Raiders minicamp: Derek Carr loves Josh McDaniels’ system

This is the fourth time in his nine-year NFL career that quarterback Derek Carr has entered an unofficial stint with a new coach with the Raiders.

Of course, the Las Vegas Raiders are entering season one with former New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels as head coach. The Raiders, who have been in OTA sessions for weeks, began their mandatory mini-camp on Tuesday. Carr spoke to the media on Tuesday expressing his appreciation for the McDaniels system, which is considered one of the best in the league.

“Once you see his system, you’ll know why it works,” Carr said. “Josh has a proven track record of success… It’s exciting to be trained by him. It’s demanding, but it’s great to be around.”

Carr also addressed other topics. He said it’s still “surreal” to play with his Fresno State teammate Davante Adams again and is just happy to play with his friend again. He also said that he, Adams and Max Crosby all had new deals with Hunter Renfrew and Darren Waller when they signed their contracts this off season. He said he hopes it all works out.

Carr also said he’s been friends with Colin Kaepernick since they played against each other in college and endorsed Kaepernick’s recent practice with the team. He said he believed Kaepernick would fit in with the raiders if he were signed.

In other Little Raiders notes:

  • Reporters did not see Josh Jacobs, Kenny Drake, goalkeeper Denzel Judd, linebacker Trayvon Mullen and defensive backs Jonathan Hankins and Bilal Nichols during Tuesday’s session. The reasons were most likely medical for all or most of the players. McDaniels said all players were at team headquarters on Tuesday. Jacobs was not in the field during the OTA sessions with the media also present. Again, it’s only June, so there’s no reason to worry about these infections just yet.
  • Alex Leatherwood, ranked No. 17 in the overall draft pick in 2021, continued to work in the right intervention once again. He’s been there every time the media has been in the off season. So, it looks like he will get his first chance to win this job. The Alabama producer started the right tackle last season and then was changed to guard.
  • McDaniels said the second season midfielder Divine Deablo is medically limited due to an undisclosed problem. But he does some field work.
  • Tight Raiders star Darren Waller said he enjoyed watching an old movie of fellow Tightie Rob Gronkowski running wild in the McDaniels system knowing the odds might happen to him this season.
  • The conquistadors struck a narrow end for Jesper Horsted. He has spent the past three seasons in Chicago with new assistant GM Champ Kelly. Horsted has 10 catches in 13 NFL games. It could be a tall order for a team builder.
  • Meanwhile, at Green Bay, quarterback Aaron Rodgers said he wishes Adams all the best.

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