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Denarius Moore is slated to be the Raiders' No. 1 receiver, but has been inconsistent so far in training camp. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
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Practice summary: Denarius Moore must be a real source of frustration for his coaches. The Raiders receiver looks spectacular at times, like a No. 1 receiver should. He made a few dramatic catches during Monday afternoon’s practice in pads, and followed those efforts with a pair of embarrassing drops.
Coach Dennis Allen challenged his receivers last week by saying the Raiders don’t have a “go-to guy.” Inconsistency at the position will keep him from recognizing one. That was the case on Monday, when drops proved to be contagious. Only Jacoby Ford was immune, as he put in a third-straight day of solid work since returning from a knee injury.
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The Raiders received some good news on the injury front. Left guard Lucas Nix (knee) returned after over a week out, and was inserted back into the first-team mix right away. Nix does have an uphill battle considering how well Tony Bergstrom fared in his absence, but the two will compete throughout the preseason for the right to start next to left tackle Jared Veldheer.
Right guard Mike Brisiel also returned after a day off, as did outside linebacker Sio Moore. Defensive tackle Stacy McGee returned and Ryan Baker practiced after being signed earlier in the day, giving the Raiders four healthy defensive tackles.
Starting corners Tracy Porter and Mike Jenkins missed a second straight workout, which gave Chimdi Chekwa a chance to shine. Chekwa had his best practice, and made several strong plays against first-team receivers. Phillip Adams had a strong day after a weak start to camp.
Offensive play of the day: RB Jeremy Stewart made a one-handed touchdown pass that turned an inaccurate pass from QB Matt Flynn into a scoring play. Stewart softened the pass with his fingertips and balanced it until his other hand could secure the reception.
Defensive play of the day: S Usama Young made a spectacular interception during the team period. He was running right when QB Terrelle Pryor threw left, but he put on the brakes, dove back and snagged the interception.
Rookie report: TE Mychal Rivera is a legitimate contender for regular-season playing time. The sixth-round pick has earned this shot with excellent work as a receiver in the passing game. Rivera’s receiving consistency belies his age, and his blocking work has greatly improved. David Ausberry remains the front runner to start at tight end, but a strong preseason could put Rivera in line to catch some passes that count.
Doin’ it for the kids: The Raiders didn’t invite season ticket holders to watch practice for the first time this season. Instead, they invited the football teams from American Canyon, Napa and Vintage high schools to watch the afternoon session.
New injuries: CB D.J. Hayden (hamstring)
Returning from injuries: LG Lucas Nix, RG Mike Brisiel, OLB Sio Moore, DT Stacy McGee, WR/KR Josh Cribbs
Still sidelined: CB Tracy Porter, CB Mike Jenkins, DE Lamarr Houston, DT Vance Walker, LB Billy Boyko, LB Kaluka Maiava, WR Conner Vernon, RB Latavius Murray, G/C Alex Parsons, DL Brandon Bair
Physically unable to perform list: LB Miles Burris (knee), DT Pat Sims
Non-football injury list: OT Menelik Watson
Note: Generally, Allen does not comment on injury specifics during training camp.
Quote of the day: “Blocking guys who are 40-50 pounds heavier than you is pretty rough. One thing I’ve learned: leverage is key. Regardless of who’s bigger, the guy who gets it typically wins.” – Raiders rookie tight end Mychal Rivera, on learning how to block NFL defenders.