The Oakland Raiders concluded their second week of organized team activities today. They will return for their final OTA session June 3, before mandatory mini-camp the following week. Although it is early on in the season preparation, some developments have occurred in the first two weeks.
On the injury front, several key Raiders are not participating. Josh Cribbs is still dealing with a knee injury and has yet to be cleared to take part in drills. First round pick DJ Hayden was released from a local hospital this week after an abdominal injury kept him out of action and will continue to keep him out of action until training camp. Cornerback Tracy Porter is unable to go with a calf injury and linebacker Miles Burris is out from an off-season knee surgery.
As far as on the field performance is concerned, quarterback Matt Flynn is the starter right now as the competition continues. Along the offensive line, both guards Lucas Nix and Tony Bergstrom both have taken snaps with the first team. They will continue to get looks as the Raiders try to find Cooper Carlisle's replacement. Undrafted rookie wide receiver Connor Vernon has caught the attention of head coach Dennis Allen.
“There’s so many new faces out there, it’s hard to keep up with all of them,” Allen said after Tuesday's session. “Some of those guys have done a nice job. A guy like Conner Vernon is a guy that kind of stood out a little bit. I guess that’d be one guy that I would say.”
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