Las Vegas Raiders Training Camp: Notes and Takeaways from Raiders Day Three in the Pads

The Las Vegas Raiders restarted the pads after a light day of practice on Saturday. The heat turned into rain, which quickly cut training early on, but a lot of work in training today with the team wearing their shells.

The crime still looks fresh, and Derek Carr appears to be responsible for the crime early on. From a mental point of view, there are not many mistakes that we see in the attack.

The main story from yesterday was the offensive line move as Leatherwood received reps with the third team. Today was a day to get Leatherwood back in action, as he returned to rotation with Brandon Parker during team sessions.

He had winning reps during a singles match in an exercise designed to fail offensive linemen. Dylan Parham and Andre James shined during these training sessions, adding optimism to the interior of the attacking line. Overall, it was a good day with good work in the running game and pass protection in team training.

Amir Abdullah vs. Kenyan Drake

A surprising event during this practice was Amir Abdullah, the third-ranked primary who came back to attack.

Abdullah is a driver who runs backwards but returns with kicks and is usually third during his career. He must have impressed the coaches with his veteran presence and consistently drew reps of Kenyan Drake at the start of camp.

Depth of defensive processing may be an issue.

With Bilal Nichols and Jonathan Hankins injured, the depth of the defensive position is a concern. While training, Kendall Vickers, Andrew Billings, and Kyle Biko watched most of the action. They were pushed inside for the run and they didn’t put much pressure on the midfielders on the inside.

Freshmen Neil Farrell Jr. and Matthew Butler continue to work behind that group while settling into the NFL. Butler excelled during the singles sessions where we saw his ability as a passer, hitting the guards with his blast and speed.

Other notes from Sunday practice

– Leatherwood is back to his regular cast to replace Parker, but Jermaine Eliomanor is receiving reps in Right Intervention as well. Fan favorite Tom Cable bench races after a good performance for a spot.

The -Carr and Davante Adams connection is notable as the two communicate constantly in practice. They do everything they can to be on the same page.

– The entire back corner room was missing from training, from Rock Ya-sin to Anthony Avrett. Chandler Jones and Darren Waller weren’t on the court either. Jones missed three practices in a row, as Josh McDaniels didn’t give much information about his update.

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