OAKLAND RAIDERS TRAINING CAMP: The Oakland Raiders wrapped up Sunday with a family BBQ and will have tomorrow off. The family day BBQ was a reward of sorts for the hard efforts the players have put into training camp. Getting quality time with the family reinvigorates the players and actually helps team bonding. Overall the week has gone well though there are a number of young players nursing injuries and being held out of camp.
OAKLAND RAIDERS TRAINING CAMP NOTES
QB Derek Carr has been looking good. His broken leg seemingly has had zero impact on him physically and mentally. The chemistry between Carr and his receiving corps is fun to watch. He and WR Michael Crabtree are going to have a great year. In 2016, too many dropped balls detracted from an otherwise solid effort.
DE Khalil Mack and OLB Bruce Irvin have definitely gotten the better of the Raiders offensive tackles. The interior of the offensive line, however, is generally outplaying the defensive line. Some of that just goes to show how good the Raiders 0-Line is. At the risk of sounding an alarm, it also indicates the interior of Oakland’s defensive line is far from battle ready.
CB Sean Smith has been delegated to a backup role as DC Ken Norton Jr gives TJ Carrie and other young players a chance to earn the starting spot. That does not include Gareon Conley who is still on the PUP list. Smith, who is not practicing with the first team, is coming in during sub packages, lining up against the TE and occasionally in the slot. He seems to be having trouble keeping up with the likes of Crabtree and Amari Cooper.
The biggest play so far in camp was SS Karl Joseph stripping the ball from RB Marshawn Lynch in a 9 on 9 drill. Top rookies in camp so far are CB Antonio Hamilton and DT Eddie Vanderdoes.
A number of Raiders are currently being held out of practice.
CB Gareon Conley
FS Obi Melifonwu
OT David Sharpe
DT Jihad Ward
CB Keith McGill
WR Amari Cooper
WR Michael Crabtree
OLB Shilique Calhoun
C/G Jon Feliciano