Raiders notes: Wisniewski practices; Moore, Ford closer


Raiders notes: Wisniewski practices; Moore, Ford closer

ALAMEDA -- With one week until the prime time season opener on Monday Night Football against San Diego, the Raiders seem to be getting healthier.Center Stefen Wisniewski, who missed all of the offseason programs while recovering from shoulder surgery and last suited up in the preseason opener on Aug. 13 with a strained right calf, practiced "limited" Monday."But he moved around pretty good," said coach Dennis Allen. "We'll give him a little bit more work tomorrow. I would expect him fine to go practice on (Thursday)."Also, receiver Denarius Moore, who last practiced on Aug. 4 due to a strained right hamstring, "was out running around today, and he's had a couple of good days back to back, so I'm encouraged by that," Allen said.And as far as a cut-off date for Moore to practice to be able to play against the Chargers?"Theres a cut off day for all of us as far as being ready to go," Allen said. "What that day is, I dont know. I want to get him out here and get him practicing and that will determine whether hes going to be ready to play in the game or not."Meanwhile, receiver Jacoby Ford and his left foot he sprained at Arizona on Aug. 17, are "making progress," Allen said. "He's not running yet but he's making progress. So, I'm encouraged, really, by both (Moore and Ford), as far as their rehab is concerned."We'll evaluate that as we go along. But they need some work. I don't know what that day is but we'll know whether they're ready to go or not before the game comes up."Then there's rookie receiver Juron Criner, who was limping around and favoring his right ankle after practice."Yeah, he's got an ankle," Allen said. "I don't really think it's a big deal. He was able to get out and run around pretty well yesterday. He's a little bit more sore today. It's a long time until Monday night, so we'll be fine there."With Criner dinged up, along with Moore and Ford, the only relatively healthy Raiders receivers at the moment are Darrius Heyward-Bey and Rod Streater.Oakland officially practiced Monday for the first time as a 53-man roster with its eight-player practice squad."We just get to work," Allen said. "We've got a job to do, and thats the business of the NFL, getting ready to win games. We didnt have any Kumbaya moments. It was time to roll, so it was good."The Raiders practice Tuesday, are off Wednesday, then practice Thursday, Friday and Saturday before Sunday's closed walk-through to prepare for Monday night's opener.

Carr discusses contract negotiations with Raiders: 'These things take time'

Carr discusses contract negotiations with Raiders: 'These things take time'

Raiders general Reggie McKenzie plans to extend quarterback Derek Carr’s contract this offseason. That isn’t a new thing, something that has been in the works for some time. He re-affirmed that fact last week, citing his team’s commitment to work out a long-term deal likely the biggest in franchise history.

Carr was reportedly frustrated with the pace of contract talks after the NFL draft – they’re supposed to heat up this spring and summer – but said he believes a deal will get worked out before training camp begins.

That’s his deadline for an offseason deal, the point where he wants focus honed on football.

“I have an agent who is in charge of that and I am confident that he and Mr. (Reggie) McKenzie will work it out,” Carr, a Fresno State alum, told the Fresno Bee. “I am only focused on becoming a better football player and helping my teammates become better players.

“I have complete faith it will get done before training camp. These things take time. The Raiders know I want to be here; this is my family, and I know they want me to be their quarterback.”

The sides have discussed parameters of a long-term deal, with greater specifics to be ironed out in the future. Carr has long said he wants to be a Raider his entire career. The Raiders want him as the public face of their franchise. A new deal is expected by all parties, a sentiment that has never wavered on either side.

Carr is scheduled to make a $977,519 in base salary in 2017, the final year of his rookie contract.

Raiders offseason program intensifies as OTA sessions begin

Raiders offseason program intensifies as OTA sessions begin

The Raiders offseason program is five weeks old. Players have lifted weights. They’ve improved cardiovascular shape. They’ve done drills in position groups and discussed schematics. They’ve added rookies to a group now 90 strong.

On Monday, they can finally put on helmets. They still can’t wear pads or have full contact, but the Raiders can play 11-on-11. Receivers will be covered. Quarterback Derek Carr will throw into traffic. Generally speaking, the competition cranks up a bit.

The NFL collective bargaining agreement has strict mandates regarding offseason activity, and a period formally called “Phase III” allows for more realistic on-field football work.

The Raiders will conduct 10 OTA sessions over the next three weeks. The media can watch three of them. Tuesday is the first, with another in each of the next two weeks. These sessions are technically voluntary, though the Raiders generally hover around perfect attendance. Head coach Jack Del Rio prefers his team be unified in the offseason. Players know it and show up.

There is a mandatory minicamp from June 13-15 which wraps the offseason program and starts a quiet period that extends until training camp begins in late July.

These OTAs offer an opportunity for new players to learn the system, for adjustments to be made and for chemistry to be built heading into a 2017 season where expectations are high.