Oakland Raiders Training Camp: News and Notes from Day 18
Stuart Kovacs – Aug 23, 2012
On Thursday morning, the Oakland Raiders participated in their eighteenth and final day of training camp practice. Here are some news and notes as well as what head coach Dennis Allen had to say afterwards.
Thursday marks the last day that the Raiders will be practicing in Napa. After their game against the Detroit Lions on Saturday, they will practice in Alameda for the remainder of the offseason.
On Thursday, the media was once again limited to only viewing the first 30 minutes of practice as well as interviews afterwards.
On the injury front, tight end Tory Humphrey missed practice with a minor hamstring injury, according to coach Allen.
Humphrey had his hamstring worked on by trainers several times during Wednesday’s session, according to Steve Corkran’s Twitter page.
Defensive lineman Richard Seymour (day off), wide receiver Jacoby Ford (left foot),linebacker Aaron Curry (knees), wide receiver Denarius Moore (hamstring), quarterback Matt Leinart (cut on right index finger), tight end Richard Gordon (ribs), defensive lineman Jamie Cumbie (foot), offensive lineman Ed Wang (shoulder), offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski (calf), fullback Rashawn Jackson (hip), and offensive lineman Zach Hurd (head) all missed practice once again with injuries, according to Paul Gutierrez’s Twitter page.
Seymour received the day off for the fourth consecutive practice. According to Vic Tafur’s Twitter page, the former Georgia Bulldog is taking it easy on his sore knees.
After practice, Allen said that in addition to Gordon and Humphrey, Seymour is a game tie decision for Saturday’s game.
“The plan is for him to play. But again, he’ll be like those other couple of guys, he’ll be a game-time decision.”
Ford, who sprained his left foot during Friday’s game, was still in a walking boot, according to Gutierrez.
Allen said that the wide receiver is still on track as the team hopes to remove the walking boot shortly before reevaluating him.
“There’s been no change. It’s the same as what we’ve said before. We’re hopeful that we can get him out of a boot pretty soon and see where he’s at.”
Gutierrez observed Moore, Curry, Jackson, and Cumbie all working with trainers off to the side. The team remains hopeful that all four players will return to the field sooner rather than later.
Leinart was once again throwing off to the side, according to Tafur. This is so that the former USC Trojan would not risk further injury to his finger by fielding snaps or handing the football off.
Allen once again reiterated that the team is open to adding players when cuts are made around the league. However, he is also content with the group of players that he currently has.
“There’s a lot of factors that go into it. We’ve got our cap situation where it is, from a financial standpoint. We feel good about the players that we have. We’ll look to add to the roster as we get through probably the 75-man cut and the 53-man cut.”
With training camp coming to an end, Allen showed his approval for the team’s progress thus far. While the players still have a lot of things they need to work on, he was happy to be able to set a good foundation in his first training camp as head coach.
“I thought it was good work. I thought it was good work. I thought we got a chance to get better. Our guys worked extremely hard. We’ve still got a long way to go on a lot of things that we’ve got to continue to improve on. I thought it was a good foundation for what we’re trying to build.”
In addition to the progress that the team has made, Allen is also content with the Raiders’ training camp setup in Napa. He thinks that weather and hotel situation worked out perfectly for the Raiders this summer.
“I enjoyed it. I think we’ve got a great situation here in Napa. This is, as far as the setup, it’s the best training camp I’ve ever been a part of from that standpoint. The weather has been great. The hotel has been outstanding, so that’s been good.”
Allen was also impressed with the competition throughout the different positions. While injuries prevented some movement along the depth chart, he is confident in the team’s current starters.
“Yeah, I think there’s been good competition throughout camp at different positions. Some of it, because of an injury standpoint, a guy hasn’t moved up like you thought he would or a guy has moved up because of an injury. I think there’s been competition but the guys that are listed number one on the depth chart right now, we feel like those are the guys that give us the best chance to win.”
Allen said that as the Raiders return to Alameda, the schedule will be similar to the team’s weekly regular season routine.
“The schedule will be more like it was this week. We get a chance to get used to being back at home again. The biggest thing is that I get to go home and see my wife and kids.”
The Raiders have officially concluded their 2012 training camp in Napa. They will be back on the field at O.co Coliseum on Saturday when they host the Detroit Lions in their third preseason game.
The game will take place at 4:00 PM PST and can be seen on WXYZ Channel 7.
Raider Nation Times will continue to monitor the team’s progress as they prepare for the 2012 NFL season.
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