Training camp report: Aug. 11, 2013

The Raiders returned to the practice field for the first time following their 19-17 victory over the Dallas Cowboys On Friday.

The team did not wear pads on Sunday which won’t hurt the chances of getting some of their players back off of the injured list, a list that seems to keep growing.

Added to the long list were a couple of players that saw snaps in the game against the Cowboys: wide receiver Juron Criner, linebacker Keenan Clayton and running back Latavius Murray who never dressed up for Sunday’s practice.

Running back Taiwan Jones was able to begin practice but was escorted off of the field and into the field house after sustaining an injury early on. Jones was unable to return to the practice field.

The same goes for linebacker Sio Moore who was on the field and doing drills at the beginning of camp but then was seen being taken off of the field and never returned.

Though head coach Dennis Allen doesn’t see them as “serious” injuries, he knows that players with injuries are missing precious time on the practice field that can’t be made up.

“Nothing season-threatening or anything like that,” Allen said of the injuries. “I don’t expect the guys to miss a lot of times, but we’ve got to get the guys healthy. We’ve got to get guys back out here. Those guys are missing a lot of time and they’re falling behind, the more practices they miss, especially the young guys.”

The defense wore the silver jerseys today as part of the inter-squad competition and will most likely be wearing them again tomorrow after the offense struggled to get the ball downfield. The offense was often forced to dump the ball off short as a result of good coverage deep.

Cornerback Tracy Porter was a defensive standout today, breaking on multiple routes by Denarius Moore and getting his hand in to defend the pass. During a red-zone drill, Porter timed a leap perfectly to get up and knock a pass down harmlessly to the ground in the back of the end zone in front of Matt Flynn’s intended receiver, Rod Streater.

Prior to that, Streater was able to get open in the middle of the field and haul in a nice intermediate pass from Flynn.

The offense’s biggest play of the game occurred when quarterback Terrelle Pryor threw a ball deep down the left sideline that rookie wide receiver Brice Butler hauled in the for the touchdown. Butler did a nice job adjusting on the ball to make the tough catch.

Butler continues to impress during camp after making the great touchdown catch during Friday’s game against the Cowboys, the team’s lone touchdown.

Allen attributes Butler’s success in camp to the improvement in his routes, but at the same time, he wants to make sure that his young wide receiver stays hungry to improve each day he is on the field.

“I think his route running has gotten much-improved as he’s been out here working,” Allen said of Butler’s biggest improvement.

Allen has been pleased with Butler’s development but wants to make sure that his young wide receiver stays hungry to improve each day he’s on the field.

“Listen, make no mistake, he’s been a nice surprise,” Allen said of Butler. “When you get a seventh-round draft choice like that who’s really developed, that’s nice to have. But at the same time, I don’t want him reading too much of his press clippings and start feeling too good about himself. He’s still a rookie, he’s still got a long way to go, but he’s off to a nice start.”

The Raiders return to the practice field on Monday morning, beginning at 9:20 a.m.

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