Del Rio, Raiders players hope Penn's holdout gets resolved quickly

Del Rio, Raiders players hope Penn's holdout gets resolved quickly

NAPA – Left tackle Donald Penn missed his first Raiders training camp practice on Saturday, the beginning of a holdout in search of a new contract. He wants a raise commiserate of his production.

This is his protest.

There’s no indication what will ultimately come of it, though it’s clear Penn has outplayed his current deal and the Raiders have cap space required to give him a bump. The front office, for their part, isn’t thrilled with Penn’s course of action.

Players and coaches certainly miss his presence.

“We’ve got nothing but love for D.P,” Khalil Mack said. “But we need him to hurry back and get that done.”

Mack certainly misses Penn on the field. The Pro Bowlers square off in most every practice, with epic battles throughout the years that have made both players better.

The Raiders have adjusted for Penn’s absence on the first-unit offensive line, with Marshall Newhouse playing left tackle and Vadal Alexander on the right.

That lineup shouldn’t see regular-season action unless someone gets hurt. It’s hard to imagine this holdout lasting a truly extended stretch, though it’s uncertain how much the parties have discussed a new deal Penn’s looking for.

Head coach Jack Del Rio was informed of the holdout on Friday, when he didn’t report with the full squad.

“My thought on that is that we love Donald,” Del Rio said. “He’s a good player and a good Raider. What’s important for us is to focus on the work here, on the guys that are here. That’s how we’re going to approach it. There’s a business side to this. There’s a time for pay and a time for play, and once we get to camp, my focus has to be on just growing and going forward. Obviously we love Donald and we’d love to have him. Hopefully that gets resolved shortly.”

Raiders QB Derek Carr channels inner pop star in mock music video ad


Raiders QB Derek Carr channels inner pop star in mock music video ad

ALAMEDA – Derek Carr is trying to moonlight as a pop star. That’s what a guerilla marketing campaign by a San Joaquin Valley credit union would have you believe.

They released billboards and short video teasers of the Raiders quarterback prepping to shoot a music video this summer, and the full video/commercial spot was released on Monday.

It’s well, something else. Clearly meant to be self deprecating, Carr is pumping up Educational Employees Credit Union and their great rates in the mock music video, where Carr is given a certain boy-band vibe. Take a look: 

Derek’s brother David shows up later in the ad, clearly upset at being outshined by little bro.

It’s the latest in an annual series of ads with the Carr brothers.

“It literally took us a couple of hours. That’s it,” Derek Carr said. "All of the takes were because I kept laughing. I couldn’t even take myself serious because they had the TV prompter so I could see it, and I couldn’t even take myself serious. But it was good. It was fun because every commercial we do with them, all we want to do is, the end goal is we want people to laugh. And if they laugh at me for it, that’s good, that’s what we want. I laughed at myself, so it’s all good with me.”

That begged a hard-hitting, journalist follow-up question. So, Derek, did you keep the jacket?

“I didn’t keep it, no. Gosh, no,” Carr said. "As soon as I walked in and we had our little dressing rooms, me and my brother looked at that jacket and I was like, ‘I really hope that’s not the one.’ And sure enough it was. But that’s alright. We have a good relationship with them and it was a lot of fun.”

Ex-Raider Terrelle Pryor: My dominant season starts this week vs Oakland


Ex-Raider Terrelle Pryor: My dominant season starts this week vs Oakland

In his first full season as a wide receiver last year, Terrelle Pryor caught 77 passes for 1,007 yards for the Browns.

After signing a one-year, $6 million contract with Washington in the offseason, the former Raiders quarterback was expected to put up big numbers with Kirk Cousins throwing him the ball.

But through two games, Pryor has caught just eight passes for 97 yards.

He's not worried though. In fact, he's proclaiming that he will begin his return to form this weekend against his first team.

"I am going to have a dominant season and it starts this week against Oakland," Pryor told The Athletic on Wednesday.

Kickoff between the Raiders and Washington is set for 5:30pm PT Sunday on NBC.