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Raiders apparently blame unusual move on potential surprise pick

On Friday, the Raiders took the highly unusual step of clearing the building of most scouts, telling them to stay home until after the draft. On Monday, the Raiders floated an excuse for sending employees home with pay. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the Raiders may be planning a”surprise” pick with the fourth [more]

Gruden declares the Raiders “wide open” heading into the draft

Jon Gruden may not want the Raiders’ scouts to know what he’s thinking heading into the draft, but he does want 31 other teams to know that if they have a trade offer to make, give him a call. Gruden said his team could do anything in the draft, including trading up, trading down or [more]

PFTOT looks at the top five spots in the draft

Monday’s PFTOT didn’t have to look too hard for five topics. We went to the top five picks in the draft, and we devoted one topic to each of the teams. From the Cardinals to 49ers to Jets to Raiders to Bucs, Simms and I talked about what we think each team will do, based [more]

Look for Raiders to focus on defensive side of ball at No. 4

Five years ago, the Raiders found future Hall of Famer Khalil Mack with the fifth overall pick in the draft. This time around, the Raiders have earned the fourth pick in round one — and the pressure to find another Mack has increased, given that they traded him to the Bears in September. There’s a [more]

Mayock’s daughter to scouts: Don’t take it personally, he doesn’t trust anyone

In the wake of Raiders General Manager Mike Mayock and coach Jon Gruden sending the scouts home to keep them from leaking any information about the team’s draft board, Mayock’s daughter says that’s par for the course for her very secretive dad. Leigh Mayock has previously told the story about how she was dining with [more]

Raiders’ schedule has the most travel miles, Jets’ schedule has the fewest

The NFL scheduling formula wasn’t kind to the Raiders but was very kind to the Jets. The Raiders will travel more miles in 2019 than any other team, and the Jets will travel the fewest in the NFL. According to TheScore.com, the Raiders’ total travel distance in the regular season will be 35,308 miles, while [more]

Raiders still trusting some pre-Gruden executives to be in the draft room

When the Raiders sent home their scouting staff a week before the draft, it was a vote of no-confidence from coach Jon Gruden and General Manager Mike Mayock for the scouts, most of whom were hired when Reggie McKenzie was running the front office. But Gruden and Mayock still have faith in some holdovers from [more]

Raiders’ scouts have been expecting a shakeup

Reggie McKenzie is out and Mike Mayock is in as G.M. of the Raiders, and the scouts have been expecting major changes — even before today’s strange story that the Raiders have sent their scouts home because they don’t know who they can trust not to leak sensitive information. Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas [more]

Report: Raiders send scouts home until after the draft

The hay may not be fully in the barn, but the barn has been emptied of any livestock. The Raiders have sent their scouts home until after the draft, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. Per the report, coach Jon Gruden and G.M. Mike Mayock “don’t know who to trust.” (Well, for starters, they [more]

NFL V.P. regrets lengthy road odysseys for Raiders, Buccaneers

Developing the 256-game regular season schedule in a fair and balanced fashion isn’t the easiest task to accomplish each spring. When trying to account for stadium availability, broadcast partners, international games and other variables, random quirks can surface in the different iterations of the schedule. One particular quirk that was produced by the 2019 schedule [more]

Vic Fangio doesn’t care about the schedule

Plenty of people cared deeply about Wednesday’s release of the schedule. Broncos coach Vic Fangio is not one of them. “I had no reaction, really,” Fango told reporters on Thursday. “I’m only interested to see who we play the first two weeks because that’s who you’ll start planning on in the offseason. Other than that, [more]

George Kittle says tweet to Antonio Brown was a dare from Jimmy Garoppolo

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle said his tweet to Antonio Brown from New Year’s Eve was at the prodding of a fellow member of the 49ers offense. Via KNBR, Kittle said on Wednesday that his “Sup?” tweet directed at Brown was a dare from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. “Jimmy totally dared me to do [more]

Raiders go seven weeks between “home” games

Fans in Oakland are going to have a chance to get used to not having the Raiders around. After opening the season with home games against the Broncos (Sept. 9) and Chiefs (Sept. 15), the Raiders don’t play another home game until Week Nine against the Lions (Nov. 3). That long absence is going to [more]

Pre-Christmas Saturday triple header has TBD opponents

In Week 16, the NFL will stage a special pre-Christmas Saturday triple header. And none of the games have been selected for that spot, yet. Five Week 16 games have been earmarked for those three spots, to begin at 1:00 p.m. ET, 4:30 p.m. ET, and 8:15 p.m. ET: Lions at Broncos, Raiders at Chargers, [more]

Monday Night Football slate kicks off with Texans and Saints

A pair of 2018 playoff teams will square off in the first Monday night game of the 2019 season. The NFL’s schedule was released on Wednesday night and it shows that the Texans will be in New Orleans to face the Saints on Monday Night Football in Week One. In addition to that game, the [more]

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