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Raiders

Oakland Raiders | Derrick Johnson on Marquel Lee, rookies | The Fresno Bee
Oakland Raiders linebacker Derrick Johnson is entering his 14th NFL season. He knows a thing or two about what it takes to play the game.

Here's why Khalil Mack won't be there when the new Gruden-Raiders era begins - CBSSports.com
Barring the Raiders suddenly reversing course and engaging on a legitimate contract, there is no way this All-Pro will be with the team when the regular season begins. It's almost impossible for any player to sit out an entire season -- as contracts would toll to the ensuing season if he's not present by Week 10 -- but that leaves a wide swath of time in between.

Report: Raiders rejecting trade inquiries about Khalil Mack
The Raiders are reportedly denying trade requests for Khalil Mack.

Gruden: Raiders awaiting emergence of No. 3 receiver - SFChronicle.com
Although the Raiders are happy to have Jordy Nelson out wide with Amari Cooper these days, they’re still waiting for another of their receivers to surface as a reliable third option.

Jamarcus Russell ‘made it rain’ during Raiders rookie talent show - Silver And Black Pride
Jamarcus Russell is widely known as one of the biggest draft busts of all time. He was drafted first overall by the Raiders in 2007 and promptly held out for more money. He is one of the major reasons behind the NFL’s current rookie salary slotting scale.

Top five reasons to be excited about the 2018 Oakland Raiders - Silver And Black Pride
Training camp is in the books. The preseason is at the halfway point. And the 2018 season fast approaches. With what we’ve seen from this team so far, there is plenty to be excited about. Here are the top five.

NFL breakout players 2018: Johnny Holton has the speed the Raiders need - SBNation.com
Sure, there are the deep routes, but the guy’s more than just a one-trick pony, if they’ll give him the chance.

AFC West

How Chad Kelly went from Mr. Irrelevant to unlikely Broncos backup - SBNation.com
Chad Kelly is dominating the Broncos’ backup quarterback battle against a player who went six rounds earlier than him in the NFL Draft.

Paxton Lynch Booed by Broncos Fans When Entering Game vs. Bears | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights
Denver Broncos fans were not pleased to see quarterback Paxton Lynch enter Saturday's 24-23 preseason loss to the Chicago Bears.

Connor McGovern’s development critical for Denver Broncos’ OL success - Mile High Report
Third-year offensive lineman Connor McGovern has taken a huge step forward and should provide the Broncos’ offensive line with some much needed consistency at right guard.

Chargers expected to get a pair of starters back this week | Chargers Wire
Anthony Lynn mentioned that by the end of the week the Chargers should get a couple starters back.

Seahawks at Chargers: What I saw on Defense - Bolts From The Blue
The Los Angeles Chargers first preseason game is in the books and, needless to say, it provided the team and its fans with plenty of fodder conversation. While the game was sloppy and ended in a loss, it certainly took baby steps toward providing answers, some expected and some unexpected, to a variety of training camp questions.

Casey Hayward gives Chargers an injury scare as hamstrung secondary limps along
Hayward, one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, appeared to grab at his hamstring while in coverage.

Kansas City Chiefs’ latest injury report highlighted by Eric Berry - Arrowhead Pride
Eric Berry hasn’t practice for the Chiefs in 10 days

Kansas City Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes shows promise | The Kansas City Star
It wasn’t merely that Mahomes’ footwork and timing were better than in the previous version. It also was testimony to a few other substantial things, including the chemistry building through ongoing extra work last week with Kelce.

Orlando Scandrick worked as the third cornerback at Chiefs practice - Arrowhead Pride
After nine years with the Dallas Cowboys, Scandrick is quickly learning his new team and role in Kansas City.

Around the NFL

Grading all 32 first-round picks from the 2018 NFL Draft | NFL Analysis | Pro Football Focus
Two full weeks of the NFL preseason schedule have been completed, giving us a larger sample size to delve into just how each of the 2018 NFL Draft first-round picks have fared in their respective action so far.

Ravens CB Jimmy Smith suspended first 4 games of regualr season | SI.com
The NFL announced Tuesday that Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith will be suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

2018 NFL predictions, playoffs, Super Bowl LIII champion | SI.com
We all know that the upcoming NFL season will surprise us in ways we cannot imagine, yet we play the prediction game anyway. Here we present team-by-team records, how the playoffs will unfold and which team will take home the Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl LIII.

Aaron Rodgers on contract extension: 'I'm not trying to screw' the Packers - CBSSports.com
Rodgers is the next quarterback in line for an extension after Matt Ryan's record-setting deal

NFL breakout players 2018: Predicting the next big thing for all 32 teams - SBNation.com
Retired NFL defensive end Stephen White has been grinding tape all summer to figure out which players are poised for a big leap forward in 2018.