There was tons of positive buzz at the Las Vegas Raiders training camp this week. Much of that had to do with the improving health of the roster, especially for several key players. Head coach Josh McDaniels recently elaborated on what all of that means going forward as today’s preseason game with the Miami Dolphins inches closer.
There have been concerns surrounding several players on the Raiders’ roster with regard to their health. For example, you have Darren Waller, who’s been largely absent from offseason activities, much less any preseason action. Raider Nation drew a collective sigh after he returned to practice this week. Fans were clearly happy to see him, only for Waller to miss practice, yet again.
You also have the Raiders’ cornerback group that was dealing with a rash of injuries during camp. Well, the coaching staff (particularly Patrick Graham) was no doubt happy to see all of their key corners return to the practice field. Among them was Trayvon Mullen. McDaniels was asked to share some early thoughts on his potential starting corner.
Raiders HC Josh McDaniels shared insight into Trayvon Mullen’s return
â€œIt was good to have him out there, all those guys honestly. Tray [Trayvon] has had a great mindset about this, and he did a great job in terms of working back from his injury and getting himself back to this point where he’s healthy enough to go out there and practice. It would probably be too soon for me to say exactly where we’re at on that after a few reps yesterday.”
Everything’s a process. Players being implemented into a new scheme is easier said than done. Mullen literally just came back, so obviously the road’s just beginning, but as McDaniels mentioned, Mullen has remained positive and, till this point, has done everything that’s been asked of him.
Speaking of implementing and teaching new players, McDaniels had rave reviews regarding everyone that’s coming back. Having to spend a lot of time in the classroom, players such as Mullen have lots of catching up to do, but McDaniels is loving the effort so far.
“These guys have been engaged in every meeting, answering questions, and studying the right way. I don’t think there’s been any lack of effort in their regard in terms of preparing themselves mentally for the things that they can do. They work really hard in the rehab part of it. I think we have a great group. They come ready to work every day, they come prepared, and that group is no different.”
While we shouldn’t expect Mullen or many of the returning players to take the field, their coming back continues to back up the statement that the Raiders are getting healthy at the right time.
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