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Oakland Raiders Denarius Moore (17) runs after a catch against the Arizona Cardinals in the second quarter for their preseason game in Oakland, Calif. on Thursday, August 11, 2011. (Nhat V. Meyer/Mercury News)

Denarius Moore wasted no time Thursday night in showing a small but vocal crowd at O.co Coliseum what all the fuss was about in the Raiders' preseason opener against the Arizona Cardinals.

The most pleasant surprise in the first dozen practices of training camp, Moore took the field for the first time on the last play of the first quarter, a false start by Khalif Barnes.

On the first play of second quarter, quarterback Jason Campbell found Moore breaking free against cornerback A.J. Jefferson on a crossing route for a 26-yard gain and a first down at the Arizona 36-yard line.

Moore later caught a 2-yard pass on a quick screen left and converted a first down with a 9-yard completion from Kyle Boller on a drive that ended in a 25-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski, his second of the half.

A fifth-round draft pick out of Tennessee, Moore has been the standout Oakland receiver since camp opened.

  • Rookie third-round draft pick DeMarcus Van Dyke had a rough first series as Oakland sat starting corners Stanford Routt and Chris Johnson on the second series, and things got even worse just before halftime.

    Pro Bowl receiver Larry Fitzgerald immediately hauled in a 43-yard pass from Kevin Kolb down the left sideline, a play in which Van Dyke actually had good coverage.


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    A short time later, Beanie Wells broke a high tackle attempt by Van Dyke running to his left and gained 15 yards.

    With 25 seconds left in the half, quarterback John Skelton found Stephen Williams in the middle of the end zone with Van Dyke trailing the play, giving Arizona a 7-6 lead.

  • If a few sequences in the first half were any indication, defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan plans on making good on his promise to make things exciting.

    Three times, Bresnahan sent defensive backs on blitzes, each time forcing starting Arizona quarterbacks into incomplete passes.

    The first came from free safety Michael Huff on the second play of the game. Huff came free and forced Kolb to unload.

    In the second quarter, with the second-string defense in the game and Arizona backed up at the 17, Bresnahan called for blitzes by safety Jerome Boyd and cornerback Jeremy Ware on consecutive plays, both against quarterback John Skelton.

  • Moments after being dropped for a 5-yard loss on a reverse, wide receiver Chaz Schilens was having his knee looked at on the bench. Schilens, derailed by injuries in each of his first three seasons, has not missed a practice during training camp.

  • Safety Hiram Eugene was taken from the field on a cart with an undisclosed injury on the first series of the third quarter.

  • Barnes, starting at right tackle, personally derailed Oakland's second possession by picking up three false-start penalties.

    The first came on third-and-7 from the Oakland 43. Later, with the Raiders at the Arizona 36, Barnes jumped again. When Schilens was dumped for a loss on a reverse, Janikowski came out for 52-yard field goal attempt.

    Janikowski never got to kick, because Barnes jumped for a third time, with coach Hue Jackson sending out Shane Lechler to punt rather than attempt a 57-yard field goal.

  • Arizona quarterback Kolb, acquired from Philadelphia in the offseason for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a draft pick, played the first two series for Arizona and did not generate any points.

    Kolb was 4-for-7 for 68 yards, 43 of them coming on the pass to Fitzgerald, before giving way to Skelton.

  • Those who didn't play for Oakland because of injuries, most of them undisclosed, included running back Darren McFadden (broken orbital bone), wide receiver Jacoby Ford (broken left hand), safety Mike Mitchell, wide receiver Louis Murphy, running back Taiwan Jones, cornerback Chemdi Chekwa (shoulder), tackle Alan Pelc, cornerback Joe Porter, guard Lou Eliades, linebacker Bruce Davis, guard Bruce Campbell and defensive end Trevor Scott.