The Oakland Raiders were able to put their pads on for the first time on Sunday's training camp and that's exactly what they did.
Missing from practice on Sunday was rookie quarterback Connor Cook and veteran offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele.
Cook was likely attending his former teammate and Michigan State punter Michael Sadler's funeral, who died in a horrific car crash a week ago.
Head coach Jack Del Rio didn't speak publicly on Sunday, though Vic Tafur of the SF Chronicle did say Del Rio believes he will be back tomorrow.
With that said, here's a quick look at some observations from Sunday's practice:
- With Osemele out for the day it was second-year offensive lineman Jon Feliciano who stepped in at the left guard position. The former University of Miami lineman appears to be the next man up if someone goes down on the inside, also appearing as the second-string center.
- The players appeared to be excited about being in pads for the first time, and none more than linebacker Khalil Mack. Mack continues to look explosive and burst through the right side of the offensive line so fast that rookie running back DeAndre Washington barely had a chance to take the handoff before Mack was there for the simulated tackle behind the line of scrimmage.
- Speaking of Washington, the rookie running back has continued to impress. His burst stands out and especially did so when he took a handoff up the middle and couldn't find anything, but then bounced it out to the left and got around the defense for a sizable gain. He's able to get at top speed quickly.
- Third-string running back Jalen Richard made another one of those plays that had me go "wow". Richard set the play up outside, saw the hole, and then burst through it before anyone had the chance to touch him. He's another player that I'm excited to watch during the game.
- Rookie linebacker Shilique Calhoun had a strong offseason program and it has carried over into training camp. He had a simulated sack the other day, and then chased running back George Atkinson III down from behind for the simulated tackle.
- We haven't gotten to see the matchup often, but we did get to see cornerback Sean Smith on wide receiver Amari Cooper on Sunday. Cooper took Smith deep but the corner was all over him and forced an overthrow from Carr.
- It was a tough day passing all around for the offense, though backup quarterback Matt McGloin did end practice on a high note when he found wide receiver Johnny Holton a couple of times for big gains.
The Raiders have one more practice on Monday before getting their first off day on Tuesday. Practice is slated to start at 11am once again.