Raiders continue OTAs without Tuck, Hayden

The Oakland Raiders continued through their third week of Organized Team Activities but were missing some key players.

Second-year cornerback D.J. Hayden was seen still wearing a walking boot on his right foot but was present as a spectator. Head coach Dennis Allen does not have a timetable for his return just yet.

“It’s hard to tell," said Allen. "Initially I was hopeful of that. Again, we’re day by day with DJ. Hopefully we’ll have him out here, because he needs to work.”

Veteran defensive end Justin Tuck and linebacker Kevin Burnett were also not present, though Allen was made aware of their absences prior.

Veteran wide receiver James Jones was at practice but worked on a side field with a trainer as he recovers from a hamstring injury.

Allen continues to experiment with the special teams, this time inserting running back Darren McFadden on kickoff returns. The team has already seen Maurice Jones-Drew practice as a punt returner.

Raiders WR James Jones worked out on a side field with a trainer during Monday's practice

While the Raiders don't seem to have a so-called "number-one" receiver, Allen believes what they need is a bunch of "football players" at the position.

“You need a bunch of good football players and you need your good football players to step up and make plays when you need them to," said Allen of his receiving corps. "There’s a lot of different ways that you can accomplish that goal. I feel like we have some weapons on the offensive side of the ball and our job as coaches is to put them in position to let them have success and that’s what we plan on doing.”

Wide receiver Denarius Moore is one player at wide receiver that the team hopes can step up and be a playmaker for the upcoming season.

Moore has had a hard time with dropped passes over the last couple of years, and the troubles continued during today's practice. After an early drop, Moore got open in front of the secondary only to have the ball bounce off of his hands for another drop.

"I think we’re still working through that," said Allen of Moore. "He’s not unlike a lot of guys we have on the football team. He’s still got a lot of improvement that he’s got to make. I’ve seen some strides and hopefully he’ll continue to make those strides. I think, like I was talking about earlier, with all these guys attention to detail is where we’ve got to work to continue to improve, and that’s with all these guys. Because the margin for error in the NFL is very minute, very small, so the ability to be precise in everything you do is critical to having success.”

Wide receiver Greg Little has also had his share of inconsistencies, though Little had a solid day at practice Monday hauling in a couple of nice receptions.

The Raiders continue their offseason program with their mandatory minicamp from June 17-19 in Alameda, Calif.

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