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Silver Minings: Gerald McCoy’s leadership shines during his first practice

Gerald McCoy’s all-pro pedigree was felt day 1

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The signing of Gerald McCoy was a pleasant surprise for Raider nation. After missing 2020 with an injury to his quad, he is looking for a fresh start, and Jon Gruden obliged.

Now 33 years old, McCoy isn’t the same player he was in his prime. The former top-five pick disruptive movements still flash enough for him to help in the interior. His all-pro pedigree makes his teammates gravitate towards him for knowledge.

McCoy has embraced the role of a teacher and stepped on the field, ready to give guidance. Solomon Thomas's pass rush ability isn’t one of his strengths. He took the time to pick McCoy’s brain on Friday.

Carl Nassib was the former pro-bowlers teammate in Tampa Bay. His thoughts on McCoy paint a picture of a great leader.

“Yeah, he teaches me stuff every day. He’s a legend. He’s doing a great job being a mentor to the young guys. He’s got the most experience. He’s got an incredible resume, and he’s doing a great job.”

The Las Vegas Raiders are desperate for an interior push after it was nonexistent last season. The defense might get more from the signing of McCoy.

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