Raiders coach Skipper up for Fresno State coaching job

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Raiders coach Skipper up for Fresno State coaching job

Raiders running back coach Kelly Skipper is a finalist for the Fresno State head coaching job, along with former Raiders assistant and current Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain, according to the Fresno Bee.The newspaper reported that the two interviewed for the job Friday in Dallas, home of the search firm Eastman and Beaudine, which is assisting Fresno State in the coaching search, and that an announcement could be coming as soon as Wednesday.Skipper, in his fifth season with the Raiders and third as the RB coach, oversaw Oakland boasting the NFL's No. 2 rushing attack in 2010, when the Raiders averaged a franchise record 4.9 yards per attempt.
Currently, the Raiders rank fourth in the NFL, averaging 140.6 yards per game on the ground.Skipper, 44, played collegiately at Fresno State and his brother Tim is currently on the Bulldogs staff.

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.