Raiders turned into the walking wounded


Raiders turned into the walking wounded

OAKLAND -- Already without their starting quarterback in Jason Campbell, their starting fullback inMarcel Reece, a starting cornerback in Chris Johnson, a starting defensive end in the IR'd Matt Shaughnessy and their record-setting placekicker in Sebastian Janikowski, the Raiders had four players unable to finish the 28-0 loss to Kansas City due to injury.

Darren McFadden, who entered the day as the NFL's leading rusher, left the game after the Raiders' first offensive series with an injury to his right foot. He emerged from the locker room before halftime with the foot heavily bandaged but did not play again after getting four yards on two carries.

Tight end Kevin Boss also suffered a concussion in the defeat on his lone reception, an 11-yard pickup in the third quarter.

Plus, safety Matt Giordano seemed to be bothered in pregame warmups and did not finish with neck spasms.

And middle linebacker Rolando McClain, who suffered a badly sprained ankle at Houston two weeks ago, injured his lower left leg against the Chiefs.

"All those things," said coach Hue Jackson, "we'll know a little more tomorrow after we get a chance to get them further evaluated."

The Raiders' bye week could not have come at a better time.

"It's a different game," Jackson said, when asked if McFadden being knocked out affected things. "I mean we got to play when guys get hurt. Guys are going to get hurt. We lost our quarterback a week ago, Darren went down. I'm not going to make excuses for our football team. I'm not that wayand we're not going to blink about this.

"I know you guys are going to write whatever you want to, and deservedly so. We got our tails kicked. But I promise you this, we'll be back. We will be back."

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.