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Raiders 2016 training camp day 8 wrap: Derek Carr fueling well oiled machine

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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

After taking a day off from pads, the Raiders were back in pads and grinding. Still steadily doing work is Derek Carr. If it were a race, he would have lapped the competition, including his earlier self. He is the heart and soul of this team on and off the field and his rapport with his receivers has been taken to a new level.

"I love the way they're working at it," Jack Del Rio said of Carr and his receivers. "I think the communication level has gone to another level, the communication. We're really thrilled with returning that group. . . we returned the four key guys that Derek throws to in the receiving corps. I think it's a really good group. We all expect it, with them knowing each other and the subtleties of the route running, the things they need to do that we can take advantage of it and have a big year."

The first play of 11-on-11s Carr hit Mychal Rivera who got wide open on a shallow right cross. The next play, he showed off his speed, tucking the ball and picking up a good 15 yards before anyone got close to him. He had Khalil Mack in pursuit and Mack didn't catch him.

A short time later, he threw a perfect pass in stride to Clive Walford who was on crossing from left to right with Karl Joseph in coverage. Joseph was trailing, the ball was leading, and Walford was leaving.

Later Carr snuck a pass around Sean Smith on a seam route to Michael Crabtree with a meadow of open field in front of him.

Observations:

OUT: Leon Orr missed a third straight day. Colton Underwood was also not at practice again. Taiwan Jones started practice in full pads, but didn't stick long. He has been battling an injury the past few days. Kelechi Osemele and Mario Edwards Jr were kicked out of practice part of the way through for fighting.

IN: Lenny Jones suited up for the team for the first time. He was signed yesterday, replacing Damontre Moore who was waived. Jones took Moore's number 98. Tramain Jacobs was signed as well, but wasn't at practice.

Standouts

In run sessions Justin Ellis showed why he's taken over as the first team nose tackle for the team. Not much got past him. He had at least two runs go right at him from Latavius Murray and DeAndre Washington and he stuffed both of them.

Karl Joseph laid a hard hit up the middle coming up to smack Marcel Reece. Brynden Trawick and John Lotulelei both had tackles for loss.

On the offensive side, Matt McCants had a nice pancake block on Darius Latham.

Andre Holmes redeemed himself a little today after having a rough day yesterday, and basically a lackluster camp overall. He caught a few passes from Matt McGloin including one on an out route along the left sideline with TJ Carrie in coverage, and a 20-yard timing comebacker with Dexter McDonald covering.

Catch of the day

Not just the best catch, but probably the best pass of the day. Connor Cook had KJ Brent up the left sideline with Neiko Thorpe in coverage. Cook put the ball in the air and Brent tracked it and made a perfect of the shoulder catch.

Gotta pick it up:

Neiko Thorpe had a tough day. He was victimized all over the field. First by Matt McGloin out along the left sideline to Mychal Rivera in 7-on-7s. Then there was that connection from Cook to Brent in which he was trailing. Later Seth Roberts also got behind Thorpe. McGloin saw it and put the ball up high. Roberts played it perfectly, climbing the ladder to pull the pass down. Thorpe hadn't even turned around yet.