OAKLAND — Seth Roberts picked a perfect way to score his first NFL touchdown.
The former practice squad member made his only catch of the afternoon count tenfold when he grabbed a 12-yard pass from Derek Carr with 26 seconds left to serve as the decisive blow in the Raiders’ 37-33 win over the Baltimore Ravens. Continue Reading
OAKLAND — Jack Del Rio wore a look of exhaustion, relief and plenty of joy Sunday.
Quarterback Derek Carr engineered a game-winning drive in the final minutes and Del Rio earned his first win as Raiders’ coach with a wild 37-33 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. Continue Reading
Raiders veteran safety Charles Woodson is active for Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens as he looks to give it a go despite dislocating his shoulder last week. Continue Reading
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) drops back to pass during a workout at the team’s practice facility in Alameda, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. (Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)
Read what our writers are saying this afternoon as the Raiders try to rebound from a disastrous opener when they host the Ravens at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday.
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Tevin McDonald, an undrafted free agent safety, was signed to the 53-man roster from the practice squad Saturday in advance of the Raiders’ game against the Baltimore Ravens.
Charles Woodson was officially listed as questionable Friday, which unofficially rendered the Raiders’ secondary even more so if Woodson’s banged-up shoulder won’t allow him to play.
After being sliced up by Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton in Week 1, the Raiders will face a Super Bowl winner in Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco on Sunday and could do so with a defensive backfield comprised of two journeyman reserve safeties, Larry Asante and Taylor Mays, as the starters.
Asante, who has played in four NFL organizations and made a grand total of two starts, will assume the free safety spot in place of veteran Nate Allen, who will be out for several weeks with a knee injury. Taylor Mays, who has 10 starts in five prior seasons with the 49ers and Bengals and was cut by Oakland during training camp, will likely man the strong safety spot if Woodson can’t go.
Collectively, Asante and Mays will have to develop a patchwork cohesion on the fly with cornerbacks D.J. Hayden and T.J. Carrie against a Ravens offensive unit that has, at least historically, been highly proficient with Flacco running it.
That’s hardly an enviable position, but coach Jack Del Rio is pragmatic about it.
“At the end of the day, you do what you can with those who are prepared to do it,” the coach said.
The Raiders only ran the ball 16 times in Sunday’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals and coach Jack Del Rio wants to see that number rise.
“I’d like to see it go up,” Del Rio said. “But we have to earn that. Convert some on third downs, have more possessions. I don’t feel like we totally abandoned it, but I don’t feel like we effectively did what we set out to do.” Continue Reading
Charles Woodson wants to play on Sunday and that’s beginning to look like more of a possibility.
Woodson was suited up at Thursday’s practice and participated in individual drills. The team was not wearing pads, but he donned the jersey, pants and helmet like the rest of his teammates. He wore a brace on his dislocated right shoulder. Continue Reading
ALAMEDA — Derek Carr fully participated in practice Wednesday and the Raiders quarterback expects to start Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens.
“I went out there and took 99 percent of the reps,” Carr said of Wednesday’s practice. “The one percent that I didn’t was just to be cautious and see how I would react. It’s all fine.” Continue Reading
ALAMEDA — Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was suited up and throwing passes Wednesday at practice, three days after leaving the season-opener with a bruised thumb. Continue Reading