It was hump day for this week's stretch of Raiders practices. And that meant the team took a bit of a breather, getting out of pads and working on the technical side of things.
"A little lighter day today, intentionally," said Jack Del Rio. "We had two really long, tough practices the last two days and we'll have two more coming in the next two days going forward. But, this being the middle of the week of a five day week, we elected to lighten it up a little bit, took them out of pads, put on the light shells and shortened things up quite a bit. So, still very important time for us, being together getting to some full speed work and I thought we handled it pretty well today."
OUT: Leon Orr was among the player who wasn't at practice yesterday and ended up as the only one of them that didn't return to practice today. He did workouts with a trainer in outside the clubhouse. Tight end Colton Underwood was not at practice either. SaQwan Edwards had missed the past two practices and today was waived/injured.
IN: Denico Autry was removed off the PUP list and hit the practice field for the first time this camp. He had a cast on his right wrist, so he's not back full yet. Karl Joseph and Clive Walford were back after sitting out Thursday. Taiwan Jones was in uniform as well, but was relegated mostly to working on the side with a trainer.
Jalen Richard continues to show his skillset as a runner and receiver out of the backfield. The undrafted rookie has probably the best hands of any of the running backs. Early in practice he got open on Shilique Calhoun and caught a quick slant from Matt McGloin for a good gain.
TJ Carrie was all over the place today on defense. The first pass he saw to his receiver came from Matt McGloin intended for Jaydon Mickens on a quick out. Carrie read it and cut under Mickens for a pick six. A few plays later, he had tight coverage on Nathan Palmer to knock down a Connor Cook pass. Two other instances, McGloin threw for Andre Holmes with Carrie in coverage to force an incompletion. Carrie has been in a competition for the slot corner role with DJ Hayden and needed to make a statement like this.
Connor Cook had a decent day. That wouldn't normally fall into the category of ‘standout' but compared to how he's looked thus far, a decent day is an improvement. In the early 7-on-7 session he finished it off with pass to the Max McCaffrey on an out to the right sideline. McCaffrey caught it and tapped his toes inbounds. Next play, Cook put the ball over Daren Bates to Mychal Rivera for about 20 yards.
Matt McGloin had an up and down day. He started out with the completion to Richard and short completions to Andre Holmes and KJ Brent - both with Dexter McDonald in coverage. Then he threw the pick six to Carrie, so, yeah, that wasn't good. When he returned, he had two incompletions, followed by two perfectly placed passes along the right sideline to Brent and Gabe Holmes. His passes in 11-on-11 to finish the day all fell incomplete with two defended and one that was too high for Rivera.
Passes defended came from Shilique Calhoun and Dewey McDonald, both on McGloin passes intended for Rivera.
Catch of the day:
Michael Crabtree leapt in the air to pull in a high pass from Derek Carr. David Amerson was in coverage but had no chance at it.
Dropped the ball (literally):
Andre Holmes hasn't been making a strong case to remain the team's big red zone target. On passes he is supposed the specialize in, he has been entirely unreliable. The comebacker with Carrie in coverage was an example. Carrie was in tight coverage, but Holmes absolutely should have caught that ball. For comparison, McGloin threw what amounts to the same pass on the opposite side to KJ Brent a couple plays later and Brent caught it.