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Heading into this season, the Las Vegas Raiders were supposed to have one of the better offensive lines in the NFL. However, things haven’t gone according to plan as they’ve only had their Week 1 starters all lined up together for three snaps this season. Fortunately, it hasn’t slowed the offense down too much and the Raiders are 4-3 with a real shot at getting to the playoffs.

Much of that is thanks to the depth on the offensive line, specifically Denzelle Good. The veteran has been one of the team’s most important players this year. When Trent Brown and Sam Young went down with injuries early in the season, he played at right tackle, which is not his natural position. After that got sorted out, Good had to take over for an injured Richie Incognito. Since he got settled at left guard, he’s played at a very high level. Quarterback Derek Carr had some extremely high praise for Good.

“It wasn’t a surprise,” Carr said of the offensive line on Wednesday. “We knew the talent that they had, but I guess the thing that has been pleasant, so to speak, is just watching how well that they’ve played. … Even Coach said it, I think Denzelle Good is our unsung hero. He’s the team MVP right now. That guy and what he’s been able to do for us, it’s unbelievable. Just looking at all of those guys that have had to come in and play a role, I would say it was something unexpected because we didn’t expect all of our guys to be hurt. These guys have come in and played huge and played really well for us.”

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Gruden Calls Good ‘Unsung Hero’

Carr wasn’t the only Raider to sing the praise of Good. Head coach Jon Gruden also had some strong thoughts about the offensive lineman.

“He might be the unsung hero of our team,” Gruden said Monday. “And he is a physical presence. He has a lot of fun playing. He’s a great guy and I think if you were around here you would say he’s one of the favorites here on our football team. Everybody loves Good being around them.”

While the Raiders are obviously going to compliment a guy who been working so hard, it’s not just all talk. According to Pro Football Focus, Good was one of the best offensive guards in the NFL during Week 8.

Denzelle Good had the best game of his career Sunday, leading all #Raiders with an ELITE 90.0 PFF grade ????

– his 90.8 run blocking grade was 3rd among Gs in Week 8
– didn't allow a single QB pressure#RaiderNation

— PFF Las Vegas Raiders (@PFF_Raiders) November 2, 2020

Not only is he proving to be a guy who’s willing to do whatever the team needs him to do, but he’s also playing at a high level. The Raiders are going to have some decision to make this offseason as they only signed Good to a one-year extension this past offseason.

Good Sounds off on Experience With Raiders

Good is in his seventh year in the NFL but this is probably his most impressive year yet. Though he’s not expected to be a starter when Incognito returns, he’s proven that the Raiders need to figure out how to get him on the field. Good is really enjoying being a Raider.

“It’s been great, man,” Good said. “I feel like I’m a respected part of this team. The coaches know what to expect out of me. They know what kind of player I am. They know what I can bring to the table. You never want to see any of your teammates get hurt, but it’s a part of the NFL, 100 percent. You just gotta prepare for it as best you can. I feel like we’ve done a good job. [Coach Tom] Cable and the offensive line, in particular, have done a good job just being ready for any situation.”

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BREAKING: Walmart heirs complete $4.65BILLION deal to buy the Denver Broncos after NFL owners approved the sale unanimously, in a world-record deal for a sports franchise

The Denver Broncos have officially sold to a group of Walmart heirs for a record price of $4.65 billion.

That's not just an NFL record, but a sports record, eclipsing Steve Cohen's $2.4 billion purchase of the New York Mets and David Tepper's $2.3 billion acquisition of the Carolina Panthers.

It even exceeds Todd Boehly's $5.12 billion acquisition of Chelsea FC because that figure includes investments in the London soccer club's stadium and donations to charities supported by outgoing owner, Roman Abramovich. In the end, the true sales price was close to $3 billion, according to multiple reports.

The Walton Penner Ownership Group's bid was approved by unanimous vote of NFL owners at a meeting on Tuesday, according to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

'We're just so excited to officially become a part of the Broncos. big, big day for us,' Rob Walton said during a short press conference.

The Denver Broncos have officially sold to a group of Walmart heirs for a record price of $4.65 billion. Super Bowls during his reign. His trust assumed the ownership after he died in 2019. Rob Walton, 77, is now the NFL's richest owner thanks to an estimated fortune of nearly $60 billion, according to Bloomberg

A new era begins.

Welcome to #BroncosCountry, Walton-Penner Family Ownership Group — let’s go win some championships!

— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) August 9, 2022

The ownership group also includes Walton's daughter, Carrie (left), and her husband, Greg (right) Penner, who has experience in corporate finance working at Goldman Sachs

A cutout of late Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen and cutouts of three Vince Lombardi Trophies are seen in the upper stands of Empower Field at Mile High in the first quarter of a game against the Miami Dolphins on November 22, 2020

  • Brooklyn Nets: $3.2 billion to Joseph Tsai in 2019
  • Chelsea FC: $3.1 billion to Todd Boehly in 2022
  • New York Mets: $2.4 billion to Steve Cohen in 2020
  • Carolina Panthers: $2.3 billion to David Tepper in 2017
  • Houston Rockets: $2.2 billion to Tilman Feritta in 2017
  • (Source: Forbes)

    The sale officially ends the Bowlen family's stake in the team after nearly four decades. Pat Bowlen acquired the Broncos in 1984 and the franchise won three Super Bowls during his reign. His trust assumed the ownership after he died in 2019.

    Rob Walton, 77, is now the NFL's richest owner thanks to an estimated fortune of nearly $60 billion, according to Bloomberg. His ownership group also includes his daughter, Carrie, and her husband, Greg Penner, who has experience in corporate finance working at Goldman Sachs.

    The Walton heirs take over at a precarious time for the Broncos, who have failed to reach the playoffs in six seasons, but have recently acquired former Super Bowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks

    'Putting a winning team on the field is the No. 1 priority, 'Walton said om the press conference.

    The ownership group also includes minority owners like former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Formula One star, Lewis Hamilton.

    Forbes identified other bidders as Josh Harris, who is part of the ownership group of the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils; Jose E. Feliciano, one of the founders of Clearlake Capital; and mortgage lender Mat Ishbia.

    The ownership group also includes minority owners like former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Formula One star, Lewis Hamilton

    Hamilton, 37, who drives for the Mercedes team and whose 103 career victories are the most in F1 history, is the third limited partner brought aboard by the Walton-Penner ownership group. 

    Goodell has made minority ownership a point of emphasis in the league. 

    'Excited to join an incredible group of owners and become a part of the Broncos story!!' Hamilton tweeted last week. 'Honored to work with a world class team and serve as an example of the value of more diverse leadership across all sports.' 

    'We're delighted to welcome seven-time Formula One World Champion Sir Lewis Hamilton to our ownership group,' Walton said in a statement. 'He is a champion competitor who knows what it takes to lead a winning team and a fierce advocate for global equality, including in his own sport.

    'With over 100 race wins, Lewis is considered the most successful F1 driver of all time,' Walton added. 'His resilient spirit and standard of excellence will be an asset to the ownership group and the Broncos organization.'

    Hamilton shared his excitement at joining the Broncos team by posting on his Twitter profile

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