Summary -- The Raiders took the field for their first practice of training camp Monday morning, in shorts and helmets, and it was a decidedly quicker tempo than in previous years of initial practices. The Raiders cannot practice in pads until Wednesday, per the CBA, but the level of competition was raised and the tempo much faster than in minicamp or OTAs this summer. The offense got the better of the defense throughout the day. Running back Darren McFadden, who missed the final nine-plus games of last season with a Lis Franc injury to his right foot, was a full go and his speed and cutting ability were on full display.
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Offensive play of the day -- Backup quarterback Matt Leinart threw a beautiful bomb down the right sideline that dropped in just over Rod Streater's shoulder, beating Brandon Underwood and Terrail Lambert for a 50-yard gain. Yes, it was among backups, but it sure was pretty.Defensive play of the day -- The final play of practice, when sixth-round draft choice defensive tackle Christo Bilukidi sniffed out a screen pass, picked off Terrelle Pryor and ran it to the house for a touchdown. Yes, it was among third-stringers, but it sure was pretty.Injury report -- Four players did not take part in practice due to injury -- punter Shane Lechler (knee), linebacker Aaron Curry (knee), cornerback Ron Bartell (hamstring) and nose tackle Travis Ivey (conditioning). In fact, Curry was placed on the PUP list with his injury.Notable -- -- Jacoby Ford appeared to suffer a serious knee injury when he went down in a heap while cutting on a run and grabbing at his left knee. He stayed down for a while and walked off the field under his own power with a trainer. But Ford returned shortly thereafter and began fielding punts, alongside Denarius Moore, and finished practice.Quotable -- -- "We don't execute, it's going to be the same as last year." -- defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, on the Raiders' run defense.Eye on reps -- With Curry and Bartell out, rookie Miles Burris and second-year player DeMarcus Van Dyke practiced in their spots with the first-team defense at weakside linebacker and cornerback, respectively. Also, rookie Marquette King took Lechler's reps at punter.RELATED: Raiders Camp Battle: Van Dyke vs. Spencer
Extra work -- Stefen Wisniewski, who did not practice at all during the offseason programs as he was recovering from shoulder surgery, was at center with the first-team offense.Coaching moment -- Dennis Allen ran his first training camp practice and looked at ease doing it, even as general manager Reggie McKenzie and owner Mark Davis were onlookers. Allen said he was looking for positive mindsets and body language and came away impressed. "Emotionally, it was fine," Allen said of his first camp practice as a head coach. "Personally it went fine. I look at it as another day of practice. Just like anybody else, our job as coaches is to get a little bit better every day, and that's the way we approach every day. And I didn't approach this day any differently."Next practice -- The Raiders hit the field again Tuesday at 2:20 p.m.