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Mo Hurst heavily motivated by draft slide

The diagnosis of an irregular heartbeat resulted in a draft-day(s) plunge for former Michigan defensive tackle Maurice Hurst, dropping him all the way to round five, where the recently-risk-taking Raiders took a chance on him with the 140th overall pick. Hurst is miffed than no one called him sooner. “Thirty-one teams didn’t want me and [more]

Jon Gruden excited for a wide receiver competition in Oakland

New Raiders coach Jon Gruden has dramatically changed the wide receiver position in Oakland, and he likes what he expects to see in training camp. Gone are last year’s leading receiver, Michael Crabtree, as well as last year’s No. 4 wide receiver, Cordarrelle Patterson. Jordy Nelson arrived in free agency, while the Raiders traded for [more]

Panthers claim running back Elijah Hood off waivers

For the second day in a row, the Panthers added a running back. Via Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, the Panthers claimed running back Elijah Hood off waivers from the Raiders. The 2017 seventh-round pick was a prep star in Charlotte before his career at the University of North Carolina. He spent most of [more]

Raiders sign three tryout players, waive Elijah Hood and two others

The Raiders announced Texas running back Chris Warren’s signing along with California (Pa.) tight end Paul Butler and Michigan fullback Henry Poggi. All three participated in the team’s rookie minicamp on a tryout basis. Butler participated in the Steelers’ 2017 rookie minicamp on a tryout basis. He played 33 games in his college career. Poggi [more]

Chris Warren III signs with Raiders

Chris Warren III signed a contract with the Raiders after impressing them during a rookie minicamp tryout over the weekend. The former University of Texas running back is the son of Chris Warren II, who played 11 NFL seasons, making the Pro Bowl three times with the Seahawks. Warren II finished his NFL career with [more]

Ryan Switzer: Cowboys didn’t ask me to do things I’m “capable of doing”

After the Cowboys traded for Tavon Austin, they said that their plan for Austin this season is to use him as “a web back” in a role similar to the one Lance Dunbar used to fill out of the backfield. Austin has been a wide receiver to this point in his career and it appears [more]

Gruden: Raiders needed a pass-rusher other than Mack and Irvin

The Raiders were willing to take a chance on pass-rusher Arden Key in the third round, since the reward was worth the risk of a third-round pick. And they’re hoping he’s ready to play a role this year, to take some of the pressure off veteran pass-rushers Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin. According to Matt Kawahara [more]

Kolton Miller starting his career at left tackle

Kolton Miller is starting his career at left tackle. Will he start at left tackle? The Raiders have Donald Penn, a three-time Pro Bowler, including each of the past two seasons. But Penn is 35 and continues to rehab from Lisfranc surgery on his right foot in December. Miller, the Raiders’ first-round pick, started 14 [more]

P.J. Hall signs rookie deal with Raiders

The Raiders announced the signing of another draft pick on Sunday. Defensive tackle P.J. Hall has agreed to a four-year deal with the team. Hall was selected in the second round of last week’s draft. Hall comes to the Raiders after four strong years at Sam Houston State. He left the school as the all-time [more]

Raiders sign sixth-round pick Azeem Victor

The Raiders have a member of their 2018 draft class under contract. The team announced that linebacker Azeem Victor has agreed to a four-year deal. Victor was selected in the sixth round of the draft with the 216th overall selection. Victor spent four years at the University of Washington, but missed time in each of [more]

Would a new contract make Tom Brady feel more appreciated?

When recently asked whether he believes he’s appreciated by the Patriots, quarterback Tom Brady led with “I plead the fifth” and followed with a non-answer. So if there’s an issue with the extent to which Brady feels appreciated, what better what to show him appreciation than to give him more money? Consider the broader context [more]

Jon Gruden on Mo Hurst: He’s cleared medically, judge him on the field

Raiders coach Jon Gruden is dismissing talk that rookie defensive lineman Maurice Hurst can’t play because of a heart condition. Hurst’s heart was much discussed as he dropped from a potential first-round prospect to the fifth round of the draft, but Gruden told reporters the heart issue is not an issue. “I’m not going to [more]

Raiders cut Armonty Bryant and Cory James; sign six undrafted rookies

The Raiders parted ways with a couple of players on Friday while also welcoming six undrafted rookies to the roster. Defensive end Armonty Bryant was released with a non-football illness designation and linebacker Cory James was waived with an injury designation. Bryant signed with the team in April and James, a 2016 sixth-round pick, ended [more]

Raiders call off Brian Cushing visit with Derrick Johnson in the fold

Maybe the Raiders do have enough veteran linebackers after all. Friday brought a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN that the Raiders were scheduled to meet with former Texans linebacker Brian Cushing on Sunday, but it appears the deal they struck with former Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson has led to a change in plans. Schefter [more]

Brian Cushing set to visit Raiders

The Raiders signed Derrick Johnson this week and they added Tahir Whitehead, Kyle Wilbur and Emmanuel Lamur earlier in the offseason, but they may not be done adding veteran linebackers to their roster. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that former Texans linebacker Brian Cushing is set to visit with the team on Sunday. It’s the [more]

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