By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Friday, July 31st, 2009 at 12:38 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Some quick hits from Day 2 of “learning intensive’’ practices:
Q: Is there any update on Derrick Burgess, coach?
Tom Cable: No.
And that’s your official Raiders statement on Burgess, who has missed voluntary workouts for the last few years but has expanded his repetoire.
– Few plays run to completion, even during seven-on-seven drills, which made it more than a little comical when defensive coordinator John Marshall said, “It’s about time for a pick.’’
If the Raiders did manage a pick when quarterbacks were not throwing the ball, now that would have been a story.
– One of the first drills, one that last a good 10 minutes, was positioning for “run fits,’’ or where defenders “fit’’ into gaps to stop the opposition from running.
– Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey got past Stanford Routt during a drill, he drew the praise of Willie Brown, “He’s so fast and quick, got a nice release . . . we’ve got something for you next week, though.’’
Brown didn’t have to wait a week. Routt slowed Heyward-Bey with an initial shove. “Nice hands,’’ Brown said.
Replied Routt: “Gotta slow him down.’’
– Speaking of Routt, Cable said he’s in a competition with Chris Johnson to start at corner opposite Asomugha, and the reps would seem to bear that out.
Johnson said the job is his. More on that later . . .
– Cable didn’t want to delve into specifics, so we won’t here, either, but Trevor Scott is doing more than putting his hand down and rushing a defensive end. More on that later . . .
– Kirk Morrison and Thomas Howard have started 32 games alongside each other, but aren’t always on the same page.
“Under, under, under, under!,’’ barked linebackers coach Mike Haluchak with regard to a coverage. “You’ve got to communicate!’’
– Visual evidence (seeing Terdell Sands leave the field house in a tank top and shorts) suggests the defensive tackle is in the best shape he has been since joining the Raiders.
– Recently-waived quarterback Danny Southwick is still around, but not in uniform. He holds a clipboard much of the time, but for a short period of time he was throwing passes to Chaz Schilens and Heyward-Bey. He classified himself as an “intern.’’
– It’s a year to the day since Javon Walker told Al Davis he was considering retirement, after which Lane Kiffin openly questioned his desire. None of that this year. Walker can hardly wait to take the field, although that could be two weeks away.
“When they let me loose, it’s on after that,’’ Walker said.
Walker had plenty else to say about what he hopes is a miraculous comeback season.
More on that later . . .
– Defensive end Jay Richardson has not been getting snaps with the first team, and often not with the second team either.
– Here’s your training camp definition of TMI , or Too Much Information for those of you who are acronym challenged. Tommy Kelly jogged off the field briefly, only to return a short time later.
He went to the restroom, Cable reported.
Not sure if he really had to go, or if it was a false start. He made his fourth false start in two days.
– Five more “learning intensive’’ practices to go before the hitting begins.
“I looked over at you guys and wondered why you’re even out here,’’ one player said.