LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Derek Carr isn’t certain he’ll play Sunday in the Raiders’ exhibition recreation. But he is aware of he’ll have tons to do if he doesn’t take a snap.
The Raiders have a brand new coach in Josh McDaniels, and Carr, the beginning quarterback, must be an extension of the coach. Playing time helps that relationship, however fearing damage to their most essential performers, coaches use starters – particularly quarterbacks — sparingly in video games that don’t rely.
“I think the most important thing I do during the preseason is communicating with Josh,” Carr mentioned this week throughout coaching camp. Carr didn’t play in the workforce’s Hall of Fame Game victory over Jacksonville, however he made certain to remain near McDaniels as Jarrett Stidham ran the offense.
“When a situation would come up, I’d walk over to him [McDaniels], while Jarrett was doing the normal sit down and go through it,” Carr mentioned. “I would go to Josh and just start asking questions. I’d ask him, ‘You know when you said this, what did you mean by that?’ We’re growing that way, too. Training camp and preseason, all of that is a big time to learn and just gain as much as you can to get better. I feel like I can get better by learning. Asking, ‘Josh, what are you thinking on this?’ Because I want to make sure. I’m trying to execute it exactly how he wants it done.”
Carr in all probability will do extra of the identical when the Raiders face the Minnesota Vikings at 1:25 p.m. Sunday in Allegiant Stadium, their second of 4 exhibitions.
But then McDaniels type of bucked the development of not enjoying starters in the opener, relying closely on operating again Josh Jacobs on the primary offensive sequence. Jacobs, who has been dinged greater than a bit throughout his temporary career, had seven touches on the workforce’s first 11 performs. Four of the workforce’s prime offensive linemen received some snaps, as did No. 2 tight finish Foster Moreau and receiver Keelan Cole.
McDaniels was hush-hush Friday on how he’ll use starters in opposition to the Vikings. But he did need starters to know exhibition video games can assist them turn out to be conscious of how a brand new teaching workers plans to strategy conditions. Learning, apparently, could be completed on the sideline. Watch, hear, soak up.
“There’s all these different elements of the game that we don’t have that many opportunites to go through before Sept. 11. [regular-season opener],” McDaniels mentioned.
The one participant who’s unlikely to play in opposition to Minnesota is standout tight finish Darren Waller; a hamstring damage has saved him from taking part in most classes this coaching camp.
As for the Vikings, enjoying their exhibition opener, quarterback Kirk Cousins received’t play after testing constructive for COVID-19. The Raiders anticipate to see Sean Mannion begin at QB
The Vikings have a brand new coach in Kevin O’Connell, who was Los Angeles Rams offensive coordinator for 2 seasons. O’Connell, who will get some credit score for serving to quarterback Mathew Stafford in the Rams’ run to victory in the Super Bowl, replaces Mike Zimmer. Zimmer spent eight seasons in Minnesota, compiling a 72-56-1 document and two division titles.
The Vikings are also prone to see main adjustments defensively underneath new new coordinator Ed Donatell; he’s switching to a 3-4 scheme up entrance.