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NFL Team Report - Oakland Raiders - INSIDE SLANT
If Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub is concerned that rookie quarterback Derek Carr is breathing down his neck, he is hiding it well.
Carr appeared to have worked his way past Matt McGloin at the team's mandatory minicamp to the second team, and has received glowing reviews from both head coach Dennis Allen, offensive coordinator Greg Olson as well as teammates who have noticed his quick grasp of the offense and willingness to work.
Still, it'd be a stretch to say Carr will contend for the starting job, and Schaub knows it. Schaub has taken on a leadership role absent since Rich Gannon was the Raiders quarterback.
"I think he's been outstanding," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. "That's what you're looking for in a veteran quarterback and I don't think we've even seen the best of what we're going to see out of Matt Schaub.
"Even though he's a veteran player, it's still a new offense for him. He's still learning. But I've been very pleased with what I've seen of him so far."
Schaub said the Raiders have put in the entire playbook and that he's comfortable with it, although there is plenty of room for nuance and detail.
"That's what this time of year is all about," Schaub said. "It's about understanding our route adjustments, what guy is best at what type of route. Can he adjust to a ball in the air? Do you have to put it on his body? Is he good at slants? Is a go-route runner? You learn all that and file it away so when we get to the fall, it's second nature."
Schaub said he has been impressed by Carr, who will go into the season as a backup but will sooner or later be competing for his job.
"I feel like he's progressing well," Schaub said. "A lot was thrown to him in a short period of time but I feel he's handled it well."
NFL Team Report - Oakland Raiders - NOTES, QUOTES
--Miles Burris, a starting weak-side linebacker as a rookie two seasons ago, played ahead of Sio Moore for the second consecutive day Wednesday. Burris was a Raiders' fourth-round draft pick out of San Diego State in 2012. Moore was taken by Oakland in the third round of the 2013 draft and played in 15 games last year, 11 as a starter.
Moore started on the strong side since his rookie year, but that position now belongs to rookie first-round pick Khalil Mack.
Burris got into a spirited scuffle with left tackle Donald Penn that was broken up by teammates.
While coach Dennis Allen warned not to make too much of a depth chart in minicamp, he did say Burris is a serious contender to start.
--Wide receiver James Jones missed practice Wednesday due to an AC sprain sustained Tuesday. He will miss Thursday's final practice but is expected to be ready for training camp.
--Tackle Emmett Cleary was claimed off waivers from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Wide receiver David Gilreath was waived to make room on the roster.
--Fumbled snaps continued to be a problem for Raiders quarterbacks, with Allen saying minicamp was the perfect time to work out problems. Derek Carr, the second-round draft pick out of Fresno State, operated out of spread formation his last two seasons in college.
--Players in addition to Jones that missed practice included linebacker Kevin Burnett, tight end Nick Kasa, defensive tackle Anthony Smith, cornerback DJ Hayden, guard Lucas Nix and cornerback Carlos Rogers. Only Nix, who had knee surgery, is expected to miss any training camp time when the Raiders report on July 25.
--A handful of Raiders played in a benefit basketball game against some members of the San Francisco 49ers and coach Dennis Allen conceded he wasn't happy about it.
"I think it is the right intent, to raise money for charity," Allen said. "I wasn't in agreement with the way in which they went about doing it because they're paid to play football. Any time you put that at risk, you're taking a significant risk."
Among those who competed were strong safety Tyvon Branch, who missed 15 games last season with a broken fibula. Branch's foundation was one of the charities that raised money.
"I guess that's at your discretion what you want to do in the offseason," Branch said. "We understand the risks involved in working out. Any time you're working out away from the facility you put yourself at risk. Guys do what they have to do to stay in shape. Everybody does it differently."
Other players who played included wide receivers Brice Butler and Denarius Moore, cornerback Chimdi Chekwa and linebacker Sio Moore. Some players attended the game but did not play, while tackle Menelik Watson and Darren McFadden, players with an injury history who were scheduled to play, did not appear after Allen warned the team of the potential for injury.
"These are grown men and they make decisions on what they want to do with their personal time," Allen said. "The thing I'm happy about it was we were able to get out of it without any injuries."
NFL Team Report - Oakland Raiders - STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
A closer look at the Raiders' picks:
Round 1/5 -- Khalil Mack, OLB, 6-1, 251, Buffalo
--Targeted early on in the process as an impact defender, Mack will be used as a chess piece by defensive coordinator Jason Tarver and will have a big role rushing the passer. The hope is he has the biggest immediate impact of any Raiders defensive draft pick since Charles Woodson in 1998.
Round 2/36 -- Derek Carr, QB, 6-2, 215, Fresno State
--The company line is Carr will come to camp and play behind Matt Schaub while he learns the pro game. That could change if Schaub carries the struggles of his last year in Houston to Oakland. One problem: Carr has taken only a handful of snaps from under center in the last two years.
Round 3/81 -- Gabe Jackson, G, 6-3, 336, Mississippi State
--A powerful interior blocker, Jackson was a first-team All-America selection who had 52 starts in the SEC, home of the toughest defensive linemen in college football. A perfect fit for the Raiders' power running game, Jackson will be given every chance to unseat starting left guard Khalif Barnes.
Round 4/107 -- Justin Ellis, DT, 6-2, 346, Louisiana Tech
--Ellis can play over the nose when the Raiders go to 3-4 alignments or play inside in a 4-3 and has value as a run-stopper along with veteran Pat Sims. Provides depth for a unit that wore down in 2013 as the season progressed. Has battled weight issues in the past; was in the 390s at one point in college and put on 12 pounds since the scouting combine.
Round 4/116 -- Keith McGill, CB, 6-3, 211, Utah
--The Raiders looked past off-the-field issues that included a 2012 DUI arrest and a reputation for not taking the sport seriously enough in part because McGill said he has matured. The physical talent is not in question. McGill is a big, physical press corner who was a standout in the receiver-rich Pac-12 conference.
Round 7/219 -- T.J. Carrie, CB, 6-0, 212, Ohio
--A local product from prep powerhouse De La Salle High in Concord, Carrie missed entire seasons because of injury in 2009 (hip) and 2012 (shoulder), but fared well in offseason workouts. The Raiders like his size and ability to press cover, and his ticket to the roster could be as a punt return specialist. Carrie led the Mid-American conference with a 12.7 average.
Round 7/235 -- Shelby Harris, DE, 6-2, 288, Illinois State
--Harris is an interesting pick for a team that stresses character after being dismissed from the Northern Illinois team before his senior year for a violation of team rules. In 2012, Harris was an All-Missouri Valley Football Conference selection with 16 tackles for loss, including seven sacks. Harris played tackle in college, but projects as a base end for the Raiders.
Round 7/247 -- Jonathan Dowling, S, 6-3, 198, Western Kentucky
--Dowling joins a position starved for depth behind starting strong safety Tyvon Branch and 37-year-old free safety Charles Woodson. In 2013, Dowling displayed good ball skills as well as ball-stripping ability, forcing six fumbles. Dowling started his career at Florida, but was dismissed by coach Urban Meyer after having an issue with an assistant coach.
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers)
--C/G Andre Gurode (not tendered as UFA).
--DE Jason Hunter (not tendered as UFA).
--TE Jeron Mastrud (not tendered as UFA).
--DT Daniel Muir (not tendered as UFA).
--T Tony Pashos (not tendered as UFA).
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.
EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS
--CB Chimdi Chekwa has grown on the coaching staff after being originally cut and brought back to practice squad, then to 53-man roster.
DRAFT CHOICES SIGNED
--LB Khalil Mack (1/5): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
--QB Derek Carr (2/36): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
--G Gabe Jackson (3/81): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
--DT Justin Ellis (4/107): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
--CB Keith McGill (4/116): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
--CB T.J. Carrie (7/219): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
--DE Shelby Harris (7/235): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
--S Jonathan Dowling (7/247): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
--G/T Khalif Barnes: Potential UFA; $1.2M/1 yrs, $100,000 SB.
--LB Kaelin Burnett: ERFA; terms unknown.
--CB Taiwan Jones: Potential UFA; terms unknown.
--T Matt McCants: ERFA; terms unknown.
--RB Darren McFadden: UFA; $1.75M/1 yr.
--FB Jamize Olawale: ERFA; terms unknown.
--S Brandian Ross: ERFA; terms unknown.
--DT Pat Sims: UFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.
--RB Jeremy Stewart: ERFA; terms unknown.
--S Usama Young: UFA; terms unknown.
--S Charles Woodson: UFA; $2.15M/1 yr, $1.15M guaranteed.
--OL Kevin Boothe: UFA Giants; $2.625M/2 yrs, $300,000 RB.
--CB Tarell Brown: UFA 49ers; $3.5M guaranteed/1 yr.
--LB Justin Cole: FA; $645,000/1 yr.
--QB Trent Edwards: FA; $730,000/1 yr.
--T Austin Howard: UFA Jets; $30M/5 yrs, $15M guaranteed.
--WR James Jones: UFA Packers; $10M/3 yrs, $3.65M guaranteed.
--RB Maurice Jones-Drew: UFA Jaguars; $7.5M/3 yrs, $1.2M guaranteed RB.
--WR Greg Little (waivers Browns).
--T Donald Penn: FA Buccaneers; 2 yrs, terms unknown.
--CB Carlos Rogers: FA Redskins; terms unknown.
--QB Matt Schaub (trade Texans).
--DT Antonio Smith: UFA Texans; $9M/2 yrs.
--DT Torell Troup: FA; $570,000/1 yr.
--DE Justin Tuck: UFA Giants; $11M/2 yrs.
--DE C.J. Wilson: UFA Packers; $795,000/1 yr, $65,000 SB.
--LB LaMarr Woodley: FA Steelers; 2 yrs, terms unknown.
--CB Phillip Adams: UFA Seahawks; 1 yr, terms unknown.
--G Mike Brisiel (released).
--WR Jacoby Ford: UFA Jets; $740,000/1 yr, $65,000 SB.
--DE Lamarr Houston: UFA Bears; $35M.5 yrs, $4.95M SB/$15M guaranteed.
--CB Mike Jenkins: UFA Buccaneers; $1.5M/1 yr.
--RB Rashad Jennings: UFA Giants; $10M/4 yrs, $2.25M/SB/$2.98M guaranteed.
--CB Tracy Porter: UFA Redskins; terms unknown.
--QB Terrelle Pryor (traded Seahawks).
--T Jared Veldheer: UFA Cardinals; $35M/5 yrs, $6.25M SB/$17M guaranteed.
--DT Vance Walker: UFA Chiefs; $10.02M/3 yrs, $3M SB.