Heading into Canton, eyes had been on proper guard Lester Cotton Sr., the anticipated alternative for the retired Richie Incognito, and proper sort out Alex Leatherwood, the second-year Alabama product.
When lately speaking concerning the alternative to start out with reporters, Cotton Sr. stated, in line with Raider Maven: “I’m keen to do something and the whole lot that Coach Josh (McDaniels) and Coach Carm (Carmen Bricillo) inform me to do.”
Passing the attention take a look at, Cotton dealt with enterprise in go safety and within the run sport. With a standout exhibiting, the 335-pounder is within the driver’s seat to start out Week 1.
Leatherwood, the crew’s No. 1 draft decide in 2021, continues to battle Brandon Parker for the starter’s function.
The backup QB competitors will get heated
Professional Bowler Derek Carr is the starter, however along with his harm historical past, it is essential for the crew to have a strong backup.
Fourth-year QB Jarrett Stidham, an ex-Patriot, began and is the apparent selection as backup due to his familiarity with McDaniels’ scheme. The previous Auburn Tiger made his case for QB2 with a 12-yard dashing TD and by finishing 8-of-16 passes for 96 yards. He misplaced a passing TD due to a drop by WR Tyron Johnson. Stidham performed confidently, which is all you possibly can ask from a possible backup.
Veteran QB Nick Mullens took some snaps, producing 72 yards passing and finishing 72 p.c of his tosses, however the former 49er would not supply a lot.
Undrafted rookie Chase Garbers led Las Vegas to its ultimate rating. The ex-California Bear completed with 35 passing yards on 4-of-6 completions.
Anticipate Stidham to proceed getting first-team reps in preseason video games, with Garbers to observe. Mullens appears to be like like a minimize candidate.
Josh Jacobs begins at RB
Beginning within the backfield, Jacobs obtained extra reps than anybody anticipated. Maybe that was as a result of the Raiders declined to select up his fifth-year possibility. The depth chart is deep at operating again, giving McDaniels many choices.
Including to an already stacked offense, rookie Zamir White appeared like a severe menace to crack the rotation. Out of Georgia, White posted 52 yards dashing on 11 carries. Most impressively, he confirmed his niftiness in area and likewise was a wrecking ball in site visitors.
Third-year again Austin Walter rushed effectively, choosing up 49 yards on 6.1 yards per carry. Walter enhances White as one other onerous runner, which solely provides to the flexibility of an already spectacular offense.
Ameer Abdullah scored the lone landing for the backfield, sneaking in a rating on one in all his two rushes.
Josh McDaniels’ profitable return dwelling
McDaniels. a quarterback for Canton McKinley Excessive College, made his Raiders teaching debut on the sphere he performed on in highschool.
“You by no means know should you’ll get this chance once more,” McDaniels stated postgame, in line with the Raiders’ site. “I actually savored it. It was a great alternative for all of us, and I believe all of us loved it.”
With household and buddies in attendance, he didn’t disappoint.
The Raiders play of their second preseason sport on Sunday, Aug. 14, at dwelling towards the Vikings.