Seymour's struggles lead to meeting with coach

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Seymour's struggles lead to meeting with coach

ALAMEDA -- Richard Seymour was off to a fast start in this, his 11th NFL season.In the Raiders' first five games, the six-time Pro Bowler had five sacks, 15 tackles and three assists. But a knee injury suffered in Oakland's victory at Houston in Week 5 has severely limited the defensive tackle.Consider: in his last five games, Seymour has one sack and one tackle. Total. That's it. In fact, he has posted clean stat sheets the past two games, blowouts in which the Raiders fell behind by a cumulative 68-0 before scoring at Miami and Green Bay.
It all prompted a recent meeting between Seymour, the unquestioned leader of the Raiders locker room, and rookie coach Hue Jackson.
"I'm not going to say it's anything other than...Richard's fine," Jackson said. "He'll be fine. Me and Richard had a great conversation and I feel very comfortable with him and where he is. Richard's a pro. I know when you say (his stats), the thought is he needs to step his game up. I think Richard would be the first to tell you, he knows what he needs to do and I do, too. We'll get it done, and it's crunch time now, it's time to play."Not that it wasn't before, but we know what it is now, so let's go."Seymour, 32, has not missed any games -- he did not start at Minnesota on Nov. 20 but came off the bench -- but has missed a slew of practice time. He also missed much of the second half against Miami after being ejected for throwing a punch.
"It's just been tough for me just because I haven't been able to practice much," he said. "It's just tough pushing through injuries. Earlier in the year, I felt good, it was going.The Houston game ensued."Then I was just battling through practices and just trying to manage it going through games," Seymour said. "Your health is very important, especially when you are playing on the inside. You've got to be able to fight off guys and be explosive, and personally I haven't had that the last couple of weeks."But, um, I am getting better. And that's all you can do, stay in the weight room, stay with the trainers. I have been at it a while, so it isn't like I haven't had good games...You want to be consistent in your play. That's what it is."

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.”

Del Rio’s anxiety level up with trio of Raiders going extreme in New Zealand

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Del Rio’s anxiety level up with trio of Raiders going extreme in New Zealand

Raiders Pro Bowl left guard Kelechi Osemele, running back Taiwan Jones and safety Brynden Trawick are currently enjoying their offseason in New Zealand. 

But a few videos they posted going white-water rafting and bungee jumping left head coach Jack Del Rio a bit anxious. 

"Anxiety level went up a bit thinking of my BIG pro bowl LG on the rapids!!" Del Rio tweeted Monday. "Can't leave out Brynden or Taiwan either ... have fun and be safe"

Osemele has posted a handful of photos and videos from the trip, including one of a raft capsizing with the caption: "It got real out there!!! Category 4 Rapids #NewZealand." Another showed the 6-foot-5, 333-pounder doing a backflip off a bungee platform with the caption: "Just did a backflip off the highest swing in the WORLD!!!!!!! Crazy!!! #LivingLife"