Jackson questions his 4th down call vs. Browns


Jackson questions his 4th down call vs. Browns

ALAMEDA -- Hue Jackson says he lives on the edge.Sunday, the rookie Raiders coach almost walked off that figurative cliff in the course of Oakland's 24-17 defeat of Cleveland. That night, Jackson tossed and turned and questioned himself for going for it on 4th-and-1 from the Cleveland 5-yard line late in the game, rather than sending out Sebastian Janikowski for the gimme field goal."I know, I know," Jackson said Monday in his weekly media conference. "Let me tell everybody, that's on me.

"There's a bunch of people mad at me when I went to go eat last night, 'Why didn't you kick?' What do you mean why didn't I kick? I decided not to."With 4:49 remaining and the Raiders up 24-10, a 23-yard Janikowski field goal would have essentially ended things by making it a three-score game. But Michael Bush was stopped for no gain and the Browns took over and promptly marched 95 yards for a touchdown to get within 24-17 with 1:11 to play.Then, the Browns attempted and recovered an onside kick at the Oakland 49-yard line with 66 seconds left."Trust me," Jackson said, "my heart was starting to drop, every tick that was going off that clock.The Browns picked up seven yards before failing to convert a first down."Again, I have a lot of confidence in my players, and I told you, one of these times, I'm going to get bit," Jackson said. "And I almost got bit. So you learn from it. I didn't sleep last night. I'm really tired right now, and that's part of it."So, did Jackson second-guess himself?"I've got to be a little bit smarter than that the next time," he said. "Truth be told, I do. Sometimes you can believe in your players a little bit too much. Sometimes good coaching is probably a little more important than making a decision about your players at times."That's on me, and I always tell them that. I made that choice, not them. I'll learn from it and get better from it. Luckily it did not cost us."And if Jackson had it to do all over again, would he have kicked the field goal?"Probably not," he admitted with a sly smile. "Knowing me, probably not."

The next Primetime? Carr receives compliment after imitating Neon Deion


The next Primetime? Carr receives compliment after imitating Neon Deion

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.

Raiders place two on Non-Football Injury List


Raiders place two on Non-Football Injury List

The Raiders placed two players on the Non-Football Injury List, the team announced on Tuesday.

Linebacker Ben Heeney and tight end Cooper Helfet both count against the 90-man roster.

The Raiders' first team practice of training camp is scheduled for Saturdya.

Heeney was selected in the 5th round of the 2015 draft out of Kansas.

After appearing in 15 games a rookie, he saw action in just four games last season.

Over 23 games for the Seahawks in 2014 and 2015, Helfet caught 25 passes for 315 yards and two touchdowns.

He spent time on the Raiders' practice squad last season.