Camp Report (814): Temps rise for Raider fans


Camp Report (814): Temps rise for Raider fans

Paul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.comPractice No. 14Summary: Before a large crowd of fans, and during the hottest day of camp thus far, the Raiders worked out in helmets and shorts. Yet it was also one of the more physical, spirited practices of training camp. The Raiders are in search of a new "gunner" on their punt team, what with Hiram Eugene likely lost for the season with his dislocated hip, so receivers Shawn Bayes, Shaun Bodiford and Chad Jackson got lengthy looks. Additional work was put in for the young cornerbacks on interception drills and even rookie Chimdi Chekwa, who had his left shoulder pop out on the first day of padded hitting, is being worked into practice. As is offensive lineman Bruce Campbell, who came to camp with a right knee injury. Speaking of the offensive line, it had several different looks, with left tackle Jared Veldheer and right tackle Khalif Barnes flip-flopping on certain plays. The practice, though, ended with a miscommunication between quarterback Jason Campbell and receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey as Campbell's pass to DHB fell to the end zone grass with the receiver still running a go-route.Injury report: Receiver Chaz Schilens, who sprained a knee in Thursday night's exhibition opener, was nowhere to be seen, nor was safety Hiram Eugene, who underwent surgery on his dislocated left hip. Fourteen players sat out practice with various "nicks," including receivers Jacoby Ford (broken left hand), Louis Murphy and Eddie McGee, fullback James McCluskey, tailbacks Taiwan Jones (hamstring) and Darren McFadden (fractured eye socket), offensive linemen Stephon Heyer (strained right triceps), Lou Eliades and Alan Pelc, linebacker Bruce Davis, defensive backs Mike Mitchell and and defensive lineman Trevor Scott (knee).Offensive play of the day: It was a play straight from the Raiders' 28-13 defeat of the Chargers in San Diego, last Dec. 5. Except this time, Jason Campbell's play-action fake bootleg around the left corner came with the Raiders on their own 1-yard line. Now, Campbell was not going to go 99 yards for a score, but the Oakland defense was fooled out of its cleats, for sure.Defensive play of the day: Denarius Moore shook Jeremy Ware, who fell to the ground, and was open for what seemed an eternity down the right sideline toward the end zone. But as Trent Edwards' pass hung in the air, safety Jerome Boyd raced over from center field. He batted the ball down at the last moment and all Moore could do was smile.Under the radar: Coach Hue Jackson has been somewhat secretive about injuries in his first camp, so was it really a surprise to see backup defensive tackle Desmond Bryant practicing with a cast so huge on his left hand it resembled a club? Also, safety Stevie Brown tweaked his right ankle breaking up a pass to Darrius Heyward-Bey in the end zone. Brown had the ankle heavily taped after practice.Rookie report: Third-round pick DeMarcus Van Dyke took reps at first-team cornerback, alongside Stanford Routt, and second-rounder Stefen Wisniewski, who opened camp as the No. 1 center, was at left guard on the first-team offense, what with Samson Satele at center.Notable: Owner Al Davis has yet to make a public appearance at camp. Yet his son, Mark, is practically an everyday spectator, taking in practice from the sidelines as a more-than-interested observer.Quotable: "It happens, man. That was actually self defense. I didn't start that, if you were watching. But it happens. It's unfortunate. We are teammates and at the end of the day we're still cool. It gets hot. Things happen." - rookie tackle Joe Barksdale, on his brawl with defensive end Tommie Hill.Next practice: Monday, 3:30 p.m.

Carr excited to work with Gruden: 'I want him to be tough on me'


Carr excited to work with Gruden: 'I want him to be tough on me'

Jon Gruden has been interviewed several times since becoming Raiders head coach. Quarterback Derek Carr hasn’t listened to most of those sessions, and certainly doesn’t seek them out.

One landed in Carr’s inbox recently, and something Gruden said really resonated.

Gruden’s message, paraphrased: If Derek Carr is not successful, then I’ve failed as a coach.

There are two comments in that one. Gruden considers Carr extremely talented, and he’s taking responsibility for unlocking the quarterback's vast potential.

Gruden will be hands on in Carr’s development, with all the coaching intensity and fire and eyebrow raises that have become Gruden’s signature.

“He’s going to demand of me. He’s going to push me,” Carr said on this week’s episode of the Raiders Insider Podcast, which will drop Tuesday morning (Subcribe right here). “He’s going to make me be the best version of myself.”

Carr had a direct answer to skeptics wondering aloud whether he can thrive under Gruden’s particular coaching style.

“I want him to be tough on me,” Carr said. “For anyone who thinks I want him to be a different way has no clue about me or how I play football or how I prepare to play this game. I don’t need to tell stories about how I prepare or manage myself.

“(Jon) and I are going to get along great. I hope that he demands of me. I hope he’s hard on me. I don’t need to know he loves me. He has already told me that about 20 times. I appreciate that and we’ll be friends forever, but I know he’ll be demanding and tell me what I need to do. Let’s go fix problems that I have and let’s do what I need to do to win championships. Hopefully that will give people some insight and hopefully that’s the story that gets out, because that’s the truth.”

Carr met his new head coach briefly before his introductory press conference, but has known Gruden since filming the Gruden QB Camp segment back in 2014. They got along great then, and in each interaction since.

“We have so much more in common that people realize,” Carr said. “I think it would blow some people’s minds. Him and I are very similar in the way we go about our business and how we carry ourselves. It’s an exciting time.”

Carr’s excited to have some stability in his football life. The three-time Pro Bowl quarterback will start his fifth NFL season with his fourth head coach, fourth go-round with an offensive coordinator and third offensive scheme. Gruden signed a 10-year contract. OC Greg Olson signed a four-year pact. They’ll be here a while, and Carr’s excited about that.

“It’s going to be really nice,” Carr said. “To know Jon signed on for a 10 years and (Olson) signed on for a long time shows me a couple of things. No. 1: that they believe in me. I don’t think Coach Gruden would’ve quit his day job, which I’m thankful he did. To get (Olson) out of a good spot in L.A (with the Rams), shows that they believe in me and that’s awesome. And, No. 2: I’m going to have two people I can talk to in a different language for years to come. We can grow within the relationship, and hopefully we’ll all ride off together. It’s set up that way right now, and we have a lot of work to do to reach that point.”

Raiders QB Derek Carr named to third straight Pro Bowl


Raiders QB Derek Carr named to third straight Pro Bowl

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is headed to his third consecutive Pro Bowl. He became eligible once New England qualified for the Super Bowl and Tom Brady was out of the running for next week’s NFL all-star game in Orlando.

Carr was the next alternate up, and accepted the invitation to represent the Silver and Black. Khalil Mack, Rodney Hudson, Kelechi Osemele and Donald Penn were named to the original roster, though Penn has bowed out with injury.

Carr will join his teammates in Florida for game-week festivities, followed by the inter-conference clash on Sunday at noon at Camping World Stadium. The game can be seen on ABC.

He joins Rich Gannon and Ken Stabler as Raiders quarterbacks with at least three Pro Bowl selections. Carr had a down year relative to his previous two, but still posted standout numbers. He had 3,496 passing yards, 22 touchdowns, 13 interceptions and an 86.4 passer rating.

The Raiders finished a disappointing 6-10, and head coach Jack Del Rio was fired in favor of Jon Gruden.

“It was not the year we wanted, but to still be recognized by you, Raider Nation and fans everywhere, and the players and coaches you go against is an extremely high honor I will always be thankful for!” Carr wrote in a note posted on Twitter. “Although I am extremely blessed to be thought of in such a way by my peers, I understand there is more work to do. There is more to achieve and more to accomplish and I will now ret until we get there, Raider Nation!”