NAPA -- Quick hits from the Raiders' first padded practice Sunday: Two plays into the first team session, a scuffle broke out, with right tackle Khalif Barnes and left end Jason Hunter appearing to be in the middle of it.
It came on a basic straight-ahead running play, with the running back being tackled to the ground _ usually frowned upon during practice sessions. The Raiders were light at linebacker with Miles Burris still out recovering from knee surgery, and Kaluka Maiava and Sio Moore also missing with undisclosed injuries. The starting first team linebackers Sunday were Nick Roach in the middle flanked by Keith Burnett and Keenan Clayton. Wide receiver Sam McGuffie, who had a rough first practice session of training camp that included an inadvertent head-to-chest collision with a defender, did not practice. McGuffie had a history of concussions at Michigan before transferring to Rice. Cornerback Taiwan Jones, a converted running back, had an interception during a 7-on-7 drill on an underthrown pick by quarterback Matt McGloin. McGloin had a poor day passing the ball. A day after Raiders coach Dennis Allen called for receivers to be more sure-handed, there were a number of dropped passes. One drop by Isaiah Williams off a McGloin throw drew hoots and hollers from the approximately 1,000 season-ticket holders in attendance.
Even sure-handed fullback Marcel Reece had a pair of drops.
Second-year receiver Rod Streater has been the most consistent Oakland receiver in terms of getting open and holding on to the ball. Backup quarterback Terrelle Pryor had his easily his most consistent passing day and easily turned the corner on plays in which he choose to run. Free safety Charles Woodson had a nice breakup of a Matt Flynn pass against Rod Streater during a seven-on-seven drill.
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