Believe it or not, we have just three days left of Raiders training camp and one more training camp day before the Raiders see their first game action in the preseason opener. The players need to try and make these last two camp days count to earn game reps.
One man who is not making these days count is Mario Edwards, who once again didn't see reps in team sessions as he recovers from a hand injury he suffered in a fight with Kelechi Osemele last Saturday that had both players kicked out of practice.
Edwards had had tape on the hand for the last practice on Sunday and today had the hand wrapped with protection over the knuckles.
Del Rio said after Sunday's practice that Edwards was "still a little sore but he'll be fine. Nothing major going on there."
It's possible that it wasn't just the injured hand that is keeping Edwards sidelined. Del Rio had said multiple times this offseason that fighting would not be tolerated for this very reason. That's how a player lands in a coach's doghouse.
Ironically, replacing Edwards with the first team was Denico Autry who wears a cast on his right wrist from an injury he suffered in offseaon workouts. Autry just came off the PUP the day prior to Edwards' hurting his hand punching Osemele's helmet.
OUT: Neiron Ball was at practice, but he wasn't participating. This is the first camp practice he's missed after missing the offseason program recovering from a knee injury he suffered last season. Jimmy Hall missed his second straight practice. He was seen working on the side with a trainer during practice.
IN: There were no returning players today.
There was quite a bit of media in attendance at practice, including Derek Carr's brother David who works for NFL Network and Raiders Hall of Famer Howie Long who is an analyst for FOX. Del Rio spoke on the presence of Long at practice.
"It's awesome," said Del Rio. "Howie is going to come talk to the team tonight. We invited him to camp. He was nice enough to take time out of his schedule and come up here and visit with us. You know, he's one of the all-time greats. He still looks like he can play, big old studly guy. So, obviously, he's still in the football world. He calls games on FOX on the weekends and does a great job with that. But, I look forward to him coming in here and just talking about, you know, one of the reasons we invited him, it's about the big guys in the trenches. It's about what we get done in the trenches and I want him to speak to that, some of those topics. So, we'll look forward to hearing from him tonight."
Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree were lighting up today, getting the better of their cornerback counterparts who had been winning those battles this offseason. Crabtree caught a ball on a cross over the middle with Sean Smith in coverage and a bit later got behind David Amerson on a post pattern that was good for a 60-yard touchdown. Cooper had Amerson called for pass interference and still was able to haul in the catch on the right sideline. Then he got a step on Smith up the left sideline for a long gain.
Amerson still got an interception though. Carr overthrew Clive Walford in the end zone and Amerson was in position to pick it off and kneel down for a touchback.
Tramain Jacobs made his first play as a Raider in his second practice. He stepped in front of a pass from Connor Cook intended for KJ Brent. Nice play. Welcome to the Raiders.
Malcolm Smith played well today, coming up to stuff DeAndre Washington on an inside run attempt and showing well in coverage as well. He was all over Clive Walford who couldn't break coverage to get open on the right side of the end zone. Carr's pass sailed over his head to where Walford should have been had he been able to get there.
Catch of the day
Overall it wasn't a great day for Seth Roberts who had two drops, but he also had the best catch. McGloin threw the ball where only Roberts could get it, which was key because Roberts had Dexter McDonald in his hip pocket. Roberts leapt for the sideline, catching the ball just as McDonald nailed him and still he was able to hold onto it and touch in bounds. Not an easy catch in the slightest.
Gotta pick it up
Matt McGloin -- while making some nice looking throws this camp, has been a bit of an interception machine. Often times you write those off because practice is where you take chances, and he usually makes up for it, but it's gotten a bit out of hand. He had another today and nearly had a couple others. He went for Gabe Holmes downfield and underthrew it and it was picked off by Cory James. He had another pass intended for Holmes that was nearly picked by Nate Allen. That being said, McGloin is not in great danger of losing his primary backup job.
Joe Hansley, Jaydon Mickens - These two were looking really good in OTA's and minicamp, most notably Hansley who was the talk of the offseason, but neither has done much in this camp. Both players had a drop today. Jaydon dropped an out route from McGloin early in practice and Hansley was wide open on a seam route only to have it bounce right off his hands where it was nearly picked off by Nate Allen.