Oakland Raiders Training Camp: News and Notes from Day 5
Stuart Kovacs – Aug 4, 2012
On Saturday, the Oakland Raiders participated in their fifth day of training camp practice. Here are some news and notes from various reporters of the team.
For the second consecutive day, fans who received free tickets to the team’s training camp practices were in attendance. There were once again more than 1,000 Raiders’ fans in attendance, according to Steve Corkran’s Twitter page. However, the fans in attendance today seemed to be more vocal than Friday’s fans.
On the injury front, wide receiver Eddie McGee was added to the list of players that weren’t able to practice, according to Paul Gutierrez’s Twitter page. He missed the practice due to an injured hamstring which he suffered during the team’s OTA’s.
Punter Shane Lechler (knee), linebacker Aaron Curry (knee), cornerback Ron Bartell (hamstring), tight end Richard Gordon (hip) and defensive lineman Travis Ivey (conditioning) all missed practice once again, according to Corkran. Gordon, in addition to his hip injury, also has a leg infection according to coach Dennis Allen.
During the practice, there were a few instances where players had to go to team trainers to be looked at.
Running back Taiwan Jones at one point needed his right foot to be looked at by the trainer, according to Corkran. However, he would soon put his shoe back on and run out for both running back and punt returning drills.
Also, wide receiver Jacoby Ford needed to be looked at by trainers, Corkran observed. Near the end of practice, linebacker Phillip Wheeler sustained a foot injury, according to Vic Tafur’s Twitter page. He went straight to the locker room after practice instead of signing autographs for the fans. The severity of the injuries to both players is not yet known.
During the practice, there were numerous players who made an impact and wowed fans in attendance with eye-opening plays.
Early on, running back Mike Goodson turned the corner on a big run for a touchdown, according to Tafur. He was able to get a big run due to fullback Manase Tonga’s wonderful block. Later on, Corkran observed the former Carolina Panther turning the corner again for another long run.
There were also numerous terrific plays by Raiders’ wide receivers during Saturday’s session. Rookie Juron Criner made a nice grab in the corner of the endzone during position drills, according to Levi Damien’s Twitter page. Damien believed that Criner and Ford performed the best out of every wide receiver during the team’s high throw drill.
Also, Rod Streater got the fans on their feet after a diving catch, according to Corkran. The rookie out of Temple had to dive for the pass after quarterback Terrelle Pryor threw it inaccurately.
As for the quarterbacks, Carson Palmer looked to be better than he had been the previous two sessions.
After a near interception and sack by Tommy Kelly early on, Palmer went on to float a nice pass over defensive lineman Matt Shaughnessy to tight end Brandon Myers, Damien observed.
According to Tafur, Palmer’s accuracy on Saturday was “fine, solid, ok, and satisfactory.” It wasn’t as good as it has been during the first two practices, but it was definitely better than the last two.
Backup quarterback Terrelle Pryor continued to show that he is a work in progress. Although completing the pass, Corkran observed an instance where the former Ohio State Buckeye lacked the proper zip and tight spiral needed to throw the football.
Pryor also ended the practice with an inaccurate pass that landed on the turf instead of the wide receiver’s hands, according to Damien.
Along the offensive line, Corkran observed that the same five players continued to receive first-team reps. From left to right, the first-team offensive line is Jared Veldheer, Cooper Carlisle, Stefen Wisniewski, Mike Brisiel, and Khalif Barnes.
During pass protection drills, there were several offside penalties on the defense as well as many intriguing matchups, according to Corkran. He observed rookie Tony Bergstrom holding his own even against veterans.
Khalif Barnes made several nice blocks during the drills. Damien observed the veteran blocking rookie defensive lineman Jack Crawford to the ground.
On the defensive side of the ball, the secondary continued their solid week, according to Tafur. He also mentioned that starting cornerback Shawntae Spencer has stood out in terms of having major struggles.
However, Corkran observed the former San Francisco 49er having nice coverage on both a pass over the middle as well as on a deep pass to Darius Heyward-Bey that was dropped.
Several of the team’s linebackers also made nice plays during the session. Early on, Rolando McClain nearly had an interception. According to Corkran, the former first-round pick got both hands on a Palmer pass but failed to come away with the interception.
Also, rookies Nathan Stupar and Miles Burris made nice plays. Levi Damien observed Stupar shedding a block and stopping running back Lonyae Miller at the line of scrimmage. According to Corkran, Burris had a nice pass breakup on a pass that headed his way.
There weren’t as many sacks as there were in the previous sessions. However, Tommy Kelly had the one notable sack as he took down Palmer early in the practice, according to Damien.
At the conclusion of practice, Dennis Allen and the entire Raiders’ team greeted the fans and signed autographs for them, according to Corkran. Also, during his press conference, Allen allowed a young fan who was “reporter for the day” to ask him a question.
The fans who received free tickets will once again be in attendance for tomorrow’s practice.
Raider Nation Times will continue to monitor the team’s progress throughout the entire training camp period.
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