Raiders camp report: Deep receiving corps off to a strong start

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NAPA – The Raiders have a new-look receiving corps. Amari Cooper could be the one mainstay getting regular snaps, with newcomers taking up important duty immediately.

Jordy Nelson will start reverse Cooper. Martavis Bryant’s within the combine, providing uncommon top and velocity within the sample. Ryan Switzer is the favored man within the slot, a shifty cross catcher engaged on the inside.

Quarterback Derek Carr calls the place group the deepest since he arrived in 2014. Cooper believes the group is full as a result of every man brings totally different skills to the desk.

“I think we have a variation of receivers,” Cooper mentioned. “We have speed guys, we have guys who have really strong hands – possession guys. Whatever you want in a receiver, we have it.”

Even guys battling for a roster spots, like Marcell Ateman, Griff Whalen, Keon Hatcher, and Isaac Whitney have had their moments.

They actually had some throughout Monday’s padded observe.

The place group proved unreliable final season, with far too many drops and missed alternatives.

The Raiders want higher from their receivers this season, and will get it with the highest 4 guys. The battle for a fifth spot will likely be fierce between Seth Roberts, Johnny Holton, Ateman, Dwyane Harris — he has return capacity — and others.

Cooper, nonetheless, will stay the first possibility. That’s a function he welcomes.

“That’s what you want as a wide receiver,” Cooper mentioned. “That’s what you want as a playmaker. You want the ball in those crucial situations. You want to be depended on, you want to be counted on when it’s time to make a big play.”

Vadal on the best way out

The Raiders are anticipated to half methods with offensive lineman Vadal Alexander, Gruden mentioned in his Monday press convention.

This comes after a unusual run for the LSU product and former swing deal with. He was suspended 4 regular-season video games for violating the NFL coverage on efficiency enhancing medication in May, an motion that didn’t influence his preseason availability.

Then he didn’t present up for coaching camp and was positioned on the reserve-did not report record final week. It doesn’t seem to be he’ll return to the group, although Gruden didn’t give a motive for his absence.

Rookie cross catchers stand out

Undrafted tight finish Paul Butler had a strong day, with an acrobatic catch in particular person drills and two extra strong performs in group classes. A roster spot will likely be powerful to come by at his place, however a strong summer time might assist him land a spot on the observe squad.

Seventh-round receiver Marcell Ateman has been strong the previous couple of days, getting behind his man to make a good catch from Derek Carr. Gruden mentioned Carr modified the play on the line of scrimmage and known as the rookie’s quantity based mostly on protection, and it labored out properly.

Richard needs to be again quickly

Raiders working again Jalen Richard suffered a calf pressure on Sunday, however gained’t miss a lot time. Gruden mentioned he may very well be again as quickly as Wednesday. That’s a aid to a participant in a competitors for carries behind Marshawn Lynch.

Undrafted rookie working again Chris Warren is out – he was seen with a wrap on his proper quad/hamstring and calf – however may very well be again quickly.

The Raiders signed former University of Iowa working again James Butler, who was thrown into the combination immediately and fared comparatively properly.

This ‘n that

Cornerback Daryl Worley has performed properly with Conley out. Gruden mentioned he’s working his approach up the depth chart. He additionally likened rookie cornerback Nick Nelson to T.J. Carrie, somebody in a position to be bodily protecting from the slot… Several veterans had been held out from group drills in a bodily padded observe, together with Marshawn Lynch, Jordy Nelson and Breno Giacomini. Bruce Irvin and Reggie Nelson had a smaller workload than regular… Primarily a guard and heart, Ian Silberman obtained a lengthy take a look at proper deal with, usually working there with the primary unit… Gruden praised reserve quarterback Connor Cook’s enchancment in scheme information and execution, saying the backup quarterback competitors needs to be fierce… Kicker Eddy Pineiro had one other strong day, and made a number of deep kicks by skinny uprights. Gruden mentioned the kicker competitors will play out by the preseason… Monday’s observe was bodily with lot of excellent work working the ball… Arden Key had one other strong day in one-on-one cross speeding drills.

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