NAPA — Raiders’ coach Jack Del Rio said he expects to play his starters for no more than the first quarter in Friday’s preseason debut against the Arizona Cardinals.
“We’re not dead set on it yet,” Del Rio said Tuesday. “But the typical way these first preseason games go is the first group will play the first quarter, no more than a quarter probably, and then we’ll get a good look at everybody else on the roster.”
With the starters seeing little to no action, it’s a good chance for those fighting for a roster spot to make an impression.
In the secondary, cornerback Dexter McDonald and safety Dewey McDonald (no relation) have both put together solid camps. Dexter McDonald, a seventh-round pick from 2015, flashed some ball skills again Tuesday when he stuck with 6-foot-5 receiver Andre Holmes and knocked away a deep pass.
“They’ve both had a nice camp,” Del Rio said of the McDonalds. “They’ve taken advantage of the time in the offseason, they’ve made improvement and they’re pushing for a spot. They’re right in the mix in the competition in the back end and doing a nice job for us.”
* The deep touchdown pass has been a rarity in camp, but Michael Crabtree was finally able to shake loose past David Amerson for about a 60-yard bomb from Derek Carr. Amari Cooper also got a step on Sean Smith and made a difficult grab along the sidelines for about 30 yards.
Matt McGloin has been plagued during camp by interceptions and threw another one Tuesday when he went deep for tight end Gabe Holmes and it came up short. Rookie linebacker Cory James made the pick.
Amerson got some revenge after his earlier burn by intercepting an underthrown Carr deep ball to Walford. Jihad Ward also had a nice defensive play when he got his hand up to knock down a Carr pass at the line of scrimmage.
Tramain Jacobs, acquired last week off waivers, intercepted a Connor Cook pass but Cook later led a touchdown drive during a two-minute drill, finding Max McCaffrey on a slant route for the score.
* Defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. (hand) didn’t participate in team drills. Linebacker Neiron Ball sat out practice and safety Jimmy Hall missed his third straight day.