Saturday: Mini Camp News & Notes

News and notes from the second day of mini camp. The rookies impress and make some plays. Practice gets physical, with the first scuffle of camp.

-The conditions were ideal to begin the day, but the winds picked up towards the end of practice.

-Al Davis made his first appearance at mini camp.

-The rookies made some plays today with Rolando McClain and Walter McFadden each picking off a pass. Travis Goethel also made some plays, including a backfield stuff of Michael Bush. Lamarr Houston took Rock Cartwright down in a drill, and Cartwright was none to pleased about the rookie's overly physical play.

-The first altercation of mini camp was between Brandon Myers and Jerome Boyd.

-Travis Scott did not participate and Quentin Groves played in his place at weakside linebacker. Somewhat of a surprise because Groves is better suited as a rush end/strongside linebacker, but mostly because Thomas Howard was still at strongside with the second unit. Still, you can't look too much into how and where guys are playing right now. The staff probably just want to see some of their new guys in action.

-New offensive coordinator Hue Jackson is by far the most vocal coach. Cable is surrounding himself with a lot of no-nonsense, blue collar types. Last year it was John Marshall and this year it's Jackson. Jackson, thus far, appears to be quite the perfectionist.

-On Jackson, although he favors a power blocking scheme, Cable said in his post practice meeting the media that the team will still be a zone blocking team, but will utilize other schemes from time to time.

-Running back Michael Bennett, who is practicing on a tryout basis, still has some impressive speed. The Raiders are in need of some depth at running back so Bennett is one to watch out for.

-Darrius Heyward-Bey looks improved as it appears his skills have sharpened. Still, he suffered a bit from a case of the dropsies. Heyward-Bey makes some pretty catches on the difficult balls, but seems like he loses focus on the easy ones.

-After practice, Thomas Howard had a lot of praise for rookie linebacker Rolando McClain. Howard noted how McClain has asserted himself as a leader in only two days.

-Sitting out of practice were Richard Seymour (contract), Chaz Schilens, Nick Miller, Bruce Gradkowski, Louis Murphy (sore ankle), Trevor Scott, and Chris Johnson.

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