The Oakland Raiders are playing their second preseason game today. Because of a weird scheduling quirk, Jon Gruden has made a pretty interesting decision about how he's handling the game.
The Raiders are playing an intrastate game against the Los Angeles Rams today. It is strange, considering the two teams open the regular season against each other in just a few weeks.
Because of that weird scheduling, Jon Gruden has made a pretty interesting decision for today's game.
Jon Gruden isn't playing his starters for the Raiders' Week 2 preseason game against the Rams.
Coaches are notoriously nervous about letting out any information to opponents. Gruden is especially old-school.
Week 2 in the preseason is when we start to get extended looks looks at starters.
Week 3 is the "dress rehearsal" for a team's top players, and then thing wind down for Week 4, to keep players healthy before the regular season.
We'll have to see how the Raiders approach things, with another game of primarily back-ups. It is hard to really blame Gruden give the situation, but you'd think he could find a way to get Derek Carr and company some snaps without giving away much of the playbook.
Connor Cook and E.J. Manuel have taken the snaps at quarterback so far. Cook is 4-for-7 for 15 yards while Manuel is 1-for-2 for 29 yards.
The Rams lead 7-0 early on. Running back John Kelly scored the lone touchdown.