Raiders notes: 1st, 2nd team defenses step up


Raiders notes: 1st, 2nd team defenses step up

Aug. 11, 2011


Paul Gutierrez

OAKLAND -- Hue Jackson admitted Wednesday morning he was not sure how he would divvy up playing time for the Raiders' exhibition opener. Especially to his starters.Well, it essentially went like this -- the first-string defense, which returns 10 of 11 starters, played one series, giving up one first down and 19 yards, 15 of which came on one Kevin Kolb scramble on 3rd and 10.The defensive starters: DE Lamarr Houston, DT Tommy Kelly, DT Richard Seymour, DE Matt Schaughnessy, WLB Quentin Groves, MLB Rolando McClain, SLB Kamerion Wimbley, CB Chris Johnson, CB Stanford Routt, FS Michael Huff, SS Tyvon Branch.Meanwhile, the first-string offense was on the field for two series, going 48 yards and getting a 39-yard Sebastian Janikowski field goal to start the scoring, before moving the ball from its own 1-yard line to the Arizona 34 before stalling and punting.

The offensive starters: LT Jared Veldheer, LG Daniel Loper, C Samson Satele, RG Cooper Carlisle, RT Khalif Barnes, TE Kevin Boss, QB Jason Campbell, FB Marcel Reece, RB Michael Bush, WR Chaz Schilens, WR Darrius Heyward-Bey.Barnes had a rough go of it. The seventh-year veteran was called for three -- count 'em -- three false starts. After his final call, he was in deep conversation with new offensive line coach Bob Wylie and rookie Joseph Barksdale.Good show for the second-team defense, stopping the Cardinals on 4th-and-goal from the one.Not such a good show for second-year cornerback Walter McFadden, who was flagged for two pass interference penalties and burned on a couple of notable occasions. Rookie DeMarcus Van Dyke was also used a few times by Larry Fitzgerald, as well as being beat on John Skelton's 18-yard TD pass to Stephen Williams.Safety Hiram Eugene, who was signed to a four-year, 10.25-million contract this offseason, was injured and carted off the field in the opening minutes of the second half. Trainers appeared to be working on his left knee, though late in the third quarter there had been no update on his injury.You think Janikowski likes kickoffs moving up five yards to the 35-yard line? His opening kickoff appeared to split the uprights. Yeah, that would have been a 65-yard field goal.Coincidence? The Raiders first two players introduced in pregame ceremonies were Routt and Johnson, perhaps sending a message to the departed Nnamdi Asomugha?

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.”