On Wednesday, the Oakland Raiders got some work in during their Organized Team Activities. Here is a breakdown of the highlights and lowlights:
After a year of inactivity where Oakland waited to place him on injured reserve as the season wound down – yet they continually placed him on the inactive list throughout the entire campaign – Nick Miller was observed working at wide receiver and battling Johnnie Lee Higgins and rookie Jacoby Ford for what will be one of the few spots at the bottom of the depth chart and special teams. Per SBReport.net journalist DeMarcus Davis, “It looks like none of his speed is missing and seems 100%.”
First rounder Rolando McClain held his own against pro linemen, looking every part the middle linebacker Oakland has needed in some time.
Newly acquired Quentin Groves demonstrated very good speed to the edge, tracking down Darren McFadden on a sweep toss.
Rookie Stevie Brown picked off quarterback Charlie Frye after Thomas Howard deflected the toss in the end zone. Frye bounced back with a touchdown pass to Michael Bush.
Chaz Schilens will be out till training camp after undergoing a procedure on his left foot. “I think we’ll take our time with that, just to be smart,” Cable said. “I don’t want to do anything to set it back. If he’s there when we go to camp – which he will be – I’ll be happy with that.” This is one of the biggest reasons why the Raiders WR unit is a major question mark. If Schilens is expected to be a top contributor, how can he be expected to perform as a starter when he misses so much crucial time for development? Schilens is not a proven commodity and one of their starters – not exactly a guy that would start for the majority of the teams around the league – but a guy that Oakland will lean on with such a raw unit. If he can stay healthy during these days of learning, why should he be expected to finally ‘break-out?’
Tom Cable made it clear today. Terrell Owens is not being looked at as a possible enhancement to the questionable wide receiver corps. “We really haven’t had any discussion about that,” Cable said to the San Francisco Chronicle. “We’ve got a good, young receiving corps; it’s never been a point of conversation.”
What about Richard Seymour? “I don’t know that at this point,” Cable said, in regard of his future participation in OTAs prior to training camp. Seymour and the Raiders have been trying to negotiate a long-term deal. Cable talked about his defensive linemen recently, stating, “He’s come in and showed this young team how you prepare, how you take notes, how you work every week, how you take care of your body, you know, all the things that are really critical to being good for a long period of time. He was fantastic with that.”
Walter McFadden displayed his speed and shiftiness, covering Darrius Heyward-Bey when lined up against last year’s first round draft choice.
Contact Author: Victor Cotto – SB Report Columnist