Training Camp News & Notes: Day 2

S&BI brings you the news and notes from the second day of Raiders training camp. It's still early, but the absence of a key player has been the biggest news from Napa thus far.

-It was a rather uneventful second day of training camp for the Raiders. Like yesterday, there were two practice sections split in the morning and afternoon.

-The biggest news is probably that Chaz Schilens sat out both practices. He was on the field, but did not participate. According to Head Coach Tom Cable, "there's no damage, anything like that. It's sore."

It's probably for the best that the Raiders are sitting Schilens out. After two surgeries on that left foot, the team is taking every precaution with Schilens, who has missed half the season last year. It's kind of unnerving, however, that Schilens has to sit out only two days into training camp.
br> -It's obvious that the quarterbacks and receivers have some work to do in the timing department. There have been a few throws so far that have been either overthrown or underthrown. Still, the passing has been slightly better this year than last.

-Darrius Heyward-Bey made more than a few nice plays, definitely looking like he's done work this offseason to improve his hands, anticipation, and awareness. Of course, we're still only two practices into training camp, but it's encouraging to see the young Heyward-Bey making some strides.

-Of course, it hasn't been lost that Heyward-Bey has stayed behind the end of practice and gotten in some extra work with cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. It seems Asomugha has really taken Heyward-Bey under his wing, and is there's anyone Heyward-Bey should emulate, then Asomugha is definitely it.

-The quarterbacks have had their moments, but there have been quite a few picked off passes.

-Bruce Gradkowski, who endeared himself to Raider Nation last season, has struggled in his return from offseason pectoral surgery.

-It doesn't look like Kyle Boller has lost much of that arm strength of his. He still throws the ball with plenty of zip.

-So far, Jason Campbell hasn't exactly set the world on fire, but seeing as how he's working with yet another new offensive coordinator, he's actually been coming along nicely. He's been a great influence on the field as well, and that should certainly aid in the maturation of the offense. Campbell has also handled himself very well off the field, saying and doing all the right things.

-Tight end Zach Miller continues to be a favorite target of the quarterbacks, and rightfully so.

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