The bad and good on display in Raiders' camp

Rookie fullback Oren O'Neal got an earful from Raiders head coach Lane Kiffin early in practice Monday but later redeemed himself with two strong plays against linebacker Kirk Morrison. Just another day in the life of an NFL rookie in training camp.

Oren O'Neal, a sixth-round draft pick of the Raiders this year, landed in Kiffin's doghouse during the morning workout after a false start penalty on the rookie during a team scrimmage.

"Give me a new fullback," Kiffin roared. "This (stuff‘s) getting old."

Veteran Zack Crockett replaced O'Neal, who walked back to the rest of the team in silence.

O'Neal made up for his mistake in a big way later, however. During another team scrimmage, this time in the red zone, the 5-foot-11, 245-pounder slammed into Morrison and sent the veteran linebacker on his back while clearing a hole for running back Justin Fargas. O'Neal came back a few plays later and landed another hard block on Morrison.

Getting his consistency down would be a major step forward for O'Neal, though the Raiders have the luxury of not rushing him into the lineup. Justin Griffith and Crockett have both been impressive during the early days of camp and one of the two will be the starter when the season opens.

MIA: Derrick Burgess (hernia surgery), Ben Claxton (knee), Chad Slaughter (ankle), Randal Williams (personal issues), Michael Bush (leg) and John Bowie (Achilles) all sat out the morning workout. Duane Starks (hamstring) and James Adkisson (hamstring) left the practice and didn't return. Burgess and Bush spent the morning running 30-yard sprints together under the watch of team trainers.

ROOKIE STRUGGLES: Offensive tackle Mario Henderson is a massive man and is one of the more eager of Oakland's rookie draft picks, running to and from each drill. But Henderson, who is getting work at both left and right tackle, has been having problems with the snap count and continues to get hit with false starts.

Center Jeremy Newberry pulled Henderson aside at one point and offered some advice to the big rookie.

FARGAS THRIVES THEN STUMBLES: Running back Justin Fargas had an up-and-down day. During blocking drills Fargas more than held his own and showed he can get pretty physical when matched up against oncoming linebackers. But Fargas dropped the ball, literally, when he had a chance to make a big play. During a team scrimmage, Fargas dropped down to block then snuck out of the backfield and ran alone downfield in a play that looked reminiscent of the touchdown scored by Detroit's Cory Schlessinger against Phillip Buchanon in 2003. But unlike Schlessinger, Fargas dropped the pass after it settled into his hands.

QUENTIN ON THE RISE: Third-round draft pick Quentin Moses had another strong day and is already making a strong case to be the starting defensive end opposite Burgess. Moses, who draws praise daily from coach Lane Kiffin, came blazing around the offensive line and got to the quarterback quickly and easily during one of the team scrimmages.

"We're really struggling to block him right now," Kiffin said. "He continues to improve and he's playing the run game better, which is what he had to come into this camp and do. We knew he had some pass rush skills but he needs to show us he can be an every-down player."


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