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Silver Mining 9/22: AFC West teams prepare for Week 3 games

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RAIDERS NEWS

Raiders CB Rashaan Melvin adjusts to new technique - SFChronicle.com
In their preseason finale against Seattle, the Raiders rested every player who would go on to start for them in Week 1 — except for one. While about 40 teammates watched from the sideline in street clothes, cornerback Rashaan Melvin suited up and played 14 snaps — a curious sight given the Raiders had brought in Melvin, 28, to be a starter at cornerback opposite Gareon Conley. Head coach Jon Gruden afterward said Melvin was still “learning a new technique” and cautioned not to “read too much into” his presence on the field. Melvin has started each of the Raiders’ first two games, playing a team-high 64 defensive snaps Sunday in Denver. Still, Melvin acknowledged Friday that his acclimation to the Raiders’ system was less than smooth.

Raiders' Derek Carr will come up short if situation warrants
Raiders coach Jon Gruden and quarterback Derek Carr love to get yardage in chunks, but consider down and distance a priority.

With vastly different fan predictions for Dolphins vs Raiders, oddsmakers become voice of reason - Silver And Black Pride
The results of our FanPulse survey for Raider Nation vs Dolphins fans on their match-up in Miami yielded very different results.

AFC WEST NEWS

Phillip Lindsay debunking narrative of smaller running backs
Fans of Broncos rookie running back Phillip Lindsay should get used to hearing platitudes about him from opposing defensive coordinators.

Chiefs played strategic NFL draft game to land Mahomes
Kansas City's front office kept a poker face on with the rest of the NFL before maneuvering to land Patrick Mahomes in the 2017 draft.

Chargers rookie Derwin James continues to impress with dynamic defensive plays - Los Angeles Times
He already has had his first sack and his second sack, and he knocked away a pass in the end zone some 50 yards from the line of scrimmage.

AROUND THE NFL

Steelers: Mike Tomlin's toughest challenge goes beyond usual drama
Miek Tomlin has proven adept at handling the Steelers' off-field drama. But a slow start on the field puts the pressure on Tomlin to right the ship.

Texans player fined more than $10,000 by NFL even though he didn’t even suit up in Week 2 - CBSSports.com
Even if you're not playing in an NFL game, you can still get fined

NFL Week 3 Vegas expert picks and predictions: Ravens, Bengals cover - CBSSports.com
RJ White went deep in the Las Vegas SuperContest two of the past three years