Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Oakland camp notes
By Bill Williamson
NAPA, Calif. -- Some impressions from Day 2 of the Raiders’ training camp:
A couple players were nicked up on a hot day. Backup running back Mike Goodson hurt his hamstring and tight end Richard Gordon suffered a hip flexor. Both are expected to be key role players and are day-to-day. There weren’t any indications that the injuries are serious, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Goodson is given a few days to heal since hamstrings can be tricky.
The Raiders were somewhat sloppy Tuesday. There were same dropped passes and there were some mental lapses. Coach Dennis Allen brought the team in at one point to regroup. Quarterback Carson Palmer said a sloppy second of camp is predictable since opening days are so emotionally charged. Allen thought the team was dealing with some soreness that affected the workout. Again, this is all normal early-camp happenings.
Linebacker Aaron Curry (knee), punter Shane Lechler (knee), cornerback Ronald Bartell (hamstring) and defensive tackle Travis Ivey (conditioning) all remained out Tuesday. Asked about Lechler, Allen said he did not think the injury was serious.
Some of the injury replacements looked good for the second day. Second-year cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke was good again in Bartell’s absence and rookie Miles Burris made some plays in Curry’s place.
Rookie punter Marquette King has quite the powerful leg. He boomed some punts and had excellent hang time. If he plays in the preseason some in place of Lechler, he may attract interest around the league. He has no chance to overtake Lechler, but he seems to have a NFL leg.
The defense seemed to make more big plays than the offense. Safety Mike Mitchell had a nice interception for a touchdown return on a poor pass from Palmer.