Camp Report (84): Raiders welcome back old faces


Camp Report (84): Raiders welcome back old faces

Paul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.comPractice No. 7Summary: With the players union re-certifying itself and voting to ratify the new Collective Bargaining Agreement early Thursday afternoon, the Raiders had a larger complement of players at their disposal. The veterans who agreed to contracts with the team after the lockout ended were finally allowed to practice, giving the Raiders 83 players on their training camp roster. But one big name is still missing, that of restricted free agent Michael Bush, who has yet to sign his first- and third-round tenders. Plus, there were so many guys nicked up that didn't suit up. The offense again got the better of the defense for the second day in a row, even if the defense showed what is likely to be its starting 11 come opening night in Denver. Yes, it was the Denarius Moore show again.

Injury report: Fifteen players sat out practice with various "nicks," receivers Jacoby Ford (broken left hand), Louis Murphy and Eddie McGhee, fullback James McCluskey, tailbacks Taiwan Jones, Michael Bennett and Darren McFadden (fractured eye socket), offensive linemen Cooper Carlisle, Bruce Campbell (knee), Lou Eiliades and Alan Pelc, defensive backs Chimdi Chekwa (shoulder), Walter McFadden and Joe Porter and defensive end Trevor Scott (knee). Plus, linebacker Rolando McClain, cornerback Walter McFadden and quarterback Jason Campbell did not finish practice.Offensive play of the day: A day after putting together a highlight reel tape against cornerback Stanford Routt, rookie receiver Denarius Moore delivered again. This time, running a post from 25 yards out, an outstretched Moore went up and, between Stevie Brown and DeMarcus Van Dyke, plucked Jason Campbell's pass out of the air. Moore came down with both feet in the end zone for the touchdown, just in front often goalpost. It was as impressive as it was physical.Defensive play of the day: While a healthy Chaz Schilens has been the most impressive wideout thus far in camp, "forgotten" cornerback Chris Johnson owned him on one play. With Schilens running a short curl, Johnson cut in front of him and intercepted Jason Campbell's pass. For a split second, when Johnson's No. 37 flashed for the pick, it looked like Lester Hayes and gobs of stickum flying into the picture. Almost.Eye on reps: With all of their players finally available, the defense took on a familiar look. On the line, Lamarr Houston, Tommy Kelly, Richard Seymour and Matt Shaughnessy. Quentin Groves, Rolando McClain and Kamerion Wimbley were the linebackers. And Stanford Routt and Chris Johnson were the cornerbacks while Tyvon Branch and Michael Huff were the safeties.Rookie report: Center Stefen Wisniewski's baptism by fire continued in an especially grueling session in which he went one-on-one with the Raiders' fearsome three-headed monster of Richard Seymour, John Henderson and Tommy Kelly. All in a day's work for the Raiders legacy. Especially since he's more than holding his own.Notable: With the Raiders entering the day anywhere from 14 million to 17 million over the cap, reportedly, and the players ratifying the new CBA in time to officially start the new league year, the 1 p.m. deadline for teams to get under the 120-million salary cap was pushed back 24 hours. "We will be in compliance," said Raiders coach Hue Jackson. "(Al Davis) knows that cap as well as anybody in this league." As such, there was no movement in the Kevin Boss talks, though reports came out that Stanford Routt and Richard Seymour both re-structured their contracts to help out. Neither, though, confirmed as much.Quotable: "Well, you know, I always remain, Hey, I don't talk about contracts and, uh, anything like that. But, you know, I'll be ready for Game 1, so." - Defensive tackle Richard Seymour on if he's re-structured his contract to help the Raiders' salary cap woes.Next practice: Friday, 3:30 p.m.

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.”