Raiders Open Mandatory Minicamp

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The Raiders opened mandatory minicamp Tuesday at the Intermountain Healthcare Performance Center in Henderson, Nevada. The mandatory minicamp runs through Thursday, June 9, giving the team an opportunity for full practices, installs, and more. Raiders QB Derek Carr spoke to the media following practice Tuesday to discuss the day’s work.

Carr was reunited with his Fresno State teammate Davante Adams this offseason via a blockbuster trade with the Packers. Adams is arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL.

“It’s kind of surreal. It’s been really fun for us,” Carr said about him and Adams. “Lot of inside jokes from college and things like that… just being on the practice field, and we’re learning each other again as well. We’re both in a new system… so we’re both learning and growing through that.”

“We’ve had some fun plays… The relationship part is the easiest part because what we’re both saying to each other – we both understand each other. And we’re getting better. That part’s exciting… But it’s just been fun to have my friend back.”

Carr also spoke about the fun he’s had lining up against DE Chandler Jones at Raiders minicamp, describing a play in which Jones picked off an attempted screen pass from Carr.

“He picked me off on the screen today and I said, ‘Chandler, I’ve never seen you stop your rush like that. You always try and hit me in the chest.’ And he just started laughing.”

Echoing statements made by Raiders defensive line coach Frank Okam earlier at OTAs, Carr couldn’t help but describing the impact Jones is having as a leader and a mentor for the defense.

“The young guys, when Chandler walks in the room, all the eyes go to him, because what’s he going to say? How’s he going to teach that move? It’s been cool, and I think it’s been cool for Maxx (Crosby), and I think Maxx has been good for Chandler.”

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