Newton flashes 'Cam' and 'Scam' against Raiders


Newton flashes 'Cam' and 'Scam' against Raiders

CHARLOTTE -- Cam Newton flashed all of his enviable traits at the Raiders in Carolina's 17-6 victory Sunday -- big arm, physical presence, fast feet.

But the Panthers' second-year quarterback and self-described icon and entertainer also showed his underbelly -- sneak peeks at his immaturity. And really, he did not pay the full price for any of his on-field "infractions," despite being caught on camera several times.

"I don't think he liked to get hit," offered Raiders safety Mike Mitchell. "He was doing a lot of complaining. This is full-speed tackle football.

"Complaining all the time gets old."

Early in the game, Newton threw jab-like punches at Mitchell and linebacker Miles Burris after being taken down. Then, midway through the second quarter, after being sacked by Desmond Bryant and Tommy Kelly, Newton kicked Kelly in the facemask as Kelly lifted himself from the pile. At the end of the scrum, and after Kelly went after Newton, Kelly was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct.

"I wasn't fixing to take that from nobody," Kelly said. "I'm a grown-ass man.

"What you going to do when somebody kicks you? You going to take it? Nah."

Newton's response was just as hilarious.

"Looking at the replay, I realize it looked like I kicked him," Newton said. "But I was just trying to get up as fast as I can to get the next play."

One thing, though: that play occurred on 3rd-and-10 and it would have been 4th-and-19 had Kelly not reacted to getting kicked in the facemask.

Not that Raiders coach Dennis Allen was buying it, though.

"We're trying to change the culture and what we have to understand is we've got to keep our composure in those types of situations because nothing good comes out of it," Allen said. "We've got to keep our composure no matter what happens in the game."

Newton lost his in the fourth quarter.

After being taken down by Mitchell following a completed pass, Newton jumped up and got in referee Jerome Boger's face to complain about the lack of a flag. Newton bumped Boger and was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct while Boger announced it was for "bumping" the official, which would have meant an immediate ejection for Newton.


"I misspoke when I said he bumped the official," Boger said. "What I was penalizing him for was disrespectfully addressing the official. There was some contact between he and I, but it wasn't of a malicious nature. It was where I was moving away and when I stopped to confirm what he was saying, we slightly brushed each other."

Newton remained in the game.

And still, the Raiders did a decent job of containing him. Sure, Newton had a game-high 60 yards rushing, but 29 of those yards came on one play. He also threw for 170 yards on 18-of-29 passing with a touchdown and an interception, but was sacked twice.

Plus, the Raiders had added incentive against the Panthers after Greg Hardy knocked Carson Palmer out of the game in the first quarter with a helmet to the back.

"It's the quarterback," Kelly said. "We tried to get their quarterback out of the game. Nothing illegal…

"You take our guy out, we're going to try to take your guy out. We're not out to hurt someone, but when that happens…"

Meh, if Newton bumping an official was not going to get him out of the game, what did the Raiders think they were going to do?

Inactives: Raiders RB Murray to play vs Jags; Watson remains out

Inactives: Raiders RB Murray to play vs Jags; Watson remains out

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Latavius Murray is active and ready to play Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. That was expected, as the top Raiders running back passed tests during the practice week that showed coaches he could go.

Right tackle Menelik Watson, however, needs another week. He was limited in each practice, and Austin Howard remained in the catbird’s seat there. Watson will miss a fourth straight game.

Howard will have a solid backup. Matt McCants is active for the first time since the season opener. Vadal Alexander is also out with an ankle injury, though the Raiders have eight offensive lineman dressed an ready for the first time since the opener.

The Raiders will be without some core special teams players. Brynden Trawick is out with a shoulder injury and Taiwan Jones is inactive. He was questionable with a knee injury.

That should hinder the Raiders special teams coverage in particular.

The Jaguars are healthy for this stage in the season, with their starting lineup intact heading into this game.

Here are the full inactives for both teams

Bortles, Carr still carry quarterback bond since NFL Draft

Bortles, Carr still carry quarterback bond since NFL Draft

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Derek Carr found a friend in Blake Bortles during the taxing, often invasive pre-NFL draft process. The pair were considered among 2014’s top college quarterbacks, with stats, size, smarts and arm strength to warrant a top selection.

The pair ended up visiting several of the same quarterback-needy teams leading up to the draft and national events like the NFL scouting combine.

They actually crossed paths in Jacksonville as both players were in to visit a Jaguars team in desperate need of a quarterback.

“We were in Jacksonville together, and then we were somewhere else together, I believe,” Bortles said. “I remember Jacksonville vividly because we went and got dinner together the night before.”

They exchanged numbers and texted each other during that spring. It started a friendship that continued on.

“We talk every now and then – I still have his number, still text him here and there,” Bortles said. “We’ll talk in the offseason and throughout the year, but he’s an unbelievable guy. He’s a guy that I definitely check and see how he’s doing throughout the year after every game and rooting for, and look forward to seeing him Sunday.”

Their paths cross again Sunday in Jacksonville, when the Raiders and Jaguars meet in a Week 7 clash important to both clubs. The 4-2 Raiders hope to surge ahead and erase a terrible home loss to Kansas City. The Jaguars want to expand on a two-game win streak.

These upstart clubs are dependent on big offense and steady play from quarterbacks selected two-plus years ago.

Jacksonville picked third, and had first crack at a 2014 quarterback class headlined by Teddy Bridgewater, Carr, Bortles and Johnny Manziel.

They took Bortles, with all his size, arm strength and Ben Roethlisberger comparisons. Cleveland made a colossal mistake and took Manziel, who flamed out after two hard-partying seasons with the Browns. Minnesota traded back into the first round and nabbed Bridgewater, a competent signal caller who suffered a major knee injury that stole his 2016 season at least.

The Raiders were patient, held on to their pick and still got their guy. They selected Carr No. 36 overall, paired him with No. 5 pick Khalil Mack and put the franchise on the right track.

Through two-plus seasons, Carr’s been the best of the bunch, and Bortles is solidly in second place. Carr’s been more productive, earned more wins and taken better care of the football. Both guys can be gunslingers, but Carr is a bit more measured.

Bortles exemplifies the term. He’s willing to take risks for great reward, a style the Raiders defense wants to exploit in this crucial meeting.

Jaguars offensive coordinator Greg Olson knows Carr and Bortles extremely well. He was the Raiders offensive coordinator during Carr’s rookie year, and the quarterback credits Olson for getting his NFL career off on the right foot.

He has worked with Bortles over the last two years and has played a major part in his development.

Olson sees similarities between these two passing talents and their development from rookie starters into their third professional seasons.

“Both guys are great competitors,” Olson told reporters in Jacksonville. “They are individuals who were thrown into the league and had to play early as rookies. Both guys have gone through changes in coordinators, but they are tremendous competitors and the both prepare extremely well. They’re both intelligent guys.”