Derek Carr knows the Raiders are “his football team” despite Colin Kaepernick’s training, says Josh McDaniels
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Las Vegas Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels said he didn’t feel the need to give longtime starter Derek Carr a pre-workout notice from Colin Kaepernick.
After taking the 34-year-old free agent quarterback for a Wednesday workout that would have impressed the Raiders, the manager pointed out that the team still belongs to Carr.
“I think Derek is quite comfortable with where he is,” McDaniels he told reporters Thursday. “I think he knows who he is to us and I know he knows how I feel about him, how we feel about him. I don’t think it’s really a big deal for Derek at this point.”
Carr, 31, signed a $ 121.5 million three-year extension this year and remains entrenched as the team’s starting quarterback. The Raiders were reportedly looking to see if Kaepernick would be a good choice in a quarterback room that also includes Jarrett Stidham and Nick Mullens.
“I think he knows this is his football team, and he’s working like this on the pitch, and he’s leading the way we want him to lead, and he’s doing all the right things,” added McDaniels. “I couldn’t ask for more of Derek Carr and I’m very happy with what he’s doing so far.”
After Jon Gruden stepped down as manager of the Raiders midway through last season, Carr still managed to lead the team to the playoffs in one of the toughest divisions in the NFL.
The three-time Pro Bowler had career records in both passing yards (4,804) and interceptions (14) in 17 games last season. He also threw 23 touchdowns and took the team to a 10-7 record before losing to eventual AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals in the Wild Card round.
McDaniels declined to say Thursday whether the team would sign Kaepernick, who last played in the NFL in 2016, the same year he began kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice.
The manager noted during his press conference that he would not answer questions about players who are not currently on the squad.
“We brought in tons of people for training,” McDaniels said. “We said it from day one that we would consider every opportunity, and he is not the first player we have looked at and not the last.”
“So there will be a lot of people going in and out of this building and having the opportunity to impress,” added the coach. “The assessments we do are a little private for us and if we make the decision to add someone to the team, we will.”
Kaepernick said in a podcast interview last month that he “absolutely” wants to play in the league again and was even willing to return to the league as a reserve quarterback if that helps his comeback chances.
While Carr did not speak on Thursday, other players, including defender Maxx Crosby, were asked if the team had brought Kaepernick for a practice.
“Honestly, I don’t know much,” Crosby told reporters. “I’m worried about the guys who are here right now, so that’s really all I have about this.”