Monday notebook

You would have a hard time convincing Oakland Raiders first-year head coach Norv Turner that preseason is unimportant.

One reason for his preaching the importance is because a few players are making position changes, such as DeLawrence Grant and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila. Both individuals are defensive ends by trade but are being looked at as linebackers.

Turner emphasized that in 9-on-7 drills plays are solely runs while 7-on-7 in exclusively pass. He takes the closest look in team scrimmages.

"That's one of the big reasons why the preseason is critical," Turner said. "The biggest thing for those guys is to be able to diagnose plays."

Rare lineman touch

Guard Corey Hulsey lived something of a lineman's dream Monday. Quarterback Kerry Collins threw a pass that linebacker Travian Smith hit volleyball style and the ball went into the arms of Hulsey.

Quick hits

Monday morning's practice featured referees and an Al Davis sighting. … Guards Frank Middleton and Ron Stone along with defensive end Bobby Setzer missed practice while cornerback Charles Woodson is still not present due to a contractual holdout.


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