After having full attendance on day one - with the exception of those on the Physically Unable to Perform list and the Non-Football Injury List - the Raiders were only missing linebacker Kaluka Maiava. Head coach Dennis Allen said after practice that Maiava left with a hamstring injury on day one.
Raider Nation came to Saturday's practice, providing an atmosphere filled with "oohs" and "ahhhs" whenever a Raider made a play. But that also meant there were groans whenever a player did something negative.The following are some quick observations from today's practice:
- While the passing game looked crisper form yesterday, some of the wide receivers still encountered problems with drops. Drops have been problematic for wide receiver Denarius Moore in OTAs, and that continued today. Tight end David Ausberry was victim to a drop when he crossed over the middle only to have rookie quarterback Derek Carr's ball fall off his hands incomplete. Ausberry did make a nice play to get open for a big gain later in practice.
- Greg Little also had another drop today that occurred across the middle of the field with no defense, but he made up for it with a couple of acrobatic catches as well. With Schaub escaping out of the pocket and rolling to his right, Little hauled in a nice catch on the sideline and dragged his second foot to stay in bounds for the nice catch. Little also made a nice adjustment to a deep ball down the right sideline from second-year quarterback Matt McGloin. Little continues to impress but just needs to be consistent with his impression.
- Derek Carr had another nice day throwing the ball, including a ball on the money to undrafted rookie tight end Jake Murphy. One thing of note is how he seems to use that strong arm of his, even on shorter throws. His wide receivers have had problems handling the ball at times on the shorter routes, and that continued today. Not sure if it's coincidental or if it's his strong arm that they're having a problem with.
- Punter Marquette King put on a show kicking the ball on Saturday, booming what seemed to be nearly an 80-yard punt that sent rookie T.J. Carrie running to make a basket catch over his shoulder. King followed it up with another punt that seemed to soar another 70 yards and sent Maurice Jones-Drew running back to get the ball.
- Moore didn't only struggle hauling in the ball in passing routes, but he also had some problems bringing in the ball on punt returns. A couple of times he muffed the punt, and on other times it appeared that he misjudged a couple of other punts, barely making the catch.
- King wasn't the only kicker that drew some "oohs"on the field Saturday. Kicker Sebastian Janikowski boomed a 50+ field goal during a special teams drill, bringing an applause from the fans in attendance. Janikowski made just 21 of 30 field goals attempted last season.
- Tight end Murphy did have to leave the field early when he went out for a pass and was incidentally hit high by linebacker Bojay Filimoeatu. He did not return to practice.
The Raiders return to the practice field at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday.