Raiders Notes: Marshawn Lynch, Derek Carr, Rashaan Melvin

Marshawn Lynch

  • Raiders HC Jon Gruden told reporters that RB Marshawn Lynch has a groin strain and there is some concern about the issue. According to Gruden, Lynch will be evaluated further and they’re hopeful he can continue to play. (Scott Bair)
  • Ian Rapoport reports that Lynch is going to have an MRI on what was described as a “little groin strain.” Rapoport says the injury doesn’t sound too serious, but he’s gonna have it checked out anyway.

Derek Carr

  • As for QB Derek Carr, Gruden said: “He is the strength of this football team. He is on my watch. I said it when I got here, if he doesn’t play well, I’ve failed.” (Vic Tafur)

Rashaan Melvin

Raiders CB Rashaan Melvin admitted that it’s been “tough” to see his role reduced to just seven snaps in their most recent game.

“It was tough,” Melvin said, via the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “I’m a competitor. I feel like I’m a starting cornerback in this league. I’ve been playing for a long time. I’ve been making plays for a long time. Today, I didn’t start. It was a coach’s decision to go in a different direction.”

“I’m done trying to change my style,” Melvin wrote on Twitter. “It’s not me. Back to what I know and what got me here!!”

  • Regarding Melvin’s comments, Gruden said: “Melvin is on his seventh team. Maybe he is confused about what technique he is using. He is frustrated. I can’t blame him … He is a good kid.” (Vic Tafur)

Raiders

  • Gruden said that everyone is focused on getting things turned around: “Reggie (McKenzie) had a long meeting yesterday. I know that’s a shock to some people. I’m telling you we’re working hard to solidify this roster every day and get the right people on the field.” (Scott Bair)
  • For what it’s worth, Gruden said: “I want to see more of Gareon Conley.” (Vic Tafur)

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