ALAMEDA – The Oakland Raiders held their second of three minicamp practices Wednesday and head coach Dennis Allen said he thought his team executed better than the day before.
Practice summary: The Raiders had plenty of high points and low points throughout Wednesday’s practice. Denarius Moore made some acrobatic catches, but also dropped a few easy passes. And Marcel Reece and Matt Flynn combined to fumble a routine hand-off before 11-on-11 drills began.
Flynn looked sharp in most of his reps, though he is usually sticking to short passes and rarely attempts to go over the defense. Terrelle Pryor, who had a rough practice Tuesday, bounced back with some strong throws. He continues to struggle with passes being batted down at the line of scrimmage, though. Many of his throws also hit his receivers around the waist area instead of in the numbers. While this didn't lead to many incompletions, it often forced his receiver to adjust and lose the ability to turn upfield after a catch.
Offensive play of the day: Wednesday’s practice was filled with screen passes, quick slants and other common short-to-intermediate routes. But Pryor connected with wide receiver Andre Holmes (No. 18) on a rare deep ball that stood out. Pryor was under pressure in the pocket most of the day and often held on to the ball too long, but was poised as he looked downfield and saw Holmes with separation on cornerback Chance Casey. Pryor put a lot of loft on the ball and hit Holmes in stride at the goal line for a 50-yard connection.
Defensive play of the day: There were no interceptions on the day and without the benefit of pads, defensive players can’t make the big hits that can lead to fumbles. But cornerback Chimdi Chekwa found a way to put the ball on the ground for his defense, stripping Moore after he ran a quick slant and caught a short pass from Flynn.
Rookie report: Both rookie quarterbacks, Tyler Wilson and Matt McGloin, looked impressive. As Allen likes to say, they made plenty of rookie mistakes, but that’s to be expected. Overall, both young signal callers showed off the ability to hit their receivers in stride, even in heavy traffic.
On the sideline: Josh Cribbs, Taiwan Jones, Coye Francies, Latavius Murray, Johnny Jones, Jon Hoese, Miles Burris, Stacy McGee, Isaiah Williams, and Nick Kasa were all non-participants for the second straight day. Murray, who Allen said Tuesday is dealing with a “foot thing” watched from the sidelines. Allen said he doesn’t anticipate Murray’s foot injury will keep him out of training camp. Cornerback Mike Jenkins did not finish practice after banging knees with a teammate and cornerback Phillip Adams pulled up lame with a hamstring issue while getting beat on a deep ball late in practice.
Quote of the day: "Catch the ball."
-- Dennis Allen on what he looks for in a No. 1 receiver