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Finally a trade the Raiders made this offseason in which is didn’t feel like they were robbed. Today Jon Gruden revealed the Raiders received a 5th round pick for Ryan Switzer, who the team had acquired during the draft for Jihad Ward. The Raiders also send a 6th rounder to Pittsburgh in the deal.
Trading Ryan Switzer and signing Jarell Carter was just the start of the Raiders’ moves today, as the team has signed former Central Missouri and Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Connor Flagel and cut offensive tackle Breno Giacomini. They have also placed WR Griff Whalen on the reserve/injured list.
The Raiders coaches don’t absolutely need Mack to participate in the offseason program or minicamp or training camp or even the preseason. Hell, Derek Carr has taken 13 snaps this preseason, so how much of a difference would having Khalil Mack make? Gruden thinks it would make a big difference.
It’s Penn’s starting spot to lose, and he’s confident he’ll have the switch down pat come the season opener on Monday Night Football.
It’s not known yet how long Pineiro’s injury will have him out. Leading to the inevitable question if the Raiders kicker heading into the season will be Mike Nugent.
Rodgers-Cromartie, 32, spent most of the offseason as a free agent after being released by the Giants in March. He now is tasked with learning as much of the Raiders’ defense as possible before their Sept. 10 opener against the Rams.
Carter is probably nothing more than a camp body, but he will certainly be doing his best to stand out in the Raiders’ fourth preseason game to show out for other teams who need help at corner- and there are always plenty of teams like that.
Joseph said he didn’t know if Jones would see any time in the Broncos’ preseason finale Thursday night against the Arizona Cardinals. But he is expected to make the team’s 53-man roster and play in the regular-season opener, Sept. 9 against the Seattle Seahawks.
Demaryius Thomas is the last man standing of the famous Four Horsemen of the 2013 record-setting Denver Broncos offense. Wes Welker retired a while ago and now both Eric Decker and Julius Thomas have joined him in the same week.
From the moment he was drafted, there was no doubt that James would end up starting for the Chargers defense, but now we know that the Derwin James era will begin week 1 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
On Monday morning, ESPN released their predictions for who will be the Top 100 players in the NFL this season. Six Chargers made the list, tying the Atlanta Falcons and Jacksonville Jaguars for second-most amount of players ranked. The Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles are the only teams with more (seven).
When a Chiefs game begins, tailgaters will be asked to move toward one of two places: into the stadium if they have tickets or out of the parking lot if they don’t.
“I know that we will be the best offense in this National Football League, without a doubt in my head,” Hill told NFL Network’s Stacey Dales on Saturday. “We got the best tight end, the best running back, we got two of the best deep-ball threat receivers -- Sammy Watkins addition, who can do it all -- great offensive line, Hall of Famecoach. So the sky’s the limit for us. It’s up to us to put all the pieces together.”
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The New York Giants signed Beckham to a five-year, $95 million contract extension, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday, per sources informed of the deal. He receives the highest ever fully guaranteed amount for a receiver at $41 million with $65 million in total guarantees, per Rapoport. The extension also averages $20 million over the first three years, Rapoport added.
As trade rumors circulated in March, one NFL team reportedly went as far as to have the Giants wide receiver followed by a private investigator.