Sidelined Curry considers self a 'player-coach' for Raiders LBs

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Sidelined Curry considers self a 'player-coach' for Raiders LBs

NAPA -- Aaron Curry is making the most out of his being sidelined with a knee injury. In fact, the Raiders' starting weakside linebacker is calling himself a "player-coach" in the first week of training camp."Im the best coach on the field," Curry said Wednesday. "Guys can feel comfortable to come to me to ask questions, which requires me to do all my homework on the defense, especially at my position. I can coach everything about linebackers in this defense. So Im just taking pride right now. Im trying to out-coach coach (Jason) Tarver, Im trying to out-coach coach (Johnny) Holland on our position."Being a player, players will be more comfortable approaching another player with questions because they dont have to worry about being evaluated. Right now Im just taking pride in being the best coach out here on the field. I can still bring energy, I can still bring enthusiasm and I have the knowledge of the playbook at my position where I can spread the wisdom to anybody who has any questions. If I dont have the answer I go find it and bring it back to them."GUTIERREZ: Raiders camp summary (81) -- Pads come on
Sounds great, right?Even the guy getting reps in his place, rookie Miles Burris, said Curry has helped him."Hes great player but hes also a great teacher, too," Burris said of Curry. "Hes been helping me out a lot, even though Im the same position. Hes been giving me tips and encouragement and all that kind of stuff."Thing is, the Raiders acquired the high-energy Curry in a trade last season from Seattle to playnot to coach. And he does not have a target date in mind to practice. At least his knee injury did not require surgery, he said."It just happenedcame from the middle of nowhere in OTAs and stuff," Curry said of the injury, which was described as a soft tissue injury at the time. "I tried to play tough guy and fight through it, which might not have been the best idea. Im on the right track now, and Im enjoying being out here."Im able to run. Until it gets completely comfortable, theres no need in trying to force the issue. You just got to wait until it feels right. I dont want the Raiders to have a half-way Curry. I want them to have everything Ive got. I dont want them to have an 80-percent Curry. I want them to have everything I have so that I can give my teammates everything that Ive got."As a player, obviously, and not as a player-coach.

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.