Every offseason brings questions that need answers. For this Raiders team, they may have more questions than answers. Some of these questions are no small thing.
Last week the Raiders wrapped up their offseason practices with their three-day mandatory minicamp. That means they have now entered the longest and final portion of the offseason. The next time these players convene will be training camp at the end of July.
They enter this six weeks with many things unsettled. Most of which will still be unsettled when camp begins, giving them a lot to think about over the next six weeks.
There is no more pressing question on this team than whether their new starting quarterback is going to be ready for the season. He has yet to set foot on the practice field after having had surgery shortly after signing with the team on a Lisfranc foot injury he suffered last season. The team is hopeful he will be ready for camp, but just to be certain, they protected themselves by adding an injury clause in his contract that stipulates they can cut him at any time without having to pay him.
While that seems far-fetched – and it probably is – there is still, at very least, the possibility he misses part of training camp. Not ideal when you’re trying to get used to your new teammates and them get used to you. And past that there was always the question of whether he would be able to stay healthy. Something with which he’s long had issues.
The next man up is journeyman backup Brian Hoyer followed by rookie fourth round pick Aidan O’Connell.
What is the status of Josh Jacobs and his unsigned franchise tag?
Oct 23, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (28) warms up before a game against the Houston Texans at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
The only player who was not at least in the building for minicamp was Jacobs. That’s because he is not under contract. And that’s because he has yet to sign his franchise…