Jack Del RIo isn’t losing sleep over preseason loss to Packers. (AP Photo)
ALAMEDA _ Worried about the Raiders?
Judging from the social media reaction following a 20-12 loss to the Green Bay Packers, it seems a lot of people are wondering if the consensus trendy pick to make a playoff run is really just more of the same.
Following practice Saturday, the first one since the loss to Green Bay two days ago, it’s pretty clear Jack Del Rio can live with the results because 1) They don’t count; and 2) His team is reasonably healthy. Continue Reading
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) has taken control of the Raiders.(Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)
NAPA — Derek Carr had the last word Tuesday, which is as it should be.
The Raiders quarterback took the podium to address the media after the 13th and final training camp practice as teammates were making their way to their rooms, their cars, and hightailing it out of the Napa Valley Marriott until next year.
Carr is the team’s most conspicuous presence, constantly working the room (or field) with a seemingly endless stream of information, encouragement and the most gentle and good-natured form of criticism when warranted.
As the quarterback in a league driven by quarterbacks, Carr went into training camp as the most important player on the Raiders. At this point, as the Raiders adjourn to the team facility in Alameda, Carr’s influence has grown, if that’s possible. Continue Reading
Receiver Fred Biletnikoff celebrates with Ken Stabler at the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/File)
NAPA _ Had lots of stuff left over from story earlier this week on former Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler, who will be inducted Saturday into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
The story went on-line Tuesday and was in print in Thursday’s editions of the Bay Area News Group papers . .
“When I got to the Raiders, Kenny as third string, behind Daryle Lamonica and George Blanda, but everybody knew the talent he had. The arm, the vision, it was just going to be a matter of time.” Continue Reading
Oakland Raiders running back DeAndre Washington says his height enables him to hide behind linemen.(Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)
NAPA _ Running back DeAndre Washington had solid day Sunday on the first padded practice of training camp for the Raiders.
Washington, a fifth-round pick out of Texas Tech, had some nice inside runs, broke his biggest play on a screen pass from Matt McGloin and was fielding punts in the No. 2 position, right behind third-year player TJ Carrie.
In a manner similar to Maurice Jones-Drew, who had his biggest seasons with Jacksonville under Jack Del Rio, the 5-foot-8, 204-pound Washington sees his height as a positive rather than a negative. Continue Reading
NAPA _ Bruce Irvin has no hard feelings toward the team that essentially gave him his walking papers.
Oakland Raiders linebacker Bruce Irvin has no hard feelings toward Seattle. (Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)
After all, when the Seattle Seahawks declined to exercise a fifth-year option on his rookie deal that would have paid $7.8 million, Irvin became an unrestricted free agent and signed a four-year contract with the Raiders that could pay as much as $37 million.
Truth be told, the Seahawks roster was loaded, and Irvin understood the economics of the move.
“You can’t pay everybody,” Irvin said following practice Sunday. “I knew it when they started paying Russell (Wilson) and Bobby (Wagner). Those guys deserved those deals, so I would never take that from them. Football has a salary cap and you can’t pay everybody. Continue Reading
Some quick hits from the third day of Raiders training camp Sunday:
Kelechi Osemele missed practice Sunday for undisclosed reasons. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
— Notable absences were quarterback Connor Cook and left guard Kelechi Osemele. Coach Jack Del Rio confirmed that Cook was at a funeral service and that he expected Osemele to be back at practice Monday. He declined to specify why Osemele did not practice.
— No noteworthy big hits during the first day in pads as the Raiders adhered to the protocol of keeping players off the ground whenever possible. It was best illustrated by cornerback Neiko Thorpe, who had a clean shot at Taiwan Jones on a swing pass, but backed off after initial contact. Continue Reading
General manager Reggie McKenzie signs for fans the morning after signing a contract extension (Jerry McDonald photo)
NAPA _ For a guy who has yet to have a winning season as a general manager, Reggie McKenzie is living large.
The morning after owner Mark Davis announced at a Raider alumni dinner that McKenzie had signed a four-year contract extension, the architect of what is expected to be a silver and black renaissance signed autographs for grateful fans, many of whom probably wanted his head on a platter three years into a reconstruction phase.
“Mark Davis was committed to my plan,” McKenzie told reporters Saturday before the Raiders’ second practice of training camp. “I’m sure he had a lot of phone calls, a lot of people talking to him and saying, `Is Reggie the guy?’ ” Continue Reading
Aldon Smith has checked into rehab, according to the Web site TMZ. (D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group)
NAPA _ Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith has checked into a treatment center, the Web site TMZ reported Friday.
Smith, currently under suspension under the NFL program for substances of abuse, was to miss a minimum of nine games and would have been eligible in September to apply for reinstatement 60 days before the suspension ended.
A Raiders official at the club’s first training camp practice declined comment.
The story did not say why Smith was in treatment. In 2013, Smith had went into rehab following two DUI arrests.
A video surfaced last week of a man who was not shown firing up what appeared to be a joint with a voice that sounds like Smith talking about a “fire up session.” Continue Reading
Roy Helu Jr. will open training camp on the PUP list. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
The Raiders announced three transactions Monday regarding players who are not ready to practice at the outset of training camp.
Rookie seventh-round draft pick Vadal Alexander (guard) will open on the non-football injury list with an undisclosed condition, while veteran running back Roy Helu Jr. and undrafted free agent defensive end Greg Townsend Jr. will begin on the physically unable to perform list. Continue Reading
As a Washington rookie, David Amerson returned an interception for a touchdown against the Raiders in 2013.(Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
ALAMEDA — It turns out Jay Gruden had it all figured out when Washington put cornerback David Amerson on waivers 10 months ago.
“He might be a great player somewhere else in the next year or so,” Gruden told reporters last Sept. 21. “His career is not over by a long shot. He’s going to go somewhere else and play and probably play well.”
Fast forward to Tuesday, and Amerson, having excelled for the Raiders as a starting cornerback after being claimed on waivers, was talking to reporters on a conference call after signing a four-year contract extension. Continue Reading