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Derek Carr praises Jon Gruden, Mike Mayock for Raiders' rookie class

Derek Carr praises Jon Gruden, Mike Mayock for Raiders' rookie class

One week after the Raiders announced Mike Mayock as their general manager, the former longtime NFL draft analyst found his first assignment: The College Football Playoff National Championship. 

Clearly, he liked what he saw at Levi's Stadium. The Raiders selected four players -- defensive end Clelin Ferrell, running back Josh Jacobs, cornerback Trayvon Mullen and receiver Hunter Renfrow -- from the national championship. These players came from winning college programs in Clemson and Alabama, and it showing on and off the field.

Quarterback Derek Carr has taken notice to the maturity of the Raiders' rookie class, giving a round of applause to Mayock and coach Jon Gruden.

"They already understand what it means to be a top-level pro, and their effort and determination is there. The only thing that's gonna stop them is circumstance. These guys are completely understanding of what it means to be a professional at this league, and you have to give a lot of credit to Mr. Mayock and coach Gruden," Carr said on the Raider Cody Podcast.

"They sought these guys out. They interviewed them. They obviously went through that rigorous process with the draft and things like that." 

Mayock and Gruden's draft picks are panning out so far for the 3-2 Raiders.

Jacobs looks like a future star and already has 430 rushing yards and four touchdowns on the ground. He also has added another 77 yards receiving. Renfrow ranks third on the team in receptions (12) and receiving yards (101). Ferrell missed last game with a concussion. He has 10 tackles, one sack and three tackles for a loss. 

Even late-round draft picks like defensive end Maxx Crosby and tight end Foster Moreau look like contributors for years to come. 

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Carr and the Raiders are enjoying their bye week after a big Week 5 win over the Bears in London. The QB is staying in shape, though, and had tight end Derek Carrier over for a home workout this week. One of the first subjects they brought up was the team's rookies. 

"They're all professionals. You don't look at these guys as rookies, they're just pros," Carr said. "They get it. They're able to contribute, they know their weaknesses, they know their flaws, they're OK admitting their flaws." 

Through the early portion of the season, the Raiders have surprised many with a winning record after an offseason full of drama and headaches. And their rookies are a big reason why.

Former 49ers sixth-round NFL draft pick Kaden Smith claimed by Giants

Former 49ers sixth-round NFL draft pick Kaden Smith claimed by Giants

The New York Giants on Monday claimed former 49ers tight end Kaden Smith off waivers.

The 49ers waived Smith on Saturday to promote running back Jeff Wilson from the practice squad to help compensate for the loss of Tevin Coleman to a high-ankle sprain.

The move paid immediate dividends for the 49ers, as Wilson was active for the game and scored his first two career touchdowns on runs of 2 and 4 yards. He gained 34 yards on 10 rushing attempts.

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The 49ers planned to re-sign Smith to the practice squad if he cleared waivers. Smith was a 2019 sixth-round draft pick from Stanford. He made the 49ers’ initial 53-man roster as the team’s fourth tight end behind George Kittle, Ross Dwelley and Levine Toilolo.

Smith caught four passes for 44 yards during the preseason.

49ers' top pick Nick Bosa to miss preseason, at least, with ankle sprain

49ers' top pick Nick Bosa to miss preseason, at least, with ankle sprain

SANTA CLARA – 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa sustained a significant ankle sprain that will knock him out for the entire preseason, at the very least.

General manager John Lynch, appearing on the KNBR Morning Show, said Bosa sustained an injury similar to a high-ankle sprain after a teammate fell on his lower leg during practice on Wednesday.

“We won’t see in the preseason and we’ll go from there,” Lynch said.

“We’ll get him right and he’ll be a great player for a long time in this league."

[RELATED: 49ers' injuries overshadow strong red-zone day for offense]

Bosa, the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, was one of the team’s standout players on the practice field during his rookie training camp.

Cornerback Jason Verrett also sustained an ankle injury that will keep him out of action for a significant period of time.