Raiders' Derek Carr building Nevada house next door to Jon Gruden

Raiders' Derek Carr building Nevada house next door to Jon Gruden

NAPA – Derek Carr has just a year left in the Bay Area. His employers, after all, are moving to Las Vegas next year.

The Raiders quarterback, under contract through 2022, is building a home somewhat near the new Raiders training facility in Henderson, Nev., to keep his family close to where he’ll work.

Carr already knows his closest neighbor: head coach Jon Gruden.

“We are next door neighbors. We will be, anyway, but that’s for the future.,” Carr said. “That’ll be fun. Hopefully there will be a lot of knocks on the door. Maybe we can carpool. That would be good for us.”

The Raiders head coach and his quarterback already spend tons of time together, but a quick ride to the team complex with his quarterback wouldn’t hurt.

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Carr had some fun with this topic after Saturday's practice, jokingly saying they may just merge properties.

“Oh yeah, we might knock down the fence and just make it one,” Carr said, with tongue firmly planted in cheek. “We’ll see.”

Trevor Davis trade brings Raiders speed in return game, on offense


Trevor Davis trade brings Raiders speed in return game, on offense

Dwayne Harris hurt his ankle in punt coverage Sunday against Kansas City, and seemed to be in significant pain while lying on the Oakland Coliseum turf. He eventually got back to the Raiders' sideline, tested his ailing joint and convinced trainers to let him get back in the action.

That return didn’t go well. Harris limped off the field again later in the game and did not return. He didn’t participate in Wednesday’s practice, and it’s possible Harris will miss an extended stretch.

It seems likely after the Raiders acquired Trevor Davis from Green Bay on Wednesday afternoon, a source told NBC Sports Bay Area. The Athletic was first to report the news.

Davis has sprinter’s speed and is a receiver by trade, but he’ll be able to step in and help right away returning kicks and punts.

The Cal alum is a dynamic return man, occupying a position the Raiders value on their 53-man roster. Davis could step in right away there, while learning the Raiders receiver positions.

The Silver and Black also need help there, with little passing-game production outside Tyrell Williams and tight end Darren Waller. Ryan Grant hasn’t produced in a starting role, Keelan Doss remains a work in progress and J.J. Nelson has dealt with a nagging ankle sprain.

Receiver speed also is an issue with Nelson out and Antonio Brown now a New England Patriot, so getting a young player who can return right away and help offensively down the road is a win.

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The Raiders need someone to stretch the field and be a dynamic playmaker, and saw firsthand that Davis can be one.

He had five catches for 78 yards and a touchdown and an 18-yard run against the Raiders in a preseason contest played on an 80-yard field in Winnipeg.

The Raiders offense is complex, and takes time for receivers to learn, but that process could be accelerated if he focused on just one position or the gadget plays often run for Harris.

NFL rumors: Raiders trade for speedy Packers receiver Trevor Davis


NFL rumors: Raiders trade for speedy Packers receiver Trevor Davis

The Raiders added some needed depth to their wide-receiver room Wednesday. 

Oakland acquired Trevor Davis in a trade with the Green Bay Packers on Wednesday, a source confirmed to NBC Sports California's Scott Bair. NFL Media's Ian Rapoport and The Athletic's Matt Schneidman first reported the news. 

Davis, 26, has played in 31 games over the last four seasons. He has just nine receptions for 122 yards in his NFL career, but has been a fairly prolific returner. He has averaged 22.6 yards per kick return, and Davis ranks 27th out of 48 players who have returned at least 20 kicks over the last four seasons. 

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That average ranks below Raiders return man Dwyane Harris (24.05 yads per return), but Harris injured his ankle in Oakland's Week 2 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. The Raiders also lack viable options behind No. 1 receiver Tyrell Williams in the aftermath of Antonio Brown's requested release, and Davis figures to get a longer look in Oakland's passing game than Green Bay's. 

The trade is a homecoming for Davis, who was born in San Francisco. Davis played two seasons at nearby Cal (2014 through 2015) after transferring from the University of Hawaii, and he attended high school in Martinez at Alhambra.