Raiders notes: Why did Palmer wait to throw to McFadden?


Raiders notes: Why did Palmer wait to throw to McFadden?

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- There was a reason Carson Palmer seemingly held onto the ball forever before throwing to Darren McFadden at the goal line late in the first half of the Raiders' eventual 35-13 defeat Sunday, and Palmer's pause seemingly had something to do with McFadden bobbling and dropping the pass.Rolling out to the right from the seven-yard line, Palmer was trying to look off a creeping cornerback in the end zone and get him to commit to one side."The cornerback had outside leverage on us and I came outside the pocket and got him where I wanted him," Palmer said. "I looked him inside and (he) stopped his feet and looked up, and I threw the ball to (McFadden) and unfortunately we didn't convert that play."Rather, the ball popped off McFadden's chest for an incompletion and three plays later, the Raiders had to settle for a 25-yard field goal and a 10-7 halftime lead.
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Keep in mind McFadden had been pocked in the left eye earlier in the quarter and would return with a protective visor on his helmet. He said he would wear the shield for the foreseeable future."It's very disappointing, but like I say, It's a long season, it's not a sprint," McFadden said of the team's 0-2 start. "It's a long run so we have to just keep pushing forward and getting better every week."Denarius Moore made his season debut and started, finishing with three receptions for 67 yards, including a 31-yard catch and run.But he was also targeted five other times as he and Darrius Heyward-Bey were each agreed a team-high eight times.Moore also had to leave for the locker room in the third quarter with cramping issues. So did the South Florida heat and humidity overwhelm Moore and the Raiders?"Man, you cant look at it like that," Moore said. "At the end of the day, it's 11 guys lined up against each other, playing football. That's all we know how to do and we just got to come out and compete."Long snapper Jon Condo, who was knocked out of Monday's season opener with a "friendly-fire" concussion and cleared to play on Saturday, admitted he was nervous before the Miami game."Am I going to be timid running down the field?" he said of the thought floating through his pre-game mind. "I just wanted to get that first rep and get running down the field. I got out there and I felt the energy and stuff like that and I felt like it was any other day out there snapping."Except, it was not. Not when he was wondering how he would react after the first hit."I just wanted to get some contact to the head to see how it feels, and I did," Condo said."The first punt, running down the field, there was a kid (on the Dolphins who) kept on saying something to me, I don't remember, but I just wanted to hit him, just to feel, just to see if I was really all right."He was. There were no long snapping snafus, as there were a week earlier, though a few of his snaps to punter Shane Lechler were a but high. Condo said he spent the week resting up and staying out of the sunlight to recuperate from the concussion.For the second game in a row, tight end Brandon Myers set a personal record for catches and yards, going for six receptions for 86 yards against the Dolphins. On Monday, he caught five passes for 65 yards.He was in no mood, though, to discuss his personal accolades. Not when the Raiders were embarrassed by the Dolphins."We've just got to establish the run," he said. "Our whole offense is based around the run. So, we've got to get there, fill in the holes and make some plays."Keep grinding. It's a long season. It sounds cliche but we just got to stick together."Per coach Dennis Allen, the only Raiders injuries to report were a strained groin to right tackle Khalif Barnes and a sprained right foot by cornerback Shawntae Spencer.Palmer, on how close the team is to breaking out offensively, despite two demoralizing losses: "Just one win gives you that confidence, it gets that bad taste out of your mouth and this team can catch fire. This team's explosive enough to catch fire and it starts with one win and we're looking to do that once we get home at the 'O' and play in front of our fans."In running for -1 yard on six carries after halftime, it was the second time in as many games the Raiders had negative yards rushing in the second half this season. They had -3 against the Chargers on Monday. The only other team Oakland had negative rushing yards in the second half was a -4 against San Diego in 1998.

Raiders offensive lineman next in line for extension with Carr's deal done

Raiders offensive lineman next in line for extension with Carr's deal done

The Raiders locked up Derek Carr last week, signing their franchise quarterback to a five-year, $125 million contract extension.

He isn’t the only member of the 2014 draft class worthy of a raise. Edge rusher Khalil Mack will get a big one, likely at some point next offseason. The Raiders have some time with Mack after exercising a fifth-year contract option available for first-round picks.

General manager Reggie McKenzie didn’t have that luxury with Carr, and his 2014 second-round pick cashed in before formally entering a contract year.

Right guard Gabe Jackson could do the exact same thing. McKenzie prefers to draft, develop and reward homegrown talent, and the 2014 third-round pick should be next in line to do so.

McKenzie has said back in March that he’d like to extend Jackson’s contract, though there isn’t a deadline to do so.

“There’s no timetable,” general manager Reggie McKenzie said. “But, I alluded to earlier in the offseason that Gabe is one of the guys I want to get locked up.”

That could happen later this offseason, or further into training camp. Despite paying Carr an NFL-record $25 million in 2017, his contract is structured in such a way that there’s room for another offseason extension. That was important for Carr, that the Raiders can sign other members of this young core.

“We figured out a way to do it,” Carr said, “so that we have the opportunity to sign the other guys that I think are important to this organization.”

The Raiders have roughly $18 million in salary cap space after the Carr deal. Some of that is earmarked for the team’s top three draft picks, which remain unsigned to this point. A large sum could go to Jackson as incentive to sign up early, well before he’s eligible to hit the unrestricted free agency.

The offensive guard market is booming, with bigger deals going to a position group generally lower than other spots on the offensive line. The Raiders contributed to that inflation in 2016, signing left guard Kelechi Osemele to a five-year, $58.5 deal with $25.4 million in guarantees.

Osemele is one of eight guards with contracts worth $40 million or more, a list that includes two right guards. Jackson played left guard – the more valued position – until Osemele showed up. He moved to the right without complaint.

Jackson thrived there as well. He didn’t allow a sack in 2016, according to analytics site Pro Football Focus, with 27 quarterback pressures in 735 pass-blocking snaps. Jackson has been a strong run blocker as a pro, where he has started 44 games in three NFL seasons.

Finding proper value to entice Jackson to sign while remaining on budget is McKenzie’s next task, trying to keep a valuable offensive lineman in place for years to come.

Carr plans to spread new wealth after Raiders contract extension

Carr plans to spread new wealth after Raiders contract extension

ALAMEDA – Derek Carr isn’t one for extravagance. The low-key Raiders quarterback already has some nice cars, a house and some luxury items to his name, but signing a $125 million contract extension Friday morning won't prompt a spending spree.

Cornerback Sean Smith suggested he get a Bugatti. That’s a $1 million car.

“Yeah,” Carr said with a smirk. “That’s not going to happen.”

That isn’t the 26-year old’s style. Carr had a his own plan after signing on the dotted line.

“I’ve been eating clean,” Carr said. “I’ll probably get Chick-fil-A.”

That makes sense. This is a guy who celebrated his first NFL victory with a trip through a Carl’s Jr. drive-in.

There will be other purchases. His wife Heather will get something nice in the near future. His family, especially Heather and sons Dallas and Deker, will be taken care of for life.

After all that, Carr plans to spread the wealth.

“The exciting thing for me moneywise, honestly, is this money is going to help a lot of people,” Carr said. “I’m very thankful to have it, that it’s in our hands because it’s going to help people. Not only in this country, but in a lot of countries around the world. That’s what’s exciting to me.”

Carr and former Raiders running back Latavius Murray took a missionary trip to Haiti, an impoverished nation had a profound impact on the star quarterback.

“I’ve been down to Haiti and I’ve seen some of those struggles that they have and the kids there, and my heart just… I cry sometimes thinking about it,” Carr said. “So, just knowing that we can go down there and make a difference and help, those are the kind of things that the money makes me kind of like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ Because now we can really do some things to help a lot of people.”

He plans to support those in that area, in addition to global and domestic charities he has been involved with over the years. Don’t expect a press release accompanying every donation. Carr would rather keep those decisions private.

“I’m going to do my best to make sure no one knows what we do with it,” Carr said. “I’ll just say this, I can assure you that it’s going to help a lot of people. I’m not stingy. My business manager will probably be on me saying, ‘Hey man, that’s enough.’ I won’t get into when, how or why. It’s not all about that for me. It’s about making a difference. That’s what’s exciting for me is that we’ll be able to do that.”