By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Thursday, July 30th, 2009 at 1:28 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Some news and notes from the Raiders first training camp practice:
–It was a good day to have technical difficulties. Couldn’t get a signal for a blog or twitter updates for most of the morning, but no matter.
There was not much of note from the Raiders first practice, which drew rave reviews from Tom Cable and his players but wasn’t much to watch.
In Cable’s “learning intensive’’ practices, there is little to watch after the snap of the ball. The whistle blows quickly _ before the quarterback throws the ball on pass plays _ and all that matters is footwork and alignment.
Cable and a handful of players consider it a valuable use of time leading into Monday’s padded practice. We’ll take them at their word.
– Javon Walker opened camp on the active Physically Unable to Perform list. Cable said there is no timetable and that he’ll be evaluated in two or three days.
Walker seemed to think differently.
“Probably about two or three weeks,’’ Walker said. “That’s the time frame they have.’’
– Russell named four receivers as having attended his off-the-radar passing camp in Alabama _ Todd Watkins, Louis Murphy, Will Franklin and Jonathan Holland.
– No official announcement by the Raiders regarding the signing of top pick Darrius Heyward-Bey. Cable said he understood progress has been made. Wouldn’t be surprised if Heyward-Bey was at today’s second practice.
– It hasn’t been learning intensive for quarterback Andrew Walter. He didn’t get a single snap during a team session that I saw, although I suppose it’s possible one happened while I was trying to get a phone signal. Much of the time he wasn’t even wearing a helmet.
If Heyward-Bey is at the second practice, Walter may be the one to make room.
– Right tackle Cornell Green got in a minor skirmish during the three-quarter speed session with rookie end Matt Shaughnessy, then threatened him after they were separated. On the next play, Shaughnessy jumped offsides and gave Green a playful tap on the helmet.
– By at least one count, Tommy Kelly jumped offsides on three separate snaps.
– Ah, the life of the kickers. Sebastian Janikowski headed for the field house by 10:15 a.m. Shane Lechler took some deep snaps during a punting drill, but never kicked the ball _ the JUGS machine did it for him.
– Linebacker Ricky Brown got work at both strong side linebacker and middle linebacker with the first team.
The depth charts looked a lot like they did in the offseason, but Cable said to pay them no mind. Pecking orders at various positions won’t begin to be established until Monday.
– Gallery said he wasn’t sure exactly how long he would be out. His designation was on the reserve non-football illness/injury list, also called PUP/illness. He can be activiated at any time, just as Walker can.
– Oren O’Neal participated in the morning session and is likely to sit out in the second practice, which begins at 4:20 p.m.
– They’re not going to say it on the record, but some of Derrick Burgess teammates are perplexed by his now-show tactic.
He’ll be out a lot of money in fines, isn’t helping his trade value any and public issues with Al Davis over money seldom end well.