Raiders rookie safety Karl Joseph had his first interception in team drills of training camp. (AP photo)
The rookie finally got him.
It took until Day 11 of camp, but Karl Joseph recorded his first interception in team drills when he leaped high in the air to pick off Derek Carr in the end zone.
“Finally,” Carr joked. “Great player. Karl is a great player. I’m excited that he’s on our team and healthy. He looks great. He’s going to be a great player.”
The interception came during red zone work and it was such an athletic play that Carr didn’t have a ton of issues with it, even if he does loathe turning over the ball. Continue Reading
David Carr visited Raiders’ camp on Tuesday and gave his thoughts on this year’s team. (Staff file photo)
NAPA — David Carr, now in his second year as an NFL Network analyst, has an admitted bias when it comes to the Raiders.
The older brother of Derek Carr, he visited Tuesday as part of NFL Network’s tour of training camps and came away impressed by how the hype of the Raiders’ offseason hasn’t seeped into their preparing. Continue Reading
Dexter McDonald has impressed at Raiders camp and should see a lot of playing time Friday with the starters not seeing much action. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
NAPA — Raiders’ coach Jack Del Rio said he expects to play his starters for no more than the first quarter in Friday’s preseason debut against the Arizona Cardinals.
“We’re not dead set on it yet,” Del Rio said Tuesday. “But the typical way these first preseason games go is the first group will play the first quarter, no more than a quarter probably, and then we’ll get a good look at everybody else on the roster.”
With the starters seeing little to no action, it’s a good chance for those fighting for a roster spot to make an impression. Continue Reading
Despite some rough patches, the Raiders like what they’re seeing from Connor Cook. (AP photo)
NAPA — The Raiders haven’t played a preseason game yet, but their quarterback hierarchy already seems to have clarity behind starter Derek Carr.
For Connor Cook, their fourth-round pick out of Michigan State, that means he’s looking up at the generously listed 6-foot-1 Matt McGloin.
The Raiders traded up in the draft to take Cook with the second pick of the fourth round, a move that seemed to threaten McGloin’s status. The Raiders even had Cook, with his prototypical 6-foot-4 frame, open their June minicamp getting some second-team repetitions. He’s making some slow progress, but has shown he has a lot of work ahead of him.
“Rookie quarterbacks in training camp, … they always hit a stretch of the offseason or training camp where they kind of get their sea legs underneath them,” Raiders quarterbacks coach Todd Downing said. “Connor’s had some of those moments. But what’s very impressive about him is that he bounces back from struggles. Continue Reading
Khalil Mack joked to Derek Carr on Thursday that his favorite quarterback is actually Aaron Rodgers. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
The relationship between Raiders stars Khalil Mack and Derek Carr is a fun one.
The two faces of the franchise are now regular guests at the post-practice podium on the same day, with one going before the other. Through two runs of that at training camp in Napa, the hand offs have been classic.
Last week, Carr joked about how he got to do his press conference before Mack, making sure to get in a crack about how it wasn’t like that when they were drafted. (Mack was the first round pick at No. 5 overall, Carr went in the second round in 2014). Continue Reading
Donald Penn was involved in one of Thursday’s skirmishes at Raiders training camp. (Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)
The Raiders practiced Thursday with an intensity not seen through the first five sessions of training camp.
Several players on the offense and defense had to be separated after left tackle Donald Penn tossed linebacker Ben Heeney to the ground following an 11-and-11 drill.
Later, defensive end Damonte Moore and undrafted running back Jalen Richard exchanged punches.
And then there was all the normal football action that created, from a spectator’s standpoint, the most entertaining practice thus far of camp. Continue Reading
Amari Cooper and Derek Carr are connecting more on a personal level as training camp roommates. (Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)
NAPA — So much of the Raiders’ season is dependent upon the continued development of quarterback Derek Carr and wide receiver Amari Cooper.
That made it music to Raiders fans’ ears to learn that the duo were rooming together during training camp this season.
“We’re having a good time,” Carr said Friday. “It’s good to come back and just talk ball with him. He tells me his goals, I share my stuff with him. I know how he thinks. I know how he likes to go about his business. I know what he likes to do off the field. Him and I should have the best relationship ever.” Continue Reading
Tight end Clive Walford is making up for lost time with quarterback Derek Carr. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
NAPA — Clive Walford’s offseason was derailed when he didn’t see a little hump in the road.
Walford, the Raiders’ second-year tight end, injured his knee in an offseason ATV accident seriously enough that it required surgery. It forced him to miss all of organized team activities and the team’s minicamp in June.
For a potential breakout player who also missed time last training camp, it was a disappointing situation to take away so much additional development time. Continue Reading
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said “we love Oakland,” but if the team moves to another city “we’re going to love them too,” (Kristopher Skinner/staff photo)
NAPA — Las Vegas may be on the minds of Mark Davis and other Raiders executives.
But as the team embarks on the start of training camp, the players continue to tune out most of the relocation talk.
They hear some of it, of course.
“I hear as much as y’all do like on ESPN and stuff,” quarterback Derek Carr said.
But there’s a concerted effort to make sure it’s not a distraction.
“Me and Derek talk about it all the time,” pass rusher Khalil Mack said, “about not focusing on those types of things, keeping the guys together and focusing on winning right now. No matter where we go, where we are, keeping the guys focused on winning and going out and working hard and everything is going to work out as it may. Continue Reading
Connor Cook has some work to do to earn a shot as the No. 2 quarterback. (AP photo)
Players report today so it’s time to wrap up this series with part 10 as we look at the quarterbacks on the Raiders’ training camp roster.
The Raiders go into year three of the Derek Carr era. The former Fresno State star is looking to build off two seasons that, in terms of touchdown passes, has been surpassed only by Dan Marino. And boy is that a comforting place for this organization to be.
Carr might not be the perfect quarterback yet. His final five games of last season — 56.4 percent completion, 218.4 yards per game, eight touchdowns, seven interceptions — exposed some issues. Carr has the gunslinger gene in him and he likes to take changes, which sometimes can hurt him.
But if you look at Carr as a whole, especially compared to what the quarterback position has been like for the past decade-plus, the Raiders are in good shape. If Carr builds off what he’s done through two seasons and continues to improve, printing playoff tickets could start happening. Continue Reading