NAPA -- It's no secret the Raiders do not have an established No. 1 NFL go-to receiver.And with Plaxico Burress still unemployed and hinting he'd like to play in Oakland, and former Raiders quarterback and league MVP Rich Gannon stoking the fire, it only begs the question -- do the Raiders have any mutual interest in Burress?"I'll say this," said Raiders coach Dennis Allen, "we're going to look at any options that are out there that we think can make us better. Whether or not we make any moves or not, that's to be determined. But we're not going to rule anything out."The Raiders currently have 89 players on their training camp roster -- teams can carry 90, until Aug. 27, when rosters must be trimmed to 75 -- and the Raiders might have more glaring needs at linebacker, running back and cornerback.Still, in 10 seasons -- he missed two while incarcerated on a gun charge -- Burress has 550 receptions for 8,457 yards and 63 touchdowns in 144 games, 134 starts. Last season, he had 45 catches for 612 yards and eight scores for the New York Jets.The combined career totals of the Raiders' Darrius Heyward-Bey, Denarius Moore, Jacoby Ford, Juron Criner, Rod Streater and Eddie McGee? Try 176 catches for 3,832 yards and 14 TDs in 78 games.So yeah, Burress, the No. 8 overall pick of the 2000 draft out of Michigan State, has some accolades in his favor. He also has a lot of baggage.Plus, the Raiders insist they have all they need in the receiving corps already on the roster. Even after the Raiders traded Louis Murphy to Carolina."It's always rough losing a guy, especially like Louis," Heyward-Bey said. "We came in together (in 2009); that was my brother right there. But the team decided to make a move and I guess for them, it's always to get better. We're definitely a group that's close and we'll go out there and work."I can't tell you if it's better or worse."Heyward-Bey is suddenly the veteran in the group and is the most accomplished with world-class speed. Moore is the electric playmaker, though he is slowed with a tight right hamstring, and Ford can be a game-changer, not only at receiver but in returning kicks.Criner, the team's fifth-round compensatory selection from Arizona, was an OTAs revelation as a possession receiver and undrafted free agent Streater from Temple is seen in the same vein. McGee, meanwhile, is a big-bodied pass catcher who worked out with Palmer this summer.And with such a diverse skill set among the receivers, Allen thinks the Raiders are just fine."Our ability to use our weapons in different ways and be able to spread the ball around can give us an advantage," Allen said. "I think a lot of times when you have a ... go-to guy, teams are able to kind of game plan around that. So I think having a bunch of versatility and a bunch or different types of receivers is a good thing."Even if they are so relatively green and inexperienced."We've got some young guys (who are) learning how to play the game of football," Allen said, "but our explosiveness and our speed from a wide receiver's standpoint gives us a lot of options."
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.
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,
DID NOT PLAY
QB EJ Manuel
CB Gareon Conley, QB Connor Cook, OT Jylan Ware, LB Marquel Lee, LB Cory James, DL Jihad Ward, RT Marshall Newhouse