Raiders rookie RB Jones excels in pro debut

Raiders rookie RB Jones excels in pro debut

Aug. 29, 2011GUTIERREZ ARCHIVE
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CSNCalifornia.comOAKLAND -- And you thought Taiwan Jones had issues just facing the first NFL defense of his nascent professional career Sunday night.The rookie running back from Antioch and Raiders fourth-round draft choice from Eastern Washington had to secure tickets for up to 30 of his closest friends and family to attend his Oakland debut. Besides the ducats, Jones also treated them to a show. He ran for a game-high 81 yards on 13 carries, including a 22-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter.
Jones, who has been timed as fast as 4.27 seconds in the 40, exhibited his speed and his ability to change direction on a dime."The hardest thing was trying to slow myself down," Jones admitted. "I was so anxious and excited that I was able to showcase my talent against another team that I was a little too fast sometimes. I just had to slow things down, take a deep breath and try to be patient."Slowed in camp by what was believed to be a tweaked hamstring, Jones entered the game in the second quarter and took off for a 10-yard gain the first time he touched the ball. Unfortunately for him, left guard Stefen Wisniewski was called for holding, negating the play. Then, on his first "official" carry, Jones was stuffed for no-gain and lost his helmet in the scrum.He soon found his footing, though."We already knew he was fast and quick," said quarterback Jason Campbell. "He just hasn't been able to play because of the injury, but now that he's got an opportunity to go out there and play, I think people are getting a chance to see what kind of speed he brings and it's going to be fun."Jones' TD run, in which he cut back against the grain, found a lane and raced untouched down the right sideline, tied the score at 17-17 with 12 minutes to play in the third quarter.Less than four minutes later, Jones helped get the Raiders in position for Sebastian Janikowski's 57-yard field goal from the baseball infield dirt that gave Oakland a short-lived 20-17 lead. The Raiders would be outscored 23-0 the rest of the way but Jones, along with receiver Derek Hagan, provided highlights and hope for the offense entering the preseason finale Friday at Seattle and the regular season opener Sept. 12 at Denver.Especially with playmakers Darren McFadden and Jacoby Ford sitting this one out to continue to heal their fractured left eye orbital and broken left hand injuries, respectively."He did it," Raiders coach Hue Jackson said of Jones. "That's what I talk bout -- it's about performance. What you do in practice needs to show up on the field and that's what the young man did, and that's what I'm looking forward. When I talk to our team, that's exactly what I need to see. Those things you do in practice, they need to show up in the game. And for that young man tonight, he did it."Jones also caught two passes for 18 yards and returned one kickoff 17 yards.So, did he surprise himself in his pro debut?"I hold a lot of high expectations for myself, but I kind of did today," Jones admitted. "Playing at the next level, you get kind of excited. You don't know what to expect until you're out there."I thought there were a lot of good plays made, but there definitely are a lot of things that I need to correct and get better at."Then he'll most definitely have to buy more than 30 tickets.

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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