Quick hits as Raiders break minicamp

The Oakland Raiders concluded their mandatory minicamp with a shortened practice to wrap it all up on Thursday afternoon.

Players will now have over a month without any obligations at the facility until they head to Napa for training camp.

With the shorter practice today, here are a few quick hits and observations from today’s media window:

  • Safety Nate Allen was unable to go through practice for the second day in a row, but head coach Jack Del Rio would once again not address the injury. He is not required to talk about injuries until the regular season.
  • Starting quarterback Derek Carr showed some signs of rust, missing on a couple of throws and then getting intercepted by defensive end Justin Tuck who jumped up and hauled in the pass at the line of scrimmage. Certainly isn’t anything to worry about.
  • Amari Cooper continues to run clean and quick routes but did have a couple of drops including a route he beat TJ Carrie on down the sideline, only to drop the pass. Certainly isn’t anything to worry about as him and Carr are still working on getting on the same page.
  • New linebacker Malcolm Smith has made some nice plays this week, including dropping back in coverage perfectly to defend a pass from Carr today. He seems to be fitting into this defense well, and will be fun to watch his progression in training camp in six weeks.
  • It must sound like an echo, but rookie tight end Clive Walford continues to make big plays in the passing game. Walford once again got open on a seam route and hauled in a nice pass for a big gain in between the linebacker and safety. It’s still early, but the young tight end has been impressive in the offseason thus far.
  • Linebacker Khalil Mack took to the podium to address the media after practice and mentioned he has indeed put on some weight, saying he “put on a little something.” He wouldn’t give a specific number, but it is certainly noticeable. While he wouldn’t give a weight difference, he said it won’t be slowing him down since “it’s all lean, baby. No fat.”
  • Head coach Jack Del Rio said he wanted players to be “smart” for the next six weeks of offseason, meaning “don’t get in any trouble.”

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