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Raiders rookie: "A lot of contact" at practice

Raiders third-round tackle Jared Veldheer doesn’t know any better.

He doesn’t know you aren’t supposed to talk openly about worst-kept secret in the NFL, that  offseason “non-contact” practices are more intense than they are supposed to be.

Well, it’s a lot of contact right now,” Veldheer told Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune after the team’s post-draft mandatory minicamp.  The tackle said he works on his pad level, but knows you don’t quite finish a block that you start.

“Besides that, the run stuff is pretty full go,” he said.

This hardly deserves a wow, but it’s a reminder why the Raiders and Ravens were punished for breaking practice rules this offseason. 

Then again, plenty of other teams would suffer the same fate if their players filed complaints.

Or talked so openly.

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34 Responses to “Raiders rookie: "A lot of contact" at practice”
  1. downwithdansnyder says: Jun 9, 2010 9:08 PM

    What the F? Either enforce it or get rid of the rule. The league obviously knows this goes on. And if they know and don’t enforce it, wouldn’t they be liable for negligence or somthing like that if someone got hurt? That’s a Florio question though I guess.

  2. geek says: Jun 9, 2010 9:14 PM

    It’s OK! It’s only cheating if you can blame Bill Belichick.

  3. myspaceyourface says: Jun 9, 2010 9:16 PM

    Ravens are still the dirty birds. Cheaters, Murderers, Drug Dealers, Wife Beaters, Bleach Pouring, Loud Mouths.

  4. MrNatural says: Jun 9, 2010 9:21 PM

    Cable will drag his ass into the training room and touch him up a bit. Orders of Big Al.

  5. Mike_in_Texas says: Jun 9, 2010 9:22 PM

    2010 AFC West Champs – Oakland Raiders
    SD your window is just about to be closed. Too bad you couldnt take much advantage into atleast making it to a SuperBowl in this past 7yrs. Now the Silver & Black are back were they belong. it took the Raiders only 4yrs(1999-2003)
    to go from Al Davis Nomore, to taking the AFC West and then the NFL.
    60,70s,80s,2000’s(and 1game away from 90s SB)
    The Team of the Decades is back for another run at the SB.

  6. Rapistberger says: Jun 9, 2010 9:42 PM

    Rather have a team full of murders then a team full of victims…

  7. MrNatural says: Jun 9, 2010 9:42 PM

    Bring George Blanda back!

  8. CleanSlaton says: Jun 9, 2010 10:01 PM

    Hey raider fan in Tx,
    ….then Rich Gannon threw the ball to the other team a lot [6 times in 1 game? that's as bad of a choke job as Romo] ….then you guys drafted JaMarcus WalRussell and DHB [Drops His Ball]. Al Davis needs to climb back in his coffin because the Sun’s about to come up. I realize the Raiders–when they’re good–are good for football, however, that ain’t this season man. Your best bet is to root against Tim Tebow and the rest of the AFC west. The Chiefs are looking good….

  9. Tom says: Jun 9, 2010 10:22 PM

    I hope they disband the creeps and they put Davis in a nursing home and he starts peeing on the walls.

  10. drk666 says: Jun 9, 2010 10:23 PM

    players coming out of college are such pu$$ies!
    hell, veterans can be as well!
    toughen up, and shut up! it’s a contact sport! i’d look good in a jersey and shorts. but when it came down to full contact, i’d get my a$$ handed to me.
    archaic rule that lets pu$$ies play, and real men looking for work!

  11. IB Blitzn says: Jun 9, 2010 10:27 PM

    Chiefs? hahahahahahaha

  12. bigrig says: Jun 9, 2010 10:27 PM

    @Mike_in_Texas
    Let’s recap shall we?
    60’s played in one SB. Got blown out 33-14
    70’s played in one SB. Blew out Minn 32-14.
    80’s played in two SB’s. Won both. Congrats.
    90’s no SB’s. Got blown out in AFC Champ Game 51-3 at Buffalo.
    00’s played in one SB. Got blown out 48-21.
    Proceeded to set NFL record for most consecutive double digit loss seasons [7].
    So in reality, the Raiders haven’t been relevant for at least 20 years. But hey, don’t let me keep you from dreaming. It’s all you’ve got.

  13. VoxVagina says: Jun 9, 2010 10:33 PM

    3rd round picks typically make the team. This guy might not be so lucky haha

  14. AcidSoda says: Jun 9, 2010 10:41 PM

    @ CleanSlaton
    “The Chiefs are looking good….”
    Give me a break. A weak o-line and qb that’s way over his head?
    Don’t make me laugh.

  15. IB Blitzn says: Jun 9, 2010 10:48 PM

    Like it’s sooo easy to GET to the SB

  16. mjk68 says: Jun 9, 2010 10:51 PM

    Loose lips sink pirate ships.

  17. steely devil hab says: Jun 9, 2010 10:58 PM

    Wow
    Another day with no mention in an article of Jamarcus Russell.
    Could he slowly be slipping into obscurity…a non story?

  18. JSpicoli says: Jun 9, 2010 11:01 PM

    OAK hosted two afc championship
    games and should have been at least IN a third, nut got rat-tucked by the worst call in professional
    sports history. They were the best team in the NFL from 99-02, but not relevant?
    But only fans of the sport who watch games know that.

  19. dogma1 says: Jun 9, 2010 11:03 PM

    Raiders have played in and won super bowls, you can bash them all you want now because they are bad but you can’t knock the Raiders history, I’m not even a Raider fan I’m a Saints fan.

  20. sricko says: Jun 10, 2010 12:00 AM

    If this is the only reason they got the violation ban on OTA’s then that’s cool, he was laughing when he said it.
    Rookie mistake.

  21. Ryan35 says: Jun 10, 2010 12:07 AM

    Great time to still be a raider fan, through thick and thin since 87. Glad to see the Raiders lose some OTA’s because there was too much contact.
    The Chiefs, Ha,Ha,Ha

  22. Vanilla Slim says: Jun 10, 2010 12:12 AM

    Hey bigrig,
    Why don’t you ask all those teams in 00’s the Raiders beat on their way to AFC West titles and the SB if they were relevant.

  23. ItalianArmyGuy says: Jun 10, 2010 12:28 AM

    @Tom says: June 9, 2010 10:22 PM
    I hope they disband the creeps and they put Davis in a nursing home and he starts peeing on the walls.
    ========================
    Al Davis has been peeing on walls for 40 years now, dumb-a$$

  24. AutumnWind999 says: Jun 10, 2010 1:56 AM

    bigrig says:
    June 9, 2010 10:27 PM
    @Mike_in_Texas
    Let’s recap shall we?
    60’s played in one SB. Got blown out 33-14
    70’s played in one SB. Blew out Minn 32-14.
    80’s played in two SB’s. Won both. Congrats.
    90’s no SB’s. Got blown out in AFC Champ Game 51-3 at Buffalo.
    00’s played in one SB. Got blown out 48-21.
    Proceeded to set NFL record for most consecutive double digit loss seasons [7].
    So in reality, the Raiders haven’t been relevant for at least 20 years. But hey, don’t let me keep you from dreaming. It’s all you’ve got.
    ———————-
    Are you f-ing kidding me? First of all, the first SB wasn’t played until 1967, so getting to one of the three in that decade isn’t bad.
    Second, let’s not forget some of the shadiest calls in the history of the NFL have gone against the Raiders in the postseason. NFL Network’s Total Access recently did a Top 10 most questionable calls in THE HISTORY OF THE NFL. The top 3:
    3. Blatant fumble by the Broncos on the goalline in the 1977 AFC Title game goes uncalled. Costs Raiders another trip to the Super Bowl.
    2. Tuck Rule game robs the Raiders of a chance to play in another AFC Title game in 2001 (they were in the title game in 2000 and 2002).
    1. Immaculate reception robs the Raiders of a win in a playoff game at Pittsburgh, 1972 and another trip to the AFC Title game.
    So for the Raiders to play in 5 Super Bowls, winning 3 — and let’s face it, with legitimate officiating it’d be several more — is pretty damn impressive and relevant.
    Not to mention the fact that they played in 2 AFC Championship games and should’ve played in a third {if not for probably the worst call in the history of the NFL given that not only was it horribly incorrect, but was actually the result of Instant Reply and reversed the correct call} in the most recent decade.
    So put a lid on it, “bigrig.” You look foolish when spouting such nonsense. Just go back to what you’re good at: giving $5 truckstop BJs.

  25. rowdy53 says: Jun 10, 2010 2:19 AM

    AL has been peeing on the walls of the NFLs mouth for quite some time…

  26. tatum32 says: Jun 10, 2010 3:13 AM

    # myspaceyourface says: June 9, 2010 9:16 PM
    Ravens are still the dirty birds. Cheaters, Murderers, Drug Dealers, Wife Beaters, Bleach Pouring, Loud Mouths.
    =================================
    God bless em…the blow up ball carriers and play the game the way it was meant to be played – you could put Ray Lewis back in the Dick Butkus days…and he wouldnt miss a beat. – you did see how the bi$%ch slapped the Pats last playoff game?

  27. joetoronto says: Jun 10, 2010 6:01 AM

    downwithdansnyder says: June 9, 2010 9:08 PM
    What the F? Either enforce it or get rid of the rule. The league obviously knows this goes on. And if they know and don’t enforce it, wouldn’t they be liable for negligence or somthing like that if someone got hurt? That’s a Florio question though I guess.
    ==========================================
    It’s the NFL’s version of don’t ask, don’t tell.
    But no homo.

  28. rangersleadtheway says: Jun 10, 2010 7:36 AM

    @bigrig:
    Raiders, despite having the worst 7year losing stretch, are STILL the FOURTH winingest team in NFL history. And up untill a couple of years ago they were the winingest team. So.. unless youre a fan of the cowboys, bears, or dolphins, STFU.. your team still sits way below our “irrelevancy”..

  29. David56 says: Jun 10, 2010 8:15 AM

    I’m a dye-in-the-wool Giants fan but you can’t take anything away from the over history of the Raiders. I am 56 years old and well remember the days of “The Snake’ and Plunkett to name just two, and when teams were honestly nervous about having to play the Raiders especially the Raiders at home. I think it would be very hard to find fans more hard-core than those of the Silver-and-Black (Ya hear that Philly and Dallas?). My cousin is one of those fans. After 7 or so years of pretty bad football he has stuck with Oakland like superglue between a folded piece of paper. And besides if the Raiders weren’t getting fined for some violation of a rule or another they just wouldn’t be the same Oakland Raiders.
    The team is starting to look pretty good for the up-coming season and they unloaded what remains one of, if not the worst, # 1 draft pick bust of all-time in Mr. Russell.
    However, I do honestly believe that the game, at least to some extent, has passed AL Davis by.

  30. db3300 says: Jun 10, 2010 8:51 AM

    “So.. unless youre a fan of the cowboys, bears, or dolphins, STFU”
    Well, I guess I’m good to continue.
    “They were the best team in the NFL from 99-02…”
    What are you smoking? If you’re down to quoting stats to back up your claim, well, God bless you. You still have squat to show for it. Blaming poor performance on bad calls is pretty weak. Good teams are able to win big enough so that a bad call is meaningless. They don’t blame decades of being the joke of the NFL on a few bad calls – assuming they even were bad calls.
    Raiderfans must all be dropping acid. There’s a reason why you’re always picking at the top of the draft and it isn’t because of all those wins. Even Vikingfan and Billsfan don’t bring up all those SB losses in some lame attempt to prove to the world they’re winners.
    “2010 AFC West Champs – Oakland Raiders”
    If that happens, it won’t be because “we’re back”. It’ll be an indicator that the AFC West is so bad that even the Raiders can win it.

  31. headrush4you says: Jun 10, 2010 9:00 AM

    How hard is it to have 32 representatives from the NFL attend each and every team’s offseason practices to ensure that everyone is following the rules!?

  32. vanhelsing says: Jun 10, 2010 9:24 AM

    jacarcass is on his way to Top Pot as we write.
    They have his two favorite food groups, donuts and pot.

  33. 69ers says: Jun 10, 2010 9:51 AM

    All teams I’m sure are crossing the line with regards to contact, but this guy like most NFL players are so freakin stupid. Why would you say anything like this after what happened to the Raisins? I still think Flacco is the one that squealed…’don’t hit me guys, ouch, stop that you’ll cut my uni-brow..’

  34. bonecity7 says: Jun 10, 2010 10:06 AM

    Fine Cable a half-mil, the team a quarter-mil, and take away their 2012 #1 pick (they don’t have a #1 in 2011). Breaking rules is breaking rules, and gaining a supposed competitive advantage on your opposition comes at a (hefty) price.

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