It was another day at Raiders camp in Napa and head coach Jack Del Rio saw another player return from injury.
The Raiders took defensive tackle Stacy McGee off of the Physically Unable to Perform list as he rejoined the team on Friday.
While he returned, RB Michael Dyer, TE Clive Walford, WR Rod Streater, OT Menelik Watson and Roy Helu, Jr. were off on the side field working with a trainer. Veteran DE Justin Tuck was also not on the playing field, but Del Rio acknowledged that it was just a veteran day off.
It was believed that the team would be in pads, but they were not in pads for the first time since Sunday. Del Rio said it was planned, but he didn’t tell the team beforehand.
With no other injuries to report, here are some quick hits from Friday’s practice:
- It was a much better day for the Raiders passing game as Derek Carr rekindled his spark with veteran wide receiver Michael Crabtree. Crabtree got open against Keith McGill and Larry Asante on a nice slant-and-go route for a deep reception. McGill would redeem himself later in the end zone and he leaped up to snatch an interception from Carr to Crabtree.
- The Raiders continue to keep the slimmed-down fullback Marcel Reece involved in the passing game. Reece made a couple of nice catches on Friday, including one that was tipped at the line and then a one-hander on consecutive plays. Musgrave should certainly be looking for ways to incorporate Reece into the offense as more than just a fullback.
- Reece isn’t the only running back that the Raiders seem to be including in the passing game. The speedster Taiwan Jones has been spread out wide a couple of times including Friday when he beat his defender easily for a long reception down the sideline. Musgrave said on Thursday that Jones has speed that makes it difficult for defenders to emulate.
- Safety Jonathan Dowling made a nice play when he followed backup quarterback Christian Ponder’s eyes to almost make a nice interception.
- Wide receiver Brice Butler used a nifty move to shake his defender and get open in the soft spot of a zone for a nice touchdown on a slant.
- Rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper showed off his shiftiness and acceleration on a nice catch and run. The young receiver’s acceleration is impressive.
- The coverage also provided a nice coverage sack later in practice as Carr was unable to find an open receiver to throw to. Second-year linebacker Khalil Mack was in the area of Carr.
The Raiders return to the practice field Saturday morning.