Raiders key matchup No. 3: Moore vs. Routt

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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.

Oakland stadium authority director doesn't want Raiders in 2019

Oakland stadium authority director doesn't want Raiders in 2019

PHOENIX – The Raiders hope to play the next three years in the Bay Area before moving to Las Vegas. They were approved to relocate on Monday at the NFL owners meetings, but can’t leave right away because Las Vegas doesn’t have a suitable temporary NFL venue.

The Raiders have team options on one-year leases to play at Oakland Coliseum during the 2017 and 2018 seasons, and are expected to do exactly that. Owner Mark Davis said he’s open to negotiating a lease to play the 2019 season there as well before moving into new Vegas digs in 2020.

The Oakland Coliseum authority may not grant that request.

"I would say to you with the highest level of confidence, my opinion and recommendation and that of my board members, I don’t believe there is any appetite for a third season (in Oakland),” director of the Oakland Coliseum joint powers authority Scott McKibben told USA Today.

McKibben said hosting a Raiders game is a financial loss for the JPA.

If the Raiders can’t reach an agreement to play at the Oakland Coliseum in 2019, they have other options in the Bay Area, though none is ideal. They could play at Cal’s Memorial Stadium or use Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara as a last resort in the Bay Area, sources told CSN California reporter Scott Bair.

They could renovate UNLV’s Sam Boyd Stadium – locker room and security upgrades are mandatory – though the Raiders would prefer to avoid that route.

Raiders HC Jack Del Rio believes he could help Aldon Smith

Raiders HC Jack Del Rio believes he could help Aldon Smith

PHOENIX – Raiders edge rusher Aldon Smith has been banished from the NFL for over 16 months now as a repeat offender of the league’s substance abuse policy.

Commissioner Roger Goodell hasn’t ruled on Smith’s reinstatement application and it’s hard to imagine movement coming soon on that front after a pair of recent run-ins with the law.

He was reportedly involved in a domestic incident and was questioned by San Francisco police last month. Then he was a passenger in a vehicle that hit an unmarked police car on March 10, an incident where the driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Smith seemed out of sorts when interviewed by media after emerging from a San Francisco police station.

Smith’s banishment states he can’t have contact with Raiders personnel outside the director of player engagement, a stipulation head coach Jack Del Rio has criticized in the past.

He did so again Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings, saying it’s unfortunate the organization can’t support Smith during difficult times.

“It’s a little bit frustrating to not be able to be a part of the process,” Del Rio said. “My feel is that I could help him, but the experts know. The experts don’t allow that. We have to follow the rules.

“It does get frustrating to not be able to help a young man and provide support and provide structure. Somebody else has to make those decisions. It’s just out of my hands.”

The Raiders can’t petition for greater involvement, and are therefore in a wait-and-see mode regarding their troubled, yet talented player.

“He has to get himself together,” general manager Reggie McKenzie said. “(Smith’s status) is totally on the league office. They know more than what we know.”