Over the last few days, defensive backs have started to fight back.
While quarterbacks Matt Schaub and Derek Carr made some nice throws -– several on deep passes in single coverage -- the defensive backs made a fair share of plays on Thursday and again Friday afternoon.
“There was some give and take again today,” head coach Dennis Allen said. “Over the last two days, I think both sides have been crisp.”
Safety Charles Woodson made his third interception in two practices on Friday, nabbing a Matt Schaub pass after it skipped off tight end David Ausberry’s hands.
Carlos Rogers used quick hands to dislodge a pass seemingly secured by Denarius Moore. Jansen Watson slapped a completion away from Rahsaan Vaughn. Even Keith McGill, who started slow after being taken off the PUP list, made a diving deflection that illustrated his progress in recent days.
While there were more interceptions the day before, Friday continued a trend of defensive resistance that should make for greater competition in practice and better performance down the line.
Some other notes from Raiders camp:
-- Defensive end Justin Tuck missed practice for a minor groin injury.
“I don’t think it’s anything serious,” Allen said. “(Friday’s absence) somewhat of an injury, somewhat of a veteran’s day off.”
-- Rookie seventh-round pick Shelby Harris worked some with the first team in Tuck’s absence, a sign that the coaching staff thinks he’s making significant progress between now and the offseason program.
-- No. 2 quarterback Derek Carr had a solid practice that included two long touchdown passes. He has also shown a willingness to take off and run when space allows it.
“We’re pleased with Derek Carr,” Allen said. “He had a good day today, but he’s had a lot of good days.”
-- Carr set up the catch of the day, when he hit Andre Holmes made an over-the-shoulder grab on a post pattern to the end zone.