ALAMEDA, Calif . – A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Oakland Raiders' training camp.
Yes, the Raiders already technicaly broke camp in Napa last week before traveling to Southern California for a pair of joint practices with the Dallas Cowboys and Friday’s home exhibition opener against the Detroit Lions. But Sunday was treated as the final camp practice of the preseason at the Raiders' compound, with it open to reporters throughout. Starting Monday, practice is open to the media for only the first 30 minutes.
Rookie quarterback Derek Carr did not practice after being diagnosed with a concussion following a blow to his ribs against the Lions. Third-stringer Matt McGloin took Carr’s spot at No. 2 while Trent Edwards had the most snaps he has had all camp.
Matt Schaub had a few nice passes and was also picked off by strong safety Tyvon Branch , who was practicing after suffering an ankle injury Friday. “There are still some things that we’re trying to work on in the passing game,” said coach Dennis Allen. “There were some really good plays and then there some plays that weren’t quite as good. So, we’re going to continue to work and we’re going to continue to get better. Matt Schaub is our starting quarterback. I think he’s doing a good job for us and I think he will do a good job for us.”
Safety Usama Young (quad) was taken off the Physically Unable to Perform list and practiced for the first time while cornerback Neiko Thorpe (unknown) practiced for the first time since early in camp.
In the wake of second-year tight end Nick Kasa suffering a potential season-ending knee injury last week in Oxnard, and with presumptive starter David Ausberry still recovering from a procedure on his left knee 10 days earlier, the Raiders signed tight end Kyle Auffray on Sunday. The 6-feet-5, 254-pound Auffray, who was originally signed by Arizona as an undrafted free agent out of New Hampshire in 2013, has also been with New England and Cleveland, though has yet to play in an NFL game. He began his college career as a quarterback at Mississippi State before transferring to New Hampshire and playing tight end and punter. In the corresponding roster move, the Raiders waived kicker Kevin Goessling and have yet to make a roster move with Kasa.
Cornerbacks Chimdi Chekwa (knee) and Taiwan Jones (banged up) sat out practice, as did receiver Juron Criner (hip). Defensive tackle Justin Ellis (concussion), guard Lamar Mady (ankle) and Ausberry (knee) were also out. Cornerback DJ Hayden (foot) and guard Lucas Nix (knee) remain on the PUP list. Fullback Marcel Reece came out of practice with a sore foot.
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie got into the ALS ice-bucket fray by accepting Denver Broncos president John Elway’s challenge.
The Raiders practice Monday at 11:50 a.m. PT.