How does Jackson assess Raiders defense?


How does Jackson assess Raiders defense?

Paul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.comALAMEDA -- The Raiders finished 11th in total defense in 2010, second against the pass and 29th against the run.Improvements were expected.Then the first-team defense only played six snaps as a unit in the exhibition-opening loss to Arizona before giving up 402 yards to the 49ers and followed that up by surrendering 514 total yards to New Orleans.In all, Oakland has yielded 75 first downs and 1,316 total yards in its three exhibition games thus far.What was all that business about Hue Jackson "building a bully" again?Truly, Jackson's mantra begins, and ends, in the trenches. And the defensive line has not been able to answer said challenge. Not yet anyway.So how does Jackson look at his defense entering the final exhibition, at Seattle?"This is how I assess our defense," he said. "This is a defense that has not had 11 starters playing together on the field yet. And we still won't (against the Seahawks). I can't truly (assess) where we are or what we are until we go play a game where all 11 defensive starters are on the football field, playing together, walking out there together and competing together."For those keeping score at home, that would be a defensive line of Lamarr Houston, Richard Seymour, Tommy Kelly and Matt Schaughnessy, a linebacker corps of Quentin Groves, Rolando McClain and Kamerion Wimbley and a secondary consisting of cornerbacks Stanford Routt and Chris Johnson and safeties Michael Huff and Tyvon Branch.Of course, Johnson has been out all season after undergoing surgery on an undisclosed body part and Seymour missed the Saints game with a strained hamstring."Do I think we have the makings of a very good defensive football team? Yes, I do," Jackson said. "Do I think we need to improve and keep getting better? Yes, I do. Do I think that these players understand that and are willing to accept the challenge? Yes, I do. They will play well, and I feel very comfortable with that."We know what Jackson thinks. What do you think?

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.