The Oakland Raiders put the pads back on after an easy Friday practice and with that was the return of a couple scuffles. Saturday's first scuffle featured offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele going up against defensive lineman Mario Edwards, Jr. who both ended up on the ground throwing punches at each other while they both still had their helmets on.
Just a couple of plays later, Osemele got into it again with someone and shortly after he was seen walking off the field with left tackle Donald Penn to cool off. Penn would come back and have a couple of words with Edwards afterwards. Shortly after, Osemele and Edwards walked off the field and into the clubhouse and came out without their pads to workout. Edwards appeared to have his right hand iced up as well, seemingly from the punches that were thrown.
Besides the fights, here's some quick observations from Saturday's practice:
- Defensive lineman Leon Orr was not working out with the team but was instead on lifting weights with a trainer. Running back Taiwan Jones started practice with the field but was unable to finish. Jones took his pads off and finished practice a spectator. Tight end Colton Underwood, who has already missed the last couple of practices, was seen working out with a trainer on the side field as well.
- Quarterback Derek Carr continues to show nice touch on the intermediate throws. He threw a dart to wide receiver Michael Crabtree in a tight window, and then dropped in a perfect pass to tight end Mychal Rivera over linebacker Ben Heeney and in front of safety Chris Hackett.
- Quarterback Connor Cook has continued to improve since a fairly rough start to training camp. It appears the game is starting to slow down a little for him and the ball is coming out much cleaner than before. Cook threw a perfect deep ball down the left sideline to wide receiver KJ Brent over cornerback Neiko Thorpe. While he still remains inconsistent, he is certainly getting better as training camp continues.
- Wide receiver Andre Holmes continues to dominate the second-team defense when on the field. Holmes burned cornerback TJ Carrie on a comeback route that left Carrie on the ground. Lookout for the McGloin to Holmes connection to be one of the more successful ones this preseason when going up against the second-team defenses.
- It was second-year offensive lineman Jon Feliciano who once again stepped into the left guard position with Osemele missing the rest of practice after the scuffle with Edwards. Feliciano appears to be the next man up if any of the interior offensive linemen go down and he's done an admirable job filling in.
- Also, a shoutout is in need to the Oakland Raiders for hosting 50 Special Olympians and their chaperones to take in all the action of Saturday's practice.
The Raiders have another practice on Sunday at 11am before getting Monday off.