Genesis of a 64-yard touchdown run


Genesis of a 64-yard touchdown run

OAKLAND -- As Carson Palmer settled under center for the Raiders' fourth snap of the game, after three passes, he sensed a blitz coming from the left side. The Raiders had planned on going that way."So Carson says, 'Hey, let's run it right,'" recalled center Stefen Wisniewski. "We run it right, we seal off the blitz on the left and it's six points."The Raiders scoring on a 64-yard Darren McFadden touchdown run represented more than their first points in Sunday's 34-31 defeat of Pittsburgh.The play meant more than Oakland's run game finally breaking a long one and McFadden showing his open-field skills in juking safety Ryan Mundy out of his jockstrap and outrunning cornerback Keenan Lewis, who had the angle, to the right pylon, though that was huge for all involved."Oh, that was exciting," Wisniewski said. "We knew he was capable of that. All year it hasn't happened. First time, we get him up clean to the safety, he makes the safety miss (and) as soon as he made the safety miss, I was like, He's scoring. No one's catching that guy.RELATED: Run DMC walks this way, runs the other to 113 yards
"That's a great feeling as an O-lineman to see him running for a long touchdown."Indeed, the genesis of the score also showed Palmer's ability to improvise at the line, and garner confidence from his teammates.Even as McFadden thought the call was the original play sent in. That's how big the hole, created between Wisniewski and left guard Cooper Carlisle, was and how tuned in Palmer was to make the audible."He's awesome," Wisniewski said. "It's a huge advantage because we know he's going to put us in the right play."Palmer, though, was quick to divvy out credit to offensive coordinator Greg Knapp, saying the Raiders were in a "no-huddle series" during the possession."Coach Knapp had coached us up on what to get to versus certain fronts, certain coverages, certain pressures," Palmer said. "And we got them in the right pressure that Coach Knapp had talked about all week and Darren, the offensive line obviously opened up a nice hole, but Darren did the rest."

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.