Snap count: Raiders paid Sean Smith to do nothing vs Chargers


Snap count: Raiders paid Sean Smith to do nothing vs Chargers

OAKLAND – In addition to a $4.25 million roster bonus and $250,000 workout bonus, Raiders cornerback Sean Smith makes a $5 million base salary this season. The salary was fully guaranteed when he signed a four-year, $38 million contract last offseason.

The base salary is paid in 17 installments, one for each week of the regular season. That means the Raiders paid Smith $294,117 to do nothing in Sunday’s 17-16 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

He was active as an emergency option but wasn’t needed, and did not play a single snap on defense or special teams.

David Amerson and TJ Carrie started at cornerback, with Dexter McDonald entering in the sub package. Snaps are earned under head coach Jack Del Rio. Salary or draft status doesn’t enter into his decisions.

Smith has been a liability against speed receivers and the Raiders don’t shadow cornerbacks, meaning he was vulnerable to bad matchups on the outside.

Amerson and Carrie have been good, and McDonald has proven effective in recent weeks as a third cornerback. The Raiders are making do without first-round cornerback Gareon Conley, who remains out with a shin injury.

NFL Network reports that Conley has an important doctor’s appointment set for Tuesday, which could cause him to be shut down for an extended stretch.

The inside linebacker corps was down a few members Sunday, leaving undrafted rookies to man the interior. Fifth-round rookie Marquel Lee was out with an ankle injury and Cory James played but seven defensive snaps due to a knee injury.

Nicholas Morrow started at middle linebacker and played 62 snaps, while Xavier Woodson-Luster, a special teams player prior to Sunday, played on the weak side.

Those kids fared well under difficult circumstances. Morrow had five tackles, a quarterback hit and a pass defensed. He allowed three catches for 43 yards on four targets, according to analytics site Pro Football Focus.

Woodson-Luster had six tackles, and allowed an 11-yard catch on two targets.


OFFENSIVE LINE: Kelechi Osemele 58, Gabe Jackson 58, Donald Penn 58, Rodney Hudson 58, Marshall Newhouse 57, Vadal Alexander 7


RUNNING BACKS:Marshawn Lynch 30, Jalen Richard 17, DeAndre Washington 5

RECEIVERS: Amari Cooper 55, Michael Crabtree 49, Seth Roberts 42, Cordarrelle Patterson 17, Johnny Holton

TIGHT ENDS:Jared Cook 46, Lee Smith 13, Clive Walford 7


DEFENSIVE LINE: Khalil Mack 55, Justin Ellis 44, Mario Edwards 42, Denico Autry 37, Treyvon Hester 34, Eddie Vanderdoes 21, James Cowser 7

LINEBACKERS: Nicholas Morrow 62, Bruce Irvin 58, Xavier Woodson-Luster 40, Shilique Calhoun 10, Cory James 7, Tyrell Adams 1

CORNERBACKS:TJ Carrie 64, David Amerson 64, Dexter McDonald 28

SAFETIES:Reggie Nelson 64, Karl Joseph 64, Keith McGill 12


Keith McGill 19, James Cowser 19, Tyrell Adams 19, Shilique Calhoun 15, Shalom Luani 15, Erik Harris 15, Johnny Holton 11, Cordarrelle Patterson 8, Jalen Richard 8, DeAndre Washington 8, Dexter McDonald 8, Lee Smith 7, Xavier Woodson-Luster 7, Jon Feliciano 7, Jon Condo 7, Marquette King 7, Darius McCray 7, Giorgio Tavhecchio 6, TJ Carrie 4, Nicholas Morrow 4, Khalil Mack 4, Denico Autry 4, Treyvon Hester 4, Eddie Vanderdoes 4, Kelechi Osemele 3, Gabe Jackson 3, Marshall Newhouse 3, Vadal Alexander 3, Clive Walford 3, Karl Joseph 3, Justin Ellis 3, Mario Edward 3


QB Connor Cook, CB Gareon Conley, FB Jamize Olawale, LB Marquel Lee, OT Jylan Ware, OT David Sharpe, DL Jihad Ward


QB EJ Manuel, CB Sean Smith

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.”