Routt, Raiders on record penalty pace


Routt, Raiders on record penalty pace

ALAMEDA -- By now it's old news that the Raiders are on the verge of making some dubious NFL history.All they need is four penalties for 11 yards to set new single-season standards. And, they will lead the NFL in penalties for a league-record 17th time, break the tie with Chicago.But who's, ahem, contributed the most to the Raiders' run to infamy?According to STATS LLC, cornerback Stanford Routt, whose initial three-year, 31.5-million contract was re-structured to a five-year, 54.5 million deal in training camp, leads not only Oakland, but the entire NFL with 16 penalties. In fact, his 16 flags are one more than defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay's defense. As a unit.Routt has eight penalties in the last two weeks.Offensive tackles Khalif Barnes and Jared Veldheer, meanwhile, are second on the Raiders with 10 penalties apiece while defensive tackle Richard Seymour has nine. Defensive tackles Lamarr Houston and Tommy Kelly and center Samson Satele each have seven penalties.Also, the most common penalty is holding, with 39. There have been 58 pre-snap penalties and 26 personal fouls.Defensively, the Raiders have 78 penalties, which is 24 more than runner-up Tampa Bay and at least double the amount of 23 teams.

New Raiders RB Hood modeled game after Marshawn, wants to learn from Lynch

New Raiders RB Hood modeled game after Marshawn, wants to learn from Lynch

ALAMEDA – It took significant time for Elijah Hood’s name to be called in this year’s NFL draft. The North Carolina running back was nearly last, the No. 242 overall selection.

He didn’t care. Hood was ecstatic, genuinely emotional on a Saturday conference call with local media.

He was excited to be a Raiders. He was over the moon about working with Marshawn Lynch.

The 220-pound power runner has tried to emulate the Oakland native, who became a Raider on Wednesday. Learning from him is a dream come true.

“Marshawn is the back who I’ve modeled my game after the most,” Hood said. “I just can’t wait to be in that running back room with him. He has so much to offer. He’s a veteran and a professional is how he conducts business. I feel like I have so many questions I need to ask, and so much I need to learn from him about what it takes to be successful. He’s the man I wanted to become as a running back.”

Lynch ranks high among the most elusive, physical, tackle-breaking backs of his generation, and Hood will be a sponge whenever he’s around his new teammate.

The running back room is full, with Lynch, DeAndre Washington, Jalen Richard and Jamize Olawale. That’s the group expected to hit the regular season, but Hood believes he can earn a spot and continue to develop with the organization.

He dropped more than 10 pounds this offseason to be a more elusive runner, without losing his trademark power rushing style. Hood hopes to stick around and earn more carries in time.

“I have nothing but work ahead of me, and I can’t wait to do it,” Hood said. “I’m so blessed to be with this team and work with the running backs already there.”

Raiders select DT Treyvon Hester in seventh round of 2017 NFL Draft

Raiders select DT Treyvon Hester in seventh round of 2017 NFL Draft

Position: Defensive tackle
College: Toledo
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 300 pounds
Selection: Seventh round, No. 244 overall

ALAMEDA – The Raiders’ added yet another big defensive tackle to the roster with their fourth and final pick in the seventh round. Toledo’s Treyvon Hester was the selection, another powerful gap controller, who can break into the backfield with regularity at the college level.

Analysts say he has active hands that help him beat blockers. Critics say his motor can run out during longer plays, and may not have quality pass-rush ability.

He could develop into a rotational piece on the defensive interior, and he’ll have a chance to compete for a 2017 roster spot. Several lower-round or undrafted talents have contribute there, and Hester will certainly try to add his name to that list.