Oakland Raiders Summary of Minicamp
Now that the draft has come and gone, we can look at the past few days of minicamp as our next sign of how the team is progressing.
Even so, keep in mind that this is just minicamp and after this comes organized team activities and training camp. With that being said, here is a look at what our players are doing.
Surprisingly, Luke Lawton was at practice today even though he is suspended the first four games for using "performance enhancing drugs." With Oren O'neal gone, Lawton might be the primary contender along with Manase Tonga and Rock Cartwright.
Lechler was punting to JLH, Yamon Figurs, Jacoby Ford, and Shaun Bodiford. These four might be competing for PR duties come training camp. Nick Miller might be in the mix, if he can recover from his shin splints.
Bruce was on the sidelines with a sling on his left arm while Chaz was recovering from "soreness."
Rolando McClain was asking for the playbook and DVDs after he was drafted to get a head start. It paid off as he was looking sharp at MLB today.
The QB reps were Frye, JR, Campbell, and Boller with JR looking the best. Campbell looked the worst as he was still adjusting to some of the plays.
Bruce Campbell was playing at RG and is expected to compete for the RG/RT spots this season. He did have a few false starts and a short fight with DT Chris Cooper.
Jared Veldheer saw time at LT and is expected to push Henderson for the job.
Stanford Routt signed his tender and was practicing with the team.
DHB looked better, catching everything but two passes (one over his head and one at his feet).
Kyle Boller looked bad, with his throws going everywhere. Not very convincing considering there are no DBs in most of the plays.
Paul Hubbard is making some nice catches, though it's getting pretty crowded at WR this year.
Murphy was sidelined today, though he looked good yesterday.
Yamon Figurs caught a nice deep pass from Campbell with two DBs in coverage.
JR wasn't doing as good as yesterday but not as bad as he was this season. Today, Campbell was the better of the four QBs.
Quentin Groves showed good pass rush, even though no sacks are allowed.
DHB is doing good but still having trouble using his hands instead of his body.
Frye also had accuracy issues and is on the same boat as Boller.
Houston got into a minor altercation with Langston Walker.
McClain had an INT today.
Al Davis was on the field, watching a few drills.
Most of the playbook wasn't used last year and Hue says he plans on utilizing the whole playbook this year. He was also very vocal on the field.
Chris Johnson and Murphy didn't practice. Chaz was also on the sidelines.
Nick Miller was seen on a separate field running drills.
JR had a bad practice, missing most of his throws and seeming to regress after each day. Frye also had one INT and almost another on two consecutive deep throws. Neither is making a case to be on the roster so far.
Campbell looked crisp with a TD pass to Watkins on an out route.
Walter McFadden looked good at CB but needs a little more time.
Jonathan Holland was also returning kicks.
Bush is making his case to be starting RB. He juked the linebackers and took it to the house.
DMAC is said to be looking good, but on two plays Branch was covering him stride for stride.
The two players that looked the worst were Hiram Eugene and Routt. They angered Marshall and Routt was taken off drills after a heated discussion. Eugene was dropping sure interceptions and wasn't aggressive on the field.
Thomas Howard was with the second team, but Cable says not to look into what teams the players are playing for.
Overall, the team is looking better than last year at minicamp. There aren't as many injuries and Gallery even took every snap when he was in. The WR and DB corps look good while the only standout QB is Campbell.
JR is also the spotlight of camp. He was praised for his first day of camp, looking the best of all four but ended up getting worse. He was missing throws that Campbell stepped in and made. Not good when the owner is watching.
Frye, Boller, and JR should not be missing any throws, especially when most of the drills have no DBs. When they do have DBs, they consist of mostly rookies. Again, not convincing.
Minicamp is officially over and the next time we see our players on the field will be at OTAs on May 18. Let's not look in depth at these past few days, as this was just minicamp. There will be reason to worry if any of the problems at camp carry over to OTAs and training camp. Feel free to add on if I missed any information on any of the players.
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