Raiders work out three kickers, Janikowski out?


Raiders work out three kickers, Janikowski out?

ALAMEDA -- With record-setting placekicker Sebastian Janikowski "questionable" to play Sunday against Kansas City with a strained left hamstring, the Raiders worked out three kickers as potential replacements.

Rhys Lloyd, Ricky Schmitt and Dave Rayner went through the paces after the team finished practice, according to long snapper Jon Condo.

Lloyd has kicked for Carolina, Schmitt was on the Raiders' practice squad in 2008 and Rayner was with Dallas this preseason.

"I'll go over there in a minute and find out who can kick," said Raiders coach Hue Jackson. "If something comes up where we need a kicker, we'll have one."

Janikowski, who has converted 12 of 13 field goals this season, including five of six from 50 yards or longer, appeared on the Raiders injury report Thursday. His only miss this season was from 56 yards at home against the New York Jets and he tied the record for longest field goal in NFL history with his 63-yarder at Denver in the season opener.

Jackson, though, said Janikowski's injury had nothing to do with the the Raiders' fake field goal and eschewing the 23-yard field goal by going for it on 4th-and-1 against Cleveland last week.

"It's a huge part of our football team if he can't go," Jackson said. "I'm not going to make any excuses. If he can't go, he can't go. We'll get somebody that can. That's the way it works. We'll be fine."

Condo, though, said no Janikowski means more work for the offense.

"Yeah, I mean, with Sebastian out there in the field, our offense just needs to get the ball across the 50(-yard line) in certain situations, 45 basically," Condo said. "The 45(-yard line) and in, we're looking, Shane and I are looking and saying, 'Hey, we can kick a field goal here.'

"So that might have some effect on our offense and the driving range but you know what, we have one of the best punters if we're on the 44-, 43-yard line, we have one of the best punters in the league to kick it inside the 5-, 10-yard line and we have confidence in Shane (Lechler) to do that."

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.