Raiders camp summary (810): Lack of focus, tempo mark the day

August 11, 2012, 2:01 am
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Summary -- It was as sloppy as it was hot in wine country Friday as the Raiders returned to a padded practice. Plus, the injury list is growing seemingly by the minute as nine players did not suit up and three others failed to finish practice. The 10th Raiders' practice was not one to write home about -- or even blog about? -- but it should serve as a teaching tool. Yes, the dog days of camp are here for Oakland, let's see how the Raiders respond come Monday's exhibition opener.Offensive play of the day -- We're not allowed to divulge the specifics of a trick play from camp but let's just say Darrius Heyward-Bey hauled in a long bomb down the right side from someone not the quarterback.Defensive play of the day -- Safety Mike Mitchell stepped in front of the tight end on a quick pass over the middle at midfield and picked off Carson Palmer. Mitchell weaved his way through the offense and would have had a big return in a real game. As it was, he merely had bragging rights for the day.Injury report -- Strong safety Tyvon Branch had a back spasm Friday that kept him out of practice and he was joined on the sidelines by receivers Denarius Moore (hamstring) and Eddie McGee (hamstring) and running back Taiwan Jones (hamstring), defensive end Jack Crawford (foot), running back Mike Goodson (neck) and defensive tackle Richard Seymour (knee). Punter Shane Lechler (knee) was seen lifting weights while linebacker Aaron Curry (knee) was in Los Angeles seeing a specialist. Meanwhile, receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (knee), offensive tackle Zach Hurd (head) and tight end Brandon Myers (shoulder) did not finish practice.Notable -- Safeties Mitchell and Matt Giordano are flying all over the field and each has a knack for delivering a message with a blow to a ball carrier. Seems like each guy is trying to one-up the other with a little pop.Quotable -- "Let's be real; I went to Ohio State and we ran a pro-style offense(and) coming out of college I learned to read defenses (but) I wasn't blessed enough to be at a powerhouse that you learn that stuff as a quarterback." -- Terrelle Pryor
Eye on reps -- Undrafted rookie receiver Rod Streater is a good bet to make the final 53-man roster, but he probably bolstered his chances by working at gunner on the point team Friday.Extra work -- No doubt, Lonyae Miller is gearing up for a lion's share of the load at running back come Monday night's exhibition opener against Dallas.Coaching moment -- For the first time this camp, Allen had to figure out how not only to combat a lack of focus from his players, but also a down tempo. "It wasn't what we expected," he said. "I thought the guys tried to battle through but we've got to practice better with less mistakes than we did today."Next practice -- The Raiders practice Saturday at 8:50 a.m.

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