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Summary from the Final Week of Camp
Derek Carr never got anywhere near the field in the preseason. Head coach Jon Gruden has prioritized health. Unlike some other veteran quarterbacks who have lobbied to get some preseason snaps, Carr has been happy to wait until the regular season. “As you get older you realize how long the season really is, you realize how much football there is still left to be played, and we only have one bye week with an extra game," Carr said. Raiders beat writers seem skeptical that it will ever come to fruition, but there has been enough talk from Gruden of using Marcus Mariota situationally (think Taysom Hill behind Drew Brees) running the zone-read that we should at least be open to the possibility.
Josh Jacobs has racked up 2,619 total yards and 19 touchdowns in just 28 career games. He should be in the same workhorse role in 2021. Tashan Reed and Vic Tafur, who cover the Raiders for The Athletic, note, “Jacobs looks great and should reward all fantasy owners who saw past the Gruden bells and whistles.“ Their view is that the Kenyan Drake signing and Gruden’s talk of the creative ways he wants to use him does not mean that Jacobs’ role will be diminished. With the Raiders prioritizing health over preparation and not playing starters in the preseason, Jacobs has been out of sight and out of mind. No. 3 tailback Jalen Richard may start the season on the injured reserve, which would open a roster spot for Trey Ragas.
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