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Silver Minings: Jon Gruden on Raiders’ new stadium “The greatest thing I’ve ever seen”by BlakeHarris on July 11, 2020 at 2:09 pm
Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images “The stadium looks freaking awesome” While workers are putting the final touches on the brand new Allegiant Stadium, they were given a surprise message from the head coach of the Raiders. On the jumbotron for all to see, Jon Gruden shared these words with the workers. View this post on Instagram @raiders coach Jon Gruden has a message for our incredible construction workers. Share this post to show them some love! A post shared by Allegiant Stadium (@allegiantstadium) on Jul 10, 2020 at 11:01am PDT “I just have to tell you, the stadium looks freaking awesome,” Gruden said. “It’s the greatest thing I’ve ever seen. And I just want to congratulate all you workers for an incredible accomplishment during adversity. It’s the two-minute drill. You’ve done 99 percent of the work, maybe 97 percent of the work. I just challenge you to finish like a champion.” It was the first time that the video boards worked with both video and audio, so I guess there’s not really a better way than to break em in. The cost of the stadium was more than $2 billion, and construction began back in November of 2017. It’ll be ready for the start of the 2020 season, but the question still looms as to whether or not there will be fans in attendance. It will be a state-by-state decision as to whether or not fans will be allowed, but the Raiders are hopeful that fans at some capacity will be able to watch their team in person in 2020. The NFL season is still two months away, and a lot can happen between now and then. However, regardless of whether or not there will be fans in the stands, I think there’s one thing we can all agree on. That stadium is going to be a “must visit” for every NFL fan. Raiders links In case you missed it yesterday, Randall Cunningham is the new chaplain for the Raiders ‘I can do it all’: Lynn Bowden Jr. looks to be a playmaker the Raiders have desired Position Battle: A look at the wide receivers for 2020 in photos One of the best wide receivers of the last few decades unveiled to Henry Ruggs what his Madden ranking is Expert #RatingsAdjustor @Ochocinco gave the top Rookie WRs their #Madden21 Ratings pic.twitter.com/DlrAS8ciBA— Madden NFL 21 (@EAMaddenNFL) July 10, 2020
Raiders right tackle Trent Brown to attend elite campby Bill Williamson on July 11, 2020 at 2:03 am
Trent Brown | Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images Fifty top offensive lineman are reportedly gathering in Texas Recently, Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Maxx Crosby attended Von Miller’s elite pass-rush camp virtually. Now Raiders’ right tackle Trent Brown is attending a similar camp for offensive linemen. Brown is reportedly among about 50 offensive linemen who will attend Lane Johnson’s “OL Masterminds Summit” in Texas this weekend, the Dallas Morning News reports. The NFLPA has recommended players not to work out in groups. Precautions are being used, however, and most of the event will be held in a hotel ballroom. Johnson, a star Eagles’ lineman, is heading the group and Brown surely deserves to be part of the summit as has proven to be a premier right tackle in the past couple of years.
Report: Randall Cunningham is new Raiders’ chaplainby Bill Williamson on July 10, 2020 at 9:34 pm
Randall Cunningham | Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images Former star QB has roots in Las Vegas The Raiders are adding some local flavor and spiritually as they move to Las Vegas. ESPN reported that former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham is the franchise’s new chaplain. Just spoke w/@PastorRandallC, who tells me he's Las Vegas #Raiders new chaplain. "Flabbergasted," he said. "What a great group of people Mark Davis & Jon Gruden have put together. I have a responsibility to look after these guys in this town & I accept that responsibility."— Paul Gutierrez (@PGutierrezESPN) July 10, 2020 Cunningham played at UNLV and became a pastor in the city after he retired from the NFL in 2001. Former Raiders running back Napoleon Kaufman was previously the team’s pastor. For most NFL teams, the role of chaplain is a significant one. They are often around the team, offering weekly services and individual guidance. The addition of Cunningham, 57, will be positive for the Raiders. He is a good man and he was a great player. He will be a valuable resource for players, especially quarterback Derek Carr. He is highly spiritual and will be able to connect with Cunningham both on a religious level and as an NFL quarterbacks. For those not old enough to remember Cunningham as a player, he was a bad man on the field.
July Raiders’ news trackerby Bill Williamson on July 10, 2020 at 7:34 pm
Jason Witten | Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports All the latest Raiders and NFL news and rumors July 10 12:30 p.m.: The NFLPA gave an update to players and it doesn’t seem like a lot is going on. Great, just great. NFLPA's Don Davis ran thru outstanding issues in return-to-work on player call today. He told the group ...• No agreement yet on opt-outs.• No agreement on camp report date.• Joint RTW committee wants 6-wk ramp-up.• No agreement on waiver or COVID as "football injury".— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) July 10, 2020 10:22 a.m.: The USA Today ranks former Raiders’ first-round pick D.J. Hayden as the fourth best slot defender in the NFL. Hayden was, let’s just say, not good in Oakland. July 9 10:40 a.m.: No jersey swaps and no open locker rooms for media in 2020. The weirdness keeps coming. The ban on postgame jersey exchanges was included in NFL-NFLPA game-day protocols that clubs received last night. Other notable changes for 2020:- On-field fan seating is prohibited.- Both teams must travel to the stadium via bus.- Media will be banned from the locker room. https://t.co/WizWrySFvU— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 9, 2020 July 8 2:10 p.m.: An interesting player has requested a trade. But the Raiders are set at running back. 49ers’ RB Raheem Mostert has requested a trade. https://t.co/MqumDkklSB— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 8, 2020 1:31 p.m.: It appears NFL players will have the chance to opt out of the season like players in other sports. Few have opted out in other leagues, and I’m sure, we’ll see the same trend in the NFL. But there will likely be some NFL players who do opt out. 10:46 a.m.: The Ravens may have just given other NFL teams a model to follow this season. They told fans that their capacity will be 14,000 this season if fans are allowed to games. That’s not a whole lot. Ravens announced that their stadium capacity for this season – if fans are allowed to attend games – would be fewer than 14,000 seats per game. pic.twitter.com/Cyf7FuX6Lu— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 8, 2020 10:03 a.m.: The NFL and NFLPA have agreed to safety guidelines during training camp. July 7 9:27 a.m.: The NFLPA is not happy with the NFL as everyone tries to figure out how to play this season. The NFLs unwillingness to follow the recommendations of its own experts will put this season and the safety of all players at risk. This year must look differently if we hope to play a full season and crown a Super Bowl Champion. Read: https://t.co/lp7vFYFFjN— JC Tretter (@JCTretter) July 7, 2020 July 6 10:04 a.m. The Browns reportedly don’t want to deal tight end David Njoku, who wants to be traded. The Raiders are more than fine at that position, so I wouldn’t expect a pursuit. My understanding is TE David Njoku remains a big part of the #Browns plans, going back to the winter & the transition in the organization. The belief is Njoku can have a great year still for this team. But I'm also told by a source that Njoku, "been wanted out." Bears monitoring.— IG: JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) July 6, 2020 July 2 1:02 p.m.: The NFL is still planning an April draft regardless if/when the NCAA season is played. July 1 1:00 p.m.: There won’t be a supplemental draft this year. The NFL just informed clubs it will not conduct a supplemental draft this year, per source.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 1, 2020 9;15 a.m.: This will get the Raiders’ attention. Chiefs star defensive lineman Chris Jones isn’t happy and he could sit out the season. That would be a shame, right?
Raiders news: Henry Ruggs III is highest-rated rookie receiver on Madden NFL 21by Bill Williamson on July 10, 2020 at 7:26 pm
Henry Ruggs | Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images Alabama blazer gets 98 rating for speed Speed sells on Madden, so it’s no surprise that Raiders’ top pick , Henry Ruggs III, is the top-rated rookie receiver on Electronic Arts’ Madden NFL 21. The EA game announced its receiver ratings on Friday — Ruggs was the No. 12 overall pick and he was the first receiver taken in the NFL draft. The Raiders were attracted to the Alabama product because of his blazing speed and what he can bring to Jon Gruden’s playbook. Ruggs was the fastest player at the NFL combine earlier this year as he ran a 4.27 40-yard dash. He received a total rating of 76 on Madden and had a 98 rating on speed. For reference, Kansas City Chief’s speedster Tyreek Hill was the only player with a higher speed rating last year with 99. Madden 21 rookie WR ratings:*Henry Ruggs: 76 (98 spd)*CeeDee Lamb: 75*Jerry Jeudy: 75*Justin Jefferson: 74*Jalen Reagor: 73*Brandon Aiyuk: 72*Laviska Shenault: 72*Devin Duvernay: 72*Michael Pittman: 71*Tee Higgins: 71*Chase Claypool: 70*Denzel Mims: 70*KJ Hamler: 70— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) July 10, 2020 Ruggs told former NFL player Chad Johnson — who revealed the Madden ratings to rookies — that he thinks he should have had a 99 speed rating. View this post on Instagram CeeDee Lamb, Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs III, & Tee Higgins A post shared by EA SPORTS Madden NFL 21 (@eamaddennfl) on Jul 10, 2020 at 6:57am PDT Count Raiders’ quarterback Derek Carr among those were want to see Ruggs’ video-game ability on the actual football field this season. @__RUGGS this will be fun... https://t.co/UeI2QUJIL2— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) July 10, 2020