Training camp: Day 4 notes and observations

Jamize Olawale had one of the highlight plays when he shook a couple defenders. (Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)

Jamize Olawale had one of the highlight plays when he shook a couple defenders. (Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)

The Raiders had their fourth day of training camp on Monday, their second in full pads.

Here’s a few observations…

Cory James was able to run over DeAndre Washington in a pass protection drill, but the rookie on rookie crime flipped the script shortly after. That’s when Washington grabbed a pass and shook James out of his shoes.

Taiwan Jones had a nice play when he wheeled out of the backfield in 1 on 1 drills and flew past John Lotulelei for a deep touchdown reception from Derek Carr. Clive Walford also had a nice catch against coverage from Damontre Moore in that drill.

The team moved into some running plays from there and Washington showed nice burst to get through a hole on the right side on one carry. Jalen Richard also looked quick to the hole during those drills. Both should be fun to watch in the preseason.

Neiron Ball, who I plan to write about tomorrow, popped Washington pretty good on a run up the middle. Fullback Jamize Olawale caught pass in the backfield and did a nice shake to avoid tackles form both Chris Hackett and Moore.

The start of 7 on 7 drills saw a Carr to Mychal Rivera pass be broken up by Sean Smith as he and Rivera both went for the ball. Two plays later, a Carr pass was nearly intercepted by TJ Carrie, who was about 8-10 yards beyond the line of scrimmage.

When Matt McGloin was in there, Nate Allen locked up Rivera on a deep pass to force an incompletion.

Connor Cook had a rough stretch to follow. He threw a pass to Jaydon Mickens that bounced about a couple feet in front of him. Two plays later, he threw a pass to George Atkinson III that led him right into a collision with Lotulelei to break up the play.

Goal line work came next and Carr had his best throw of the day when he squeezed a pass in the front corner of the end zone to Walford in front of coverage from Ben Heeney.

One of the day’s more entertaining plays came in 11 on 11 when a Cook pass to Ryan O’Malley led the tight end right into the coverage of safety Brynden Trawick, who delivered a nice pop to O’Malley to force an incompletion. He delivered a little showmanship (or something that would’ve been a penalty) when he celebrated by going right into kicking the ball as he went to the ground.

The day also featured a couple little skirmishes. Johnny Holton got into it when Kenneth Durden in a little hockey fight. The players in the area actually stood around and let them go for a minute until they went to the grab. Taiwan Jones and Bruce Irvin also had a very brief shoving match.


Jimmy Durkin

Sports writer for the Bay Area News Group, covering the Raiders.

  • Maybe, we’ll see

  • Your Average Banana

    Nah, day 4 of camp and guys are ready to cut players and build a depth chart.

    It’s the season of not much reason.

  • The Florida Pete

    how about Carronin559 ???
    just a thought…

  • EMRaiders

    lol. sorry, just trying to cushion the impact of the possible bad news…

  • FriskiesR8R

    This guy rocks, duck tape and viola, unlimited cell data! !!

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Is that like the girl that went out on the party boat and came back with a red snapper?

  • Tyler Miller

    How will the additions of Trawick& Bates improve our Special teams???

  • Exactly, well done

  • Ronin559

    I learn, I learn that McGloin is a guy you have to earn your way past. If Cook wants to be the No 2 he will have to play a lot better than he has so far.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Why wouldn’t we keep him if he he does?

  • Tyler Miller

    How is the young Orr doing???

  • JLofty

    Hopefully his backups get critical PT….at least he isn’t a rook…

  • eastoaklandraider

    Connor Cook will give us a reason to watch the 4th quarter of preseason games there’s your silver lining

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    It’s McGloin, will you guys ever learn?

  • Ronin559

    Not bad, but I want to go to something funny and totally Raiders.

  • eastoaklandraider

    It may be mcgloin THIS year but there will be years to come you know

  • Butterflys fly

  • EMRaiders

    this is true

  • eastoaklandraider

    I’m not going to dignify that question with a response although I did just respond…

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    One year in?
    I don’t think so.
    That would require some serious shining.

  • Ronin559

    Aldon did not need the JOINT practice, he does it so much it is natural to him.

  • FriskiesR8R

    Yes do, his dad owns a true value specializing in duct tape

  • Dakota

    New post.

  • willy91137

    McGlion beats everybody out he walk on in college and he walked on here until Carr came a long

  • eastoaklandraider

    New Lakers era…#celticofthe90s

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Admittedly, I’m dense, but I don’t understand.

  • Morilla_00

    Too see how much of a wasted pick he was?

  • FriskiesR8R

    Tru. Dat

  • BigTed707

    I agree. If Cook turns into a consistent player – keep Cook and let McG explore his options in FA.

  • eastoaklandraider

    Why would you say? that you must be a Reggie McKenzie hater

  • Ronin559

    I always watch the the all of the preseason games, there is always a player or two who I like to see at the bottom of the depth chart.

  • There’s always teams sniffing for competent ,smart QBS, we have 2 now, one of them won’t sit at three for long if they want to start somewhere

  • eastoaklandraider

    I watch it too but now my attention level will be up

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I figure he’s history next year, unless Cook is worthless, which is possible.

  • Piranhas

  • eastoaklandraider

    Okay fine since you badgered me into it, Carr is obviously our franchise quarterback of the future no need to have a great backup on the bench

  • jesusraiderjim

    He’s a GAMER!!

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I strongly disagree.
    Why not have a great backup on the bench?

  • eastoaklandraider

    Because a backup won’t win the Super Bowl for us he’s obviously a backup for a reason and if Cook can fetch us a second-rounder in the future you make that move there are plenty of backup QB is out there to fill the void

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I’d pay McGloin 6-7 mil if he’d stay.
    Unless Cook winds ujp looking good.

  • Dan78

    Signs of the future…

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Bledsoe and Brady aside, that’s not always the case.

  • eastoaklandraider

    Brady obviously wasn’t backup material

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    7th round?
    What’s your definition?

  • DahlerStore

    Cory James was able to run over DeAndre Washington in a pass protection
    drill, but the rookie on rookie crime flipped the script shortly after.
    That’s when Washington grabbed a pass and shook James out of his shoes.


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