Some quick hits from the third day of Raiders training camp Sunday:
— Notable absences were quarterback Connor Cook and left guard Kelechi Osemele. Coach Jack Del Rio confirmed that Cook was at a funeral service and that he expected Osemele to be back at practice Monday. He declined to specify why Osemele did not practice.
— No noteworthy big hits during the first day in pads as the Raiders adhered to the protocol of keeping players off the ground whenever possible. It was best illustrated by cornerback Neiko Thorpe, who had a clean shot at Taiwan Jones on a swing pass, but backed off after initial contact.
— The Raiders are hopeful of second-year tight end Clive Walford being more of an every-down presence this season, but it was fourth-year tight end Mychal Rivera that kept breaking free and making plays. On one medium range pass, Rivera reached back to catch a Derek Carr pass that was thrown behind him.
— Johnny Holton, an undrafted free agent wide receiver out of Cincinnati, twice got open behind Nate Allen and hauled in big plays from backup quarterback Matt McGloin.
— DeAndre Washington, a fifth-round draft pick out of Texas Tech, will be given every opportunity to be a second lead back to go along with Latavius Murray. Washington, at a compact 5-foot-8 and 208 pounds, looked quick on some inside runs and also got outside on a nicely-executing screen from McGloin.
— Defensive lineman Jihad Ward arrived as a second-round pick out of Illinois with a reputation for being rough around the edges, but the Raiders had him working early with the first-team nickel defense with a front that also included second-year end Mario Edwards and Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin at the edges.
— It looks as if the current pecking order for punt return specialists is T.J. Carrie, Washington, Joe Hansley, Antonio Hamilton and Jayden Mickens.
— A good half-hour after practice ended, as players had already gotten out of uniform and were leaving the field house after a short session lifting weights, first-round pick Karl Joseph remained in full uniform, helmet and all, and caught footballs from a jugs machine. Then he caught tennis balls with one hand shot from another jugs gun.
— Another nice play for cornerback DJ Hayden, hoping to for a breakthrough year as a slot corner. This time, Hayden broke up deep pass from Carr intended for Andre Holmes.