Stewart giving Raiders options at running back


Stewart giving Raiders options at running back

ALAMEDA -- Rookie running back Jeremy Stewart had nine carries for 46 yards, both career highs, in the Raiders' 20-17 loss to Cleveland on Sunday. In a second-quarter drive, he had consecutive carries of 11 and 14 yards, helping to set up a 51-yard field goal by Janikowski"The line did a great job today," Stewart said. "They were opening some big holes and the fullbacks were out there blocking, so my job was pretty easy today."I went out there and played hard. I feel like I made some plays, and I feel like there's definitely some stuff I can get better at, too."No doubt Stewart runs hard. But some might say he looks more adept at running in the Raiders' zone-blocking scheme than did Darren McFadden before he suffered a high ankle sprain on Nov. 4.Stewart, meanwhile, was signed from the Raiders' practice squad on Nov. 10.
"He seems to make the right cut all the time and he's the kind of guy that, even if there's not much there, he kind of finds the little crease," center Stefen Wisniewski said of Stewart. "And if there's three yards there, he'll get those three yards. You can see when he's running; he makes the right read, he makes the right cut. You can't ever fault him for that."The offensive line, particularly center Stefen Wisniewski and right tackle Khalif Barnes, has improved dramatically in terms of performing in the zone-blocking scheme."I was very pleased with the run game," said Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Knaap. "For three weeks now, we've been pretty efficient in the run game."The Raiders expect to regain the services of McFadden and Mike Goodson for Thursday's game against Denver.

Raiders sign second-rounder Melifonwu, leaving one draft pick unsigned

Raiders sign second-rounder Melifonwu, leaving one draft pick unsigned

Obi Melifonwu entered Wednesday as the only second-round draft pick without a signed rookie contract. Later that afternoon, he joined the group.

The safety from UConn put pen to paper on a four-year deal at the Napa Valley Marriott, allowing him to join pre-training camp activities. Veterans report on Friday and camp’s first full-squad practice starts Saturday morning.

The pact took longer than the Raiders or Melifonwu had hoped. There's little room for fiscal movement in the rookie wage scale, but some contract language had to be hashed out before shaking hands.

Melifonwu is slotted to make $4,509,376 over the life of the contract, with a $1,419,544 signing bonus and a $819,886 base salary in 2017, per

The Raiders have one draft pick left unsigned. First-round cornerback Gareon Conley hasn’t agreed on a deal, though it’s still likely that happens before the first full practice.

The Ohio State alum’s situation could be complicated by an ongoing investigation into a sexual assault allegation stemming from an April 9 incident in Cleveland.

Head coach Jack Del Rio said in a Tuesday radio interview he expected unsigned rookie contract issues to be resolved soon.

The next Primetime? Carr receives compliment after imitating Neon Deion


The next Primetime? Carr receives compliment after imitating Neon Deion

Watch out Jalen Richard. You have some competition for your punt returning job.

Okay, not really.

But quarterback Derek Carr got in on the action Tuesday. In a video posted by the Raiders on Twitter, Carr fielded a punt and ran it back to the endzone for a touchdown.

He proceeded to do Deion Sanders' touchdown dance and that elicited a response from the Pro Football Hall of Famer.

"That's 1 of the many reasons why I gots mad love for @derekcarrqb he is the #Truth," Sanders wrote in a quote tweet.

Carr has yet to respond.