Palmer's primary challenge


Palmer's primary challenge

ALAMEDA -- The group Carson Palmer has to win over first, even before the more cynical of those residing in Raider Nation?Oakland's young and impressionable receiving corps.Especially Darrius Heyward-Bey, Jacoby Ford and Louis Murphy. All three spent time during the lockout with Jason Campbell at his Virginia home and developed a rapport with him. Murphy is even scheduled to be in Campbell's February wedding.Then there's Chaz Schilens, rookie Denarius Moore and Derek Hagan. No doubt all six have to not only get used to the idea of moving on from Campbell, whose surgically-repaired broken right collarbone will keep him out at least six weeks, but also get used to a different ball coming at them from Palmer. And vice-versa.'I think I'll fit in the locker room pretty well," Palmer said in his introductory media conference on Tuesday. "I'm pretty easy going. I'm pretty laid back and get along with my (teammates my) entire career of playing footballI've always gotten along really well with teammates. That chemistry aspect isn't an issue for me."Well, he did have to endure the divas that are Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens, though he got along famously with T.J. Houshmandzadeh and even worked out with him this offseason, along with former U.C. Davis and New York Jets quarterback Ken O'Brien."Just the chemistry of timing with the receivers, two-minute drills, whatever it may be, there's a lot of different aspects of playing quarterback," Palmer acknowledged. "A lot of different verbiage, depending on third down, red-zone stuff, backed-up stuff, two-minute drills, whatever it may be, that chemistry is something that I've got to get on top of tonight."On Monday, before the trade went down, Murphy was asked how tough it would be for a new quarterback to join the team after six games."If someone came from the outside," Murphy said, "he would have his growing pains, but we're professionals so we would have to make it work."Plus, there would be that leadership void left by Campbell."When you lose the leader of the team, the leader of the offense, it's a rough blow," Murphy added. "It's rough. It's rough to get in a rhythm and get going, especially the way the offense was rolling. We're a Top (11) offense, No. (2) rushing team. It's rough."Plus, several Raiders were anticipating, at least publicly, Kyle Boller assuming the reigns."It's up to that guy, whoever is coming in, to get comfortable with us," said center Samson Satele. "The 10 guys out there, we'll still be the same. It would be up to that guy to learn the system."

Raiders' Sean Smith charged with assault

Raiders' Sean Smith charged with assault

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. 

More to come...

After speaking with Marshawn Lynch, two things are crystal clear

After speaking with Marshawn Lynch, two things are crystal clear

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.”

[RATTO: Lynch reminds media how much control he exerts over any interaction]

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.”