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.

Carr discusses contract negotiations with Raiders: 'These things take time'

Carr discusses contract negotiations with Raiders: 'These things take time'

Raiders general Reggie McKenzie plans to extend quarterback Derek Carr’s contract this offseason. That isn’t a new thing, something that has been in the works for some time. He re-affirmed that fact last week, citing his team’s commitment to work out a long-term deal likely the biggest in franchise history.

Carr was reportedly frustrated with the pace of contract talks after the NFL draft – they’re supposed to heat up this spring and summer – but said he believes a deal will get worked out before training camp begins.

That’s his deadline for an offseason deal, the point where he wants focus honed on football.

“I have an agent who is in charge of that and I am confident that he and Mr. (Reggie) McKenzie will work it out,” Carr, a Fresno State alum, told the Fresno Bee. “I am only focused on becoming a better football player and helping my teammates become better players.

“I have complete faith it will get done before training camp. These things take time. The Raiders know I want to be here; this is my family, and I know they want me to be their quarterback.”

The sides have discussed parameters of a long-term deal, with greater specifics to be ironed out in the future. Carr has long said he wants to be a Raider his entire career. The Raiders want him as the public face of their franchise. A new deal is expected by all parties, a sentiment that has never wavered on either side.

Carr is scheduled to make a $977,519 in base salary in 2017, the final year of his rookie contract.

Raiders offseason program intensifies as OTA sessions begin

Raiders offseason program intensifies as OTA sessions begin

The Raiders offseason program is five weeks old. Players have lifted weights. They’ve improved cardiovascular shape. They’ve done drills in position groups and discussed schematics. They’ve added rookies to a group now 90 strong.

On Monday, they can finally put on helmets. They still can’t wear pads or have full contact, but the Raiders can play 11-on-11. Receivers will be covered. Quarterback Derek Carr will throw into traffic. Generally speaking, the competition cranks up a bit.

The NFL collective bargaining agreement has strict mandates regarding offseason activity, and a period formally called “Phase III” allows for more realistic on-field football work.

The Raiders will conduct 10 OTA sessions over the next three weeks. The media can watch three of them. Tuesday is the first, with another in each of the next two weeks. These sessions are technically voluntary, though the Raiders generally hover around perfect attendance. Head coach Jack Del Rio prefers his team be unified in the offseason. Players know it and show up.

There is a mandatory minicamp from June 13-15 which wraps the offseason program and starts a quiet period that extends until training camp begins in late July.

These OTAs offer an opportunity for new players to learn the system, for adjustments to be made and for chemistry to be built heading into a 2017 season where expectations are high.