Notes: Del Rio 'not going to dwell' on penalties, praises Raiders resilience

Notes: Del Rio 'not going to dwell' on penalties, praises Raiders resilience

ALAMEDA – The Raiders lead the NFL in penalties and penalty yards, both by a long shot.

The Raiders set an all-time record with 23 penalties in Sunday’s victory over Tampa Bay, costing 200 yards that stands as third-most in history.

Del Rio wasn’t pleased about the infractions, especially those occurring before the snap. He also chose to focus on one word in the previous par above all else.


“What I like about our guys is that we’re resilient,” Del Rio said during his Monday press conference. “We continue to fight through whatever obstacles present themselves. Yesterday we dealt with a large number of infractions that we don’t want to see. We fought our way through it and found a way to win.”

While the Raiders earned some penalties, he certainly didn’t think all were warranted. A pair of illegal formation calls called against Vadal Alexander were bothersome, as he believed the rookie properly signaled himself as an eligible receiver.

Del Rio wants to be better in this area, especially considering his reputation as a fundamentally sound player who demands the same as a head coach, but he won’t worry about this issue much because he knows the Raiders are a disciplined team.

“We’ve made our corrections,” Del Rio said. “We’re not going to dwell on anything negative. We’ll go forward with positive energy and focus on things we need to do.”

No Sean Smith update: Raiders cornerback Sean Smith injured his shoulder on the second play of Sunday’s win and did not return after seeming to jam his arm back into the socket.

Del Rio didn’t update his condition on Monday. He thought DJ Hayden and TJ Carrie fared well with increased action.

“We matched (David Amerson) on (top Tampa Bay wideout) Mike Evans, and he did a nice job,” Del Rio said. “We doubled him throughout the day, and those other guys were left one-on-one a lot and they did a good job covering their guys.”

Penn a fantasy option?: Raiders left tackle Donald Penn scored a receiving touchdown on Sunday against a Tampa he used to play for, and it marked his fourth career TD. According to NFL Research, he has more touchdowns that any other player over 300 pounds.

Coach Del Rio, should Penn be a fantasy football option moving forward?

“He comes along once every two years,” Del Rio said. “You’d better be patient.”

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.”