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Editor's Note: This is the second of four questions answered by Raiders Insider Paul Gutierrez. Each new question, or down, will be posted as gametime approaches.
First down: Will Jacoby Ford bounce back?
Second down: How many starters are sitting this one out?
Third down: Will Mike Goodson see game action?
To quote Blackstreet: "No diggity, no doubt." Goodson missed last week's opener after his scary-looking neck injury that ended with him being strapped to a gurney, taken off the field in an ambulance and being released from the hospital that night, so he is eager to show his wares. Especially since he is in a race to be Darren McFadden's primary backup with the injured Taiwan Jones, who is missing his second consecutive game with a strained hamstring.
Goodson practiced this week, though neither Wednesday nor Thursday were full-pad practices, so it's a safe bet to assume that he will not get as many carries against the Cardinals as Lonyae Miller did against the Cowboys. Miller had a game-high 15 carries for 39 yards on Monday, so with Goodson back, those numbers figure to dip.
Obi Melifonwu entered Wednesday as the only second-round draft pick without a signed rookie contract. Later that afternoon, he joined the group.
The safety from UConn put pen to paper on a four-year deal at the Napa Valley Marriott, allowing him to join pre-training camp activities. Veterans report on Friday and camp’s first full-squad practice starts Saturday morning.
The pact took longer than the Raiders or Melifonwu had hoped. There's little room for fiscal movement in the rookie wage scale, but some contract language had to be hashed out before shaking hands.
Melifonwu is slotted to make $4,509,376 over the life of the contract, with a $1,419,544 signing bonus and a $819,886 base salary in 2017, per overthecap.com.
The Raiders have one draft pick left unsigned. First-round cornerback Gareon Conley hasn’t agreed on a deal, though it’s still likely that happens before the first full practice.
The Ohio State alum’s situation could be complicated by an ongoing investigation into a sexual assault allegation stemming from an April 9 incident in Cleveland.
Head coach Jack Del Rio said in a Tuesday radio interview he expected unsigned rookie contract issues to be resolved soon.
Watch out Jalen Richard. You have some competition for your punt returning job.
Okay, not really.
But quarterback Derek Carr got in on the action Tuesday. In a video posted by the Raiders on Twitter, Carr fielded a punt and ran it back to the endzone for a touchdown.
He proceeded to do Deion Sanders' touchdown dance and that elicited a response from the Pro Football Hall of Famer.
"That's 1 of the many reasons why I gots mad love for
@derekcarrqb he is the #Truth," Sanders wrote in a quote tweet.
Carr has yet to respond.