the ex-Dallas Cowboys quarterback has been practicing as much as he can as his first regular-season game with CBS approaches, with eight rehearsals - five in a studio and three on-site,Womens Bo Jackson Jersey,Like his former teammates in the NFL, including one from a deer stand at the Hall of Fame game - with partner Jim Nantz before making his broadcast debut on during the Week 1 Oakland Raiders-Tennessee Titans tilt.
Nantz had plenty of praise for his new partner, but there was one moment that showed him why Romo was chosen to be on the lead NFL broadcast team for CBS despite a lack of on-air experience.
a game Nantz had worked. At first, when Nantz and Romo got together at the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City. They popped in a tape of last year's Raiders-Panthers Week 12 matchup, they worked on Romo's timing and rhythm as he tried to make sure to get his thoughts in from one play and not have them overlap with the next one. By the third quarter,Their first rehearsal took place on May 17, Nantz said, that wasn't an issue for Romo.
He also saw something else.
" Nantz told For The Win on Wednesday. "When I first heard him talk about hurry-up offense, working a two-minute drill,"His breakdown of every game that we've done that's ever come down to two minutes in the first half or second half is extraordinary, he's talking rapidly but cogently. I was hearing Tony Romo directing his team to get down the field."
Nantz noted Romo was an all-time great during his time in the league with fourth-quarter comebacks, which probably helped.
of course. That opening week game will have a whole bunch of firsts for Romo,Nantz cautioned and said there's work to be done, including the first time he'll be in a 50-yard line broadcast booth and the countless meetings that come along with game prep.
Romo said a different lightbulb went off for him - the moment he found the right voice for broadcasting.
" he said. "The first two games, I tried to emulate everybody who's ever done it and I found in the third game,Authentic Lorenzo Mauldin Jersey,"The sound and the tone I wanted to use [came] by my third game, it's better to be yourself."
That's connected to something else Nantz believes about Romo's personality that will make him a success in the booth - the fact that Romo was an undrafted QB who fought his way on to the field and proved anyone who passed on him wrong.
" Nantz said,Authentic Bryce Petty Jersey,"Just like that kid who came in the league undrafted, "there are doubters out there. He's going to win a lot of people over in time."
Carr recalls boost 4th preseason game gave him as rookie
Derek Carr will most definitely spend Thursday night on the sideline,Authentic Bo Jackson Jersey, wearing no pads and cheering his Oakland Raiders teammates on in the final exhibition game.
As the franchise quarterback,Womens Howie Long Jersey, Carr is too important a piece to risk to injury in an exhibition game against Seattle just 10 days before the start of the real season.
But don't tell Carr these games are meaningless.
It was his performance in the final exhibition game as a second-round draft pick three years ago that solidified his place as the starting quarterback in Oakland. He never relinquished it after that and now after three successful seasons he has the NFL's second-richest contract.
make a name for themselves. Obviously," Carr said. "That's an opportunity for a lot of guys to make the team,Authentic Khalil Mack Jersey, they get more playing time because we don't play as much as the starters. It's always exciting. Some people just look over the fourth game,"It was fun when I got to play a lot of it my rookie year, but it's really important to some people. Obviously, it was really important for my career."
Carr's performance that night was impressive. He led a touchdown drive to open the game against the starting defense for defending Super Bowl champion Seattle.
He challenged Richard Sherman repeatedly on the opening drive that ended in a touchdown run by Latavius Murray. He then threw TD passes on successive one-play drives and ended his night with his third touchdown to Denarius Moore.
Three days later, coach Dennis Allen told him he beat out veteran Matt Schaub for the starting job.
Carr has shared that story with some of the younger Raiders fighting for roster spots or starting jobs this year.
I know that feeling because they gave me a chance to start the last game my rookie year and there was going to be a lot told based on how I played.Womens Bryce Petty Jersey, So I just encourage these guys to make the most of it," he said. "So, study their tails off and,"A lot of them are stressing out right about now just trying to make the team, most importantly, just go out there and have fun because you can't control a lot of things. But you can control having fun and your effort and those things."
there aren't many starting spots available on the Raiders. But the team is still looking to determine who will be the two starting linebackers alongside Bruce Irvin,After returning most of the key players from a 12-win team last season, find a rotation of defensive tackles and figure out a secondary that has struggled this preseason.
Defensive end James Cowser was let go on cutdown day as a rookie last year before making the practice squad and then getting promoted to play six games late in the season. He said he is less worried about the numbers game on the roster this year.
forget about where I stand and just go out and be the best me and try to get better every single day,"It's been a goal of mine going into the season to just forget about the depth chart," he said.Authentic Howie Long Jersey, "I focus on three skills where I can get better and the best way to do that is to get a lot of reps. My focus is to see if I can be the best me and that's how I'm going to be the happiest and the best player on the field."
This game also could be crucial for a player like Tyrell Adams,Womens Lorenzo Mauldin Jersey, who has been challenging rookie Marquel Lee for the starting middle linebacker job. Adams also was cut as a rookie after the fourth exhibition game a year ago for Seattle but then signed with Kansas City's practice squad before joining the Raiders as a special teams player late in the season.
The former Division II linebacker is pleased with the progress he has made and wants to make the most of this last impression.
take it one day at a time and not trying to make one moment bigger than the next,"It's kind of just like keep it in the moment,Womens Khalil Mack Jersey," Adams said. "Just trying to take advantage of every opportunity I get."
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