NAPA, Calif. — Three takeaways from Day 12 of Raiders training camp:
The Raiders are looking for a more impactful season from their roster’s youth.
They took a step forward Monday.
Along with 2017 first-round pick Gareon Conley, both teams’ rookie third-round choices participated in practice. Offensive tackle Brandon Parker and defensive end Arden Key were eased into action. Barring a setback, each is expected to make his NFL debut in Saturday’s road exhibition versus the Los Angeles Rams.
Parker worked at reserve left tackle Monday. He missed the past seven practices with an ankle injury. Key missed one to an ankle sprain.
Neither played Friday against the Detroit Lions.
The final week of training camp resembles the first for wide receiver Jordy Nelson.
Nelson, 33, has not slowed down here in Napa. He separated from cornerback Rashaan Melvin on a deep touchdown. Quarterback Derek Carr play-action faked to rookie running back Chris Warren before hitting the former Green Bay Packers standout in stride.
Nelson played only five offensive snaps Saturday. He and the starters are expected to see increased work this weekend.
Monday’s practice featured a noticeable volume adjustment.
The Raiders typically practice with more than 1,000 season-ticket holders in attendance. This time, only a smattering of spectators were invited. The crowd was dialed down on the same week students at the neighboring Redwood Middle School begin their school year.
Classes start Wednesday, a day before the Raiders conclude camp.
The school occupies the fields most months of the year.
Michael Gehlken Review-Journal