Houston has a standout game, feted with honor

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Houston has a standout game, feted with honor

ALAMEDA -- The big knock on Lamarr Houston throughout his nascent NFL career has been a relative lack of stats, or standout plays.But after a big day in Oakland's 26-23 overtime defeat of Jacksonville on Sunday, the third-year defensive end has been named the AFC defensive player of the week.Houston had seven tackles, six solo, with a sack and a game-turning forced fumble on the third play of overtime that set up Sebastian Janikowski's game-winning 40-yard field goal. Playing at left end, Houston reached up and stripped Cecil Shorts III, who was coming from the right side after catching a short pass, and Joselio Hanson recovered the ball.RELATED: Lamarr Houston 2012 game logs
It was not Houston's first "hustle play" of the season as at Denver in Week 4 he ran nearly the length of the field to recover a fumble by Demaryius Thomas.Against the Jaguars, though, his highlights including a six-yard sack of Chad Henne at the start of the fourth quarter on 3rd and seven from the Raiders' 21-yard line, a tackle that limited Rashad Jennings to a one-yard gain just before the 2-minute warning in regulation on 1st and 20 at the Jaguars' 36-yard line and, along with Rolando McClain, stuffing Jennings for no gain on the first play of overtime.

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.