Raiders first team defense to open OTA's

Thearon W. Henderson

This is how the first team defense looked in the Raiders first OTA practice of 2013.

The Raiders took the field as a team for the first time for their 2013 OTA's. Here is how the first team defense lined up to start things off.

Defensive end: Lamarr Houston, Andre Carter

Defensive tackle: NT Pat Sims, DT Vance Walker

Strongside Linebacker: Kaluka Maiava

Middle linebacker: Nick Roach

Weakside linebacker: Sio Moore (with Kevin Burnett seeing some first team reps as well)

Cornerback: Mike Jenkins, D.J. Hayden (with Joselio Hanson in nickel)

Strong safety: Tyvon Branch

Free safety: Usama Young

The team switched off who was playing at right and left end between Houston and Carter. Miles Burris hurt his knee early in practice and did not take part in team drills. Tracy Porter suffered a calf strain in position drills and did not take part in team drills.

There are no real surprises in this unit, per se. Unless you consider two rookies (DJ Hayden and Sio Moore) starting to be surprising. It's clear they have big plans for Moore. He spent a good amount of time with his hand on the ground.

To see the first team offense, click here.

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