The first OTA's of the season under the Jack Del Rio took place today at the Oakland Raiders practice facility in Alameda. Veteran DE Justin Tuck, in his second season with the Silver & Black already sees a different with this group of guys.
"It’s different. I think this staff has come in with a mindset that they’re going to speed things up and give us different, just a different practice atmosphere," said Tuck.
Del Rio, a native of Hayward, was named as the Raiders coach in mid-January. The former Jaguars head Del Rio's most recent position was two seasons as the Denver Broncos defense coordinator.
"Good to get out there, OTA #1. Very valuable for our football team to get the work and actually lineup against a teammate and run routes and defend and do it against actual people," a jovial Del Rio said afterwards.
Quarterback Derek Carr wasn't didn't practice.
"A couple of guys who aren't ready to go will rehab," said Del Rio who wouldn't get into the details as to why Carr did not participate stating only that he understands the QB position generates more interesst and that Carr's not the only one being held out.
"Carr will join the team when they can," he stated.
With another month remaining for OTA's the team will head to training camp in Napa in July.