The Oakland Raiders took the field for their final week of offseason team activities, but this time without their helmets.
After practicing all week in full gear, head coach Jack Del Rio felt the team needed a day to practice without them.
"Today we brought the guys in and had a little mental day," said Del Rio after practice. "Backed down a little bit with it being the third day of the week."
The veteran head coach saw it necessary for the team to have that "mental day" because of where they are in the offseason program.
"[It was] Good work, and we have to learn how to practice in shorts and sometimes taking the helmets off and lightening it up," Del Rio said. "We have to be a team that understands what it's like to maintain that mental intensity and backing down physically."
Del Rio acknowledges that this won't be the last time the team practices without their helmets, but he wanted them to get a chance to know how to operate before the team leaves to Napa for training camp in late July.
"We'll do it in training camp and so it's an opportunity for us to kind of help them understand what it looks like," he said in his post-practice presser.
That said, the team shouldn't expect that next day without helmets to come tomorrow when the Raiders hit the practice field for their final day of OTAs.
"We'll go tomorrow and be full speed tomorrow," Del Rio said. "[We'll be] cranking it back up."