Have you ever needed some change and found some between the cushions of your couch? What follows here is the literary version of that (I think I just referred to this article as literaturehardy har har!!).
For you, dear Raider fan, Ive compiled a list of Raiders info nuggets that didnt make it into one of last week's blogs from my notes. Enjoy!
RB Lonyae Miller Sunday, Miller was consistently outstanding in the pass protect drill. Most impressively, he withstood a particularly violent charge from safety Tyvon Branch, and kept him from reaching the quarterback. Miller appears to be an excellent pass protector.
FB Marcel Reece Coach Allen says that Reece is so good in his pass catching role that you might see some formations this season in which Reece is split out wide while another "fullback" lines up in the backfield.
Raiders O-line Coach Allen says hes happy with Khalif Barnes, Jared Veldheer, Cooper Carlisle and Mike Brisiel. As for new center Stefen Wisniewski, Allen says he wants to see more consistency out of him.
Fourth Defensive Tackle Coach Allen says while hes happy with this top three defensive tackles (Richard Seymour, Tommy Kelly, and Desmond Bryant) the team is still looking for a reliable fourth defensive tackle. There had been some enthusiasm for 325-pound Travis Ivey earlier in the offseason, but the Raiders released him over the weekend.
LB Miles Burris Coach Allen says Burris has shown flashes. However, Allen would like to see more consistency
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 overthecap.com.
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.
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.