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Raiders QB Derek Carr wouldn't change decision on game-changing pick

Raiders QB Derek Carr wouldn't change decision on game-changing pick

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Derek Carr had the Raiders charging downfield late in the fourth quarter Sunday, seemingly primed to score a go-ahead touchdown and buck an early season trend of struggling in the fourth quarter.

They traveled 77 yards with ease before facing a first down at the Miami 13-yard line. Carr found a favorable matchup he wanted to exploit, with Martavis Bryant locked in single coverage against Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard.

Carr lofted a ball skyward, though it was a bit short. Howard blocked Bryant out toward the baseline, leaped up and snagged it for an interception.

The Dolphins maintained the lead and then expanded it two plays later on a shovel pass that Albert Wilson took 74 yards to the house. Game, Dolphins.

Carr's interception started the downhill slide that sent the Raiders to 0-3 following a loss to the Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium.

“He just saw man-to-man coverage,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden said of Carr's throw. “He decided to take a shot, and unfortunately it didn't work out.”

It’s a shot Carr said he would continue to take, even after the unwelome result.

"If we have a one-on-one, we can go to certain looks [and] those kind of things,” Carr said. “I just saw one-on-one with Martavis [Bryant]. Obviously he was hot and he was doing some good things. I just gave him a chance, just like I have a hundred other times in my life. They ended up making a good play.

“It sucks, right? The outcome sucks, but, I think, going back through in my head, getting one-on-one with that guy, I'd probably have to do it again.”

It’s a play that will be second-guessed, like any mistake made by a true franchise quarterback. Carr obviously wishes for a better result there, maybe a bit better throw that only Bryant could've reached.

Carr gave Amari Cooper a chance to make a play down the field late in the first quarter. He heaved it high and deep, but Cooper saw the ball take flight, and stopped running his route while in heavy coverage.

“I had [Cameron Wake] coming up the field, so I stopped, got back inside, and Coop had him beat,” Carr said. “I let it go, but he never saw me. He never saw the ball, so he stopped. Again, that's something, like, obviously you don't want it to happen because we could’ve had a big touchdown [scored]; but he didn't see me. He didn't see the ball thrown.

“I can't get mad at him for that. It's not like he just ran the wrong route or something or blatantly did it. I promise you, he wishes he had that one back. We had the look, we had a good look for the play, so I wish we would have hit that one. That would have been fun.”

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Raiders coach Jon Gruden issues stern response to Rashaan Melvin tweets

Raiders coach Jon Gruden issues stern response to Rashaan Melvin tweets

ALAMEDA -- Rashaan Melvin made five consecutive starts this season, playing significant snaps in each of those contests.

Then Raiders coaches told the veteran cornerback Saturday in London that his role would decrease significantly in the next day's game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Melvin and Gareon Conley were benched for Daryl Worley and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and the new starters played most every snap in the Raiders' 27-3 loss. Melvin was in for seven, only while Rodgers-Cromartie was being examined by trainers, and he gave up a 10-yard touchdown catch in that short span at Wembley Stadium.

Melvin wasn’t happy about the result or the playing time afterward. The well-traveled cornerback also is being asked to use new techniques in coverage and hasn’t adjusted well.

That frustration led to these two tweets.

The posts were well circulated, and eventually brought to Raiders coach Jon Gruden’s attention.

“I haven’t talked to him yet, no. I’m sure I will. I know (defensive coordinator) Paul Guenther did,” Gruden said in a Tuesday press conference. “I heard there was a Twitter report out there. Melvin is on his seventh team, I think. He’s had different techniques. Maybe he’s confused, I don’t know. I’ll talk to him.

"But he has to play better. He’s in a competitive situation. Perhaps he’s frustrated, and I can’t blame him.”

Melvin’s frustration is clear. He declined comment earlier Tuesday, before Gruden spoke with the press, but he entered this season with high hopes.

He wanted to inarguably prove himself a No. 1 cornerback, and earn the money associated with such distinction. Melvin believed it might come after a career year in Indianapolis, but free agency wasn't generous. He ended up signed a one-year, $5.5 million contract with the Raiders, hoping a good year would secure the multiyear deal he hoped to get this spring.

Being benched and performing below expectation won’t help Melvin’s pride or his pocketbook. That has caused some frustration vented in public.

Gruden somewhat backed off the hard line later in his press conference, addressing Melvin’s frustration in a more political manner.

“He handled adversity and sometimes in an emotional way. But Melvin is a good kid,” Gruden said. “He’s a good kid. He’s given us some good snaps. He’s just in a competitive situation, and we’re trying to help him improve.”

Raiders injury notes: Marshawn Lynch's groin strain causing Gruden some concern

Raiders injury notes: Marshawn Lynch's groin strain causing Gruden some concern

ALAMEDA – The Raiders injury list grew significantly during their disastrous loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Several joined the group of walking wounded, including concussed receivers Amari Cooper and Seth Roberts.

Jon Gruden added another prominent name to the list during his Tuesday press conference.

Running back Marshawn Lynch.

Gruden said Lynch’s groin strain is “cause for concern,” though it’s uncertain how much time the veteran rusher would miss. Gruden said he would offer an update on Lynch and other ailing Raiders next week.

It’s bad news for the Raiders if he misses any time at all. He’s their steadiest offensive player and their clear feature back.

Lynch will be evaluated further, likely with an MRI, in the near future.

“We’re concerned about him, but we’re also hopeful that we can continue to use him,” Gruden said. “We’ll let you know next week.”

That last comment sounded somewhat ominous, so Gruden was asked again whether Lynch’s injury could be considered long-term.

He backed off making predictions over a possible Lynch absence until he knows more, but…

“Anytime a man like this is sore,” Gruden said, “I’m concerned.”

Other Raiders injury notes

-- WRs Amari Cooper and Seth Roberts remain in the concussion protocol.

-- S Karl Joseph (hamstring) was close to playing against Seattle. The Raiders hope to have him back after the bye week.

-- QB Derek Carr (shoulder/arm) is sore but should be okay, as the quarterback himself said after Sunday’s game.

-- There’s a chance OG Jon Feliciano (ribs) returns after the bye week.

-- LG Kelechi Osemele is making progress recovering from a knee sprain, but it’s uncertain if he’ll be ready to go after the bye week.

-- DE Frostee Rucker (neck) should be back to face Indianapolis in the Raiders’ next game.