Raiders OTA news: Nate Hobbs safe
The Las Vegas Raiders had their first media availability from their OTA sessions on Thursday and new head coach Josh McDaniels addressed the press.
There wasn’t much news, but there was some interesting stuff and no, McDaniels didn’t have much to say about Colin Kaepernick’s big workout on Wednesday.
Here are some notes from the session:
- Sophomore offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood was working the tackles Thursday. He was, of course, the 17th pick in the draft last year as a right tackle. But early in the season, after struggling, he was moved to custody. McDaniels said Leatherwood rebounded. I guess Leatherwood will have a chance to start with the right tackle this season.
- McDaniels praised quarterback Derek Carr, saying he’s been great on the field, in class and as a leader and learning the new system well. “I really appreciate him in every way,” McDaniels said of his quarterback. He also said Carr knew he was the starter and had nothing to worry about when it came to coaching Kaepernick.
- McDaniels praised new stars wide receiver Davante Adams and passing thrower Chandler Jones for the way they worked and set the tone as leaders. He said none of the players acted like they were a star.
- McDaniels, who is back as head coach after a tough 28-game tenure in Denver in 2009-10, said he’s really enjoying being in that role again. The former longtime New England offensive coordinator again noted that he made a few mistakes with the Broncos. Among them, he was trying too hard to manage his schedule like how Bill Belichick runs the Patriots and how he interacts with the team on a daily basis. “I’m not Bill and I can’t be,” McDaniels said. McDaniels said such things at his first press conference in Las Vegas four months ago. So now that he’s well in his role, it’s important that he sees growth in those areas because those are the main reasons he failed in Denver.
- McDaniels is impressed with the way the team works and learns the verbiage of the new system.
- He praised new replacement quarterback Jarrett Stidham, who was acquired in a trade from New England two weeks ago, for how he’s helping other quarterbacks, including Carr, with the new system. , which of course he knows.
- The offense had a sloppy session on Thursday and the whole unit had to take a ride in the desert heat. McDaniels said he felt the players wanted that kind of accountability.
- Some fans were in awe on Thursday when the OTA list was tweeted and sophomore cornerback Nate Hobbs was listed as a safety. Do not worry. It was a typo. Hobbs practiced at cornerback.