Dennis Allen kept his team in pads for the second straight day as the offense saw the benefit of wearing the silver jerseys under the hot Napa sun.
A couple players returned off of the injury list including defensive lineman Lamarr Houston, linebacker Billy Boyko and offensive lineman Lucas Nix. Veteran safety Charles Woodson returned from his veteran day off as well.
Unfortunately for the Raiders offensive line, starting left tackle Jared Veldheer was not present for practice and was off to get a second MRI on his injured tricep, according to head coach Dennis Allen after practice.
The Raiders need Veldheer to be healthy as he is an integral piece of the offensive line blocking Matt Flynn’s blindside.
Replacing Veldheer at the starting left tackle position was veteran Alex Barron. Veteran offensive lineman Andre Gurode remained the starting right guard while incumbent Mike Brisiel remained out with his ankle injury.
In his first practice back, Boyko made his presence felt early by using his fresh legs to get around running back Darren McFadden to record the simulated sack during a pass rushing drill.
Starting quarterback Matt Flynn looked the sharpest of the four quarterbacks today, hitting wide receiver Rod Streater over the middle on consecutive plays with a pass right on the money just out of reach of the defender. He later dropped a deep ball in nicely to Brice Butler who was able to beat the defense on a deep post and haul in the pass while remaining in full stride.
Quarterback Terrelle Pryor struggled to find any rhythm today. Pryor went for a deep pass to Butler down the left sideline but put too much air under it and allowed Phillip Adams to get over and defend the ball. Pryor later made the mistake of locking in on his receiver, rookie tight end Nick Kasa, and saw Reggie Smith time his move perfectly to jump in front of Kasa and intercept the pass.
Pryor did show progress by later making the smart decision going for the easy play by dumping the ball off to Marcel Reece instead of forcing the ball downfield.
Pryor wasn’t the only quarterback who struggled, as Matt McGloin should have had his own interception. McGloin attempted to drop the ball off short to his tight end but cornerback Cory Nelms jumped the route and should have had a pick-six but saw the ball drop through his hands instead. McGloin was able to bounce back on the next throw by finding wide receiver Isaiah Williams for a deep completion down the right sideline.
Rookie quarterback Tyler Wilson continues to see limited snaps in practice, often getting just one repetition per 11-on-11 session. Wilson’s first attempt was thrown behind his intended receiver and Nick Kasa could not come up with the sliding catch. Wilson did however show off his cannon later in the day by throwing a fastball to Isaiah Williams in traffic for the short completion. Wilson’s arm strength hasn’t been the question, but him using it correctly has.
One player that continues to stand out is cornerback Chance Casey. Casey has shown his ability to be around the ball and did so once again on Tuesday.
Casey saw time with the second team on Tuesday and proved he belonged there by making a nice play by jumping in on a pass by Pryor to Butler. Casey stuck with Butler and timed his move quickly to get his hand in the way of Butler and knock the ball harmlessly down to the ground.
Casey is making a strong case for making the final 53-man roster and very well may if he keeps his high level of play going.
The Raiders return to the practice field at 9:20 a.m. on Wednesday morning, their last full practice before they head to New Orleans to take on the Saints on Friday.