Although Oakland lost at home to the Los Angeles Rams 24-21 on Aug. 19, the good news was the return of QB Derek Carr and RB Marshawn Lynch’s first runs as a Raider.
Carr, who broke his right leg in the next to last game of the 2016 regular season, completed seven of nine passes for 100 yards, two touchdowns and a passer rating of 113.0.
“It was so nice to be out there,” he said. “What a privilege it is to be able to walk out that ramp. Last time I was here I didn’t get to do that. I’d be lying to you if I said it wasn’t emotional. It really was.”
Lynch carried twice for 10 yards. While Lynch sat for the national anthem, Carr put his hand on the back of DE Khalil
Mack throughout it. “We wanted to show them that it’s OK for a white kid and a black kid who come from two different neighborhoods to grow up and love one another and be best friends,” Carr said, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Rookie watch: Safety Shalom Luani (seventh round) had three tackles in 20 snaps, while LB Nicholas Morrow ( undrafted) had two tackles plus one on special teams, a tackle for loss and a pass defensed. Assistant head coach/defense John Pagano said of Luani, “You never, ever want to over-coach a guy that has great instincts.”
Noteworthy: After being arrested two days before the game and charged with felony assault and felony battery with serious bodily injury, CB Sean Smith started and played 26 snaps (36%) Saturday. Smith, who is accused of beating up his sister’s boyfriend, faces a maximum sentence of seven years in prison if convicted.
Raiders QB Derek Carr went 7-for-9 for 100 yards and two TDs against the Rams in Week 2 of the preseason. “It was so nice to be out there,” said Carr, who was injured late last season.