Loss to Browns a microcosm of Raiders' season

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Loss to Browns a microcosm of Raiders' season

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OAKLAND -- Searching for a microcosm of the Raiders' lost season?Look no further than Sunday's curious 20-17 loss to an unimpressive Cleveland club. Because sure, while the Browns did just enough to win, the Raiders did even more to lose before a season-low announced crowd of 43,641 at the O.co Coliseum.Three separate developments marked the occasion and all-but guaranteed the Raiders losing a fifth straight game for the first time since 2007.1) Injuries wreak havoc with the Raiders' lack of quality depth
The Raiders lost three defensive players to concussions and their respective absences wrecked the Raiders secondary. First, starting free safety Matt Giordano was knocked out of the game on the final play of the first quarter knocking Browns tight end Benjamin Watson out of bounds.Then, late in the second quarter, cornerback Phillip Adams was concussed when he hit the ground after picking off Brandon Weeden on a long pass down the left sideline inside the Raiders' 10-yard line.Finally, safety Mike Mitchell took a knee to the helmet while tackling Browns running back Trent Richardson on those same sidelines at the Oakland 21-yard line and stayed on the field for a few minutes. He left the field and returned for one play before being taken off again, much to his protest.To put it in simpler terms, at one point Brandian Ross was in the game at free safety to replace the injured Mitchell, who had replaced the injured Giordano, who had been inserted to the starting lineup in place of Michael Huff, who moved to cornerback to replace the injured Shawntae Spencer.Where have you gone Lester Hayes and Mike Haynes?And oh yeah, strong safety Tyvon Branch lost his right shoe and tweaked his foot and had to come off the field for for a spell, too. Plus, cornerback Ron Bartell got benched for a bit after getting the Elvis "Toast" Patterson treatment on Josh Gordon's 44-yard touchdown reception.Any surprise, then, that Weeden passed for a career-high 364 yards?"It obviously was a factor," said Raiders coach Dennis Allen. "But injuries happen. We have to find ways to persevere and make it through that."2) A costly and back-breaking turnover
Yeah, you could most definitely Tweet that this one was PalmersFault.Momentum had shifted to the Raiders' side by the fourth quarter and, trailing by just three, Oakland was at the Browns' 33-yard line and had a 1st and 10 situation.Palmer dropped back and spied Juron Criner flying down the left sideline. Palmer threw and while Criner had a step on cornerback Sheldon Brown, the ball was badly underthrown and all Brown had to do was settle under it for the interception."Well, Carson threw a few deep balls at me today," Brown said. "You'd have to talk to him and see what he saw on tape last week when he was preparing. On that particular play I had an opportunity to cover the short field. I lined up in press like I was going to stay down tight. Criner released outside, I bailed out of there. And at that point I saw Carson throwing the ball and I just became the receiver and caught it."Sounds easy enough, right?"I tried to take a shot there and go for the touchdown quickly and didn't put the ball in the right spot," Palmer said. "Didn't give Juron a chance to make a play on the ball."I just didn't put it far enough outside."Said Allen: "We've got all the momentum. We can't have that self-inflicted wound."No, Palmer is not Jay Schroeder, or even Marc Wilson. But to a certain segment of the fan base, he's no Terrelle Pryor, either. For better or worse. Then again, we don't know what, exactly, Pryor can do in an NFL game yet.3) The defense gets gashed, again
Sure, Palmer's pick hurt. But there was still 9:31 to play in the game when the interception occurred, and the Browns' backs were in the Black Hole as Cleveland set up at its own 6-yard line.A defensive stop and Palmer would be in business to atone for his interception, like he did in Atlanta earlier this year.This time, though, the defense did not rise to Palmer's defense. Instead, it allowed the Browns to march 94 yards in a mind-numbing 14 plays that took 6:04 off the clock. So by the time Trent Richardson plowed in from three yards out, the Raiders trailed by 10, with just over three minutes to play.Ballgame."A 94-yard drive? Those are hard to manufacture early in the game," said Browns coach Pat Shurmur. "There were some guys that made some key plays. We were throwing it, we were running it. We converted a couple third downs on that drive. So that was a credit to the players involved."Said Raiders defensive end Lamarr Houston: "We haven't been able to finish yet this year."Yup, a microcosm of the entire season, wrapped up in three tidy developments.

Peterson blasts report over salary demands, outlines main objectives

Peterson blasts report over salary demands, outlines main objectives

Adrian Peterson played defense on Friday night.

Hours after a report suggesting that the four-time All-Pro running back was still a free agent due to salary demands, the former Viking posted a lengthy statement on Instagram along with a video of his running an agility drill.

"YOU CANT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ OR HEAR PEOPLE. The last thing I'm worried about is playing ball this coming season ... that WILL HAPPEN! It's not all about the money as EVERYONE is speculating here lately. You'd THINK these analysts spoke to me directly. When you don't know what's going on people will say anything to create or make a story! How prideful is it for me to put out ... I won't play for anything less than 8 million! But see, when you don't know a person or what they stand for it's easy to paint YOUR OWN PICTURE. Unfortunately, this is the world we live in! Here is something Straight from the horse's mouth ... finding the best fit & helping a team in a major way win a championship is my main objective! I'm in no rush. Let me eliminate questions or speculation as to why... I believe whole heartedly my God will land me right where I need to be to accomplish what I've asked from him PERIOD"

Early in the free agency period, the Raiders were linked to Peterson, but nothing came of those rumors.

The Raiders, in need of a feature back after Latavius Murray signed with the Vikings, are reportedly pursuing the possibility of luring Oakland-native Marshawn Lynch out of retirement.

Peterson was scheduled to make $18 million in 2017, but the Vikings declined to exercise his contract, making him a free agent. The 2012 NFL MVP turned 32 on March 21 and played in just three games in 2016 due to a major knee injury.

According to the ESPN report, Peterson was looking for a contract that paid him over $8 million in the first year of the deal.

YOU CANT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ OR HEAR PEOPLE. The last thing I'm worried about is playing ball this coming season ... that WILL HAPPEN! It's not all about the money as EVERYONE is speculating here lately. You'd THINK these analysts spoke to me directly. When you don't know what's going on people will say anything to create or make a story! How prideful is it for me to put out ... I won't play for anything less than 8 million! But see, when you don't know a person or what they stand for it's easy to paint YOUR OWN PICTURE. Unfortunately, this is the world we live in! Here is something Straight from the horse's mouth ... finding the best fit & helping a team in a major way win a championship is my main objective! I'm in no rush. Let me eliminate questions or speculation as to why... I believe whole heartedly my God will land me right where I need to be to accomplish what I've asked from him PERIOD

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Oakland, Lott Group pen letter to NFL in last-ditch effort to keep Raiders

Oakland, Lott Group pen letter to NFL in last-ditch effort to keep Raiders

Through the office of mayor Libby Schaaf, the City of Oakland issued the following statement on Friday, revealing a letter they sent to the NFL a day earlier highlighting the viability and appeal of keeping the Raiders in Oakland.

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OAKLAND, CA — Today, the City of Oakland, Alameda County, the Lott Group and Fortress, who have been working in concert to develop a fully-financed local stadium proposal for the Oakland Raiders, shared publicly documents detailing the strength of the Oakland plan.

Specifically, they made public for the first time, their most recent correspondence to the NFL. The letters and accompanying documents were sent in follow-up to a March 6, 2017 presentation Mayor Libby Schaaf and former NFL player and real estate investor Ronnie Lott made to the NFL’s Joint Stadium and Finance Committee that outlined the economic advantages to the league and the team of staying in Oakland.

[RELATED: Letter to NFL from Libby Schaaf, Lott Group]

“We’re not giving up in the fourth quarter,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. “Since I took office two years ago, I have been focused on taking a team-centered approach that is responsible to the Raiders, the NFL, the fans and the taxpayers of Oakland. We’ve been successful in doing the environmental clearance, aligning the City and the County which jointly own the land, engaging the league and bringing partners to the table in the Lott Group and Fortress who have the financial backing, compassion for this community and intimate knowledge of the game -- on and off the field -- to get a deal done. All that’s missing is the Raiders.”

“I know how passionate the Bay Area is about the Raiders,” said NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott. “To rip this team away from Oakland for a second time would be heartbreaking and entirely unnecessary given that we have a viable option on the table that keeps them here and helps this community and the team grow. We have a sophisticated financial partner in Fortress. We have done the due diligence, and it is clear that the only fully-financed, ready-to-roll option for the Raiders is in Oakland.”

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, City Council President Larry Reid, whose district is home to the existing Coliseum and the proposed new stadium site, Lott Group partner and former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete and Fortress Managing Director Drew McKnight plan to gather with fans, local business leaders, nearby residents and other community members to demonstrate support for the Oakland stadium plan at events planned for Saturday, March 25. This is the day before NFL owners begin a series of meetings during which they are expected to discuss, and possibly vote on Raiders’ owner Mark Davis’ request to move the team to Las Vegas.

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