Raiders training camp notebook (7/31/08)

 

  • JaMarcus Russell participated during all workouts today. The coaches limited him to short passes as a precaution. Otherwise, he looked like he was in no discomfort. Russell did throw one ball 50 yards. Russell humbly admitted that he only used his wrist in making the throw. WOW!
  • Head coach Lane Kiffin answered questions about the performance of offensive tackle Mario Henderson and for all practical purposes, threw him under the bus. When asked if there was a specific element; pass blocking, run blocking or anything specific component where there is a limitation or is it the whole package, Kiffin responded by saying, “No, it’s everything right now…unfortunately.”
  • Defensive tackle Gerard Warren was out due to his thigh. Kiffin doesn’t think that it is the same thigh injury he sustained last season. “We think it’s a day-to-day issue,” according to Kiffin.
  • The team used converted tight end Fred Wakefield and Seth Ward over at right tackle once again today and had Mario Henderson on the left side. Wakefield and Ward both performed better than Henderson today which is likely another reason why Kiffin responded the way he did in the above comment. 
  • Kwame Harris was flagged with a false start.
  • Rookie Arman Shields returned to the practice field and looked sharp.
  • Wide receiver Chaz Schilens also returned to the practice field and performed well.
  • Wide receiver Todd Watkins continued his stellar play with great catches.
  • On the other hand,  Jonathan Holland continues to drop passes. Albeit one was a low ball, but the rest were catchable.
  • Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha made a brilliant interception on a JaMarcus Russell pass. Asomugha broke back on the ball hard and picked it clean at full speed.
  • DeAngelo Hall was briefly sidelined with a hand injury. According to Kiffin, Hall’s hand was “bothering him.” Hall would later be seen after practice with an ice wrap on the injured area. 

 

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Author: DeMarcus Davis

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