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Derek Carr is looking forward to Marshawn Lynch running through his face,

NAPA, Calif. — What does Derek Carr think will happen after he hands off the football to Marshawn Lynch in a regular-season game?

“He’s going to run through some people’s faces,” the Oakland Raiders quarterback said of his new running back. “I think that’s what he’s going to do. He’s going to protect the quarterback … he’s good at that. Very physical. That part of the game is fun to him.

“I tend to like to slide or go over people, and he likes to go through them.”

Yes, that’s part of the reason the Raiders acquired Lynch in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks after he came out of his one-year retirement: to be a punishing runner in a high-octane offense.
So it matters little that through four training camp practices DeAndre Washington has been the one taking most of the snaps with the first team. The job description is all Lynch.

The addition of Marshawn Lynch has elevated already high expectations for the Raiders, coming off a playoff season.

The addition of Marshawn Lynch has elevated already high expectations for the Raiders, coming off a playoff season.

“Just to play in Oakland,” Lynch said in June, “is like a dream come true, or something like that.”

The addition of Lynch has elevated the already high expectations for Oakland, which is coming off a 12-4 season and its first playoff appearance since the 2002 season.

The anticipation is palpable at camp, though Carr is trying to quell it in Napa.
“You always want people saying good things around this time,” Carr said. “But also we know that that’s only because of what happened last year; that’s not even this team. We know what we need to do better.

“We didn’t even beat Kansas City … last year. So I don’t know why everyone is so excited.”

Indeed, while Carr’s first career NFL victory came against the Chiefs, in 2014 after an 0-10 start to the season, he is a combined 1-5 against them.

“We have a lot more work to do to be a better football team,” Carr said. “I understand the excitement of the people that we have, but I don’t understand the excitement of how we finished so far. We need to do a better job there. I think that that’s what keeps our team focused.

“One day when we reach our goal, we’ll look at it and say, ‘Well, that was cool, now we know how to do it’ kind of a thing. Always looking forward to that.”

Almost as much as anticipating Lynch running through someone’s face.

Cam Newton gets first roughing the passer call since 2014

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders on Sunday became the first team called for a roughing the passer penalty against Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton since Tampa Bay in Week 15 of the 2014 season.

It came on an incomplete pass in the first quarter when defensive tackle Stacy McGee hit the reigning MVP on an incomplete pass.

Newton blasted officials about the lack of no-calls following an October 30 win against Arizona in which he took a shot below the knees while in the pocket.

He said after the game he didn’t feel safe and that he wanted to talk to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, which he did two days later.

Newton said it was a good conversation and that he “got my point across.”

“Illegal hits for me start in the pocket,” Newton said after the talk. “I know when I am running the football, I am on my own. I understand that. I’m not a dummy or oblivious to the fact that I run the football more than any quarterback who has ever played this game. I mean, duh. I’m fine with that.

“In the pocket, that’s all I’m asking for. Just to get certain things, the standard of every person getting the same calls, that’s all.”

Twice this season opponents were called for roughing, but the penalty was not enforced. In Week 1 at Denver, the penalty was negated by an intentional grounding penalty.

Another was negated in Week 8 against Arizona.

Carolina coach Ron Rivera sent another no-call that he questioned to the NFL for review after a November win at Los Angeles. The league ruled the hit was legal.