ALAMEDA -- So, wondering how Terrelle Pryor looked and felt in his first "official" NFL practice on Wednesday?You'll have to hear from those around him.Pryor declined to speak with waiting reporters in the Raiders locker room following practice, saying he was running late to a meeting. Which is probably a good thing because according to coach Hue Jackson and starting quarterback Jason Campbell, the rookie has been very mindful in such skull sessions."He's really quiet, but at the same time, he still talks," Campbell said. "He'll come up with suggestions. He'll write it on the board: 'I think we should do this on this play.' So I said, 'What, are you our consultant now?'"Campbell laughed.But Pryor's five-game unpaid suspension to begin his NFL career was no laughing matter. Not when it kept him from practicing with the team and limited him to meetings.Campbell called Pryor a "look-alike" and smiled."He's a big, athletic guy," Campbell said. "He's tall, he can run. I think he's just excited to be back on the practice field. Having to sit out for five weeks and, obviously, not receive a paycheck for five weeks, I know kind of stings too."But I think he's obviously excited about being out there with his teammates and getting to learn football and getting to learn our offense and grow together."The Raiders received a one-game roster exemption for Pryor, meaning they can carry 54 players on the roster this week and can have eight inactives on Sunday against Cleveland, so long as Pryor is one of them.Coach Hue Jackson said Pryor needs to both run the scout team in practice as well as learn the Raiders offense."Jason's our starter and Kyle (Boller is) our backup," Jackson said. "Right now (Pryor is) getting the opportunities that he gets, and he's going to earn what he gets. He's talented and I'm looking forward to continue working with him."And as far as how he looked in practice?"I thought he did some good things but we'll continue this week to do that, to get him back in the mix with his teammates so that I can see him a little bit more and evaluate that talent and see where I can put it," Jackson said. "But the young man, I can tell, he did a lot of work prior to today. It shows that he's gotten better."
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.
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.”