Training camp, Day 2 (A.M. practice)


News and notes from the Raiders’ second day of training camp as relayed by Medianews Regional reporter Steve Corkran:

— Tight end Zach Miller returned to Napa Friday night, signed his contract and was on the field Saturday morning. He got in some work with the first team.

“He was up untill about midnight working with coach (Kelly) Skipper to make sure we could catch him up for this morning’s practice. No updates on JaMarcus (Russell). He’s still not here. Still making movement on his contract but obviously not there yet.”

— The first day in full pads featured RB LaMont Jordan as the recipient of two big hits _ one courtesy of Donovin Darius in a 7-on-7 drill and another by Kirk Morrison in a one-on-one blocking drill in which linebackers get a five-yard head start.

“We got ourselves a hitter, I know that much. He about knocked LaMont out of practice,” Kiffin said of Darius.

— The defense dominated the early portion of practice, with the offense later finding a rhythm and some moderate success.

“This is real football now and they responded,” Kiffin said. “If you noticed there were a lot of one-on-one drills, full speed, live contact drills, running back-linebackers, tight ends-safeties. That was for a purpose. We need to find out who these players are and find out what we have on our team. Then we’ll have to go from there.

— DT Warren Sapp scolded Sam Williams for blowing an assignment. Sapp stormed across the line of scrimmage after the play, said “You can’t tell me a thing if you don’t know the (bleeping) calls” and then slammed his helmet to the ground and stomped away.

Williams sought out Sapp across the field, on the sideline, and Sapp used the time to show him hands-on what he was talking about. They seemed to reach some kind of accord, with Sapp patting him on the helmet.

Sapp later pushed rookie tackle Mario Henderson for getting in his way when Sapp was engaged with Gallery in a one-on-one pass-rush drill.

— Wide receiver Ronald Curry made a great play on a deep pass from Josh McCown, blowing past Stanford Routt and Stuart Schweigert, adjusting to the ball’s flight and hauling in the pass for a long touchdown.

— Veteran cornerback Duane Starks made a nice interception of a McCown pass earlier in practice.

— Line coach Tom Cable was permitted to talk to the media after the morning practice and spoke of building the line back up after a difficult season. His story will be featured in Sunday’s Medianews newspapers.

— Cornerback Fabian Washington, who left Friday afternoon’s session after an unspecified “tweak,” was back at practice. Isiah Ekejiuba, carried back to the field house after practice Friday with a “body cramp” was back on the field Saturday morning.

— The portable lights were in position for Oakland’s second practice, and first at night. Kiffin wondered aloud how much of the media contingent would show up to watch.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer