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  • Silver Mining 5/24: Jon Gruden, Raiders ready for new WR group to stretch the field in 2019
    by Marcus Allen Krause on May 24, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    Raiders News Jon Gruden ready for Raiders, new WR corps to stretch the fieldRaiders coach Jon Gruden wants his offense to be indefensible. To accomplish that goal, he knows his team must stretch the field. Five takeaways from Raiders' first organized team activityStorylines include Darren Waller's ascension, Brandon Parker being floated as a possibility at guard, Arden Key's battle to get stronger, Doug Martin becoming a mentor and Antonio Brown's absence from the first practice. Raiders land acquisition to boost parking near Las Vegas stadium | Las Vegas Review-JournalThe Raiders team is in the final stretch of completing a comprehensive transportation plan that will increase parking significantly, Stadium Event Co. Chief Operating Officer Don Webb said. Watch Antonio Brown Catch Deep TD From Raiders QB Derek Carr at OTAs - NBC Bay AreaDerek Carr and Antonio Brown have officially connected in the end zone as Raiders teammates. Well, kind of officially. Raiders C Rodney Hudson named 2nd-most ‘clutch’ interior O-linemanRaiders C Rodney Hudson named 2nd-most 'clutch' interior O-lineman AFC West Five intriguing Kansas City Chiefs players on the roster bubble - Arrowhead PrideIn the return of Stagner Things, our own Matt Stagner takes a closer look at five Chiefs who may be in trouble at the 53-man roster cut. Patrick Mahomes talks about Chiefs rookie WR Mecole HardmanMahomes has noticed that Hardman is working hard to put everything together at the NFL level. Broncos quarterback situation: What the national media is saying about Denver’s crew – The Denver PostSo has the Broncos' situation behind center improved in the offseason? Or is it just another question mark entering the 2019 season? 3 & Out: Over the Cap’s Jason Fitzgerald talks Chris Harris Jr. contract details - Mile High ReportWhy would the Broncos give Harris a pay raise this year instead of a long-term deal? Chargers tight end Hunter Henry helps give out new sneakers to Costa Mesa kids | abc7.comThe Los Angeles Chargers teamed up with UnitedHealthCare to hand out dozens of new Nikes to kids in Costa Mesa. 4 Los Angeles Chargers looking to make Year 2 jumpHere are four members from the Los Angeles Chargers who are looking to make a leap in their second season in the NFL. NFL News Browns, Steelers, Jaguars among NFL's most improved teams | SI.comNew coaches, new quarterbacks, new cultures. Teams had all sorts of reasons to land on our list of most improved this offseason. NFL asks teams to stop Oklahoma drill, othersIn response to data that showed a high rate of concussions during the early part of training camp in recent years, the NFL has asked teams to eliminate some high-impact drills during practices. NFL 2019: Here are five second-year players who could emerge as stars in the upcoming season - CBSSports.comWe loved these players as 2018 prospects, and now they've got the opportunity for a big 2019 NFL research agreement could open door to marijuana as pain managementAn agreement between NFL and the NFLPA to further study pain management could signal the league has an open mind on allowing marijuana as pain remedy. John Urschel quit the NFL for a career in math. It wasn’t just about the concussions. - The Washington PostFormer Ravens player John Urschel wants to be a whole different kind of role model. […]

  • Watch: Drone footage of Raiders Las Vegas stadium under construction
    by Levi Damien on May 23, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    Almost daily we see shots of the stadium being built in Las Vegas where the Raiders will call home as early as the 2020. Not like this, though. This is a drone shot and it offers a point of view you don’t get with a still camera. From the drone you can see the shape of the stadium and exactly how far along they are. The @FOX5Vegas drone here with a construction update of @LasVegasStadium from this morning. Last week it was announced the stadium is 41% complete..opening is for Fall of 2020. The new home of the @Raiders will also be home to @unlvfootball and many other large events.— Ted Pretty (@tedpretty) May 23, 2019 As you can see, the lower level of the bowl is formed and the forming of the upper levels is underway. It is nearing the halfway point of its construction which officially broke ground in November of last year. The $1.9 billion, 65K-seat stadium is still on schedule for completion next year, in time for the team to move in for the 2020 season. They are currently installing what will be 26 steel canopy trusses which will hold up the dome of the stadium. As any contractor will tell you, it’s all the finishing work that takes the most time. So, even though from the naked eye the stadium looks a lot more than half complete, it’s the little things you don’t really notice from a distance or high in a drone that take a good portion of the time. Follow @LeviDamien […]

  • Silver & Black Turf podcast Ep 5
    by Levi Damien on May 23, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    In this episode of Silver & Black Turf, hosts Nick Hamilton and Scott Winter discuss Derek Carr’s comments on being THE QB for the Raiders; is he still hungry or too laid back? They Analyze the decision behind Jon Gruden lightening the load for rookie RB Josh Jacobs. Also have the Raiders filled the void left by Jared Cook at tight end with their latest signing? And is the media too harsh on Antonio Brown? […]

  • Raiders offseason depth chart after first round of OTA practices
    by Levi Damien on May 23, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    This week phase three of the Raiders’ offseason began. It was our first look at the 90-man roster that will ultimately head into training camp and the preseason with minimal changes before that time. Based on a combination of projections and what I saw on the field for the first day of OTA’s, this is how the depth chart currently stacks up for the Raiders. Keep in mind there were several players who were not practicing Tuesday, so their spot on the depth chart is more of a projection. Most of those players were on the side rehabbing injuries. Those players have asterisks by their names to denote the fact that they didn’t line up in team sessions with the rest of their teammates. Antonio Brown showed up on day two of OTA’s and was working with the first team. Erik Swoope was signed after practice on Tuesday, so his place on the depth chart is less certain. Follow @LeviDamien […]

  • Lee Smith was a hot commodity after Raiders released him
    by Levi Damien on May 23, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    For four seasons the Raiders had a brute gooning for them on the edges of the offensive line. They also had a team-first, leave-it-all-on-the field guy. But going into year five, they decided they could do without that, so they cut Lee Smith in favor of rookie fourth round pick Foster Moreau. Even at 31 years old, several other teams jumped at the chance to add the 6-6, 265-pounder to their squad. Smith chose to go back to where his career began, signing a three-year deal with the Buffalo Bills. But he didn’t take a discount to do so. He didn’t have to because he had several suitors. #Bills TE Lee Smith's 3-year deal is worth $9m with $4.9m fully gtd--2-year structure (year 1: $1.9m base, $1.5m 5/15 RB; year 2: $1m of base, $500k RB). They had a lot of competition for him, which might help to explain the strong guarantees.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) May 23, 2019 Caplan went on to say there were at least six teams competing for Smith’s services. It may sound like hyperbole to describe Smith as I did. It really isn’t though. He makes a living as a goon who pushes around his defender and plays through the whistle. And as big as tight ends normally are, Smith is bigger. He is an imposing figure on the field. He makes the other also large tight ends look small standing next to him. The team-first part comes from his willingness to restructure his contract prior to the 2017 season to make most of his contract non-guaranteed with the only way he earns his money is through play time incentives. He would ultimately earn his pay, and was even signed to his $1.1 million 2019 roster bonus at the end of last season. He was also the only player to come out publicly and angrily defend Derek Carr from the allegations of a fractured relationship between Derek Carr and his offensive line. Smith defended the Raiders’ locker room dynamic, calling it a “brotherhood” and the reports “horse shit.” Whether he’s correct about that or whether you believe him or not, he was right to step up and say something. It was the right thing to say at the right time. It’s not surprise there were quite a few teams who want that presence on the field and in their locker room. More surprising is the Raiders did not. Follow @LeviDamien […]


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