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Oakland Raiders Sign QB Derek Carr To Five-Year Extension

ALAMEDA, Calif. –The Oakland Raiders have signed QB Derek Carr to a five-year contract extension through 2022, the club announced Friday.

The Raiders originally drafted Carr in the second round (36th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Fresno State. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder has emerged into one of the league’s top quarterbacks over his first three seasons, earning two Pro Bowl selections and numerous other individual accolades. He started the first 47 games of his career, throwing for 11,194 yards on 1,055-of-1,732 passing (60.9 percent) with 81 touchdowns and just 31 interceptions.

After earning the starting job out of training camp in his rookie year of 2014, Carr’s success over his first three seasons ranks among the great career starts by a quarterback in NFL history. He is one of only eight quarterbacks in league history to start their first 47 games, and ranks second in completions (1,055), third in attempts (1,732), eighth in passing yards (11,194) and fourth in touchdown passes (81) by a player in the first three seasons of their career.

As a rookie, Carr posted one of the most prolific rookie seasons in NFL history, becoming the first Raiders quarterback to start all 16 games. On his way to earning a spot on Sports Illustrated’s All-Rookie Team and setting franchise rookie records in every major passing category, Carr finished the season ranked second all-time in completions (348) and sixth in touchdown passes (21) by a rookie.

Carr earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl in 2015, helping the Raiders to a four-win improvement from 2014. He started all 16 games for the second consecutive year and finished with 3,987 passing yards on 350-of-573 passing with 32 passing touchdowns. His 32 passing touchdowns are second most in franchise history, trailing only Daryle Lamonica’s 34 in 1969. He also finished the year with the third most passing yards in a season in franchise history and became one of three Raiders to complete 350 passes in a season.

In 2016, Carr led the Raiders to a 12-4 record as the team earned its first trip to the postseason since 2002. He was selected to his second consecutive Pro Bowl after recording a 96.7 passer rating in 15 games, and threw for 3,937 yards with 28 touchdowns to just six interceptions. He finished second in the NFL last year with seven fourth-quarter comebacks and set the NFL record with five game-winning touchdown passes in either the fourth quarter or overtime. Among the individual accolades won during the year, Carr was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week in the team’s Week 8 overtime win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when he set a single-game franchise record by throwing for 513 yards. He was also named the NFL’s Castrol Edge Clutch Performer of the Year.

Carr’s impact extends beyond the field, as he was voted by his teammates as the recipient of the franchise’s prestigious Commitment to Excellence Award in 2016, given to the Raider who best exemplifies hard work, leadership and excellence throughout the season. He was also the team’s nominee for the NFL’s Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award in 2016, presented each year to the NFL player who best demonstrates the qualities of on-field sportsmanship, including fair play, respect for the game and opponents and integrity in competition.

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Raiders Reggie McKenzie Named Sporting News Executive of the Year

ALAMEDA, Calif.Oakland Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie was named the Sporting News NFL Executive of the Year, Sporting News announced Monday. The honor was determined by a vote of NFL team executives.

In 2016, McKenzie’s fifth year as general manager, the Raiders posted a 12-4 record and advanced to the postseason for the first time since the 2002 campaign. The Raiders had an NFL-high seven Pro Bowl selections, had two players earn first-team All-Pro recognition and DE Khalil Mack was named the Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year.

Since being named General Manager by Owner Mark Davis in 2012, four Raiders draft picks have gone on to receive Pro Bowl selections. Mack, the Raiders’ first-round pick in 2014, earned his second straight Pro Bowl nod, while QB Derek Carr, the team’s second-round selection that year, emerged as a Most Valuable Player candidate and has received Pro Bowl invitations in each of the last two seasons. WR Amari Cooper, the team’s first-round pick in 2015, has also earned two Pro Bowl selections after beginning his career with consecutive 1,000-yard receiving campaigns. RB Latavius Murray, a sixth-round pick in 2013, earned a Pro Bowl bid in 2015 and was named an alternate this past year.

In addition, 10 players drafted by the Raiders in the fourth round or later since 2013 have started multiple games for the team and six different draft picks have earned All-Rookie honors.

Last offseason, the Raiders signed LB Bruce Irvin, S Reggie Nelson, G/T Kelechi Osemele and CB Sean Smith, securing four of the “top 25 available free agents” according to NFL.com. All seven of the team’s draft picks saw significant action during the season and first-round selection S Karl Joseph was named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team. A remarkable seven undrafted free agents, acquired by the Raiders in the weeks following the 2016 NFL Draft, finished the season on the team’s active roster.

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Oakland Raiders Promote Todd Downing And Jake Peetz

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have promoted Todd Downing to offensive coordinator and Jake Peetz to quarterbacks coach, the club announced Saturday.

Downing, who worked closely with Derek Carr over the previous two seasons as quarterbacks coach, enters his 17th campaign as an NFL assistant and his third with the Silver and Black. Carr has developed remarkably under Downing’s tutelage, earning consecutive Pro Bowl selections and setting numerous franchise passing records. In 2016, the third-year quarterback emerged as a Most Valuable Player candidate, passing for 3,937 yards with 28 touchdowns and just six interceptions, while piloting the league’s sixth-ranked offense and executing seven fourth-quarter comebacks, a total that ranks second in league history.

Downing came to Oakland in 2015 after serving as quarterbacks coach for the Buffalo Bills (2014) and Detroit Lions (2011-13).  A native of Eden Prairie, Minn., Downing entered the NFL as a coaching intern with Minnesota in 2001 and has held assistant positions with the Vikings (2001-05), Rams (2006-07) and Lions (2008-10).

Peetz worked closely with both Downing and Carr as assistant quarterbacks coach last season after joining the Raiders as a senior offensive assistant in 2015. Peetz came to the Silver and Black following NFL stops with the Washington Redskins (2014) and Jacksonville Jaguars (2008-12), and collegiate posts at Alabama (2013), UCLA (2007) and Santa Barbara (Calif.) City College (2006). A native of O’Neill, Neb., Peetz enters his ninth season as an NFL assistant and his first as quarterbacks coach.

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Oakland Raiders Amari Cooper Gets Encouraging Words From Childhood Idol Andre Johnson

 By Shawn Jonas

Oakland, California  – The Oakland Raiders fell to the Tennessee Titans 27-14 in their their third preseason game (1-2) and first at home on Saturday night.  The Raiders second year wide receiver Amari Cooper had another great night as a pro.

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Amari Coopers’ 30-yard touchdown grab from Derek Carr.  Photos by Shawn Jonas

Cooper had three receptions for 52-yards and a touchdown with a 17.3 yard per catch average in limited duty.  Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and Amari connected on a deep 30-yard scoring play where Cooper made a spectacular catch in the back of the end zone.

Derek Carr and Amari Cooper celebrate. Photo by Shawn Jonas
Derek Carr and Amari Cooper celebrate. Photo by Shawn Jonas

That wasn’t the only highlight of the night for Cooper.  During the traditional post game meet in the middle of the field event that happens after every NFL game, Amari had another gem happen.  He was tapped on the shoulder from behind and it was none other than 7-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Andre Johnson.

Johnson had some encouraging words to share with the second year wideout.

Question: I saw Andre Johnson sought you out after the game, what did he say to you?

Cooper- “He just told me to keep on doing what I am doing,” Amari said. “That guy was my favorite receiver growing up. He went to the University of Miami, I’m from Miami. He’s a great wide receiver.  I wanted to meet him a while ago, but I’m happy I got a chance to meet him at the game and kinda talk to him. It was cool.”

Amari Cooper was born in Miami, Florida in June of 1994 and Andre Johnson was born in Miami, Florida in July of 1981.

Johnson has had a storied career where he currently has the most reception of any active player with 1,053 receptions which also puts him 8th on the all-time list in that category.  He also has the most receiving yards of any active player with 14,100 which also puts him 9th on the all-time list. He has countless other statistics that puts him right there with some of the greatest to ever play the game.

Cooper has a long way to go, but there is no doubt he would like to be one of the best ever like his childhood idol Andre Johnson.

All Photos by Shawn Jonas

Raiders Fall To Packers 20-12 At Lambeau Field

The Oakland Raiders starting offense struggled to get anything going in the first half in Green Bay. Despite playing the entire first half they only chalked up three points against the first and string Packers.

Quarterback Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders starters saw a significant increase in workload Thursday night at Lambeau Field, as both the team’s starting offensive and defensive units played the entire first half.

Carr finished the night 9 of 13 for 38 yards

Defensively, the starting unit started slow as well giving up a  14-play, 74-yard drive to the Packers to start the evening, resulting in a touchdown by Eddie Lacy.  After that initial drive Green Bay was unable to put any more points on the board in the first half.

The second half was a different story, as the Packers were able to get their offense rolling a little bit, and were able to put up 13 points on the Silver and Black’s defense, en route to a 20-12 win at Lambeau Field.

Rookie quarterback Connor Cook had a good night, finishing the game 6 of 9 for 101 yards.

Highlight of the night was a blocked punt by Brendan Trawick’s.  Safety Nate Allen would fall on it in the end zone to give the Raiders their first touchdown of the night with 3:01 remaining in the game.

The Raiders fly back to Northern California tonight, and will be back on the practice field Saturday afternoon at their Alameda, Calif., facility.

Their next preseason game will be next Saturday when they take on the Tennessee Titans at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

Oakland Raiders Re-Sign Left Tackle Donald Penn

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ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have re-signed T Donald Penn, the club announced Thursday.

Penn signed with the Raiders in March 2014 after eight seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Over the last two years, he has started all 32 games at left tackle for Oakland, extending his remarkable streak to 144 consecutive games played and 140 consecutive starts with the Raiders and Buccaneers. His 144 straight games played and 140 straight starts, both of which date back to 2007, are tied for second and third, respectively, among active NFL offensive linemen.

Last season, Penn was a key part of an offensive unit that produced four Pro Bowlers – QB Derek Carr, WR Amari Cooper, RB Latavius Murray and FB Marcel Reece. Cooper became the first Raiders to reach 1,000 receiving yards since 2005 and Murray the first Raider to reach 1,000 rushing yards since 2010.

He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Minnesota Vikings in 2006 before being signed off the practice squad by the Buccaneers later that season. The 6-foot-4, 315-pounder was named to the Pro Bowl after the 2010 season.

The Inglewood, Calif., native attended Utah State, where he started 44 consecutive games at both tackle positions for the Aggies.

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Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray Selected To First Pro Bowl

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ALAMEDA, Calif.Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray was named to his first Pro Bowl, the NFL announced Sunday. Murray, who was originally selected as an alternate, replaces Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart, who will be participating in the Super Bowl.

Murray joins teammates S Charles Woodson, FB Marcel Reece, DE Khalil Mack, QB Derek Carr and WR Amari Cooper as selections to the NFL’s all-star game, to be played at Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium on Jan. 31. In December, Murray, Cooper and Carr and were named alternates for the Pro Bowl, and Carr and Cooper were named as replacements last week.

The Raiders’ six Pro Bowl selections mark the team’s most since having six in 1994. The selections that season were WR/KR Tim Brown, G Kevin Gogan, QB Jeff Hostetler, CB Terry McDaniel, DT Chester McGlockton and G Steve Wisniewski. The most Pro Bowl representatives in franchise history came in 1973 and 1974 when the Raiders featured nine Pro Bowlers each year.

Murray became the first Raider since 2010 to rush for 1,000 yards in a season, totaling 1,066 yards on 266 carries (4.0 avg.) and six touchdowns in 2015. His rushing total ranked sixth in the NFL and second among all AFC running backs. The third-year player also ranked third on the team with 41 receptions, totaling 232 yards.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound running back eclipsed the 100-yard mark twice during the campaign, racking up 139 yards on the ground in a Week 3 victory at Cleveland and posting a 113-yard effort in a Week 8 win over the New York Jets at home. He topped 70 yards rushing in a game on five other occasions during the year.

The native of Nedrow, N.Y., was drafted by the Raiders in the sixth round (184th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft out of UCF. He spent his rookie year on the reserve/injured list before playing in 15 games with three starts in 2014. He finished his second season with 82 carries for 424 yards and two touchdowns, leading the team with a 5.2-yard rushing average.

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Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper Selected To First Pro Bowl

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ALAMEDA, Calif. Oakland Raiders rookie WR Amari Cooper was named to his first Pro Bowl, the NFL announced Thursday. Cooper, who was originally selected as an alternate, replaces New York Jets WR Brandon Marshall.

Cooper joins teammates S Charles Woodson, FB Marcel Reece, DE Khalil Mack and QB Derek Carr as selections to the NFL’s all-star game, to be played at Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium on Jan. 31. In December, Cooper, Carr and RB Latavius Murray were named alternates for the Pro Bowl, and Carr was named as a replacement on Wednesday.

The five Pro Bowl selections for the Raiders mark the most for the team since having five in 2002. Cooper is the third Raiders draft pick in the last two years to be named to the Pro Bowl, joining Mack and Carr. He is the sixth Raiders rookie to make the Pro Bowl, joining Woodson (1998), Tim Brown (1988), Marcus Allen (1982), Ray Guy (1973) and Raymond Chester (1970) on that list.

Cooper led NFL rookies in nearly every receiving category by posting 72 receptions for 1,070 yards (14.9 avg.) with six touchdowns in 2015. He became the first ever Raiders rookie to reach 1,000 receiving yards and set franchise records for receptions and 100-yard games by a rookie with five.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound wideout led the team in receiving yards and yards per catch, while ranking first among NFL rookies in receptions, receiving yards and tying for first in touchdowns. Additionally, his 72 catches are the most ever by a wide receiver 21 or younger and his yardage total is the second most by a NFL player 21 or younger.

Cooper saw the first of his five 100-yard games come in Week 2 against Baltimore, while also becoming the youngest Raiders wide receiver to catch a touchdown pass. In Week 3 at Cleveland, Cooper became the first Raiders rookie with 100 receiving yards in back-to-back games since James Jett (Nov. 21-28, 1993) and joined DeSean Jackson (2008) as the only NFL rookies in the past 30 years with two 100-yard receiving games in their team’s first three games. Cooper’s five 100-yard games are tied for the second most by a rookie since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.

The native of Miami, Fla., was tabbed as the Raiders’ first-round draft pick and the fourth-overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft after a record-setting career at Alabama. He was the highest wide receiver taken in the draft and the first receiver taken by Oakland in the first round since 2009.

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Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr Selected For First Pro Bowl

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ALAMEDA, Calif. Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr was named to his first Pro Bowl, the NFL announced Wednesday. Carr, who was originally selected as an alternate for the Pro Bowl, replaces Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, who is unable to participate due to injury.

“First, I want to thank God for the opportunity to be able to go to Hawaii,” said Carr. “Secondly, I want to thank my family, my friends, my teammates, my coaches and all of Raider Nation for their support. Third, I want to thank everyone who voted for me and all of the opposing players and coaches that voted for me. That means more to me than they know. Go Raiders!”

Carr’s teammates S Charles Woodson, FB Marcel Reece and DE Khalil Mack were also selected to the NFL’s all-star game, to be played at Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium on Jan. 31. In December, RB Latavius Murray and rookie WR Amari Cooper were also named alternates for the Pro Bowl.

One of the NFL’s most dynamic young passers, Carr becomes the first Raiders quarterback to be named to the Pro Bowl since Rich Gannon in 2002 after starting all 16 games. He threw for 3,987 yards on 350-of-573 passing (61.1 percent) with 32 touchdowns and 13 interceptions for a passer rating of 91.1. He also added career-high rushing totals with 33 attempts for 138 yards (4.2 avg.).
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound signal caller finished his sophomore campaign tied for seventh in the NFL in passing touchdowns and 300-yard passing performances with six. Carr also recorded four fourth-quarter comeback drives, five games with a rating of at least 100.0 (5-0 record) and 11 multi-touchdown games, tied for third in the NFL.

Carr was named the Castrol Edge Clutch Performer of the Week twice in 2015 after leading the Raiders on fourth-quarter scoring drives to secure comeback victories. In Week 2 against Baltimore, he threw for a career-high 351 yards and three scores, including the game-winning touchdown pass with 26 seconds remaining. Carr again led a fourth-quarter comeback drive and threw a touchdown pass with 1:21 remaining to defeat the Tennessee Titans on the road in Week 12. Carr tied a single-game high by throwing four touchdowns in back-to-back games in Weeks 8 and 9, against the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers, respectively.

The native of Bakersfield, Calif., joined the Raiders in 2014 as the team’s second-round selection (36th overall) in the NFL Draft. He has started all 32 games over his first two NFL seasons, becoming the first offensive player to do so in Raiders franchise history. Carr is the owner of 53 career touchdown passes, the second most ever by a player through his first two NFL seasons.

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Oakland Raiders Woodson, Reece and Mack Selected To Pro Bowl

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ALAMEDA, Calif.Oakland Raiders S Charles Woodson, FB Marcel Reece and DE Khalil Mack have been named to the 2016 Pro Bowl, the NFL announced Tuesday.

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QB Derek Carr, WR Amari Cooper and RB Latavius Murray were named as alternates for the annual all-star game, scheduled to be played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Jan. 31, 2016.

After announcing his intention to retire at season’s end, Woodson has been selected to his ninth Pro Bowl and fifth as a Raider. He has started all 14 games at safety this season, totaling 82 tackles (59 solo), five interceptions, nine passes defensed, one forced fumble and three fumble recoveries. His five interceptions are tied for sixth in the NFL and his 82 tackles are second on the team. Earlier this year, was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month for October after posting three interceptions in three games, including a season-high two picks in Week 5 vs. Denver.

Reece has been selected to his fourth straight Pro Bowl, as he has been chosen every season since 2012. The four-time Pro Bowler has played in all 14 games for the Raiders this year, starting six, and totaled 28 receptions for 266 yards (9.5 avg.) with three touchdowns and 10 carries for 36 yards. Reece’s 9.5 yards per reception rank seventh among all running backs and fullbacks this season. In Week 1 vs. Cincinnati, Reece posted his first career multi-touchdown game, hauling in two touchdown receptions.

In his second season, Mack has started all 14 games, totaling 62 tackles (46 solo), 15 sacks, two forced fumbles and three passes defensed. His 15 sacks lead the NFL and he is just one sack away from tying the franchise single-season record. Mack owns four multi-sack games this year, including a 2015 NFL single-game high five sacks in the team’s Week 14 victory at Denver, a performance for which he was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week.

The three Pro Bowlers for the Raiders mark the most the team has had since 2011 when they had four.

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