Josh McDaniels says Derek Carr knows the Raiders are his “football team” despite Colin Kaepernick’s training

the newYou can now listen to Fox News articles!

Las Vegas Raiders coach Josh McDaniels said he didn’t feel the need to give long starter Derek Carr Colin Kaepernick’s practice warning.

After bringing the 34-year-old freestyle quarterback, who is said to have impressed the Raiders, to practice on Wednesday, the coach stressed that the team still belongs to Carr.

“I think Derek is very comfortable where he is,” McDaniels 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 that’s a big deal for Derek at this point.”

Las Vegas Raiders coach Josh McDaniels speaks during a news conference at the NFL football team’s training facility Thursday, May 26, 2022, in Henderson, NF
(AP Photo/John Locher)

Carr, 31, signed a $121.5 million three-year extension this year and remains firmly established as the team’s primary quarterback. Attackers reportedly wanted to see if Kaepernick would fit in the quarterback’s space, including Garrett Stidham and Nick Mullins.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS REPORTS ON FOXNEWS.COM

“I think he knows this is his football team, he works that way on the field, he leads the way that we want him to do and he’s doing the right things,” McDaniels added. “I couldn’t ask for more from Derek Carr and I’m very happy with what he’s done so far.”

After Jon Gruden stepped down as Raiders coach midway through last season, Carr was able to lead the team to the playoffs in one of the toughest divisions in the NFL.

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr celebrates Thursday, May 25.

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr celebrates Thursday, May 25.
(AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

The three-time Pro Bowler had his highest stats in both passing yards (4,804) and interceptions (14) in 17 games last season. He also threw 23 touchdowns and led the team to a record of 10-7 before losing to eventual AFC champions, the Cincinnati Bengals, on the Wild Card Tour.

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 in protest of racial injustice.

Colin Kaepernick impresses in practice with the Las Vegas Raiders: Reports

The manager revealed during his press conference that he would not ask questions about players who are not currently in the squad.

“We brought tons of people to rehearsals,” McDaniels said. “We’ve said from day one that we’ll take every opportunity and he’s not the first player we look at and it won’t be the last.”

“So there will be a lot of people coming in and out of this building and having a chance to make an impression,” added the coach. “The assessments we conduct are private to us and if we make the decision to add someone to the team, we will do so.”

Kaepernick stated in a podcast interview last month that he “definitely” wants to play in the league again and is even willing to return to the league as a backup quarterback if it improves his chances of returning.

FILE - San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) looks for a receiver during the second quarter of an NFL football playoff game against the Green Bay Packers in San Francisco, January 12, 2013.

FILE – San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) looks for a receiver during the second quarter of an NFL football playoff game against the Green Bay Packers in San Francisco January 12, 2013.
(AP Photo/Tony Avelar, file)

While Carr didn’t speak Thursday, other players, including defensive end Max Crosby, were asked which team brought Kaepernick to practice.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APPLICATION

“I honestly don’t know much about it,” Crosby told reporters. “I’m worried about the guys out here right now so that’s all I have on it.”

Leave a Comment