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Raiders plan to give Ryan Switzer a bigger role than he had in Dallas

The Cowboys talked up Ryan Switzer when they used a fourth-round pick on him in 2017. But he never found a role in the offense, which prompted the team to trade him to Oakland in the offseason. “Just the snap of the fingers and your world gets flipped upside down,” Switzer said, via Scott Bair [more]

Raiders add fullback Ryan Yuracheck

The Raiders signed someone, and for a change, he’s young. The team announced the signing of fullback Ryan Yurachek. He’s an undrafted rookie from Marshall, who was in Saints camp briefly. He was a tight end in college, and caught 143 passes for 1,354 yards and 26 touchdowns. To make room for him on the roster, [more]

Will Tom Brady hold off Aaron Rodgers atop NFL Network’s Top 100?

Six players who made NFL Network’s Top 100 players of 2017 remain on the list for 2018. The network will announce the order of the final 10 on Monday night at 8 ET, but Tom Brady stands a good chance to stay atop the list. Only Aaron Rodgers should stand a chance to unseat him. [more]

Mack, Donald holdouts would present slightly different circumstances

On the surface, they’re relatively indistinguishable. One was the defensive player of the year in 2016, the other won the award in 2017. Both arrived via round one of the 2014 draft. Both are entering the fifth year of their rookie contracts. Neither has gotten the long-term deal he deserves. But there’s a difference between [more]

Brandon Parker wins over his teammates by standing up for himself

Raiders rookie Brandon Parker was ejected from practice for fighting with defensive lineman Fadol Brown at last week’s minicamp. But he won over his offensive teammates. “Brandon stood up for himself,” left guard Kelechi Osemele said, via Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area. “That was really cool to see. You always want to see [more]

Training camp reporting dates for all 32 teams

The end of offseason programs around the league last week have all 32 teams looking forward to training camp and the start of the push to the regular season. All 32 teams have now announced the reporting dates for training camp. Many teams will have their rookies report ahead of their veterans and all teams [more]

Maurice Hurst “amped up” to play for Paul Guenther after watching Geno Atkins

Defensive tackle Maurice Hurst was considered a possible first-round pick before an irregular heartbeat was detected during a medical exam at the NFL Scouting Combine and questions about whether he’ll be able to have a long career in the NFL helped push him to the Raiders in the fifth round. While he might not like [more]

Report: Martavis Bryant has not missed or failed a drug test

The situation surrounding Raiders receiver Martavis Bryant remains unclear a week after a report that the team was bracing for another suspension. But a new report says Bryant has not missed or failed a drug test. Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports that Bryant hasn’t been notified by the league that he is facing discipline, [more]

Edmonton adds Hackenberg to dibs list

The CFL has a unique system for allocating players, a highly-sophisticated process that is akin to calling “shotgun.” As to former Jets and (blink and you missed it) Raiders quarterback Christian Hackenberg, the Edmonton Eskimos have secured dibs. More specifically, and according to, the Eskimos have added Hackenberg to their negotiating list. Hackenberg, a [more]

NFL-only field going in at London soccer stadium

In the most tangible piece of evidence yet that the NFL wants to keep playing games in London, the league has paid for an NFL-only field to be on the grounds of the new soccer stadium for Tottenham Hotspur. New pictures of the stadium, which is still being built, show the FieldTurf field that the [more]

Raiders sign third-round pick Arden Key

Friday began with 26 unsigned 2018 draft picks around the league and that number dropped by one on Friday afternoon. The Raiders announced that third-round defensive end Arden Key has agreed to a four-year deal with the team. Key was the only unsigned member of Oakland’s draft class. Plenty of people thought Key was headed [more]

Raiders hire former ref Gerry Austin as consultant

The Raiders haven’t been shy about bringing in veteran help this offseason, and that applies to off-field staff as well. According to Mike Sando of, the Raiders have hired longtime referee Gerry Austin as a consultant. Austin, 76, worked with coach Jon Gruden in the Monday Night Football booth since 2012. He retired in [more]

Report: Raiders wary a suspension could be coming for Martavis Bryant

In acquiring Martavis Bryant in a trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers in April, Oakland General Manager Reggie McKenzie said the Raiders felt “good about giving Martavis an opportunity.” It appears as though that good feeling may have left the building. According to Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Raiders are wary that a [more]

Jon Gruden: CBA big factor in Hackenberg’s failure to launch

Raiders coach Jon Gruden has made no secret of his distaste for the league’s collectively bargained rules governing offseason work and he went back to the well on Thursday while discussing quarterback Christian Hackenberg‘s release. Gruden pointed to Hackenberg’s work this offseason to change “his stroke, his passing motion” and said there wasn’t enough time [more]

Christian Hackenberg visiting the Patriots

Christian Hackenberg was a draft bust with the Jets, but could he have a future with the Patriots? Hackenberg, who cleared waivers yesterday after the Raiders cut him, was at the Patriots’ facility today, according to Field Yates of ESPN. A quarterback who showed promise early in his college career at Penn State, Hackenberg was [more]

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