Ok, I'm gonna stop talking about the heat. It's friggin' hot every day up there, so just assume that and let's move on. Apologies to all you meteorology lovers out there.
Justin Tuck wasn't at practice today. Dennis Allen said after practice that Tuck has a groin issue he's dealing with. Filling in for Tuck most of the time was Shelby Harris and Khalil Mack. To see the entire injury list, click here.
For the first time since the first eligible pads day, the Raiders were not in pads. They were sporting shells only and things slowed down a bit. So, after a day of some strong defensive play, there wasn't much to be had today with no contact happening.
Instead, it was a day for the passing game. That will be our theme today.
Derek Carr had a nice day. He got things started early with two perfect long touchdown bombs to Mike Davis who beat TJ Carrie and then to Andre Holmes who got behind Chimdi Chekwa. Carr throws one or two of those every practice it seems.
Matt Schaub rebounded today after a rough day yesterday. But Charles Woodson intercepted him AGAIN. To be fair, it was off a tipped ball by David Ausberry. But the ball was a bit behind Ausberry so Schaub isn't in the clear. For those keeping score, that's three Charles Woodson interception on Schaub in two days.
Matt McGloin had probably his best pass of camp so far. It was like a replay of the Derek Carr pass to Holmes and looked exactly the same. But this pass went to Mike Davis. I had to take a second look at who threw that ball to make sure I saw the number four really had a one before it.
Note that I just mentioned Mike Davis on two long touchdown passes from Carr and McGloin. Davis and Seth Roberts are in a heated undrafted rookie battle and both are making a case for themselves. It will be tough to break into this deep group, though.
Andre Holmes had an up and down day. After that big touchdown connection with Carr, Tarell Brown had his number on a couple throws from Schaub. Holmes went up to pull one down over Brown but he swatted it out of Holmes' hands. On the next play, Schaub went for Holmes again, this time Brown defended it in the air.
Marcel Reece had another nice catch today. This time he reached up and had a one-handed grab in stride on a high ball from Schaub.
Speaking of running backs making catches, Darren McFadden made one of his own. He burned Jonathan Dowling and streaked up the left sideline where Derek Carr found him for a long touchdown. I have a feeling we will see a lot more of McFadden splitting out as a receiver this season. As Quasimoto might say, ‘it's just a hunch'.