By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, May 25th, 2011 at 11:42 am in Oakland Raiders.
Notes and quotes as relayed by correspondent Ben Beitzel of the Gwinnett Daily Post at a passing camp attended by Raiders’ players in the Atlanta area:
– No sign of wide receiver Chaz Schilens, but Javon Walker was running patterns against a Raiders defense in a series of 7-on-7 drills.
Rest easy. Walker isn’t being brought back. Walker was among 30 professional players brought in by Florida-based trainer Tom Shaw for a 40-minute session working with the Raiders. Other non-Raiders included Ike Taylor, James Farrior, Ben-Jarvis Green-Ellis and Santonio Holmes.
Beitzel reports Raiders units were sharper than those from Shaw’s group on both sides of the ball and the most vocal defenders were Groves and Kamerion Wimbley.
– A hand count of Wednesday’s attendees numbered 32. Among those who weren’t seen included Schilens, defensive end Trevor Scott (out following ACL surgery last year) and cornerback Stanford Routt. Players who weren’t there Tuesday but attended Wednesday included defensive end Lemarr Houston, defensive tackle Desmond Bryant and linebacker Quentin Groves.
Rookie lineman Joe Barksdale was not with the team, but fourth-round pick Chimdi Chekwa was on the field.
Two players who were not in attendance after being there Tuesday were linebacker Rolando McClain and offensive guard/tackle Bruce Campbell.
– Rookie center Stefan Wisniewski is getting a head start. Incumbent center Samson Satele, like the other Raiders players not under contract, is not in Atlanta. Satele has a pending second-round tender that may or may not be applicable when the lockout ends.
“Some of the older guys got in contact with me,” Wisniewski said. “Obviously, we can’t talk to any coaches. They told me about the camp and I thought it would be a good idea to come down and start working with my teammates. It’s been great so far. We are working hard down here with the team and learning a lot.”
Wisniewski’s uncle, Steve Wisniewski, remains off-limits, according to Stefen.
Daniel Loper, the presumptive starter at left guard assuming Robert Gallery departs, was good-naturedly giving the rookie a hard time during his interview.
Wisniewski recognized “a slight risk of injury, but we aren’t going super hard. We are trying not to hurt each other out here. We are just out here working. Gus are smart about that . . . we are not under contract yet, so we are not covered by our team so it’s definitely a little bit risky.”
– Quarterback Jason Campbell was pleased with the 7-on-7 work.
“The main thing for us is just installing,” Campbell said. “You are trying to get the guys to hear it as much as possible before we leave this week so when the lockout ends it won’t take guys so long to catch on.”
As for the playbook volume, Campbell said, “We are running pretty much all our plays, trying to install them. For the guys hearing it for the first time, it’s a different language. They’re just trying to get used to it.”
– Running back Taiwan Jones, who had a metatarsal fracture and surgery late in his college season, continues to heal. He said he was more than 90 percent healed at the time of the draft (which didn’t prevent him from running a sub-4.3 40-yard dash time at his Pro Day).
“I’ve been taking some time to let my foot heal,” Jones said. “I am trying to get back in shape, but at the same time I’m getting a chance to meet the players and learn as much as I can from them.”
Jones said he is joining huddles to listen to play calls to speed up the learning process.
“Everyone’s been welcoming,” Jones said. “It’s been a good environment.”
– Although the Atlanta Falcons have been using the same Buford High football field following the Raiders, there are no plans for the two teams to work out together.
– Here’s a link to a photo of the Raiders running a play, courtesy of Rock Cartwright’s Twitter account.
– Media availability at the passing camp was scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday only.