It starts with the number, really.A number so stark, so simple, so, well, prime it stands out on its own while drawing the inevitable comparisons.Carson Palmer rocks No. 3 for the Raiders. Same as another statuesque-in-the-pocket, vertical game-loving gun slinger from Silver and Blackdom lore. But the similarities between Palmer and Daryle Lamonica don't end there, with both guys wearing the same digit on their jersey.Yeah, yeah, I know, a lot of people tried to tie Todd Marinovich to Kenny Stabler 20 years ago, not only for their predilection for the number 12, but for their night-owl ways. Turns out that was not a fair comparison. To either man.But when it comes to what Palmer offers the Raiders and what Lamonica provided Oakland in those glorious AFL days, the similarities have a lot of old school Raiders fans experiencing some major deja vu.Mad Bomber Redux? As reader "HBeach" suggests, how about the Mad Palmer?Four times Lamonica ranked among the top 10 in his league in pass attempts in a season, same as Palmer. Same thing goes for passes completed.For his time, Lamonica was the quintessential strapping signal caller, standing 6-feet-3 and weighing 215 pounds. His single-season high for touchdown passes was the 34 he threw in 1969.Palmer is 6-5, 230 pounds and his career-high of 32 TD passes came in 2005, for the Cincinnati Bengals.Lamonica played his college ball at Notre Dame; Palmer wanted to go to Notre Dame but won the Heisman Trophy at the Fighting Irish's blood rival, USC.Lamonica was a five-time Pro Bowler and two-time first-team All-Pro; Palmer has been to two Pro Bowls.Both were born in Fresno.No, we're not talking Lincoln being shot in Ford's Theater and Kennedy being shot in a Lincoln, made by Ford, or even about former Oakland offensive lineman Lincoln Kennedy's job description of protecting Raiders quarterbacks.But the similarities between Lamonica and Palmer are strikingright? And they all start with the number 3.
Raiders cornerback Sean Smith has been charged with assault, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced on Thursday.
The charge is for assault of his sister's boyfriend in Smith's hometown of Pasadena. Smith allegedly beat and stomped the boyfriend's head on the morning of July 4, 2017 in Old Town Pasadena, the district attorney said.
Smith faces formal felony counts of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury to the victim.
The 30-year old plans to fight the charges levied against him.
"Sean maintains his innocence at this time," Smith's attorney, Daniel Rosenberg told NBC Sports Califorinia on Thursday evening. "We are going to be entering a plea of not guilty and fighting these charges."
A warrant was filed on Aug. 16. Smith's arriagnment is scheduled for Sept. 29.
Smith was not present at Thursday's Raiders practice, the last session of training camp. He surrendered to Los Angeles County authorities, posted an $80,000 bond and has been released from custody.
If convicted as charged, Smith could face a maximum sentence of seven years in California prison.
A Raiders spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The case is still under investigation by the Pasadena Police Department.
This is another blow in a rough summer for Smith. He has struggled on the practice field during training camp and faces an off-field legal issue. Smith is guaranteed $9.5 million for the 2017 season.
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NAPA – Marshawn Lynch spoke with the media Thursday for the second time as a Raider. He was quick-witted, disarming and, as always, not suitable for work.
It was five minutes of peak Marshawn, where he brought light to his charitable endeavors, called himself the “daddy” of his position group and cleverly sidestepped all things nation anthem.
He was asked four questions on other topics before elephant in the room was mentioned. It didn’t stick around long.
“I think the elephant left the room because a little mouse ran in here,” Lynch deadpanned. “Didn’t they say elephants are scared of mice or something? That [expletive] left the room, cousin.”
Two more related questions came down the pike. The first was about Del Rio letting players be themselves. He answered a different question instead.
“Yeah, because on ‘doctor-24,’ it’s a designed way that you’re supposed to run it but I have all freedom to go any way that I choose to run it,” Lynch said. “I would say, yes.”
The final anthem-esque query was deflected in a similar fashion.
“When we run ‘74’ or something like that, where I have to scan and read on both sides, that is pretty difficult. For the most part, I’m a veteran so I can make it work.”
Two things were crystal clear after speaking with Lynch.
He didn’t miss football one bit during his year in retirement. Lynch said this spring he decided to return after the Raiders were approved to relocate away from his native Oakland. He wants to represent his hometown well and give them something to cheer before the team leaves for Las Vegas.
That’s why he’s fired up even for Saturday’s exhibition against the Rams – he’s expected to make a cameo in that game – his first in Oakland wearing silver and black.
“It’s truly a blessing and just to have the opportunity to go and do that is a good [expletive] feeling,” Lynch said. “It’s a good [expletive] feeling.”
Lynch has always been active in the community, and hopes him playing here will bring more visibility to what’s being done to help kids in Oakland.
“I plan on continuing to do what I do in the community,” Lynch said. “It’ll probably be that now that I’m here, more people that are in the community might actually come out and support what it is that we’ve got going on.”