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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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  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    You know I love you.

  • Gdog

    lol!

  • SilverandBlack666

    LOL that was good

  • SilverandBlack666

    I like Gdog we seem to see eye to eye on most Raider topics

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I have. You want GeorgeJr. or Sr. when push comes to shove?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I was at the commencement party.

  • Howard Benner

    That business of ours. . .did he make you an offer you can’t refuse; & renege on it?

  • Howard Benner

    You guys are the same height?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I like both of you even though you’re both often wrong.

  • Howard Benner

    A bit ambitious, eh? He has the DMAC syndrome as of late; finds it difficult to stay on the field. . .

  • Howard Benner

    Not quite a great analogy, but, okay. . .

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Sixes, did you see that other guy;s avatar? The battle of the Jimi’s Jimmy’s

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Howard the wordsmith? Not an analogy.

  • Howard Benner

    . . because Darth Vader, the heartless vice prez was actually running the day to day ops. . .George is actually Alfred E. Newman; never see them both in the same room @ the same time. . .highly suspicious. . .

  • Howard Benner

    You say that like it’s a bad thing. . .

  • Howard Benner

    Unmitigatable truth. . .I can’t help it tonight; I hit the satire button hard & it won’t depress. . .time for another Guinness. . .

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    It damn well better age you quick. I don’t want the F ing job. You?

  • Howard Benner

    Yes, but they bought Jr’s. way in. . no way he could pull the GPA for that lofty distinction. . .

  • Gdog

    Hey, Jimmy Page avatar.. I am currently reading “There goes Gravity” a rock journalist writing about her times with the legends.

    I had no idea JP went so heavy over the edge in drugs… naive I guess…

  • Howard Benner

    Whoops. . I actually replied to the wrong post. . .sorry. .perhaps one too many Guinneses?

  • Gdog

    His brains or his signature on the contract…

  • Howard Benner

    Does he have a favorite horse?

  • Reuel Smith

    They are creating the pushes and shoves. Did you know that the Bush family now owns most of the radio stations in the good ol USA?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    You’re not being truthfujl.

  • Reuel Smith

    by the way, i found your email I think and sent you another of my watercolors. hope you got it.

  • Gdog

    Serious… said he was almost as bad as Keith Richards. NOBODY did drugs like him and survived right?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I never look at my email. Not sure what its for. But I will now. Thanks/ gm/.

  • Gdog

    Best
    Two

    Movies
    Ever

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Many did. Or so I’ve heard.

  • Gdog

    Clapton.

  • Howard Benner

    Then they went ahead & made “Godfather III” No accompanying lightning strike this time around. . .

    Like the BSPN ad;Q. ” what’s the best golf movie of all time?”

    A. “Caddyshack. . .”

    Q. “What’s the worst golf movie of all time?”

    A. “Caddyshack II. . .”

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    And then Stevie Ray cleaned up and took Clapton’s place in the plane.

  • Gdog

    Yea… I love when they do the Godfather marathons and only mix “3″ in like every 9th show!

  • http://batman-news.com accupolco gold aka elmo

    http://www.youtube.com/embed/r_I9Y76Yb20?autoplay=1

    Ès good youtube vídeo ès Yohnny Fùtbol. He ès the hombrè.

  • Reuel Smith

    ok think I got your email when I got on Riff’s site.

  • Howard Benner

    Can’t decide if it’s revisionist history of the Godfather story or just a sorry attempt to make money; @ Christmas, @ that (that’s when the movie came out. Still want that 2 + hours of my life back. . .)

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    If you don’t think that’s SnBG, there’s something wrong with you.

  • Gdog

    The first two were so perfectly done… then three seemed so ham-handed and self indulgent.

    Doomed…

  • Howard Benner

    Seemed they tried to make Michael Corleone a tortured soul who was trying to finally become a good man. . .they tried to introduce humility. . .they tried to bring in Hemingway; the “Old Man & the Sea. . .”

    What a waste. . .money grabbing act. . .exit, stage left. . .

    I’m off to watch some tellie. . .see y’all later! Keep up the good fight!

  • Rifflicks

    I don’t blame you… the llama’s butts are a better option for logical conversation….or hang around a little longer and maybe Mistic,GG, Marks Hair, or Rexnor will show up too.

  • http://batman-news.com accupolco gold aka elmo

    Go Yohnny Go
    Yohnny be good.

    Ès good melodía be ès señor Chuck Berry.

  • http://batman-news.com accupolco gold aka elmo

    Yohnnywood Fùtbol ès Cleveland Brown. Ès dog pound ès be elatado. Ès sky ès un bounderia ès no snow y lluvia. Ès frío en Cleveland Brown eh town.

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  • http://batman-news.com accupolco gold aka elmo

    Generalissimo McKenzie ès draftès A++. Ès so true. A++.

  • RaiderReloader

    + Ozzy

  • DJ Johnny

    This…from the most unsavory poster BY FAR on this blog. Rude prik who does nothing but start s**t everytime you’re on here.

  • http://batman-news.com accupolco gold aka elmo

    Ès glorioso día ès be a Raderio fan. So glorioso. Señor Reggie ès briliantè hombrè ès draftès selecíones. A++. Ès so true.

  • the super genius dr robert

    Strangely, u don’t like me and I’m always right.

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    It’s Dr Rob. Clearly the guy has problems, to have fifty different aliases each with thousands of posts each. Just spends 24/7 online.

  • the super genius dr robert

    Lol. Gtfoh. I’m the big bad wolf eh?

    Saying it doesn’t make it so.

    So I’m every poster that u don’t like right?

    So stupid.