Raiders open up mandatory minicamp

The Raiders offseason workouts continued with the beginning of mandatory minicamp on Tuesday in Alameda, Calif.

Second-year cornerback D.J. Hayden was once again held out of practice and forced to be a spectator, donning a walking boot as he has the last couple of weeks. Allen expects Hayden to be out for the rest of minicamp, though believes he should be back for training camp.

Offensive lineman Lucas Nix also remained out after having knee surgery, while cornerback Carlos Rogers was out of practice with a calf injury but it isn’t expected to be serious, according to Dennis Allen. Wide receiver James Jones left practice early with a shoulder injury but Allen doesn’t expect it to be serious.

The defense had the upper hand against the offense today, with wide receivers dropping balls and the defensive line batting balls. Wide receiver Greg Little, who has been solid this offseason, had a couple of drops but came back to finish off strong with some nice catches.

Rookie quarterback Derek Carr showed off his strong arm on back to back plays, though only one was a touchdown while the second should have been but wasn’t as it was dropped. Fullback Marcel Reece hauled in the first ball, while wide receiver Andre Holmes dropped the second one on another beautifully thrown ball by Carr. Carr received a lot of work with the second-team offense over Matt McGloin, though head coach Dennis Allen says to not “read too much into it” but did go on to say “we’ve seen some good things” from him.

“Derek’s a guy that we like, a player that we like,” Allen said after practice. “I think he’s got a lot of potential. Like I said before, we’re going to look at a lot of different guys in a lot of different lineups. I wouldn’t read too much into that, but obviously it does say that we’ve seen some good things out of him and we’ve liked some of the things that we’ve seen.”

Quarterback Matt Schaub had a nice throw of his own to tight end David Ausberry who broke free, forcing rookie linebacker Khalil Mack to be called for defensive holding.

Schaub did encounter a little bit of trouble towards the end of practice when defensive end Justin Tuck reached up to bat a ball up to give cornerback Tarell Brown the opportunity to come down with the interception.

Overall, Allen believes Schaub has been “outstanding” during his offseason workouts with the Raiders.

“Yeah, I think he’s been outstanding,” Allen said. “That’s what you’re looking for in a veteran quarterback. I don’t think we’ve seen the best of what we’re going to see out of Matt Schaub. Even though he is a veteran player, it’s still a different offense for him, it’s still something new. He’s still learning, but I’ve been very pleased with what I’ve seen out of him so far.”

The Raiders continue with two more days of practice at mandatory minicamp before a five week break until training camp is set to begin on July 25.

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