The wait is finally over for Raider Nation and the Oakland Raiders are finally back on the practice field as training camp kicked off in Napa on Friday.
Unfortunately for the Raiders, they were without some key pieces due to injuries. The Raiders announced before practice began that defensive tackle Stacy McGee and KR Trindon Holliday were on the Physically unable to Perform list while wide receiver Rod Streater and running back Trent Richardson were on the Non-Football Injury List.
Rookie tight end Clive Walford was also not on the practice field. As has been the case all offseason, head coach Jack Del Rio would not divulge much information as to their situation.
“No, the guys that are able to go are going,” Del Rio said in his post-practice press conference “There are a few guys that may be a couple of days, may be a while before they can join us, but there’s really nothing to report other than they weren’t out here, weren’t on the specific list. As soon as they clear up and go they’ll go.”
With that said, here are some quick hits from the Raiders’ first training camp practice.
- Christian Ponder seemed to have the upper hand for the backup quarterback job all offseason, but that seemed to change on day one of training camp. Matt McGloin received some snaps with the second team, but so did Ponder.
- Second-year quarterback Derek Carr looked very crisp to begin his second training camp. He found the open receivers and made all of the necessary throws.
- New Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree seemed to have a nice rapport with Carr, hauling in several tough catches. The most impressive catch came with D.J. Hayden in coverage and swiping at the ball and almost jarring it loose. Instead, the veteran receiver used his strong hands to hold on to the ball. He also made another tough catch over TJ Carrie, as well as one later with Keith McGill draped all over him.
- Second-year linebacker Khalil Mack picked up right where he left off. Within the first couple of plays in team drills, he shed his block and wrapped up Latavius Murray in the backfield for a loss. Late in practice, the linebacker beat Menelik Watson badly to get what would have been a sack on Carr. The guy is poised to “make freakish plays,” according to Carr.
- I know everyone wants to know about rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper... but most of the passing plays went Crabtree's way today. Cooper did make some nice catches including one on the sideline where he showed good control to keep his feet in bounds. The plays will come, don't worry one bit about this.
The Raiders will be back on the practice field tomorrow starting at 10:20 a.m. once again.
Raiders added DT Stacy McGee and KR Trindon Holliday to PUP and placed WR Rod Streater and RB Trent Richardson on the NFI list