Summary -- Getaway day for the Raiders felt like a walkthrough, and, coming off Monday night's exhibition opener and heading into Friday night's preseason game at Arizona, that's probably a good thing. The Raiders added some depth to their linebacker corps in signing free agent Korey Bosworth and he is expected to play against the Cardinals.Offensive play of the day -- Going across the middle in the back of the end zone, Darrius Heyward-Bey stretched out vertically to haul in a bullet from Carson Palmer for a touchdown.Defensive play of the day -- Safety Mike Mitchell has acknowledged he has to slow it down a notch in practice, especially in shorts and shells, and yet ... Mitchell popped training camp revelationreceiver Rod Streater in the back as the ball arrived for an incompletion. Don't fret, Streater was fine.Injury report -- Receiver Denarius Moore (hamstring), running back Taiwan Jones (hamstring), fullback Rashawn Jackson (hip), punter Shane Lechler (left knee), offensive linemen Zach Hurd (head), Ed Wang (shoulder) and Stefen Wisniewski (calf), tight end Brandon Myers (shoulder) and linebacker Aaron Curry (knees) will not play against the Cardinals.Notable -- Free safety Michael Huff practiced but will also miss the game in Arizona as he will be attending the birth of his first child.Quotable -- "It's the first time in nine years we ever looked that good tackling in the first game of the preseason. So whatever (the coaches are) doing must be working." -- defensive tackle Tommy Kelly.Eye on reps -- Receiver Eddie McGee, who missed the exhibition opener with a strained hamstring, was back on the field and getting a lot of work with the second-team offense. He entered camp expecting to compete for a roster spot as the team's sixth receiver.Extra work -- On the heels of his two-drop, muffed-punt performance against the Cowboys, receiver Jacoby Ford was putting in "extra work" with the first-team offense and quarterback Carson Palmer. Ford looked focus going across the middle and hauling in Palmer's passes.Coaching moment -- While a maelstrom swirls about the NFL and the prospect of replacement referees starting the regular season, coach Dennis Allen insists he's not worried about it. "To be honest with you, our focus is on our football team and how we're going to get better," Allen said. "And we're going to play the games when the games come up and that's all that we can control. So that's all we're really worried about."Next practice -- The Raiders play Friday at 7 p.m. at Arizona.
Derek Carr is on the mend. The Raiders franchise quarterback had surgery to repair his fibula shortly after he broke it in a Week 16 victory over Indianapolis, and is recovering well during the offseason.
Carr insisted on intense rehab this winter in an attempt – however unlikely it may have been – to return should the Raiders have played in the Super Bowl. It slowed to a normal pace after the Raiders' loss at Houston in the postseason’s opening round, but those in contact with him say he’s making strides.
Left tackle Donald Penn was recently in contact with Carr, and provided an update on Monday during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network.
“I texted Derek (a few) days ago checking in,” Penn said, “and he said he’s almost 100 percent.”
Surgically-repaired broken filbulas take significant time to heal, and the Raiders plan to be conservative with their MVP candidate during the offseason. Derek Carr’s brother and NFL Network analyst David Carr, who was on set with Penn on Monday, said Derek could be back for offseason work.
“He’s doing good,” David Carr said. “He’s walking around already, stretching it out. You can’t do a lot for the bone, right? But he’s going to be back. He’s going to get a whole full offseason in. That’s going to be the best part.”
Raiders Pro Bowl left guard Kelechi Osemele, running back Taiwan Jones and safety Brynden Trawick are currently enjoying their offseason in New Zealand.
But a few videos they posted going white-water rafting and bungee jumping left head coach Jack Del Rio a bit anxious.
"Anxiety level went up a bit thinking of my BIG pro bowl LG on the rapids!!" Del Rio tweeted Monday. "Can't leave out Brynden or Taiwan either ... have fun and be safe"
Osemele has posted a handful of photos and videos from the trip, including one of a raft capsizing with the caption: "It got real out there!!! Category 4 Rapids #NewZealand." Another showed the 6-foot-5, 333-pounder doing a backflip off a bungee platform with the caption: "Just did a backflip off the highest swing in the WORLD!!!!!!! Crazy!!! #LivingLife"
Can't leave out Brynden or Taiwan either ... have fun and be safe https://t.co/0ht7mwuUkd— Jack Del Rio (@coachdelrio) February 20, 2017
Ever seen a guy my size do a back flip off a cliff? Well there ya go 😜🤘🏾 pic.twitter.com/ZISIQk5g0p— Kelechi Osemele (@KOseven0) February 20, 2017
Posted in New Zealand 🤘🏾 pic.twitter.com/wFhnM0d3Qz— Kelechi Osemele (@KOseven0) February 19, 2017