Jun 17, 2014; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterbacks Matt Schaub (8) and Derek Carr (4) throw passes at minicamp at Raiders Practice Facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Padded practice doesn’t change much in terms of contact for quarterbacks, after all the position is famous for the red “no contact” jerseys the players wear during all practices to ensure that the leader of the offense isn’t injured by one of their own defensive players. However the addition of contact adds to the speed of the game, and the presence of a tackle for a pass catcher makes the timing that much more realistic to what a quarterback could expect during the preseason action leading up to the regular season.
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That is why it was an encouraging sign on Sunday to see positive reviews surrounding the team’s quarterback play during the first padded session of the 2014 Training Camp. Reporters on hand praised the play of expected starter Matt Schaub, who is going through the process of rebuilding his confidence after his 2013 season in Houston as well as the play of 2014 second round draft pick Derek Carr.
Head coach Dennis Allen praised his quarterbacks following Sunday’s practice, telling Vic Tafur that he felt the position played “crisp” in the opening padded session.
It is encouraging to see positive reports surrounding the quarterbacks at training camp compared to in 2013 when media members often had unkind reviews of the play coming from Matt Flynn and Terrelle Pryor. With new faces along with Matt McGloin, the media on hand along with the head coach himself are liking what they are seeing. Take that for what it is worth in late July, but it is a promising start at the very least in Oakland.