Raiders camp report (731): The 'Plus-30' Club

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Raiders camp report (731): The 'Plus-30' Club

July 31, 2011GUTIERREZ ARCHIVE
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CSNCalifornia.comSaturday, July 31Practice No. 4

Summary: In the movie "Logan's Run," these players would have been, well, taken out behind the Napa Marriott and put down. In Hue Jackson's first training camp as an NFL head coach, they got the day off. Jackson called it the Plus-30 Club and any player over the ripe old age of 30 got the day off, save for backup quarterback Kyle Boller and running back Michael Bennett. Both of whom are fighting for jobs. Could the break have been because it was the day after the Raiders' first padded practice of camp? Most likely. In any event, it was another spirited, physical practice, even if the players were only in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts. Injury report: Receiverkick returner Jacoby Ford was nowhere to be found after breaking his left hand in practice on Saturday. Rookie cornerback Chimdi Chekwa sat out with his left arm in a sling a day after his shoulder "popped out" on a hit-and-wrap drill. Rookie running back Taiwan Jones sat out a day after a lower body "nick." Defensive end Trevor Scott (knee), offensive lineman Bruce Campbell (knee) and receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (undisclosed) continued working on their own.Eye on reps: With both Ford and Heyward-Bey sidelined by injury, the injury-prone Chaz Schilens has taken advantage. He has been healthy and dominated as the No. 1 receiver on Sunday, going deep and beating Sterling Moore, Tyvon Branch and Stevie Brown. The coaches held their collective breath, though, when Schilens was tackled. But he popped right back up. Also, rookie receiver David Ausberry was impressive on a slant, along with Denarius Moore, who made an acrobatic grab.Extra work: In one-on-one drills, left tackle Jared Veldheer and defensive end Matt Schaughnessy waged a spirited battle. A year ago, Shaughnessy essentially had his way with the Division-II offensive lineman. But on Sunday, Veldheer more than held his own.Coaching moment: Much has been made about the up-tempo speed of the first four practices. And while the Raiders were not in full pads Sunday, things still get testy. Like when Louis Murphy beat Jeremy Ware and new offensive coordinator Al Saunders sprinted onto the field to get in Murphy's earhole. "That's," Saunders screamed, "what tempo gets here."Notable: The Raiders have officials working the scrimmages to get more of a gameday feel in camp. So it was amusing to see receivers coach Sanjay Lal run onto the field to complain after Nick Miller was absolutely mugged by rookie Sterling Moore on a deep pass and no flag was thrown. "We led the league in penalties (yardage) last year," Jackson said. "That's a fact. It's something that we have to get better at."Quotable: "There have been some great players that have played here and we need to uphold that standard, and that's what we talked about -- put on for this city. That's a song that everybody talks about. It's our turn to put on for this city and we're going to rep this city and we're going to do it well." - Hue JacksonNext practice: Monday, 3:30 p.m.

Raiders offensive lineman next in line for extension with Carr's deal done

Raiders offensive lineman next in line for extension with Carr's deal done

The Raiders locked up Derek Carr last week, signing their franchise quarterback to a five-year, $125 million contract extension.

He isn’t the only member of the 2014 draft class worthy of a raise. Edge rusher Khalil Mack will get a big one, likely at some point next offseason. The Raiders have some time with Mack after exercising a fifth-year contract option available for first-round picks.

General manager Reggie McKenzie didn’t have that luxury with Carr, and his 2014 second-round pick cashed in before formally entering a contract year.

Right guard Gabe Jackson could do the exact same thing. McKenzie prefers to draft, develop and reward homegrown talent, and the 2014 third-round pick should be next in line to do so.

McKenzie has said back in March that he’d like to extend Jackson’s contract, though there isn’t a deadline to do so.

“There’s no timetable,” general manager Reggie McKenzie said. “But, I alluded to earlier in the offseason that Gabe is one of the guys I want to get locked up.”

That could happen later this offseason, or further into training camp. Despite paying Carr an NFL-record $25 million in 2017, his contract is structured in such a way that there’s room for another offseason extension. That was important for Carr, that the Raiders can sign other members of this young core.

“We figured out a way to do it,” Carr said, “so that we have the opportunity to sign the other guys that I think are important to this organization.”

The Raiders have roughly $18 million in salary cap space after the Carr deal. Some of that is earmarked for the team’s top three draft picks, which remain unsigned to this point. A large sum could go to Jackson as incentive to sign up early, well before he’s eligible to hit the unrestricted free agency.

The offensive guard market is booming, with bigger deals going to a position group generally lower than other spots on the offensive line. The Raiders contributed to that inflation in 2016, signing left guard Kelechi Osemele to a five-year, $58.5 deal with $25.4 million in guarantees.

Osemele is one of eight guards with contracts worth $40 million or more, a list that includes two right guards. Jackson played left guard – the more valued position – until Osemele showed up. He moved to the right without complaint.

Jackson thrived there as well. He didn’t allow a sack in 2016, according to analytics site Pro Football Focus, with 27 quarterback pressures in 735 pass-blocking snaps. Jackson has been a strong run blocker as a pro, where he has started 44 games in three NFL seasons.

Finding proper value to entice Jackson to sign while remaining on budget is McKenzie’s next task, trying to keep a valuable offensive lineman in place for years to come.

Carr plans to spread new wealth after Raiders contract extension

Carr plans to spread new wealth after Raiders contract extension

ALAMEDA – Derek Carr isn’t one for extravagance. The low-key Raiders quarterback already has some nice cars, a house and some luxury items to his name, but signing a $125 million contract extension Friday morning won't prompt a spending spree.

Cornerback Sean Smith suggested he get a Bugatti. That’s a $1 million car.

“Yeah,” Carr said with a smirk. “That’s not going to happen.”

That isn’t the 26-year old’s style. Carr had a his own plan after signing on the dotted line.

“I’ve been eating clean,” Carr said. “I’ll probably get Chick-fil-A.”

That makes sense. This is a guy who celebrated his first NFL victory with a trip through a Carl’s Jr. drive-in.

There will be other purchases. His wife Heather will get something nice in the near future. His family, especially Heather and sons Dallas and Deker, will be taken care of for life.

After all that, Carr plans to spread the wealth.

“The exciting thing for me moneywise, honestly, is this money is going to help a lot of people,” Carr said. “I’m very thankful to have it, that it’s in our hands because it’s going to help people. Not only in this country, but in a lot of countries around the world. That’s what’s exciting to me.”

Carr and former Raiders running back Latavius Murray took a missionary trip to Haiti, an impoverished nation had a profound impact on the star quarterback.

“I’ve been down to Haiti and I’ve seen some of those struggles that they have and the kids there, and my heart just… I cry sometimes thinking about it,” Carr said. “So, just knowing that we can go down there and make a difference and help, those are the kind of things that the money makes me kind of like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ Because now we can really do some things to help a lot of people.”

He plans to support those in that area, in addition to global and domestic charities he has been involved with over the years. Don’t expect a press release accompanying every donation. Carr would rather keep those decisions private.

“I’m going to do my best to make sure no one knows what we do with it,” Carr said. “I’ll just say this, I can assure you that it’s going to help a lot of people. I’m not stingy. My business manager will probably be on me saying, ‘Hey man, that’s enough.’ I won’t get into when, how or why. It’s not all about that for me. It’s about making a difference. That’s what’s exciting for me is that we’ll be able to do that.”