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."

Report: Former Raiders RB arrested for domestic violence


Report: Former Raiders RB arrested for domestic violence

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.

Downing: Carr will have increased influence on Raiders game plan

Downing: Carr will have increased influence on Raiders game plan

Derek Carr and Todd Downing are tight. A strong friendship was forged between the Raiders’ franchise quarterback and his position coach these past two seasons, one that should help the Raiders now that Downing will call plays.

The Raiders new offensive coordinator will use his young signal caller as a resource formulating a game plan. Carr has a bright offensive mind – he called his own plays in high school and in college at times – and Downing plans to use it to put his quarterback in positions to succeed.

Carr’s influence in preparation will expand over previous seasons under coordinator Bill Musgrave.

“Where I see him needing a little bit more command is just being able to share his thoughts of game plans,” Downing said Wednesday in a conference call. “Being a student of the game, as he already is, but vocalize what he likes and doesn’t like. I think my relationship with him is something that’s going to give him the opportunity to voice his opinions. I look forward to him really taking charge of expressing his thoughts on the offense.”

Carr has always had freedom to adjust at the line of scrimmage, but that could increase with Downing in charge. Derek Carr’s brother Davis Carr told 95.7 The Game as much a few weeks ago, a topic Downing addressed on Wednesday.

“There’s been a lot made about his command at the line of scrimmage,” Downing said. “There’s certainly going to be opportunities for Derek to do that. That’s not something I feel we’ll even have to get into until we’re much further into this offseason and into training camp.”

Downing had opportunities to interview with other teams this offseason, but head coach Jack Del Rio wanted to pair Downing and Carr together. The young duo have similar personalities and a strong working relationship based on a love of the game.

“My relationship with Derek starts there,” Downing said in Wednesday interview on 95.7-FM. “We both love coming to work each day and respect the heck out of each other. When you have that kind of relationship with any coach, you’re taking a step in the right direction. Derek’s the leader of our franchise. In my opinion, he’s the best young quarterback in football. We’re fortunate to have him. Why wouldn’t I be in a good mood every time I am around him?”

Carr made great progress working with Downing the past two years, and was an MVP candidate in 2016. Downing sees continued room for growth and refinement as next season approaches.

“I think Derek made big strides in 2016, just in terms of his command of the offense, being the field general, being able to get through progressions more efficiently,” Downing said. “His footwork took big strides. I certainly want him to remain focused on all of those attributes. You don’t want to feel like you’ve arrived in a certain area of your game and then have it go backwards when the next season starts. Certainly, I want him focused on all of those.”