Some quick hits following Wednesday’s organized team activity session on what turned out to be a Twitter-free day, with more to come later:
– The biggest news Wednesday was the return to the field of wide receiver Chaz Schilens, who originally wasn’t expected back until training camp following postseason surgery on his left foot.
Schilens looked a little rusty but caught a few passes and was involved in most of the drills and some of the team sessions. Schilens didn’t go into specifics other than to say his foot was “fixed,” an indication he wasn’t playing at anywhere near full sterngth following his return last season.
Coach Tom Cable said Schilens showed enough during rehab during the last OTA that this week was considered a possibility after the week off.
– With cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha and Chris Johnson among the absentees and Stanford Routt experiencing some muscle tightness, draft picks Walter McFadden and Jeremy Ware took turns getting abused by an Oakland passing offense that continues to make strides and looks light years ahead of anything we’ve seen since 2006.
Darrius Heyward-Bey, who had a coming out party of sorts in the previous OTA, built on that effort Wednesday. He had only one catch he appeared to fight (he caught it anyway) and otherwise did what a first-round talent is supposed to do in no-contact drills _ have his way with the defense.
– As Cable concluded his post practice press briefing, quarterback Bruce Gradkkowski was working on drop backs and making some light throws from about 20 to 25 yards with members of the athletic training staff.
– Among those who were not present at practice were defensive lineman Richard Seymour, Asomugha, Johnson, linebackers Sam Williams and Isaiah Ekejiuba and offensive tackles Tommy Kelly and William Joseph.
Signed to the roster were a pair of offensive linemen _ tackles Allen Smith and Elliott Vallejo. Smith is an undrafted rookie out of Stanford, Vallejo, from U.C. Davis, has spent time on the Raiders practice squad.
– Gave up trying to send Twitter updates after several unsuccessful attempts and instead concentrated on watching practice . . .
More to come . . .