The Oakland Raiders got one body back off of the non-football illness list as running back Trent Richardson returned to the field for Thursday’s practice.
Richardson’s return is a start, but the Raiders are still without tight end Clive Walford or wide receiver Rod Streater. Walford was seen on the side field working out with a trainer, but joined by offensive tackle Menelik Watson and rookie running back Michael Dyer. The time missed is valuable time, especially for the rookies.
With that said, here are some quick hits from Thursday’s padded practice:
- Cornerback D.J. Hayden had a solid bounce-back from a rough outing yesterday. Hayden made a nice play to defend a pass to wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins. Unfortunately, Thompkins went down and stayed down for a little while before being helped off the field. He would return to the field with his fellow receivers, but would not see another play.
- Hayden then made an interception while covering rookie Amari Cooper on the next play and returned it near the goal line for what was almost a defensive touchdown. It was a solid day all around for Hayden after struggling for much of camp.
- Second-year cornerback Keith McGill continues to be impressive in training camp. The young corner used every inch of his long reach while stretching out to defend a pass to tight end Mychal Rivera. The battle for the second corner position continues to be a crucial position battle to watch.
- Outside linebacker Malcolm Smith also had an almost-pick on quarterback Derek Carr but saw it go through his hands. His camp roommate Brice Butler made sure Smith went to the jugs machine after practice to work on those hands.
- Practice ended with an interception by undrafted rookie free agent Tevin McDonald on backup quarterback Christian Ponder. The interception sparked the entire defense to run down the sideline celebrating the victory to end practice.
- It was a tough day passing the ball all around, but offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said it’s the type of day that the offense can learn a lot about, but must also forget quickly. My guess is that’s just what Carr will do, as he looks to progress tomorrow.
The Raiders will return to the practice field on Friday at 10:20 a.m.