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

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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.

Peterson blasts report over salary demands, outlines main objectives

Peterson blasts report over salary demands, outlines main objectives

Adrian Peterson played defense on Friday night.

Hours after a report suggesting that the four-time All-Pro running back was still a free agent due to salary demands, the former Viking posted a lengthy statement on Instagram along with a video of his running an agility drill.

"YOU CANT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ OR HEAR PEOPLE. The last thing I'm worried about is playing ball this coming season ... that WILL HAPPEN! It's not all about the money as EVERYONE is speculating here lately. You'd THINK these analysts spoke to me directly. When you don't know what's going on people will say anything to create or make a story! How prideful is it for me to put out ... I won't play for anything less than 8 million! But see, when you don't know a person or what they stand for it's easy to paint YOUR OWN PICTURE. Unfortunately, this is the world we live in! Here is something Straight from the horse's mouth ... finding the best fit & helping a team in a major way win a championship is my main objective! I'm in no rush. Let me eliminate questions or speculation as to why... I believe whole heartedly my God will land me right where I need to be to accomplish what I've asked from him PERIOD"

Early in the free agency period, the Raiders were linked to Peterson, but nothing came of those rumors.

The Raiders, in need of a feature back after Latavius Murray signed with the Vikings, are reportedly pursuing the possibility of luring Oakland-native Marshawn Lynch out of retirement.

Peterson was scheduled to make $18 million in 2017, but the Vikings declined to exercise his contract, making him a free agent. The 2012 NFL MVP turned 32 on March 21 and played in just three games in 2016 due to a major knee injury.

According to the ESPN report, Peterson was looking for a contract that paid him over $8 million in the first year of the deal.

YOU CANT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ OR HEAR PEOPLE. The last thing I'm worried about is playing ball this coming season ... that WILL HAPPEN! It's not all about the money as EVERYONE is speculating here lately. You'd THINK these analysts spoke to me directly. When you don't know what's going on people will say anything to create or make a story! How prideful is it for me to put out ... I won't play for anything less than 8 million! But see, when you don't know a person or what they stand for it's easy to paint YOUR OWN PICTURE. Unfortunately, this is the world we live in! Here is something Straight from the horse's mouth ... finding the best fit & helping a team in a major way win a championship is my main objective! I'm in no rush. Let me eliminate questions or speculation as to why... I believe whole heartedly my God will land me right where I need to be to accomplish what I've asked from him PERIOD

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Oakland, Lott Group pen letter to NFL in last-ditch effort to keep Raiders

Oakland, Lott Group pen letter to NFL in last-ditch effort to keep Raiders

Through the office of mayor Libby Schaaf, the City of Oakland issued the following statement on Friday, revealing a letter they sent to the NFL a day earlier highlighting the viability and appeal of keeping the Raiders in Oakland.

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OAKLAND, CA — Today, the City of Oakland, Alameda County, the Lott Group and Fortress, who have been working in concert to develop a fully-financed local stadium proposal for the Oakland Raiders, shared publicly documents detailing the strength of the Oakland plan.

Specifically, they made public for the first time, their most recent correspondence to the NFL. The letters and accompanying documents were sent in follow-up to a March 6, 2017 presentation Mayor Libby Schaaf and former NFL player and real estate investor Ronnie Lott made to the NFL’s Joint Stadium and Finance Committee that outlined the economic advantages to the league and the team of staying in Oakland.

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“We’re not giving up in the fourth quarter,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. “Since I took office two years ago, I have been focused on taking a team-centered approach that is responsible to the Raiders, the NFL, the fans and the taxpayers of Oakland. We’ve been successful in doing the environmental clearance, aligning the City and the County which jointly own the land, engaging the league and bringing partners to the table in the Lott Group and Fortress who have the financial backing, compassion for this community and intimate knowledge of the game -- on and off the field -- to get a deal done. All that’s missing is the Raiders.”

“I know how passionate the Bay Area is about the Raiders,” said NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott. “To rip this team away from Oakland for a second time would be heartbreaking and entirely unnecessary given that we have a viable option on the table that keeps them here and helps this community and the team grow. We have a sophisticated financial partner in Fortress. We have done the due diligence, and it is clear that the only fully-financed, ready-to-roll option for the Raiders is in Oakland.”

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, City Council President Larry Reid, whose district is home to the existing Coliseum and the proposed new stadium site, Lott Group partner and former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete and Fortress Managing Director Drew McKnight plan to gather with fans, local business leaders, nearby residents and other community members to demonstrate support for the Oakland stadium plan at events planned for Saturday, March 25. This is the day before NFL owners begin a series of meetings during which they are expected to discuss, and possibly vote on Raiders’ owner Mark Davis’ request to move the team to Las Vegas.

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