NAPA, Calif., -– Some random notes from the first day of Oakland’s training camp:
The Raiders are spending the first eight practices of camp going through glorified walk-through practices as they did last year in Tom Cable’s first full season as coach. Oakland did air it out some in 7-on-7 drills Thursday, something it didn’t do last year.
Cable said he is pleased with the players recall from the offseason. He said he and his staff didn’t have to waste much time reviewing the offseason in the first session. While first sessions are far from exciting it does give veterans a chance to ease into training camp. Richard Seymour, in his first Oakland training camp, is welcoming it, joking you can’t beat easy days in wine country.
Cable and some of his assistants impressed the players as they ran several 100-yard jogs with the players at the end of the first session. New Oakland quarterback Jason Campbell joked that perhaps the coaches were running because their wives were complaining about their physiques.
“Good stuff,” said Seymour about seeing his head coach run alongside him.
First-round pick Rolando McClain worked with the first team at middle linebacker Thursday. He signed just hours before the start of camp. Cable praised McClain, the No. 8 overall pick, for getting into camp on time. He was just the third first-round pick to sign and the highest picked player to sign.
Darrius Heyward-Bey made a nice move on star cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha on a deep pass from Campbell, but Heyward-Bey was unable to finish the play. Cable, who praised Heyward-Bey often in the offseason, said he think the receiver's best strides have been made with a change in demeanor. Cable said Heyward-Bey doesn’t get as down on himself after a poor play this year as he did last year.
Second-year safety Mike Mitchell said he is in the best shape of his NFL career and is looking forward to bouncing back from a rookie season that was affected by a preseason hamstring injury,
Oakland cut defensive lineman Ryan Boscheti and receiver Damola Adeniji.