Raiders camp summary (810): Lack of focus, tempo mark the day


Raiders camp summary (810): Lack of focus, tempo mark the day

Summary -- It was as sloppy as it was hot in wine country Friday as the Raiders returned to a padded practice. Plus, the injury list is growing seemingly by the minute as nine players did not suit up and three others failed to finish practice. The 10th Raiders' practice was not one to write home about -- or even blog about? -- but it should serve as a teaching tool. Yes, the dog days of camp are here for Oakland, let's see how the Raiders respond come Monday's exhibition opener.Offensive play of the day -- We're not allowed to divulge the specifics of a trick play from camp but let's just say Darrius Heyward-Bey hauled in a long bomb down the right side from someone not the quarterback.Defensive play of the day -- Safety Mike Mitchell stepped in front of the tight end on a quick pass over the middle at midfield and picked off Carson Palmer. Mitchell weaved his way through the offense and would have had a big return in a real game. As it was, he merely had bragging rights for the day.Injury report -- Strong safety Tyvon Branch had a back spasm Friday that kept him out of practice and he was joined on the sidelines by receivers Denarius Moore (hamstring) and Eddie McGee (hamstring) and running back Taiwan Jones (hamstring), defensive end Jack Crawford (foot), running back Mike Goodson (neck) and defensive tackle Richard Seymour (knee). Punter Shane Lechler (knee) was seen lifting weights while linebacker Aaron Curry (knee) was in Los Angeles seeing a specialist. Meanwhile, receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (knee), offensive tackle Zach Hurd (head) and tight end Brandon Myers (shoulder) did not finish practice.Notable -- Safeties Mitchell and Matt Giordano are flying all over the field and each has a knack for delivering a message with a blow to a ball carrier. Seems like each guy is trying to one-up the other with a little pop.Quotable -- "Let's be real; I went to Ohio State and we ran a pro-style offense(and) coming out of college I learned to read defenses (but) I wasn't blessed enough to be at a powerhouse that you learn that stuff as a quarterback." -- Terrelle Pryor
Eye on reps -- Undrafted rookie receiver Rod Streater is a good bet to make the final 53-man roster, but he probably bolstered his chances by working at gunner on the point team Friday.Extra work -- No doubt, Lonyae Miller is gearing up for a lion's share of the load at running back come Monday night's exhibition opener against Dallas.Coaching moment -- For the first time this camp, Allen had to figure out how not only to combat a lack of focus from his players, but also a down tempo. "It wasn't what we expected," he said. "I thought the guys tried to battle through but we've got to practice better with less mistakes than we did today."Next practice -- The Raiders practice Saturday at 8:50 a.m.

An intriguing dynamic of Garoppolo's contract negotiations


An intriguing dynamic of Garoppolo's contract negotiations

If the 49ers and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo are unable to reach a multi-year contract extension by March 6, the 49ers have no other choice but to designate him as their franchise player.

The estimated one-year salary for the franchise tag would be $23.307 million, according to former NFL agent Joel Corry, whose work now appears at CBS Sports. (That is assuming a 2018 league-wide salary cap of $178.1 million per team.)

There is a lot to consider for both sides as they look to enter into a long-term contract. Corry said if a deal is struck, he would expect it to be in the neighborhood of Derek Carr’s five-year, $125 million deal he signed with the Raiders last offseason.

“And then there’s the other dynamic, which I would not undersell or I think may not be appreciated as much as it should be,” Corry said on the 49ers Insider Podcast. “(Garoppolo’s agent) Don Yee has a reputation – no fault of his own – of doing team-friendly deals.”

Yee also represents New England quarterback Tom Brady, whose average of $20.5 million annual pay ranks 15th among NFL quarterbacks. Brady is underpaid by design, Corry said, because one of the great quarterbacks of all-time realizes it helps the Patriots to maintain a strong supporting cast.

“That’s because Tom Brady dictates, ‘I want to do something good for the team, take less money so we can improve the roster to win Super Bowls.’ That’s not Don Yee who wants to do that,” Corry said.

“The agent works for the player, so he’s executing Tom Brady’s wishes. But he gets that held against him in recruiting. So this is his opportunity to erase that perception if Garoppolo allows him to do his job and gives him latitude to strike the deal that he feels is appropriate.”

For more on the potential negotiating strategies of both sides, listen here to the 49ers Insider Podcast.

49ers linebacker Foster named to NFL All-Rookie team


49ers linebacker Foster named to NFL All-Rookie team

Linebacker Reuben Foster was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team in voting conducted by the Professional Football Writers of America.

Foster started all 10 games in which he appeared for the 49ers after being selected with the No. 31 overall pick out of Alabama. Foster finished second on the 49ers with 72 tackles. He had seven tackles for loss, ranking No. 2 on the team behind rookie defensive lineman Solomon Thomas.

Foster was one of three linebackers selected as an all-rookie performer. Thomas, the No. 3 overall draft pick, was not among the four defensive linemen honored.

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Foster was selected as the winner of the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for November. He missed five games early in the season with a high ankle sprain and another game with a ribs injury.

The NFL’s top defensive rookie was New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who recorded five interceptions and scored a touchdown while making 13 starts.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: RB Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs
CO-OFFENSIVE ROOKIES OF THE YEAR: RB Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs and RB Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: CB Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans Saints

QB – Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
RB – Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs; Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
WR – Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams; Juju Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers
TE – Evan Engram, New York Giants
C – Pat Elflein, Minnesota Vikings
G – Dan Feeney, Los Angeles Chargers; Jermaine Eluemunor, Baltimore Ravens, and Ethan Pocic, Seattle Seahawks (tie)
T – Garett Bolles, Denver Broncos; Ryan Ramczyk, New Orleans Saints

DL – Derek Barnett, Philadelphia Eagles; Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns; Carl Lawson, Cincinnati Bengals; Dalvin Tomlinson, New York Giants
LB – Jarrad Davis, Detroit Lions; Reuben Foster, San Francisco 49ers; T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh Steelers
CB – Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans Saints; Tre'Davious White, Buffalo Bills
S – Jamal Adams, New York Jets; Marcus Williams, New Orleans Saints

Special Teams
PK – Harrison Butker, Kansas City Chiefs
P – Rigoberto Sanchez, Indianapolis Colts
KR – Ryan Switzer, Dallas Cowboys
PR – Jamal Agnew, Detroit Lions
ST – Budda Baker, Arizona Cardinals