Jackson thinks Raiders had a shot after DHB drop


Jackson thinks Raiders had a shot after DHB drop

ALAMEDA -- There was a growing feeling in the press box after Sunday's game and before Monday's media conference that Darrius Heyward-Bey's late drop at about the Detroit 40-yard line cost the Raiders a more realistic game-winning field-goal attempt. And thus, a better chance at winning the game.
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On one hand, those theorists were right -- it would have gained Oakland about 13 yards, so Sebastian Janikowski would gave lined up from about 57 yards out, rather than 65 yards away (a six-yard sideline completion to T.J. Houshmandzadeh took four seconds off the clock after Heyward-Bey's drop).On the other hand -- Heyward-Bey was nowhere near the sidelines and would have been tackled in bounds. And no doubt, held down. And with eight seconds left on the clock at the end of the play, and the Raiders out of timeouts, it says here time would have run out on them. Before the offense could have lined up for Carson Palmer to spike the ball and give Janikowski a shot at a game-winner.
Consider: the entire offense would have had about six seconds to move the 15-or-so yards, get set, hike the ball and Palmer to spike it after Heyward-Bey was tackled.Not likely. Though coach Hue Jackson said the Raiders have worked on such hustle drills."It was going to be close," Jackson said. "There was eight seconds after that play had happened. I think it takes you six seconds to get up there and snap the ball. We've done it before, and boom. Probably would have been seven, probably would have had one second left and we would have kicked it and won the game. That's what I truly believe. It would have been tight, but I really believe we had a chance at it."That's training camp work. You do it so much that you feel comfortable when that time happens that you can get your team out there and you have a sense of urgency."

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.