Aug. 9, 2011GUTIERREZ ARCHIVE
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CSNCalifornia.comPractice No. 11Summary: It's obvious the Raiders are weary of hitting each other and gearing up for, well, fresh meat in the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday in each teams' exhibition opener. And as an added bonus, Oakland put out its first "unofficial" depth chart of the season. No real surprises on the defensive side of the ball, other than perhaps Quentin Groves over Travis Goethel at weak-side linebacker. Offensively, though, Darrius Heyward-Bey, who just started practicing in team drills Monday, and Jacoby Ford, who is out with a broken left hand, were the top two receivers, over a healthy Chaz Schilens. Not much in terms of hits, though Kevin Brock extending for Trent Edwards' bullet of a pass in the back of the end zone to beat Michael Huff was a highlight.Injury report: Receiverpunt returner Nick Miller, who was rocking a "Los Angeles" Raiders cap, joined the list of walking wounded on Tuesday as 16 players sat out practice with various "nicks," including receivers Jacoby Ford (broken left hand), Louis Murphy and Eddie McGee, fullback James McCluskey, tailbacks Taiwan Jones(hamstring) and Darren McFadden(fractured eye socket), offensive linemen Cody Habben, Bruce Campbell(knee), Lou Eliades and Alan Pelc, linebacker Bruce Davis, defensive backs Chimdi Chekwa (shoulder), Mike Mitchell and Joe Porter and defensive lineman Trevor Scott (knee).Offensive play of the day: Now he's down to just one highlight play per day. At least he's spreading them out, though, right? Rookie receiver Denarius Moore, running a fade to the left corner of the end zone from 10 yards out, pulled in an over-the-shoulder lob from Jason Campbell, beating undrafted rookie cornerback Sterling Moore for the touchdown. Some might call that Moore-on-Moore crime.Defensive play of the day: The short-yardage defense was on the field in a short-yardage situation. So when massive defensive tackle John Henderson stuffed Louis Rankin for no gain, he got loud. Real loud. "What you say, two?" Henderson yelled, obviously to the No. 2 offense. "What you say?" And for good measure, Henderson flexed.Personnel report: When the Raiders went into an obvious run defense, they loaded up the line of scrimmage with a heavier hitter, so to speak. Strong safety Tyvon Branch moved to cornerback, replacing Chris Johnson, and Stevie Brown came in for Branch at strong safety. So for those keeping score, the corners were Branch and Stanford Routt and the safeties were Brown and Michael Huff.Coaching moment: With the defensive backs working on a spinning, twisting and turning drill that ended with a ball flying at their facemasks, in hopes of them catching said ball, second-year cornerback Walter McFadden got discombobulated. "I got dizzy; I gotta do it again," he said. "Yes," answered safeties coach Kevin Ross, "yes you do."Notable: The Raiders placed undrafted rookie free agent receiver Derrick Jones on the waivedinjured list Tuesday. The California (PA) product blew out an Achilles' tendon last week and is one of 10 such injuries plaguing NFL camps this summer. Also, the Raiders officially put guard Justin Smiley on the ReserveRetired list.Quotable: "If I tell you, I got to kill you." - Raiders defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan, when asked why he was simply referred to as a "defensive coach" and not the "defensive coordinator" when he was first hired this time around by Oakland. He was joking. We think.Next practice: Wednesday, 11:30 a.m.
Aug. 9, 2011GUTIERREZ ARCHIVE