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QUICK HITS / NOTES
- Coach Del Rio was all over the place during the four-day practices, coaching up players at all positions, barking orders and encouragement, and keeping his every watchful eye over his team to make sure they are here to work and be accountable. He isn’t pleased about the Raiders schedule noting the NFL seems to pay lip-service to player safety while scheduling out the other side of their mouths. The NFL likes money more than players. Shocking.
- Sebastian Janikowski reported to camp looking trim and svelte, down roughly ten pounds from last season. Seabass is trying to extend his career and fend off the popular and ever-improving Georgio Tavecchio, and doing his best to stay in shape.
- The Raiders pass-rush is getting a big boost from rookies Shilique Calhoun and UDFA James Cowser, who are routinely showing good burst and instincts for the ball. Calhoun was the B1G sack leader last season, and Cowser is the all-time leader in FBS history in sacks and TFL. It appears their talents are translating to the next level thus far and they`re playing opposite each other on the second team.
- Neiron Ball has a great story and had a great start to his rookie season before hurting his knee last year. He’s back to 100% and hoping to regain his niche with the team. He’s a tough guy both mentally and physically and you can’t help but want the utmost success for him. JBB`s own Pete D. Camarillo breaks it down for you.