at a glance
All practice at Intermountain Healthcare Performance Center, unless noted:
Thursday — Exercise 10:50 AM 12:45 PM
Friday – Practice 11am-12:30pm
saturday – off
Sunday – Precision Game vs. 49ers, Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif., 1 p.m.
monday – off
tuesday – closed
Coach John Gruden was furious when asked his thoughts on defensive end Max Crosby.
Apparently, Crosby was wearing a mic for a behind-the-scenes video at Wednesday’s practice. Gruden said he was eager to hear what Crosby had to say, before the team joked about getting all the attention this week, with Gruden trying to trade for former Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack.
Gruden again turned his attention to the question.
“Maxx is doing great to answer your question though,” he said. “As I say about (rookie cornerback Nate) Hobbs, he has this thing about him. He’s just fun to be around. He loves coming to work. His car, he has an orange Porsche. Who’s got an orange Porsche? I pull over here and there’s an orange Porsche. I know he’s there. I go out at night and the orange Porsche is here. He’s a weird guy. He’s a fun guy. He’s a helluva football The player is there. Thank God we got that.”
game of the day
Derek Carr and Henry Rugs hooked up for another deep ball on Wednesday, this time a lofted pass from the right. Rugs beat Isaiah Johnson to the ball before Roderick Teemer did the over.
Carr was not finished. He hit Zay Jones in the middle of the field for another score in the next game.
It was another pass from Carr that really stood out, though. He was running back Josh Jacobs went wide to the left and zipped a pass down the left between the two defenders.
Jacobs has spent most of his time working on the skills he has acquired over the past two seasons. Carr credits running for the route the play is running on.
“That game, usually people don’t work as hard when they’re in that place,” Carr said. “If he doesn’t try that hard, I can’t throw that ball. There’s a lot of nuance that goes into it. He’s on it, that’s all I would say. He’s doing a really good job. He’s in it.” Running hard. Before Ram’s game, he’s running on all the tight end routes. Whichever way he ran, he ran.
“He is trying to get better at it. Today it was really cool that he caught him because you guys saw it for the first time, his growth in that area.”
The league has made it clear that it intends to cut down on taunting this season by stressing the importance of referees throwing their flags for any violations. Gruden doesn’t mind the decision.
“I think that’s a good point to emphasize,” he said. “Who needs it? Taunting. Well, I think seven people are celebrating after an interception. I look at it as taunting. But whatever the emphasis is, if you’re a coach you have to We have to emphasize this with our team.”
‘nothing stays the same’
Sunday will be the final pre-season game for the Raiders, who, like every other team in the league, will cut 53 players as of Tuesday.
The cut date is about two weeks before the Raiders’ regular season opening on Monday Night Football against the Ravens. Generally, the final cut is made eight days before most teams play for the first time.
With three pre-season games and a new timeline instead of four, Gruden is still adjusting.
“Everything has changed,” he said. “I mean by the number of players, when we cut out players. The whole thing has changed. It’s not just the number of preseason games. We also have 17 regular season games. Bye weeks have changed. Everything changed. Gone. Nothing stays the same.”
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