Sheets gets a look from Raiders


With Rashad Jennings and Darren McFadden scheduled to hit free agency, the Raiders worked out Canadian Football League running back Kory Sheets Tuesday, according to several reports.

Sheets, 5-foot-11, 208 pounds, was the Most Valuable Player in the Grey Cup for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, gaining 197 yards on 20 carries in a win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Undrafted out of Purdue after gaining 1,131 yards as a senior, Sheets spent time in camps with the 49ers, Miami Dolphins and Carolina Panthers without sticking. Sheets gained 1,277 yards and averaged 5.6 yards per carry in 18 games with Saskatchewan in 2012 and 1,598 yards in 15 games in 2013.

The Raiders have exclusive negotiating rights with their own free agents until March 8. Coach Reggie McKenzie said he is attempting to bring back Jennings, but expects McFadden to test the free agent market.

— Quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo is scheduled to interview with the Cleveland Browns for their opening at offensive coordinator under new coach Mike Pettine.

DeFilippo was re-signed by the Raiders, reportedly to a one-year contract, and can only interview with another team if given permission by the club. He was a finalist this past offseason for the head coaching job at James Madison University.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • RaiderLen

    Very popular in the Midwest (back in the day) according to my Father in Law.

    Bud light surely must be cheaper. They have economies of scale! lol

  • RaiderLen

    Agree. I’m greedy when it comes to Football. I want two.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    There’s an old ditty(sometimes attributed to but more often quoted/paraphrased from Churchill) about being young and not a liberal is to have no heart, old and not a conservative is to have no head.
    I think that’s accurate up to maybe 50-60 years old.
    When I was in between those two stages, chronologically anyway, I’d assume old people were just conservative and that was it. But many I talked to, while remodeling or handymanning their homes turned out to have heard the same BS from way too many Regimes and no longer took any of them seriously, and weren’t neccesarily conservative at all. Though they had been. I’m starting to understand why.

  • Rico Stifler

    Right now, we have no starters on the DL and missing most of our secondary with only Branch and Hayden as starters. Getting DTs and DBs will be important too. Get Orakpo for his versatility, resign Houston for 3 technique (or sign Henry Melton if Houston gets greedy), resign Sims, and also sign Michael Bennett as LDE. Resigning Woodson, Porter and adding Verner would solidify the secondary.

  • Rico Stifler

    I’m not really a beer dRinker, but for some reason I really like Newcastle..

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    A commom urban myth is that it is a common urban myth that light beer has lower alcohol content. Not true! Any brands Light beer will average 10 -20% lower alcohol content. And they usually cost more! What’s up with that?
    Anyway, in my neck of the woods, an 18 pack of 12 oz PBR is $12.80 out the door.

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    Browns don’t want coach Flip. they just hired the Titans former OC to run their offense (Lowell Doggins??) something like that

  • Rico Stifler

    Reports have him as maybe being the qb coach

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Actually, they’ve hired Loggains as their QB coach, but will move him up to OC if they can’t find someone they like better.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I’m really a beer drinker and I haven’t disliked one yet. With no budget, my horizons would expand dramatically.
    Alas, I go for quantity over quality, short of Steel Reserve or something. A few more bucks and I’ve grown to like Coor’s (REG, no silver fricking bullets please), and a few more, I’ll have to knuckle down and try them all.

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    why would you hire assts for the OC who hasn’t been decided yet? #dysfunctional

  • RaiderLen

    I attribute Idealism to youth. (If only We did this) Wisdom to the elders as a general rule. (What We want is insignificant)

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    I don’t see Reggie forcing anybody on Dennis or Dennis forcing anybody on Greg … that would be WHACK imo (what if you hire a zbs OC and the QB Coach on staff doesn’t know jack about that system??) = FAIL

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Remember when the Redskins hired Jim Zorn as the OC when they didn’t have a head coach? They ended up having to elevate Zorn because no qualified coach likes to have his coordinators dictated to him.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Exactly. Al did that all the time, then wondered why he couldn’t any top candidates.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    See?! You’re still too young!

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    yes 100% accurate. i rememba

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    yep. James Lofton comes to mind. Hue Jackson, too

  • RaiderLen

    You got me. I’m at $14.81. BUT I’ll be buying a 30 pack for 18.99 plus tx, and crv on Saturday. lol

  • RaiderLen

    Yep, I still give a schiit.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    All right! Slow down here. You all engage in revisionist history regarding the last season or two often enough until someone digs out the numbers and refutes you.
    Now you’re doing it with Al’s already tarnished legacy and should be penalized for ‘piling on’.

  • RaiderLen

    What should be fun, because of the ammo Reggie has, is to see how He fills out the roster.

    Should be able to get some nice toys.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Kiffin was openly upset at having to accept Rob Ryan as his DC.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Good number! That’s a puzzler. I’d say no, but not much under.

  • RaiderLen

    Something in the area. He’s gotta find some impact players and FA is a way to do it.

    You can’t spend 60 mil on just depth.

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    on that note i’m going to bed. you win. have a good one pal. see you in the AM

  • R8erEduc8er

    That’s 4 big money FAs (Orakpo, Houston, Bennett, and Verner). That ain’t happening.

    Omit Bennett and it’s a possibility.

  • Rico Stifler

    The thing of it is that Houston shouldn’t be a big money FA.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Other than at his hirings, you ever see Kiffin visibly happy? He does brighten the atmosphere in a room, or in an organization, though.

    When he leaves.

  • Scourge of the East

    Well, guys, I got stuff ta do so…..

    From the East Coast, Good night P-man, R-Len, all!!!

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    See ya. Scourge. And Save the Vaquita!(my new cause)

  • Rico Stifler

    Ugh, I remember being under 21 and drinking 211 like it was the best beer ever. lol. So nasty actually. Oh and my friends and I drank Mad Dog a lot also. We used to keep all of the MD bottles.

  • Rico Stifler

    I could care less about that. I was just posting that one thing he said about Carr that I read in another article. Just cuz I posted something written by someone doesn’t mean anything beyond me agreeing with what I posted.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Just a hundred miles east of San Diego was a wonderful delta/jungle extending from the sea of Cortez north along the Colorado River. Jaguars and tropical birds, lagoons as far as you could see or travel in a few days. Kept the water out for 6 years in the ’30s while Lake Mead filled up after the construction of Boulder Dam(Hoover), but probably recovered OK.
    Then in ’63 Lake Powell(Glen Canyon Dam) started filling and didn’t finish ’till ’81. Of course, during that time, many other demands were made on what water flowed south and none of it made it out of the US. Even after Powell was filled. That last hundred miles(basically a hundred miles of Delta/Jungle) turned to Sonoran desert without water.

    Within the last decade, these problems have been recognized, and at least an attempt is being made to get that water flowing to some degree back into the Sea of Cortez.
    That’d be cool.

    Anybody here experience it pre ’63?

  • Back-N-Black

    According to NFL statistics, the Raiders used 456 unique lineups on offense. Also, the Raiders only played 1.9-percent of their snaps with the most common lineup on the field. Both of those stats marked NFL highs for offensive units. http://www.csnbayarea.com/raiders/playing-time-raiders-offense-had-precious-little-continuity?p=ya5nbcs&ocid=yahoo

    wow…. hard to win like this

  • funnyfalcon

    Both sucked, David and Kyle aren’t (weren’t) even third rate coaches.

  • kuhlest

    my best draft today as GM of the Raiders @ first-pick.com
    Your Picks:
    Round 1 Pick 6 (ATL): Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina (A)
    Round 2 Pick 5 (ATL): Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame (A)
    Round 2 Pick 6 (T.B.): Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington (A-)
    Round 3 Pick 5 (NYJ): Kyle Van Noy, OLB, Brigham Young (A)
    Round 4 Pick 3 (ATL): Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State (A)
    Round 4 Pick 7: Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois (A)
    Round 4 Pick 15 (NYJ): Austin Wentworth, OT, Fresno State (D+)
    Round 6 Pick 5: DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville (A)
    Round 7 Pick 4: Vinnie Sunseri, SS, Alabama (A-)
    Round 7 Pick 20: Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina (C+)

  • Howard Benner

    Danie Jermiah was speaking of Carr’s performance @ the Senior Bowl exclusively. Meanwhile he has him as the 44th rated player overall & in his most recent mock not worthy of a first round selection.

    You can’t pick & choose. You either endorse what someone says or reject it in principal. . .I attempt to be objective & realistic when consulting my resources. I thoroughly know what your opinions are. . .

    I was educated with an emphasis on English, journalism & history. I was on the debate team in high school & community (y’all refer to it as junior college in Cali) college. I have covered politics & sports for local newspapers. I surround myself with people in radio (where I have written news copy, engineered broadcasts & done a bit of DJ work), indie screenwriters (my current forte), political pundits. . .I am accustomed to thoroughly researching anything I offer as representative of who I am. . .I’m not going to go into the nature of what I work on because this isn’t the forum for that. Suffice it to say I pride myself on a well crafted argument & I try to take all aspects into consideration. opinions tend to be of a subjective nature. I attempt to circumvent that with objectivity. . .it’s a reflection of my upbringing, my education & the people I surround myself with. . .

  • Howard Benner

    Thanks, bro. . .just trying to keep it real. . .@ least you get it. . .

  • Howard Benner

    I merely attempt to provide as much objectivity as possible. . .

    many of the articles I attribute &/or “cut & paste” are available by subscriptions only. I try to provide info many bloggers can’t access. knowledge is power. . to trivialize that. . .not so much. . .Oh, I don’t appreciate the comparison. . not even the same category. . .

  • Howard Benner

    I merely attempt to provide as much objectivity as possible.

    Many of the articles I “cut & paste” are available with subscriptions, only, & I try to provide info many bloggers don’t have access to. Knowledge is power. .

  • funnyfalcon

    With all the furor over concussions and the care being taken with injuries, I think we’re going to see this happen to a lot of teams. Gone are the days of playing through an injury, shaking it off, one back teams, etc. The key to a successful team now, more than ever, is going to be having depth and flexibility across the roster. In our case, it was just bad luck and a whole lot of injuries.

  • Howard Benner

    . . .LOL.. . .Without outwardly wishing any misfortune upon him. . .maybe he just wakes up one morning with his neck in lockdown mode. . .game over, man. . .

  • Rico Stifler

    Sorry but one of the things that annoy me about you is that you think you can only either agree or disagree with everything that someone says. You make it seem like you can’t agree with some things, comments and disagree about others.

    Just because I agree with that one comment does not mean that I HAVE to agree with EVERYTHING that was said or written by that same person. This whole agree with all or none stance of yours seem rather simplistic, imo. It is impossible to agree with everything a persons says. What is the point of reading what anyone says if I have to agree with all or none of what that person says.

    So what if I agreed with Jeremiah’s comment on Carr at the Senior Bowl and I disagree with where he has Carr ranked?

  • Howard Benner

    “Cherrypicking” comments to me are disingenuous. Jermiah’s eval of the participants @ the Senior Bowl only goes as far as the participnats @ that game. It under no circumstances is representative of his view of the entirety of the draft eligible QB’s. . .

    These are two entirely different groups. “Bortles, “Bridge & Manziel are draft eligible juniors who are universally considered superior candndates for the NFL.

    You are rationalizing. To pick one statement initiated by a person is taking statements out of context, which is exactly what you are doing. I painstakingly structured not only my opinion but the basis of my thought process & in order for you to subjectively embrace your thought process you come away indicating my rationale is “simplistic?!”

    You fail to grasp my premise in order to reinforce your point of view. You grasp onto the comment representative of a portion of the group as if it is representative of the entire group. It’s that difficult for you to ascertain that simple (the only thing “simplistic” about anything I have said in this disagreement) premise?!

    Your way of subjugating the events allows one to take portions of statements out of context to reinforce their argument.

    Case in point; the statement Thomas Jefferson made regarding “every once in awhile a revolution is a good thing” had nothing to do with the American Revolution; nor did it endorse physical revolutions or the regular overthrow of the government. Here is the quote in it’s entirety. . .

    I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.[1] Unsuccesful
    rebellions indeed generally establish the incroachments on the rights
    of the people which have produced them. An observation of this truth
    should render honest republican governors so mild in their punishment of
    rebellions, as not to discourage them too much. It is a medecine
    necessary for the sound health of government.” – Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, Paris, January 30, 1787[2]

  • Rico Stifler

    It is hardly “cherry-picking”. I didn’t pick and choose sentences and put them together in a paragraph. No, I posted his entire comment that was in the article. Besides, the thing that I liked most about what he said, was what he said at the end of it. The little bit about how GMs who interviewed him came away impressed about his maturity and IQ.

    I don’t get why I have to embrace everything he has said outside of that comment. To me, your all or none approach seems simplistic in that I can only agree or disagree with everything that Jeremiah says about Carr. It’s like I only have two options.

  • Howard Benner

    Again you are missing the point deliberately. Jermiah interviewed gm’s, coaches & other scouts & former scouts. . .yet he still rated Carr 44th & not worthy of a first round grade.

    But that’s beside the point. If one takes one statement of an assessment, a stand alone statement to substantiate their viewpoint but ignores the entirety of the argument, which deduces a far different conclusion outcome that is disingenuous & taking the author’s (jermiah’s) statement out of contest.

    You are misrepresenting Jermiah’s conclusion in order to rationalize your opinion. The bottom line is this; Carr folds under pressure & doesn’t tare as well against top drawer competition. Otherwise Jermiah would factor in his “maturity & IQ,” aspects of Bortles & “Bridges games that the very same GM’s, scouts, coaches & former scouts attribute. But Bortles, ‘Bridge & Johnny Football are all lauded for their performances against pressure & top drawer competition.

    Another FACT escapes you; Jermiah was talking about Carr in comparison to Thomas, Boyd, Fales & Garoppolo, et al. . .NOT Bortles, Manziel & ‘Bridge.

    You were in fact picking & choosing. You ignore the fact Jermiah rates Carr much lower than the aforementioned junior eligible QB’s. To continue to attempt to “brow beat” my assertion is futile. I deal in facto only. I don’t & never will grasp onto straws, attribute quotes that only substantiate my viewpoint @ the sake of their true assessment. . .I will disagree but will note my disagreement.

    Sure, there is a chance your cries of “this is what I think & everybody else is wrong” could ultimately win the day but I doubt it. Bortles almost beat South Carolina when he wasn’t even on the radar. Ultimately he did best Louisville & along the way willed his team to win. He thrives under pressure & relishes contact. “Bridge, who is reed thin thrives in the same environment. Johnny Football performs better under the bright lights. His main detractors claim his slight build might ultimately be his demise as he can’t succeed when continually subjecting himself to contact.

    Carr wilts under pressure, particularly against top drawer competition. That’s the main difference between Carr & Bortles, ‘Bridge & Manziel. Even if you attribute Carr’s lack of stellar performance in this environment to injuries then you suggest he is injury prone. Either way all this substantiates the experts that consistently rate Carr below Bortles, ‘Bridge & Johnny Football.

    Don’t obfuscate the facts. Your attributes to Jermiah’s statement were exclusively about the Senior Bowl QB’s. That in no way substantiates or supports your opinion of Carr. To me Carr is no better than Marc Wilson. . .there are a lot of players in every sport that possess “intelligence & IQ’s. . .” that can’t cut it against top drawer competition or under pressure. You either can or can’t. . .I’m not willing to bank the future of a franchise in dire need of a stalwart leader. . .I’ll wait until next year when Marcus Mariotta, Brett Hundley or my pick, who constantly throws himself in harm’s way, Devin Gardner of Michigan avail themselves to the NFL. . .

    The only simplicity to my assessment is this; either you can cut it or you can’t. . .Carr has yet to prove that to me. . .You attempt to trivalize my assertion in order to substantiate your rationalization. . .the only simplification going on is in your mind. My assessment is based on whether one is realistic, genuine or, in your case disingenuous. . .taking a statement in a vacuum in order to substantiate your overall opinion. . .wow. . .unbelievable. . .

  • Rico Stifler

    So I am “ignoring” Jeremiah’s ranking of Carr as opposed to disagreeing with it? Honestly, it is like talking to a Carr-basher. The last QB who shot up the boards like Bortles is doing was Blaine Gabbert. Bortles only has two years starting as a QB. He is becoming as over-hyped as Manziel. No QB is perfect, but the issues that Carr has are fixable and nothing compared to those of Bridgewater, Manziel, and Bortles.

    Not to mention that all three of those QBs have a much better players than the ones Carr had. Over the last four recruiting classes, A&M has an average ranking of 17.5 with 11 being it’s highest ranking in 2013. They had one 5*, 33 4* and 55 3* recruits during that time.

    Louisville had an average ranking of 42.75 with 29 being it’s highest ranking in 2011. They had 11 4* and 62 3* recruits.

    Central Florida average ranking was 65 with 39 being their highest in 2011. Central Florida had five 4* and 55 3* recruits.

    Fresno State had an average ranking of 81.5 with 52 being it’s highest in 2010. They had one 4* and 33 3* recruits during those four years.

    In the end, you won’t change my mind on anything.

  • Howard Benner

    I’m all about accuracy. . .you really can’t be serious about comparing teams from the SEC & American Athletic to the Mountain West. One of the scouts concerns was the level of competition Carr faced. Besides, your argument doesn’t hold water because Carr chose to attend Fresno State. He could have attended practically any school in the West but he chose Fresno State.

    Where do you come up with this bashing when your candidate has slid above the three junior candidates on all draft boards by all the experts? Show me ONE chart that features Carr above Bortles, ‘Bridge & Johnny Football?

    Wrong; Carr has to grow a pair to fix his weaknesses.

    Again you chose to engage in an apples & oranges when comparing Bortles to Gabbert. Gabbert was known to be a less than tough player & that is Bortles strength, along with possessing the “clutch” gene & possessing the “Joe Willie” it factor. . .he will his team to win, like Johnny Football does. ‘Bridge is more ready for the big time than any player available for the draft. ‘Bridge is a true junior who has already graduated. He is the smartest QB in the draft. .Oh, & one more thing; Manziel is the real deal as well. . .Manziel, Bortles & ‘Bridge possess one thing Carr is seriously lacking in; mental toughness. . .

    I include the Fresno Bee account of the Las Vegas Bowl. They don’t give your Bulldogs the easy way out as you are too willing to. . .and there is no reference to this “mysterious” shoulder injury you attribute to Carr’s inaccuracy in that game. . .I’m not bashing; I just don’t see what you see in Carr. I don’t wish him il will but I certainly don’t want the Raiders to waste an early draft pick on him. . .Bortles will be the real deal, as will ‘Bridge & Johnny Football, who I see more like Joe Namath than any other QB i’ve seen since I was a kin (save for Aaron Rodgers. . .Yes, I attended Cal Bezerkeley. . .)

    LAS VEGAS — There already was doubt
    surrounding the legitimacy of Fresno State’s success before Saturday’s
    Las Vegas Bowl, and its disastrous performance only caused more

    How good was Fresno State this season?

    Sure, these Bulldogs (11-2) finished tied with four other teams in Fresno State history for the most victories in a season.

    But in the one and only 2013 test against a powerhouse from a BCS automatic-qualifying conference, the Bulldogs didn’t just fall short of playing their best.

    Bulldogs failed to look even remotely in the Trojans’ league while
    getting overwhelmed 45-20, leaving Fresno State without a signature
    victory this year.

    At least not the type of prestigious win that
    the Bulldogs had become accustomed to chasing a few years back when
    slaying BCS programs was a primary goal.

    In its place, however, was a second straight conference championship — this year’s an outright Mountain West Conference championship after finishing in a three-way tie for first last year.

    think if you look at the body of work, this team won 11 ballgames, won a
    second straight conference championship,” Bulldogs coach Tim DeRuyter

    “There’s critics out there. Everyone’s got an opinion. I know in my heart we had a really, really fine football team. And I’m very proud of them.”

    State came within one win of likely having reached a New Year’s BCS
    bowl, winning 10 straight before falling in a regular-season finale at
    San Jose State.

    And the Bulldogs set several individual and team records — both single-season and career school marks, plus some Mountain West standards, too.

    Fresno State set school and Mountain West records with 7,101 total yards and 546.2 yards per game.

    Derek Carr concluded his illustrious career with 25 school records and
    21 Mountain West records, and led the nation in eight categories before
    the bowl season.

    Carr also became just the fourth quarterback in Football
    Bowl Subdivision (major-college) history to amass 5,000 yards and 50
    touchdown passes in a season as he finished 454 of 659 (68.9%) for 5,083
    yards (391 average) and 50 touchdowns to eight interceptions.

    receiver Davante Adams also set a Mountain West single-season record
    with 131 receptions and 24 touchdown catches, which is the fourth-most
    in FBS history.

    Fresno State also became the fifth team in FBS
    history to field three 1,000-yard receivers in the same season as Adams
    finished with 1,719 yards, Isaiah Burse tallied 100 catches for 1,026
    yards and six touchdowns, and Josh Harper registered 79 catches for
    1,011 yards and 13 touchdowns.

    “This offense, when we’re clicking, there’s none better in my opinion,” Burse said before Saturday’s bowl.

    for all the Bulldogs offense accomplished while rolling up video
    game-like statistics, Fresno State’s greatest strength proved to be no
    match for USC’s defense during the Las Vegas Bowl.

    Fresno State’s
    defense struggled several times this season and once again played poorly
    Saturday while missing tackles and blowing a few downfield assignments.

    But the Bulldogs offense was expected to give them a chance to compete with one of the most storied college football programs.

    the Bulldogs were held to a season-worst in points as well as 254 total
    yards. The Trojans somewhat surprisingly played motivated for the
    mid-tier bowl and against a mid-major opponent, despite enduring three
    coaching changes this year.

    DeRuyter and Carr said it wasn’t that
    USC did anything special to confuse Fresno State. The Bulldogs simply
    failed to make plays downfield on a consistent basis, struggled to get
    separation, committed crucial drops, couldn’t gain many yards on those
    quick-strike, bullet passes, and had a handful of open targets

    “Physically, they were the most impressive team we’ve
    played in the last two years and they played inspired,” DeRuyter said of
    USC. “They played very, very well. I thought early, we had a couple of
    opportunities on third down to get off the field and change the game.
    They converted.

    “Offensively, we had some dropped balls and some
    penalties that got us out of rhythm. We just couldn’t get into a rhythm.
    We dug ourselves in too big of a hole.”

    Carr finished his career
    without a bowl win and Fresno State lost its fifth straight bowl, still
    winless since defeating Georgia Tech in the 2007 Humanitarian Bowl.

    talked in the locker room, I talked to all the seniors,” DeRuyter said.
    “I told (them) I loved them, I’m gonna miss them and just extremely
    disappointed for them.

    “This is not the way any of us wanted to
    finish this season. We thought this was a group that had really worked
    their tails off; that had earned the right to compete for a bowl game
    Read more here: http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/12/22/3681251/dogs-season-loses-luster.html#storylink=cpy

  • Rico Stifler

    I never gave Fresno State the easy way out. Fresno State, as a team, was pretty bad in that game, especially the defense. Adams was the lone player to have a good game. Carr started off good, then hurt his shoulder at the end of the first quarter. He struggled after that.

    BTW, Bortles left a lil something on your chin….