On a day the Jacksonville Jaguars saw their third-overall pick Dante Fowler, Jr. get carted off the field with an apparent knee injury, Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio was happy to have no major injuries to report.
The new Raiders head coach wants to use the rookie minicamp as a way to help transition his young players to not only the NFL, but also what it means to be a part of the Silver & Black.
“For us, it’s an introduction to what Raider football looks like - how we meet, how we practice, how we condition and all those things,” Del Rio said after practice. “And beginning the process of developing those guys and bringing them up to speed with the veterans we have here. And I think the biggest thing is to have them see what it takes to compete at this level.”
While he wants his players to practice hard, he also wants them to practice with the proper technique to avoid injury.
“You do the best you can… hopefully he’ll be okay down there,” Del Rio said of Fowler. “You try and educate the guys, help them understand what it should look like and what it can’t look like. They’ll be examples for me to show in tomorrow’s meetings before we come back out again.”
The Raiders return to the practice field on Saturday for the second of three rookie minicamp practices.