A silver (and black) lining for Raiders?


A silver (and black) lining for Raiders?


OAKLAND -- Quietly, Brandon Myers has become Carson Palmer's security blanket this season.And the tight end is having a career year, even if he preferred the year was going better for the team.Myers' 14 catches, for a career-best 130 yards, tied a Raiders franchise record. The only other Raiders player to catch 14 passes in a game was Tim Brown, against Jacksonville on Dec. 21, 1997.As is his custom, Myers shies away from media attention, so he was not in the locker room after the game. But his quarterback and coach sang his praises."He's just a good football player," Palmer said. "He makes plays, he gets open, he understands what we're trying to do as an offense and he understands how to get open. He understands defenses, he understands coverages and seems to always kind of find an open spot just naturally."You don't teach just teach that or coach that. You either get it, or you don't. He's got a lot of it."Paul G's Instant Replay: Browns 20, Raiders 17
On the season, Myers has 69 receptions, the most by a Raiders tight end in a season since Todd Christensen had 95 catches in 1986, for 721 yards and four touchdowns. His 69 receptions are also the most by any Raiders player since 2005, when receiver Jerry Porter caught 76 balls.Still, Myers did most of his damage on the Raiders' final drive, when they were down 10 points, catching six passes for 73 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown bullet from Palmer with one second to play.All this from a guy who entered the season with 32 career catches for 250 yards and no touchdowns."Brandon has done a nice job for us in the passing game," said coach Dennis Allen. "Obviously, our quarterback feels comfortable with him. I'm not really looking for silver linings right now. But yeah, he's done a nice job for us."

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.”