Time for an overdue Raiders mailbag with a few non-contact practices in the books and the first padded session coming up on Monday: Q: How is Marcus Mariota performing in camp? admnunez1 A: You sent this question a few days ago, but it’s pertinent because coach Jon Gruden talked up Mariota in his Zoom teleconference session following practice. Which of course will give way to breathless social media speculation that he’s making a run at Derek Carr’s job.
As with any offense, strong performance starts with an offensive line that can deliver.
When the Raiders signed Darren Waller to a big-money contract extension in the middle of last season, the consensus was that it was a fair deal, despite Waller’s limited track record and history of personal problems. In the wake of the past 48 hours, however, it has become pretty clear that Mike Mayock acted prudently in locking up his star tight end as early as possible.