Las Vegas Raiders general manager Mike Mayock said he's most pleased with how the team has been competing – even if when there are no preseason games.
"If you can give a coach or GM a compliment, that's the highest compliment you can give them: that your kids compete." Mayock said Tuesday.
"And that's what I think we're seeing."
Mayock took over the general manager role in 2018 after the Raiders fired Reggie McKenzie.
Mayock made a bunch of roster moves and drafted running back Josh Jacobs and safety Johnathan Abram in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
In 2020, the Raiders selected Henry Ruggs III and Damon Arnette in the first round.
The Raiders saw plenty of potential from their rookie class in 2019 and see some of that from this year's draft class, sprinkled in with free-agent acquisitions, during training camp.
The Raiders had playoff aspirations last season but finished 7-9.
Mayock sees plenty of potential this year.
"We got to get better," he said. "When Jon (Gruden) and I started this thing together, that's what we talked about. That's pretty much our No. 1 goal: We got to compete. Our kids have to compete and we believe we're slowly getting where we want to go there."
Pleased with Derek Carr and offensive line
Mayock took note what Derek Carr has done in the offseason with his teammates.
Carr got together with teammates at a park in Nevada and threw some passes.
It didn't go unnoticed by Mayock.
"Just really pleased with the way Derek Carr has taken over this football team," he said. "It goes back to the offseason. It goes back to all the workouts he had with the players and the players just confirming they're buying in. That's been awesome. I think Derek just became natural and I think he gets better everyday with Jon in year 3. That's been awesome."
It is just not Carr whom Mayock has been pleased with on offense. It all starts with who is protecting the former Fresno State star.
"I just think our offensive line and the leadership that they show is outstanding everyday," Mayock said.
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