Lee Smith Jersey , should Raiders sign him? The exodus of starters from last years disappointing Bengals squad continues, as today Cincinnati released longtime starting safety George Iloka. The move opens the door for them to start promising rookie safety Jesse Bates, whom they drafted in the second round out of Wake Forest earlier this year.Iloka had been a starting safety for the Bengals since 2013, under Mike Zimmer and current Raiders DC Paul Guenther. But he was miscast in new Bengals DC Teryl Austins scheme, and was jettisoned today in favor of the rookie. He said goodbye to his team via Twitter this morning.This offseason has been brutal for NFL safeties looking for work. Todays NFL GMs dont seem to value the safety position much, preferring to invest their money in corners and edge rushers (a safetys job is to hit people, and that is no longer allowed in football). Ilokas cap hit was north of $6M, and thats just too steep a price in todays NFL. Iloka would make sense for the Raiders in the sense that he knows Paul Guenthers system and would be a plug-and-play guy if the injury to Marcus Gilchrist is more severe than we know, but I doubt there are any NFL teams who will want Iloka with his cap number what it is, and will likely wait for him to clear waivers and negotiate a new contract at a far more reasonable number.So what do you think, Raider Nation? Should the Raiders take a look at George Iloka? ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Derek Carr has suffered through long losing streaks before. The Oakland Raiders lost their first 10 games during his rookie season in 2014 before winning three of the final six.He believes the lessons he learned then can benefit the Raiders now as they try to shrug off another winless start.Thats why Carr cautioned against knee-jerk reactions and instead is trying to keep the vibe the same in spite of Oaklands 0-3 record.If youre going to go through something like that you might as well do it in the right attitude Frostee Rucker Jersey , Carr said Wednesday. Its all about your attitude and how you handle things. I dont really want to waste my familys time, my coaches time, my teammates time by walking around here being sad. Theres no point. We have a job to do. We have things to continue to work on.The Raiders dropped their opener to the Los Angeles Rams 33-13 before consecutive close road losses in Denver and Miami.In all three games, Oakland led in the third quarter, only to fall flat each time. The Raiders, who are sixth in total offense, have been outscored 37-3 in the fourth quarter.Carrs season has mirrored the Raiders struggles. His 76.6 completion percentage is second in the NFL behind Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints. Hes also on pace to pass for a career-best 4,992 yards.But Carr has also made mistakes at critical times. His five interceptions are tied for most in the NFL, and he was picked off in the end zone late in the fourth quarter against Miami last week with Oakland trailing by four points.I think at times he is trying too hard, coach Jon Gruden said. I think sometimes he needs to learn a little bit more patience and he will. Im really excited about the way he has played and improved and mastered this offense. We are getting closer.The problem is that the improvement isnt reflected in the standings.Thats why Carr has been leaning on his experience from 2014. The Raiders opened that season with 10 consecutive losses before stunning Kansas City on a Thursday night.Although there are obvious similarities between 2014 and this year, Carr said, there are distinct differences Maxx Crosby Oakland Raiders Jersey , too.Its not what we wanted but everyone in there is energized, Carr said. Ive been 0-10 before and I know that feeling, Ive seen the look on peoples faces. Thats not the same look that our team has. We understand that were doing some really good things on both sides. Now, we all need to correct here and there a little bit but its not drastic stuff.Cleveland coach Hue Jackson, who coached the Raiders in 2011, has been impressed with Carr this season.Hes throwing the ball all over the place, Jackson said during a conference call. I dont think their issues are in the passing game. Dereks playing well.Carr has tried to convey a similar positive message to his teammates.Its mostly the young guys because they dont know. Theyve never been in a situation like this, especially at this level, Carr said. I had a great talk this morning with (rookie defensive end) Arden Key, just about some of those kinds of things. People did it for me so I feel like I should do it for them.Ive tried to be the same guy for five years. I try and be the same guy every day for my teammates, whether we go out there and win by 20 or whether we lose in the ways that we have.Notes: The Raiders signed free agent kicker Matt McCrane and placed Mike Nugent on injured reserve with a hip injury. McCrane was undrafted and spent training camp with the Arizona Cardinals. . Rookie defensive lineman P.J. Hall (ankle sprain) practiced during the unpadded workout. The second-round pick has been inactive the past two weeks.