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Jon Gruden can even praise Christian Hackenberg

New Raiders coach Jon Gruden has never met a player he couldn’t praise. That even extends to Christian Hackenberg, who hasn’t thrown a pass in the NFL. During a call with season-ticket holders, Gruden offered some positive words about his newest quarterback, who was acquired from the Jets for a seventh-round pick. “We’re looking for [more]

NFL admits there was no formal vote on new anthem policy

The NFL claimed that its owners unanimously voted to adopt a new anthem policy. And, as it turns out, the vote wasn’t unanimous. Also, there wasn’t a vote. After ESPN’s Seth Wickersham reported that no actual vote was taken, the NFL admitted that, indeed, no formal vote was taken. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told ESPN that [more]

Report: NFL owners didn’t actually vote on anthem issue

Question: When is a unanimous vote not unanimous? Answer: When there’s no vote at all. No, this isn’t a Matrix-style exercise in whether or not there is a spoon. (Then again maybe it is.) It’s an example of the kind of casual white-lying that has somehow become accepted as appropriate, as long as helps achieve [more]

Former Steelers second-round pick Senquez Golson doesn’t last long in Oakland

Senquez Golson has enough talent that the Steelers drafted him in the second round of the 2015 NFL draft. But he still hasn’t played in an NFL game, and the news today raises the question of whether he ever will. Golson was cut by the Raiders today, according to Field Yates of ESPN. Golson was [more]

Amari Cooper ready to be focal point of Raiders offense

Jon Gruden said at the NFL Scouting Combine in February that he wants Amari Cooper to be the “focal point” of the Raiders’ passing game. The fourth-year receiver wants to be just that. “It was cool,” Cooper said, via Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle. “Obviously, as a receiver, you want to go out [more]

Obi Melifonwu remains out of team drills and not close, according to Jon Gruden

It was only a month ago that Jon Gruden declared Obi Melifonwu and Gareon Conley “really close” to returning. While Conley was in team drills Tuesday during the Raiders’ organized team activities, Melifonwu remains a bystander during team drills and no longer “close.” “He doesn’t look close to me at all,” Gruden said, via Michael [more]

Jets trade Christian Hackenberg to Raiders for seventh-round pick

The Christian Hackenberg era has come to an end for the Jets, after zero games played. Hackenberg has been traded to the Raiders for a conditional seventh-round draft pick. The Jets took Hackenberg in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft, so to settle for a seventh-round pick for him now is a major [more]

Khalil Mack remains away from Raiders as OTAs begin

Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack has not been taking part in the team’s voluntary work all offseason and nothing changed with the start of OTAs on Tuesday. Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal passes along word that the Raiders took the field to kick off this phase of their offseason work without Mack in [more]

Bay Area wants another Super Bowl

With the Raiders poised to leave Oakland and enter a stadium that will become part of the Super Bowl rotation, their Bay Area partners hope to lure another Super Bowl of their own. San Francisco (actually Santa Clara) hosted Super Bowl 50 as part of the “if you build it, they will come” new stadium [more]

Vegas, L.A. to become cornerstones of new Super Bowl rotation

What happens in Vegas really will stay in Vegas. Although the NFL’s newest city somewhat surprisingly won’t receive either of the two Super Bowls that owners are expected to award this week (LVII and LVIII will go to Arizona and New Orleans, respectively), Las Vegas is expected to get one of the next Super Bowls [more]

Raiders president says concerns about Las Vegas as sports host are moot as team pursues NFL Draft

The Raiders are hopeful to bring major NFL events and not just their franchise to Las Vegas when the team relocated to southern Nevada in 2020. Las Vegas is one of several cities vying to host the NFL Draft in the coming years. The league is set to vote on host sites for the draft [more]

Raiders strike a deal with third-rounder Brandon Parker

The Raiders opened the day with three unsigned draft picks, but they’ve gotten down to one on Monday afternoon. Shortly after announcing that fourth-round cornerback Nick Nelson agreed to a four-year deal, the Raiders made the same announcement about third-round tackle Brandon Parker. Defensive end Arden Key, another third-round pick, is the lone Oakland selection [more]

Raiders sign fourth-rounder Nick Nelson

The Raiders signed fourth-rounder Nick Nelson, leaving them with just two unsigned draft picks. The team announced Nelson’s four-year deal Monday. The cornerback from Wisconsin was picked 110th overall. He might have gone higher if not for the knee injury suffered in a pre-draft workout with the Lions. He needed only a partial meniscus repair, [more]

LSU and AFL star Billy Cannon dies at 80

Billy Cannon, a legendary Heisman Trophy winner at LSU who would later become an all-star in the American Football League, has died at the age of 80. Cannon is best remembered for his career at LSU, where he led the Tigers to the national championship in 1958 and won the Heisman Trophy in 1959. His [more]

Raiders sign Kolton Miller

The Raiders have their first-round pick under contract. The team announced on Friday that they have signed tackle Kolton Miller to his first NFL deal. The contract will run for four years and the Raiders will hold an option for a fifth season that must be exercised before Miller starts his fourth season in Oakland. [more]

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