Paul G's Instant Replay: Seahawks 21, Raiders 3


Paul G's Instant Replay: Seahawks 21, Raiders 3


SEATTLE -- Glass half-full explanation: the Raiders didn't care about the final score, they just wanted to see what their backups looked like. Glass half-empty explanation: this was embarrassing. Sure, it was only an exhibition game and the Raiders' starters saw no meaningful time, but getting shut out should leave a sour taste in their mouths. The manner in which they were dominated -- Seattle had 24 first downs to the Raiders' five -- well that was something else entirely.The starters see some time: Darren McFadden was dressed but did not play. Same with Brandon Myers and Tommy Kelly. But Carson Palmer started under center and handed the ball off six straight times before taking the rest of the game off. Both first-team units played one series apiece.Lack of depth: I've written and said time and again that the Raiders' front-line players, on both sides of the ball, are among the most talented in the leaguewhen healthy. The problem, though, is the chasm between the first-stringer and second-stringers. A lack of quality depth showed up. Big time. The Seahawks' offense carved up the Raiders' backups on defense time and again.What about the new returners?: Um, never mind? Roscoe Parrish fumbled his two punts, losing one, and Coye Francies fumbled his lone kickoff return, though the Raiders recovered. Francies saw some time as a defensive back later, but not much.A fan favorite in a boot: Undrafted rookie punter Marquette King was not in uniform and though we heard nothing of an injury to him, he was wearing a protective boot on his left foot. The conspiracy theorist might say the Raiders have found a way to "hide" the talented-but-raw punter.No offense: With more than eight minutes to play, the Raiders had a grand total of 72 yards of offense. Even in an "it-means-nothing" exhibition, that's not good. And they also had just four first downs.Who stood out, in a positive way?: Taiwan Jones on one run, and the defensive back trio of Pat Lee, Brandon Underwood and Curtis Taylor. Nathan Stupar also made some plays and DeMarcus Van Dyke flashed on one play to break up a pass. Bryan McCann may have clinched a spot on the team with his returns.Who stood out, in a negative way?: Where to begin? Parrish and Francies, the backup offensive line in general, Kevin Haslam in particular, Chimdi Chekwa. And it sure was strange to see Mike Mitchell still in the game late in the fourth quarter.

Raiders LT Donald Penn: QB Derek Carr 'almost 100 percent'

Raiders LT Donald Penn: QB Derek Carr 'almost 100 percent'

Derek Carr is on the mend. The Raiders franchise quarterback had surgery to repair his fibula shortly after he broke it in a Week 16 victory over Indianapolis, and is recovering well during the offseason.

Carr insisted on intense rehab this winter in an attempt – however unlikely it may have been – to return should the Raiders have played in the Super Bowl. It slowed to a normal pace after the Raiders' loss at Houston in the postseason’s opening round, but those in contact with him say he’s making strides.

Left tackle Donald Penn was recently in contact with Carr, and provided an update on Monday during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network.

“I texted Derek (a few) days ago checking in,” Penn said, “and he said he’s almost 100 percent.”

Surgically-repaired broken filbulas take significant time to heal, and the Raiders plan to be conservative with their MVP candidate during the offseason. Derek Carr’s brother and NFL Network analyst David Carr, who was on set with Penn on Monday, said Derek could be back for offseason work.

“He’s doing good,” David Carr said. “He’s walking around already, stretching it out. You can’t do a lot for the bone, right? But he’s going to be back. He’s going to get a whole full offseason in. That’s going to be the best part.”

Del Rio’s anxiety level up with trio of Raiders going extreme in New Zealand


Del Rio’s anxiety level up with trio of Raiders going extreme in New Zealand

Raiders Pro Bowl left guard Kelechi Osemele, running back Taiwan Jones and safety Brynden Trawick are currently enjoying their offseason in New Zealand. 

But a few videos they posted going white-water rafting and bungee jumping left head coach Jack Del Rio a bit anxious. 

"Anxiety level went up a bit thinking of my BIG pro bowl LG on the rapids!!" Del Rio tweeted Monday. "Can't leave out Brynden or Taiwan either ... have fun and be safe"

Osemele has posted a handful of photos and videos from the trip, including one of a raft capsizing with the caption: "It got real out there!!! Category 4 Rapids #NewZealand." Another showed the 6-foot-5, 333-pounder doing a backflip off a bungee platform with the caption: "Just did a backflip off the highest swing in the WORLD!!!!!!! Crazy!!! #LivingLife"