Training Camp Observations: Aug. 10, 2014

The Raiders returned to Napa after their 10-6 loss against to the Minnesota Vikings in their preseason debut on Friday.

It was also the Raiders’ second to last practice in Napa before they break camp on Monday before heading down to Oxnard, Calif. for two joint practices with the Dallas Cowboys.

Reserve linebacker Kaluka Maiava returned to the field for the first time since hurting his hamstring about two weeks ago.

Rookie defensive tackle Justin Ellis remained out with his concussion he suffered during game day.

The biggest news of the day came when Raiders officials let the reporters in attendance know that rookie cornerback Jansen Watson had left the team to contemplate his future. Watson had injured his toe during the week one preseason game.

Here are some quick highlights from today’s practice:

  • Wide receiver Greg Little had a rough day holding on to the ball and saw a couple of throws his way hit the ground after he dropped them. On one occasion, Little had a ball go through his hands that resulted in an interception by safety Brandian Ross. Granted, the interception throw was a little wide and high of him by rookie quarterback Derek Carr.
  • Second-year wide receiver Brice Butler continues to make nice catches here at training camp. Butler made a couple of nice fingertip catches deep down the field for big gains. It appears that his offseason work with A.J. Green and Calvin Johnson has been beneficial to the young wide receiver.
  • Quarterback Matt Schaub opened up team drills with a nice ball deep down the middle to Andre Holmes, who beat both Sio Moore and Charles Woodson.
  • After having a rough game on Friday, veteran cornerback Tarell Brown had a nice practice by defending the couple of passes thrown his way. It is crucial for the Raiders that Brown can turn his strong training camp into a strong season on the field, especially with D.J. Hayden missing so much time.
  • Speaking of Hayden, Hayden was getting some work in with a trainer off to the side for the beginning of practice. It may not be him back on the field, but it was nice to see him running and making cuts on that foot that had a stress fracture in. Dennis Allen still wouldn't give a timeline for his return but it is a step in the right direction.
  • Veteran wide receiver James Jones made a couple of beautiful catches again. Jones runs real nice routes and makes it look effortless when out there on the field. His veteran presence and ability to make plays could be a huge gain for the Raiders this season.
  • Tight end David Ausberry was still not on the field after having that "procedure" on his knee. Allen did not have a timetable for his return either.
The Raiders return to practice on Monday at 8:20 a.m. before they break camp in the afternoon and head down to Oxnard for the two practices against the Cowboys.

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