LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Coaches can discover that means in meaningless exhibition video games. It’s their job. Take Josh McDaniels after the Raiders beat the Minnesota Vikings 26-20 on Sunday at Allegiant Stadium.
In the second victory in as many exhibitions for his Raiders, the brand new coach preferred the competition at quarterback, the place Jarrett Stidham began and ran for a landing and Nick Mullens got here on to go for a rating.
Neither will begin for the Raiders. That’s reserved for Derek Carr, who for the second straight week performed spectator.
But the play of Stidham and Mullens in all probability relieves a priority for McDaniels ought to Carr be damage for a quick spell throughout the common season.
“I thought all the quarterbacks did well,” stated McDaniels, in his first season as Raiders coach. “I think Jarrett has really grown over time. … One of the things that keeps showing up, and I’m real happy about, is there’s no turnovers. Before we can win we have to learn how to not lose.”
McDaniels’ reward of every QB, together with Chase Garbers who mopped up, associated to their effectivity and choices.
He appeared particularly happy with Stidham and Mullens. “I thought both of those guys did a good job.”
He additionally appeared glad with the rotation at offensive deal with, with out delving too deeply into performances. What he appreciates is the work ethic and competition.
“There are some guys who didn’t start tonight for one reason or another that will be starting on opening day,” the coach stated. “The competition is real, it’s ongoing, and I think it’s the healthiest thing we have going for us in the locker room because it makes everyone better. There’s something to be said about each day’s work they put in … it’s made our team better.”
The Raiders appeared slightly extra in tune in opposition to Minnesota, which was taking part in its first preseason recreation.
Mullens accomplished 7 of 9 passes for 94 yards and one landing, a 34-yarder to DJ Turner, and Stidham was 10-for-15 passing for 68 yards. He additionally ran 16 yards on 4 makes an attempt, together with a 4-yard landing.
Kellen Mond threw for 119 yards on 9 completions, together with two touchdowns, for the Vikings. Sean Mannion completed 8-for-12 for 79 yards.
Albert Wilson caught TD passes of two and 20 yards for Minnesota.