Summary -- There was more thumping than actual hitting and taking players down to the ground, but the pads came on Wednesday for the first time since Jan. 1 and training camp took on a more familiar feel. There were no real blow-ups, though there was a Welcome-to-the-NFL moments for a rookie and yes, there was the requisite fight, which was quickly broken up. The defense seemed to get the better of the offense for the second day in a row, even if the defensive line had trouble not jumping offsides at times.Offensive play of the day -- Catching a pass in the flat in 7-on-7 drills, Darren McFadden sped upfield and spied rookie linebacker Miles Burris. Cue Welcome-to-the-NFL moment No. 1. McFadden lowered his shoulder and ran directly through a stunned Burris. "He's a specimen," said a chagrined Burris.Defensive play of the day -- Sure, it was only against the two's and the three's, so to speak, and it wasn't one play but rather, two, but rookie defensive end Jack Crawford blew his way through the offensive line and, if they were allowed to hit the quarterback, would have had sacks on two of three snaps.Injury report -- Receiver Denarius Moore, who strained a hamstring in minicamp back in June but was a full go the first two days of camp, was held out Wednesday with lingering soreness in the hamstring. He was joined on the sidelines by tight end Richard Gordon (hip flexor), linebacker Aaron Curry (knee), cornerback Ron Bartell (hamstring) and nose tackle Travis Ivey (conditioning). Punter Shane Lechler (knee) also did not practice.Notable -- -- Oh, and that first camp fight? It was between undrafted rookie receiver Thomas Mayo and strong safety Tyvon Branch. A punch was thrown but we'll call it a draw, what with so much wrestling around.Quotable -- -- "Just a little camp squabble. Nothing major." - Branch, on his dustup with Mayo.Eye on reps -- A day after not finishing practice with a tweaked hamstring, running back Mike Goodson, in a battle with Taiwan Jones for the backup job behind McFadden, was back on the field. Goodson broke off a couple of long runs, displaying his hammy felt just fine, thank you very much.Extra work -- For the second day in a row offensive linemen Joe Barksdale and top draft pick Tony Bergstrom worked together with the second team at both sides of the line, Barksdale at the tackles and Bergstrom at the guards. The two were flipped around with aplomb to get the reps.Coaching moment -- Dennis Allen implored the linebackers to see the big picture and to watch the offensive line for clues as to whether it would be a run or a pass.Next practice -- The Raiders are off Thursday and return Friday with a 2:20 p.m. practice.
Raiders camp summary (81): Pads come on
August 1, 2012, 8:07 pm