Friday, July 26, 2013
Catching up on the day
By Bill Williamson
Note: Sadly, I lost my mother today. Thus, I have not been able to update the blog as quickly as I wish. Please bear with me during this time. Below are some thoughts on some of the bigger news that has developed Friday:
Thank you: Overwhelmed by all the supportive tweets and messages to my mailbag.
The No. 1 overall pick in the draft is under contract. Right tackle Eric Fisher signed in time for Friday’s first full-team practice in Kansas City. He is working with the first team in practice. There was little doubt Fisher would sign. It was just a process. Fisher was the last AFC West draft pick to sign.
Oakland first-round pick, cornerback D.J. Hayden, practiced Friday. He has not been cleared for contact, but it is progress. Hayden had life-threatening heart surgery last November after he took a hit in practice. He hasn’t played since. Hayden, the No. 1 overall pick in the April draft, had to have his offseason cut short after he had stomach surgery to repair scar tissue from the surgery. As I have maintained, the key for Hayden is not to get on the field, but to show he can stay on it.
Oakland second-round pick, offensive tackle Menelik Watson, and defensive tackle Pat Sims didn’t practice. The Raiders didn’t give any details on their injuries or how long they will be out. Both are expected to be contributors this season.
According to the The Contra Costa Times, the Raiders have worked out veteran offensive lineman Andre Gurode, who hasn’t played in the NFL since 2011. Oakland is looking for some veteran depth on the offensive line.
Kansas City star receiver Dwayne Bowe is working on the side, but he is not practicing Friday. The Chiefs have put Bowe on the non football-injury list. He has a virus. The team expects him back soon.
Oakland receiver/returner Josh Cribbs is practicing. He had an offseason knee injury.
Oft-injured San Diego running back Ryan Mathews is still confident he can make a large impact in the league.
The Chiefs cut receiver Mardy Gilyard.
The Cardinals cut pass-rusher O’Brien Schofield. He has some burst and ability. The Raiders, Broncos and Chargers could all use some help there.