McFadden 'moving around fine' says Allen


McFadden 'moving around fine' says Allen

ALAMEDA -- Darren McFadden re-aggravated his sprained right ankle in the Raiders' 26-13 loss to Denver Thursday night, his first game since suffering the high ankle sprain on Nov. 4.

And with his injury history -- he has never played more than 13 games in a season and missed the final nine games last year with a Lisfranc sprain to the right foot -- you cannot blame fans for thinking they've seen the last of McFadden in 2012.

But coach Dennis Allen said McFadden "was moving around fine" on Friday.

"I didn't feel like it was going to be any issue," Allen added.

"Darren, today, seemed like he was going to be O.K. He was walking around fine, didn't have a lot of pain so, I don't think it's an injury that's going to keep him out any time."

McFadden rushed for 52 yards on 11 carries, though 36 yards came on one run down the right sideline. He also had a six-yard TD catch.

Also, cornerback Michael Huff had X-rays taken of his injured right wrist and Allen said they came back negative, though he was awaiting the results of an MRI.

"I don't think it's a major issue but we'll kind of have to wait and see," Allen said.

Huff was targeted early and often by Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and Huff was eventually replaced by Phillip Adams, who made a diving interception of Manning in the end zone.

Carr discusses contract negotiations with Raiders: 'These things take time'

Carr discusses contract negotiations with Raiders: 'These things take time'

Raiders general Reggie McKenzie plans to extend quarterback Derek Carr’s contract this offseason. That isn’t a new thing, something that has been in the works for some time. He re-affirmed that fact last week, citing his team’s commitment to work out a long-term deal likely the biggest in franchise history.

Carr was reportedly frustrated with the pace of contract talks after the NFL draft – they’re supposed to heat up this spring and summer – but said he believes a deal will get worked out before training camp begins.

That’s his deadline for an offseason deal, the point where he wants focus honed on football.

“I have an agent who is in charge of that and I am confident that he and Mr. (Reggie) McKenzie will work it out,” Carr, a Fresno State alum, told the Fresno Bee. “I am only focused on becoming a better football player and helping my teammates become better players.

“I have complete faith it will get done before training camp. These things take time. The Raiders know I want to be here; this is my family, and I know they want me to be their quarterback.”

The sides have discussed parameters of a long-term deal, with greater specifics to be ironed out in the future. Carr has long said he wants to be a Raider his entire career. The Raiders want him as the public face of their franchise. A new deal is expected by all parties, a sentiment that has never wavered on either side.

Carr is scheduled to make a $977,519 in base salary in 2017, the final year of his rookie contract.

Raiders offseason program intensifies as OTA sessions begin

Raiders offseason program intensifies as OTA sessions begin

The Raiders offseason program is five weeks old. Players have lifted weights. They’ve improved cardiovascular shape. They’ve done drills in position groups and discussed schematics. They’ve added rookies to a group now 90 strong.

On Monday, they can finally put on helmets. They still can’t wear pads or have full contact, but the Raiders can play 11-on-11. Receivers will be covered. Quarterback Derek Carr will throw into traffic. Generally speaking, the competition cranks up a bit.

The NFL collective bargaining agreement has strict mandates regarding offseason activity, and a period formally called “Phase III” allows for more realistic on-field football work.

The Raiders will conduct 10 OTA sessions over the next three weeks. The media can watch three of them. Tuesday is the first, with another in each of the next two weeks. These sessions are technically voluntary, though the Raiders generally hover around perfect attendance. Head coach Jack Del Rio prefers his team be unified in the offseason. Players know it and show up.

There is a mandatory minicamp from June 13-15 which wraps the offseason program and starts a quiet period that extends until training camp begins in late July.

These OTAs offer an opportunity for new players to learn the system, for adjustments to be made and for chemistry to be built heading into a 2017 season where expectations are high.