ALAMEDA -- After being see on more than one occasion jogging after a play in the Raiders' 37-6 loss at Denver on Sunday, Raiders middle linebacker Rolando McClain has become the focus of many fans' ire.Truth be told, McClain's left ankle was heavily taped. But a purported lack of hustle is what has fans up in arms lately.So I asked defensive coordinator Jason Tarver, not to single out one specific player, but if hustling was something he had to address with the team."We need 11 guys to run to the ball on every play," said the usually more-talkative Tarver.Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp said the Raiders "made strides" in the run game against Denver last weekend. So where, exactly?"More consistency on the schemes as far as the run assignments go, with the guys up front," Knapp said. "Obviously, the communication got better with (center Stefen Wisniewski) and our right tackle (Willie Smith), who were new to the system. So, we saw more consistency on the right assignments in each run game, and thats why we had more consistency in the four- to five-yard runs. We just didnt get a breakout run."Quarterback Carson Palmer, on how the Raiders will handle four off days with the bye: "You can say, screw it, Im going to Vegas and party for four days. (But) thats not what this team is about. Most of these guys are sticking around, are going to come in and work out. A couple of guys are going to see family, but guys are taking stuff home, guys are taking playbooks home."Guys understand we've got a lot of football left and it's not time just to relax, it's time to get healthy but continue to work, to work out and stay in shape and be ready to go on Monday."
Raiders cornerback Sean Smith has been charged with assault, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced on Thursday.
The charge is for assault of his sister's boyfriend in Smith's hometown of Pasadena. Smith allegedly beat and stomped the boyfriend's head on the morning of July 4, 2017 in Old Town Pasadena, the district attorney said.
Smith faces formal felony counts of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury to the victim.
The 30-year old plans to fight the charges levied against him.
"Sean maintains his innocence at this time," Smith's attorney, Daniel Rosenberg told NBC Sports Calforinia on Thursday evening. "We are going to be entering a plea of not guilty and fighting these charges."
A warrant was filed on Aug. 16. Smith's arriagnment is scheduled for Sept. 29.
If convicted as charged, Smith could face a maximum sentence of seven years in California prison.
A Raiders spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The case is still under investigation by the Pasadena Police Department.
This is another blow in a rough summer for Smith. He has struggled on the practice field during training camp and faces an off-field legal issue. Smith is guaranteed $9.5 million for the 2017 season.
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NAPA – Marshawn Lynch spoke with the media Thursday for the second time as a Raider. He was quick-witted, disarming and, as always, not suitable for work.
It was five minutes of peak Marshawn, where he brought light to his charitable endeavors, called himself the “daddy” of his position group and cleverly sidestepped all things nation anthem.
He was asked four questions on other topics before elephant in the room was mentioned. It didn’t stick around long.
“I think the elephant left the room because a little mouse ran in here,” Lynch deadpanned. “Didn’t they say elephants are scared of mice or something? That [expletive] left the room, cousin.”
Two more related questions came down the pike. The first was about Del Rio letting players be themselves. He answered a different question instead.
“Yeah, because on ‘doctor-24,’ it’s a designed way that you’re supposed to run it but I have all freedom to go any way that I choose to run it,” Lynch said. “I would say, yes.”
The final anthem-esque query was deflected in a similar fashion.
“When we run ‘74’ or something like that, where I have to scan and read on both sides, that is pretty difficult. For the most part, I’m a veteran so I can make it work.”
Two things were crystal clear after speaking with Lynch.
He didn’t miss football one bit during his year in retirement. Lynch said this spring he decided to return after the Raiders were approved to relocate away from his native Oakland. He wants to represent his hometown well and give them something to cheer before the team leaves for Las Vegas.
That’s why he’s fired up even for Saturday’s exhibition against the Rams – he’s expected to make a cameo in that game – his first in Oakland wearing silver and black.
“It’s truly a blessing and just to have the opportunity to go and do that is a good [expletive] feeling,” Lynch said. “It’s a good [expletive] feeling.”
Lynch has always been active in the community, and hopes him playing here will bring more visibility to what’s being done to help kids in Oakland.
“I plan on continuing to do what I do in the community,” Lynch said. “It’ll probably be that now that I’m here, more people that are in the community might actually come out and support what it is that we’ve got going on.”