Raiders Blog and Q&A

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July 31, 2007
There was some football involved

NAPA - With all the chatter about Daunte Culpepper it's easy to forget the Raiders did practice today.

And it featured three common things from training camp.

*Backup safety B.J. Ward impressing with his hitting and in pass coverage with an interception.

*Adimchinobe Echemandu running hard against the defense. He ran a lot today with LaMont Jordan (back), Dominic Rhodes (foot) and ReShard Lee (knee) out of practice.

*And my favorite, center Jeremy Newberry was being himself.

Newberry continues to show nastiness about his play, which was missing last season on the offensive line (Kevin Boothe showed the most tenacity consistently last year).

Today he put Anttaj Hawthorne on his back on a running play (again). The two would exchange punches later in practice after a pass play.

Actually, it was Newberry doing most of the punching, landing several shots to Hawthorne's midsection while teammates tried to restrain him.

I get the feeling this won't be the last time Newberry fights in camp.

And you can bet no one will be dancing over a Raider quarterback if he's on the field unless they want to fight Newberry.

--Jason Jones

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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