-First and foremost, the biggest news coming into training camp was the signing of top pick Rolando McClain. McClain was the last of the Raiders' draft picks without a contract, but in reaching an agreement, he was able to participate in his first training camp practice.
-There were two practice sessions, one at 8:30 a.m. and the second at 4:30 p.m. Both were of the walk-through variety, although there was some seven-on-seven action going on as well. Last year of course, the Raiders opted to focus the first few days of training camp to basic fundamental skills. It definitely seems like the foundations that were laid last year have progressed to a more conventional approach this time around.
-McClain wasn't the only rookie who found himself playing with the starters, as second round pick Lamarr Houston got a lot of practice time from the get-go. Like Head Coach Tom Cable said, Houston was slotted at defensive end, playing opposite Matt Shaughnessy with Richard Seymour and Tommy Kelly in the inside. Houston, of course, was a defensive tackle at Texas, but Cable had said that the staff wanted to use Houston's run-stopping skills and ability to contain on the edge.
-Seymour played exclusively at defensive tackle, although Cable told the media that things could change and that things shouldn't be looked into so deeply in the early stages of camp. Seymour, of course, is versatile enough and has experience playing all along the defensive line. Throughout his career in New England and last year in Oakland, he has been used inside and out depending on whatever the situation called for. As a reminder and a side note, the franchise tender that Seymour signed was as a defensive end—his salary will be no less than the average of the salaries of the top five defensive ends in the league.
-In the seven-on-seven's, the first session was a bit cleaner than the second. Darrius Heyward-Bey and Johnnie Lee Higgins each made some nice plays. Heyward-Bey got passed Nnadmi Asomugha on one play, but the ball was underthrown and he failed to adjust to it. Higgins blew by the secondary on another and hauled in a nice pass from Charlie Frye. Overall, however, it was definitely the defense's day, and that's generally the case early on in camp.
-In the second practice session, wide receiver Chaz Schilens left the field early and was accompanied by a member of the training staff. No news yet if anything actually happened with Schilens, who has had foot problems for the past year.
-Tyvon Branch also came up limping, although he was quickly attended to and came back onto the field.
-A couple roster moves were made as on-again-off-again defensive tackle Ryan Boschetti was released. Also let go was wide receiver Damola Adeniji.
Training Camp News & Notes: Day 1
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