NAPA – The Raiders kicker competitors isn’t over. Head coach Jon Gruden made that time clear on Saturday, lower than 24 hours after the staff waived Giorgio Tavecchio.
He was the underdog in a battle with undrafted rookie Eddy Pineiro, who confirmed a strong leg and nice accuracy on the University of Florida.
Pineiro is anticipated to be the staff’s regular-season kicker. That was the case earlier than Tavecchio was launched and after they added veteran Mike Nugent.
Nugent has labored with particular groups coach Rich Bisaccia twice earlier than and can mentor Pineiro, however he got here to compete.
He’ll kick for the primary time as a Raider on Monday. Pineiro had a robust Saturday, with 5-of-6 conversions. His solely miss got here from 50 yards, and he nailed his subsequent try from the space.
Pineiro fared higher than Tavecchio in the early parts of camp, however the battle was set to proceed into preseason video games. It was lower short in giant half, Gruden says, as a result of difficulties of having Pineiro kicking right-footed and Tavecchio utilizing his left.
“The young kid is really kicking the ball well right now,” Gruden mentioned. “It’s hard to get a right-footed kicker and a left-footed kicker and the holder and the whole operation tight enough.”
“Nugent is a guy we have some familiarity with. Having two right-footed kickers will help the operation, including the snap and hold. Tavecchio is a good kicker, and we wanted to give him a catch on with another team. We appreciate Giorgio. He’s a true pro who did a lot of good things … We have a battle still at the kicking position.”
The Raiders needs to be getting a number of gamers again quickly.
Right guard Gabe Jackson suffered an undisclosed aliment that stored him out two practices, however needs to be again Monday. The similar goes for security Erik Harris, who had surgical procedure to restore a fractured index finger on Friday.
Left deal with Donald Penn gained’t be again that rapidly, however Gruden mentioned he’s making progress. He must get going once more after he’s taken off PUP, however the staff hopes he’ll reply nicely and discover his outdated kind.
Gareon Conley participated in Friday’s walk-through. Gruden was inspired by that, however didn’t wish to alter the defensive again’s two-week restoration timetable. That’s signal for the Raiders, who want him well-prepped for the common season.
This ‘n that
The Raiders sat roughly 17 veterans out of Saturday’s follow to get a greater, longer have a look at some younger gamers. Giving them a day additionally doubles the down time, contemplating the Raiders have an off day Sunday. … The Raiders held their annual household day for gamers and coaches in coaching camp. The staff held an enormous BBQ after follow subsequent to the fields, with actions for younger kids. … This was the staff’s first follow utterly with out pads since they had been allowed to place them on Monday. … Receiver Dwayne Harris made a pleasant one-handed catch on a floating EJ Manuel go that hung in the air a smidge too lengthy. … Receiver Marcell Atement continues to make performs down the sphere. He’s robust selecting passes out of the air, however dove to catch one close to the bottom whereas nicely coated. … Gruden praised Jon Feliciano’s work with Jackson out, and likes him as an alternative in any respect three inside line spots.