By Luke Straub
It was a day of firsts at the Raiders practice facility Tuesday. Coach Jon Gruden garnered much of the attention leading up to the voluntary session, but a more important first was quarterback Derek Carr throwing to his new wide receiver Jordy Nelson.
Fortunately, there’s video provided by the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Chris Booker of the two sharing their first minicamp reps together.
Carr counted on former Raiders WR Michael Crabtree during most of his young career. But he will lean on the veteran Nelson this season in the red zone, and if all goes according to plan, next season as well. Oakland released Crabtree before the team signed Nelson to a two-year contract with $13 million guaranteed contract.
Nelson was a second-round pick in 2008 by the Packers, and he was with Green Bay until he joined the Raiders. He has 550 receptions in his career with 7,848 yards and 69 touchdowns. He’s made the Pro Bowl one time during the 2014 season when Nelson gained 1,519 yards on 98 receptions and had 13 scores. He led the NFL with 14 scores in 2016 after missing the entire 2015 campaign with an ACL injury which earned Nelson the Comeback Player of the Year...