NAPA — Mike Tice went to the tape, as the Raiders offensive line coach does every day to review practice film with his players.
It was time to examine what left tackle Donald Penn could’ve done to prevent Khalil Mack blowing past him for a sack.
“Donald,” Tice ultimately said, “I don’t have anything for you.”
To hear Tice explain the play, you understand why some of what Mack does isn’t defendable.
“(Mack) bends, he’s about this far from the ground,” Tice said, placing his hand about a foot high. “He just slips under Donald’s hands.
“What am I going to tell him? ‘Bend down there with him.’ It was unbelievable. We like working against those guys. It’s going to make us better.”
The battles along the lines are always the best part of watching a training camp practice. The one-on-one showdowns can get personal. But when there’s the respect level between teammates, the information sharing can benefit both sides.
“They let you know what you beat them with and we let them know what they got us with,” Mack said of his battles with tackles Donald Penn, Menelik Watson and others. “So having that information, it only helps us to use it against other guys.”
The addition of Bruce Irvin means the Raiders’ first-team defense is constantly sending two guys off the edge that will test the best of tackles. Irvin’s hope when the season begins in that all the attention from opposing teams goes to Mack.
“I hope they put three or four people on him and just let me run free,” Irvin said.
Tice’s group is doing its best to prevent that during camp, even if it is a challenge.
“They are reaching out and embracing it,” Tice said. “They aren’t backing down from it. They know they’re going to get beat.”
Watson said he values the work he and Penn are receiving.
“You’re not going to see too many guys like that, with that size, strength and versatility around the league,” Watson said. “So it’s great prep for me getting ready for the season. But it’s also fun. It’s a situation where we’re always talking to each other, always communicating.”
n Rookie safety Karl Joseph, the Raiders’ first-round pick, returned to practice for Friday’s light session. The team did not work out in pads. Tight end Clive Walford was also back in action.
“We work hard to make sure that we’re working smart, doing the right things with our guys so that they can be at their best,” coach Jack Del Rio said. “Just continue to strengthen and just kind of (be) preventative and make sure we don’t have issues.”
n Defensive end Denico Autry was activated from the physically unable to perform list and practiced for the first time in camp. He also missed all of the offseason program after injuring his wrist during offseason training. He practiced with a heavy wrap on his right hand.
n The first play of 7-on-7 drills featured both Walford and Joseph, with the second-year tight end snagging a pass over the coverage of the safety. Walford also caught a pass that Carr squeezed in between coverage from both Joseph and linebacker Malcolm Smith. Joseph later gave up back-to-back receptions in 11-on-11 work to tight end Lee Smith and was briefly replaced to get coached up.
TJ Carrie had an interception of Matt McGloin that he took untouched the other way for a would-be touchdown.
Connor Cook had a couple of his better throws of camp, including a nice completion to Max McCaffrey on the sideline. The ball zipped past cornerback Antonio Hamilton and McCaffrey made a nice adjustment for an acrobatic catch. Cook followed that up by hitting Mychal Rivera on a seam route.
n The Raiders claimed linebacker Lenny Jones and defensive back Tramain Jacobs off waivers, while cutting ties with defensive end Damontre Moore. They also waived injured cornerback SaQwan Edwards.
Jones, a San Leandro High product, had been waived on Thursday by the 49ers. Jacobs had been waived by the New York Giants.
Moore’s time with the Raiders turns out to be a short one. He signed with Oakland in May for no guaranteed money after splitting last season between the Giants and Miami Dolphins. The Giants cut him after a reported locker room altercation. He got into a brief on-field fracus Thursday with running back Jalen Richard.
Edwards spent the first 15 games of last season on the practice squad before being activated for the season finale. He had missed the past three practices with an undisclosed injury.