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.