Raiders vs. Seahawks in-game notes

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Raiders vs. Seahawks in-game notes

Sept. 2, 2011GUTIERREZ ARCHIVE
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Paul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.comSEATTLE -- Jacoby Ford, who broke his left hand on July 30 in the first padded practice of camp, got his first preseason action of the season.The receiverkick returner caught one pass for nine yards, picking up a first down on the second-and-eight play. He did not return any kicks, though.Sebastian Janikowski entered the game a perfect 7-for-7 in field goal attempts this exhibition season. He missed his first in the first quarter, shanking his 52-yard attempt wide left despite having the wind at his back and kicking into the closed end of CenturyLink Field. He later converted a 34-yarder late in the second quarter.The Raiders' first-team offense played together a a unit for three series, and scored three points. The Raiders' first-team defense played together as a unit for two series, and surrendered three points. It could have been worse for them, though, until Tyvon Branch intercepted Tarvaris Jackson in the end zone on the Seahawks' opening drive and returned it 25 yards.Trent Edwards played one first-half series at quarterback for the Raiders while Kyle Boller started the second half under center.The Seahawks converted six-of-eight third-down opportunities in the first half. Regardless of who is on the field on defense, that is not a good look for the Raiders.Even if cornerback Joe Porter is cut Saturday, he made a highlight reel play to close out the first half in blocking Jeff Reed's 53-yard field-goal attempt.Think there was some symbolism here? Two of the Seahawks' three captains for the opening coin toss were former Raiders Robert Gallery and Zach Miller.

Donald Penn: Raiders players trust McKenzie will add right pieces

Donald Penn: Raiders players trust McKenzie will add right pieces

The Raiders were pretty darn good last season. A 12-4 record proved that point. There was plenty of talent on a team with a penchant for high-wire acts in victory that masked the fact there were holes on the roster.

They need to be filled for the Raiders to improve in 2017, and new players will be imported through free agency and the draft.

Left tackle Donald Penn is excited to see who gets added, but said there’s no doubt talent is coming to Oakland. He speaks for Raiders players, who have faith that general manager Reggie McKenzie will make the right moves.

“Things that Reggie has done in past drafts have been great, and we’re looking forward to seeing what he brings back towards us,” Penn said recently during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network. “We can’t wait to get back out there healthy. We’re ready to hit the football world with a storm.”

While new guys are coming, a few might head out. The Raiders have several unrestricted free agents. Penn wants to keep his guys around – he mentioned running back Latavius Murray by name -- though he has some ideas for McKenzie’s checklist.

The Raiders don’t need much with most key players under contract – the Raiders should be less active in free agency over past offseasons – but a few key components could put this team over the top.

“If we stick to Reggie’s plan, we’ll be great,” Penn said. “I know he’s going to have a great draft, add a couple little pieces here and there – maybe somebody in the secondary to help out a little bit.

"On offense, you could always use a weapon. Maybe we get another receiver to take (pressure off Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper), but we have a good nucleus right now.”

Raiders LT Donald Penn: QB Derek Carr 'almost 100 percent'

Raiders LT Donald Penn: QB Derek Carr 'almost 100 percent'

Derek Carr is on the mend. The Raiders franchise quarterback had surgery to repair his fibula shortly after he broke it in a Week 16 victory over Indianapolis, and is recovering well during the offseason.

Carr insisted on intense rehab this winter in an attempt – however unlikely it may have been – to return should the Raiders have played in the Super Bowl. It slowed to a normal pace after the Raiders' loss at Houston in the postseason’s opening round, but those in contact with him say he’s making strides.

Left tackle Donald Penn was recently in contact with Carr, and provided an update on Monday during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network.

“I texted Derek (a few) days ago checking in,” Penn said, “and he said he’s almost 100 percent.”

Surgically-repaired broken filbulas take significant time to heal, and the Raiders plan to be conservative with their MVP candidate during the offseason. Derek Carr’s brother and NFL Network analyst David Carr, who was on set with Penn on Monday, said Derek could be back for offseason work.

“He’s doing good,” David Carr said. “He’s walking around already, stretching it out. You can’t do a lot for the bone, right? But he’s going to be back. He’s going to get a whole full offseason in. That’s going to be the best part.”