It was pads day! Well, it wasn't quite as exciting as all that. There were a few drills you wouldn't normally see but otherwise, it was all conditions normal.
First up is the absences. Newly out was tight end Jake Murphy who suffered a concussion in yesterday's practice in a collision with linebacker Bojay Filimoeatu. He will have to go through the concussion protocol before he can return. Kaluka Maiava is still out with his hamstring injury.
Returning to action was rookie fourth rounder, Keith McGill who was on the PUP list the first two practices with an ankle injury he sustained in the training camp conditioning test.
Linebacker Marshall McFadden didn't finish practice with what Dennis Allen believes is a hip flexor injury. Allen also had this to say about Rod Streater following practice:
"Rod Streater came down pretty hard out there and didn't return. I'm not sure exactly what that is. It might be a head, but I'll have to get with [head athletic trainer] Rod [Martin] and find out exactly what that was."
I didn't witness him get injured so I am not sure how it happened or how bad it may or may not be. We'll know more tomorrow.
The first new drill we saw were the receivers versus the corners in a jam drill. The corners try to jam the receivers at the line and the receivers try to break it. This was an interesting drill, actually.
The star of the drill was Andre Holmes. The corners couldn't hardly touch him at the line. First it was TJ Carrie who went for the jam only to grasp at Holmes' shadow. Then it was Taiwan Jones who was left in the lurch. The best jam came from newly returning, Keith McGill who locked up Juron Criner pretty good. That could just as likely be Criner's problems in that area as it is McGill's prowess. Criner has struggled with shaking corners and getting open over his two seasons in the NFL.
Another drill we saw for the first time this camp was rushing drills. These in particular were blitz pick-up drills where running backs were blocking linebackers and defensive backs. Sio Moore started it off with a nice swim move around the edge to easily get around Latavius Murray.
The best block was by Jamize Olawale who you could hear his pads clap with those of linebacker Bojay Filimoeatu and he stood him up.
The worst blocking performance came from George Atkinson III who twice was knocked on his back - first by linebacker Carlos Fields and then by linebacker Nick Roach. Blocking was something Atkinson struggled with in college as well. That won't get it done.
Matt Schaub looked better today than he had the previous two days of camp. He still doesn't throw lasers like Carr but that makes Schaub's passes easier for the receiver to handle.
Schaub was dealing today. His worst pass that I saw was still a completion, it just was a missed touchdown because Brice Butler had to slow down to get it. Just a few passes before that, he led Butler for the touchdown.
While Schaub was on point, James Jones was having his way today. He was unguardable and Schaub found him time and time again. Jones beat Chimdi Chekwa, then had a back shoulder grab over Tarell Brown twice. Then he finished things off by going up high and pulling down a pass from Derek Carr between Brandian Ross and TJ Carrie.
With the talk of Schaub's day, the pass of the day comes from Derek Carr who threw an perfect long ball to Denarius Moore who got behind Chance Casey. Moore cradled the pass in just inside the endzone. They don't get much prettier than that.
Matt McGloin struggled today. His favorite receiver seemed to be Mike Davis and yet he rarely made the connection. He threw one for Davis that was intercepted by Jonathan Dowling. Later he threw behind Davis and incomplete. Then late in practice he has a good throw to Davis only to have Neiko Thorpe punched the ball out of his arms.
That Dowling interception was the only pick of the day and the defensive play of the day.
Much to our disappointment, and therefore yours, is as far as pass rushing, there was nothing to see. Everyone wants to know how Khalil Mack looked and I can't comment because there were no pass rushing drills. He was looking forward to putting on pads but it all seemed rather anticlimactic. It will have to wait until the next padded practice.
Back again tomorrow. No telling when they'll be back in pads from here on out. We'll just have to open that surprise when the team hits the field each day. As usual, clack that there button below to follow along on Twitter. I am, like, crazy exciting. Don't miss a minute!