On the first day NFL quarterbacks were eligible to report to training camp, Raiders quarterbacks Derek Carr, Marcus Mariota and Nathan Peterman were all present and accounted for on Thursday in Henderson.
It was a quick visit, though, as each underwent a mandatory COVID-19 test before turning around and heading back home.
Barring any positive test results, Carr, Mariota and Peterman will return for a second screening in three days.
Per the agreed-upon COVID-19 protocols in place between NFL owners and the players union, two negative test results over a period of 72 hours are required for players to gain access to team facilities.
Should Carr and his teammates pass the screening process, they will move to the next phase of the return policy, which consists of access to the team facility, undergoing a standard physical and getting fitted for equipment.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr on Tuesday compared rookie wide receiver Bryan Edwards to Carr’s former Fresno State teammate and current Packers’ star Davante Adams. On Friday one of Edwards’ high school coaches said he has long seen similarities to another perennial All-Pro.
“He’s always reminded me of A.J. Green,” said Conway (S.C.) head coach Carlton Terry, who was an assistant when Edwards played there and coached against Green in high school. “They both just have that ability to make plays at receiver and return punts. Just men on the field in comparison to the other players. Not only did they stand out vertically, but for big men to have that athleticism is just so rare.”
Edwards’ natural gifts were evident from the moment he walked into Conway High School as a 13-year-old freshman.
Raiders coach Jon Gruden on Thursday talked about the need to adapt every day to the practice availability of his players.
It went without saying he was referring to the potential impact of COVID-19, the constant shadow he and the Raiders will be operating under this year.
By late afternoon, that possibility became a reality when Raiders defensive end Maxx Crosby and running back Rod Smith were added to the COVID-19 injured reserve list.