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NAPA – The Raiders are still figuring out what they have in cornerback Keith McGill. At 6-foot-3, 214 pounds, the rookie fourth-round pick out of Utah certainly has the frame to succeed at the NFL level.
It’s still unknown how much development is required to do so. He started training camp on the physically unable to perform list. He missed additional time last week and did not play in Friday’s exhibition against Minnesota. With those setbacks, McGill hasn’t had much time to show improvement.
The coaching staff could better gauge progress with Monday’s practice tape, when he worked in the first-team nickel package. Chimdi Chekwa was out with a minor knee injury, allowing McGill to take his reps at outside corner with Carlos Rogers rotating into the slot.
“Chimdi went through individual drills and wasn’t quite ready to go,” head coach Dennis Allen said. “So, we held him out of practice and that was an opportunity for Keith to get in there in nickel situations and work with the ones some. We haven’t had an opportunity to see a lot of him. So, he’s a guy that obviously we felt highly of coming out in the draft and wanted to get an opportunity to look at him.”
The Raiders will continue to evaluate him as the year progresses, but there is no urgency to throw him in right away with Rogers, Tarell Brown and second-year pro DJ Hayden expected to be main contributors, and Chekwa first off the bench.
The ceiling seems high for the Utah alum if he continues to develop.
Some other notes from Raiders camp:
-- The Raiders broke camp following Monday’s practice. They left the Napa Valley Marriott after 13 practices, and believe they got good work in. As Allen said, “We’re leaving Napa, but we’re still in training camp mode.”
-- The Raiders will conduct joint practices with the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday and Wednesday at their camp facility in Oxnard.
-- Outside linebacker Khalil Mack showed some skills in pass coverage, blanketing fullback Marcel Reece in the flat and slapping down a pass from Matt Schaub. He read the route and throw perfectly, flashing an often overlooked part of his game.
-- The Raiders worked out in shells for their final day in Napa, but will don full pads for their sessions with the Dallas Cowboys.
Returned to practice:
Did not practice: CB Chimdi Chekwa (knee) DE Justin Ellis (concussion), G Lamar Mady (ankle), TE David Ausberry (knee), CB Nieko Thorpe (undisclosed)
Physically unable to perform: DJ Hayden (foot), G Lucas Nix (knee), S Usama Young (quad)