Raiders training camp notebook: Day 7 from Napa

All the news and notes from the silver and black's camp

Tommy Call
August 04, 2017 - 9:01 pm

​NAPA —Each day the Oakland Raiders spend in Napa the intensity seems to pick up. Loud hits, hustling coaches and even the daunting training camp fight were all themes on Day 7 of training camp.

Derek Carr spoke with the media today after practice and talked on everything from Marshawn Lynch to his new offensive coordinator Todd Downing to Colin Kaepernick.

A common sight from Napa after seven days of training camp is seeing Carr attached at the hip with Downing. Carr spoke about how close he and the new OC have grown dating back to when Downing was the QB coach.

Carr said they are working on being on the same page in everything they do “I just want to think what you think, so when I'm on the field I see what you see,” Carr said. “We’ve had conversations where we finish each other’s sentences.”

In another tidbit Carr was asked about how he felt about  Kaepernick being unsigned,  “He’s a talented football player,” said Carr. “I wish him the best and hopes he gets signed, I really do.”

Carr joined "The Greg Papa Show" with Bonta Hill after practice.

Raiders players David Amerson and Clive Walford also stopped by "The Greg Papa Show" to talk about how training camp is going. Check out the podcasts here.


Other notes from day seven of camp:

Things started off with a nice little bang in the first 11-on-11 part of practice after Lynch was met in the hole by Bruce Irvin and a loud pop of the pads erupted from the collision; after the hit Irvin was clenching his fists in excitement.

Irvin was not the only one to show some emotion on the practice field today.

In red zone seven-on-seven, a little scuffle broke out between veterans Michael Crabtree and T.J. Carrie. The Crabtree and Carrie battle went to the ground and eventually the two had to be separated by coaches and teammates.

Crabtree responded by creating separation from Amerson and scoring a touchdown. Crabtree then launched the ball into the air in celebration, firing the fans up. A few plays later Crabtree got lost from Amerson again, leaving himself wide open in the endzone for another touchdown.

The defense brought the heat in the later full team 11-on-11, flushing Carr out of the pocket on several occasions. Mack and Irvin were providing serious pressure in the pass rush and run game. At one point, Mack and Irvin stuffed the run one play and then on the following play Irvin had a would be sack, leading Mack and Irvin to celebrate with their signature handshake.

Amari Cooper didn't suit up for for the second time this week, so K.J. Brent ran with the ones at the X receiver. “He’s doing a great job,” said Carr about Brent, “He’s worked his tail off to learn this offense.” With Brent getting more reps, the bottom end competition of the Raiders wide receiver corps is getting tougher. Brent, Johnny Holton, Jaydon Mickens, Keon Hatcher, Isaac Whitney and Ishmael Zamora are all battling for reps.

Another interesting camp battle to watch is at the running back position. DeAndre Washington got more first team reps today than Jalen Richard, but early on in camp it seemed like Richard was going to be the first backup after Lynch. Another guy at running back that has impressed with his hard nosed running style is rookie running back from North Carolina, Elijah Hood. Breaking  off a 80-yard plus run today on cutback Hood showed speed and elusiveness.

The rookie corner from Duke, Breon Borders and Carrie rotated in with the first unit across from Amerson as Sean Smith took reps with the second team today in practice.

Yesterday on "The Greg Papa Show" with Bonta Hill, Smith acknowledged his play wasn't where it was suppose to be last season. Smith could be just getting a veteran rest day or could the Raiders have a serious competition at corner? We will see as camp continues to play out.

Another monkey wrench to throw into this situation is first rounder Gareon Conley, who has yet to suit up for the Raiders due to shin splints.

The Greg Papa show will be back in Napa next week.

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