Four Raiders questions: No. 3 -- Can crowd noise help Raiders?


Four Raiders questions: No. 3 -- Can crowd noise help Raiders?

Editor's note: This is the third of a four-part series posing Insider Paul Gutierrez's four biggest questions facing the Raiders in their final preseason game.

SEATTLE -- If ever there was a preseason game that meant next to nothing, this is it -- the fourth and final exhibition. Just don't tell that to the bubble guys trying to make one last impression before rosters are reduced to 53 players by 6 p.m. PT on Friday. Which begs the question, why would Raiders coach Dennis Allen risk playing his starters more than one series in Seattle, let alone against an eager beaver trying to make Seattle's roster by taking out a name player? It's about reps and cohesion and familiarity for Allen and his new-look Raiders in this game, broadcast now on KICU Channel 36 at 7 p.m. in the Bay Area. Four questions, then, in the form of downs, facing fans and the Raiders heading into their final exhibition game

First down -- Who can make their best case tonight?
Second down -- Who is most affected by the signings of Parrish and Francies?

Third down -- Can the vaunted crowd noise at CenturyLink Field actually help the Raiders?

Maybe not Thursday night, but down the road, yes. In fact, offensive coordinator Greg Knapp hopes it's as loud as it's ever been in the Emerald City, even in a practice game, just to get his players ready for such hostile environments down the road.

"Oh, goodness. Im hoping it does (get loud)," Knapp said. "I would love it to be. Weve been working on silent cadence in practice for that reason. Spending my year up there in 2009, I did find out some information how they developed that stadium and the echo they created. It is deafening. Its hard to concentrate in there and thats one reason why, what was it, the Giants had 15 false starts in one game? Its deafening. So, Im hoping that we do get that effect because that would be good for our ball club."

Especially for the younger guys on offense.

"Theres always momentum changes in a game, and to hear the crowd pull in favor of the home team when they have their momentum going, how does a young guy respond when he goes back on the field in a backed-up situation, first and 10 from their own four, does he handle the situation?" Knapp wondered aloud. "Thats why Im hoping we do get the crowd noise so that we do get that effect in a game. Its inevitable theres going to be an ebb and flow of a game. How does a young guy handle that situation when it arises? And thats what we need, is to have those kind of distractions and see if we can still keep our focus."

Del Rio’s anxiety level up with trio of Raiders going extreme in New Zealand


Del Rio’s anxiety level up with trio of Raiders going extreme in New Zealand

Raiders Pro Bowl left guard Kelechi Osemele, running back Taiwan Jones and safety Brynden Trawick are currently enjoying their offseason in New Zealand. 

But a few videos they posted going white-water rafting and bungee jumping left head coach Jack Del Rio a bit anxious. 

"Anxiety level went up a bit thinking of my BIG pro bowl LG on the rapids!!" Del Rio tweeted Monday. "Can't leave out Brynden or Taiwan either ... have fun and be safe"

Osemele has posted a handful of photos and videos from the trip, including one of a raft capsizing with the caption: "It got real out there!!! Category 4 Rapids #NewZealand." Another showed the 6-foot-5, 333-pounder doing a backflip off a bungee platform with the caption: "Just did a backflip off the highest swing in the WORLD!!!!!!! Crazy!!! #LivingLife"

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.