Allen: Palmer still learning new offense


Allen: Palmer still learning new offense

Still concerned over Carson Palmer's less-than-stellar showing Friday night in Arizona?Raiders coach Dennis Allen is not, despite Palmer looking far from comfortable at times in coordinator Greg Knapp's version of the West Coast Offense."Carson is still learning in this offense," Allen said in a conference call with Bay Area reporters Saturday evening. "I don't have any reservations or any doubts at all about Carson Palmer. I think he's had a good camp and I expect that when opening day comes around, that he'll be a good player for us."Palmer played the entire first half against the Cardinals, completing 13 of 24 passes for 107 yards and an interception for a 48.4 passer rating.REWIND: Few highlights in Raiders' exhibition loss
His arm strength and thus, his accuracy seemed off throughout, as demonstrated by his overthrowing a wide open Darren McFadden down the left sideline and his ill-advised pass down the left seam to tight end Richard Gordon that was picked off by Cardinals safety Kerry Rhodes.But in one drive, he was quintessential Palmer, driving the Raiders from their own 18-yard line to the Cardinals' 1-yard line. He completed passes of 12 and 14 yards to Jacoby Ford and Darrius Heyward-Bey before end zone drops by Heyward-Bey and Rod Streater from the 13-yard line halted the drive."When we move the ball like we did, we need to get more points out of it," Palmer said. "We just need to keep our eye on the red zone and keep working on it. We need to get better and get ready for next week."Four days earlier, against Dallas, Palmer was three of six for 33 yards and an interception and a ghastly-looking rating of 27.1, though the three incompletions came on two drops by Ford and Ford not fighting hard enough to break up the pick, per Allen."We need to look at this film and continue to get better and improve, and I just need to score more points," Palmer said after the exhibition in Arizona. "There are some things that we can clean up that were pretty obvious. We had some good things that we need to improve on also."We have good plays we can get better on, and obviously you can get better on the bad plays. So it was a good learning film and it will be a good week of work getting ready for the next preseason game."The Raiders play host to Detroit on Saturday and Allen said Palmer would play more against the Lions than he did at Arizona.

Report: Former Raiders RB arrested for domestic violence


Report: Former Raiders RB arrested for domestic violence

Trent Richardson is reportedly in some trouble.

Richardson was arrested on Thursday night for domestic violence, according to TMZ Sports.

The former running back was taken into custody on a third degree charge, the report states, with bail being set for $1,000.

The arrest was made in Hoover, Alabama.

The Browns selected Richardson with the third overall pick in the 2012 draft.

He was traded to the Colts in 2013 and played for Indianapolis in 2014.

He signed with the Raiders in 2015 and appeared in three exhibition games, but did not make the team.

The 26-year old was cut by the Ravens last August.

Downing: Carr will have increased influence on Raiders game plan

Downing: Carr will have increased influence on Raiders game plan

Derek Carr and Todd Downing are tight. A strong friendship was forged between the Raiders’ franchise quarterback and his position coach these past two seasons, one that should help the Raiders now that Downing will call plays.

The Raiders new offensive coordinator will use his young signal caller as a resource formulating a game plan. Carr has a bright offensive mind – he called his own plays in high school and in college at times – and Downing plans to use it to put his quarterback in positions to succeed.

Carr’s influence in preparation will expand over previous seasons under coordinator Bill Musgrave.

“Where I see him needing a little bit more command is just being able to share his thoughts of game plans,” Downing said Wednesday in a conference call. “Being a student of the game, as he already is, but vocalize what he likes and doesn’t like. I think my relationship with him is something that’s going to give him the opportunity to voice his opinions. I look forward to him really taking charge of expressing his thoughts on the offense.”

Carr has always had freedom to adjust at the line of scrimmage, but that could increase with Downing in charge. Derek Carr’s brother Davis Carr told 95.7 The Game as much a few weeks ago, a topic Downing addressed on Wednesday.

“There’s been a lot made about his command at the line of scrimmage,” Downing said. “There’s certainly going to be opportunities for Derek to do that. That’s not something I feel we’ll even have to get into until we’re much further into this offseason and into training camp.”

Downing had opportunities to interview with other teams this offseason, but head coach Jack Del Rio wanted to pair Downing and Carr together. The young duo have similar personalities and a strong working relationship based on a love of the game.

“My relationship with Derek starts there,” Downing said in Wednesday interview on 95.7-FM. “We both love coming to work each day and respect the heck out of each other. When you have that kind of relationship with any coach, you’re taking a step in the right direction. Derek’s the leader of our franchise. In my opinion, he’s the best young quarterback in football. We’re fortunate to have him. Why wouldn’t I be in a good mood every time I am around him?”

Carr made great progress working with Downing the past two years, and was an MVP candidate in 2016. Downing sees continued room for growth and refinement as next season approaches.

“I think Derek made big strides in 2016, just in terms of his command of the offense, being the field general, being able to get through progressions more efficiently,” Downing said. “His footwork took big strides. I certainly want him to remain focused on all of those attributes. You don’t want to feel like you’ve arrived in a certain area of your game and then have it go backwards when the next season starts. Certainly, I want him focused on all of those.”