Jarvis Moss on former Florida teammate Tebow


Jarvis Moss on former Florida teammate Tebow

ALAMEDA -- Keep in mind, Jarvis Moss was not outright disrespecting Tim Tebow, ala the Detroit Lions last weekend. After all, Moss and Tebow played together collegiately at Florida.But it was interesting how Moss, one of the more outspoken and prolific Tweeters in the Raiders locker room, measured his words when asked about the Mile-High Messiah (Thank you, Ann Killion) on Friday.Moss, on if he had respect for Tebow's game: "Yeah, at college I did."Moss, on if he could see Tebow doing things that could cause the Raiders problems on Sunday: "Yeah, like I said, he can use his legs, definitely. He's a good athlete, man. He's a strong dude. he can definitely hurt you with his legs."Well then, what about with his arm?Silence. Twelve seconds of awkward silence, with a nervous twitch here and there.And then: "Uh, I don't want to answer that question because I really want toNever mind. I can't answer that question."Indeed, Moss had answered just enough.Earlier, though, Moss was more expansive on his Tebow thoughts."Well, the type of guy he is, you know he's going to try to extend plays with his feet because he can run well," Moss said. "So, you just always got to be conscious that you don't want a guy like Tebow to keep moving the chains on you with his athleticism."Another thing is, he might hold on to the ball a little bit. (Kyle) Orton's a guy who's been back there in the pocket throwing it around for quite some time, and he's respectable doing it. I just don't see really see Tim (doing that)."

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.

Downing: Carr will have increased influence on Raiders game plan

Downing: Carr will have increased influence on Raiders game plan

Derek Carr and Todd Downing are tight. A strong friendship was forged between the Raiders’ franchise quarterback and his position coach these past two seasons, one that should help the Raiders now that Downing will call plays.

The Raiders new offensive coordinator will use his young signal caller as a resource formulating a game plan. Carr has a bright offensive mind – he called his own plays in high school and in college at times – and Downing plans to use it to put his quarterback in positions to succeed.

Carr’s influence in preparation will expand over previous seasons under coordinator Bill Musgrave.

“Where I see him needing a little bit more command is just being able to share his thoughts of game plans,” Downing said Wednesday in a conference call. “Being a student of the game, as he already is, but vocalize what he likes and doesn’t like. I think my relationship with him is something that’s going to give him the opportunity to voice his opinions. I look forward to him really taking charge of expressing his thoughts on the offense.”

Carr has always had freedom to adjust at the line of scrimmage, but that could increase with Downing in charge. Derek Carr’s brother Davis Carr told 95.7 The Game as much a few weeks ago, a topic Downing addressed on Wednesday.

“There’s been a lot made about his command at the line of scrimmage,” Downing said. “There’s certainly going to be opportunities for Derek to do that. That’s not something I feel we’ll even have to get into until we’re much further into this offseason and into training camp.”

Downing had opportunities to interview with other teams this offseason, but head coach Jack Del Rio wanted to pair Downing and Carr together. The young duo have similar personalities and a strong working relationship based on a love of the game.

“My relationship with Derek starts there,” Downing said in Wednesday interview on 95.7-FM. “We both love coming to work each day and respect the heck out of each other. When you have that kind of relationship with any coach, you’re taking a step in the right direction. Derek’s the leader of our franchise. In my opinion, he’s the best young quarterback in football. We’re fortunate to have him. Why wouldn’t I be in a good mood every time I am around him?”

Carr made great progress working with Downing the past two years, and was an MVP candidate in 2016. Downing sees continued room for growth and refinement as next season approaches.

“I think Derek made big strides in 2016, just in terms of his command of the offense, being the field general, being able to get through progressions more efficiently,” Downing said. “His footwork took big strides. I certainly want him to remain focused on all of those attributes. You don’t want to feel like you’ve arrived in a certain area of your game and then have it go backwards when the next season starts. Certainly, I want him focused on all of those.”