Cartwright honored, plays waiting game


Cartwright honored, plays waiting game

A year ago, the uncertainty surrounding Rock Cartwright as he received his first Commitment to Excellence Award emanated from the NFL lockout.Now? It's about the special teams standout's own future. A free agent when the league's new year commences Tuesday at 1 p.m. PT, Cartwright said he wants to remain in Oakland and does not think being honored at a dinner when his future is in flux is awkward at all."Not really, I lay my heart out there every game I was out there," he said prior to the dinner honoring him at the Oakland Airport Hilton Saturday night. "I really can't worry about stuff I can't control. That's between those guys and my agent. Hopefully we can get something worked out. I love it here. I would like to spend the rest of my career here."I'm going to let the front office and my agent handle that."RELATED: Brown speaks on Saints BountyGate
Cartwright, though, handled enough of his business, both on and off the field this past season, to be feted for the second consecutive year in voting by his teammates "based on their hard work, leadership and excellence." Previous winners include the likes of Jim Otto, Daryle Lamonica, Fred Biletnikoff, Willie Brown, Jerry Rice and Tim Brown."It's voted on by your teammates," Cartwright said, "so you can't ask for anything like that."Despite his unknown contact status, Cartwright continued to speak about the Raiders in the "we" vernacular."I consider myself part of the Raider Nation. Regardless if I'm here or not, I'm always going to be part of the Raider Nation."Cartwright was also asked about other topics.On the new regime with general manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen, both of whom were in attendance at the dinner: "I think we're headed in the right direction. Reggie's a great guy and I know Coach Allen is a great guy. He's from Texas, so I know he's a great guy (laughs). You've got somebody that can lead us and show us where we want to go and that's all you can ask for."On what he thinks will happen with fellow free agent running back Michael Bush: "You can't predict anything right now. You never know what's going to happen. I think Tuesday is going to be an interesting day for a lot of people. A lot of people's lives are going to change, including myself probablyyou've always got to prepare yourself for that. We'll see what happens Tuesday."On how Darren McFadden is doing these days: "He's doing fine. He said he's able to do everything that he used to be able to do -- run, run routes and stuff like that. I know Darren and he loves the game and he works extremely hard and that's one of the mosthumble first-round draft picks I've ever seen since I've been in the league. He's working to get back and he's going to get back and we just have to surround him with good people and a good group of guys so he can do the things he's capable of doing."On how McFadden handled the disappointment of being injured: "When you see a guy like him that puts so much in something and then you go out there and you get hurt on a checkdown and kind of costs you your season, you feel for a guy. Every time he has something going, it's always something that wants to set him back. But he keeps coming back year in and year out and producing. I think he's going to get healthy, I think he's going to stay healthy and I think once he does that, he'll be probably the best back in the league, by far." On former coach Hue Jackson: "I spoke to Hue a couple of times. We didn't speak too much about what happened. We just spoke about his future and what he had going on and he just told me he'd stay in contact with me."On if he has a timeframe for settling his immediate future: "I would like to get it settled on Tuesday, but obviously that probably won't happen. All I can do is go out and train and prepare myself the best that I canand if somebody calls and says, 'Rock, we want you to come in and work out,' I'll be preparedI know I'm capable of doing it. It's all about opportunityI'm praying that it's Oakland."On his track record for potential future employers: "I've been captain of the Washington Redskins, I've been captain of the Oakland Raiders. So my resume kind of speaks for itself. I just try to be accountable to everybody and accountable to myself. And as long as I do that, I think I'll continue to be, you know, semi-successful."

Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch suspended one game


Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch suspended one game

Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch watched most of Thursday night’s game versus Kansas City from the stands after getting ejected for making contact with an official.

He’ll also be a spectator next week.

The NFL suspended him one game for unsportsmanlike conduct stemming from an incident where left the sidelines to join an on-field scuffle and ended up pushing an official.

The league announced the suspension Friday afternoon. Lynch has already appealed the suspension, per multiple reports.

He was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct and automatically ejected by rule.

Punishment after the fact has gotten expensive.

By rule, Lynch will be fined $30,387 for making contact with an official. He could get hit with other penalties, including entering a fight unnecessarily.

Lynch is also suspended without pay, meaning he’ll forfeit a $79,411 game check and a $31,250 per-game roster bonus.

The Cal alum won’t play a Week 8 contest in Buffalo, against a Bills team that drafted him No. 12 overall in 2007.

Lynch was on the sidelines during a third down draw play where quarterback Derek Carr incurred what officials called a late hit from Kansas City cornerback Marcus Peters.

The Raiders offensive line took offense, and came after Peters in a scrum. Lynch and Peters, both Oakland natives, are extremely close. Lynch ran on the field to get between his teammates and his friend, but ended up inadvertently pushing an official. The league has zero tolerance for that, and sent him off the field.

Lynch watched a dramatic 31-30 victory over Kansas City from the stands and screens near the field, and congratulated his teammates after a big win.

Lynch did not explain why he entered the fray, though he seemed to be trying to get Peters out of harm’s way.

“They can say what they want but one thing’s for certain: Family do come first,” Peters told Bay Area News Group’s Logan Murdock.

His Raiders teammates and coaches must carry on without the 31-year old power back. They’ll roll with Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and fullback Jamize Olawale against the Bills, as they did against the Chiefs.

Lynch had two carries for nine yards before getting tossed. He has just 266 yards and two touchdowns on 72 carries through seven games.

If the suspension is upheld, Lynch will be eligible to return in Week 9 against Miami.

Snap count: Bowman worked overtime to be 'hunting dog' in Raiders' defense


Snap count: Bowman worked overtime to be 'hunting dog' in Raiders' defense

OAKLAND – NaVorro Bowman would’ve been forgiven for skipping Thursday’s game. The veteran inside linebacker signed with the Raiders, and had one practice and a pair of walk-throughs before facing Kansas City.

That isn’t much time to absorb a new scheme. No matter. As he said Monday, Bowman wanted to show you something.

The former 49er certainly did, even more than Bowman expected. He played 60 of 62 defensive snaps in a crucial 31-30 victory over the Chiefs.

He didn’t just play. He performed. Bowman led the Raiders with 11 tackles, including one for a loss and a crucial hit on Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith on a crucial third-down stop in the fourth quarter.

He wore the green dot – play calls were relayed to his helmet speaker -- and helped get the defense lined up.

“I just absolutely love the football player in him. He’s a hunting dog,” head coach Jack Del Rio said. “He loves to play. He brought experience during the week. He was a settling influence, kind of a determined influence on the sideline. I thought he did a remarkable job.”

That’s the result. The process of getting there was remarkable. He put in 40 hours of work in three days, memorizing terminology and defensive concepts specific to the game plan. He bunkered down and ignored the world during his acclimation process, and came out a functional member of the Raiders defense.

“Everyone knows I’ve only been here for three days and must be wondering how I did it,” Bowman said. “It was my commitment to the game, and my family understanding how much I love the work and giving me that peace and quiet time in hours away from them to really get everything down. This is why you want to come out so well and execute. So many people are sacrificing so you can play the game.”

Bowman helped keep the Raiders close down the stretch, and had key stops in a pair of defensive stops that allowed quarterback Derek Carr to orchestrate a successful two-minute drill.

"I was on the sidelines with my back turned, saying ‘I can’t watch, I can’t watch,’” Bowman said. “They all looked at me funny like, ‘This is what we do.’ They went out and won, and acted all normal. I guess that’s how we roll. It was a great game, and I enjoyed it.”

That was clear after the game. There was a good reason for it. Bowman hadn’t won a game since September 2016. Bowman lost most of last season recovering from an Achilles’ tendon injury, meaning he last tasted victory in Week 2 last season.

“I’ve worked my way back from the Achilles injury, and to have a shot to better and get better and possibly win a division is huge,” Bowman said. “We just beat a really good team. I think this will propel us and get us going.”

Quarterback –
Derek Carr 82
Running back – Jalen Richard 26, DeAndre Washington 25, Jamize Olawale 11, Marshawn Lynch 10
Wide receiver – Amari Cooper 78, Seth Roberts 72, Michael Crabtree 72, Cordarelle Patterson 18, Johnny Holton 6
Tight end – Jared Cook 67, Lee Smith 17, Clive Walford 8
Offensive line – Kelechi Osemele 82, Rodney Hudson 82, Donald Penn 82, Vadal Alexander 82, Gabe Jackson 82

Defensive line –
Khalil Mack 62, Denico Autry 46, Justin Ellis 44, Treyvon Hester 32, Mario Edwards 28, Eddie Vanderdoes 19, James Cowser 3
Linebacker – NaVorro Bowman 60, Bruce Irvin 59, Nicholas Morrow 38,
Cornerback – TJ Carrie 62, Dexter McDonald 50, David Amerson 28, Sean Smith 19
Safety – Reggie Nelson 62, Karl Joseph 62, Keith McGill 7, Shalom Luani 1

Keith McGill 25, James Cowser 25, Shalom Luani 21, Xavier Woodson-Luster 19, Erik Harris 19, Jamize Olawale 19, Shlique Calhoun 16, Jon Feliciano 14, Lee Smith 14, Giorgio Tavecchio 12, Johnny Holton 12, Marquette King 11, Jon Condo 11, Cordarrelle Patterson 11, Jalen Richard 10, Nicholas Morrow 10, Darius McCray 8, Kelechi Osemele 7, Gabe Jackson 7, Vadal Alexander 7, Clive Walford 7, Justin Ellis 7, David Sharpe 7, Khalil Mack 6, TJ Carrie 6, Denico Autry 6, Treyvon Hester 6, Eddie Vanderdoes 6, Mario Edwards Jr. 5, Karl Joseph 5, DeAndre Washington 4,

QB EJ Manuel

CB Gareon Conley, QB Connor Cook, OT Jylan Ware, LB Marquel Lee, LB Cory James, DL Jihad Ward, RT Marshall Newhouse