DLD 08/01-02/09: What We Have Learned Already

              I thought we already knew that Nnamdi Asomugha was the unquestioned leader. [via]

Paul Wexler took a look at what we have already learned four days into training camp. Here's a look at a few things at the top of the list:

10.  Defensive end Trevor Scott and linebacker Ricky Brown are going be on the field more this season.

9.  The undisputed leader of this team is cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. Therefore, the team is in good hands.

8.  Wide receiver Nick Miller is going to have at least one good exhibition game and cause fans to Google him.

For the a.m. practice report, Paul Wexler took a look at cornerbacks, Darren McFadden, Derrick Burgess, Oren O'Neal, Jeff Garcia and Darrius Heyward-Bey among other things.

Left tackle Mario Henderson is playing with the first-team offense. He enters this season with an entirely different outlook.

"It’s a great confidence because any time you get a chance to have some game experience it kind of helps your confidence. So now I get to come out here with those three games under my belt. I get to feel a little bit better about myself instead of like not having every played an NFL game and kind of a little bit not knowing if you can play. Now I know I can play. Now I just have to get out there and work at it every day."

As for the p.m. practice, we have an Al Davis sighting!

The unquestioned highlight of the afternoon came when managing general partner Al Davis made his first entrance into training camp.  Forty-two minutes into the session, Davis came in and watched the rest of the practice.

In bad news, Darrius Heyward-Bey is playing like, well, total garbage right now:

Rookie wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey dropped several more passes in individual drills. He simply hasn’t looked comfortable catching the ball. We’re prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt and write it off to nerves, but it’s not a good sign that this is happening before full-team drills and with defenders making it more difficult.

In other p.m. practice news, the report deals with safeties, Chaz Schilens and Danny Southwick. Danny Southwick is playing than Darrius Heyward-Bey.

                                        Uh, yeah. That's kind of an evil look, there, Tom. [via]

Here are some quick-hitting links:

                 You have two months to prove that you can hold down the shortstop position, Cliff. [via]

BAY AREA BOX SCORE®: July 31, 2009

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays 5, Oakland Athletics 8 (Final)
Oakland Athletics: 44-58; 4th in American League West, 17.5 GB
Rajai Davis: 2-3, 2 RBI, 2 R
Dallas Braden (W, 8-9): 6.2 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies 5, San Francisco Giants 1 (Final)
San Francisco Giants: 56-47; T-2nd in National League West, 8 GB
Juan Uribe: 1-2, 2B, RBI
Ryan Sadowski (L, 2-4): 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

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