It was day 13 in Raiders training camp and there was a new number 13 on the field. Though had we not known it was a new number 13, we may not have known otherwise. He was Devon Wylie who the team signed to replace Austin Willis who was cut today.
Wylie is a former fourth round pick who was a college teammate of Derek Carr in 2011 -- Wylie's senior season and Carr's first season as starting QB at Fresno State. The two didn't work together any in team sessions as Wylie has a lot of catching up to do in the offense. But the two did get together immediately following practice to play some pitch and catch. Wylie ran a few simple routes as the two likely saw their first work together in four years.
Following practice, Jack Del Rio said why the Raiders were interested in Wylie and what his role will be with the team.
"He'll have a chance to compete, slot receiver, punt returner, those types of things," said Del Rio. "He's got some quickness. He was a guy that, a few years back, had a decent draft grade. He's been around a little bit. We'll give him a chance to compete."
That competition at punt returner will be primarily be with Trindon Holliday and T.J. Carrie. Holliday had a decent punt return in the first preseason game after muffing the first kickoff he fielded. Carrie is a starter on defense so keeping him off return duties would help keep him healthy.
Injury updates: Joining the injured players was Andre Holmes who left practice early on Sunday. Del Rio said he expects Holmes to "bounce back in short order".
Others still out are Roy Helu Jr, Jamize Olawale, Clive Walford, Sio Moore and Josh Shirley. Helu was running some wind sprints on the empty field with a trainer and looks to be moving well. Jack Del Rio commented on the absences of Walford and Sio, saying they are "Day to day. It's It's been day-to-day for a number of days."
Even though the players were back in pads today, I can say for certain that this was the move uneventful and low key practice of this camp. Most of team sessions were spent in 7-on-7s and most of those were short passes to wide receivers and dump off plays to running backs.
So, in that spirit, I will just be going through my notes rather than picking out the best plays.
First of all, I posted a couple of Tout videos right here. The first was of tight ends catching passes in drills and there are a couple of drops in there. The second is of the wide receivers. No drops there. The page has all my Tout videos from camp and before if you feel like watching them.
On one play Michael Dyer was stuffed in the backfield by Ray Ray Armstrong for a loss. The next play he took the handoff right, made some moves through the line, saw Ben Heeney and made a vicious stutter step cut right that left Heeney diving at air as he took it upfield.
Shortly thereafter, Jon Feliciano made a nice block on Heeney to clear a hole for Trent Richardson to pick up a few good yards.
The first pass of the day went to Michael Crabtree from Derek Carr. It was a short pass, but Crabtree broke D.J. Hayden's ankles (so to speak) with his move off the line, causing Hayden to fall down and Crabtree grabbed the short pass uncontested. I half expected the And-1 Mixtape Tour guy to come out with his mic.
Marcel Reece had a drop on an easy pass over the middle. Later he had a nice catch that showed off his new leaner physique with some good moves and quickness.
There were a few 'sacks' on the day. Justin Tuck got back there once on Derek Carr. Gary Wilkins got into the backfield and knocked the ball out of Christian Ponder's hand for what would have been a fumble. Ponder didn't expect that do happen as no one is to touch the QB's. Technically that held true as Wilkins only touched the ball.
Brandian Ross had a pass defended on a ball from Ponder intended for Brian Leonhardt.
Matt McGloin had a ball batted down at the line from Max Valles. It popped in the air and Shelby Harris picked it off. He tried to return it and fumbled it. So... yeah. That happened.
Seth Roberts made a nice play in punt coverage, getting downfield on a good looking punt from Marquette King that bounced just outside the left pylon. Roberts got down there to bat it and keep it out of the end zone where it was downed for at the one. After a good game catching passes on Friday, as well as making a special teams tackle, Roberts continues to make a strong case to be part of this roster.
Just two more days left of training camp. The next two will both be morning practices in preparation for the team's second preseason game. Time for dinner and a beer. Levi out.