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TIM AND MIKE: Training camp Day 11 observations

Raiders edge: The two teams ended practice Wednesday with 11-on-11 team periods. I thought Oakland won both sessions on offense and defense. Darius Slay gave up a couple long touchdowns on short passes turned into big plays to Martavis Bryant and Amari Cooper. There was one big play to Golden Tate from Matthew Stafford for the Lions' offense, but they also allowed two sacks, and Marvin Jones Jr. was called for an offensive pass interference. I just thought Oakland looked much more crisp to end the joint practices. – Tim Twentyman

Quick burn: Head coach Matt Patricia wasn’t happy that Cooper split the secondary after a catch for a long run for a touchdown on the Raiders first play of a team drill. It was Patricia’s most animated outburst of the two days – and perhaps the entire training camp, including practices in Allen Park. An eruption by Mount St. Patricia is not good news. – Mike O’Hara

Adjusting on the fly: No doubt Frank Ragnow had some nerves entering his first joint practice Tuesday, and it showed. What I believe is going to make Ragnow a pretty good player in this league for a long time was his ability to settle in and adjust. We saw that Wednesday. He was much better in both individual and team periods during the second joint practice. In fact, Oakland defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr., who blew by Ragnow in his first one-on-one rep Tuesday, was stoned by Ragnow right at the line of scrimmage in their first rep Wednesday. – Tim Twentyman

Wipeout catch: On the other side of the ball, it looked like the Lions’ offense had made a big play when it had the ball in the team drill. With six seconds left in a drill simulating the game clock running, Marvin Jones Jr. made a catch in the left corner of the end zone for a touchdown. It was wiped out by a flag for offensive interference. Flag or not, it was a good throw by Matthew Stafford and a tough catch by Jones. – Mike O’Hara

Rare drops: In all the games and practices I’ve watched Theo Riddick take part in since joining the Lions in 2013, I can’t recall a time when I witnessed the talented running back drop two passes in a row. That’s why it caught my eye in Wednesday’s practice. It was during passing drills against the linebackers. Like he always does, Riddick wiggled himself free from coverage on a nice option route and was wide open over the middle. He dropped a perfect pass. He was visibly upset with himself. His next rep, he ran right by the linebacker and couldn’t haul in a ball that was maybe a touch high but hit both hands. You watch enough practice, and you’re bound to see just about anything. –Tim Twentyman

Sound effect: Practice fields at the Raiders training site are set up in a way that fans and media are close to the sideline. Players say they like the intimacy because the cheers seem louder. And fans and media like it because they can hear players communicate on the sideline. It’s almost like an old NFL Films up close and personal soundtrack, but live. – Mike O’Hara

Working back in: Ziggy Ansah isn’t back to being a full participant in practice just yet after coming off the PUP list Monday. He’s slowly working his way back into more drills. He took part in some one-on-one pass-rushing drills Wednesday against Lions players, and looked pretty good. He set up tight end Michael Roberts outside and stepped inside quick as lightning, leaving Roberts just grasping for air. – Tim Twentyman

Participation report: Cornerback Nevin Lawson and defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois sat out Wednesday’s practice. They joined defensive end Cam Johnson, safety Stefan McClure and linebacker Chad Meredith as players not taking part in practice. – Tim Twentyman

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