After an embargo on workouts in the NFL because of the coronavirus pandemic, the league has recently allowed teams to finally bring players in.
The Raiders are reportedly beginning that process now.
Just an FYI: Over the next couple of days the @Raiders will be bringing in several outside players for tryouts. Obviously a different format this year as opposed to past years due to COVID-19— Vincent Bonsignore (@VinnyBonsignore) August 20, 2020
NFL Draft Diamonds reported that one of eight players working out for the Raiders is former Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones.
Breaking: Former XFL standout QB Cardale Jones is in Las Vegas working out with the Raiders https://t.co/8GutPonp8y #NFL #NFLDraftNews pic.twitter.com/L4fRHE6goZ— NFL Draft Diamonds (@DraftDiamonds) August 20, 2020
Other names of players working out will likely emerge soon. I wouldn’t get overly excited since these type of workouts are routine around the NFL. Still, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Raiders sign a few new faces. They would have to trim from their 80-player roster to make room.
The Raiders have been in training camp for 23 days and have had three padded practices so coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock have a sense who can make the roster and where they may need upgrades.
Just because Jones is working out, I wouldn’t necessarily assume the team is down on Marcus Mariota (even though he has reportedly struggled in camp) or third-string quarterback Nathan Peterman. You know Gruden and quarterbacks — he loves working them out.
There is plenty to be intrigued by Jones as he is 6’5, 250 pounds and has a big arm. He played well in the XFL earlier this year. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 2016 and spent time with the Chargers and the Seattle Seahawks, but he hasn’t been able to stick in the NFL.
Perhaps he will get another chance with the Raiders.