ALAMEDA –- A few passes sailed on quarterback Derek Carr. Receiver Mike Davis dropped a pass. Nobody practicing Friday at the Raiders rookie minicamp was perfect.
That’s to be expected during a period of intense instruction where 23 rookies or first-year players, and probably as many just here trying out, are learning the ropes. There’s nothing much to be gleaned from a pad-less workout with player trying to apply a scheme they're executing on the fly.
The Raiders throw a ton of information at these young players to see how they absorb and apply.
“No doubt they’re doing that on purpose,” first-round linebacker Khalil Mack said. “They’re dumping a bunch of stuff on you to see how you adapt and how much you can handle. The want to see if you can play under pressure, and they want to see how you respond. It’s been great. I’m excited to learn all about this scheme.”
Head coach Dennis Allen traditionally tests players in this way, though it’s really just a small portion of what will be taught over the course of the offseason and training camp.
“It seems like a lot to them because in college they’re not used to doing a whole lot of different things,” Allen said. “It is a shock to their system. It’s very scaled back from what we’re going to do as we get into the season with the veterans.”
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Things won’t get much easier from there.
“They’ll have an opportunity to get a lot more in-depth into what we’re going to do schematically on both sides of the ball as we get them back in with the veterans next week,” Allen said. “Then we start the OTAs the week after that.”
The Raiders will really start to apply these teachings during OTAs and a minicamp from late May to mid-June.