Oakland Raiders Training Camp: News and Notes from Day 6
Stuart Kovacs – Aug 5, 2012
On Sunday, the Oakland Raiders participated in their sixth day of training camp practice. Here are some news and notes from various reporters of the team.
For the third and final day, fans who received free tickets to the team’s training camp practices were in attendance.
It is also important to note that replacement officials presided over Raiders’ practice today, according to Steve Corkran’s Twitter page.
The team hoped that the use of whistles and penalty flags would both help the team get into a game-like atmosphere as well as cut down on penalties.
Before the practice, the team announced that they have waived defensive tackle Travis Ivey.
Ivey didn’t practice once during the training camp period after failing to pass his conditioning test.
The Raiders hoped that Ivey would be able to play some nose tackle in the 3-4 defense that the team is trying to incorporate.
Rookie Christo Bilukidi took Ivey’s place as the 3-4 nose tackle during Sunday’s session.
On the injury front, wide receiver Denarius Moore was held out of practice, according to Corkran. The second-year player had his helmet on but did not participate due to a hamstring injury that he suffered during the team’s mandatory mini-camps last month.
Punter Shane Lechler (knee), linebacker Aaron Curry (knee), cornerback Ron Bartell (hamstring), and wide receiver Eddie McGee (hamstring) all missed practice once again, according to Levi Damien’s Twitter page.
However, Bartell was in attendance and returned to the practice field Sunday after passing his physical, the team announced.
He will be able to practice on Wednesday after having to sit through a three-day acclimation period, according to Corkran.
During the practice, defensive lineman Richard Seymour tweaked his knee, according to Allen. However, he doesn't expect the injury to be serious.
Also, running back Taiwan Jones suffered a slight hamstring injury. The severity of that injury is not yet known.
During Sunday’s practice, there were a lot more pass-rushing drills than usual. This included offensive lineman, tight ends, and running backs, going up against defensive linemen and linebackers.
Many of the team’s linebackers stood out during Sunday’s session. Second-string linebacker Travis Goethel had several eye opening plays, according to Corkran.
Early on, Goethel knocked running back Taiwan Jones to the ground during a pass-rush drill. Later on, he blew up a play and tackled running back Mike Goodson in the backfield.
Starting linebacker Rolando McClain continued to impress, Corkran observed. The former University of Alabama star got around running back Darren McFadden with ease during a pass-rush drill. He would later on have a nice run stop on Jones.
Outside linebacker Phillip Wheeler, who is in his first year with the team, finally stood out, according to Corkran. The former Indianapolis Colt recorded a sack after evading tight end Richard Gordon who was attempting to block him. He later flattened Jones in the open field.
Near the end of practice, Wheeler intercepted a Matt Leinart pass that was intended for tight end Brandon Myers.
Although he is injured, linebacker Aaron Curry made a contribution to practice. According to Vic Tafur’s Twitter page Curry was on the field coaching his fellow linebackers during the 11 vs. 11 drills.
Along the defensive line, rookie Jack Crawford once again made an impact. After his 3-sack performance on Wednesday, Crawford sacked Leinart late in practice, according to Damien.
On the other side of the ball, a few players stood out in terms of their blocking and receiving performances.
According to Tafur, running back Mike Goodson held his own during blocking drills.
He went up against many players that are bigger than him and did a respectable job protecting the quarterback. He also showed his skills as a receiver out of the backfield when he caught a ball over defensive lineman David Tollefson for a big gain.
On the offensive line, Mike Brisiel and Khalif Barnes stood out, according to Damien.
Brisiel sent defensive lineman Lamarr Houston to the ground on one play. Barnes had a solid day as he prevented linebacker Kaelin Burnett from getting to the quarterback.
Tight end Richard Gordon, who is recovering from both hip and leg injuries, also did a nice job blocking. According to Corkran, he had two impressive blocks early on in practice during pass-rush drills.
Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey continued the strong training camp he has had thus far. Corkran observed him making play after play.
Fellow wide receiver Jacoby Ford made some impressive catches.
Early on, Corkran observed the former Clemson Tiger making a fingertip catch near the fans in attendance. He later made a leaping catch in front of cornerback Shawntae Spencer which he took for a touchdown.
At the quarterback position, Terrelle Pryor had another up and down practice.
Towards the end of the session, during a two-minute drill, the former Ohio State Buckeye had some wonderful plays as well as disastrous ones.
According to Tafur, he made a nice 25-yard pass to wide receiver Rod Streater and then a 15-yard pass to tight end Kyle Efaw. However, he would then have a sequence of a near interception by safety Aaron Henry, a ball thrown at the feet of Streater, a sack by Bilukidi, and an interception by Nathan Stupar to end the practice.
It will undoubtedly be a long process for Pryor, who lost both his father and mentor within the past two weeks, to be an NFL starting quarterback. He shows glimpses of both greatness as well as moments of weakness.
On special teams, rookie punter Marquette King put a show on for the fans, according to Corkran. He had many punts that moved around a lot which made it hard for the returners for handle.
With Shane Lechler entrenched as the team’s starting punter, it is likely King will have to begin his career elsewhere.
Kicker Sebastian Janikowski also put a show on for the fans as he nailed a 61-yard field goal with ease, Corkran observed.
The team once again signed autographs for its fans at the conclusion of practice. Raiders’ owner Mark Davis said that having the fans in attendance was a huge success.
Raider Nation Times will continue to monitor the team’s progress throughout the entire training camp period.
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