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  • Raiders Stadium in Las Vegas over halfway complete
    by Tyler J. Smith on July 18, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, which is usually spot on about such things, the new Raiders stadium on the Strip is still on schedule to open prior to the beginning of the 2020 NFL season. Raiders stadium in Las Vegas has crossed the 50-yard line. Project is considered 51 percent complete, per @mickakers, with stadium company COO Don Webb indicating site still on target for July 31, 2020.— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) July 18, 2019 Mick Akers, also of the Review-Journal, provided some aerial shots of the stadium’s progress today. Here’s a birds-eye view of the progress being made on the @LasVegasStadium, which is now at 51 percent complete. #vegas #raiders #stadium— Mick Akers (@mickakers) July 18, 2019 If you’ve been following the stadium’s progress on Youtube like I have, you know the last of the main trusses were fitted together in the last week or so. The recent earthquakes had little effect on the stadium project, but a few issues with the truss fittings did cause a small delay. The first part of building a stadium always takes the longest and is the most difficult due to digging the foundation and putting up the steel frame, but the later parts of construction are far easier. Raider fans who don’t normally frequent Las Vegas will get their chance to see the building up close when the NFL Draft is held in Sin City next April. The stadium is on schedule to be fully enclosed by then and presumably the remaining work will be done on the inside of the facility at that time. The Draft will not be held at the stadium itself, but most likely just down the street at Caesar’s Palace’s new conference center or perhaps the Bellagio. Yours truly, the Great Raiderdamus, plans to be there just as I was for this year’s Draft in Nashville. Barring any unforeseen delays or issues, it seems as though the Raiders will be well and truly the Las Vegas Raiders next season and the possible 2020 lease of the Oakland Coliseum will be rendered unnecessary. […]

  • Raiders bring back WR Demornay Pierson-El
    by Tyler J. Smith on July 18, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    Photo by Chris Gardner/AAF/ Getty Images The Raiders today announced that they have signed WR Demornay Pierson-El, who spent the spring 2019 season with the Salt Lake Stallions of the AAF and also spent time in 2018 with Washington and the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL. During his time with the Stallions, the 5-foot-9, 195-pound wide receiver recorded 36 receptions for 414 yards (11.5 avg.) and one touchdown. Pierson-El’s receptions and receiving yards both led the team through the eight games the team played in before the AAF folded. Pierson-El had been signed previously by the Raiders on April 8, but was then waived on April 30 following the NFL Draft. In a corresponding move, the Raiders waived Saeed Blacknall, a 2018 undrafted free agent from Penn State who spent time on the practice squad last season and was a reserve/future signee in January. […]

  • Silver Mining 7/18: Is Tom Cable the Raiders Achilles Heel for 2019?
    by Marcus Allen Krause on July 18, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Raiders News Will OL coach Tom Cable be Achilles’ heel for Raiders in 2019?Will Raiders OL coach Tom Cable be the team's Achilles' heel in 2019? Joseph May Not Be in Raiders' Long-Term Plans - NBC Bay AreaTeam hasn't yet picked up his fifth-year option and now has Abram and Joyner to plug in at safety if Joseph is dealt NFL preview 2019: How Raiders' defense stacks up against AFC West rivals | NBCS Bay AreaThe Raiders will go as far as their defense can take them. But how far is that in the AFC West? Jets best players 2019 countdown: Kelechi Osemele can turn into stealKelechi Osemele was hurt last season by trades made by the Raiders' Jon Gruden, and the Jets hope he'll to his All-Pro form with a change of scenery. AFC West Ice Cube, A Die-Hard Raiders Fan, Praises Kansas City’s Growing Sports SceneEntertainment icon and BIG3 co-founder Ice Cube wants an NBA basketball team to return to Kansas City. Chiefs mailbag: all about Steve Spagnuolo’s defense - Arrowhead PrideThe defense is the main subject of this week’s questions Is Melvin GorDone in LA? A potential trade for Melvin Gordon - Bolts From The BlueA realistic trade option for the Chargers running back. Los Angeles Chargers’ last move to make before start of 2019 seasonHere's the move the Los Angeles Chargers' need to make before the start of 2019 season. John Elway, at a crossroads, needs answers for Broncos' future - Denver Broncos Blog- ESPNSince winning Super Bowl 50, Elway's Broncos have slid and fallen apart. Now Denver's beloved star faces real questions about his future with the team. Is Mike Munchak the Denver Broncos offensive line savior? - Mile High ReportIf anyone will help Denver’s offensive line become one of the best in the NFL, and help a certain left tackle take control of the position, it’s Munchak. NFL News The top 100 players in the NFL todayWith the NFL's 100th anniversary just around the corner, it's time to ask: Who are the league's top 100 players in 2019? NFL 2019: Which teams are under the most pressure? All 32 ranked by who's feeling the most heat - CBSSports.comBill Belichick and the Pats don't have to worry, but teams like Texans and Giants are on shaky ground Source -- NFL, NFLPA meetings end after one dayMeetings between the NFL and the NFLPA, originally scheduled to run through Friday, have ended after one day because information was presented that needed to be discussed with other owners, a source told ESPN. NFL countdown: Browns have swag, Jimmy Garoppolo returns as camps startThe first group of NFL veterans are reporting for training camp on Wednesday, with 50 days until the Packers-Bears 2019 season opener. […]

  • 2019 training camp battles: Left guard
    by Thomas Wheaton on July 17, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images Taking a look at the candidates for the starting left guard position and who has the best odds of earning it. After trading incumbent Kelechi Osemele to the New York Jets this offseason, the Raiders needed to fill a hole at the starting left guard position. Many anticipated the team would invest some draft capital into the position. Instead the team opted to re-sign Denzelle Good and bring in controversial veteran Richie Incognito, forgoing the opportunity to bolster the position in the draft. In addition to those two, 2019 undrafted free agent Lester Cotton Sr. rounds out the unit as it stands. The post minicamps depth chart had Incognito working with the first team, Good with the second, and Cotton Sr. with the third. Odds are Incognito is set to be the starter, assuming there are no more hiccups with his behavior. The team wanted him enough to bring him in despite knowing that a suspension was looming and very likely to be handed down. Showing that kind of belief in a player is typically indicative of the organization believing he will be a starter. With the news that Incognito is suspended for two games, there is now a need for a temporary starter. As such, the Raiders brought in former first round pick Jonathan Cooper to add competition to the position battle. With all of that in mind, the battle now boils down to who starts the first two games of the season in place of Incognito. Good was getting reps with the second team during minicamp and even started a handful of games for the Silver and Black last season. Good’s experience with the team gives him a leg up, but by no means is the job his. At 6’5”, 345 lbs Good is significantly bigger than his primary competition in Cooper. Cooper stands at 6’2”, 310 pounds, but has struggled with far more injuries than Good has. In Cooper’s last four seasons he has played with four different teams and has only played 22 total games. A myriad of injuries have plagued Cooper, but when healthy, the former 7th overall draft selection of the Arizona Cardinals has been solid. In 2017, Cooper started 13 games for the Dallas Cowboys, playing a key part in a very good front unit that season. In 2018 he shifted over to the Washington Redskins, where he started four games before tearing his bicep, ending his season. Now healthy, Cooper is ready to battle for the starting role while Incognito is out. On paper, Cooper is the more talented player, but he has a significant injury history. Good has spent a season with the organization and the team liked him enough to resign him as one of the first moves this offseason. It projects to be a very close battle. The sleeper, well more of long shot, is Cotton Sr. He signed as an undrafted free agent out of Alabama but is much more likely to land on the practice squad. More of a project, Cotton Sr. is not ready to be a starter in the NFL, but having talented players in house to help show him the ropes is surely beneficial to his long-term projections. Will Good retain his role from 2018 as a second-stringer or will the new signing Cooper earn the job during training camp? It is definitely a battle to keep an eye on as the result could have pretty significant consequences on the 2019 season. […]

  • ESPN’s Graziano sees playoffs in near future for Raiders
    by Tyler J. Smith on July 17, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images This week, ESPN writer Dan Graziano released his annual list of things that he believes will happen in the NFL in the next three years, forecasting the league from now untol 2022. Some of his predictions are no-brainers, such as his first entry, that Patrick Mahomes will be the first quarterback to earn $40M per year and that the next CBA will include a more reasonable policy regarding marijuana. But Graziano does include an optimistic prediction regarding the Raiders, as he predicts the Las Vegas Raiders will make the playoffs at least once in the next three years: “I don’t think the Raiders are ready to make that jump in this, their final season in Oakland. But I like the pieces they’re putting together and believe they’ll hit the desert ground running in 2020. No idea, of course, how they’ll be received in Vegas or what kind of fan base they’ll develop there, but I am predicting that they will be a playoff team in one of their first two years there. Heck, the Las Vegas hockey team went to the Stanley Cup Final in its first season, right?” Now, Graziano is a national writer, not a Raiders-specific one, and so he is likely unaware how big a Raiders fanbase there already is in Las Vegas and how much enthusiasm for the team there is there. But he is correct about the Golden Knights, the expansion hockey team which in their first season came within a few games of winning the Stanley Cup and gained a strong following immediately upon their coming into existence. There’s no reason the Raiders won’t be the hottest ticket in a town full of hot tickets. The Raiders already have a pretty solid team on paper, and it’s only their hellacious schedule that makes many folks in the media wary of predicting them to make the playoffs this year. Next season, their schedule should get a little easier (as it can’t get much harder), and Mike Mayock will have another offseason to continue improving the team. With all that should come greater success, but it will also mean more pressure from fans and the media to win. If the Raiders win much of anything this year, it will come as a pleasant surprise, but that will no longer be the case after they move into their new stadium in 2020. […]


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