Derek Carr: Eddie Vanderdoes reminds me of Justin Tuck from lucky's blog

NAPA, Calif. -- Two times this past weekend Authentic Brett Howden Womens Jersey in training camp, Eddie Vanderdoes burst through the line to sack Derek Carr. "Well," Carr said with an uneasy laugh, "he never brought me down." True, touching the quarterback is frowned upon in practice, let alone hitting him and taking him to the ground. But Vanderdoes has not had to make contact with the Oakland Raiders franchise quarterback to make an impression on Carr. Far from it.The rookie defensive tackle, who was selected in the third round of the draft out of UCLA, joined the first-team defense in the third practice of training camp and has not the spot since. Rather, he has gained some high praise from Carr. "Very explosive, great hands," Carr said when asked to give a scouting report of Vanderdoes. "He reminds me a lot of the way [Justin] Tuck can get skinny and shoot a gap. The way he plays with his hands, and if he gets beat the first time, he's going to counter again. If he gets beat, then he's going to counter again. His mind never stops. His motor never stops." Vanderdoes is the prodigal son in Northern California, as he grew up outside of Sacramento in Auburn and has been a frequent subject of the local media. His story is already one of a comeback, having dealt with a torn ACL in 2015 and ankle and bone-bruise injuries that hastened his weight ballooning up to 340 pounds last fall. But staying healthy and working with a nutritionist and trainer has the 6-foot-3 Vanderdoes closer to 300 pounds, more active and athletic. Even if he missed Tuesday's practice with a sore knee, he returned to practice on Wednesday. "I'm in good shape and where I want to be," Vanderdoes said after the Raiders drafted him. Perhaps more impressive is that Vanderdoes has elevated his play despite missing the entire offseason program following rookie minicamp because UCLA is on the quarter system. Then again, as #20 Ronde Barber Authentic Jersey a defensive player, his job is simply to attack the ball. The Raiders anticipate Vanderdoes, who lines up next to NFL defensive player of the year Khalil Mack in the team's 4-3 base alignment, providing the push from the interior that was missing last season. Only three of the Raiders' league-low 25 sacks came from defensive tackles. Call it the Vanderdoes Rules. That kind of player inside, with Bruce [Irvin] and Khalil rushing the outside, it's going to be a problem [for opponents], it really is," Carr said. "I'm really happy that we have [Vanderdoes] and he didn't go to another AFC West team and let them add another pass-rusher."Paging the Denver Broncos' Von Miller, the Kansas City Chiefs' Dee Ford and the Los Angeles Chargers' Joey Bosa. Yeah, Carr is content to face Vanderdoes in practice, thank you very much. Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz made the most of his cameo in the preseason opener at the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, going 4-of-4 for 56 yards and a touchdown in a 24-9 loss. It was a sloppy game overall (what preseason tilt isn't?) and the Eagles walk away with more concerns at cornerback. The coaching staff has to be happy with what it saw out of a few of the rookies, however, namely defensive end Derek Barnett and wide receiver Mack Hollins. QB depth chart: Wentz was done after one series. With Nick Foles still dealing with a sore right elbow, Matt McGloin followed Wentz and received the bulk of the reps. Dane Evans finished the night. When it was starters vs. starters, the Eagles looked ...: A little shaky, but good enough to put six points on the board. Wentz was the driving force. He escaped pressure on a couple of different occasions, showing good awareness and pocket mobility while keeping his eyes downfield. He slipped out of the grasp of Clay Matthews, stepped up and fired a pass over the middle to rookie fourth-round pick Hollins, who stiff-armed his way past a pair of defenders en route to a 38-yard touchdown.One reason to be concerned: Cornerback Ron Brooks left early with a hamstring injury. The veteran is coming off a ruptured quad tendon. He is projected as the starting slot corner. The Eagles are scary-thin at cornerback and can ill afford to lose one of their better players. C.J. Smith, the second-year defensive back out of North Dakota State who has been competing for a starting job, got beat for a touchdown on a double move by Jeff Janis.

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