Raiders key matchup No. 1: Lee vs. Tannehill


Raiders key matchup No. 1: Lee vs. Tannehill

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the final part in a series that spotlighted three Raiders-Dolphins matchups to watch Sunday, 10 a.m. (CBS) at Sun Life Stadium.

Matchup No. 3: Rolando McClain vs. Reggie Bush
Matchup No. 2: Jared Veldheer vs. Cameron Wake

Raiders DB Pat Lee vs. Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill
Tale of the tape
Lee: 6-foot, 195 pounds, fifth season, Auburn
Tannehill: 6-foot-4, 221 pounds, rookie, Texas A&MHOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- Lee has been playing in NFL games since 2008. Tannehill was the No. 8 overall pick of the most recent NFL draft.The Raiders cornerback and the Dolphins quarterback have started the exact same number of games in their respective NFL careers -- one.And yet, because of the broken shoulder blade suffered by Ron Bartell in Monday night's opener, Lee will get the start at left corner and will no doubt be targeted by Tannehill on Sunday."It's no different," Lee told reporters of starting this week. "No different at all. Still got to go out there and help everybody else on the team."You never know what situation you could be in. So I just always prepare myself like, any day, I could be out there. Any minute. It could be for the rest of the season, or a couple games. It doesn't matter. I always prepare myself like that."That mindset helped him against San Diego on Monday, when he played the second half for Bartell, and in Super Bowl XLV, when he had to play 20 snaps for Green Bay when Charles Woodson went down and Sam Shields was also injured.Most of Lee's time had come as a nickel cornerback."And hes physical," said Raiders cornerback Shawntae Spencer. "I call him 'Fat Corner.' Hes a big corner, manand tackles well. Everybodys comfortable, I know the staff is very comfortable with him being in there, playing all the calls. Nothing is going to change as far as, its not going to limit us without Ron or nothing like that. I know they've got total confidence in him."Confidence, though, might have been an issue for Tannehill, who suffered through a skittish debut in the Dolphins' 30-10 loss at Houston last week.In becoming the first rookie quarterback to start a season opener in Miami franchise history, he through three interceptions, had five passes tipped and finished with a passer rating of 39.0.Tannehill said the tipped passes, three of them by Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, were a point of emphasis this week in anticipation of the Dolphins' home opener."Is there anything that I'm giving away, (are) there indicators?" Tannehill wondered. "Not a lot we can do about itthey're all on quick games, short throws."Watt said he picked up the Dolphins' snap count watching the team on HBO's "Hard Knocks" show during training camp."During the downfield passes, obviously you need to find the throwing lane," Tannehill added. "When youre throwing the quick game, its tough to be able to move and you find a throwing lane. Well, if youre throwing a quick slant, you dont have a lot of time to moveI have to be able to get the ball out quickly and have a high release, but other than that, theres not a whole lot you can do about it."If and when he goes downfield, Tannehill will find Lee, who was drafted by the Packers in the second round of the 2008 draft and spent 2009 on Injured Reserve with a knee injury. He reunited with Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie on March 27, signing with Oakland as a free agent.The Raiders are fine with Tannehill targeting Lee, especially after his showing against San Diego."I thought he went in and played against a good offensive team and played pretty well," said Raiders coach Dennis Allen. "We're looking forward to watching him go out there and play. He's prepared to play like a pro, and that's what we fully anticipate."We expect a high level, and he expects a high level of himself."

Report: Former Raiders RB arrested for domestic violence


Report: Former Raiders RB arrested for domestic violence

Trent Richardson is reportedly in some trouble.

Richardson was arrested on Thursday night for domestic violence, according to TMZ Sports.

The former running back was taken into custody on a third degree charge, the report states, with bail being set for $1,000.

The arrest was made in Hoover, Alabama.

The Browns selected Richardson with the third overall pick in the 2012 draft.

He was traded to the Colts in 2013 and played for Indianapolis in 2014.

He signed with the Raiders in 2015 and appeared in three exhibition games, but did not make the team.

The 26-year old was cut by the Ravens last August.

Downing: Carr will have increased influence on Raiders game plan

Downing: Carr will have increased influence on Raiders game plan

Derek Carr and Todd Downing are tight. A strong friendship was forged between the Raiders’ franchise quarterback and his position coach these past two seasons, one that should help the Raiders now that Downing will call plays.

The Raiders new offensive coordinator will use his young signal caller as a resource formulating a game plan. Carr has a bright offensive mind – he called his own plays in high school and in college at times – and Downing plans to use it to put his quarterback in positions to succeed.

Carr’s influence in preparation will expand over previous seasons under coordinator Bill Musgrave.

“Where I see him needing a little bit more command is just being able to share his thoughts of game plans,” Downing said Wednesday in a conference call. “Being a student of the game, as he already is, but vocalize what he likes and doesn’t like. I think my relationship with him is something that’s going to give him the opportunity to voice his opinions. I look forward to him really taking charge of expressing his thoughts on the offense.”

Carr has always had freedom to adjust at the line of scrimmage, but that could increase with Downing in charge. Derek Carr’s brother Davis Carr told 95.7 The Game as much a few weeks ago, a topic Downing addressed on Wednesday.

“There’s been a lot made about his command at the line of scrimmage,” Downing said. “There’s certainly going to be opportunities for Derek to do that. That’s not something I feel we’ll even have to get into until we’re much further into this offseason and into training camp.”

Downing had opportunities to interview with other teams this offseason, but head coach Jack Del Rio wanted to pair Downing and Carr together. The young duo have similar personalities and a strong working relationship based on a love of the game.

“My relationship with Derek starts there,” Downing said in Wednesday interview on 95.7-FM. “We both love coming to work each day and respect the heck out of each other. When you have that kind of relationship with any coach, you’re taking a step in the right direction. Derek’s the leader of our franchise. In my opinion, he’s the best young quarterback in football. We’re fortunate to have him. Why wouldn’t I be in a good mood every time I am around him?”

Carr made great progress working with Downing the past two years, and was an MVP candidate in 2016. Downing sees continued room for growth and refinement as next season approaches.

“I think Derek made big strides in 2016, just in terms of his command of the offense, being the field general, being able to get through progressions more efficiently,” Downing said. “His footwork took big strides. I certainly want him to remain focused on all of those attributes. You don’t want to feel like you’ve arrived in a certain area of your game and then have it go backwards when the next season starts. Certainly, I want him focused on all of those.”