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Bush has Bo Jackson-like night

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Bush has Bo Jackson-like night

SAN DIEGO -- Hue Jackson approached Michael Bush in the Raiders' halftime locker room."You're going to be getting the ball about 15 more times," the rookie coach told the bruising running back.Bush's response? "Feed the stud," Bush said, a grin growing on his face with every syllable.And Jackson's reaction? "He did."Bush finished with a game-high 157 yards rushing, on a career-high 30 carries, including a 44-yard burst and a 2-yard touchdown plunge. He also caught three passes for 85 yards.His 242 yards from scrimmage were the most by a Raiders player since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, eclipsing the 235 total yards Bo Jackson had on Monday Night Football at Seattle in 1987.

It is the fourth-highest total in Raiders franchise history.
No, Bush is no Darren McFadden.Then again, he does not need to be.As written and said time and again, Bush is the thunder to McFadden's lightning, and Thursday night, on a nationally-televised prime time stage, Bush showed his variety of talents in the Raiders' white-knuckle 24-17 victory.So what did fullback Marcel Reece see as Bush's blocking back?"Michael," Reece deadpanned. "Just a whole lot of Michael. That's what I saw. That's just a taste of what Michael can do. As these guys' fullback, it's just a blessing to play in front of them."Michael has every tool in his arsenal right now, and he showed it tonight. Really, it makes everyone else's job on this team easier."True, on a few of his plays on which he found himself in the open field, especially those backside screen passes to Bush, a certain No. 20 would have taken it to the house. But that's not a fair comparison, either.Bush answered the challenge with aplomb and took a lot of pressure off quarterback Carson Palmer."He's a great downhill runner," said Chargers safety Eric Weddle. "He's a huge back. When he had creases and lanes, he gets through them. It's hard to arm tackle guys that good. You have to get your whole body in front. They were effective."Bush gave credit to the offensive line."I felt good," he said. "I will probably feel it tomorrow. I was just in sync. The line was talking to me, Carson was talking and we were communicating on the field."This is new. We have not been doing it for a while in the past. It felt right today."

Raiders' Sean Smith charged with assault

Raiders' Sean Smith charged with assault

Raiders cornerback Sean Smith has been charged with assault, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced on Thursday.

The charge is for assault of his sister's boyfriend in Smith's hometown of Pasadena. Smith allegedly beat and stomped the boyfriend's head on the morning of July 4, 2017 in Old Town Pasadena, the district attorney said.

Smith faces formal felony counts of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury to the victim.

The 30-year old plans to fight the charges levied against him. 

"Sean maintains his innocence at this time," Smith's attorney, Daniel Rosenberg told NBC Sports Califorinia on Thursday evening. "We are going to be entering a plea of not guilty and fighting these charges."

A warrant was filed on Aug. 16. Smith's arriagnment is scheduled for Sept. 29. 

Smith was not present at Thursday's Raiders practice, the last session of training camp. He surrendered to Los Angeles County authorities, posted an $80,000 bond and has been released from custody.

If convicted as charged, Smith could face a maximum sentence of seven years in California prison. 

A Raiders spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The case is still under investigation by the Pasadena Police Department. 

This is another blow in a rough summer for Smith. He has struggled on the practice field during training camp and faces an off-field legal issue. Smith is guaranteed $9.5 million for the 2017 season. 

More to come...

After speaking with Marshawn Lynch, two things are crystal clear

After speaking with Marshawn Lynch, two things are crystal clear

NAPA – Marshawn Lynch spoke with the media Thursday for the second time as a Raider. He was quick-witted, disarming and, as always, not suitable for work.

It was five minutes of peak Marshawn, where he brought light to his charitable endeavors, called himself the “daddy” of his position group and cleverly sidestepped all things nation anthem.

He was asked four questions on other topics before elephant in the room was mentioned. It didn’t stick around long.

“I think the elephant left the room because a little mouse ran in here,” Lynch deadpanned. “Didn’t they say elephants are scared of mice or something? That [expletive] left the room, cousin.”

[RATTO: Lynch reminds media how much control he exerts over any interaction]

Two more related questions came down the pike. The first was about Del Rio letting players be themselves. He answered a different question instead.

“Yeah, because on ‘doctor-24,’ it’s a designed way that you’re supposed to run it but I have all freedom to go any way that I choose to run it,” Lynch said. “I would say, yes.”

The final anthem-esque query was deflected in a similar fashion.

“When we run ‘74’ or something like that, where I have to scan and read on both sides, that is pretty difficult. For the most part, I’m a veteran so I can make it work.”

Two things were crystal clear after speaking with Lynch.

He didn’t miss football one bit during his year in retirement. Lynch said this spring he decided to return after the Raiders were approved to relocate away from his native Oakland. He wants to represent his hometown well and give them something to cheer before the team leaves for Las Vegas.

That’s why he’s fired up even for Saturday’s exhibition against the Rams – he’s expected to make a cameo in that game – his first in Oakland wearing silver and black.

“It’s truly a blessing and just to have the opportunity to go and do that is a good [expletive] feeling,” Lynch said. “It’s a good [expletive] feeling.”

Lynch has always been active in the community, and hopes him playing here will bring more visibility to what’s being done to help kids in Oakland.

“I plan on continuing to do what I do in the community,” Lynch said. “It’ll probably be that now that I’m here, more people that are in the community might actually come out and support what it is that we’ve got going on.”