ALAMEDA -- There were more questions than answers about the Raiders' secondary coming into the season, of course. And those queries became full-fledged worries when both starting cornerbacks went down to injury in the first two games.But after four games, who would have expected the Raiders to not have a single interception?"I wouldnt have believed it," said Michael Huff, who made the switch from free safety to cornerback. "Even based off preseason, you could just see, it was a great defense when we play our defense. And for us not to have any picks and only a few sacks just boggles (the mind)."The Raiders, who lost Ron Bartell to a broken shoulder blade in the season opener against San Diego and Shawntae Spencer to a sprained foot a week later in Miami, have only three sacks, tied for last in the NFL with Jacksonville.Oakland has, though, recovered three fumbles on defense, which was a huge key to the victory over Pittsburgh.Obviously, the Raiders need more interceptions, and against Atlanta and its pass-happy offense, they wll have more opportunities."We call them takeaways, which means that we control them," said coach Dennis Allen. "It's not like the offense gives us the ball. We go out and take it away from them. So, yeah, there's things that we can do. I think really, and I think (defensive coordinator Jason Tarver) hit it the other day a little bit with you guys -- we've got to have 11 people flying around to the football, flying around like their hair's on fire."And that's the way you play defensive football. It's been that way since the beginning of time, and it won't change."The lack of picks is directly related to the dearth of sacksand vice-versa.Still, when they come, they tend to come in bunches."We hope so," said strong safety Tyvon Branch. "We definitely got to get some interceptions. Once we start getting interceptions, that will help our pass rush. Everything works hand in hand, man. So, we've got to start covering better and the pass rush will start getting some sacks."
Raiders Pro Bowl left guard Kelechi Osemele, running back Taiwan Jones and safety Brynden Trawick are currently enjoying their offseason in New Zealand.
But a few videos they posted going white-water rafting and bungee jumping left head coach Jack Del Rio a bit anxious.
"Anxiety level went up a bit thinking of my BIG pro bowl LG on the rapids!!" Del Rio tweeted Monday. "Can't leave out Brynden or Taiwan either ... have fun and be safe"
Osemele has posted a handful of photos and videos from the trip, including one of a raft capsizing with the caption: "It got real out there!!! Category 4 Rapids #NewZealand." Another showed the 6-foot-5, 333-pounder doing a backflip off a bungee platform with the caption: "Just did a backflip off the highest swing in the WORLD!!!!!!! Crazy!!! #LivingLife"
Can't leave out Brynden or Taiwan either ... have fun and be safe https://t.co/0ht7mwuUkd— Jack Del Rio (@coachdelrio) February 20, 2017
Ever seen a guy my size do a back flip off a cliff? Well there ya go 😜🤘🏾 pic.twitter.com/ZISIQk5g0p— Kelechi Osemele (@KOseven0) February 20, 2017
Posted in New Zealand 🤘🏾 pic.twitter.com/wFhnM0d3Qz— Kelechi Osemele (@KOseven0) February 19, 2017
Trent Richardson is reportedly in some trouble.
Richardson was arrested on Thursday night for domestic violence, according to TMZ Sports.
The former running back was taken into custody on a third degree charge, the report states, with bail being set for $1,000.
The arrest was made in Hoover, Alabama.
The Browns selected Richardson with the third overall pick in the 2012 draft.
He was traded to the Colts in 2013 and played for Indianapolis in 2014.
He signed with the Raiders in 2015 and appeared in three exhibition games, but did not make the team.
The 26-year old was cut by the Ravens last August.