Oakland Raiders Training Camp: News and Notes from Day 7
Stuart Kovacs – Aug 6, 2012
On Monday morning, the Oakland Raiders participated in their seventh day of training camp practice. Here are some news and notes from various reporters of the team.
For the second consecutive day, replacement officials presided over Raiders’ practice. They are taking over for the regular officials who are currently in the middle of a contract dispute with the league.
In addition to the replacement officials, former Raiders’ linebacker Sam Williams was also in attendance, according to Vic Tafur’s Twitter page. Williams, who spent eight years with the Silver and Black, works for the team in many capacities including helping out in the community.
On the injury front, defensive tackle Richard Seymour and running back Taiwan Jones were added to the list of players who did not participate due to injury, according to Steve Corkran’s Twitter page.
Seymour (knee) and Jones (hamstring) sustained the injuries during Sunday’s practice. Ironically enough, the injuries for the two players were the same ones that hampered them during the 2011 season.
Neither injury seems to be too serious but they are significant enough to keep them out of practice.
Punter Shane Lechler (knee), linebacker Aaron Curry (knee), wide receiver Denarius Moore (hamstring) and wide receiver Eddie McGee (hamstring) all missed practice once again, according to Corkran.
Lechler is expected to return to practice “within a week or so,” according to head coach Dennis Allen.
On a positive note, cornerback Ron Bartell was back at practice and participated in some of the team’s drills, according to Corkran. However, he is unable to fully participate in full-contact practice until Wednesday.
During the practice, defensive lineman Matt Shaughnessy left the field with an ankle bruise, according to Paul Gutierrez’s Twitter page. Allen says that the severity of his injury is not yet known.
During Monday’s practice, it appeared that the defense got the better of the offense throughout most of the session.
It all began with the defensive backs’ ability to both make plays on the ball as well as create pressure.
Cornerback Ron Bartell practiced more than expected, according to Corkran. He made an impact when he broke up a pass that was headed towards wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey.
Fellow starting cornerback Shawntae Spencer, who has struggled throughout most of training camp, made some positive plays, according to Levi Damien’s Twitter page.
Early on in the session, he defended a Carson Palmer pass that was intended for Jacoby Ford. He would later almost get an interception after the same two players had a miscommunication.
Safety Matt Giordano recorded a diving interception after fellow safety Michael Huff deflected the pass, Corkran observed. The pass was intended for wide receiver Rod Streater.
Other safeties Tyvon Branch, Mike Mitchell, and Chaz Powell also made huge plays.
Branch forced Palmer to throw the ball behind tight end David Ausberry after pressuring him with a blitz, according to Damien.
Mitchell also got to the quarterback on a blitz. Damien observed that the offensive line and running backs were not doing a good job in picking up blitzes.
Powell made his impact when he stripped the football from the ball carrier and returned it for a touchdown, according to Corkran.
Also on defense, linebacker Phillip Wheeler had another good day in terms of making plays. According to Damien, Wheeler had an impressive diving pass deflection that was intended for Streater.
Along the defensive line, the team tried its best to make up for Seymour’s absence. According to Corkran, Desmond Bryant received Seymour’s first-team reps.
Rookie defensive tackle Christo Bilukidi made his way into the backfield at one point to tackle running back Lonyae Miller for a loss. Jack Crawford also made an impact by sniffing out a screen pass and making the play in the backfield.
As for the offense, quarterback Terrelle Pryor had a nice bounce back performance, according to Corkran. He made many throws that he wasn’t able to make in the previous sessions.
At one moment, he did a good job reading the blitz and making the play, Corkran observed. He also had a nice comeback pass to Streater as well as a roll-out to his left where he hit fullback Marcel Reece.
With the absence of Taiwan Jones, Mike Goodson made a strong case for himself as the team’s second-team running back. According to Damien, the former Carolina Panther had a nice cutback run early in practice that resulted in a long gain.
Shortly after that, he “shook” defensive lineman Hall Davis who came up with air when attempting to make the tackle, according to Gutierrez. Later on, Goodson was able to get behind linebacker Miles Burris for a long catch.
At the tight end position, Brandon Myers has separated himself from the pack. After practice, Allen said that Myers was the number one tight end on the team’s depth chart.
Corkran observed earlier that Myers was quietly putting together a very solid training camp. At one point, Myers beat linebacker Rolando McClain on a crossing route that resulted in a long gain.
With seven training camp practices in the books, the team is beginning to take shape. Allen’s declaration of Myers’ spot on the depth chart is the first of many we will see throughout this period.
Raider Nation Times will continue to monitor the team’s progress throughout the entire training camp period.
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