Raiders stave off Vikings in Minnesota 27-21

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Raiders stave off Vikings in Minnesota 27-21

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Raiders receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey suffered what appeared to be a neck injury after catching a four-yard pass across the middle early in the fourth quarter.Heyward-Bey took a knee to the back of his head, popping his helmet off. He was immobilized on the ground and strapped to a stretcher.His legs were moving in the immediate aftermath and he was taken to the hospital for reactionary X-rays.A.P. all day? Not on this day: Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson has been a study in durability in his NFL career after being banged up in college. Sunday, late in the first quarter, Peterson had his left ankle rolled up on by Raiders free safety Michael Huff. Peterson was helped off the field before being carted into the locker room. He walked back out in uniform at the start of the second half but did not play again after going for 26 yards on six carries, including a 12-yard touchdown run that gave the Vikings a 7-0 lead.Li'l Wiz back at center: Samson Satele did not play at San Diego with a balky left knee and suffered a concussion late in the second quarter against Minnesota, again forcing rookie Stephen Wisniewski to move from left guard to center. While Stephon Heyer again came in at left guard, Wisniewski should be getting all-rookie team recognition.Penalties, again: Everyone knows the Raiders are the most penalized team in the NFL. But even the most jaded of observers would have had trouble with the three personal foul penalties assessed on Oakland on Minnesota's first scoring drive, giving the Vikings 42 free yards -- a roughing-the-passer call on Tommy Kelly, unnecessary roughness on Aaron Curry and a face mask on Tyvon Branch.Bush Push II: Remember when Reggie Bush pushed his USC teammate Matt Leinart into the end zone at Notre Dame? Michael Bush (no relation) took a page from his namesake's book when he gave Carson Palmer a shove from one yard out, eight seconds left in the first half and no timeouts remaining.Turnover battle: Before Michael Bush lost his fumble with less than six minutes to play, the Raiders had been winning the turnover battle, 4-0.A game of firsts: Not only did Tommy Kelly get his first career interception, off a Lito Sheppard deflection, but Sebastian Janikowski had his first field-goal attempt blocked since the 2007 season opener. Janikowksi was attempting a 49-yarder a play after Heyward-Bey was injured.Fourth-quarter woes continue: The Raiders had to sweat out another win after being held scoreless again the fourth quarter. They have not scored in the final quarter since a Janikowski field goal with 10 minutes to play at Houstonon Oct. 9five games ago.Jared Bowl: : Raiders left tackle Jared Veldheer bested the NFL's leading sack artist, Vikings defensive end Jared Allen, holding him sackless and being called for only one penalty.

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.”