Notes: Raiders CB Amerson shines again vs Packers


Notes: Raiders CB Amerson shines again vs Packers

OAKLAND -- Raiders cornerback David Amerson had yet another strong game against Green Bay, proving he belongs in the team’s lineup next season. The Week 3 waiver claim had six tackles, three passes defensed and an interception in a 30-20 loss to the Packers.

He leads the NFL is passes defensed and has 23 as a Raider, which stands as a franchise record since the stat became official in 1994.

He broke up a deep pass intended for James Jones that prevented a huge gain. He had an interception in the fourth quarter that prevented another score.

“They ran the same play that I broke up earlier in the end zone,” Amerson said. “It was kind of the same thing, just more room for him to run. I knew it was coming and I was kind of behind him, trying to bait Aaron to throw it, which he did.”

That interception could’ve gone to Charles Woodson, but Amerson came down with it.

“I told ‘Wood’ it was tunnel vision,” Amerson said. “I just saw the ball and the next thing I know, I feel someone tugging at it. Then I saw it was him, but he was nice enough to let it go.”

[BAIR: Packers WR Jones plays big role in eliminating Raiders]

Losing Super Mario ‘a blow’: Rookie defensive lineman Mario Edwards injured his neck in the first half of Sunday’s loss and never returned. Del Rio said further evaluation is required to know the extent of his injury, though recovering on a short week might prove difficult.

Rushing the passer become harder without Edwards in the mix, especially on the interior during passing situations.

“We had some early pressure, got him sacked a couple of times. Mario, obviously, has become a real key member of our defensive front and having him go out early like he did definitely was a blow.”

The Raiders also lost slot receiver Seth Roberts to an abdominal injury. He did not return.

Run game flames out: Raiders running back Latavius Murray got off to a fast start, with 15 carries for 64 yards in the first half. He only had 14 yards on six carries in the second half, a slowdown in production and frequency at times where the Raiders needed steady yards and drives alike.

“I thought we were able to do some things early,” Del Rio said. “Like you said, we didn’t do so well late. I will say, any time the run game doesn’t get the number of turns that you want to have, typically that is the result of not converting first downs. Moving the chains and converting first downs gives you more opportunity to do a lot things; you can be productive on offense.”

Mack gets another sack: Second-year pro Khalil Mack had an early sack, but none after that, a week after he recorded five against the Denver Broncos. He was still impactful, with a sack, a quarterback hit and another tackle for loss.

Mack has 15, one behind Derrick Burgess’s all-time record.

This and that: Raiders kicker Sebastian Janiowski played his 250th NFL game on Sunday afternoon, all of them in a Raiders uniform. … Quarterback Derek Carr threw two more touchdowns on Sunday and has 30 on the season. He is just the second Raiders passer with at least 30 touchdowns in a season. Daryle Lamonica did it twice and holds the franchise record with 34.

Source: Antonio Brown attends Raiders team meeting amid helmet drama

Source: Antonio Brown attends Raiders team meeting amid helmet drama

To quote Rockhound in "Armageddon:" "We're staying, we're going, we're staying, we're going. Make up your mind already."

Whether you're talking about trying to get off a planet-killer asteroid heading for Earth or Antonio Brown's Raiders practice attendance, it fits.

The Raiders receiver missed practice Sunday after getting bad news on his quest to get his desired helmet certified by the NFL. With Brown absent yet again due to a helmet issue that has become a thorn in the Raiders' side, general manager Mike Mayock delivered an ultimatum to his star via the media, saying Brown needs to either be "all-in or all-out."

Well, it looks like for now, Brown is "all-in."

The Silver and Black had a team meeting Monday as training camp breaks, and Brown was in attendance, a source told NBC Sports California's Scott Bair.

ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio was the first to report Brown was with the team, although there was no practice Monday. Practice will resume Tuesday in Alameda before the team takes off for Winnipeg on Wednesday ahead of Thursday night's preseason game against the Packers.

Brown has been mainly MIA during training camp. He took part in a portion of one practice before leaving Napa to get treatment on his frostbitten feet and to try and resolve his helmet drama. The four-time All-Pro selection returned to the team and even went through warm-ups prior to their preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals.

The star pass-catcher particpated in Saturday's walkthrough and appeared ready to hit the practice field at full speed before his helmet was nixed by the league.

[RELATED: If AB's isn't 'all-in,' Raiders have very few options]

A day after Mayock's ultimatum, Brown is back with the team as he continues to look for a solution to his helmet issue. But for how long is anyone's guess.

Agent Drew Rosenhaus offers defense of Antonio Brown's helmet drama

Agent Drew Rosenhaus offers defense of Antonio Brown's helmet drama

Drew Rosenhaus is making the rounds in defense of client and superstar receiver Antonio Brown, who left Raiders training camp over an inability to wear his preferred helmet.

We all know the story by now, that Brown wants to wear a Schutt Air Advantage helmet that failed an independent lab test, and a league source said that no version will pass muster with the NFL and NFLPA regardless of what year it was made.

He left the team and refused to practice Sunday without his preferred helmet, which prompted Raiders GM Mike Mayock to issue his “all-in or all-out” statement.

Brown returned to the team for a meeting Monday. The Raiders don't practice again until Tuesday and the wide receiver's helmet issues still remain. Rosenhaus spoke out in defense of his Brown on Sunday night on a Miami sports show, and again Monday morning on ESPN.

“We’re looking into any and all options right to resolve the helmet issue," Rosenhaus said. "Antonio is very genuine. He wants to be there. He wants to be part of the team. He wants to practice, but he would also like to do it with the helmet he has worn his entire life. He has worn it in peewee football, high school football, in college at Central Michigan, and for his entire nine-year [NFL] career.

“People keep telling me that there are 2,000 players who are wearing approved helmets, but there are very few, if any, who have worn the same helmet their entire career. He’s a wide receiver. He gets hit across the middle. People are trying to take his head off. He’s a big target.

“…This is his life. He is risking everything. He has a family. He has had a concussion before. This helmet has kept him safe. He has had brutal hits. We’re just trying to find a way to work it out. We’ve worked closely with the Raiders and the NFL, and I hope people can appreciate that this is not a simple issue. The helmet is the most important piece of equipment, and he has had the same one for every single snap he has played his football career. This is a major issue for him.”

As for Mayock's public ultimatum, Rosenhaus noted he's been in constant contact with the Raiders as they work to find a way to solve the helmet drama.

“I talked to Mike multiple times [Sunday],” Rosenhaus said. “We are on the same page. We understand the club’s frustration. We understand the club wants Antonio back. We get that. We get all of that. Please understand that he wants to be there. It is difficult for him to practice, take hits, whatever with equipment that he has never used before. That’s why we’re trying to iron this out so it goes smoothly the rest of the season. We’re looking for a permanent solution.”

[RELATED: If AB isn't 'all-in,' Raiders have very few options]

After the Raiders practice Tuesday, they leave Wednesday for a Thursday exhibition against Green Bay in Winnipeg, with practice resuming again Saturday. Brown hasn't practiced with the Raiders since July 30 while rehabbing frostbitten feet and dealing with a helmet issue that has gone on for months.