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
NAPA — DeAndre Washington assessed the situation and knew it was going to be “an easy win.”
The rookie running back was set to run an angle route out of the backfield in his NFL exhibition debut last week and saw the Arizona Cardinals had defensive end/outside linebacker Tristan Okpalaugo lined up on him.
“I was licking my chops,” Washington said.
The route had Washington start out running toward Okpalaugo, then quickly cut at an angle back toward the middle of the field. The defender never had a chance and stumbled for the next seven yards after Washington blew past him and made the catch and run for 32 yards. Continue Reading
Sixth-round pick Cory James stepped in with the Raiders starters on Monday when Ben Heeney went out. He’s coming off an impressive showing in his NFL debut on Friday that included five tackles.
“He’s picking up our scheme very well,” coach Jack Del Rio said. “He’s a guy that’s going to be productive. He flies around. He gets around the football. We’ve been happy with him this entire spring and he had a good showing in his first outing.”
James came in expecting to make most of his noise on special teams, but is showing enough early on that he could earn some defensive snaps — especially if Heeney misses even a little time. Continue Reading
Raiders coach Jack Del Rio divulged some injury information on Monday, announcing that defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. (hip) will be “out for a while” and tight end Gabe Holmes (ankle) is likely headed for season-ending injured reserve.
“Mario is going to be a out a few weeks, that’s unfortunate,” Del Rio said. “He will return and is not going to require surgery.”
ProFootballTalk reported Sunday that Edwards has a hip strain and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. Continue Reading
The Raiders released their depth chart for their second exhibition game against the Green Bay Packers and it features no changes from their first one, even with a couple players suffering injuries that will keep them out. Continue Reading
The Raiders may have dodged a bullet regarding the hip injury of defensive end Mario Edwards Jr., with ESPN reporting Saturday that it’s not believed to be a long-term issue.
Edwards will likely still miss some time considering how much he struggled to hobble out of the Raiders locker room after Friday night’s game. And it’s worth pointing out the organization didn’t think linebacker Neiron Ball’s injury was a long-term deal last year and he ended up having a second surgery and missing the whole season and offseason program.
But the news isn’t as good on tight end Gabe Holmes, who reportedly has a “significant” ankle injury that could end up landing him on season-ending injured reserve. In a way, that could be good news in terms of the Raiders keeping Continue Reading
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Connor Cook was locked onto his task.
The Raiders’ third-string quarterback made his NFL debut in Friday’s 31-10 exhibition win over the Arizona Cardinals. Oakland’s fourth-round pick, Cook completed 7 of 11 passes for 71 yards, numbers that would’ve been even better if an offensive pass interference call hadn’t wiped out a long completion to K.J. Brent. Continue Reading
GLENDALE, Ariz. — George Atkinson III hadn’t opened his phone yet, but he was getting ready to check in and see what his dad had to say.
Atkinson had the most electrifying night of his NFL career, even if it just was in a preseason game. The Granada High product and son of a Raiders legend, Atkinson exploded twice in Oakland’s 31-10 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Friday.
First, it was a 53-yard run that saw him use some cut back moves after getting the handoff and then outrun the defense to the edge, cut up field and leave the defense in his dust. Continue Reading
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Raiders coach Jack Del Rio has a policy and he’s sticking to it.
Del Rio is not required by the league to provide injury updates until the regular season begins and so he declined to offer anything on defensive end Mario Edwards Jr., who left the game in the first quarter. A team spokesman confirmed it’s a hip injury, but could not confirm a report from the Raiders’ radio broadcast that X-rays came back negative. Continue Reading