According to Raiders middle linebacker Kirk Morrison, the Raiders will not only go in full pads but complete tackles in team sessions when they practice today at 3:30 p.m.
“Live contact with tackle to the ground has finally come. Its gonna be some good battles out there today at practice,” Morrison wrote on his Twitter account.
The Raiders, and most NFL teams, rarely finish tackles in padded practices since most injuries occur on the ground. They did it exactly once last year under Lane Kiffin, and it was limited to a single goal line drill during a night session. Then they immediately switched from full pads to shells for the rest of the practice.
Tackling has been an issue with the Raiders for the better part of the past six years, both at the point of attack and particularly in one-on-one situations along the back seven.
Not sure if this is an isolated situation or something which will be done occasionally during camp, something which probably will be addressed by Tom Cable following practice.
I won’t be at practice today or Saturday, tending to some issues at home, but will relay information later this evening through beat writer Steve Corkran.