By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, August 12th, 2013 at 1:35 pm in Oakland Raiders.
And on the 13th practice, Charles Woodson rested. Woodson, who vowed to be a regular practice participant and that coaches would have to pull him off the field, did not participate for the first time.
Coach Dennis Allen said after practice Woodson was being rested.
– A strong punting day for Marquette King, who out-kicked Chris Kluwe with a 50-yard punt to 36-yarder for Kluwe against Dallas. The Raiders punted only twice in the game.
– As promised, coach Dennis Allen began to work snappers other than Jon Condo into the special teams mix. Stefen Wisniewski rolled one to King in the end zone but was otherwise solid. Josh Cribbs took a break from his job as the personal protector on the punt team to get in a long snap.
– Minimal participation for rookie fourth-round pick Tyler Wilson, who did manage to get into a team session for one play and zipped a completion to wide receiver Connor Vernon.
– The Raiders have yet to see the defensive line they expect to start play together during training camp. Still out are Pat Sims, Vance Walker and Lamarr Houston. That leaves Christo Bilikidi and rookie Stacy McGee starting inside and veteran Andre Carter on the outside along with Jason Hunter.
– Running back Latavius Murray missed his second straight practice and his chances of unseating Rashad Jennings appear slim at this point.
– With Mike Brisiel missing his second straight day at right guard, veteran Andre Gurode again played that position alongside right tackle Khalif Barnes.
Others who missed practice included guard Lucas Nix, cornerback Taiwan Jones, tackle Menelik Watson, wide receiver Jacoby Ford, linebacker Miles Burris, linebacker Keenan Clayton, defensive lineman Brandon Bair, wide receiver Juron Criner, linebacker Billy Boyko and linebacker Kaluka Maiava.
– Free safety Reggie Smith had an interception during a 7-on-7 drill when a Terrelle Pryor pass bounced off the hands of tight end Brian Leonhardt.
– Quarterback Matt Flynn continues to show a knack for getting out of trouble then hitting receivers with short throws on the run, with running backs most often his targets.
– Tight end Jeron Mastrud was getting work with the first team offense in some packages. Mastrud played in Miami when Tony Sparano was the head coach and went through training camp in Tampa with Greg Olson as offensive coordinator. Allen said Mastrud’s strength is as an in-line blocker, making him a potential complement to rookie Mychal Rivera.