The Oakland Raiders returned to the practice field for the first time after their 31-to-10 victory in the preseason debut against the Arizona Cardinals on Friday.
Missing from practice was defensive lineman Mario Edwards, Jr. and tight end Gabe Holmes, both of which went down with injuries during the game. Head coach Jack Del Rio said after Monday's practice that Edwards will be out a couple of weeks, but will not require surgery. He does however think that Holmes will end up on the IR after seemingly breaking a bone while also getting a serious high ankle sprain.
Linebacker Neiron Ball was also forced to be a spectator at Monday's practice and starting middle linebacker Ben Heeney left early after getting tangled up and going down hard while covering tight end Mychal Rivera. Heeney didn't return to the field after going to the locker room and Del Rio didn't provide any update. Running back Jalen Richard was also absent.
Here's some quick observations from Monday's practice:
- Backup quarterback Matt McGloin continues to have up and downs during training camp practice. The veteran backup dropped in a perfect deep ball to wide receiver Andre Holmes. Then, later in practice, cornerback DJ Hayden jumped Holmes' route to come away with the pick-six on McGloin. The backup quarterback has thrown at least four interceptions that have resulted in touchdowns this training camp.
- On the other side of the play was Hayden continuing his strong camp. He didn't play much in the first preseason game but he's looked good in camp and looks comfortable playing in the slot.
- With Heeney out for much of the practice, it was sixth-round draft pick Cory James who stepped in to the starting middle linebacker position. The rookie is building off a successful preseason debut and the Raiders are hoping he steps up to create some much-needed depth at the middle linebacker position.
- Last week Derek Carr said "finally" when rookie safety Karl Joseph leaped up in the air to pick him off. Monday it took a pair of rookies to combine for the interception on Carr -- defensive lineman Jihad Ward got his hands up to tip the ball up at the line of scrimmage while Joseph made the diving interception on Carr to end the two-minute drive.
The Raiders return to the practice field on Tuesday for just one more practice before breaking down camp and heading back to Alameda for the remainder. They head to Green Bay to take on the Packers on Thursday night.