Raiders key matchup No. 3: Moore vs. Routt


Raiders key matchup No. 3: Moore vs. Routt

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first part in a series that spotlights three Raiders-Chiefs matchups to watch Sunday, 1:05 p.m. (CBS), at Arrowhead Stadium.Raiders WR Denarius Moore vs. Chiefs CB Stanford RouttTale of the tape
Moore (17): 6-foot, 195 pounds, second season, Tennessee
Routt (26): 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, eighth season, HoustonALAMEDA -- As Denarius Moore became a training camp star last summer, the fifth-round draft pick had to victimize someone, right?More often than not, Moore was beating Stanford Routt on his daily highlight film.So guess who figures to line up across Moore on Sunday, and really, how weird will it be for Moore to see Routt lining up directly across from him?"Normally I would say, 'Just take it as it is at practice,'" Moore said. "But now, he is on the other side of the ball, he is in a different uniform but I'm still going to take it play by play and try to compete and win the battle."In fact, Moore, who has 21 receptions for 323 yards and a team-high three touchdowns, insisted there is no muscle memory from going against Routt last year."It doesn't matter, because at the end of the day I really don't rememberhis technique, what he liked to do," Moore said. "He probably changed since then so I've just got to line up and compete."After being cut in a cost-saving move by the Raiders on Feb. 9, Routt, a man-to-man specialist playing right corner, visited Buffalo and Cincinnati before signing a reported three-year, 20-million deal with 4 million guaranteed with Kansas City.His "burn rate" of 58.1 percent (18 of 31 for 328 yards and a touchdown) thus far is much higher than his previous two rates, 39.4 percent in 2010 and 47.4 percent in 2011. And after having a career-high four interceptions last year, Routt has one this year, picking off New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees in Week 3. Routt also has 17 tackles, 16 solo, with two passes defensed and a forced fumble."Well, you know, Stanford has been learning our system," said Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel. "Hes been coming on. I think he had an interception. He had a rough outing the last time. He was in position to make plays, and we didnt make them. The opponent made them. Otherwise, hes been working well."Moore will test Routt to see exactly just how well his transition is going.

The next Primetime? Carr receives compliment after imitating Neon Deion


The next Primetime? Carr receives compliment after imitating Neon Deion

Watch out Jalen Richard. You have some competition for your punt returning job.

Okay, not really.

But quarterback Derek Carr got in on the action Tuesday. In a video posted by the Raiders on Twitter, Carr fielded a punt and ran it back to the endzone for a touchdown.

He proceeded to do Deion Sanders' touchdown dance and that elicited a response from the Pro Football Hall of Famer.

"That's 1 of the many reasons why I gots mad love for @derekcarrqb he is the #Truth," Sanders wrote in a quote tweet.

Carr has yet to respond.

Raiders place two on Non-Football Injury List


Raiders place two on Non-Football Injury List

The Raiders placed two players on the Non-Football Injury List, the team announced on Tuesday.

Linebacker Ben Heeney and tight end Cooper Helfet both count against the 90-man roster.

The Raiders' first team practice of training camp is scheduled for Saturdya.

Heeney was selected in the 5th round of the 2015 draft out of Kansas.

After appearing in 15 games a rookie, he saw action in just four games last season.

Over 23 games for the Seahawks in 2014 and 2015, Helfet caught 25 passes for 315 yards and two touchdowns.

He spent time on the Raiders' practice squad last season.