Head Coach Jack Del Rio
Oakland Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio spoke with the media Friday, and wrapped up another week of practice. He discussed the team's preparation heading into Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and feels confident the team was productive this week. The Silver and Black have an opportunity to be 5-0 on the road this season, but have to execute on Sunday.
Here are the quick hits from his media session:
Del Rio talked with reporters about this week's preparation and how it's benefiting the group.
"OK, Fast Friday. We're right here in the Bradenton issue of Fast Friday. So, we're ready to roll. We had a good week of practice here. Guys have been on point, been very purposeful about our work and preparing to play the Bucs and getting familiar with them. It's been a real productive week that way. Looking forward to the challenges on Sunday."
**He commended Raider Nation for showing their support wherever the team plays, and noted it's an important role.
"They're a big presence. We really appreciate their support. They do a tremendous job. Our fans travel. Where ever we've been thus far, they've been there in large numbers and I think it'll be the same. Come on out, Raider Nation. We're excited about it."
Del Rio shared how defensive end Mario Edwards, Jr., is recovering and how the process is going.
"Yeah, he's just on the side. Until we get the clearance for him to join us in practice, he'll continue with the trainers. Like I said, he's with the trainers. They haven't given him the green light, so he'll continue to work with them until then."
With defensive tackle Stacy McGee out this week, the Raiders skipper touted a next man up mentality.
"Very important. Stacy has been playing really good football for us. He's banged up this week. I think more likely next week for us with him. But yeah, next guy up. That's what we do. So Darius Latham will play more, Denico [Autry] will play more, Big Dan [Williams] will play more. Those guys have to do their thing. We expect to play good defense and we know we got ourselves a challenge ahead."