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Amari Cooper trade to Cowboys is actually pretty good for Raiders | Silver and Black Pride

Color me surprised. After the trades the Raiders have made this offseason, I didn’t expect much from their trades. For them to be able to get a first round pick for Amari Cooper is pretty impressive. From the outset it would appear to actually work in the Raiders’ favor.

Raiders place Marshawn Lynch on injured reserve with groin injury, possibly ending his season and perhaps career | Silver and Black Pride

Marshawn suffered a groin injury in the team’s loss to the Seahawks in London last Sunday. After the game, Jon Gruden said they were concerned about the groin and a few days ago it was said that he would miss a month. Now he will miss at least eight weeks and perhaps the entire season.

Jon Gruden didn’t tell the Raiders players that Amari Cooper had been traded | For the Win

According to Las Vegas Review-Journal Raiders beat writer Michael Gehlken, Cooper was escorted off the practice field Monday upon being traded with no explanation given to the team. Gehlken went on to report that Gruden didn’t tell the players that Cooper was traded, and that he doesn’t play to do so until Wednesday — like, two days from now!

Amari Cooper the latest Reggie McKenzie pick gone, who’s next? | Silver and Black Pride

It was clear from the moment Gruden took control over this organization that he was not satisfied with Reggie McKenzie’s draft classes. In fact, only three of McKenzie’s 12 first and second round picks remain on the current active roster (Derek Carr, Karl Joseph, Gareon Conley).

2019 NFL Draft: Here’s how Raiders’ three first-round picks can deliver championship core | CBS Sports

If this is possible, for a few minutes totally ignore the players Gruden has sent packing so we can dive into the embarrassment of riches the Raiders head coach now has on the draft front and identify potential prospects he could select with the team’s three first-round picks in 2019.

AFC West

Demaryius Thomas says he wants to stay with Broncos, amid trade talk | ESPN.com

“I love to be here,’’ Thomas said. “I’m going to do what I’ve got to do to be ready ... I love to be here, I’ve been here my whole career.’’

After snapping a losing streak, the Broncos don’t want to be done at one | ESPN.com

Last season their losing streak reached eight games before the Broncos were finally able to end it with a Week 14 victory over the New York Jets. The Broncos won the following week, against Indianapolis, then talked of ending a dismal season on a good note and then promptly stumbled through two ugly losses to close out a 5-11 year.

It’s Not Just Patrick Mahomes; the Chiefs Are a Bona Fide Juggernaut | Bleacher Report

Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce are exceptional talents and two of the best at their respective positions. Hill may be the NFL’s fastest man and is nearly uncoverable. Kelce, meanwhile, can make a strong argument he surpassed the New England PatriotsRob Gronkowski as TE1.

Chiefs may suddenly have options at safety, plus other snap-count observations | Kansas City Star

In a two-week span, the Chiefs went from having serious questions about who they’d put on the field at the safety position to being on the verge of having an abundance of options.

Chargers sat Melvin Gordon to “protect” against lingering hamstring injury | Pro Football Talk

The Chargers didn’t have any major concerns about running back Melvin Gordon‘s health when he didn’t practice on Friday as he wasn’t given an injury designation for their game against the Titans.

NFL News

Ranking the NFL’s eight divisions, from best to worst | Washington Post

The AFC South appears to be back in a place where nine victories will win the division. And the drop-off got us thinking: What are the best and worst divisions in the NFL? Seven weeks in, we ranked them all.

Le’Veon Bell won’t report to Steelers facility this week | NFL.com

Bell’s no-show is the latest in a slew of promised or reported, then delayed appearances at the Steelers’ facility. Bell said he’d show up on Labor Day; he didn’t. He was reportedly aiming to return during Pittsburgh’s Week 7 bye; that didn’t happen. Now, after the bye, the back still isn’t in the building.

Doug Marrone won’t reveal Jaguars’ starting QB | NFL.com

The safe assumption is that Bortles will continue to sit. If not, Marrone would have simply come out and restored order by calling Sunday a blip on the radar.

Cardinals HC: We are not trading Patrick Peterson | NFL.com

Asked Monday if the team would entertain trade offers for the star cornerback -- or trade demands by the star cornerback -- first-year coach Steve Wilks shot down both scenarios.