The Oakland Raiders returned to the practice field in Napa for their second day of training camp still healthy from the day before. The only player not in attendance was defensive lineman Denico Autry who the team placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Some quick observations from the Raiders second day of training camp:
- Rookie quarterback Connor Cook struggled yesterday and his struggled continued today. The ball is not coming out clean and receivers are having a hard time holding on to the ball. He should have thrown another interception when safety Jimmy Hall leaped up but had the ball go through his hands and tight end Colton Underwood hauled in the acrobatic catch. Cook is a fourth-round rookie so it's expected, but he still has a lot of work to do.
- Backup quarterback Matt McGloin threw an interception for the second day in a row. The veteran looked to find wide receiver Seth Roberts but cornerback DJ Hayden stepped in front of the pass for the pick. McGloin did throw a beautiful ball to wide receiver Andre Holmes down the left sideline.
- Second-year linebacker Ben Heeney is wearing the green dot for the Raiders defense this year and he's wearing it well. He continues to make big plays and recognize the offensive plays early. One play of note today was when he recognized a screen pass to DeAndre Washington and came up for the simulated tackle. One of his biggest knocks out of college was missing tackles, so we'll see how he does when the pads come on.
- I said it yesterday but Joe Hansley is FAST. The young kid took another underneath route and turned on the burners to get to the edge and take it for a big gain. He's an interesting prospect for the Raiders.
- It was Menelik Watson who continued to get the first-team snaps while veteran Austin Howard worked with the second-team offensive line.
- Two players I look forward to seeing in game situations are backup running backs DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard. They have both shown quickness on the field and their burst is impressive. Washington could end up having a decent-sized role, and Richard has a chance with the team with fullback Marcel Reece suspended for the first three weeks.
- Quarterback Derek Carr and second-year wide receiver Amari Cooper are roommates at camp this year, something they wanted to do. Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said today that the players asked the coaches if they could room together to better help build chemistry.
The Raiders get back on the field for their third day of camp tomorrow. Tomorrow is also the first day that the team is allowed to wear pads, per the new collective bargaining agreement.