Observations from Week 3 of Raiders OTAs

The Oakland Raiders were on the field for the second of four days of Week 3 of Organized Team Activities (OTAs) at their Alameda, Calif., facility. The pace was quick, the players moved from drill to drill smartly, and the sounds of football communication were in the air.



LB Curtis Lofton is full go after missing time this offseason with an injury. Photo by Tony Gonzales/Raiders.com


Observations from Tuesday's OTAs.

  • Starting QB Derek Carr was still limited but threw short passes in individual drills with his position coach, Todd Downing.
  • DT Dan Williams was on the field participating in a limited capacity and LB Curtis Lofton was full go.
  • During simulated contact drills with running backs coach Bernie Parmalee holding blocking pads, RB Trent Richardson's "pop" through the drill was considerably louder than his teammates. Coach Parmalee had the backs working on absorbing a blow immediately after making a cut.
  • RB Taiwan Jones looks just as fast as ever catching swing passes out of the backfield and fielding kickoffs and punts.
  • With construction and field renovations at the Raiders facility, it's interesting watching the players and coaches using every inch of available space on the field. Special teams work is incorporated into the middle of the session as position groups move to different corners of the field. The change from drill to drill is scripted and happens like clockwork.
  • Charles Woodson's athleticism, fluidity, footwork and even grace, would be remarkable for an athlete half his age. Instincts may help him be in be in the right place but his body has to respond. Whatever he's doing to move like he does at age 38 should be patented. It's hard not to marvel at how easily and instinctively he commands the defensive secondary.
  • Head Coach Jack Del Rio was getting involved with the offense, working with WR Amari Cooper following a deep catch.
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