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Raiders news

Amid losses, Gruden sees Raiders offense improving | SF Chronicle

Gruden said after Sunday’s loss he believes the Raiders are “playing good football.” While that has translated to just one win in their last three games, against the now-three-win Cardinals in Week 11, they have been competitive against playoff contenders the last two weeks, including Sunday’s narrow loss to the AFC-best Chiefs.

Raiders week 13 snap counts vs Chiefs: Guenther flips defense on its head | Silver and Black

Not much has been successful for the Raiders on defense this season, so it looks like Defensive Coordinator Paul Guenther is at the point of trying everyone and everything. He has a lot of young pieces to move around trying to find what works and Sunday he moved them around quite a bit.

Jon Gruden would be ‘shocked’ if Raiders STC Rich Bisaccia doesn’t receive head coaching opportunity | Silver and Black

Along with his Special Teams Coordinator duties, Bisaccia is currently the Raiders Assistant Head Coach — a position the 58-year-old has held for ten years for four different NFL clubs and in college before that at Mississippi. His head coach thinks Bisaccia is a perfect choice to take the leap to command his own NFL team.

Raiders claim Denzelle Good in hopes of getting better on offensive line | Silver and Black Pride

The massive 6-5, 345-pounder has played at guard and at both tackle spots in his four seasons in Indianapolis. The 2015 seventh round pick (255th overall) out of Mars Hill College appeared in 26 games with 20 starts. He appeared in two games at right tackle this season with one start.

Raiders’ 2019 opponents include Khalil Mack, Bears and awful reminder | NBC Sports

One team the Raiders are guaranteed to see next season is the Chicago Bears. They have a linebacker whom Raiders fans know.

AFC West

Vance Joseph says Chris Harris Jr. won’t go on IR despite broken leg |

Holding out hope the team can keep itself in the playoff hunt and keep playing after the New Year, Denver Broncos coach Vance Joseph said Monday that cornerback Chris Harris Jr. will not be placed on injured reserve.

Report: Broncos expected to sign CB Jamar Taylor |

A six-year veteran, Taylor appeared in 10 games (starting three) this season for the Arizona Cardinals, where he arrived this offseason via trade, recording 17 tackles and one pass breakup. He was released on Nov. 19 and went unclaimed on waivers.

Ex-Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt goes unclaimed by NFL teams on waivers | USA Today

Hunt, who was waived by the Chiefs last Friday after the publishing of a video showing him shoving and kicking a woman at a Cleveland hotel in February, was not claimed by any team on Monday. He will become an unrestricted free agent.

Charcandrick West signs with Kansas City Chiefs |

The veteran was the logical choice to pair with Spencer Ware for the Chiefs’ playoff run. West spent the first four years of his career in Kansas City after signing as an undrafted free agent in 2014. The 5-foot-10, 205-pound back is familiar with Andy Reid’s playbook and the Chiefs staff knows where he excels.

It’s time to start paying attention to the Chargers and Philip Rivers | Washington Post

For the Chargers, the victory was a sign that they’re playing with a bit of a chip on their shoulders. They’ve always been a nice team, one with talent that comes up short at the end, as Rivers remembers all too well.

With Melvin Gordon out, Justin Jackson rescues Chargers’ run game |

Jackson had eight rushes for 63 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, the first TD of his career. He also caught a pass for 19-yard gain. Did the rookie have any nervousness playing in Heinz Field?

NFL news

Packers: Mike McCarthy’s ‘tenure had run its course’ |

Murphy noted that he would have liked to wait until after the season to make a change, but said the 20-17 loss to a previously two-win team made it clear a change was in order. He repeatedly called Sunday’s performance “unacceptable.”

NFL should leave you feeling sick after recent revelations involving Kareem Hunt, Reuben Foster | Yahoo Sports

It’s a mixture of apathy, indifference and willful ignorance. It’s the unique ability to give the appearance of being the great arbitrator of all, yet consistently falling short of expectations unless moved to action because of public outrage.

The players skipping bowl games for the NFL draft |

The list of players skipping their college football bowl games to start preparing for the NFL draft is growing by the day. Here’s a look at who already have their sights set on the next level:

Mike Tomlin on officiating: I’m keeping my mouth shut |

But Tomlin certainly had every right Sunday night to be frustrated, albeit privately, especially when considering officials failed to penalize the Chargers in the first quarter when right tackle Sam Tevi appeared to get an early jump before the snap. The Chargers capitalized on the no-call with a 46-yard score.

Redskins QB McCoy exits game with lower leg injury |

Mark Sanchez is replacing McCoy under center. Sanchez has not played in a regular-season game since January 2017.