Raiders' Jackson sees things to "build on" in tape


Raiders' Jackson sees things to "build on" in tape

Paul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.comHue Jackson was far from his usual jovial, optimistic self Sunday night. And for good reason. The Raiders had just been throttled by New Orleans, 40-20, in their third exhibition game, which traditionally serves as a dress rehearsal for the regular season.But late Monday afternoon, after a day of studying the tape, Jackson was back to his happy-go-lucky ways, at least, on the telephone."I feel better this morning," the rookie head coach said in a conference call with Bay Area reporters. "Obviously, when you watch the tape, it;'s never as bad or never as good. But there was some things that we can build on."REWIND: Saints double up Raiders at the 40-20
What Jackson liked, and what definitely deserved praise, was the play of the offense, which scored on four of its first six possessions. The highlight was quarterback Jason Campbell answering the Saints' opening 80-yard scoring drive with a 91-yard, 11-play series that ended with Derek Hagan's 35-yard catch-and-run touchdown.What he should not have taken a shine to, and deserved some derision, was rookie cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke getting burned for 73 yards on four Drew Brees passes in that opening New Orleans drive. Put it this way, Van Dyke was directly responsible for all but seven of the Saints' yards in that series.So, after a rough opener against Arizona All-Pro receiver Larry Fitzgerald and then this latest episode, how is the third-round draft pick's confidence?"I don't think his confidence is shaken," Jackson said. "He's a very resilient young man. He knows and understands that people want to keep throwing the ball on him. He needs to get better, we need to get better and we'll do so."All of which brings up the natural follow-up question -- will Chris Johnson, who has been out two weeks with an undisclosed injury, be back this week?"No, not this week," Jackson said. "But sooner, rather than later."One of the most intriguing training camp battles is still up in the air, though Jackson said he has "a pretty good idea" about who his back-up quarterback is going to be."But," Jackson added, "I'm not ready to share that yet."If exhibition game reps are an indicator, Kyle Boller seems to have taken the lead on Trent Edwards.Boller completed five of seven passes for 69 yards for a passer rating of 102.7; Edwards was six of 10 for 60 yards but was sacked three times and his rating was 77.1. Granted, Edwards was basically playing with a third-string offensive line trying to protect him.Gutierrez: Five thoughts from Raiders' loss to Saints
Jackson also said he has not finalized his offensive line yet, though against the Saints it started out like this -- LT Jared Veldheer, LG Stefen Wisniewski, C Samson Satele, RG Cooper Carlisle, RT Khalif Barnes.Safety Mike Mitchell, who has been out since early in camp and was seen last week in Napa on crutches and with his left leg heavily wrapped, is not really in danger of being cut, despite his inactivity and Jerome Boyd making a run at making the team."Jerome is doing a great job and that's a credit to him," Jackson said. "But as far as Mike's concerned, until we're ready to put him back out there (no) decision about where he is on our football team needs to be made."The only injury updates Jackson offered were on backup cornerback Jeremy Ware, who suffered a sprained ankle, and receiver Louis Murphy, who Jackson re-confirmed would not be ready for the season opener in Denver on Sept. 12. Murphy has been hobbled after undergoing a procedure to correct symptoms that sound like a sports hernia. The Raiders have not said what is ailing Murphy.The defense, which has given up 402 and 514 total yards the past two exhibitions, was described as a "work in progress" by Jackson."I like our personnel," Jackson added. "Our personnel just needs to go to work and keep working at the things that we need to improve on."Teams have to get their rosters down to a maximum of 80 players by 1 p.m. PT Tuesday and the Raiders currently have 88 on their active roster, including quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who will not count against the final tally when his suspension begins.
The Raiders practice Tuesday at 11:15 a.m. at their Alameda facility. The rest of this week's schedule -- practice Wednesday at 11:15 a.m. in Alameda, travel to Seattle on Thursday, play the Seahawks in exhibition finale Friday with kickoff at 7 :30p.m. and off Saturday, when rosters must be cut down to 53 players by 1 p.m. PT.

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.”

Carr didn't want to 'take every single dime,' handcuff Raiders long-term

Carr didn't want to 'take every single dime,' handcuff Raiders long-term

ALAMEDA – Raiders quarterback Derek Carr signed a five-year contract extension Friday morning that will pay him $25 million in 2017 and $125 million over the life of the deal.

That’s a lot of scratch. Could’ve been more.

Carr received life-changing money. He didn’t want to handcuff the Raiders front office in the process.

“I just wanted to be a Raider,” Carr said Friday in a press conference. “It’s more than just a team to me. It’s family. The way it went down, it was easy. Both sides wanted it to get done, and it was about family members figuring out to get along. We figured out a way to do it so that we have the opportunity to sign other guys who are important to this organization. That was really important to me, not to just take every single dime that we could”

That list is long but it starts with homegrown talents Gabe Jackson and Khalil Mack. Jackson is up next, and could get locked up before the regular season starts. The Raiders have some time on Mack – his contract doesn’t expire until after 2018 – and Amari Cooper should be a keeper on down the road.

“The bottom line is we’re able to continue to move forward with it, keep all the players that we need to keep in the correct timing,” Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said. “This affords us to do that. We’re going to start on that ASAP.”

Carr got the deal he wanted. The 26-year old found market value and upped the ante for NFL quarterbacks a smidge while deferring some cash payouts – his big-time bonuses are broken up over two years -- to create windows of financial flexibility to sign other players. Carr’s percentage of the salary cap should decrease over time and won’t become an insurmountable burden to his employers. His deal won’t prevent the Raiders from keeping Jackson, Mack, Amari Cooper in time, or other vital veterans in house.

With Carr locked up, the McKenzie can work deals and the timing of them around his centerpiece.

Carr understands the NFL business and his role in the market, but he wants to maintain a competitive window as best he can and understands other guys will draw huge paychecks in the near future.

He’s scheduled to draw the NFL’s largest sum next season. A record $25 million is headed his way, though that total will decrease a bit in time and will certainly he surpassed by Matthew Stafford and possibly Kirk Cousins in the near future.

“I don’t care if they all do. We got our contract done, that’s all that matters to me,” Carr said. “The other thing that was important to me is that we didn’t worry about what other people were going to do or doing. I just wanted to get mine done and make sure that the team had, again like we talked about, flexibility to make sure my friends stay around.”

Carr was intimately involved in the negotiation process. Both sides said it was easy, wrapped up well before Carr’s training-camp contract deadline. Common ground was found in short shrift once talks warmed up – preliminary talks started months ago -- and a deal was ironed out that produced smiles on both sides once the deal was formally done.

Even after taking a relatively soft-line stance on dollars and the timing of payments – Carr could’ve been difficult all year and eventually forced a franchise tag – he’s still the league’s highest-paid player. His salary will now be compared with his stats. He was a second-round draft steal before. Now he’s a big-money player. In short, expectations will rise.

Carr insists it won’t add pressure to next year’s proceedings.

“You could give me a dollar, you could give me $25 million, it doesn’t matter,” Carr said. “To me, my No. 1 goal is to make sure that I give everything that I have to this organization. There’s no pressure. There’s no we’ll be on the 1-yard line and I won’t give it to Marshawn (Lynch), I’ll throw it. None of that stuff. I don’t care about the stats. That’s not my No. 1 objective. I don’t care if I throw 10 touchdowns next year. If we win every game, that’s all I care about.”