Raiders key matchup No. 2: Burris vs. Charles


Raiders key matchup No. 2: Burris vs. Charles

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second part in a series that spotlights three Raiders-Chiefs matchups to watch Sunday, 1:05 p.m. (CBS), at Arrowhead Stadium.Raiders LB Miles Burris vs. Chiefs RB Jamaal CharlesTale of the tape
Burris (56): 6-foot-2, 236 pounds, rookie, San Diego State
Charles (25): 5-foot-11, 199 pounds, fifth season, TexasKANSAS CITY -- The Chiefs are breaking in a new quarterback in Brady Quinn, who will be starting his second game for them this weekend, so you figure coach Romeo Crennel does not want to overload his signal caller. Not when he already has such an explosive threat running the ball in Jamaal Charles.Besides, the Chiefs have the league's No. 3-ranked rushing attack, averaging 164 yards per game on the ground and Charles' 591 rushing yards are the second-most in the AFC.So you figure Crennel would rather run Charles at the Raiders than have a rusty Quinn try and beat them with his arm. Even if Charles is coming off a left knee injury that limited him to two games last year."You never know about injuries and how players are going to respond, and how theyre going to come back from an injury," Crennel said in a conference call with Bay Area writers. "Jamaal, he worked hard during his rehab. At the beginning of training camp he hadnt made it all the way back, but we tried to manage him a little bit in camp. His knee feels good, and hes excited about being able to help the team the way he has. Hes looking forward to the rest of the season."Charles is averaging 5.1 yards per carry and had a 91-yard scoring run against New Orleans in Week 3. He is most dangerous when he bounces outside, and that figures to be where the excitable rookie Miles Burris figures to have a shot at him."A lot of intensity," Raiders cornerback Michael Huff said of Burris. "On every play hes fired up, intense, just running around making plays. You can tell hes a young guy whos just hungry and wants to go out there and make plays. Hes been playing well."Interestingly enough, the Chiefs lead the league in most runs for a loss, with 33. Might that play into Burris' skill set, or would an over-pursuing, over-excited rookie play right into the shifty Charles' hands?Burris, the Raiders' starting weakside linebacker, has played every snap the past two weeks and has 25 tackles, 17 solo, with a sack on the season."You know, I was even a little more beat up this time around," he said with a laugh. "Even more reps this game, and it's been a lot of fun, though. It's been a good kind of pain, especially when you win."Burris has been thrust into the starting lineup with Aaron Curry dealing with knee issues and on the PUP list to start the season."I came in with no expectations of how much I'd be playing or what the deal was," Burris said. "But I came in with the mentality to try and win a job and to just work as hard as I can to try and contribute to the team."Burris credited Curry and Rolando McClain with helping his development."They've been awesome," he said. "They've been a big part of my continued progress here, helping me get lined up, helping me learn, helping me on techniques. Not just the coaches. They've been great teachers in this process as well."A guy like Aaron Curry, too, not just in football, but he's making sure I know when Bible studies are and he's making sure I'm doing all right off the field. These guys are awesome."The Raiders are going to need just as awesome an effort from Burris to neutralize Charles.

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.”