Team Notebook: Oakland Raiders back at work (Sunday)


  • Tony Stewart (toe) practiced. 
  • Arman Shield (knee) tried to practice, but couldn’t. 
  • John Bowie still out (knee). 
  • Hiram Eugene out (hip). 
  • Michael Huff (ankle), practiced, it bothered him, then sat out. 
  • All the quarterbacks threw well today (against the wind). 
  • Louis Rankin, Johnnie Lee Higgins, and Darren McFadden worked on returning kicks (Sunday). 
  • DeAngelo Hall practiced with a protective cast on his right hand. 
  •  Ricky Brown worked with the starting defense as expected. 
  • Javon Walker, on one play, was not paying attention during team drills against the defense, looking back at the end zone behind him (not even in a full stance) when JaMarcus Russell initiated the play. Russell had to double pump the ball, hesitating,  because Walker was not ready and looked confused. Russell eventually threw Walker the ball, but looked extremely odd. It appeared like Walker was somewhere else on that play. Other than that, he had a good practice.
  • Chaz Schilens caught a rifled pass from Marques Tuiasosopo in tight coverage.
  • Coach Lane Kiffin gave praise to WR Todd Watkins and his abilities to make plays. 
  • RB Louis Rankin unleashed a long run with a nice block from newly converted FB Marcel Reece. 
  • TE Zack Miller made a one-handed catch from  Russell with safety Tyvon Branch on his hip.
  • QB Andrew Walter threw an interception directly at Ricky Brown. The line drive pass was intended for Johnnie Lee Higgins who was 10 yards behind the coverage. It seemed that Higgins ran the wrong route. Afterwards, Higgins could be seen talking about the play to a fellow receiver.
  • WR Drew Carter made a nice deep sideline grab with the defender trailing on the play. The play was even better because the defense had blitzed and the offensive line, which picked it up beautifully. However, Carter would drop the same type of pass a couple of plays later.
  • CB Stanford Routt’s skills at defending has greatly improved by breaking up a couple of passes while staying right on the receiver’s hip (not giving him room to separate). 
  • WR Ronald Curry had an up and down workout as he would catch and drop passes throughout.
  • WR Todd Watkins went down low to haul in an Andrew Walter pass for a completion in tight coverage.
  • Kicker Aaron Elling missed a 39 yard field goal (wide right) against the wind.
  • After practice, the only two players getting more work in was Todd Watkins and Arman Shields. Watkins has been consistently putting in extra time and sweat after each practice since the last OTA’s and through training camp. This time, he was working on hand positioning with Arman and later catching line drive passes off the automatic ball machine.

Author: DeMarcus Davis

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