8/4 Raiders notebook

The Oakland Raiders returned to the practice field to possibly the hottest day so far in their six-day training camp stint in Napa, CA.

Granted, the Oakland Raiders encounter weather that is like paradise compared to most every other NFL team practicing in sultry weather such as say, Florida and Texas. The Raiders will actually be heading to Houston for joint practices with the Texans, whom they visit in August 20. The temperature reached the mid-80s but the humidity made it seem warmer.

"It's not too hot and not too humid but it's good work for our guys," Raiders head coach Norv Turner said. "I like to coach in heat."

The Raiders, who conduct practices that are closed to the public, allowed about 160 invited guests to visit practice.

"I think players know they're here," Turner said.

Goal-line time

The Raiders worked on goal-line and third down situations in the afternoon practice. The former of which usually draws ample excitement. There were 10 such plays with the defense having the edge on seven of them. Both units featured players from throughout the depth chart.

"It was a period where we understand the defense," Turner said. "We're going to be a good goal-line defense. There's things you need to do. You want to go full-speed and you don't want to tackle the back in this situation but it was real good work."

Teyo's clean slate

Tight end Teyo Johnson arrived at training camp happy to have a clean slate. Johnson fell out of favor last season, dropping to fourth on the depth chart. Johnson was inactive the first eight games before showing ample promise in the second half.

"I see a lot of the things I saw in the last six weeks of the season," Turner said. "Teyo played well and was serious about what he was doing. I don't think you do it in camp. You have to start in the offseason program and he had an outstanding offseason."

Vince D'Adamo can be reached at vdad7@yahoo.com


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