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Derek Carr: 'I'm just trying to take control as much as I can'

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders concluded their mandatory three-day minicamp with 100 percent participation, according to coach Jack Del Rio, with an eye toward reporting to Napa on July 28 for training camp.

So what did the Raiders accomplish in their offseason training program, which included 10 organized team activities practices and the minicamp?

"What we really try to do is show them what a typical day in [training] camp is going to be like," Del Rio said Thursday. "So when we came back on Tuesday and worked in the afternoon with the walk-through and what that would look like in training camp, the structure of it. I think we did a great job, as a group of men, really understanding what the Raider way looks like. With the young guys, we really have to teach them. I think the veterans have done a great job of stepping up with that leadership part."

After going 7-9 last year, the Raiders are a sexy pick to break their 13-season playoff-less streak in 2016. Even as they lost a pair of veterans in Charles Woodson and Justin Tuck to retirement.

"Who is going to replace C-Wood? Who is going to replace Justin Tuck?," Del Rio wondered aloud, mimicking a popular thought.

"We had guys stepping forward," Del Rio said. "Khalil Mack and Derek [Carr], obviously, [are] two guys that are stepping forward. But guys like Bruce Irvin, guys like Sean Smith, Rodney [Hudson], those guys have been filling that void and doing a great job."

Mack and Carr took it upon themselves as draft classmates, in the first and second rounds, respectively, three years ago.

"That's something that Mack and I set out to do, is change the culture," Carr said. "That's part of that. Obviously the winning and the winning atmosphere and the belief in all those things, but, it's stuff like that, being family outside of this place that we want to see change, and we're going to lead the way."

And as the quarterback, Carr has a larger role as well.

"I'm just trying to take control as much as I can," he said. "First two years in the NFL, you're just trying to figure your way out and lead the best way you can. You'll never have a great grasp of it, because the game is so tough.

"But you have a better grasp on it. I'm just trying to take control to really get them to run it how I want it run."

The Raiders expect strong safety Karl Joseph, the team's first-round draft pick who has been rehabbing a knee injury that limited him to four games last season at West Virginia, to be a full go at training camp.

Joseph was seen working out on a side field with a trainer during practices.

Cornerback D.J. Hayden, who is seeing more time in the slot, did not practice Thursday after getting "a little tweak" on Wednesday, Del Rio said.

And while veteran free safety Reggie Nelson has yet to practice, he was also getting in classroom work.

"Guys were locked in, doing a great job," Del Rio said. "I feel like, again I speak to the leadership part, because up until this week it's all been voluntary, but we've had tremendous participation. Really, everybody's been here and they don't have to. It's a situation, where, we ask them to be here and the commitment level is there. That's a good thing for our football team."