Training camp observations: July 30, 2014

The Oakland Raiders returned to the field after their first day off since camp started and were not as crisp, according to head coach Dennis Allen.

The Raiders are still a little banged up but wide receiver Rod Streater did return to the field for practice, though donning shorts instead of pads and pants. He participated in non-contact drills. Fellow wide receivers Greg Little and Juron Criner remained out with hamstring injuries.

Linebackers Kaluka Maiava, Marshall McFadden and defensive back Shelton Johnson all remained out from practice as well.

Possibly adding to the list was the departure of left guard Austin Howard. Howard left practice early after his back tightened up, according to Allen.

With injuries all accounted for, lets take a quick look at some observations from today's practice session:

  • Wide receiver Denarius Moore got off to a rough start with another drop, but quickly came back with a nice play in the corner of the end zone. Moore leaped up to tip a ball to himself and get his feet down for the touchdown catch. He also made  a nice touchdown catch at the end of a two-minute drill to end camp.
  • New Raiders defensive end LaMarr Woodley had a good day at camp. Woodley abused second-year right tackle Menelik Watson on a run play to get into the backfield and "tackle" Maurice Jones-Drew for what would be a loss if tackles were allowed. Later on, he got around Watson again for what would be a simulated sack on quarterback Matt Schaub.
  • Rookie quarterback Derek Carr had more troubles today than he has. He dropped a couple of snaps under center, as well as missing a couple of throws. It's nothing to be alarmed about but it is worth noting since Carr has had problems with snaps under center throughout the offseason.
  • Carr did finish practice off nicely with a well-ran two-minute drill. It didn't get off to a good start when he almost had his throw on the first play get intercepted by rookie safety Jonathan Dowling, who had it bounce off of his chest. Carr took advantage of keeping the ball with a nicely orchestrated drive that was capped off with a five-yard touchdown run by Carr himself. He seemed to have nice control of the huddle throughout the drill as well.
  • Defensive tackle Pat Sims had a nice day of his own, disrupting the offensive line and blowing up center Stefen Wisniewski at one point to disrupt the rushing play in the backfield.
  • Fullback Marcel Reece continues to be active in the passing game, including a leaping catch over safety Tyvon Branch down the sideline today. Reece presents major mismatches for defenses and offensive coordinator Greg Olson should make sure he finds a way to use him in the passing game this year.
  • Schaub's two-minute drill was less dramatic than Carr's as he found the open receivers down the field and went through his progressions. He capped off the drive with a perfect ball to the back of the end zone to find Moore, who made a nice catch with cornerback Chimdi Chekwa trailing. Schaub continues to look in control of the offense and be impressive.

The Raiders will return to the field on Thursday at 3:00 p.m.

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