Raiders training camp: Bo knows

Raiders training camp: Bo knows

The Las Vegas Raiders are just days away from facing a live opponent in the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2022 Hall of Fame game this Thursday. This will be a great opportunity for the Silver & Black to not only compete against another team, but also to intensify internal competition for roster spots.

There’s little doubt who the Raiders’ starting quarterback is. Derek Carr has that spot locked out. However, the hierarchy behind QB1 remains influx. That’s why Las Vegas quarterbacks coach Bo Hardegree is eager to see his squad against the Jaguars. While it’s unclear if Carr will get snaps in the Raiders’ pre-season opener or if Jarrett Stidham or Nick Mullens will get the start, Bo knows what he wants to see from his squad.

“Just an execution,” Hardegree said in his post-practice press conference over the weekend. “Just go out and have fun. Play by our rules and go out and play. I’m really excited to see these guys compete and play football.”

Stidham and Mullens will likely make their Raider debuts at the Hall of Fame tilt and perhaps undrafted free agent Chase Garbers will also meddle. The Cal product has impressed head coach Josh McDaniels in the OTAs and the quarterback continues to grind. It also caught Hardegree’s attention.

“Yeah, Chase has been great since rookie minicamp. He came, he worked, he put in the extra time in the summer,” the QB coach said. “It really paid off when he showed up for training camp because we moved fast in training camp and he followed through. And I just keep pushing him and he responds well.

The Raiders’ quarterbacking squad of (L-R) Chase Garbers, Jarrett Stidham, Derek Carr and Nick Mullens fall back to pass during training camp drills Monday.
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Pushing the whole group is vital. Competition is an integral part of the Vegas quarterback hall, as everyone pushes each other to improve. As Carr’s status is cemented, the fight for backup duties intensifies the room as a whole and the trio of Stidham, Mullens and Garbers want to impress Hardegree and McDaniels as a way to land on the 53-man roster. Fighting for and winning jobs also plays into the Raiders’ “prepare for all eventualities” mantra that McDaniels and his staff have instilled in the team this offseason. It’s akin to preparing for the worst, hoping for the best belief, because an injury to Carr could turn the whole position upside down if there’s no competition.

“I mean, everyone is just competing,” Hardegree said. “It’s a great venue and I think they’re doing a good job, taking advantage of the opportunities. I’m excited for pre-season.”

Questions about who will start and the depth chart at quarterback will be answered in a day or two. The team traveled to Canton, Ohio today to prepare for Thursday’s matchup.

“We haven’t discussed it. We’ll discuss that as we get closer to game time,” Hardegree said of the preseason quarterback pecking order. “But like I said, day to day, we just go out in competition and work every day on our installation trying to get a little better. »

Even though the Hall of Fame Game is all about backups and third-string reserves, it’s a learning opportunity that will provide the Raiders and Jaguars with a teaching tape to study as camp progresses. training is progressing. One of the biggest lessons, next to those Vegas quarterbacks will observe, is the offensive linemen in front of them. Hardegree was asked about the importance of the offensive line when it comes to offensive setup and quarterbacks in their progressions. And his answer to this question was the most detailed.

“It’s great, but I mean we have timing. We execute in game timing. I always tell them to be aggressive in game timing,” Hardegree said. “And they understand that, and we have a clock in our head. We have a great offensive line room and I’m really excited to see all of these guys come out and compete.”

Las Vegas Raiders Training Camp

Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels and quarterback Derek Carr discuss a drill during a training camp session last week. Carr’s ability to assimilate and ask questions about the new scheme impresses the coaches.
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Smell of New Carr

Like McDaniels, Hardegree watched Carr from afar and was impressed. That impression remains and grows now that the quarterback coach has a direct hand in coaching the Raiders’ franchise signalman.

“As I said before, I always thought he was a great player. He’s a great competitor. He won a lot of football games, played a lot of good football,” Hardegree noted. “I’m just excited to train him and make him improve every day.”

Carr has worked away from the Raiders facility and it’s a practice each of the other quarterbacks have become accustomed to. Not only does Carr lay out the volume of work, but he asks questions to make sure he understands the diagram.

“” Yeah, like I said with the others, he spends a lot of time away from work. And he has a lot of football. He’s got a great library and he’s getting better,” Hardegree said. “Like I said, he asks great questions and we’re moving forward every day. I’m really excited about everything.”

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