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Raiders QB Carr relieved to be on the field

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Derek Carr strode confidently to the line to take his first snap from center as a quarterback for the Raiders . . . and fumbled it.

“Any time a play doesn’t work I’m not happy,’’ Carr said after the Raiders had completed the first of five practice sessions over three days for their draft class, undrafted free agents and a handful of players invited on a tryout basis.

Carr, who seldom took a snap from under center in his last two years at Fresno State, had two more issues with exchanges before the day was done. He wore the No.4 of his idol, Brett Favre, but wasn’t taking the chances of a gun-slinger, throwing mostly short, accurate passes while learning a new offense.

“There were no nerves, man, Carr said. “When it comes to football, it’s fun. I was excited to finally get out and play football instead of getting in your underwear and running a 40 (yard dash).’’

A sizeable contingent of the media was from the Fresno area, where Carr’s selection by the Raiders in the second round at No. 36 is the biggest thing going. Many of the questions posed to coach Dennis Allen had to do with Carr’s spot in the pecking order and whether he could challenge Matt Schaub as the starter.

Allen made it clear Schaub was acquired to start, but at the same time wasn’t placing any limitations on Carr or what he could achieve as a rookie.

“We’re going to let him go out and compete and see how things work out,’’ Allen said. “You can’t have enough good quarterbacks in this league. You never know when injuries are going to occur, and you’ve got to be prepared for that.’’

– Running back George Atkinson III put on the uniform of the team he had worshipped his entire life without his father looking over his shoulder. Former Raider safety and team broadcaster George Atkinson stayed away by design.

“He told me yesterday, `I’m not going to come out. I know you’re expecting me to come but this is your moment and you need to be a man about it as an individual and I’m not going to be here to pressure you,’’ Atkinson III said.“He’ll have a chance to come out and see me.’’

– Linebacker Khalil Mack took most of his defensive snaps on the right side but was also moved around to other spots as well, much as Allen promised on draft day.

– Defensive end Shelby Harris, who missed last season after being dismissed from the team at Illinois State, showed a good burst to the outside but one play misjudged an angle allowing Carr to sprint past him on the outside.

– Third-round draft pick Kevin McGill nearly had an interception of Carr but couldn’t hold it. The deflection then went to safety Jonathan Dowling, a third-round pick. Dowling also dropped the ball.

– There were a handful of undrafted free agents who were invited for tryouts, with the Raiders declining to confirm their names or positions.

One of them was Boise State quarterback Joe Southwick, the former San Ramon Valley High star, who got reps with Carr.

– Free agent defensive tackle Antonio Smith, who incurred an injury while weight-lifting on May 9 and had surgery on a body part that was not disclosed, will miss some of the offseason but Allen said he hopes to get him on the field during OTAs or the mandatory minicamp.

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  • Return

    Damn. I had read this info before. I was still in a wait and see mode. Then I happened to see his medical history. He has sustained major injuries for each year for at least 6 years in a row and his left shoulder is toast.

    Flynn’s elbow. Shaub shoulder. The more things change the more they stay the same.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Had a girl a few hours ago. 37 lbs, and up and looking for num nums in 20 minutes. Came out hot to trot. I was about to take another Mamma llama and her Girl and a yearling out to pasture with the other twenty odd girls and lo and behold there’s a new baby(I had been been watching). I couldn’t leave until the new one finally got tired and laid down. She was virtually out the womb, where;s my food. Had some bad luck this Spring and that was good to see.

  • lefty12

    So when you get a bunch of babes do you just build up the herd or sell some of them off?

  • plunkhead

    Llama Luau

  • lefty12

    Don’t tell me-it tastes like chicken.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Trying to down size, so girls are as appreciated here as they are in China. Always looking to rotate in and out good packers(males), and you don’t get thnemexcept by b0uying or birthing them. So Females have their value.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I got lots of stories on that subject.

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  • Hotep Down

    yep, we got to the point on the roster where a top 5 pic in any position could elevate it to an elite position on our team. now it’s posible that our pass rush will be elite. last year it was NONEXISTEnt and pathet, truly pathetic when the ‘creative’ blitzes didn’t get to the qb but made one wonder if manning was actually on a paark walk. at least on paper the pass rush should be exponetially better. lets see if the secondary can turn that mo. into better than average play

  • plunkhead

    Anyone watching the boxing match?
    great fight

  • SaintKaufman

    Who’s on??

  • plunkhead

    heavyweights Cunningham – Mansuer

  • SaintKaufman

    78 car is killing me this year. What the hell is wrong with that team? Kurt drove the doors off that thing last year.

  • r8ter4evr

    The 70′s were the best heavyweight fights
    Don’t see it ever being the same

  • r8ter4evr

    ABC and Howard

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    PPV slowly but effectively killed off boxing for mainstream America.

  • r8ter4evr

    The guy with the crazy hair
    Didn’t help
    Don King

  • r8ter4evr

    Small team
    Questionable equipment
    Kurt is a great driver
    Racing his first Indy this weekend

  • SaintKaufman

    When ESPN first hit I was way into boxing and they had a ton of open slots. Al Bernstein pretty much ruled the sport for TV, so many good fighters in the early 80′s.

  • SaintKaufman

    That double duty is nuts. At least he made speed at Indy. Dudes gonna lose like 20lbs that day!

  • r8ter4evr

    Tyson was unbeatable with Kevin Rooney
    Once King got a hold of him he was slowly done

  • r8ter4evr

    It is amazing
    I don’t question these guys athletic ability
    JJ ran a triathlon TODAY racing tonight

  • SaintKaufman

    Tyson could beat anybody in the mid 80′s. Only his own demons could and did take him down.

  • SaintKaufman

    Oh my lord! Why? No wonder people hate him. :)

  • r8ter4evr

    The DEMON was DON KING
    Cus didn’t raise him to be the man he turned into

  • RediaR

    Murse

  • r8ter4evr

    I bet he could play MLB with his hand eye coordination

  • Raider O

    Congrats Llama Man.

  • SaintKaufman

    Mike had a crazy and horrible life. His upbringing was basically figure out how to feed yourself, cloth yourself and educate yourself. Maybe Cus could have ‘saved’ him, but once he died Mike only knew how to live one way. Very tragic story about kids being fed to the wolves.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Mike Tyson’s fall was due to multiple factors, not the least of which being that he was a face-fighter who overwhelmed you with speed and power. Once those started declining, the fall-off was fast. Sonny Liston and Joe Frazier didn’t have long careers either. And falling with that human cancer Don King didn’t help, and neither did giving his heart to the all-time gold digger Robin Givens.

  • r8ter4evr

    True
    But in his prime he was lethal

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Yes, he was. Nobody could touch him.

  • r8ter4evr

    Right he went back to his roots

  • Chris in NY

    Absolutely. NFL should heed this lesson. For the longest time there’s been this concern that the NFL would mix in some kind of ppv. Hopefully they heed this lesson.

  • Chris in NY

    I was lukewarm to drafting Mack at first. I felt a trade down was the way to go and had the feeling that Mack would be a good, durable player for 12 years or so but not an impact edge rusher or big-time difference maker. Maybe somewhat similar to a guy we just added to the roster — Lamarr Woodley. Which, like I said, is good. Maybe make a Pro Bowl or two in time. But not really a franchise changer. The more I read and see though the more I drink the Kool-Aid. Jerry Mac’s article painted a pretty good picture. Some of the additional game footage I’ve seen too, he looks a bit more explosive than my initial impressions.

  • SaintKaufman

    Been watching game film of Mack and I’m surprised by how much the OL get’s away with holding in the NCAA. I know the NFL is not the NBA but there are blatant holds at the line that don’t get whistled like the NFL.

  • SaintKaufman

    Ha. We’re using up each others bandwidth on Youtube!

  • Chris in NY

    I’ve been as much of a Reggie critic as anyone since Day 1 when Hue was inexplicably fired, but I’m with him on this draft. The Carr, Gabe Jackson and McGill picks were all in my top 2 or 3 players I was hoping for when they were picked. I favored a trade down at 5, but if we were to stay put Mack was certainly in the top 1 or 2 guys I would’ve taken there (Barr was the other I would’ve considered). Didn’t know anything about Ellis but looking into him after the fact that seems like an excellent pick and fills a major need. Ellis and McGee could become a hellacious duo for years to come … and on the cheap, too.
    Didn’t know about the 7th rounders at all but I really like the looks of Jonathan Dowling.
    The one thing I was bummed about was that Jackson Jeffcoat — CFB Defensive End of the Year in 2013 — somehow slid all the way out of the draft. Something must be up there because most projections had him as a 3rd or maybe 4th rounder. We definitely should’ve grabbed him in Round 7. Hopefully this isn’t another Vontaze Burfict type scenario. I would’ve tabbed Shane Skov in the 7th as well. Jeffcoat-Skov-Dowling in the 7th … that would’ve been an A+++ draft.
    Instead, I’ll give Reggie an A-.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    I remember J. Ellis and his fights with Floyd Patterson and Joe Frazier.

  • Chris in NY

    On top of this, I like the GAIII pickup. Not just as a legacy player either. I was always puzzled why ND didn’t get him the ball more the last couple of seasons. I always felt he looked like their most explosive playmaker, yet he barely got touches. Major diamond in the rough potential there.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    That explains it.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    What the heII? Where am I?

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Raiders.com has Day 2 mini-camp pics up.

  • SaintKaufman

    Congrats on the baby girl papa. Have a cigar. By the way, which one’s Pink?

  • Prometheus

    people still watch boxing? wow

  • SaintKaufman

    The sweet science.

  • SaintKaufman

    Rooks back at practice next week with full team then OTA’s start the following week. Mack continues to say he cannot wait, and I believe him.

  • Prometheus

    Breaking News: Earth Debt has reached 233.3 trillion and we need a planet bailout or we could just delete all of the digital made up debt.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    She’s doing 2nd day fine in the first 6 hours.
    Syd was a sad story.

  • SaintKaufman

    Good to hear. That story about Syd showing up during the recording of Shine On is crazy.

  • SaintKaufman

    Coach Allen looks older already and I think he is doing much better with a mic in his face this year. Our little HC is growing up.