Pryor in action at Raiders practice

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Pryor in action at Raiders practice

ALAMEDA -- That relatively new face at Raiders practice Wednesday morning?Quarterback Terrelle Pryor, whose five-game suspension to begin his NFL career came to an end following Sunday's game at Houston.We were only privy to the first 15-or-so minutes of practice, but Pryor's passing seemed much crisper than the last time we saw it, in the waning days of training camp in Napa.
Also, it appeared as though recent practice squad signee Nic Grigsby had switched from running back to working with the defensive backs.And there were no signs of fullback Marcel Reece (ankle) or defensive end Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder) at the start of practice.

Raiders pleased with Derek Carr’s maturity, focus under national spotlight

Raiders pleased with Derek Carr’s maturity, focus under national spotlight

ALAMEDA – The Raiders started 0-10 and finished 3-13 in Derek Carr’s rookie year. Near that season’s merciful end, but a handful of local reporters attended his postgame press conferences.

There was little interest in that 2014 squad for obvious reasons, especially after Dennis Allen was fired and the Raiders played out a long string of losses. There was some interest in rookie starters Carr and Khalil Mack, but nothing like there is today.

The Raiders are 10-2. Carr is an MVP candidate. The Silver and Black might be the most entertaining team in football, with their penchant for drama and epic comebacks.

Carr used to play for a thin crowd. Now it’s a packed house. That was the case after Sunday’s 38-24 comeback win over Buffalo.

Now this isn’t Dallas or New York. The body count isn’t quite that high, but interest in this team and its quarterback has certainly spiked.

“It’s an exciting time in Oakland, for our fans. It’s really exciting,” Carr said on Sunday night. “Look how many people are in here now. I remember my rookie year, it was like ‘eh.’”

“This is definitely a fun time. We’ve come a long way as everyone here knows and has been with us. We’ve come a long way, we’re enjoying it.”

Wins draw attention in the nation’s most popular sport, and Carr is getting plenty of it as his legend grows.

Everybody, it seems, wants a piece of the next big thing. Carr’s on the ESPN the Magazine cover. He’s been featured on national halftime shows and syndicated radio programs. Many outlets are begging Raiders public relations to let them watch film with Carr and coordinator Bill Musgrave, to get inside the mind of one cerebral quarterback.

The spotlight will be hot all week, heading into highly anticipated Thursday night game against the rival Kansas City Chiefs for control of the AFC West.

Carr’s natural inclination is to accommodate, but the Raiders would like to insulate him some as the attention mounts.

“When the games get bigger, there are more people around,” head coach Jack Del Rio said. “You’ve got to protect your time. You’ve got to protect your preparation time. You have to protect the time you get with your family.

“I just think he’s mature. He’s a young player. He’s maturing and that’s probably the thing that I’m most pleased with. Obviously, the productivity is awesome, but the way he has conducted himself, the maturity, the handling it, continuing to heap praise on his teammates, to make it more about us, not about anything he’s doing individually. It’s more about us as a team. I think that’s really healthy for us.”

Carr keeps the focus on others whenever possible and shrugs off MVP talk at every turn.

It’s not just a rise in coverage. Ticket requests go up, as do outside demands on time Carr would rather spend with family or working on his craft. He has learned how and when to say no during this crazy time of year.

“I’m trying to learn as we go through it how to say no and things like that and I think I’m getting pretty good at it now and how to tell people no,” he said. “Because, everyone just wants a piece of what’s going on. They didn’t much want a piece of it when we were 3-13, you know? So, you can really have that inner circle of people you really love and you can trust and you’re just kind to everybody else.”
 

Six Raiders leading Pro Bowl voting; Carr fifth highest overall

Six Raiders leading Pro Bowl voting; Carr fifth highest overall

Dallas Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott, with 681,361 votes, leads all pla​yers in balloting for the 2017 Pro Bowl, NFL.com announced today. 

Dallas rookie quarterback Dak Prescott (607,621 votes) ranks second overall, while New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (519,210 votes), Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver

Antonio Brown (508,913 votes) and Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (500,770 votes) round out the top five. 

Fan voting for the 2017 Pro Bowl will continue online and on web-enabled mobile phones at www.NFL.com/probowlvote until Tuesday, December 13. Fans may also vote for who they want to see on the 2017 Pro Bowl roster via social media by using #ProBowlVote and the player’s first and last name on Twitter and Instagram. On Facebook, fans may comment on any official Pro Bowl Vote post by the NFL or a club. See official rules on how to vote at www.NFL.com/probowlvoterules.com.        

The Pro Bowl players are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players who will be selected to the Pro Bowl. NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on Friday, December 16. The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its all-star teams. It was the first professional sports league to offer online all-star voting in 1995. 

The Pro Bowl players will be announced on Tuesday, December 20 in a live primetime special on NFL Network. 

The game will be played on Sunday, January 29, 2017 and simulcast live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.  Fans may visit NFL.com/ProBowlOnSale to purchase game tickets. 

The 2017 Pro Bowl will feature a return to the traditional AFC vs. NFC format following three years using a revised, "unconferenced" structure.

NFL media services

NFL ALL-STAR TOP-TEN VOTE-GETTERS

POS. NAME, TEAM VOTES
RB

Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas

681,361

QB

Dak Prescott, Dallas

607,621

QB

Tom Brady, New England

519,210

WR

Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh

508,913

QB

Derek Carr, Oakland

500,770

QB

Matt Ryan, Atlanta

455,264

WR

Julio Jones, Atlanta

438,112

WR

Odell Beckham, Jr., New York Giants

429,728

RB

David Johnson, Arizona

405,436

QB

Drew Brees, New Orleans

403,802

 

 

AFC & NFC LEADING VOTE-GETTERS BY POSITION

POS. CONF. NAME, TEAM VOTES POS. CONF. NAME, TEAM VOTES
QB

AFC

Tom Brady, New England

519,210

DE

AFC

Khalil Mack, Oakland

279,466

QB

NFC

Dak Prescott, Dallas

607,621

DE

NFC

Cliff Avril, Seattle

244,999

RB

AFC

DeMarco Murray, Tennessee

365,207

DT

AFC

Ndamukong Suh, Miami

184,749

RB

NFC

Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas

681,361

DT

NFC

Aaron Donald, Los Angeles

178,222

FB

AFC

Jamize Olawale, Oakland

169,509

OLB

AFC

Von Miller, Denver

238,755

FB

NFC

John Kuhn, New Orleans

198,442

OLB

NFC

Sean Lee, Dallas

166,579

WR

AFC

Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh

508,913

ILB

AFC

Zach Brown, Buffalo

106,464

WR

NFC

Julio Jones, Atlanta

438,112

ILB

NFC

Luke Kuechly, Carolina

230,068

TE

AFC

Martellus Bennett, New England

185,749

CB

AFC

Marcus Peters, Kansas City

208,577

TE

NFC

Greg Olsen, Carolina​

325,659

CB

NFC

Richard Sherman, Seattle

245,637

T

AFC

Donald Penn, Oakland

118,863

SS

AFC

Eric Berry, Kansas City

104,844

T

NFC

Tyron Smith, Dallas

252,590

SS

NFC

Kam Chancellor, Seattle

145,163

G

AFC

Kelechi Osemele, Oakland

118,666

FS

AFC

Reggie Nelson, Oakland

82,819

G

NFC

Josh Sitton, Chicago

233,416

FS

NFC

Earl Thomas, Seattle

144,891

C

AFC

Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh

128,053

P

AFC

Marquette King, Oakland

138,640

C

NFC

Travis Frederick, Dallas

249,976

P

NFC

Chris Jones, Dallas

70,331

K

AFC

Justin Tucker, Baltimore

128,682

ST

AFC

Lorenzo Alexander, Buffalo

68,677

K

NFC

Dan Bailey, Dallas

130,954

ST

NFC

Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota

102,116

RS

AFC

Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh

90,568

 

 

 

 

RS

NFC

Tyler Lockett, Seattle

83,720

 

 

 

 

*Totals reflect players currently on active rosters only

 

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