Raiders notes: Setting body clocks for Denver


Raiders notes: Setting body clocks for Denver

Paul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.comALAMEDA -- In an attempt to set their body clocks for Monday night's season opener at Denver, the Raiders began practice this evening at 7:05 p.m. under a pair of temporary light standards.The Raiders also imported the faux crowd noise to simulate the pending environment. And the weather might have cooperated as well, since a brisk cold breeze blew across the field.Guess who's back -- Receiver Chaz Schilens, who suffered a sprained knee in the Raiders' exhibition opener against Arizona on an end-around run to the left, was again on the field to start practice. He appeared to be a full-go as he was running patterns and catching passes from quarterbacks Jason Campbell and Kyle Boller.Guess who's No. 3 -- Terrelle Pryor's suspension is still in effect so punter Shane Lechler is, in effect, the No. 3 quarterback. Lechler was throwing pretty spirals to the defensive backs on the opposite end of the field in a "pick" drill.It got us thinking in the media box -- did Ray Guy ever get close to entering a game as an emergency quarterback? The Raiders' game at Chicago on Nov. 4, 1984 might have been the one as the Bears knocked out Marc Wilson then David Humm, forcing Wilson back into the game for the defending Super Bowl champs.Guess who's missing -- As practice started, there was no sign of receiver Louis Murphy (groinhamstring), tight end Kevin Boss (knee) or safety Mike Mitchell (left leg).

Raiders select CB Gareon Conley with No. 24 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft

Raiders select CB Gareon Conley with No. 24 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft

Position: Cornerback
College: Ohio State
Height: 6 feet
Weight: 195 pounds
Selection: First round, No. 24 overall

ALAMEDA – Ohio State cornerback was widely considered a top-15 talent entering this year’s NFL Draft. His stock took a free-fall this week, after being accused of rape.

Conley called the accusation “completely false,” in a statement issued Wednesday by his agent.

Conley has not been charged or arrested over the allegation, which stems from an interaction on April 9 at a Cleveland hotel.

The Raiders wouldn’t have made this first-round selection without doing extensive research on Conley’s legal status. They must feel confident Conley will be absolved of wrongdoing.

Conley is a quality football player and an excellent cover man. He has the size Raiders covet in cornerbacks, and allowed just 37 percent of his passes to be completed. Conley allowed just 14 catches for 159 yards last season, and an NFL passer rating of 14.0, according to analytics site Pro Football Focus. That was the best in college football last season.

Analysts say he’s good at making plays on the football, whether it’s batting down passes or intercepting passes. Conley excels in press-man coverage, but can work well in a zone as well. He diagnoses plays well, which allows him to make plays on the ball.

The Raiders need depth and competition at cornerback after Sean Smith and David Amerson weren’t as solid as expected in 2016.

Conley could be upgrade the secondary in 2017 and beyond if he lives up to his on-field potential.

Tom Hanks rants about Raiders leaving Oakland for Las Vegas

Tom Hanks rants about Raiders leaving Oakland for Las Vegas

Tom Hanks went to Skyline High School in Oakland.

He is not happy that the Raiders are moving to Las Vegas.

“When the Raiders leave, I am going on an NFL moratorium for two years," Hanks said on Monday night, according to Peter Hartlaub of The San Franicsco Chronicle. "You cannot take the Silver and Black, put them in an air-conditioned dome in the desert, make them play on artificial turf within a stone’s throw of the fountains of Caesar’s Palace, and call them the Raiders.

“Here’s the thing I don’t quite understand. And I’m not trying to -- this isn’t one of the causes I’m fighting for. I’m just thinking as a fan: It’s a billion-dollar industry, they have billion-dollar TV contracts. All the owners are billionaires. And yet when they want to build a stadium they’re going to use for 10 weeks out of the year, they expect the city taxpayers to buy the building.

“The only good thing that is going to come out of the Oakland Raiders leaving -- and there is nothing good that will come out of that, by the way -- is that the Oakland A’s might get their own ballpark.

“I must say I hate that frigging D.H. rule. I always have, ever since that bastard Charlie Finley installed it. We’re not proud of that over on the other side of the East Bay.”

The Raiders' new stadium in Las Vegas is scheduled to open in 2020.