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Mike Mayock, Raiders stand behind controversial Richie Incognito signing

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Mike Mayock, Raiders stand behind controversial Richie Incognito signing

ALAMEDA – The Raiders did their homework on Richie Incognito before signing the interior offensive lineman on Tuesday morning. Okaland's general manager Mike Mayock spoke with several position coaches and front-office folks who have worked with him.

The Raiders had 10 people surrounding his May 6 workout in Alameda. They spoke to the NFL about possible discipline from two 2018 incidents that led to police being called.

They weighed pros and cons, and decided to offer the talented soon-to-be 36-year-old a chance to compete for a starting spot. That started during Tuesday’s OTA session, where he was thrown into the first unit right away.

“We have done a one-year, prove-it deal with him and that means both on and off the field,” Mayock said Tuesday. “There are some expectations he has to meet in both areas. He turns 36 in July. We think he’s going to be a good football player and allow himself to compete for the left guard job.

“I feel comfortable that he’s going to compete on the field and wants to compete off the field. We’re going to provide the infrastructure for him. It’s a two-way street. We have to help him help himself.”

Incognito has had several off-field problems, most notably his involvement in a well-publicized bullying scandal while with the Miami Dolphins. More recently, he was convicted of disorderly conduct stemming from an Aug. 2018 incident at an Arizona funeral home shortly after his father’s death. He was also reportedly taken to a mental health hospital after making threats in a Florida gym in May 2018.

The disorderly conduct conviction could lead to a suspension, though Mayock said that outcome remains uncertain.

“There’s a chance there could be league discipline,” Mayock said. “We don’t know what it will be, but it’s a one-year minimum prove-it deal, and we feel that he’s incentivized properly to stay straight. We can’t control what the NFL will do.”

The Raiders can, and will, set up a support system to help Incognito if he needs it. The team’s player engagement department will be involved, and he’s set to see their clinician on Wednesday.

Mayock and head coach Jon Gruden understand this signing will be controversial for some, and contrasts recent statements they made after the NFL draft about brining in higher-character players.

“It’s a fair question,” Mayock said. “Both Jon and I have talked a lot about foundation. We have reinforced that with our draft. At the end of the day, you can’t have all Boy Scouts. You have to do your homework in each individual case. We’ve done our homework. We’ve talked to an awful lot of people. We talked to Richie and told him what we expect on and off the field and we’ll expect him to adhere to that. … The infrastructure will be here for him to use.”

Bringing a 30-something on a one-year deal is a far different commitment than using a high draft pick on young players hoping to form a foundation of success as the team transitions to Las Vegas in 2020.

How it impacts the 2019 locker room is yet to be determined. Many know Incognito as a good teammate despite his issues in Miami. His new teammates speaking publicly Tuesday were fine with the addition, which could help up front. He’s in great physical shape after a year away from football, and sources say the Raiders were impressed by his mental state while meeting with him.

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Taking a flier on someone like this, who could help the 2019 Raiders even at his advanced age, was deemed worth the risk. It’s one the Raiders will stand behind confidently after the research done before making the move.

“We’re all going to take ownership with Richie,” Mayock said. “Jon and I both talked about that, and we agree that a guy at this age, on a one-year deal, we’re all-in.”

Raiders injury report: Josh Jacobs, Trent Brown miss practice

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Raiders injury report: Josh Jacobs, Trent Brown miss practice

ALAMEDA – The Raiders desperately need running back Josh Jacobs and right tackle Trent Brown available for Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans.

Both guys have spent the significant time playing through pain, and that could well happen again this week.

Jacobs has been dealing with a fractured shoulder since Week 7. Brown has missed one game but has played through ankle and knee injuries thus far this season. Now he has a pectoral ailment keeping him out of practice.

Brown is, however, has played through a ton and could well do so again.

“He’s had a number of different injuries throughout this season,” offensive coordinator Greg Olson said. “Nagging injuries more than anything else as you’ve seen. He’s missed practice but he has been ready to go on Sunday.”

Jacobs volunteered on social media that his shoulder is fractured, and him missing practice over limitations is a slight difference from previous weeks.

The Raiders try to manage his workload during the week to get him as ready as possible for game day.

“We would never put a player in harm, but we’ve managed him and he’s been honest with us in terms of the injury,” Olson said. “Our training staff has done a great job really throughout the week making sure he’s ready to go on Sundays.”

Right guard Gabe Jackson did not participate in Thursday’s sessions after being considered limited for a Wednesday walk-through conducted indoors. His participation level on Friday will give further indication of his readiness for Sunday.

Raiders practice report

THURSDAY
Did not practice
WR Hunter Renfrow (rib)
RB Josh Jacobs (shoulder)
OT Trent Brown (pectoral)
LB Kyle Wilber (ankle)
RG Gabe Jackson (knee)

Limited practice
C Rodney Hudson (ankle)
CB Lamarcus Joyner (hamstring)

Derek Carr details what must get fixed to reignite Raiders offense

Derek Carr details what must get fixed to reignite Raiders offense

ALAMEDA – The Raiders stink. They’re a terrible team after blowout losses against the Jets and Chiefs despite being truly amazing just over a fortnight’s past, when they were coming off a three-game winning streak that made them NFL darlings and a resurgent playoff contender.

That’s the same team we’re talking about, One coming off dramatically different results that have a once confident fan base pulling its hair out heading into Sunday’s vital matchup against the Tennessee Titans.

A win against them at Oakland Coliseum and all is right in the world (again). Lose and it’s apocalypse now.

“I’m excited we get a chance to go compete against a really good football team,” quarterback Derek Carr said. “That’s the beautiful thing about this game. You rewind two weeks ago, we were the greatest story in the NFL and two weeks later we suck again, so I think we’ll be alright. (laughter) We are just going to keep grinding. We’re going to stick to what we do.”

Carr admits they’ll have to do better, especially on offense. The passing game is stuck in neutral, revving its engine without moving an inch.

That’s large part receiver issues – Jon Gruden says he’s shaking up that position group this week – and some lackluster quarterback play with two pick-sixes in the last two games. Can’t have that, plain and simple. The Raiders can’t afford the penalty issues plaguing them recently. They can’t afford the nine-quarter touchdown drought that stretched from the Bengals game through the Jets contest and deep into the Chiefs embarrassment. The Raiders beat the Bengals but have been outscored 74-21 in two losses since.

“We’ve had a rough two weeks,” Carr said. “I’ve had a rough two weeks. It’s time to get back on track, it’s time to get back in our stadium, it’s time to be efficient on offense, it’s time to win. I’m excited we get a chance to go compete against a really good football team.”

The Raiders' offense must find a groove after hitting a rough patch, but let’s not forget this unit posted 24 or more points for six straight weeks. They can get going again by finding old magic. The key, Carr says, is staying on schedule and staying balanced. They have to start strong – they aren’t built to overcome large deficits – and avoid major mistakes.

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That’s how the Raiders did it before. That’s how they can do it again.

“Our execution has not been good enough at all,” Carr said. “Like executing the plays to every detail hasn’t been good enough at all. Turning the ball over myself. I don’t do that. I don’t want to do that. Never been something I’ve wanted to do or been a part of my game and so it doesn’t matter how it happened or why it happened, it happened, and we have to eliminate the turnovers and that starts with me.”