started coaching the team sooo.......


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Posted: 08/03/2014 9:28 AM

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In all fairness the sky fell almost a decade before Allen. Allen may well go down with Schaub. We all know there will be picks but I don't think anyone thinks ours secondary is the strong suit of this defense. I'd really like Allen / Tarver to be our future but I think more and more they were just RM full employment acts. Something RM could blame so his contract is paid in full as he changes them out for whatever is next.

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--- rawhead wrote:

There is a link within that text and in that story it says that Woodson picked Schaub off on two consecutive so who knows? Carr might end up starting the season. Dennis Allen said "Every time Schaub throws an interception people are going to hit the panic button and act like the sky is falling".  Well Mr. Allen, I hit the panic button when you and Reggie spend a huge amount of money on Schaub and the sky has been falling ever since you started coaching the team sooo.......

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Posted: 08/03/2014 11:12 AM

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Our improved pass rush will make the DB's jobs a little easier. On many things that I read Carr has been impressive for a rookie QB. However, he has a way to go. I gotta admit I didn't like him before the draft because of his brother. Looks like I may have been wrong. Also hope I haven't jinxed the kid.
"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." H.L. Mencken
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Posted: 08/03/2014 1:41 PM

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Ive read a few articles that cb Carrie has made a good impression at cb and st but cb Rodgers has struggled a lot.He has been burned quit a bit.With an improved pass rush and Branch/Woodson (who has shown no signs of slowing down so far) in the backfield we just need some cb to step up.If Rodgers gets cut (guessing) and hayden goes on pup should be interestin how
This backfield pans out.
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Posted: 08/03/2014 11:36 PM

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I guess you're right in hindsight but there were times during the post Art Shell part II years where the Raiders at least seemed to be going in the right direction. Re: Allen/Tarver - the players seem to like them and play for them. When Tarver had a healthy defense I was impressed with the schemes compared to the same thing I've seen for 40 years. Offense? Bungle after bungle after bungle. Keystone cops. You may be right about Allen and Tarver being scape goats for McKenzie, but at some point someone in charge needs to realize that excuses are not the way to build a great franchise.
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In all fairness the sky fell almost a decade before Allen. Allen may well go down with Schaub. We all know there will be picks but I don't think anyone thinks ours secondary is the strong suit of this defense. I'd really like Allen / Tarver to be our future but I think more and more they were just RM full employment acts. Something RM could blame so his contract is paid in full as he changes them out for whatever is next.


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