NAPA -– Greg Little is notorious for dropping passes. That’s partially why the veteran receiver was released by Cleveland and ended up with the Raiders.
Reputations, even after a change of scenery, are apparently hard to shake.
That tends to happen after a season with a 16.33-percent drop rate, and seven targets that got intercepted.
Despite a stellar start to training camp on Friday, head coach Dennis Allen was asked if one easy drop negated everything else.
“I’m not going to let one play deter how I feel about Greg Little,” Allen said Friday after the team’s first practice at the Napa Valley Marriott. “He’s an outstanding talent. Since he’s been here, he’s done everything we’ve asked him to do. We like how he goes about his job. … I thought that, today, if you take the sum of the whole practice, I thought he did very well.”
Little’s best effort came down the sideline when he caught a long pass from quarterback Trent Edwards. He made several nice plays, and must do so routinely to work his way into the mix and onto the 53-man roster.
Here are some other notes from Friday’s practice:
-- With cornerback DJ Hayden sidelined with a foot injury, Carlos Rogers took most snaps with the first team in his place. Chimdi Chekwa is also expected to see time there, especially when Rogers moves inside in the nickel package.
-- Just as he did late in the offseason program, Miles Burris continues to take reps at first-team weakside linebacker. He’s in a position battle with Sio Moore to start at that spot.
-- Strong safety Tyvon Branch made a nice pass breakup on a throw intended for tight end David Ausberry.
-- Kaluka Maiava, played some second-team middle linebacker, and could be an option to back up starter Nick Roach. Roach played every defensive snap last season.
-- While many expect third-round selection Gabe Jackson to be first-team left guard during the regular season, veteran Khalif Barnes continues to occupy that spot in practice.
-- Receiver Brice Butler, fighting for a roster spot, made a nice overhand grab on an inside slant.