Unsung Miller figures to carry load against Cowboys


Unsung Miller figures to carry load against Cowboys

NAPA -- With the Raiders essentially keeping Darren McFadden under bubble wrap in the exhibition season, Taiwan Jones being unable to practice due to a strained hamstring and Mike Goodson still receiving from Tuesday's nasty-looking neck injury that culminated with him being taken off the field by ambulance, the bulk of the running game will fall onto a fourth-string back.

Re-introducing, then, Lonyae Miller.

"I would expect," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said with a grin, "that he would be tired after Monday night's game."

And really, that's just fine with Miller, a long shot at best to make the final 53-man roster.

"Im just glad to have the opportunity, glad to be out here and being a Raider," Miller said. "Im coming in every day and working hard, pretty much showing what I can do out here.

"Its kind of, 'If you let it be,' and that's kind of where I stand now. Im trying to take what D.A. says in meetings'theres no light at the end of the tunnel' and 'just focus on the dayseize the day,' and thats pretty much been my philosophy throughout training camp. Just take everything day by day and let the chips fall where they may."

Miller, who said he patterns his game after former Denver running back Terrell Davis, played at the collegiate level at Fresno State and scored 20 touchdowns in 45 games for the Bulldogs.

He has appeared in four NFL games, all with Dallas in 2010, and was on the Raiders' practice squad for the last month of the 2011 season.

The irony is thick with the Raiders playing host to the Cowboys in both teams' exhibition opener Monday.

"Yeah, but it's just one of those things, you've got to live in the moment," Miller said. "There's no such thing, I feel, like experience, and you've kind of been there because anything can happen at any given time.

"You know you're always going to get different looks, so (I'm) just trying to take it one day at a time."

Thus far, he's opened some eyes on the coaching staff.

And with more carries, and more success, those eyes will get wider.

"Ive been impressed with what Lonyaes been able to do," Allen said. "Hes a different type of back than the other backs that weve got. Hes a little bit more of a downhill, pounder-type guy. He doesnt have quite the same explosiveness as those other guys but hes been a consistent runner.

"What Ive seen and what hes done in the zone scheme is, hes understood what his reads are, hes made the proper reads, got his pads downhill and made some yards."

And now he'll have an opportunity to prove it Monday against his former team.

Majority of Raiders sit, link arms during anthem in response to Trump


Majority of Raiders sit, link arms during anthem in response to Trump

LANDOVER, Md. – Most Raiders took a seat during the national anthem, locked arm in arm across the bench. Others stood and linked arms, without a smile among them.

The Silver and Black sat in protest of comments made by president Donald Trump on Friday night in Huntsville, Ala., when he denounced the anthem movement popularized by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Quarterback Derek Carr was among the few Raiders not protesting the anthem. Owner Mark Davis stood for the anthem in a luxury box, with his hand over his heart.

Davis prefers his players stand for the national anthem, but told ESPN on Sunday that his stance has changed.

“I can no longer ask our team to not say something while they are in a Raider uniform,” Davis said. The only thing I can ask them to do is do it with class. Do it with pride. Not only do we have to tell people there is something wrong, we have to come up with answers. That’s the challenge in front of us as Americans and human beings.”

Running back Marshawn Lynch has sat during the national anthem all season, though he hasn’t addressed his decision publicly.

Kaepernick’s movement started early last season, when he was vocal about inequality for minorities in this country, especially in regard to police brutality.

The Raiders have generally avoided anthem protests outside of Lynch, though Derek Carr put an arm on Khalil Mack’s shoulder showed signs of unity during the preseason, but Trump’s comments changed the team’s attitude. He said anthem protesters should be fired, and also took some shots at NBA players, including Steph Curry.

The Raiders weren’t the only team protesting Trump’s comments on Sunday. Several teams didn’t come out for the national anthem, including both sides of the Tennessee-Seattle contest.

Raiders inactives: Sean Smith given the green light, Ward healthy scratch


Raiders inactives: Sean Smith given the green light, Ward healthy scratch

LANDOVER, Md. – The Raiders are shockingly healthy heading into their third game. Cornerback Sean Smith was the only Raider on the injury report with neck and shoulder issues, and even he was given the green light.

The Raiders secondary will be whole for the first time this season with Smith and Gareon Conley both healthy. David Amerson will start in his return to Washington.

Keith McGill will make his season debut after missing most of the preseason with a fractured foot.

Defensive tackle Jihad Ward is a healthy scratch, joining cornerback Dexter McDonald, safety Erik Harris, quarterback Connor Cook, defensive tackle Darius Latham and offensive tackles Jylan Ware and David Sharpe on the inactive list.

Washington had several questionable players who weren’t ready to go. Tight end Jordan Reed is inactive, which should benefit a Raiders defense that has struggled mightily covering players of his size. Washington is also playing without primary running back Rob Kelley and starting inside linebacker Mason Foster.