Carr's record day earns him AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors

Carr's record day earns him AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr threw for a franchise record 513 yards in Sunday's overtime victory at Tampa Bay, a total accompanied by four touchdowns and zero interceptions. He was efficient, steely against adversity and brought his team back from a late deficit.

It was quite a day for the 25-year old, one that thrust him into the NFL's MVP conversation. That award takes an entire season to decision. Shredding the Buccaneers earned a more timely honor. He was named AFC offensive player of the week on Wednesday morning, and award due after his seventh fourth quarter/overtime comeback since 2015, tied for the most in the NFL over that span. 

Carr became just the third quarterback to throw at least 400 yards, four TDs and no picks in NFL history, joining Ben Roethlisberger and Y.A. Tittle in that exclusive club. His day was highlighted by a game-tying touchdown pass to Mychal Rivera late in the fourth quarter and a game winner to Seth Roberts late in overtime. 

The quarterback doesn't care much for stats, but the single-game franchise record meant something special. 

“I’m not going to lie to you. I was so overcome with emotion when somebody told be (about the franchise record) I almost started crying,” Carr said on Sunday. “Not in a weird way, it’s just that stuff is something you dream about as a kid.”

Aldon Smith back in custody after police say he violated restraining order


Aldon Smith back in custody after police say he violated restraining order

SAN FRANCISCO — Former Oakland Raiders player Aldon Smith surrendered to police Friday on charges he violated a domestic violence restraining order.

San Francisco police said the 28-year-old Smith turned himself and was booked on three misdemeanor charges of violating a court order to stay away from a domestic violence victim.

Earlier this month, Smith pleaded not guilty to domestic violence and other charges and a judge issued a protective order prohibiting him from contacting the victim.

Police said Smith violated the restraining order earlier this week.

Smith’s attorney, Joshua Bentley, did not return a voicemail message from The Associated Press seeking comment.

The Raiders released the linebacker days after his arrest on the domestic violence charges.

He had been on the suspended list since late 2015 for violating the NFL’s policy on substance abuse.

Raiders retain E.J. Manuel, now have four QBs on the roster


Raiders retain E.J. Manuel, now have four QBs on the roster

The Raiders have a lot of quarterbacks under contract, certainly more than they’ll have come September.

That means the battle to be Derek Carr’s backup should be fierce. EJ Manuel had that title last year, with a shot to retain it after re-signing with the club on Thursday afternoon.

Veteran Josh Johnson signed up Monday, and those two will join third-year man Connor Cook behind Carr on the depth chart.

New head coach Jon Gruden loved Cook coming out of the draft, but the Michigan State alum failed to earn the backup job last season and must make a move up the depth chart to kickstart his career.

Manuel has a strong arm and starting experience, making him a steady and solid backup option. He completed 24-of-43 passes for 265 yards, a touchdown and an interception in two games when Carr was hurt.

Johnson might be a camp arm at this point, though he’ll be given a chance to compete this spring and summer.

Carr has been hurt for at least a small stretch in each of the last two seasons. Having Manuel in that spot might offer stability.

Gruden addressed last year’s backup quarterbacks last month at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Gruden on Manuel: “I think EJ is a young, talented guy,” Gruden said. “He’s been in the facility working out on his own every day. There is a bright upside to him, too, as a young quarterback to keep working with. He’s a free agent, but the Philadelphia Eagles proved that’s a pretty damn important position, isn’t it? Right? So we have to address that and see where we are.”

Gruden on Cook: “I am kind of surprised Connor hasn’t played in two years, other than the playoff game he got in as a rookie. After Derek got hurt last year, they turned the ball to EJ. I don’t know where Connor Cook is. I am frustrated right now that I can’t spend any time with him, but, April 9th (when the Raiders offeseason program starts) will be an exciting day for me and Connor Cook.”