Josh McDaniels on training Colin Kaepernick

HENDERSON, Nev. — Las Vegas Raiders coach Josh McDaniels said Thursday he didn’t feel the need to tell quarterback Derek Carr that the team was looking at Colin Kaepernick.

McDaniels, speaking after a team activity hosted by the Raiders, didn’t reveal much about the first known practice the free agent quarterback has had with an individual NFL team since joining the team. last played in 2016.

“No, I mean, I think Derek is pretty comfortable with where he is,” McDaniels said of the recently extended Carr. “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 really important to Derek at this point.”

Kaepernick, 34, practiced for the Raiders on Wednesday, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Carr, 31, signed a three-year, $121.5 million extension in May. The Raiders have three quarterbacks on their depth chart behind him: recent trade acquisition Jarrett Stidham, free agent signing Nick Mullens and undrafted rookie Chase Garbers.

“I think he knows this is his football team and he works like that on the pitch and he shows the way we want him to lead and he does all the right things,” McDaniels said of Carr. “I couldn’t ask for more from Derek Carr and I’m very happy with what he has done so far.”

McDaniels, entering his first season as Raiders head coach after spending a combined 19 seasons with the New England Patriots, deflected coaching questions the same way his mentor Bill Belichick did. often would.

“Just standard procedure, we’ll only talk about people who are on our team,” he said. “[General manager Dave Ziegler] and his team worked with tons of guys this spring and we really don’t comment on the reviews we did or what they were like, what they weren’t like, strengths and weaknesses, that kind of stuff are kind of private obviously to us as we look at things to try and make decisions to improve the team. If any players are added to the squad, we will obviously discuss that at that time. I respect the question 100%. I understand. But that’s kind of what we’ll stick with.”

Kaepernick last played in the NFL in 2016, the year he began protesting racial inequality during the national anthem. The only other team known to have brought him in for a visit since then was the Seattle Seahawks in May 2017. Multiple sources told ESPN that one of the reasons the Seahawks did not sign Kaepernick after that reunion 2017 was that they feared his popularity and strong resume would threaten Russell Wilson’s position among his teammates in the locker room.

Carr was unavailable for reporters on Thursday. Left tackle Kolton Miller and passing thrower Maxx Crosby gave similar answers when asked about their thoughts on the Raiders’ practice at Kaepernick.

“Honestly, I don’t know much about it,” Crosby said. “I’m worried about the guys who are here right now, so that’s really all I have on that.”


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