Gutierrez's Instant Replay: Cardinals 31, Raiders 27


Gutierrez's Instant Replay: Cardinals 31, Raiders 27


ARIZONA -- The Raiders' first-team offense, especially the passing game in which Carson Palmer had a passer rating of just 48.4 after completing 13 of 24 for 107 yards and an interception, looked skittish, not to mention the zone-blocking scheme. Oakland's first-team defense, however, looked dominant at times and dominated the line of scrimmage. Special teams? Yeah, the Raiders have some work to do there. In all, the Raiders had two turnovers and a blocked punt that led to 17 points for the Cardinals. Yeah, the Raiders have some work to do still in this preseason.Run DMC shows explosionkinda: A week ago, Darren McFadden touched the ball three times and came away with 38 yards. This time, McFadden had 10 touches for 51 yards, though that number might be a little misleading since 39 of those yards came on two plays, a 22-yard run and a 17-yard catch and run. Other than that, he had three carries for no gain, including twice from the 1-yard line. At least he emerged unscathed, unlike...Injury bug bites: Receiverreturner Jacoby Ford and running back Mike Goodson both left the game in the first half with foot and chest injuries, respectively. Goodson, who missed last week's opener after a scary-looking neck injury, fumbled twice and left the game after his second, when he was popped by linebacker Reggie Walker. Then there was backup quarterback Matt Leinart going out in the third quarter.Speaking of Ford: So much was made this week of Jacoby Ford needed to atone for his poor game Monday. And sure enough, he caught both passes thrown his way and did not muff any returns. But his going out late in the first quarter with a foot injury is troubling in that he was plagued by injury last year, when he suffered a broken hand in camp, a strained hamstring in the opener and a sprained foot midseason that limited him to just eight games. He was on the bench in street clothes with crutches.Leinart's finger: Matt Leinart was quietly dissecting the Cardinals defense when third-string nose tackle Ricky Lumpkin's cheap shot on a helmet-to-helmet hit knocked him out. Leinart was driven off the field in a cart with his right index finger heavily taped. Leinart was five-of-eight passing for 66 yards at the time.Streater keeps streaking: With Ford sidelines, undrafted rookie revelation Rod Streater jumped in with the first team offense and kept his hot exhibition season going. At halftime, Streater had seven catches for 43 yards, giving him 13 receptions for 109 yards in two games.T.K. with the TKO?: Defensive tackle Tommy Kelly dominated the line of scrimmage in the first quarter, so much so that Arizona quarterback Kevin Kolb is sure to have nightmares about him. Especially after his first-quarter safety.Um, DVD?: DeMarcus Van Dyke, the early-camp standout who had a rough go of it last week against the Cowboys, had another tough night against the Cardinals. DeMarco Sampson beat him bad on a long ball down the left sideline and then, one play later, his missed tackle enabled William Powell to run the ball in from nine yards out for what proved to be the game-winning touchdown. Stephen Williams beat him later for a 31-yard pickup.

Carr discusses contract negotiations with Raiders: 'These things take time'

Carr discusses contract negotiations with Raiders: 'These things take time'

Raiders general Reggie McKenzie plans to extend quarterback Derek Carr’s contract this offseason. That isn’t a new thing, something that has been in the works for some time. He re-affirmed that fact last week, citing his team’s commitment to work out a long-term deal likely the biggest in franchise history.

Carr was reportedly frustrated with the pace of contract talks after the NFL draft – they’re supposed to heat up this spring and summer – but said he believes a deal will get worked out before training camp begins.

That’s his deadline for an offseason deal, the point where he wants focus honed on football.

“I have an agent who is in charge of that and I am confident that he and Mr. (Reggie) McKenzie will work it out,” Carr, a Fresno State alum, told the Fresno Bee. “I am only focused on becoming a better football player and helping my teammates become better players.

“I have complete faith it will get done before training camp. These things take time. The Raiders know I want to be here; this is my family, and I know they want me to be their quarterback.”

The sides have discussed parameters of a long-term deal, with greater specifics to be ironed out in the future. Carr has long said he wants to be a Raider his entire career. The Raiders want him as the public face of their franchise. A new deal is expected by all parties, a sentiment that has never wavered on either side.

Carr is scheduled to make a $977,519 in base salary in 2017, the final year of his rookie contract.

Raiders offseason program intensifies as OTA sessions begin

Raiders offseason program intensifies as OTA sessions begin

The Raiders offseason program is five weeks old. Players have lifted weights. They’ve improved cardiovascular shape. They’ve done drills in position groups and discussed schematics. They’ve added rookies to a group now 90 strong.

On Monday, they can finally put on helmets. They still can’t wear pads or have full contact, but the Raiders can play 11-on-11. Receivers will be covered. Quarterback Derek Carr will throw into traffic. Generally speaking, the competition cranks up a bit.

The NFL collective bargaining agreement has strict mandates regarding offseason activity, and a period formally called “Phase III” allows for more realistic on-field football work.

The Raiders will conduct 10 OTA sessions over the next three weeks. The media can watch three of them. Tuesday is the first, with another in each of the next two weeks. These sessions are technically voluntary, though the Raiders generally hover around perfect attendance. Head coach Jack Del Rio prefers his team be unified in the offseason. Players know it and show up.

There is a mandatory minicamp from June 13-15 which wraps the offseason program and starts a quiet period that extends until training camp begins in late July.

These OTAs offer an opportunity for new players to learn the system, for adjustments to be made and for chemistry to be built heading into a 2017 season where expectations are high.