By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Sunday, August 2nd, 2009 at 12:27 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Some quick hits from Sunday morning’s practice:
– Seven down, one to go before Raiders put the pads on for the first time Monday afternoon. They’ll have a brief morning walkthrough before getting serious at 3:30 p.m.
– Quarterback Jeff Garcia has done very little in the last two days, mostly being a spectator while JaMarcus Russell, Bruce Gradkowski and Charlie Frye get all the work.
Nothing to be concerned about, coach Tom Cable said. It’s simply the way Garcia, 39, does things at this point in his career. Garcia said he was simply making sure he would be fresh for Monday.
– There were at least two more circus catches by wide receiver Chaz Schilens, who goes in to Monday’s padded practice as “Most likely to succeed” among the wideouts.
– Also some smooth work from top draft pick Darrius Heyward-Bey, who has clanked a a few in previous sessions nd trapped some passes against his body rather than get him with his hand.
During team drills, where passes weren’t thrown, Heyward-Bey found himself running a lot of snaps with the first team against Nnamdi Asomugha.
– Looks like some players are getting anxious to start hitting. Passing game coordinator Ted Tollner was dissatisfied with how the skill position were aligned in a seven-on-seven drill.
“Line up again! Solo-left-twin, let’s go again,’’ Tollner said.
As the play unfolded, Tollner said, “There’s the window right there! . . . C’mon guys, let’s wake up.’’
– On the next play, good news.
“Good Marcel (Reece), we like that matchup!’’
OK, the bad news. He was matched against second-round draft pick Mike Mitchell.
– Quarterback JaMarcus Russell twice came away from a seven-on-session workout to have his leg stretched and looked uncomfortable for a few snaps, but returned later and Cable said there were no issues with anybody.
– Undrafted rookie free agent rookie Jonathan Compas was being pushed by _ of all people _ place kicker Sebastian Janikowski.
“Let’s go (No.) 62, I’m watching you!,’’ Janikowski said.
— Chris Morris got in a lot of work with the first team at left guard in place of Robert Gallery.
— More news, notes and quotes to come later . . .