Palmer's primary challenge


Palmer's primary challenge

ALAMEDA -- The group Carson Palmer has to win over first, even before the more cynical of those residing in Raider Nation?Oakland's young and impressionable receiving corps.Especially Darrius Heyward-Bey, Jacoby Ford and Louis Murphy. All three spent time during the lockout with Jason Campbell at his Virginia home and developed a rapport with him. Murphy is even scheduled to be in Campbell's February wedding.Then there's Chaz Schilens, rookie Denarius Moore and Derek Hagan. No doubt all six have to not only get used to the idea of moving on from Campbell, whose surgically-repaired broken right collarbone will keep him out at least six weeks, but also get used to a different ball coming at them from Palmer. And vice-versa.'I think I'll fit in the locker room pretty well," Palmer said in his introductory media conference on Tuesday. "I'm pretty easy going. I'm pretty laid back and get along with my (teammates my) entire career of playing footballI've always gotten along really well with teammates. That chemistry aspect isn't an issue for me."Well, he did have to endure the divas that are Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens, though he got along famously with T.J. Houshmandzadeh and even worked out with him this offseason, along with former U.C. Davis and New York Jets quarterback Ken O'Brien."Just the chemistry of timing with the receivers, two-minute drills, whatever it may be, there's a lot of different aspects of playing quarterback," Palmer acknowledged. "A lot of different verbiage, depending on third down, red-zone stuff, backed-up stuff, two-minute drills, whatever it may be, that chemistry is something that I've got to get on top of tonight."On Monday, before the trade went down, Murphy was asked how tough it would be for a new quarterback to join the team after six games."If someone came from the outside," Murphy said, "he would have his growing pains, but we're professionals so we would have to make it work."Plus, there would be that leadership void left by Campbell."When you lose the leader of the team, the leader of the offense, it's a rough blow," Murphy added. "It's rough. It's rough to get in a rhythm and get going, especially the way the offense was rolling. We're a Top (11) offense, No. (2) rushing team. It's rough."Plus, several Raiders were anticipating, at least publicly, Kyle Boller assuming the reigns."It's up to that guy, whoever is coming in, to get comfortable with us," said center Samson Satele. "The 10 guys out there, we'll still be the same. It would be up to that guy to learn the system."

Oakland, Alameda County to vote on possible Raiders stadium term sheet next week

Oakland, Alameda County to vote on possible Raiders stadium term sheet next week

The Oakland City Council and Alameda County Supervisors will soon hold a public hearing and vote on a term sheet for a stadium proposal designed to keep the Raiders in Oakland, the City of Oakland announced on Friday afternoon.

These actions will occur on Dec. 13, as local authorities attempt to expedite a stadium plan that will prevent the Raiders from being approved to relocate to the Las Vegas market.

Oakland and Alameda County have paired with Fortress Investment Group to create a stadium funding plan that does not include taxpayer dollars. The public will contribute to infrastructure improvements, but stadium construction will come from private sources.

The private investment group is fronted by former NFL players Ronnie Lott and Rodney Peete.

A financial framework, as reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, can be viewed here. More details about this Oakland stadium plan should be released next week.

City and county votes are the next step in creating a plan enticing enough to the NFL that it would pump the brakes on allowing the Raiders to move to Las Vegas.

That is Raiders owner Mark Davis’ stated desire. He has not negotiated with local public officials in some time, pouring focus into a Las Vegas stadium plan that has already received $750 million in public subsidy to construct if the Raiders are given the green light to move.

There are several complications associated with this deal, most notably that Davis wants no part in it. The NFL is reportedly intrigued by Oakland’s market potential, and generally prefers that teams remain in their home markets.


Raiders snap count: Nate Allen plays every defensive down

Raiders snap count: Nate Allen plays every defensive down

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Raiders left guard Kelechi Osemele spent Thursday morning in a Kansas City hospital with an undisclosed illness, and was unfit to play that night against Kansas City.

That was a big blow to the Silver and Black, who played a pivotal game against the Chiefs without their tone-setter up front.

The Raiders have depth along the offensive line, giving position coach Mike Tice options to fill Osemele’s spot. He took an unconventional route, having rookie Vadal Alexander take most of the snaps for Osemele.

Alexander, who has played tackle as a professional but spent most of his collegiate career at guard, took 66 snaps at left guard. That information comes from the official NFL game book.

Jon Feliciano, typically the first guard off the bench, rotated series with Alexander early on. That apparently stopped as the game progressed, with Feliciano taking just nine offensive snaps.

Alexander allowed four quarterback pressures including a hit on Derek Carr.

Safety Nate Allen played all 55 defensive snaps at strong safety for Karl Joseph, who missed Thursday’s game with a toe injury.

Denico Autry and Dan Williams also saw more action with Darius Latham and Stacy McGee out with ankle injuries.

The Raiders played out of the shotgun and pistol formations to protect Carr’s ailing right pinky, which generally kept a third receiver on the field. Seth Roberts played 71 snaps on Thursday, and didn’t do much with them. He had just two catches for 12 yards on nine targets. He also had two drops.

Let’s take a look at the entire Raiders snap count:

75 – OL Donald Penn, OL Austin Howard, OL Gabe Jackson, QB Derek Carr, OL Rodney Hudson
74 – WR Amari Cooper
71 – WR Seth Roberts
66 – OL Vadal Aleander
63 – WR Michael Crabtree
52 – RB Latavius Murray
44 – TE Clive Walford
23 – TE Mychal Rivera
18 – RB Jalen Richard
12 – WR Andre Holmes
9 – OL Jon Feliciano, OL Menelik Watson
7 – FB Jamize Olawale
2 – RB DeAndre Washington

55 – S Nate Allen, LB Perry Riley, CB Sean Smith, S Reggie Nelson, LB Malcolm Smith, CB David Amerson
52 – DE Khalil Mack
48 – DL Denico Autry, LB Bruce Irvin
25 – DT Dan WIlliams
23 – CB TJ Carrie
15 – DT Justin Ellis
10 – DE James Cowser
6 – DL Branden Jackson

25 – Daren Bates
21 – Keith McGIll
19 – Andre Holmes, Jamize Olawale, Brenden Trawick, Cory James
18 – Taiwan Jones
15 – Nate Allen
13 – James Cowser, Marquette King, Jon Condo
11 – TJ Carrie
10 – Branden Jackson
8 – Sebastian Janikowski, Dexter McDonald
6 – Khalil Mack, Denico Autry, Bruce Irvin, Dan Williams, Justin Ellis, Tyrell Adams
5 – Jalen Richard
4 – Donald Penn, Austin Howard, Gabe Jackson, Vadal Alexander, Clive Walford, Mychal Rivera, Menelik Watson, DeAndre Washington
NOTE: Snap counts taken from official NFL game book