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RAIDERS NEWSNFL draft: Why trading down could help Raiders find foundation pieces | NBCS Bay AreaThe Raiders have four picks in the top 35 of the draft. But trading back could be a real option.O..."RAIDERS NEWSNFL draft: Why trading down could help Raiders find foundation pieces | NBCS Bay AreaThe Raiders have four picks in the top 35 of the draft. But trading back could be a real option.Oakland Raiders will be the talk of the NFL Draft.Raiders bring back edge rusher Benson Mayowa on 1-year dealSounds like Raiders will be looking to wheel and deal in the draft with the value chart presenting intriguing possibilities - Silver And Black PrideYou get the sense the Raiders are going to be looking to make a lot of trades to move up and down in the draftAFC WEST NEWSShawne Merriman says Chargers are “seriously interested” in Josh Rosen – ProFootballTalkFormer Chargers outside linebacker Shawne Merriman will be announcing one of his old team's picks during the 2019 NFL Draft. He may have also announced their intentions on another move.Ex-Chiefs TE Walter White Womens Derek Carr Jersey , 67, dies from cancerWalter White, who played five seasons with the Chiefs before retiring in 1979, has died of complications from pancreatic cancer. The former tight end was 67.Denver Broncos projected win total a disappointing seven games - Mile High ReportOddsmakers don’t see much improvement from the Denver Broncos heading into 2019, but we’ll take the slight improvement over last year, I guess.AROUND THE NFLTom Brady among 32 players who just had their helmets officially banned by the NFL - CBSSports.comThe Patriots quarterback is going to have to dump his helmet this yearPatriots DB Patrick Chung agrees to 1-year extension - NFL.comThe Patriots and safety Patrick Chung have agreed to a one-year extension through the 2021 season. Chung has spent nine of his 10 NFL seasons in New England, winning three Super Bowls.Vikings, Adam Thielen agree to 4-year, $64M extension - NFL.comThe Minnesota Vikings and wide receiver Adam Thielen agreed to a four-year extension for $64 million, his agency announced Friday. The max value of the contract is $73 million with $35 million guaranteed.Redskins’ Reuben Foster Is Fined by the N.F.L. but Will Not Be Suspended in 2019 - The New York TimesFoster was accused of domestic violence in November and put on the commissioner’s exempt list. The case was dismissed in January Antonio Brown Raiders Jersey , and after an N.F.L. investigation he has been fined two game checks.NFL: Johnny Manziel says he's focused on making return to leagueThe former Heisman Trophy winner and Cleveland Browns quarterback says his focus is making an eventual return to the NFL. After nine seasons without competition in the broadcast booth, Jon Gruden needed only a few plays of the exhibition season to get his old sideline persona back.A holding call that wiped out a touchdown brought out the temper that earned Gruden a nickname from the slasher movie "Child's Play" during his first stint as coach in Oakland."Chucky came out for a brief moment right there," Gruden said.It was a moment Raiders fans had been waiting for ever since Gruden was traded to Tampa Bay following the 2001 season. Oakland lost the Super Bowl to Gruden and the Buccaneers the following year and managed just one more winning record since.The good will might have ended when the Raiders traded their best player before the start of the season, dealing elite pass rusher Khalil Mack to Chicago for a package that includes two first-round picks.Owner Mark Davis had been recruiting Gruden since he took over the franchise following the death of his father, Al, in 2011, and finally got his man this past offseason with a $100 million, 10-year contract to replace Jack Del Rio following a 6-10 season."It's an honor to be back here and it's a great story, but I also just want to do everything I can to try to help this team win again," Gruden said. "I love the Raider fans Womens Bo Jackson Jersey , I love Oakland, and that's the primary reason why I'm standing here."The love is mutual, as evidenced by the hundreds of fans who showed up at a preseason party hosted by Gruden at a local sports bar, and the excited crowds at the exhibition games.But for all the nostalgia and Gruden's talk of bringing the game back to 1998 when Al Davis first hired him as a head coach, Gruden will need to show his style has adapted since he last coached in Tampa Bay in 2008.He has won over his players with his passion, knowledge and attention to detail, but none of that will matter without results on the field."What you see is what you get. Rah-rah guy," edge rusher Bruce Irvin said. "I've never seen a person's face stay red for seven periods at practice. The whole practice he is just red. He's a great motivator."Here are some other things to watch:MISSING MACK: Mack held out for the entire offseason and training camp while seeking a long-term contract that came after he was traded to the Bears. His absence leaves a big void. He won the Defensive Player of the Year award in 2016 and leads the NFL in QB pressures with 185 1-2 since entering the league, according to SportRadar. Oakland's defense struggled the past few years even with Mack on the field. Gruden and new coordinator Paul Guenther will now need rookie Arden Key and veteran Bruce Irvin to make up for the loss.DRIVE THE CARR: QB Derek Carr went from MVP candidate during a 12-win 2016 campaign to a struggling young passer a year ago as he dealt with an early-season back injury and suspect play from his receivers. Much has been made of how Carr will mesh with Gruden's hard-driving personality, but the early signs are the two are hitting it off. Whether that leads to improved play remains to be seen. Carr will likely take more snaps under center in Gruden's offense than he has in the past Womens Antonio Brown Jersey , but also will have more freedom to change plays at the line of scrimmage."He has a photographic memory. It comes so easy to him," Gruden said. "He's got the offense mastered more than I do, that's for sure."INSIDE PUSH: The Raiders struggled to generate consistent pass pressure the past few seasons even with Mack and Irvin on the outside because of a lack of an inside rush. hat spot by selecting P.J. Hall in the second round and Maurice Hurst in the fifth. Hurst had been projected as a first-round pick before being sent home from the combine with a heart issue that the Raiders say is not a concern. Hall and Hurst have shined in the preseason and figure to provide a big boost to the defense.POUND THE ROCK: Gruden has stressed a power-running game since getting hired in January and has the pieces in place to make it work. Oakland has a stout interior of the offensive line with center Rodney Hudson and guards Kelechi Osemele and Gabe Jackson. Marshawn Lynch played well in the second half of last season after coming out of retirement and looks even faster this year. Blocking tight end Lee Smith and fullback Keith Smith provide more support. Gruden hopes Doug Martin can regain the form that helped him run for more than 1,400 yards in 2012 and '15.COVER IT UP: The Raiders have been rotating through cornerbacks ever since Reggie McKenzie became GM in 2012. They hoped they solidified one of those spots last year when they drafted Gareon Conley in the first round, but he played only two games because of injuries. Conley looks healthy now and could be part of the most talented group of cornerbacks Oakland has had in years with free agents Rashaan Melvin, Leon Hall and Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie also in the mix.
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