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.”

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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.

Why Raiders might wade back into NFL trade market with rumors swirling

Why Raiders might wade back into NFL trade market with rumors swirling

ALAMEDA – The Raiders continue making roster moves throughout the season. The latest came Tuesday, when veteran middle linebacker Derrick Johnson was formally released.

There could be more alterations on the horizons as the Raiders try to improve.

“There’s going to continue to be roster changes, certainly, on every team in the league,” head coach Jon Gruden said. “That’s just the way the league is. Players get hurt. We’ll see what the medical report is when we return from the bye and we’ll go from there.”

Injuries certainly necessitate change. That’s how defensive tackles Johnathan Hankins and Clinton McDonald ended up on the roster. Justin Ellis went on injured and P.J. Hall was lost a few weeks, creating vacancies filled by guys who stuck.

That’s one way rosters change. The others? Performance or preferred compensation.

We’ll explore the latter in this post.

Jay Glazer reported Sunday on the Fox pregame show that the Raiders are shopping former first-round picks Amari Cooper and Karl Joseph in trades.

Other media outlets, including one prominent site, have thrown other names out there, assuming the Raiders are willing to part with anyone after a 1-5 start. We won’t repeat unsubstantiated names, or those associated with conditionals like “could” or “might.”

Generally speaking, it will be interesting to see how involved the Raiders are moving parts before the Oct. 30 NFL trade deadline. Trading Cooper especially would show the Raiders are clearing the deck for future picks and salary-cap freedom. Cooper should demand significant salary in his second contract, which could be extended this offseason or after he plays on a fifth-year option. Cooper has been inconsistent, making it tougher to pay him top dollar.

Joseph was the No. 4 safety before hurting his hamstring a few weeks back, so getting something for someone not high on the depth chart might be worth it to brass.

Glazer reports in The Athletic that the Raiders are looking for a first-round pick for Cooper, but would have a market for the dynamic talent should the price drop some. The Alabama product is working the through the concussion protocol, meaning he wouldn’t get dealt until he is cleared.

Gruden was asked about shopping Cooper after a 27-3 loss to Seattle on Sunday, during which the receiver was concussed.

”I don't know. I haven't heard that. I'm not -- I'm not -- you know, I'm just sorry to have to deal with a lot of these reports,” Gruden said. “I just hope Amari is okay. Like I said, he's going to be a big part of our pass offense and we'll see what happens here. Hopefully he's all right.”

Glazer reports “decent compensation” is being demanded for Joseph, though a market hasn’t really developed.

There are other short-term veterans who could get moved, even in a league where deadline trades aren’t terribly common.

The Raiders are on the prowl for upgrades now or, more likely, in the future. It’s possible they could part with a player of pedigree to acquire them.

Source: Raiders fined $20,000 for violating NFL injury report rule


Source: Raiders fined $20,000 for violating NFL injury report rule

The Raiders designated left guard Kelechi Osemele as questionable the Friday before a Week 5 contest against the L.A. Chargers with a knee injury. 

The Pro Bowl lineman then didn’t make the Saturday trip to Los Angeles with his team, leaving no chance he would play that Sunday at StubHub! Center. 

The Raiders didn’t downgrade his status, however, and that's a violation of NFL rules on injury disclosure. They were fined $20,000 by the NFL for that misstep, a source confirmed Thursday. 

A questionable player’s status often is determined the day before the game or in pregame warm-ups, but Osemele’s status was clear when he didn’t get on the plane. He should’ve been downgraded to out Saturday afternoon, per NFL rules.