Del Rio: 'Big-time lesson' learned from Edwards Jr-Osemele fight


Del Rio: 'Big-time lesson' learned from Edwards Jr-Osemele fight

NAPA – Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio doesn’t like practice fights.

Hates them, in fact.

They occur in every training camp, and have here in Napa over the past week. The worst came Saturday, with defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. and guard Kelechi Osemele went at it and, after rolling to the ground, Edwards Jr. repeatedly punched Osemele in the helmet.

They squared off again a few moments later, and Del Rio had seen enough. He ejected both players on the spot, a decision he addressed on after Sunday’s practice without being asked.

The topic would’ve been broached, but he wanted to open and close that chapter before it dominated proceedings.

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Del Rio insisted that Saturday’s events have been resolved, and that the incident was used as a teaching moment.

“A couple guys got ejected from practice,” Del Rio said. “I just didn’t think they were prepared to do the things we needed to do to help our team continue to work. Both guys were talked to, and they understand that’s not how we do things. That’s not what we’re looking for.”

“We have handled that, and put it to rest.”

Osemele was a full participant in his return to practice, though Edwards Jr. was limited to individual drills. His right hand was iced after Saturday’s event, and the appendage was taped during Sunday’s practice, when he primarily worked on the side during position-specific periods.

“Both guys are going to be fine,” Del Rio said. “Mario is a little sore, but he’ll be fine. There’s nothing major going on there.”

Del Rio addressed his issue with fighting again – he also did so during the offseason program – and believes his team will avoid extended altercations in the future.

“You can have unfortunate things happen when guys go at it like that,” Del Rio said. “We’re grateful that nothing significant came of it, and we learned a big-time lesson about how important it is to take care of each other and be good teammates. We can still challenge each other but be respectful.”

Raiders' Derek Carr just trolling with Khalil Mack post, David Carr says

Raiders' Derek Carr just trolling with Khalil Mack post, David Carr says

It's been another offseason of rumors for Derek Carr.

Despite a solid 2019 campaign in Year 2 under Jon Gruden, whispers of the Raiders' interest in other quarterbacks, notably Tom Brady, have been circulating since the season ended. There also have been rumors the Silver and Black could look to trade Carr this offseason. Carr sent shockwaves of his own across social media earlier this week when he posted a photo of himself and former teammate Khalil Mack on Instagram, sparking speculation he could be headed to the Chicago Bears.

But, according to Carr's brother David, he was just having a little fun with the offseason rumor mill.

“His son’s favorite movie is Trolls. He’s just having fun. It’s the offseason,” David Carr said on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access."

While Derek Carr is used to questions about his job security being a topic of conversation, it appears the veteran quarterback is enjoying stoking the trade flames himself for once. 

But he might also be sending a message to the Raiders that other teams would love for him to be their starting quarterback if they don't.

The Bears, Indianapolis Colts, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and others have been mentioned as possible landing spots for Derek Carr if he is traded. 

As for the Raiders' offseason plans at quarterback, it feels like the smart money is on Carr entering the season as the starter. While the Brady rumors have taken up all the oxygen, it feels like a stretch to suggest that the six-time Super Bowl champion would leave the New England Patriots at this point in his career. Of course, if Brady wants to wear silver and black, the Raiders have to make that happen.

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It seems likely Carr will take the first snap for the Raiders in Las Vegas with a free-agent acquisition occupying the backup role and looking to take over should Carr not take the next step head coach Jon Gruden wants to see.

If more rumors continue to pop up, don't be surprised to see Carr take to social media with another cryptic post.

Jon Gruden announces Raiders' minicamp will be in Las Vegas, not Alameda

Jon Gruden announces Raiders' minicamp will be in Las Vegas, not Alameda

The Raiders' move from Oakland to Las Vegas is ramping up.

Head coach Jon Gruden announced Saturday before Tyson Fury's win over Deontay Wilder in a heavyweight fight that the Silver and Black would host their mandatory minicamp at their new home in Sin City.

“If we can let everyone in, we will,” Gruden said on the big screen at the fight, via The Las Vegas Review-Journal.

It is unclear whether or not the Raiders will hold the event in Las Vegas or at the team's facility in Henderson, Nev., although the latter seems more likely.

The Raiders are expected to host their training camp in Napa next summer before shifting football operations to Nevada full time.

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Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock face another important offseason as they look to continue the upward trajectory from last season.

The Raiders started Phase 1 of Gruden's rebuild last offseason. They had a historically successful draft class led by running back Josh Jacobs, cornerback Trayvon Mullen and defensive end Maxx Crosby

It will be imperative for Gruden and Mayock to hit on their draft picks again. The Raiders have the No. 12 and No. 19 picks in the first round. With a deep class of young wide receivers, the Silver and Black could greatly improve their offense if they call the right names in April when the draft will be held in April. 

With over $50 million in salary cap room, the Raiders also must navigate free agency successfully. There are a number of players they could pursue, including Tom Brady, but they must hit on their free-agent signings in order to make another leap up the AFC West ladder.