Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey is at practice today, though only as a spectator. He is wearing his No. 85 jersey and a baseball cap, while chatting with coaches and teammates. Continue Reading
When Raiders coach Dennis Allen takes the field Sunday, he will square off against the man who hired him as a defensive coordinator in 2011. Denver Broncos coach John Fox also played a key role in Allen agreeing to an overture from the Raiders to supplant Hue Jackson as their head coach. Continue Reading
Recently signed defensive end Andre Carter is at practice today, wearing No. 97 and seeking to get up to speed in time to provide a boost to the Raiders pass rush Sunday against the Denver Broncos. Continue Reading
Twelve people with Raiders ties are among the 127 nominated for the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame class.
The 12 are: coach Tom Flores, personnel man Ron Wolf, wide receiver Tim Brown, running back Roger Craig, tight end Todd Christensen, guard Steve Wisniewski, offensive tackle Jim Lachey, defensive tackles Ted Washington, Sam Adams and Warren Sapp, and cornerbacks Albert Lewis and Eric Allen.
Notable omissions are punter Ray Guy, who long has been among the nominees, wide receiver Cliff Branch and quarterback Jim Plunkett.
A Hall of Fame spokesman told me that all three now are considered senior candidates. Players whose careers ended at least 25 years ago fall into that category.
My, how things have changed in such a short period of time for the Raiders. The latest move came today, when the Raiders waived second-year offensive tackle Joseph Barksdale, one of Oakland’s two third-round picks in the 2011 NFL draft, and signed veteran defensive end Andre Carter. Continue Reading
The Raiders signed veteran defensive end Andre Carter on Wednesday in a move designed to generate more pressure on the quarterback.
Carter last played in 2011 for the New England Patriots, when he notched 10 sacks. The Raiders worked out Carter once in training camp and early this season.
The Raiders recorded only three sacks their first three games. Defensive end Desmond Bryant said the addition of a proven pass-rusher such as Carter will make everyone around him better.
Carter entered the NFL as a first-round draft pick of the 49ers in 2001. He played for the 49ers for five seasons before signing with the Washington Redskins in 2006 and spending five seasons there.
Overall, Carter has 76 sacks in 163 regular-season games. Four times he has posted at least 10 sacks in a season, including a career-best 12 ½ for the 49ers in 2002.
The Raiders cut second-year offensive tackle Joseph Barksdale to make room for Carter on the 53-man roster.
Beat writer Jerry McDonald spotted offensive tackle Joseph Barksdale carrying several items to his car while I was on the practice field a few minutes ago. Continue Reading
Former Raiders center Barret Robbins, was released from a Florida prison Tuesday, where he had spent the past year and a half for an attack on three Miami Beach police officers in 2005, CBS4 in Miami reported.
The station said Robbins appeared unapologetic for his attack on three Miami Beach police officers in 2005. Interviewer Gary Nelson asked Robbins if he could overcome alcohol and drug problems that have plagued him.
“I’m not worried about that and that’s not anybody’s business but mine,” Robbins replied. “That’s something I’ll deal with myself.”
Robbins then broke off the interviewed and uttered an obscenity when asked if he owed the police officers an apology.
The Raiders signed former Green Bay Packers linebacker Vic So’oto Tuesday and waived Carl Iheanacho, the club announced.