Family Day is defenses' day at Raiders' camp

For all the changes they made in the offseason, the Raiders still have a long way to go on offense. That much was clear Saturday afternoon when Oakland held an intra-squad scrimmage on Family Day at the team's training camp facilities in Napa.

On the hottest day in camp so far, the Raiders' defense was the clear winner in the hour-long controlled scrimmage, though the circumstances made evaluations somewhat ambiguous. The offensive line, for example, wasn't allowed to cut block, something they've been practicing in camp. Few hard tackles were made, and often when the defense made a stop, the offense was given credit for extra yardage -- a ploy by coach Lane Kiffin to give the offense the extra work it needs.

"I felt the defense really showed up today," Kiffin said. "There was a lot of tempo, energy, hitting and flying around. I was very pleased with them."

Oakland's defense recorded two turnovers, both off quarterback Andrew Walter. Defensive end Kevin Huntley recovered a botched snap exchange between Walter and Jeremy Newberry, while Chris Carr intercepted a Walter pass in the red zone.

Walter, completed only 3-of-8 pass attempts, wasn't the only quarterback struggling. Josh McCown was just 4-for-8, though he did lead two scoring drives. Daunte Culpepper completed only one of his first seven throws before finishing strong on the final drive of the afternoon. On that drive, he was 5-for-7 and capped the day by throwing a touchdown pass to Carlos Francis.

Culpepper's first completion also happened to be the best throw of the day, an 18-yard completion to wide receiver Chris McFoy on a 3rd-and-10 play.

"He did do well on that last drive and obviously we have to protect him in the way we called plays because he only knows so much of the playbook right now," Kiffin said. "You saw that's why I went out there as opposed to going on the walkie-talkie just to help him through things with his reads. He did finish well."

Rookie fullback Oren O'Neal scored on a 1-yard run, while kicker Sebastian Janikowski easily converted a 58-yard field goal attempt.

"Sixty plays, two turnovers," Kiffin said. "That's two too many, obviously."

Notes: Linebacker Isaiah Kacyvenski, who injured his knee in practice late Thursday, could be out a minimum of a month, according to Kiffin.

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