Raiders notes: Taking a Guess at long snapper


Raiders notes: Taking a Guess at long snapper

ALAMEDA -- The Raiders signing long snapper Nick Guess to the practice squad Wednesday was a preemptive strike in case concussed Pro Bowl long snapper Jon Condo is not cleared to play Sunday at Miami."We would anticipate," coach Dennis Allen said, "if (Condo) isn't able to go, that (Guess) would come in and take that role."NEWS: Raiders sign LS Guess
Allen, though, said Condo was involved in the protocol to get cleared."Thats going to go all the way up until Saturday before we know for sure," Allen said. "Or at least theres the potential that (it) could go to Saturday before we know."Guess, a rookie free agent from Tennessee who was in camp with San Diego, won a reported long-snapping competition with five others -- Bryce Davis, Kyle Nelson, Travis Tripucka, Ryan Pontbrian and Ryan Senser.RELATED: Condo has Raiders scrambling
"I was definitely thinking about getting a call, absolutely, because the Redskins snapper broke his arm and then this happened to Jon," Guess said. "I was definitely hoping to get a phone call. I didnt know. Im a rookie, so I dont know how this process work. After I saw the hit, I just felt bad for Jon because I know it was just like a freak accident."Monday night, backup middle linebacker Travis Goethel, who last long-snapped in high school, had a nightmarish turn replacing Condo as he rolled two of his snaps to punter Shane Lechler. A third resulted in a blocked punt.REWIND: Goethel: 'I wish it never happened'
"Theres so much time that goes into making everything that perfect rep so you get that perfect punt off every time," Guess said. "Its tough to snap the ball and then make the block and get the right guy."And in case you're wondering why regular centers Stefen Wisniewski and Alex Parsons don't simply jump in there, Allen said it's a completely different skill set."Its totally different," Allen said. "When youre a regular center and youre snapping the ball, whether it be shotgun, its a one-handed snap, its five yards, theres not quite as much zip on that as it is for a long-snapper. Its totally different. Its not something that you just come out here and youre able to do. Theres a skill set thats required to do that."Receiver Rod Streater's first-quarter fumble not only ended the Raiders' initial drive and shifted momentum into the Chargers' favor, but also served as a learning experience for the undrafted rookie."It wasnt a bad play by him, its just something you learn with experience," said quarterback Carson Palmer. "As you have catches and years in this league you understand on third down to get down. I love his heart. I love his fight. Hes trying to get an extra yard-and-a-half, which you love to see. Thats who he is as a person. Thats who he is as a player."Next time Ill almost guarantee hell get down. Hell dive on the ground. Hell know he has a first down. Getting us the first down and then getting downI dont think it affected his confidence. Hes a naturally very confident person. I looked him in the eyes right after the play and I could tell he was disappointed but he wasnt (shaken up). He bounced back and made plays later on in the game."Streater was targeted 10 times by Palmer and caught four passes for 27 yards and a touchdown, plus the ensuing two-point conversion."Just tuck and go down next time," Streater said. "It wasn't worth it."Catch the ball, tuck and get down."Defensive tackle Tommy Kelly had a pair of costly offsides penalties on third down to prolong a Chargers scoring drive. So with Kelly jumping being a point of emphasis this offseason, did he expect to be disciplined for his jumping at quarterback Philip Rivers' hard count?"They can pretty much do what they're going to do to me but at the same time, me as a player (I have) to be able to stop listening to Phil instead of just watching the ball," Kelly said. To me, you can fine me, do whatever you want to do to me because he's the coach, but at the same time, it's on me."I've got to correct that; he can't correct that."Receiver Derek Hagan, on the Chargers taking away the Raiders' deep threat Monday night: "We definitely werent expecting that. Watching tape, and playing them last year, we felt that they were a Cover 1 team and come Monday night, I guess, our speed, just forced them to back off. They were playing about 15, 20 yards off and it was one of those things where Carson just kept having to check the ball downyou've got to take what the defense gives you and thats basically what we were doing."Added Streater: "They played a lot of bail technique. They were pressing, then turn around and run back. A lot of bail technique and they pretty much bailed a lot."

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