Derek Carr returns for minicamp

The Oakland Raiders returned to the field on Tuesday for their mandatory minicamp, and that included starting quarterback Derek Carr returning after missing OTAs with a finger injury.

It was reported before Tuesday’s practice that Carr would return under a limited role, but that did not appear to be the case. Carr was a full-participant when it came to positional and team drills.

As has been the case all offseason, head coach Jack Del Rio didn’t want to go into depth about the injury, but did say “he was out there. He was ready to go today.”

Del Rio enjoyed seeing his starting quarterback return to the field.

“It was good to see Derek looking like nothing ever happened,” Del Rio said. “He stepped in and performed.”

That said, he still wouldn’t go into detail regarding what the actual injury was.

“It’s a non-issue,” he said. “I haven’t talked about it a lot, and I’m not going to start now.”

The second-year quarterback acknowledged that it was difficult for him to not be out there with his teammates, but listened to his teammates’ advice when they said “there’s no games to be won right now.”

But that didn’t stop him from wanting to be out there, acknowledging that he is a “gym rat” and saying “I just want to throw… I love football”

Carr and the Raiders will return for the second day of minicamp tomorrow. That said, here’s some quick hits from today’s practice.

  • Linebacker Sio Moore wasn’t expected to be full-go until training camp at the end of July, but he was back on the field today working with the second team. He may not be a full participant, but it is a good sign that he will be ready for Napa.
  • Wide receiver Rod Streater had a nice day at practice. He used a great move to shake cornerback Neiko Thorpe and get open… then used the same move a couple of plays later to get open from D.J. Hayden.
  • Rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper continues to impress me with his quickness in and out of breaks… and I’m not the only one. Veteran safety Charles Woodson compared his first time seeing him to when he first saw Greg Jennings as a Green Bay Packer in 2006 - “he was a guy right away that you knew he had ‘it’”.
  • Cooper did have a ball clank off of his hands though, leading to an interception by middle linebacker Curtis Lofton. The intensity revved up a little bit at today’s practice, as Ray-Ray Armstrong got into a little bit of pushing and shoving after one play, as well as a separate fight between LB Neiron Ball and OL Khalif Barnes.
  • Rookie tight end Clive Walford continues to impress during the offseason. He recognized the defense on one occasion and broke free on a nice seam route. He then made a nice catch over the safety on the sideline a little bit later and used his speed to get some extra yards.

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