Oakland Raiders Training Camp: News and Notes from Day 9
Stuart Kovacs – Aug 8, 2012
Oakland Raiders Training Camp: News and Notes from Day 9
On Wednesday morning, the Oakland Raiders participated in their ninth day of training camp practice. Here are some news and notes from various reporters of the team.
After six consecutive days of practicing in pads, the team took a bit of a break today as they practiced in just shorts and shells, according to Vic Tafur’s Twitter page. Quarterback Carson Palmer was reportedly dreading having a seventh straight day of practicing in pads.
Head coach Dennis Allen said after practice that he wanted to reward the team for “giving their all” at the practices thus far. He had originally planned for today’s practice to be in full pads.
According to Levi Damien’s Twitter page, the practice took place at a full speed pace. The only difference was that there was no contact allowed.
On the injury front, running back Mike Goodson did not participate in practice and was not in attendance after the scary neck injury he sustained during Tuesday’s session, according to Tafur.
After practice, Allen reiterated that Goodson was doing just fine. He just needed the rest as his neck was still sore.
Kicker Sebastian Janikowski also did not practice on Wednesday. According to Paul Gutierrez’s Twitter page, he was not in attendance due to being under the weather.
Defensive lineman Jack Crawford also did not practice, according to Steve Corkran’s Twitter page. The rookie injured his foot during Tuesday’s session.
Defensive lineman Richard Seymour (knee), running back Taiwan Jones (hamstring), 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.
However, Jones, Moore, and McGee, all did light jogging on the side of the field as they are all trying to return from their hamstring injuries as soon as possible.
During the practice wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey suffered a slight injury scare, according to Corkran. The first-round selection in the 2009 NFL Draft was shaken up after coming down hard after going up for a deep pass.
Heyward-Bey was down for a minute or so but soon got up and received help from the trainer. After being looked at, he was just fine and returned to action.
Linebacker Phillip Wheeler had a really nice practice after obviously going through a tough ordeal on Tuesday.
According to Corkran, he intercepted a Carson Palmer pass that was heading towards tight end Brandon Myers and returned it for a touchdown. The former Indianapolis Colt also had tight coverage on a play where he broke up a Palmer pass that was intended for fullback Marcel Reece.
Also on defense, cornerbacks Ron Bartell, Shawntae Spencer, and DeMarcus Van Dyke had relatively good practices.
Bartell, who was eligible to practice in pads for the first time this training camp, had notable plays against both the pass and run.
According to Tafur, Bartell looked to be moving well in coverage and is definitely ready to practice in pads.
Damien observed an instance where the former St. Louis Rams’ cornerback stopped Darren McFadden at the line of scrimmage when the running back tried to run outside.
Spencer, who Corkran believes has a chance to be cut from the team before the season begins, stayed stride for stride with wide receiver Jacoby Ford on one play.
Van Dyke had two nice pass deflections on deep passes that were headed his way, according to Damien.
On offense, tight end Richard Gordon had a very good day, according to Damien. The former Miami Hurricane caught a pass on a crossing route from Matt Leinart early in the session.
Later on, he made a nice adjustment on a pass from Carson Palmer that was thrown behind him. He caught it and wound up with a nice gain on the play.
Backup quarterback Matt Leinart had an impressive day. Damien observed the former Heisman Trophy winner having a series of completed passes to Thomas Mayo, Brandon Carswell, and Rashawn Jackson before just overthrowing Tory Humphrey.
He also had a nice pass down the left sideline to Juron Criner after the wide receiver got behind Van Dyke.
In addition to his passing ability, Leinart also impressed when he completed a pass to Ausberry after rolling out to his left. Tafur observed that the quarterback has shown good mobility in training camp thus far.
Third-string quarterback Terrelle Pryor once again had an up and down practice. According to Corkran, he sold a fake pitch to the defense, rolled outside of the pocket, and made a nice throw into coverage. However, he would go on to make a weak throw to Derek Carrier that was incomplete.
Tafur observed that Pryor can both make all of the throws as well as miss all of them.
Starting quarterback Carson Palmer looked pretty sharp other than the interception he threw to Wheeler.
According to Damien, Palmer had a nice throw early in the session to Ford on a post route. He later made a great pass to Brandon Myers who got behind safety Michael Huff.
Fullbacks Marcel Reece and Rashawn Jackson got a lot of playing time at running back with the absences of Goodson and Jones, according to Damien. Jackson, however, fumbled a handoff early in the session which is not good for somebody who is not guaranteed a roster spot.
Running back Lonyae Miller also received additional reps due to the injuries at the position. Damien observed him having a very nice cutback run for a sizeable gain.
After practice, Allen said that Miller was likely to receive a heavy amount of reps during the team’s first preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday.
After six consecutive practices in pads, it was evident that the team needed a bit of a break. Wednesday’s practice without pads and Thursday’s day off will likely give the Raiders the rest they need.
The team resumes practice on Friday at 2:20 PM PST.
Raider Nation Times will continue to monitor the team’s progress throughout the entire training camp period.
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