NFL Notes: Raiders, Texans, Washington


Raiders LT Kolton Miller said he’s excited about third-year C Andre James this season and pointed out that he prepared for the center role backing up Rodney Hudson. 

“It was awesome seeing him get picked up here undrafted,” said Miller, via Levi Edwards of the team’s official site. “That guy just came to work every day, picked up as much as he could from Rodney. You can see he already had the footwork, already had the fundamentals, he just needed to fine-tune some of the smaller stuff. He’s come along a great way. I’m excited for the season. I’m excited for the competition coming up to see what he does.”

Raiders’ veteran G Richie Incognito mentioned that James has “position flexibility” and did well when filling in for Hudson in 2019. 

“First and foremost, Andre is a great dude,” Incognito said. “He’s a great guy; he’s a hard worker; he’s humble; he’s hungry. He’s got position flexibility. He played tackle in college and then got to the league and played center. I go back to 2019 when Rod [Hudson] went down, and Andre had to come in the game in Houston, and we didn’t miss a beat. We were hammering them with the ball, we were running on them, we were making a comeback late and Andre stepped in the next week in Detroit and he played at a high level.”


  • Free-agent S Michael Thomas said he’s been medically cleared by Dr. James Andrews and wants the Texans to sign him: “I feel amazing, the pec is feeling good, my body feels healthy. Texans, whoever, come get me. My agent told me a couple of teams have been poking around. I would love to go back with the Texans. We’ll see.” (Aaron Wilson)


The Washington Football Team drafted OT Samuel Cosmi with the idea that he could be a long-term solution at one of their tackle spots. They were confident enough in that to release stalwart veteran RT Morgan Moses after the addition of LT Charles Leno, but Cosmi still isn’t being handed the job. He has to beat out Cornelius Lucas to start as a rookie. 

“Ideally, you want him not to have to worry about starting right now,” a veteran NFL scouting executive said via the Athletic’s Ben Standig. “Let him earn it. Let him prove to the teammates he earned it and then take over (for Lucas). If that’s Day 1 or Week 6, power to him. He’s gonna get snaps because he’s the answer at left tackle for the future and you’ve got to get snaps as a rookie. He’s on a four-year deal. You got to get him in there. I’m not saying (he’s a) perennial Pro Bowler or Hall of Fame type (of) guy. I don’t know that. But I see him in the upper 20 percent of tackles when it’s all said and done.”

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