The first two days of Raiders mandatory minicamp are in the books. Now just one day of practice remains before the team heads on a month long break. Here is the wrap-up of the goings on from day two and what to look for in today's final minicamp practice.
The team had a few more former Raiders in the house to watch practice. Former wide receiver, Jerry Porter, and linebacker Isaiah Ekejiuba were on hand. Porter attended a couple of practices last off-season as well.
The injury report has mostly the same players on it from the first day of minicamp. Just two new players were out - WR James Jones and TE Nick Kasa.
Kasa hurt came up limping on day one and was held out of practice on day two. Jones landed hard and came up clutching his shoulder on day one and he too was not practicing today. Dennis Allen confirmed it is a left shoulder sprain but it is not expected to be serious.
There were no players returning from injury today. The rest of the injured players are Antonio Smith, D.J. Hayden, Lucas Nix, Kevin Burnett, and Carlos Rogers. Nix had a procedure done on his knee and is questionable for the start of camp. All others are expected to be fine.
There were two situations brewing as far as the depth chart was concerned. Derek Carr taking reps with the twos over Matt McGloin, and Miles Burris taking reps with the ones over Sio Moore. Both continued to take those reps.
Dennis Allen said after practice that Sio Moore has not quite grasped his duties yet since switching to the weak side after playing the strong side all last season. He added that Burris has been playing quite well and better than he had when he started all 16 games as a rookie two seasons ago.
Speaking of Burris, he may be getting a bit too feisty now that he's back with the first team at his old spot. He and left tackle, Donald Penn got into it in practice and had to be separated. This is a bit of a rare occurrence at this point. Usually the first fight doesn't start until a bit into training camp. Penn and Burris are also two of the less likely candidates for it as well.
The drops that plagued the receivers on day one were not as prevalent on day two. I only counted a couple of on-target drops (Andre Holmes, Brice Butler) yesterday as well as only a couple of poorly thrown passes.
While the offense was more efficient, the defense picked up their end as well. Charles Woodson was in midseason form, flying around the field. He had a nice diving pass defended on a pass intended for Mychal Rivera. He late picked up the deep man on a go route by Greg Little and stayed with him in tight coverage.
On that deep pass, however, it was rookie seventh round pick, T.J. Carrie who blanketed Little stride for stride to reach up and swat the pass down incomplete. He has impressed this off-season overall.
The Raiders announced just before practice they had claimed offensive tackle Emmett Cleary off waivers. He was not on the field Wednesday. We'll see if they get him out there for the final practice or save him for training camp.
Many of these players are new to the team and will be trying to make it count and make their presence felt in a positive way prior to the break. It will be worth watching to see if any of them can send that message and give the coaches something to think about over the break.
Outside of that, the hope is to guard against any serious injuries that may set them back for the start of training camp.
It's an early practice today, compared to the other two days. The players hit the field at 11:10am and go until 1:15pm. As per usual I will be live tweeting from the practice field so if you would like to follow along on Twitter, click the button below.