The Oakland Raiders returned to the practice field from there day off on Monday, donning the pads once again and healthier.
The only players missing from Tuesday's practice was linebacker Neiron Ball and safety Jimmy Hall, who has been out for the last few days.
Some quick observations from Tuesday's practice, which was heavy on the special teams:
- Rookie running back DeAndre Washington has looked very good this offseason but he always finds a way to get hit. It's nothing bad, it's just an interesting note. He's taken some big shots during training camp and Tuesday was no different. Washington got hit hard on a kickoff return and then got hit hard again by middle linebacker Ben Heeney on a pass that Derek Carr led him into over the middle.
- Backup quarterback Matt McGloin has thrown quite a few interceptions during training camp this offseason and threw another one on Tuesday. McGloin tried going deep to tight end Gabe Holmes but the ball was underthrown and rookie linebacker Cory James came away with the interception. He almost threw two more during a redzone drill later in practice, one when safety Nate Allen almost intercepted it in the end zone, and one when cornerback Dexter McDonald almost came away with the diving interception.
- Speaking of Dexter McDonald, the young cornerback has had an impressive training camp. He's made a lot of plays and head coach Jack Del Rio has taken note, saying that him and Dewey McDonald have done a good job in their fight to make the team on the back end. Both of the McDonalds will be interesting players to watch during preseason.
- Cornerback David Amerson hasn't been burnt much after signing his new contract but veteran wide receiver Michael Crabtree got the better of him for a big play Tuesday. Crabtree used a nice double move to get past the defense and haul on a 61-yard touchdown pass.
- Second-year wide receiver Amari Cooper followed it up a couple of plays later with a nice leaping catch over cornerback Sean Smith. The two wide receivers continue to show their chemistry with Carr is building.
- Undrafted free agent wide receiver Joe Hansley made some noise during the offseason workouts but has largely fallen off during training camp. He had another bad drop on a ball from rookie quarterback Connor Cook that went right through his hands and was almost intercepted by Allen. He's definitely being outplayed by UDFA Johnny Holton at this point of camp.
- Newly-signed cornerback Tramain Jacobs made his first big play of camp when he made a nice move on a pass from Cook to wide receiver KJ Brent, coming away with the interception.
- Rookie defensive lineman Jihad Ward has had an impressive rookie camp. He continues to show he can make a variety of plays on defense, including Tuesday when he got his hands up to knock the ball down at the line of scrimmage. Fans questioned the pick at the time, but the second-round pick from April is showing he belongs in the NFL.
The Raiders play their first preseason game on Friday and head coach Jack Del Rio didn't want to delve into how much playing time the starters would get exactly. He did say the most they would play would be the entire first quarter, but it seems unlikely that starters like Derek Carr and Khalil Mack will last that long.
The Raiders have one more practice on Wednesday before flying to Arizona to take on the Cardinals on Friday night.