ALAMEDA -- After being see on more than one occasion jogging after a play in the Raiders' 37-6 loss at Denver on Sunday, Raiders middle linebacker Rolando McClain has become the focus of many fans' ire.Truth be told, McClain's left ankle was heavily taped. But a purported lack of hustle is what has fans up in arms lately.So I asked defensive coordinator Jason Tarver, not to single out one specific player, but if hustling was something he had to address with the team."We need 11 guys to run to the ball on every play," said the usually more-talkative Tarver.Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp said the Raiders "made strides" in the run game against Denver last weekend. So where, exactly?"More consistency on the schemes as far as the run assignments go, with the guys up front," Knapp said. "Obviously, the communication got better with (center Stefen Wisniewski) and our right tackle (Willie Smith), who were new to the system. So, we saw more consistency on the right assignments in each run game, and thats why we had more consistency in the four- to five-yard runs. We just didnt get a breakout run."Quarterback Carson Palmer, on how the Raiders will handle four off days with the bye: "You can say, screw it, Im going to Vegas and party for four days. (But) thats not what this team is about. Most of these guys are sticking around, are going to come in and work out. A couple of guys are going to see family, but guys are taking stuff home, guys are taking playbooks home."Guys understand we've got a lot of football left and it's not time just to relax, it's time to get healthy but continue to work, to work out and stay in shape and be ready to go on Monday."
Raiders Pro Bowl left guard Kelechi Osemele, running back Taiwan Jones and safety Brynden Trawick are currently enjoying their offseason in New Zealand.
But a few videos they posted going white-water rafting and bungee jumping left head coach Jack Del Rio a bit anxious.
"Anxiety level went up a bit thinking of my BIG pro bowl LG on the rapids!!" Del Rio tweeted Monday. "Can't leave out Brynden or Taiwan either ... have fun and be safe"
Osemele has posted a handful of photos and videos from the trip, including one of a raft capsizing with the caption: "It got real out there!!! Category 4 Rapids #NewZealand." Another showed the 6-foot-5, 333-pounder doing a backflip off a bungee platform with the caption: "Just did a backflip off the highest swing in the WORLD!!!!!!! Crazy!!! #LivingLife"
Can't leave out Brynden or Taiwan either ... have fun and be safe https://t.co/0ht7mwuUkd— Jack Del Rio (@coachdelrio) February 20, 2017
Ever seen a guy my size do a back flip off a cliff? Well there ya go 😜🤘🏾 pic.twitter.com/ZISIQk5g0p— Kelechi Osemele (@KOseven0) February 20, 2017
Posted in New Zealand 🤘🏾 pic.twitter.com/wFhnM0d3Qz— Kelechi Osemele (@KOseven0) February 19, 2017
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.