Michael Crabtree shines in Raiders second camp practice

NAPA, Calif. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Oakland Raiders training camp:

  • Michael Crabtree put on a clinic for anyone trying to defend him coming across the middle on slant passes. On at least three occasions the veteran receiver, who signed a four-year, $34 million contract with more than $16.5 million guaranteed late last season, sped by the defense for huge gains in the non-tackle practice.

  • Undrafted rookie receiver Max McCaffrey also had an impressive practice with several acrobatic catches down the sidelines and deep across the middle.

  • The most acrobatic catch of the day, though, came courtesy of Andre “Orale” Holmes, who went up and over Neiko Thorpe back down the left sideline.

  • Amari Cooper also turned in a pretty catch … that ended in relative disaster for the second-year receiver. After outmuscling two defensive backs deep down the middle, Cooper was stripped of the ball. Middle linebacker Ben Heeney was trailing the play and scooped up the ball, returning it 50-plus yards for a TD as he placed the ball just inside the far pylon.

  • Heeney had an impressive practice, also blowing up a screen pass in the left flat.

  • The most athletic play of practice? Connor Cook fired a pass over the middle that appeared to be a sure interception by safety Jimmy Hall, though the ball went through his hands and into the arms of tight end Colton Underwood for a big gain.

  • The Raiders practice again Sunday from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. PT and are expected to be in pads.

A few tweets from Saturday’s training camp practice: