LAS VEGAS – The excellent news was that after 5 days in quarantine attributable to shut contact with proper sort out Trent Brown, who final week examined constructive for COVID-19, the remaining 4 offensive line starters for the Las Vegas Raiders once more examined unfavorable and have been cleared on Sunday morning to play towards the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The dangerous information: They have been cleared to face one of many NFL’s most advanced defenses with out as a lot as a single snap in apply final week.
“They did something that nobody has ever seen before in this league,” mentioned quarterback Derek Carr.
Despite the top results of a 45-20 loss that dropped the Raiders to 3-3, Carr, sacked thrice, couldn’t say sufficient good issues about his wall of protectors. Maybe that was the politically appropriate response wanted from a staff chief who might be within the locker room and within the trenches with the unit. He’s going to wish this group.
Then once more, Carr was simply talking a whole lot of plain fact, too, in assessing the layer of problem that final week delivered.
“Football is a game that needs to be practiced,” Carr mentioned. “It’s a game of team, and when you don’t have all your guys out there, it’s tough throughout the week. With that said, I’m very proud of them for coming in against that multiple front, multiple blitz operation…and being able to play the way that they’re able to play. They did a fantastic job.”
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There have been undoubtedly miscues. The Raiders had hassle choosing up the blitzes of Bucs linebacker Devin White, who collected all three sacks and stored coming off the sting on Carr’s proper, the place Sam Young crammed in for Brown. There have been a pair flags for unlawful process when linemen didn’t line up on the road. Gabe Jackson, the fitting guard, was ejected within the third quarter. And Las Vegas averaged simply 3.2 yards per rush (though they’re hardly the primary with that kind of common towards the NFL’s No. 1-ranked protection).
“I’m not going to use any excuses,” Carr added. “We can’t. We’re in a production-oriented business.”
Still, he is aware of. Prepping by Zoom conferences can solely go up to now.
“Passing off the games,” Carr mentioned, alluding to the switching on blocking assignments for linemen, “and doing all of those things live in practice – the stunts, the communication, the reps, the conditioning – all of those things are taken into account.”
Left sort out Kolton Miller summed it up properly.
Miller mentioned, “This whole year has been weird with the virus.”
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