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Raiders notes: Starters will see minimal action Friday in Arizona

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Dexter McDonald has delivered an impressive camp for the Raiders. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Dexter McDonald has impressed at Raiders camp and should see a lot of playing time Friday with the starters not seeing much action. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

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.

 

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Jimmy Durkin

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

  • EDWARD TEACH

    Nice to see Dexter doing well. First noticed him when I watched him pretty much shutting down Kevin White in KU’s game vs. West Virginia and was hoping we’d give him a shot. Not bad for a seventh rounder.

  • Mike_Trail
  • Mike_Trail

    80’s…

  • Raiders21

    Sheesh non contact injuries never end well

  • marks hair

    I’ve been waiting for one of these stories to come out.. he has a cannon. Probably top 5 all time.

  • Mike_Trail

    Spinning it hardcore!!!

  • RaidingTexas

    Happened a few weeks ago. Supposedly Carr threw it hard enough to do that to his (Seth’s?) finger.

  • RaidingTexas

    Oh nm, I see below you said. Taiwan’s finger.

  • Mike_Trail

    Through his gloves!!!

  • RAY NJ

    Some nut may very well take Trump’s NRA statement to heart. I’m pretty sure it was his idea of a joke, but…

  • marks hair

    And he’s clearly been lifting this year.

  • RaidingTexas

    Yeah. I guess the laces did it? Not sure how a smooth side of a football could cut you like that.

  • marks hair

    I’m sure he only meant that the 2nd Amendment people could write Stern letters to Hillary and her new Supreme Court judges asking them not to take away our 2nd Amendment rights. It probably had nothing at all to do with violence because he’s not that type of person.

  • Born With a Patch

    If you gripped it tight enough and the ball was spinning fast enough, it could rip. It probably was the laces though

  • RaidingTexas

    Difficult to prove. I don’t think there’s any routine testing of ball speed in the NFL.

    There have been or are quite a few hard-throwing QBs: Marino, George, Favre, Elway, Bradshaw, Palmer, Cutler, Rodgers, Ben, Kaep.

  • RaidingTexas

    Fair point. Romo has two playoff wins in 10 years. Although, I’d have to ask why you have Palmer ranked so high with an even more miserable 1-3 playoff choke artist resume. Lol

  • jesusraiderjim

    John Brodie

  • Born With a Patch

    This is open season on pres. hopefuls. Probably the only time you see more hyperbole than you do on the blog. #SpinSeason

  • Myopinion

    young unproven guys you can’t wait to see?
    Cowser, real Intersted to see this guy
    Kirkland- this guy is huuuuge.
    Cary James- one of my favorite picks.
    Dewey McDonald – ss in a Lb body.

  • More trump and Hilary crap come on guys camp is here….at least I don’t have to hear about the stupid Olympics in here.

  • Myopinion

    Mitch bell and gabe Holmes from last year.

  • Born With a Patch

    Not supporting team USA?? What are you, a commie?

  • Raiders21

    Morning sixes…Fan of winter Olympics? hockey?

  • I didn’t know team USA was the “entire” Olympics?

  • I admit it – Winter Olympics is pretty damn cool!

    Yeah Hockey but also sledding at 120 mph – Those ski jumps where they hang in the air

  • RAY NJ

    They can write?

  • Born With a Patch

    Question: If football was an Olympic sport, would Raider Nation have it’s own national team?

  • jesusraiderjim

    Phelps is a dominating dude. Hanna Storm is getting better with age. That is all. Want to stay in your good graces. Lol

  • idahoraiderfan33

    New Post

  • Yes – and I have been following team USA in the Olympics – let me show you.

    Michael Phelps – the greatest Olympian of all times with 25 medals – is shunned because he is white and America prefers a AA Muslim flag burning athlete who has never won a medal.

    I would bet that pretty soon Millennials will hand out participation medals at the Olympics….maybe by 2024

  • I love watching him – so competitive

  • I don’t mind a little – its just that its everywhere – sides of buses every commercial every channel – awwww its an invasion!

  • Born With a Patch

    Oh sixes, you know I don’t seriously think you’re a commie

  • No – its funny – I just wanted to rip on Millennials

  • R8RCatDave

    Lol

  • Mike_Trail

    Oh, absolutely the laces.

  • pistolpete9

    So?