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    Stephen A. Smith has had enough of controversial roughing the passer penalties — which have been called in numerous NFL games over the past few days. In the Monday Night Football contest between the Las Vegas Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs, Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones sacked Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and drew a flag for roughing the passer. Jones forced a fumble which was recovered by the Chiefs, but because of the penalty the Raiders were able to keep the ball. The tackle appeared to be clean in the eyes of many critics — including Smith, who took to First Take Tuesday morning to reiterate his disapproval for how the referees have called this type of penalty. Smith called out Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, on Monday, after a similar penalty was called when Atlanta Falcons defensive lineman Grady Jarrett sacked Brady, and Brady appealed to referee Jerome Boger to call a penalty. “Again I’m going to advocate on national television, let’s get away from tackling the quarterback altogether,” Smith said. “If you wrap your arms around them,...
    Getty Las Vegas Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels. New Las Vegas Raiders general manager Dave Ziegler has proven in his short time with the team that he’s not afraid to make tough decisions. One of the tougher calls he’s had to make involved the three first-round picks from the 2019 NFL Draft class. The team invested a lot into Clelin Ferrell, Josh Jacobs and Johnathan Abram but it’s clear that the three might not be in their future plans as Ziegler decline all three of their fifth-year options. Ferrell was the first player picked out of the three as the No. 4 overall pick. He hasn’t lived up to his draft status and has seen the Raiders give big money to other pass rushers. His time could be running out as this is the last season he has to prove himself. That said, he might not even get the chance to show the new coaching staff what he can do. ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez believes that Ferrell is on the roster bubble heading into training camp: The No. 4...
    Getty Josh McDaniels of the Las Vegas Raiders. The Las Vegas Raiders have done plenty of wheeling and dealing this offseason and might not be done yet. Training camp is closing in and there are going to be difficult roster decisions ahead. One interesting player to watch is Clelin Ferrell. The former No. 4 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft had difficulty carving out a role on the Raiders’ defense last season. Patrick Graham has replaced Gus Bradley as defensive coordinator, which could open up the door for Ferrell to have an expanded role. However, it could also mean he’s no longer a fit on the defense. There’s been speculation that the defensive lineman could get traded this offseason but the team hasn’t started shopping him yet. Brent Sobleski of Bleacher Report believes that trading Ferrell could be beneficial for both sides: Ferrell was saddled with outsized expectations as a top-five selection, and he’s never come close to achieving any of them. In three seasons, the defensive lineman has managed a meager eight sacks. He’s not a...
    Getty Ndamukong Suh. It’s the slow point of the offseason for the Las Vegas Raiders but fans were struck with some excitement when Ndamukong Suh said playing for the team would be “cool.” Though the team has already made a lot of big moves this offseason, fans have always liked the idea of Suh in silver and black. It appears he likes the idea, as well. Tyler Dragon of USA Today reported that there was “mutual interest” between both sides but that might not be the case. According to Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Raiders don’t plan on signing Suh right now. “The sense is the Raiders aren’t as keen on the idea as Suh is, at least at the moment,” Bonsignore wrote. “That is always subject to change depending on how the Raiders assess their defensive line needs ahead of training camp. And money always plays a role. But for now, it appears the interest is not mutual.” Bonsignore has been on this for a while now and he has yet to be proven...
    Getty Former Las Vegas Raiders WR Nelson Agholor. The Las Vegas Raiders gave quarterback Derek Carr a huge gift when they traded for wide receiver Davante Adams. The team hasn’t always been great with giving the quarterback wide receiver talent. Antonio Brown never played a game with the team, Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree weren’t retained long and Nelson Agholor left in free agency after one great season with the quarterback. With Adams coming to Las Vegas, Carr now has one of the best receiving trios in the NFL with Hunter Renfrow and tight end Darren Waller already on the roster. However, it’s become apparent in recent years that teams can’t have too much receiving talent. After Agholor’s first season with the Raiders, which saw him accumulate 896 receiving yards and average 18.7 yards a reception, it looked like he’d stick with the team for a long time. He had an excellent rapport with Carr and it was easily his best season as a pro. The team wanted to keep him but the New England Patriots came in...
    NFL star Tom Brady has admitted that an infamous call in his favor 20 years ago may have been incorrect. In a video on Thursday, Brady questioned the 'tuck rule' call which allowed the New England Patriots to defeat the Oakland Raiders in the first game of a playoffs run that led to Brady's first Super Bowl victory. Late in the fourth quarter of the AFC Divisional Playoff game in January 2002, Brady dropped the ball in what was initially called a fumble, but referees invoked the 'tuck rule' to overturn the call and rule it an incomplete forward pass. The Patriots, at the time down 10-13 with 1:50 left on the clock, then got the ball back and went on to score a field goal, and won the game in overtime.  'The Tuck Rule Game against the Raiders, might have been a fumble,' Brady whispered to the camera in a TikTok video responding to Justin Bieber, who had asked his fans to tell him 'something honest'. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady loses the ball after being hit by the...
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady references the painful Tuck Rule moment for Raiders fans as he jokes around with Justin Bieber on Instagram. Tom Brady has done enough to torment the Raiders for a lifetime, and it all began on a snowy January night in Foxborough, Massachusetts. It was the 2001 AFC Divisional Playoff game between the New England Patriots and the Oakland Raiders, and Brady’s former Michigan teammate, Charles Woodson, came charging towards Brady as he held the ball. Brady pumped the ball, Woodson collided into Brady, and the ball tumbled to the ground. But under NFL rules at that time, it wasn’t considered a fumble. The infamous game became known as “The Tuck Rule game” due to the “tuck” that Brady did with the ball and the rule that deemed it an incomplete forward pass. For Raiders fans, it’s an eternal source of ire. For Brady, it’s a source of never-ending laughter. Brady responded to Justin Bieber’s query to be told “something honest” on TikTok, and Brady delivered.  View this post on Instagram  A post shared by...
    Across the nation, Las Vegas Raider fans (like myself) should all be saying the same thing: “I told you so!” after Tom Brady revealed Thursday that the famous “Tuck Rule Game” in 2002 that practically started it all may have been a fumble after all. The game Brady is referring to was the 2002 AFC Divisional playoffs between the New England Patriots and the Oakland Raiders when Brady appeared to fumbled the ball after being tackled by Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson in the fourth quarter. The ball was recovered by the Raiders – until an official review claimed that Brady “tucked” the ball, creating an incomplete pass instead of a fumble. The Patriots would go on to win the game and eventually the Super Bowl that season, starting Brady’s historic rise to the top of the NFL. And that play has been a subject for sports debate ever since. Brady spilled the beans Thursday on a TikTok mashup with Justin Bieber, posting it to his Twitter account shortly after. Everyone keep this on the down low please. pic.twitter.com/xPtrg1kXjr...
    By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — Tom Brady has built himself a rather successful career. A multitude of Super Bowl trophies, Super Bowl MVP trophies, regular-season MVP trophies, and just about every record and accolade for quarterbacking all belong to him. Nice little run he’s been on there. But of course, it was all established, really, on a very controversial play in the snow against the Oakland Raiders in January of 2002. The Tuck Rule has spawned multiple documentaries, endless banter, and two decades of tears and rage from fans of the Raiders and haters of the Patriots. And now, after all this time, it’s produced … a viral video attempt from Brady. The quarterback partook in what appears to be a social media trend of saying something honest to the world. With a prompt from Justin Bieber, Brady participated by admitting that the incomplete pass he released in the snow just might have been something other than an incomplete pass. “Tuck Rule game, against the Raiders,” Brady said before jokingly looking over his shuolder to make sure he...
    Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst is looking forward to a deep class of wide receivers in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.  These days, it seems like Las Vegas is home to everything the Green Bay Packers want in 2022. Losing Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders created a massive hole in the Packers offense, which the Packers recently tried to fill with a grab for Raiders tight end Darren Waller. Besides coveted Raiders players, Las Vegas is home to something else this year: the 2022 NFL Draft. The Packers may have been quiet in free agency so far, but Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst is looking forward to spending picks No. 22 and No. 28 on prime wide receiver talent. “The last few [classes of WR] have been pretty deep, and I think this one is another one,” Gutekunst said via the team’s official website.Packers look to spend first-round draft picks on wide receiversStill, Gutekunst is quick to temper expectations. The Packers didn’t luck out with Jordan Love the way they did with drafting Hall of...
    Even after the Davante Adams trade, the Las Vegas Raiders are going to try to be active for the NFL Draft. The Las Vegas Raiders made one of the biggest trades of the NFL offseason, and yes, we know there were a lot of them. At the expense of their first- and second-round picks in this year’s NFL Draft, they acquired star wide receiver Davante Adams from the Green Bay Packers. Even after trading both of their top picks in the NFL Draft, the Raiders are not ruling out moving back up the board. That comes from head coach Josh McDaniels himself, who said that they have had conversations at the NFL owners meetings. FYI: After trading their first and second-round picks to get Davante Adams, the @Raiders are not ruling out moving back up in the draft. As Josh McDaniels alluded, there are a lot of conversations happening in Palm Beach right now. — Vincent Bonsignore (@VinnyBonsignore) March 28, 2022 Raiders talking potential trade back into top of NFL Draft That would certainly be something if Las Vegas were...
    Getty Las Vegas Raiders QB Derek Carr. For almost a year, the Las Vegas Raiders have been linked to Davante Adams. Quarterback Derek Carr went out of his way to recruit the wide receiver after it became clear he wasn’t going to sign a contract extension with the Green Bay Packers. After Adams got hit with the franchise tag and Aaron Rodgers decided to stay put, it looked like any chances of the Raiders landing him were all but over. Well, that actually didn’t end up being the case as the team traded this year’s first and second-round draft picks in a deal for Adams. Not only that, but they also signed him to a five-year contract. The person who has to happiest about this trade is Carr. The Raiders have struggled to find a consistent No. 1 wide receiver ever since they drafted him in 2014. The team now has one locked up for the next five years and he just might be the best in the NFL. Carr and Adams are close friends who talk frequently...
    Getty Indianapolis Colts GM Chris Ballard. The importance of having a very good quarterback is at an all-time high. The Indianapolis Colts had a decent quarterback in Carson Wentz but just traded him away to the Washington Commanders because he wasn’t good enough. However, the Colts now might have the weakest quarterback room in the AFC. That’ll likely change as the team scours the NFL and college ranks for an adequate replacement. Indianapolis has a very good roster filled with playmakers on both sides of the ball. All they need is a good quarterback to compete for a Super Bowl. With Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers no longer on the market, Colts general manager Chris Ballard could look to the Las Vegas Raiders and Derek Carr. New head coach Josh McDaniels has recently stated that Carr will be the team’s starting quarterback in Week 1. With Wilson getting traded to the Denver Broncos, it’s even more important to have a good quarterback on the roster so it’ll be difficult to pry Carr away. According to Rich Eisen on The...
    Getty Las Vegas Raiders HC Josh McDaniels. It’s early in the offseason but there’s already a lot of talk surrounding Davante Adams joining the Las Vegas Raiders. He’s headed for a free agency and negotiations with the Green Bay Packers haven’t gone well. With Aaron Rodgers’ future up in the air, the superstar wide receiver could look to join his friend Derek Carr in Las Vegas. The two played at Fresno State together and have both expressed interest in playing with each other at the NFL level. However, the Packers might not just let Adams walk without a fight. The team isn’t known to use the franchise tag as they haven’t used it since 2010. That might change with Adams as he’s a generational talent. If that does happen, it doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll play in Green Bay next season. According to Alex Ballentine of Bleacher Report, if the wide receiver gets tagged, the Raiders could get involved in a tag-and-trade in an “ideal trade scenario” with the Packers: There is not an extensive history of players being...
    Getty Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis. The offseason is finally here and the Las Vegas Raiders‘ biggest focus needs to be regarding what they plan to do with Derek Carr. The veteran quarterback is entering a contract year and wants an extension. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, new head coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Dave Ziegler like Carr, and plan to give him a new contract this offseason. However, the situation might not be so simple. Owner Mark Davis isn’t known to meddle in football operations but Carr could be looking to get paid around $40 million per season. Considering the steep price, Davis will be closely involved in contract negotiations and he might not be entirely convinced Carr is worthy of getting paid like one of the five best quarterbacks in the NFL. According to The Athletic’s Vic Tafur, Davis and his closest advisors have a number in mind that they won’t cross in contract negotiations: I don’t know why Carr would take a shorter deal given the robust market for quarterbacks this offseason,...
    Getty JuJu Smith-Schuster with Diontae Johnson. The Las Vegas Raiders were a playoff team in 2021 but they still have some roster issues to sort out before they can realistically compete for a Super Bowl. One of the biggest needs the team has heading into the offseason is wide receiver. While Hunter Renfrow is a great slot receiver and Bryan Edwards has shown flashes of potential, Las Vegas needs a No. 1 option. There are pricey free agent targets like Davante Adams or Chris Godwin but the Raiders may want to use their money elsewhere. Should the team look to sign a cheaper option, there will still be some fits in free agency. Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report believes that Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster could be a strong option: The Las Vegas Raiders might be the perfect landing spot for Smith-Schuster. They have a Pro Bowl quarterback in Derek Carr, they were a playoff team this past season, and they have enough cap room ($21.4 million) to make Smith-Schuster a fair offer. The Raiders have great...
    Getty Derek Carr with Baker Mayfield. Things are getting dicey in the NFL as multiple teams are suffering COVID-19 outbreaks ahead of Week 15. The team that’s perhaps been hit the worst has been the Cleveland Browns. They could be missing more than 20 players and coaches against the Las Vegas Raiders on Saturday. Two quarterbacks in Baker Mayfield and Case Keenum, and head coach Kevin Stefanski aren’t on track to be cleared before the game. Despite the outbreak, the NFL has no intention to delay the game at all. The league is facing a lot of heat as Mayfield and many others have called them out. However, the NFL doesn’t fold easily and it appears the game will go on as scheduled unless the Browns literally don’t have enough players. This is a golden opportunity for the Raiders as they are still in the playoff race but have lost five of their last six games. A win over an AFC playoff contender would give Las Vegas a big boost as the season starts to wrap up. Obviously,...
    Cleveland Browns quarterback Case Keenum seems to be looking forward to the opportunity to play alongside Nick Chubb against the Las Vegas Raiders. The Cleveland Browns are being forced to deal with a pretty significant COVID-19 outbreak. From Cleveland head coach Kevin Stefanski to Cleveland’s starting quarterback Baker Mayfield, there are some pretty important folks in Cleveland who could be out against the Las Vegas Raiders due to COVID-19 this week. But, it seems like one member of Cleveland’s roster has found an opportunity to have some fun and look at the bright side. Cleveland’s backup quarterback, Case Keenum, will get the chance to play alongside Nick Chubb when the Browns face the Raiders. And of course, Keenum has apparently found the perfectly appropriate time to make a fairly inappropriate joke. #Browns Case Keenum on the opportunity to play with Nick Chubb: "Having a full Chubb back there is going to be really good." — Camryn Justice (@camijustice) December 15, 2021 But, Keenum doesn’t get many opportunities to jump out into the spotlight these days, so can you really blame him for...
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    HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — Derek Carr said Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa might have been trying to get under his skin with comments he made about the Raiders quarterback after their Monday night meeting, but Carr noted he saw the game very differently. Bosa’s comments after Los Angeles handed the Raiders their first loss of the season included saying Carr “gets shook” once he gets hit a few times and shuts down once he’s been pressured. “He’s probably mad because I was talking a lot of crap to him during the game. It was an emotional day for them. Saw a lot of things about their whole team. Good thing it’s a new week,” Carr said Wednesday. “He’s entitled to that opinion saying those things. It’s almost like he watched the game in reverse. The game that I watched, we came out and fought a little bit after they got after us up front. So, fine.” The Chargers sacked Carr four times and hit him seven times during their 28-14 victory over the Raiders on Monday night. ...
    Today we celebrate the end of the 49ers’ preseason with a mailbag. We’ll be alternating questions quicker than Kyle Shanahan changes quarterbacks, with these play calls coming from my Instagram and Twitter huddles: Are you concerned about anything you’ve seen from Trey Lance? (@bryanders) Up until Monday, my response would have focused on his velocity and accuracy of passes, plus how he’s processing the speed of NFL defenses. Then came word that Lance chipped a bone in his throwing hand, either to his thumb or index finger, when struck by a blitzing Raiders linebacker just before halftime of Sunday’s game. Lance must rest this week in hopes that will heal his injury, and coach Kyle Shanahan did not say surgery is required. There’s no reason to rush Lance’s recovery so perhaps this could be a multiple-week issue. And it could delay his official NFL debut, which likely would have been spot duty behind Jimmy Garoppolo, the incumbent starter who looks even more of a lock to start the Sept. 12 opener in Detroit. Is the two-quarterback...
    Tom Brady could not believe this one team was not interested in signing him in his free agency. In a promo of his guest appearance on HBO’s The Shop, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady recounts how one NFL team decided to stick with their inferior quarterback over him in his free agency. Brady ended up leaving the New England Patriots for Tampa Bay over the Los Angeles Chargers. While the Bolts made a smart move by drafting Justin Herbert No. 6 overall out of Oregon that spring, we have to wonder what team is Brady absolutely savaging on this episode of The Shop. The two teams likeliest teams could be the San Francisco 49ers or the Las Vegas Raiders. Is there anything we can pick up on Brady’s delivery that could reveal the free-agency loser? You don’t wanna miss this one.. ???????? The Shop returns Friday at 9:30pm on @hbomax pic.twitter.com/swgSwKetC7 — UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) June 21, 2021 Tom Brady may have crushed the Raiders or 49ers in his rant on The ShopWhat makes the 49ers and the Raiders possible suspects are they...
    The Raiders have made plenty of puzzling draft picks during Jon Gruden’s tenure, but selecting Alex Leatherwood in Round 1 might top them all.  Alex Leatherwood will almost certainly be a starter when the Raiders begin their 2021 regular season. That doesn’t change the fact that selecting him in Round 1 of the NFL Draft was a poor use of resources by one of the NFL’s weakest front offices. The Raiders believed they needed to snap Leatherwood up at No. 17 to stop the Ravens from nabbing him later in Round 1. According to Peter King, that thought process simply doesn’t hold water. He asserts that Baltimore had a third round grade on the former Alabama offensive lineman and was no threat at all to take him in the first round. Las Vegas isn’t the first team to fall victim to this sort of draft subterfuge, but reaching for Leatherwood only strengthens the argument that the Raiders’ front office has a poor handling of the landscape of the modern NFL. The team has repeatedly defied conventional league wisdom to overdraft...
    Per Ian Rapoport, several teams have shown interest in trading for Marcus Mariota, but there’s one thing in particular that slowed things down.  While all eyes are on the Houston Texans to see if they’ll be trading Deshaun Watson this offseason, another signal-caller who has been receiving some attention as well is Las Vegas Raiders’ Marcus Mariota. Per Ian Rapoport, multiple organizations called in to gauge Las Vegas’ interest in potentially trading the former first-round pick. However, as Rapoport notes, Mariota’s contract and the incentives he has has scared some teams off. From NFL Now: #Raiders QB Marcus Mariota has generated a lot of interest from teams, but the max value of his contract has been an issue for teams. Trade talk has slowed considerably. Could he be eventually released? pic.twitter.com/pPlwOSS3Yk — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 24, 2021 It may be too late for the Las Vegas Raiders to try and trade Marcus MariotaAs Rapoport notes in the video above, with his incentives, Mariota could be in line to make more than $20 million if he were to take over...
    Getty Las Vegas Raiders QB Derek Carr. For a brief moment at the start of the offseason, it looked like there was a real chance Derek Carr could get traded by the Las Vegas Raiders. As time has passed, that now seems highly unlikely. In fact, Carr could be getting a new contract sooner than anybody expected. More reports have emerged over the past few weeks that have shown the Raiders don’t have much of an interest in trading their starting quarterback. Longtime NFL insider Adam Caplan decided to drop the strongest report on Carr’s status with the team yet. “Carr may end up getting his contract extended. That’s the belief around the league,” Caplan reported recently. “They do not want to trade [Carr]. I can tell you that is a fact.” NFL: "Last year around this time, he was 100% available." @caplannfl on the latest news with the Las Vegas Raiders regarding Marcus Mariota and Derek Carr.#NFLTwitter #RaiderNation pic.twitter.com/Y87p011pQQ — SportsGrid (@SportsGrid) February 20, 2021 While some might be surprised that the Raiders reportedly want to...
    Getty Derek Carr leading Raiders teammates to field. Many Las Vegas Raiders fans have worked themselves up into a frenzy over all the quarterback rumors that have come out this offseason. With either Russell Wilson or Deshaun Watson potentially available, it’s hard to blame them. Quarterback Derek Carr is reportedly highly sought after throughout the NFL, but the Raiders won’t trade him unless they know they can upgrade the position. It’s highly unlikely Wilson is going anywhere this offseason and the Houston Texans have stated that they don’t want to trade Watson. If those two men aren’t available, the Raiders are more than likely going to stick with Carr. While that might irritate a section of the fan base, he’s been a good player for the team. In fact, it’s possible that he could be getting locked down for the long-term soon. Raiders insider for ESPN Paul Gutierrez was asked to give a bold prediction for the team and he predicted that Carr gets a contract extension this offseason: You wanted bold, right? Yeah, a theory has surfaced...
    Getty Jon Gruden & Derek Carr of the Las Vegas Raiders. Whether or not the Las Vegas Raiders have any interest in trading Derek Carr remains to be seen. That said, teams are going to reach out to general manager Mike Mayock to see either way. Carr is coming off a strong season and his value is the highest it has been since 2016. If the Raiders feel like they can upgrade, this might be the best time for them to sell off their longtime starter. However, as more reports emerge, it sounds like the plan is to stick with Carr for another season. Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated has reported that the Raiders aren’t making their starting quarterback available. Carr’s brother David, who works for the NFL Network, revealed that Las Vegas has been getting calls but the answer has been no. “Teams have called and have offered and have all been told no.” – David Carr on @nflnetwork on his brother Derek Carr — James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) February 10, 2021 Obviously, take anything David Carr...
    Getty Russell Wilson with Derek Carr. The amount of superstar quarterback movement that could happen this offseason is completely unprecedented. We’ve already seen Matthew Stafford and Jared Goff get swapped and Carson Wentz is probably close to getting moved. Deshaun Watson wants out of Houston and the Las Vegas Raiders are reportedly getting interest in Derek Carr. As if things couldn’t get any wilder, Russell Wilson might get added to the list of quarterbacks who want a trade. CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported Monday that the star quarterback is “increasingly frustrated” by the fact that they can’t protect him as he’s been sacked 394 times in nine seasons. It’s still too early to tell if Wilson will request a trade, but if he does, La Canfora reported that the Raiders would be interested: The Raiders should be all over this as well, and I hear there is certainly some interest on their part. Las Vegas is metropolitan enough, it is close to Wilson’s home in California, the stadium is exquisite and climate controlled, they have some top...
    Getty Marcus Mariota The New England Patriots didn’t get Matthew Stafford from the Detroit Lions, and they could be locked in a battle for the Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz. Acquiring either Stafford or Wentz would have or would require relinquishing draft assets, but ESPN’s Mike Reiss floated the idea that Las Vegas Raiders’ free-agent QB Marcus Mariota might be the “most realistic option” for the Patriots. Follow the Heavy on Patriots Facebook page for the latest breaking news, rumors, and content!Reiss’ Reasoning Behind Signing MariotaReiss referred to the Patriots’ potential courting, signing and refreshing of Mariota as the Ryan Tannehill effect. Tannehill was cut loose and almost labeled a bust after failing to find his niche with the Miami Dolphins. The Tennessee Titans snatched him up and have helped to reshape his career Now he’s playing like one of the Top 10 QBs in the NFL. In a perfect scenario, the Patriots could have similar success with Mariota. Here’s what Reiss wrote about that potential revival and why the Raiders might not move to re-sign Mariota. Could Las...
    Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden might have made a costly mistake this week when he expressed interest in San Francisco 49ers’ cornerback Richard Sherman during a podcast appearance, despite him not being a free agent. Gruden was a guest on sportscaster Cris Collinsworth’s podcast, which features Sherman, when he made a pitch at the five-time Pro Bowler who is still under contract with the 49ers until March 17.  BRETT FAVRE ON DESHAUN WATSON TRADE RUMORS: ‘YOU GET PAID A TON OF MONEY TO DO A CERTAIN JOB AND JUST DO IT’ "I know there’s tampering rules out there and I don’t want to bring up anything that might create a problem for you, because I know that you’ve been fined a few shekels over the years," Collinsworth began by saying -- but Gruden didn’t heed his warning.  "I’ve been fined, I’ve been punished very, very harshly," he said. "Richard Sherman, if you are a free agent, which there is a rumor you are, we are looking for an alpha presence in our secondary. Somebody that could play this...
    Getty Aaron Rodgers with Derek Carr. For a minute there, it looked like Derek Carr was going to escape rumors about him losing his job this offseason. Well, that was before Aaron Rodgers and Deshaun Watson potentially became available. While Watson appears to be a major long shot, Rodgers to the Las Vegas Raiders isn’t impossible to believe. The superstar quarterback didn’t exactly commit to the Green Bay Packers when he said his future is “uncertain” following the loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Championship game. Naturally, speculation has gone wild concerning where Rodgers might play next season. The Raiders have been connected to the quarterback for years. Rodgers grew up in Northern California, just a couple of hours away from where the Raiders played in Oakland. He was also almost traded to the team for Randy Moss in 2007. Well, according to Pro Football Talk, Rodgers could finally make his way to the Raiders in 2021. Top potential Aaron Rodgers destinations in 2021: 49ers, Patriots, Steelers, Raiders, Colts, Saints. — ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) January 25,...
    Next1 of 5Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse Week 15 of the NFL regular season is here and teams are jockeying for playoff position. Here are the five most interesting matchups on the schedule. This week might not feature a ton of marquee matchups pitting elite teams against one another, but there’s plenty of intrigue for teams desperately trying to improve their playoff positioning. Quite a few teams enter the weekend with their postseason hopes on life support. Other teams know they’re a virtual lock to qualify for the playoffs, but don’t really have a handle on where they might land in terms of seeding. Homefield advantage might not be quite as valuable this season as it has been in previous years, but ambitious teams will work hard to close the season on a high note to make sure they hit the playoffs with a healthy amount of momentum. Add it all up and plenty of teams have a lot at stake. Keep a particularly close eye on these five matchups that will define Week 15.5. Justin Herbert...
    It’s one thing to come up with contingency plans for a banged up fantasy stud who might not play, or one whose viability relies on a key offensive lineman being available. It is a different thing altogether to try to navigate around an entire game that might or might not get played. Yep, just another one of the glorious gifts the hellscape that is 2020 has delivered. If real-world problems weren’t enough, we have fantasy problems too boot. Raiders offensive lineman Trent Brown tested positive for COVID-19. Contract tracing resulted in the entire first-team offensive line being ordered to stay away and later also being added to the COVID list. The test came Monday, so there is a possibility they all could clear the five-day window and be allowed to play. But … The Raiders’ game against the Buccaneers originally was slated for Sunday night. To protect that time slot in case the game has to be postponed, the league moved that game to Sunday afternoon and flexed Cardinals-Seahawks into the Sunday night slot. So yeah, I think it is...
    It’s one thing to come up with contingency plans for a banged up fantasy stud who might not play, or one whose viability relies on a key offensive lineman being available. It is a different thing altogether to try to navigate around an entire game that might or might not get played. Yep, just another one of the glorious gifts the hellscape that is 2020 has delivered. If real-world problems weren’t enough, we have fantasy problems too boot. Raiders offensive lineman Trent Brown tested positive for COVID-19. Contract tracing resulted in the entire first-team offensive line being ordered to stay away and later also being added to the COVID list. The test came Monday, so there is a possibility they all could clear the five-day window and be allowed to play. But … The Raiders’ game against the Buccaneers originally was slated for Sunday night. To protect that time slot in case the game has to be postponed, the league moved that game to Sunday afternoon and flexed Cardinals-Seahawks into the Sunday night slot. So yeah, I think it is...
    By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — A sobering thought came over me just before I fell asleep during the second inning of Game 1 of the World Series. You see, in the crazy, upside-down year, we were all so desperate eager to see sports return in any fashion that we didn’t do a lot of long-term, big-picture planning. At least I didn’t. So as the Stanley Cup was fought for in the summer, and as we all tried to determine ways to discredit the Lakers’ champion (BUBBLE TITLES AREN’T *REAL* TITLES, you know?), it was all just kind of … nice. Sports were back. Yet now, with the autumn chill and the faint smell of fire pits in the air, and with the World Series on TV at its normal spot on the calendar along with the NFL at full speed, things are feeling normal. A regular person might feel happy about that. A stress-fiend, however, might see that as the right time to start panicking. Because once this World Series ends, it’s football, football, football. When will the NBA season begin?...
    Getty NFL free agent RB Le'Veon Bell. Following a massive win against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, the Las Vegas Raiders clearly think they could win it all this year. Well, a big-ticket player just hit free agency and Jon Gruden might not be able to help himself. The New York Jets unceremoniously parted ways with running back Le’Veon Bell and now he’s sitting in free agency weighing his options. According to NFL insider Benjamin Albright, the Raiders are among the team who could be in his future. Bears, Raiders, Patriots, Dolphins — Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) October 15, 2020 Bell had a couple of weak years with the Jets but that doesn’t mean he won’t still have some strong years left in the tank. New York has been where talent goes to die over the last few years. Just ask Jamal Adams, Keliche Osemele and Trumaine Johnson. He could very much return to the form that saw him make it to three Pro Bowls. ALL the latest Las Vegas Raiders news straight to your inbox! Join...
    Where to stream the 2020 Emmys winners Florida island is now multiple islands after hurricane Michael Thomas tweets and deletes might get ugly fast during Saints-Raiders game New Orleans Saints star wideout Michael Thomas missed Monday’s loss to the Las Vegas Raiders because of a high ankle sprain, so he took to Twitter during the game instead. © Provided by For The Win When the Saints went up 10-0 with 3:51 to go in the first quarter, Thomas tweeted “might get ugly fast lol,” and I’m pretty sure he was referring to his team’s game that he was watching. But what happened after that? The Raiders put up 34 points in their awesome new Vegas home and beat the Saints by 10. Suddenly, Thomas’s tweet — along with one where he said “He spooked,” who was that aimed at?? — disappeared, but as we know, Twitter never forgets. #NOvsLV pic.twitter.com/u7vFhPoSD8— Freezing Cold Takes (@OldTakesExposed) September 22, 2020 pic.twitter.com/3Nc5m9mwpQ— Freezing Cold Takes (@OldTakesExposed) September 22, 2020 MORE:Fantasy football waivers: Should you keep or cut these 7 players ahead...
    As documented by Ringside News, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Radio noted that WWE superstar Ivar’s injury could be worse than initially presumed. The Monday Night Raw star got hurt on the most recent episode of the red brand’s weekly show. He was involved in an Eight-Man Tag Team match in which he teamed with Erik, Richochet and Apollo Crews to take on Hurt Business. After taking a dive to the outside of the ring, Ivar landed awkwardly and his legs buckled from under him. He gestured to the backstage area afterward, indicating that he needed urgent medical attention. According to Meltzer, there is talk of the superstar potentially needing surgery. If that happens, the Viking Raiders member won’t return to in-ring action for a while. “Nothing is for sure, but it has not been determined whether or not he will need surgery. It’s a significant injury, once you say that it tells you that it’s not like a stinger where you’re gonna come back in two weeks. It’s probably a lot worse than that. So, it’s not determined...
    CLEVELAND, OHIO – NOVEMBER 10: Free safety Damarious Randall #23 of the Cleveland Browns (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) These five NFL cuts will likely latch on with quality teams in the near future. Cutdown day came with some real surprises ahead of the 2020 NFL season, as some of the veterans who were cut didn’t make their respective clubs due to an inability to showcase their talents in a preseason game. While things might not have worked out with their first teams in 2020, these five surprising cuts have enough pedigree and skill to land with a contending team and so some damage in the postseason.These five NFL veteran cuts could latch on with a contender right now 5 Damarious Randall SAF Las Vegas Raiders Randall was given a big signing bonus by a Raiders team that was looking to beef up their young secondary, but Jon Gruden soured on him and released him before the season started. However, Randall’s cut could’ve been due to the fact that he was injured and only healthy for a handful of practices....
    Is it time to hop on the Bryan Edwards hype train for fantasy football?Mike Mayock continues to draft well as the general manager of the Las Vegas Raiders. Not only did he get a bona fide track star the late Al Davis would have certainly loved in Henry Ruggs III, but he landed an under-the-radar SEC performer in Bryan Edwards. The former South Carolina Gamecocks standout is getting a ton of love in fall camp. Is he worth a late-round fantasy flyer? The Fantasy Footballers have been impressed with what they’ve seen out of Edwards this offseason. He has turned heads at every opportunity with the Silver and Black. Despite being in a deep Raiders receiving corps, he might be the biggest beneficiary of their No. 1 receiver Tyrell Williams trying to play this season through a torn labrum. Here is why Edwards could be great. Check out The Fantasy Footballers for all their advice.Though Ruggs is more of the big play guy outside the numbers for the Raiders, there will be volume to be had if Williams isn’t what...
    Getty Las Vegas Raiders WR Bryan Edwards. Henry Ruggs is probably the most hyped huge receiver for the Las Vegas Raiders however there’s one other rookie who would possibly make simply as large of an affect. Bryan Edwards was all the time thought-about one of many higher wideouts within the draft however an damage scared lots of groups off of drafting him early. He ended up falling to the Raiders within the third spherical and must battle to discover a position within the offense. It normally takes time for third-round guys to make an affect on a crew however Edwards has already began to catch some consideration. “Bryan is a really violent route runner and that’s a very good factor,” Raiders quarterback Derek Carr mentioned las week. “Then when the ball is within the air, he jogs my memory of Davante. Somebody the place there’s only a belief. I might throw it up one-on-one and people 50/50 balls are 98/2 for us and the 2 being one thing fluky occurred like his...
    Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) It appears an internet sleuth may have discovered Derek Carr’s burner account.Maybe Derek Carr needs to take a break from Twitter for at least a little while? It’s been a prime example of WTF Wednesday for the Las Vegas Raiders. You’ve got Mike Garafolo talking about the most embarrassing botch job of a Zoom call surrounding the coronavirus you’ve ever seen with head coach Jon Gruden right in the middle of it. Now, the Silver and Black’s starting quarterback may have been exposed for having a burner account on Twitter. Uhhhh guys I’m 99% certain I found Derek Carr’s burner account, someone only tweeting about Derek Carr and Fresno State pic.twitter.com/5JdiFB6hLM — Tom (@TJFsports) August 5, 2020 I definitely did lmao pic.twitter.com/aMx2UCAaOe — Tom (@TJFsports) August 5, 2020 More tweets from the deleted Derek Carr burner uncovered by @TJFsports pic.twitter.com/an8bAVpb8n — Bird Law Expert (@RealBirdLawyer) August 5, 2020 More. pic.twitter.com/DWO27JryI1 — Bird Law Expert (@RealBirdLawyer) August 5, 2020 boy Dereks teammates are not gonna like being called...
    OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 07: Lamarcus Joyner #29 of the Oakland Raiders (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) The Las Vegas Raiders might finally have a respectable secondary. For all of the positive things Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock have done during their rehabilitation of the Las Vegas Raiders, they have yet top hit .500 in a season, largely due to a secondary that scares almost no one. After adding more starters in the draft and free agency, the Vegas front office is looking forward to seeing who emerges out of this improved unit. Mayock claims that he is excited to see if all the pieces he’s added to this Raider secondary finally start to gel in 2020. With Abram return and some new picks, Raiders new secondary might finally be NFL qualityhttps://t.co/zcIqG8fHHh — Mike Luciano (@TheRealLuc3) July 20, 2020 “I’m anxious, Mayock said via The Athletic. “We’ve got some good young talent and I am anxious to see who competes.”The Las Vegas Raiders’ secondary is led by Lamarcus Joyner and a few young studs.The Raiders have a good mix...
    KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 01: Oakland Raiders general manager Mike Mayock spoke with Raiders owner Mark Davis during pregame warmups prior to the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on December 1, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images) In year one of the transition to Las Vegas, Raiders general manager Mike Mayock looks like he has the silver and black moving in the right direction. Las Vegas Raiders General Manager Mike Mayock inherited a bit of a circus in year one with the organization. Coming from a TV background on NFL Network, Mayock had his work cut out for him in 2019. With a strong AFC West combined with the Antonio Brown fiasco, the Raiders were basically doomed in their last year in Oakland. Somehow, led by Mayock in the front office and Jon Gruden on the sidelines, the Raiders went 7-9, and will look to improve going into 2020. Before you know it, Mayock might actually lead the new-age Raiders into being relevant again. It all started with the draft. With...
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