NAPA -- There were 89 players in the Raiders' first practice of training camp on Monday. There are 53 roster sports for the regular season.So yeah, it would behoove a younger, not-yet-established guy to make a play here and there to get in the coaches' consciousness.Ending the first practice with a pick-six would seem to do the trick, as sixth-round draft pick Christo Bilukidi did in sniffing out a Terrelle Pryor screen."Yeah, I just read it," Bilukidi said. "It seemed like everything that coach was teaching us, how to read plays, how to read the offense, saw it was a screen. I just backed up and then just had to make a play."I played a little tight end when I was back in high school, so, yeah, the hands are a little bit there."But Bilukidi was drafted out of Georgia State as a defensive tackle, not as a pass catcher, so the Raiders are invested in him. But making a memorable play can only help, right?"Yeah, its big because, as a rookie, no matter what, youre trying to make this team," he said. "Anything to impress these coaches is probably the No. 1 thing. Making plays everywhere around the field. Making plays is huge, but another big thing is hustling down the field, showing coaches that you want to play football, that you want to play for this team and that you want to make this 53-man roster."It was only Day 1, but it seemed Bilukidi was on the right track and the stakes are raised."Exactly, because now the pads are going to come out in like two days from now," he said. "Its going to get real, its going to get even faster, its going to get more physical. So, now you really got to showwere not even in pads. Im not saying it doesnt count, but now pads will really show who can play football and who can make this 53-man roster."
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has 247,000 Twitter followers and, given his popularity in the Bay Area, it’s assumed a significant portion stems from this region.
Carr put that megaphone to good use.
Oakland Police sent out an Amber Alert on Saturday hoping to find a young boy gone missing, and Carr retweeted that call for public assistance.
The boy was quickly found after a citizen replied on Twitter and provided information that led to the rescue.
That led an Oakland police officer to credit Carr for helping find the boy.
Carr responded to the news on social media, happy police were able to find a missing child.
@OPDChris great news! Thank you for letting me know they are safe! God bless y'all!— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) January 15, 2017
Injury issues bookended Karl Joseph’s rookie year. The Raiders brought their first-round strong safety along slowly while recovering from ACL surgery, keeping him out of defensive action during 2016’s first two games. He missed four at regular-season’s end with a toe injury.
In the middle he played just fine. Joseph was solid against the run and impactful playing deep, allowing him and veteran Reggie Nelson to remain unpredictable in deep coverage.
Joseph finished the year with 60 tackles, an interception and six passes defensed.
That was good enough for recognition on the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie team, which was released on Tuesday following a vote of the association’s membership.
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott and Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa were the offensive and defensive Rookies of the Year, respectively.