NFL capsule: Raiders 7.5-point underdogs vs. Ravens


NFL capsule: Raiders 7.5-point underdogs vs. Ravens

OAKLAND (3-5) At BALTIMORE (6-2)Sunday, 1 p.m., CBSOPENING LINE - Ravens by 7 12RECORD VS. SPREAD - Oakland 4-4; Baltimore 3-5SERIES RECORD - Ravens lead 6-1AP PRO32 RANKING - Raiders No. 27; Ravens No. 9LAST MEETING - Ravens beat Raiders 21-13, Jan. 3, 2010LAST WEEK - Raiders lost to Buccaneers 42-32, Ravens beat Browns 25-15STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Raiders QB Carson Palmer played against Baltimore 13 times as member of Bengals, going 9-4 and passing for 3,202 yards. ... Ravens have won three straight in series. Oakland's only win in Oakland in December 2003. ... It's return home of sorts for Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, who played at Maryland from 2006-08. ... Oakland top draft pick OL Tony Bergstrom will be playing against brother-in-law, Ravens LB Paul Kruger. ... Raiders top two RBs, Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson, nursing sprained right ankles. ... Raiders have scored in final two minutes of first half every game this year. ... Oakland WR Denarius Moore has TD catch in three of last four games. ... Raiders' third of five trips to Eastern time zone this year. They have thus far lost to Miami and Atlanta. ... Ravens have won 14 straight at home, longest current streak in NFL. ... Baltimore RB Ray Rice needs 1 yard on the ground to reach 5,000 for his career. Jamal Lewis (7,801 yards) only Ravens player to top 5,000. ... Baltimore 8-1 when WR Torrey Smith has TD catch. ... Ravens WR Anquan Boldin needs 32 yards to reach 10,000 from scrimmage for career. ... Ravens LB Terrell Suggs has four sacks in his last three games against Oakland. ... Ravens 27-5 against sub-.500 teams under coach John Harbaugh. ... Baltimore cornerback Cary Williams has four INTs in last five games. Teammate Ed Reed posted 60th career INT in last week's win over Cleveland. ... Ravens rookie kicker Justin Tucker has made 15 of 16 FG tries, going 4 for 4 from beyond 50 yards.

Source: Donald Penn agrees to restructure of his Raiders contract


Source: Donald Penn agrees to restructure of his Raiders contract

NAPA – Raiders left tackle Donald Penn has agreed to restructure his contract, a source told NBC Sports Bay Area on Monday evening.

The Pro Bowl blind side protector took a small pay cut, and received more guaranteed money than he was previously owed.

Penn had two years remaining and $18.6 million on the previous deal, with only $3 million guaranteed this year and no guaranteed funds in 2019.

The Raiders asked Penn to take a pay cut last week, and ultimately worked out a more team-friendly total that ensures he’ll have a bit more coming his way in 2019.

Exact totals of increased guaranteed money were not immediately known.

Penn remains on the physically unable to perform list recovering from Lisfranc foot surgery in Dec. 2017. He has been doing side work most if training camp and is nearing a return.

Penn worked out for Raiders coaches on Saturday, but head coach Jon Gruden did not update the veteran’s status in a Monday afternoon press conference.

First-round draft pick Kolton Miller has been the team’s first-team left tackle in Penn’s absence. Penn has also made a point to mentor Miller during practice and even on the sidelines of Friday’s exhibition versus Detroit.

He’s expected to regain full health and, if he returns to old form, should be expected to start at left tackle. Miller has been solid in camp, and is learning well from practice mistakes.

Raiders camp report: Connor Cook struggles following standout performance


Raiders camp report: Connor Cook struggles following standout performance

NAPA – Jon Gruden made Connor Cook’s life difficult on Monday morning. The Raiders head coach likes to do that with his quarterback, to test and push and prod.

That was the case in the first practice after Cook’s solid showing in a 16-10 preseason victory over the Lions. Cook might’ve played his best football as a professional against Detroit, leading three scoring drives in five series.

He showed poise inside the pocket and out, making smart and accurate throws.

Cook wasn’t quite so crisp in Monday’s practice, struggling some when Gruden threw adversity his way.

“Well, he did some positive things (against Detroit),” Gruden said. “I liked the look in his eye. I thought he was confident, he was in control, and again he moved the football team and did some good things.

“We made it hard on him today, put him in some tough positions. You don’t get a chance to read your clippings and celebrate your press conferences for long in this business. So, hopefully he got his eyes opened today and can learn from his film. He obviously missed a couple throws we expect him to hit.”

He looked frustrated after poor quarterback-center exchange, missed on some throws and drew Gruden’s ire when he didn’t properly break the huddle. Overall, however, Cook feels like he handled a strenuous day decently wel.

“I thought I did okay,” Cook said. “There were some blitz pickups I could’ve done a better job correcting and I missed some throws, but that’s why you practice. You want to learn and get better and perfect your craft and then be better the next time.”

Gruden insists the backup quarterback job remains up for grabs, though Cook seems to be in the No. 2 slot right now. EJ Manuel will get extra work in Saturday’s preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Consistency will be key in Cook’s quest for the No. 2 job, both in practice and games.

“The goal is to be the best version of myself in every game, every practice,” Cook said. “You have to keep your foot on the gas every single day.”

Collision course

The Raiders had a secondary scare on Monday when cornerbacks Rashaan Melvin and Daryl Worley ran into each other covering crossing routes.

Worley was down on the grass for a few minutes, but eventually left under his own power. He did not return to practice, and left the field shortly after. Gruden did not have an immediate update on Worley’s health.

Melvin was able to continue practicing.

Injury update

Cornerback Gareon Conley was somewhat limited in his return from a hip injury, though he participated in individual and team periods. He worked primarily with the second unit, but played with the top crew after Worley went down.

Arden Key (ankle) and Brandon Parker (ankle) also returned after missing some practice and Friday’s game.

Gruden said Martavis Bryant missed practice dealing with headaches, and Seth Roberts remains out with an undisclosed ailment. Obi Melifonwu missed yet another practice, though Gruden did not update his status. Breno Giacomini has a knee injury that has kept him out most of training camp.

Donald Penn worked out for coaches on Saturday, but he remains on the physically unable to perform list recovering from foot surgery. Gruden didn’t update his status, either.

This ‘n that

Jordy Nelson made the catch of the day on Monday, hauling in a beautifully thrown deep shot from Derek Carr with Melvin trailing in coverage. He quietly continues to have a strong training camp. …Griff Whalen worked with the first unit as a slot receiver, as he did in Friday’s game. Ryan Switzer was primarily a second-unit player in the game. …WR Saeed Blacknall left practice early with an undisclosed ailment. …David Sharpe and Ian Silberman rotated playing right tackle with the first unit.