Raiders sign former Cal running back C.J. Anderson in East Bay homecoming


Raiders sign former Cal running back C.J. Anderson in East Bay homecoming

The season is winding down, but the Raiders aren't done adding depth in the backfield.

Oakland signed running back C.J. Anderson to a deal, which he announced on his Instagram page.

A source confirmed to NBC Sports California's Scott Bair earlier Tuesday afternoon that the Raiders were planning to sign the Vallejo native. ESPN and NFL Network first reported the move was imminent. 

Anderson rushed for 104 yards on 24 carries in nine games with the Carolina Panthers earlier this season, but managed zero yards on three carries in his last two games before the Panthers released him on Nov. 12. 

Doug Martin picked up the bulk of the Raiders' carries after Marshawn Lynch was placed on injured reserve after a Week 6 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, while Jalen Richard remained a fixture in the passing game. Anderson's signing could mean Lynch won't suit up the rest of the season. 

The Raiders already designated Justin Ellis to return off injured reserve, meaning one of Lynch and offensive tackle Donald Penn will not be able to return to the team this year. With Martin, Richard, DeAndre Washington, and eventually Anderson all on the roster, the Silver and Black would likely need to make a corresponding move. 

Anderson, like Lynch, is a Cal product. He first acknowledged the move in a tweet with a word anyone from the East Bay would recognize.

There's no word yet whether or not the signing made Anderson want to get hyphy or go dumb. 

Emotional Jon Gruden talks about potential final Raiders game at Coliseum


Emotional Jon Gruden talks about potential final Raiders game at Coliseum

Football in the Oakland Coliseum could be over as we know it following the Christmas Eve game between the Raiders and Broncos.

With the Raiders' future in flux, head coach Jon Gruden was asked about the possibility that Monday's game could be the team's final game at the Coliseum.

"I'm really sensitive about hearing that," Gruden said during his Monday press conference in Alameda. "It's going to be a great atmosphere Monday night, Christmas Eve, Denver Broncos coming to town. I get excited thinking about it."

Gruden was asked to name a favorite memory, but he provided a broader answer.

"Just raging in the Black Hole," Gruden said. "Rocking and raging down there after the Steelers game, after a lot of wins over the years, you know, seeing a lot of the highlights of the great Raiders teams. I get excited, I get emotional about it and hopefully we get it all resolved where we can continue to play here."

That last comment is interesting. The Raiders don't know where they will play in 2019. The team said they wouldn't play in Oakland next year if the city sued them over their move to Las Vegas. The city of Oakland filed a lawsuit last week. So now the team must figure out where to play.

It sounds like Gruden wants to keep playing Oakland.

"It's a real football stadium," Gruden said when asked what he liked about the Coliseum. "It's got dirt, grass, it's got tradition. It's where some of the best games in the history of football have been played. It's where some of the best players in the history of the world played football games."

When another question about the potential final game came, Gruden tried to move on before he got emotional.

"Next question. Next thing you know, I'm going to start crying about a stadium," Gruden said with a laugh.

But the questions kept coming.

"It would be weird," Gruden said when asked what it would feel like if Monday's game was the last ever at the Coliseum.

"I like the old stadiums, I like the traditional joints, to be honest with you," Gruden said. "But I'm also excited about the future of the Raiders. Who are we kidding? It's a sentimental time."

If Gruden is trying to hold back his emotions, the players certainly must know that this could be the final game in Oakland. So will the coaching staff bring it up during team meetings to try and pump up the players?

"We'll certainly talk about it," Gruden said. "Maybe the night before the game, we'll sauce up a video for the guys, get them a true respect of where they are playing."

Raiders snap count: Karl Joseph has become every-down mainstay


Raiders snap count: Karl Joseph has become every-down mainstay

Raiders linebacker Tahir Whitehead is a rare three-down defensive player. He rarely, if ever, leaves the field while everyone else rotates around him.

Another mainstay has joined an exclusive crew. Karl Joseph has become a regular presence on this Raiders defense, and a darn good one at that.

He played all 80 defensive snaps Sunday in a 30-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, after being involved in every play the week before.

His presence has paid off. Joseph had a team-high eight tackles, including a sack, in Cincinnati. He didn’t allow a reception in two targets.

Joseph isn’t being showcased. The Raiders are evaluating whether the 2016 first-round pick can be part of the 2019 squad as the every-down regular he is now.

Gareon Conley’s another guy looking for a steady spot. He gave up three receptions for 20 yards and a touchdown on four targets over 37 snaps before getting concussed.

Emergency starting guards Chaz Green and Denzelle Good played all 59 offensive snaps and left and right guard, respectively.

Green struggled against elite defensive tackle Geno Atkins, giving up three sacks and another quarterback hurry. Good allowed no sacks, but gave up five hurries. The offensive line gave up five sacks and 19 pressures in sum.


Total offensive snaps: 59

Quarterback – Derek Carr 59

Running back – Jalen Richard 30, Doug Martin 27, Keith Smith 7, DeAndre Washington 2

Wide receiver – Jordy Nelson 57, Marcell Ateman 49, Seth Roberts 40, Dwayne Harris 5

Tight end – Jared Cook 52, Darren Waller 9, Derek Carrier 8, Lee Smith 7

Offensive line – Rodney Hudson 59, Brandon Parker 59, Chaz Green 59, Denzelle Good 59, Kolton Miller 59, Clinton McDonald 1, David Sharpe 1


Total defensive snaps: 80

Defensive line – Frostee Rucker 57, PJ Hall 49, Johnathan Hankins 43, Arden Key 42, Clinton McDonald 40Maurice Hurst 38, Justin Ellis 29, Damontre Moore 23

Linebacker – Tahir Whitehead 80, Nick Morrow 48, Marquel Lee 34, Jason Cabinda 34, Emmanuel Lamur 4

Defensive back – Karl Joseph 80, Marcus Gilchrist 73, Daryl Worley 64, Rashaan Melvin 53, Gareon Conley 36, Erik Harris 33, Nick Nelson 20

Special teams

Lee 29, Harris 29, Carrier 27, Morrow 22, Harris 23, K. Smith 21, N. Nelson 18,  L. Smith 17, Waller 13, Benwikere 13, Washington 12, Lamur 11, Trent Sieg 10, Johnny Townsend 10, Daniel Carlson 9, Worley 9, Moore, 9, Gilchrist 7, Cabinda 7, McDonald 6, Whitehead 6, Rucker 6, Hankins 6, Key 6, Joseph 5, Melvin 5, Sharpe 4, Miller 4, Parker 4, Green 4, Good 4, Denver Kirkland 4 Conley 2, Richard 1