Camp Report (89): Raiders want to hit others


Camp Report (89): Raiders want to hit others

Paul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.comPractice No. 11Summary: It's obvious the Raiders are weary of hitting each other and gearing up for, well, fresh meat in the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday in each teams' exhibition opener. And as an added bonus, Oakland put out its first "unofficial" depth chart of the season. No real surprises on the defensive side of the ball, other than perhaps Quentin Groves over Travis Goethel at weak-side linebacker. Offensively, though, Darrius Heyward-Bey, who just started practicing in team drills Monday, and Jacoby Ford, who is out with a broken left hand, were the top two receivers, over a healthy Chaz Schilens. Not much in terms of hits, though Kevin Brock extending for Trent Edwards' bullet of a pass in the back of the end zone to beat Michael Huff was a highlight.Injury report: Receiverpunt returner Nick Miller, who was rocking a "Los Angeles" Raiders cap, joined the list of walking wounded on Tuesday as 16 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 Cody Habben, Bruce Campbell(knee), Lou Eliades and Alan Pelc, linebacker Bruce Davis, defensive backs Chimdi Chekwa (shoulder), Mike Mitchell and Joe Porter and defensive lineman Trevor Scott (knee).Offensive play of the day: Now he's down to just one highlight play per day. At least he's spreading them out, though, right? Rookie receiver Denarius Moore, running a fade to the left corner of the end zone from 10 yards out, pulled in an over-the-shoulder lob from Jason Campbell, beating undrafted rookie cornerback Sterling Moore for the touchdown. Some might call that Moore-on-Moore crime.Defensive play of the day: The short-yardage defense was on the field in a short-yardage situation. So when massive defensive tackle John Henderson stuffed Louis Rankin for no gain, he got loud. Real loud. "What you say, two?" Henderson yelled, obviously to the No. 2 offense. "What you say?" And for good measure, Henderson flexed.Personnel report: When the Raiders went into an obvious run defense, they loaded up the line of scrimmage with a heavier hitter, so to speak. Strong safety Tyvon Branch moved to cornerback, replacing Chris Johnson, and Stevie Brown came in for Branch at strong safety. So for those keeping score, the corners were Branch and Stanford Routt and the safeties were Brown and Michael Huff.Coaching moment: With the defensive backs working on a spinning, twisting and turning drill that ended with a ball flying at their facemasks, in hopes of them catching said ball, second-year cornerback Walter McFadden got discombobulated. "I got dizzy; I gotta do it again," he said. "Yes," answered safeties coach Kevin Ross, "yes you do."Notable: The Raiders placed undrafted rookie free agent receiver Derrick Jones on the waivedinjured list Tuesday. The California (PA) product blew out an Achilles' tendon last week and is one of 10 such injuries plaguing NFL camps this summer. Also, the Raiders officially put guard Justin Smiley on the ReserveRetired list.Quotable: "If I tell you, I got to kill you." - Raiders defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan, when asked why he was simply referred to as a "defensive coach" and not the "defensive coordinator" when he was first hired this time around by Oakland. He was joking. We think.Next practice: Wednesday, 11:30 a.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!”