OAKLAND – Connor Cook put the Raiders ahead at the end of the first half when it was time for a game to get Eddy Piñeiro's field goal attempt right.
Jon Gruden made a run to the right and put the rookie in the spot he would normally avoid – on the dirt of the infield.
The head coach of the Raiders did it on purpose. He wanted Piñeiro to gain experience by shooting the field goal off the merciless surface. The Oakland Coliseum is the only venue for football and baseball, forcing the teams to play in the dirt during the athletics season.
Piñeiro did not give a damn about the warm-up preparations against Detroit on Friday. This was a great opportunity to give Piñeiro his first try in the game.
Gruden did well. Piñeiro knocked him down from 48 meters away.
"I remember when we convened (Sebastian Janikowski in 2000) it was like being on a strange planet when he came here and started shedding the dirt," Gruden said after a 1
Piñeiro took the second shot from 45 meters away from the soil. He also hit that and was happy to have a few preliminary games.
"I mean, the more kicks the better," said the undrafted rookie. "I'm just trying to gain experience, especially in the preseason."
While Mike Nugent is also at Raiders Camp, he does not pose a real threat to Piñeiro as he can secure the job. This is especially true after Friday, when he was perfect in three tries, two out of 45 yards or more.
The Raiders have scheduled two home games during the MLB's regular season – meaning that the dirt is present in the hall – with possibly another impact streaking Athletics progressing in the postseason.
It's something you have to get used to, "Piñeiro said." It was different, much different from demolishing grass. It was fun.
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Unbroken rookie Chris Warren III will experience a heavy workload throughout the preseason, especially with veterans Marshawn Lynch and Doug Martin playing for games 19659002] It's quite possible that Lynch will be ready for the preseason – he showed burst, acceleration and spee during a 60-yard touchdown run that was called back by a penalty – and Martin will not
This gives Warren plenty of chances to prove his value, he got 13 on Friday and worked 86 yards to 6.6 yards per carry, including a 26-yard run in the third quarter where the Bruiser showed some speed in the room.
"He's a hammer, he can really beat you and he has a pull-out speed," said Gruden. "But he improves in passing, he's becoming a running back more and more instead of just a runner. He becomes a receiver, lightning pickup, all those little details improve, but he has a lot of talent.
Warren is in a trio and is struggling with Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington for possibly two roster spots Washington had 38 yards on six carriers Richard had five yards on three carriers but had four catches for 35 yards  Backup QB Fight Still On
Cook received Friday's first jump in preseason action with the second team and took full advantage of it, completing 11-of-19 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown during His best track as a pro.
He moved the ball consistently, making two beautiful throws on the run, including a touchdown strike against Ryan Switzer, where only the receiver could catch it, he was not perfect, but showed a well-balanced Pose in the pocket, was largely precise and got the ball on time.
"He has an excellent training camp, he has not turned the ball, he shows pretty good command, there is a I can e I'd hardly expect to talk to him and get his perspective, "Gruden said on Friday night. "But he moved the team and put points on the board."
Manuel did not work so well with the third unit. He was 4-for-6 for 46 yards and lost a fidgety snap on the Lions 6-yard line. This is a no-no.
While Cook seems to have an early leg on the backup quarterback job, Gruden said the competition is far from over. Manuel will get more work in the preseason game next week at the LA Rams, with a chance for a jump.
Cornerback Gareon Conley has warmed up with his teammates before Friday's game, a sign that he's about to return. Hip injury was suffered in the training camp's first training camp. He has participated in walk-through sessions but needs to gain some preseason experience to prepare for the regular season.
"Gareon has a chance to be on the training field with us on Monday," Gruden said. "And he's almost done, he's really close, he healed really fast, and my prayers were answered."
Rookie Edge Rusher Arden Key jumped over the game on Friday with an ankle sprain, but was able to return to the Rams play. Safety Marcus Gilchrist, receiver Seth Roberts and Dwayne Harris, safety Obi Melifonwu, offensive tackles Brandon Parker and Breno Giacomini and linebacker Nicholas Morrow were among the Raiders would not play for injury.
Links to tackle Donald Penn will be looking for coaches on Saturday, a session that should give the Raiders a progress report on his health, and when he could be activated from the physically non-executable list. He did not practice while recovering from foot surgery on Dec. 2017.