Oct 272016
 

Raider quarterback hopeful Tom Flores continued to make a strong push for the starting job in a morning scrimmage today. The former Pacific Tiger dispelled doubts about his once-injured throwing shoulder by hitting on a couple of long touchdowns, one each to Eddie Macon, who was trying his hand on offense, and to Tony Teresa, who made a tough catch in traffic.

Head coach Eddie Erdelatz was impressed. “The team gets better with each workout and is still on the upgrade,” he said. “Flores is calling the plays well and knows what to do in most situations.”

Aside from the scrimmage, the team put an emphasis on the kicking game. Linebacker Larry Barnes continued to improve as a placekicker, connecting on an extra point and a 32 yard field goal.

After practice, Erdelatz and his staff hopped aboard a plane bound for Los Angeles, where they would scout the Chargers in advance of their preseason contest next weekend in Sacramento.

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Oct 212016
 

Raider quarterbacks Tom Flores and Paul Larson were under heightened pressure in practice today as the coaching staff had the defense work on a set of “red dogging” (linebacker blitz) drills. Both passers found their effectiveness seriously diminished under the heavy rush and clearly needed more work in this area.

Two players who didn’t take part in the now once-daily workout were defensive back Alex Bravo and receiver Charlie Hardy, both of whom were held out because of muscle pulls. The team expected them to be back to full health within a couple of days.

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Oct 172016
 

The Raider coaching staff continued to add to the offensive playbook in preparation for the Chargers game in Sacramento. As of today, the team had 65 plays installed: 20 running and 45 passing.

There was another new face at the day’s workout, the last of the two-a-day sessions. Defensive end Charley Powell, who had injured his Achilles tendon on the first day of training camp, was finally back on the field working out with his teammates. Head coach Eddie Erdelatz commented that Powell was looking “a lot better” and was “beginning to catch on to what we are doing.”

Meanwhile, ABC television, the broadcast network of the AFL, announced that four of the Raiders’ road games would be carried on their local affiliate, KGO: September 25 in Houston, October 2 in Denver, October 9 in Dallas, and November 27 in Los Angeles.

And for those fans who were planning to see home games in person, Greyhound Bus Lines announced plans to sell game tickets in their northern California depots and offer special charter buses for transportation to and from games.

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Oct 152016
 

Raider head coach Eddie Erdelatz continued the process of paring his roster down to a manageable size. He cut three players today: guard Lou Byrd, tackle Fred Fehn, who had never quite recovered from a leg he injured earlier in camp, and recent signee Jim Varnado, a fullback who arrived badly out of shape and was unlikely to play his way onto the squad as a result.

An additional player, Gil Ane, was a special case. The 6’1″, 245-pound Ane, the brother of Charlie Ane, a longtime stalwart on the line for the Detroit Lions, had been an All-Western State Conference guard for the Compton Junior College Corsairs. He had bounced around on the fringes of pro football spending some time with the Bakersfield Spoilers in the Pacific Coast Conference and earning an invitation to Bears camp in 1959. Most recently, he was spotted trying out for the Steelers but had been released by them on August 1. Erdelatz wanted to give him a shot with the Raiders, but before he could come to Oakland, he was given permission to go home to Oregon help his daughter convalesce from a bout of pneumonia.

The players that were in attendance resumed two-a-day workouts, where the coaching staff set them to learning some new offensive plays and a complete new defensive set.

In scheduling news, the team announced that the final preseason game, a contest with the Boston Patriots that had originally been set on September 4, had been moved up to August 28, giving the Raiders a full two weeks between the end of the preseason and their regular season opener against the Oilers on September 11.

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Oct 052016
 

The team had been given a day off following the game, but head coach Eddie Erdelatz took that time to review the films, and based on what he saw, cut five players the following morning: halfbacks Alex Gardner and Ray Peterson, tackle Willie Boykin, guard Bob Harrison, and defensive back Bob Fails. He then added one player in the person of 6’1″, 185-pound halfback John Harris, formerly of Santa Monica Junior College. Harris combined speed and strength as a runner for the Corsairs and made first team All-Metro Conference in 1957 and later spent a season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Most recently, he had been in Chargers camp, but had been waived, giving the Raiders a chance to pick him up. Also returning to the team was tackle Fred Fehn, who had spent the past couple of weeks nursing a leg injury. This put the head count at 48, five over the limit of the first mandatory cut on August 22.

Erdelatz said he found no surprises in the movies. “We’ll try and correct the mistakes made in that game before going on to the new stuff,” he said, “They performed well considering everything and we’re expecting considerable improvement by the time we play New York.” To that end, he held a surprise 90-minute scrimmage that focused on bolstering both the running and the passing game.

After the workout, even more changes were made. Guard Charlie Kaaihue, a potential first-teamer who had been temporarily sidelined because of injury, was cut for what was reported as “disciplinary reasons.” The team also announced the signing of yet two more players, fullback Jim Varnado, and end Charles Moore.

Varnado, a rookie fullback out of Southern University, had been drafted last November by the New York Giants, but almost immediately signed with the Chargers. In June, the Giants cried foul, claiming that current Boston Patriots general manager and former Notre Dame coach Ed McKeever, had been scouting for them at the time of the draft but had also been working for the Chargers and had steered Varnado and fullback Charlie Flowers to Los Angeles in violation of his contract. Varnado was cut by the Chargers soon after, making him available to Oakland.

Moore, a 6’3″, 215-pound end from Northeastern State in Oklahoma, had a nose for getting to the end zone and had been named to the first-team all-Oklahoma collegiate squad in 1958, the year he helped lead the Redmen to the NAIA championship. Varnado’s signing meant a move for Brad Myers from fullback to halfback. Additionally, Erdelatz made an offensive line adjustment, moving Ron Sabal from right guard to right tackle, in place of Don Churchwell. Don Manoukian moved in to take Sabal’s spot at guard.

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