The Raiders’ thin receiving corps got a boost when Denarius Moore returned to practice from an injury and the team signed Derek Hagan.
Moore practiced on a limited basis for the 1st time since Aug. 4 as he has been dealing with a hamstring injury 1st sustained during minicamp in June.
“It felt truly good to be back out there with my colleagues and get my timing down with the QB, just getting a feel for things,” he claimed. “I’ve been out for so long you somewhat forget the fundamentals.”
Moore’s return was welcome news to a Raiders offense that struggled at times in the preseason. He had a stellar rookie season, catching 33 passes for 618 yards and 5 touchdowns. His 18.7 yards per catch were the 4th-highest in the league and his 8 catches on passes more than 20 yards downfield gave Oakland a much-needed vertical threat that opened up opposing defenses. Baseball spreads
Moore hasn’t been able to work much with QB Carson Palmer this offseason. He was on the field for OTAs but got hurt early in minicamp. He had 4 full practices in training camp before getting hurt again and had not made it back on the field with the team.
“I know it’s been a frustrating training camp for him because he is a football player and that’s what he wants to be doing,” Palmer related. “It’s good to see him out there getting reps, getting his legs back out there underneath him. He is going to need that. You lose football shape incredibly fast and it’s tough to get it back. So it’s good to see him getting some work today and with some luck he’ll continue to improve as the week goes on.”
With Moore working back from his injury and Jacoby Ford still sidelined by a sprained left foot, the Oakland Raiders needed assistance at receiver for the opener against San Diego Chargers.
That’s why they brought Hagan back for a 2nd stint with the team, adding a veteran presence to a young group. Hagan had 11 catches for 114 yards in 6 games for Oakland last season. He was cut midway through the season and spent the remainder of 2011 and this year’s training camp with Buffalo Bills before being cut last week.
Hagan spent 2 weeks in Oakland last season with Palmer before being released, giving the 2 some familiarity. Most everything else about the offense is different under new coordinator Greg Knapp.
“I certainly expect myself to learn the whole playbook,” Hagan related. “Obviously this is what I do, this is my job, and this is my profession, if I got to learn it in 3 days that is fine with me. It’s definitely going to be a cram session. There might be a couple of things that I may not memorize at the right time but I know that I just gotta put that time in, and with a little luck come Monday night I may just be able to do what I’m supposed to do and be where I am expected to be.”
Hagan’s 109 career catches are way more than any other current Oakland Raiders receiver has. He has played parts of 6 seasons in the NFL, also hanging out with the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins.
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