The Oakland Raiders took the field in Napa one last time before breaking training camp and heading back to Alameda. The team broke down their setup and drove back to their facility in Alameda and will fly to Green Bay to take on the Packers in their second exhibition game of the season on Thursday night.
Head coach Jack Del Rio gave the players an easier day on Tuesday, limiting any chance of further injuries.
With a limited practice, there's not a ton of observations but here are some:
- Season ticket holders weren't in attendance for Tuesday's practice for the first time since opening weekend of camp. Instead, the Raiders used it as an opportunity to invite Napa High School and the residents of the retirement home that's right next to the field to come and watch practice. A nice showing of the organization's appreciation
- The team did get their middle linebacker Ben Heeney back on the field after he left Monday's practice early with what looked like a lower leg injury.
- Safety Keith McGill was on the field for much of the time with the second team instead of Dewey McDonald who spent most of camp with the second-team defense. McDonald had a tough first preseason game and it seems they coaches are looking to see if McGill can handle the duties better.
- We haven't seen it much since the first couple of practices but there were struggled exchanges between the center and quarterbacks again on Tuesday. Jon Feliciano and Matt McGloin dropped one to the ground, then rookie quarterback Connor Cook failed to get one cleanly on the next play. It happened quite a bit during training camp, but not as much towards the end.
The team leaves for Green Bay tomorrow and will return to Alameda after the game. Their first practice back at their headquarters will be on Saturday at a time to be announced.