Every practice, like every game, has winners and losers. There is a winner and loser on every play, in every series and in every game. Coaches are constantly watching video to see which players are winning more than they are losing.
Training camp is one opportunity for players to prove they are winners and not losers. In some cases a player simply has to win more opportunities than the next best at his position to be the starter, but winning football games is about being better than the opposition.
On Wednesday, the Raiders strapped on the pads for the first time in 2012 and Dennis Allen wanted to see how his team would compete. Competition is just a device coaches use to determine winners and losers on the football field. There is no winner or loser without conflict.
It's important to remember that a training camp practice is just a small battle within a much larger war. Every day is a new day in football and one good day is not even enough of a sample to shift the depth chart.
Take it from the Raiders' rookie head coach Dennis Allen. "The evaluation process takes time," he said. "We're not going to jump out after one or two practices, one practice in pads, and flip the whole depth chart around.
"We notice when a guys make plays. We keep track of that. When a guy makes enough plays eventually he gets a chance to move up the depth chart and see if he can do it against a different level of competition."