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Amerson rips refs after loss, believes Raiders will be playoff regulars

Amerson rips refs after loss, believes Raiders will be playoff regulars

HOUSTON – Raiders players handled Saturday’s season-ending 27-14 loss to the Houston Texans in different ways. Most were introverted, in quiet reflection after a special season came to a jarring end. Others wish

Cornerback Derek Amerson was not. He was pissed.

He didn’t like the “one-sided” officiating. He thought the Raiders defense didn’t perform well enough against a lackluster Texans offense, and was clearly upset they lost in the opening round.

And, he is convinced the Raiders will be regulars in the postseason tournaments.

“Everybody can see the Raiders have talent,” Amerson said. “We have the coaches and the scheme. They all know they’re going to have to deal with us for the next couple years in the playoffs. Point blank.”

The Raiders played without MVP candidate quarterback Derek Carr and Pro Bowl left tackle Donald Penn, and the offense never recovered.

Having those two available may have reverse fortunes. Amerson believes that would’ve been the case now and in the future.

“They know that, when we’re full strength and everybody’s healthy – I know injuries happen – they’ll have to deal with us for the next couple years,” Amerson said. “They know that the Raiders are here. They know what’s going to go on. Some unfortunate things happened this year that we have to move on from.”

“…I’m not making excuses, but everybody knows that, when we’re at full strength, nobody in the league can touch us. We’ll take this loss on the chin, but we’re going to come back for sure.”

Amerson felt the Raiders were at a disadvantage all day, against the Texans and the officials. He was flagged twice in the loss, for defensive holding and a pass interference call in the end zone. He also gave up a 38-yard pass to DeAndre Hopkins where the receiver barely got two feet in bounds.

“They say they’re going to let us play and then they don’t let us play,” Amerson said. “He can get away with everything, but as soon as I do anything, they call something. I feel like there were big points in the game where it happened.

“It was craziness. At the end of the day, hats off to them because they beat us. But, I don’t care what anybody says. It was one sided.”

The Raiders have to come back next year after losing to a Texans offense considered one of the league’s worst.

“We should’ve held them to nothing,” Amerson said. “We didn’t do the A1 job we should’ve done. We’ll take that. But there wasn’t anything about the offense that scared us or was going to give us problems. That’s how we felt. They got the better of us today. They’re moving on. We’re not. That’s the end of the story.”

 

Raiders-Cardinals injury report: Jordy Nelson still shelved as game nears

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Raiders-Cardinals injury report: Jordy Nelson still shelved as game nears

ALAMEDA – The Raiders receiver issues didn’t get any easier on Thursday. Martavis Bryant and Jordy Nelson remained out of action, though that’s considered an estimation because the Silver and Black didn’t conduct a full practice.

They trimmed on-field prep due to air quality issues in the East Bay, which hovered in an unhealthy range that would impact even healthy adults.

Practice became a walk-through session at an off-site location in Alameda. The team did not conduct any activities outdoors on Thursday.

While Bryant has already been ruled out of Sunday’s game against Arizona, the Raiders are holding out hope Nelson can recover in time to play the Cardinals. Fingers, however, could be crossed in vain. It seems unlikely Nelson will play, even though head coach Jon Gruden believes he’ll be designated questionable Friday on the team’s official injury report.

The players considered limited this week were all pulled off the injury report before last week’s loss to the L.A. Chargers. All save cornerback Gareon Conley, who was new to the injury list this week.

Raiders practice report

THURSDAY
Did not practice

WR Martavis Bryant (knee)
WR Jordy Nelson (knee)

Limited practice
CB Gareon Conley (groin)
LB Kyle Wilber (knee)
C Rodney Hudson (ankle)
LG Kelechi Osemele (knee)
CB Daryl Worley (shoulder)

Full practice
RG Gabe Jackson (pectoral)
OL Jon Feliciano (ribs)
LT Kolton Miller (knee/elbow)
WR Dwayne Harris (shoulder)
RB Doug Martin (hip)

Cardinals practice report

WEDNESDAY
Did not practice
S Budda Baker (knee)
S Rudy Ford (heel)
DT Rodney Gunter (not injury related)
OL DJ Humphries (knee)
WR Chad Williams (ankle)

Limited practice
K Phil Dawson (hip)
OL Mike Iupati (back)
DT Robert Nkemdiche (calf)
LB Josh Bynes (wrist)

Full practice
DT Corey Peters (heel)
OL Jeremy Vujnovich (hamstring)
WR Larry Fitzgerald (not injury related)

Raiders rookie spotlight: CB Nick Nelson could be long-term answer in slot

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Raiders rookie spotlight: CB Nick Nelson could be long-term answer in slot

ALAMEDA – There isn’t much to play for in a Raiders season that has started 1-8 with no guarantee that future wins will come.

Significant roster turnover is expected this offseason, with most veterans playing now not expected back.

The Raiders are keeping a close eye on their rookie class, and we’ll do the same. We’ll put the spotlight on one rookie each week as the season carries on and evaluate what they’ve progressed to this point and what strides must be made down the stretch.

This week we’re looking at ...

Nick Nelson

Position: Cornerback
Draft slot: No. 110 overall (Fourth round)
School: Wisconsin
Stats: 3 tackles, 4 receptions allowed for 28 yards on 7 targets over three games (61 defensive snaps)

Raw tools: Nelson is stronger than you might expect at his listed 5-foot-10, 200 pounds, with an ability to play receivers physically at the line of scrimmage. He can be a tight cover man and a solid tackler, and could be considered a fourth-round steal if he becomes the Raiders’ regular slot cornerback as expected.

Early returns: Nelson was inactive most of the season’s first half. The Raiders slow-played his recovery from surgery to repair a torn meniscus, an injury suffered during a pre-draft workout with the Detroit Lions. His draft stock took a hit, and sent him sliding down draft boards with teams uncertain about how he would rebound to knee surgery. He didn’t do anything this spring, but worked his way back to practice and earned increased snaps over the past three weeks.

Where Nelson has improved: Well, his health is the biggest area of improvement. He’s finally 100-percent healthy, in football shape and well versed in coordinator Paul Guenther’s system, and can play free on Sundays. That’s a good sign for the Raiders, who hope he can develop into a defensive staple.

Nelson got a real chance to showcase his skills in last week’s loss to the L.A. Chargers, and played well in coverage and against the run.

“He has some quickness and size and strength to play the nickel position. I think he played 25, close to 30 snaps, something like that. Leon Hall’s snaps were down at the nickel position, but for his debut I thought he played pretty good. I was excited about it.”

What’s next: Nelson should continue taking snaps away from Hall in the slot, as the Raiders figure out what they have in the Wisconsin alum. This is a great opportunity for Nelson to play to his confidence level, which is always high.

The Raiders like tough, physical corners and Nelson must prove he falls in that category to give coaches confidence to make his 2019’s presumptive starter at slot corner.

Quotable: “He probably played the most snaps of the season last week. I thought he did a good job in there. We’ll continue to get him snaps and get him some experience in the slot.” – Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther