All photos by Shawn Jonas
Napa Valley, California – Head Coach Jack Del Rio spoke on a number of topics to the media after Saturday’s session of on-field work at the Oakland Raiders Napa Valley Training Complex.
End Of Acclimation Practices
Head Coach Jack Del Rio
“That right there is the last of our acclimation practices, now we can actually put the pads on tomorrow, so we’ll do that. I thought it was a pretty solid day’s work. So much to get done, but energy was good. I think having the pretty good crowd out there today was nice. The game’s played in pads, so you really can’t get a full evaluation until you get your team in pads and see them compete. That’s the next part, so we’re excited to get that phase going and that’ll be part of what we do.”
THE YOUNG DEFENSIVE BACKS
The decision in free agency by Reggie McKenzie to stay with the young defensive backs that he already had on the roster is one up for debate. Coach Del Rio feels that he and his staff can develop the group.
ON THE FIELD REPORTS SHAWN JONAS ASKS COACH:
Your young defensive backs did pretty well out there today. How confident are you feeling in that group right now?
“We feel like we have a group there that has a chance to develop. Some young, talented guys, physically-talented guys that need work. They’re going to get that. It’s going to be a very competitive camp and we’ll let them be developed, be coached, let them compete against each other and let the guys who are the most productive play the most. We feel like we have a good young group.”
HIGHLIGHT PLAYS FROM THE DEFENSIVE BACKS ON DAY 2
Newly acquired free agent Nate Allen picked off a pass from Derek Carr intended for Michael Crabtree. Carr scrambled to his right on the play trying to buy some time for someone to get open. He tried to drop it over the top, but Allen made a nice play on the ball.
Second year corner back out of Utah Keith McGill punched a ball out from rookie Amari Cooper. The forced fumble created by McGill was recovered by second year corner back TJ Carrie.
“We need to find out what he can bring. I haven’t really seen him full tilt, but he is active now. He has joined the team again now in a full-go capacity and so I’ll get to learn more about him. We’ll learn more as we go with him. We need all of our players to grow, and to improve and to become great teammates, and he’s no different.”
Del Rio Talks The Importance Of His Coaches Ability To Teach
“I think we’ve assembled a great group of teachers, so we’re busy teaching. There was a segment there, prior to the field goal-kicking segment, about two periods before the end, it was like a 15-minute teaching period, and in that you’re seeing individual coaching going on, and individual techniques being stressed. As we get the pads on, some of that will be a little more physical in nature, but the bottom line is we believe in fundamentals. We’re going to stress fundamentals and we have a staff that understands that and are good teachers.”
RODNEY HUDSON LEADERSHIP
“It helps if the center is that type of guy, because basically it all starts with him. He’s going to make the calls. He’s going to snap the ball, so every play starts with him. I knew that he was, I think, an emerging player in the league, having gone against him twice a year. I felt like he was one of, if not the best, centers in the league and had a lot of respect for his game and so we were able to acquire him and I’m very excited about that.”