Quick hits from Raiders' week 3 OTAs

The Oakland Raiders returned to the practice field for their third week of Organized Team Activities and did so without their starting quarterback a full-go once again.

Second-year quarterback Derek Carr was on the field again, but once again did not participate in full-team drills. A week after just participating by handing the ball off, Carr did make some short throws but was nowhere near a full-participant.

Head coach Jack Del Rio once again would not give too much detail into the injury, but did admit that he’s progressing.

“He’s doing well… We’ll do what we can, when we can. He’s doing well right now,” Del Rio said.

Nonetheless, seeing Carr make any throws is progress, and nobody on the team appears to be too worried about the injury, including left tackle Donald Penn.

“No concern at all [about Carr’s injury].,” Penn said after Tuesday’s practice. “Derek knows this offense almost as good as the offensive coordinator. I have no worries with Derek. Derek is still the first person to get here in the morning.”

Big defensive tackle Dan Williams still wasn’t back on the field with his teammates, but he was on the side working out with a trainer with his helmet on. Del Rio isn’t concerned about his injury, saying he had “no worries about Dan.”

Some other quick hits from today’s OTA practice:

  • Projected starting middle linebacker Curtis Lofton was back on the field practicing with his teammates. He's a key piece to the defense, especially after the Silver & Black lost Nick Roach for all of last season.
  • Rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper was impressive once again. He ran a clean fade route in the beginning and impressed all practice with his soft hands. He also showed his ability to run after the catch after hauling in a short pass from Christian Ponder, and then stopping on a dime to shake free from cornerback Neiko Thorpe to gain some extra yards.
  • Pro Bowler fullback Marcel Reece made a nice catch along the sidelines to display his nice hands.
  • The Raiders didn't add any cornerback help in the offseason, putting a lot of faith in D.J. Hayden, TJ Carrie and the other defenders on the roster. Hayden made a nice play along the sideline today, blanketing wide receiver Andre Holmes all the way down the sideline and forcing the incompletion.

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