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Raiders legends Raghib Ismail, Darren McFadden among 2019 College Football Hall of Fame class | Silver and Black Pride

Both McFadden and Ismail were second in the Heisman voting in their final season of college football. McFadden finished second twice — first losing to Ohio State’s Troy Smith in 2006 and then Florida’s Tim Tebow in 2007. Ismail lost out to BYU’s Ty Detmer. Not exactly a list of successful NFL quarterbacks.

Eagles DT Treyvon Hester did his old Raiders team a solid last night | Silver and Black Pride

Then his attempt flailed, hitting the left upright, then the crossbar and didn’t go through. The crowd booed Parkey as he left he field and he was attacked on twitter with threats of violence and such. A short time later, it was revealed that it wasn’t Parkey’s fault. It was Hester who got up and blocked the attempt.

Sounds like Mike Mayock is giving Derek Carr a chance to prove he’s the Raiders’ franchise quarterback | Silver and Black Pride

We now know that head coach Jon Gruden and new general manager Mike Mayock will lead the Oakland Raiders into the future. The next person down the chain of command is the quarterback and there are many that doubt Derek Carr will be that guy. When asked about it at his introductory press conference, Mayock sounded fairly non-committal about it.

Raiders’ Trade of Mack Looks Even Worse Now | NBC Bay Area

Yet Mack helped lead the Bears into the playoffs, and Chicago now appears positioned to be good for a while, with a dominating defense, a young, improving quarterback and some good wide receivers. And, now that the Bears were ousted in the wild-card playoff round this past weekend after going 12-4, we now know that the pick the Raiders received for Mack will be the 24th overall.

Raiders finish 31st in PFF’s 2018 secondary rankings | Raiders Wire

The Oakland Raiders’ secondary was a major problem for most of the season. In 2018, opposing quarterbacks had a passer rating of 101 against the Raiders, fourth-worst in the NFL. And according to Pro Football Focus, Oakland had the 31st-ranked secondary in the NFL this season. Here is what the site had to say about their ranking:

AFC West

Chargers activate TE Hunter Henry for game vs. Patriots | ESPN.com

After he practiced for three weeks, the Los Angeles Chargers placed tight end Hunter Henry on the active roster Monday, which means he could see action in an AFC divisional playoff game against the New England Patriots on Sunday.

Chargers will provide toughest divisional round matchup for Patriots in years | Boston Herald

The Pats have won their past seven divisional round matchups by an average score of 37-20. All but two of those opponents — the 2014 Ravens and the 2015 Chiefs — were rocked by double digits.

A perfect mesh: This Chiefs offense was three decades in the making | Kansas City Star

The union of Mahomes and Reid clearly holds the potential to terrorize defensive coaching staffs and ravage the NFL record books for years to come.

Kansas City Chiefs projected to gain 6th round compensatory draft pick in 2019 | Fan Sided

The Kansas City Chiefs already have an extra pick in next year’s draft class thanks to the Marcus Peters trade, but the folks at Over the Cap are predicting they will also add another sixth-round choice in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Broncos interview Bears defensive coordinator Fangio | Miami Herald

At 60, Fangio is the oldest of the five candidates on Elway’s short list as he searches for his fourth head coach in six years. Fangio was also expected to interview for Miami’s head coaching vacancy, but the Dolphins didn’t schedule an interview with him.

NFL news

NFL rules that Cody Parkey’s field goal was blocked; Photographer captures perfect picture of the tip | CBS Sports

Although the NFL’s decision probably won’t make Parkey feel any better about the kick, it does mean that the miss wasn’t totally his fault, and it also means that defensive tackle Treyvon Hester should be viewed as a hero in Philadelphia, because he’s the one who got a finger tip on it.

Dwayne Haskins declares for 2019 NFL Draft: Here are the quarterback’s five best fits | CBS Sports

Haskins flashed the ability to push the ball down the field in 2018, as 70 percent of his throws made 30 or more yards downfield were deemed “on target” by Sports Info Solutions. He had 10 touchdowns, one interception, and a passer rating of 124.3 on those deep throws.

Destroying myths about eight 2018 NFL playoff teams in divisional round | ESPN.com

After 18 weeks of football, it’s incredible to think there are still unknowns and mysteries surrounding the remaining playoff teams. To a greater extent than any other American sport, football is still subject to simplistic stories of who wanted it more and arguments that don’t reflect what actually happened on the field. The last big play of wild-card weekend was a missed field goal attempt that nobody realized was a blocked kick for about three hours. That doesn’t happen in other sports.

Packers to hire Titans OC Matt LaFleur as head coach | NFL.com

LaFleur’s ascension to the throne of cheese completes an astronomical rise in an incredibly short span of time. LaFleur just completed his first season as Titans OC under first-year head coach Mike Vrabel.

Eagles’ playoff win nets Nick Foles $1M incentive | NFL.com

When the quarterback restructured his contract this offseason it was laden with incentives. Foles earned $500,000 for playing 33 percent of the snaps in a playoff game and another $500,000 for the victory. Bang! $1 million.