Bush has Bo Jackson-like night


Bush has Bo Jackson-like night

SAN DIEGO -- Hue Jackson approached Michael Bush in the Raiders' halftime locker room."You're going to be getting the ball about 15 more times," the rookie coach told the bruising running back.Bush's response? "Feed the stud," Bush said, a grin growing on his face with every syllable.And Jackson's reaction? "He did."Bush finished with a game-high 157 yards rushing, on a career-high 30 carries, including a 44-yard burst and a 2-yard touchdown plunge. He also caught three passes for 85 yards.His 242 yards from scrimmage were the most by a Raiders player since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, eclipsing the 235 total yards Bo Jackson had on Monday Night Football at Seattle in 1987.

It is the fourth-highest total in Raiders franchise history.
No, Bush is no Darren McFadden.Then again, he does not need to be.As written and said time and again, Bush is the thunder to McFadden's lightning, and Thursday night, on a nationally-televised prime time stage, Bush showed his variety of talents in the Raiders' white-knuckle 24-17 victory.So what did fullback Marcel Reece see as Bush's blocking back?"Michael," Reece deadpanned. "Just a whole lot of Michael. That's what I saw. That's just a taste of what Michael can do. As these guys' fullback, it's just a blessing to play in front of them."Michael has every tool in his arsenal right now, and he showed it tonight. Really, it makes everyone else's job on this team easier."True, on a few of his plays on which he found himself in the open field, especially those backside screen passes to Bush, a certain No. 20 would have taken it to the house. But that's not a fair comparison, either.Bush answered the challenge with aplomb and took a lot of pressure off quarterback Carson Palmer."He's a great downhill runner," said Chargers safety Eric Weddle. "He's a huge back. When he had creases and lanes, he gets through them. It's hard to arm tackle guys that good. You have to get your whole body in front. They were effective."Bush gave credit to the offensive line."I felt good," he said. "I will probably feel it tomorrow. I was just in sync. The line was talking to me, Carson was talking and we were communicating on the field."This is new. We have not been doing it for a while in the past. It felt right today."

Oakland police credit Raiders QB Derek Carr for helping find missing child

Oakland police credit Raiders QB Derek Carr for helping find missing child

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.

Raiders S Karl Joseph named to PFWA All-Rookie team

Raiders S Karl Joseph named to PFWA All-Rookie team

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.