Camp Report (88): Raiders' DHB back in action


Camp Report (88): Raiders' DHB back in action

Paul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.comPractice No. 10Summary: Coach Hue Jackson lost a bet with running back Michael Bennett and had to wear some garish "highlighter yellow" Nike hightops on the field, though neither party would say exactly what the bet was. Still, it was easy to keep track of the energetic rookie coach as he bounded around. It was also easy to see running back Darren McFadden and his fractured eye orbital running on a side field with Jacoby Ford and his broken left hand before Sebastian Janikowski started booming 60-yard field goals. Denarius Moore showed he was indeed human, dropping a pass, before hauling in a long bomb for a touchdown. The hardest hit of the day came courtesy of linebacker Chris Francis, who blasted running back Michael Bush coming through the line of scrimmage.Injury report: Fourteen players sat out practice with various "nicks," receivers Jacoby Ford (broken left hand), Louis Murphy, Eddie McGhee and Derrick Jones (Achilles'), fullback James McCluskey, tailbacks Taiwan Jones (hamstring) and Darren McFadden (fractured eye socket), offensive linemen Bruce Campbell (knee), Lou Eiliades and Alan Pelc, defensive backs Chimdi Chekwa (shoulder), Mike Mitchell and Joe Porter and defensive lineman Trevor Scott (knee).Returning to work: Darrius Heyward-Bey, slowed since the first day of camp with an undisclosed malady, participated in 11-on-11 team sessions for the first time. He had two nice catches in traffic, looked bad in dropping one slant pass that bounced off his shoulder pads and had a ball poked away from behind. All in a day's work for the highly-scrutinized third-year receiver.RELATED: Q & A with CB coach Rod Woodson
Eye on reps: Rookie Stefen Wisniewski and fifth-year veteran Samson Satele continued to split time at center, with Li'l Wiz moving to left guard in place of Daniel Loper when Satele came in to hike the ball.Coaching moment: After Darrius Heyward-Bey beat Chris Johnson on that perfectly-timed crossing pattern for a big pickup and Johnson poked the ball away from DHB and it rolled out of bounds, offensive coordinator Al Saunders got in his receiver's earhole. As he should have. Then, Saunders congratulated Johnson for a heads-up play, with a hearty smack on the posterior.Rookie report: Ah, yes, the rite of passage known as rookie hazing. Following practice, undrafted free agent cornerback Sterling Moore was taped to the north end zone goal post and, well, watered down by several veteran teammates. "I was a good sport during hazing today," Moore Tweeted immediately afterward. "Just had to Chalk it up to the game and get a rookie when I'm a vet."Notable: Brawls are as much a part of training camp as are cool baths and hot tubs. Alas, there was nary a nasty word spoken a day after the Raiders had the day off. The closest they came to throwing hands on Monday was when defensive end Jarvis Moss and tight end Brandon Myers pushed and shoved before Myers walked away, leaving an incredulous Moss shaking his head and itching for more.Quotable: "Stanford is a work in progress. He has natural gifts. It's up to him to cultivate those gift." - Raiders first-year cornerbacks coach and Hall of Famer Rod Woodson on cornerback Stanford Routt.Next practice: Tuesday, 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.”