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Raiders news

Newest Mel Kiper mock has Raiders taking pair of pass rushers | Silver and Black Pride

It would be difficult for a mock draft to be more ill-advised than the initial ESPN Mel Kiper mock was for the Raiders, as he had them taking ZERO pass rushers with their three first round picks. The next ESPN mock from fellow draftnik Todd McShay suffered the same problem, but the newest mock from Kiper more accurately shows the direction the Raiders should go in during this April’s draft.

Could Lisfranc injury have NFL Draft receiver Marquise Brown fall to Raiders at bottom of first round? | Silver and Black Pride

In nearly every mock draft that has come out this offseason, Marquis Brown is off the board before the Raiders pick at 24th overall. I’ve seen him as high as 12th overall and usually gone by 22nd overall. Most often he goes to the Titans at 19th overall. That may not be the case anymore.

What condition Raiders position is in pre-free agency 2019: Tight end | Silver and Black Pride

You need more evidence Gruden likes tight ends, Lee Smith and Jared Cook both started every game which means the Raiders lined up in two-tight end sets to lead out every game. Smith may not catch a lot of passes, but he is a beast as a blocker. He has also already received his roster bonus for next season, so he has the vote of confidence from the Raiders that he will once again be a big part of the team’s plans.

RUMOR: Raiders are fascinated with top QB prospect Kyler Murray | Clutch Points

According to Peter King of NBC Sports, the Raiders are fascinated with Murray and could trade current signal-caller Derek Carr somewhere else in order to make room for him.

Antonio Brown to the Raiders?! It’s a viable destination says Albert Breer | Fox Sports

Receiver Antonio Brown would fit in nicely with the Oakland Raiders, so says Albert Breer of The MMQB.

AFC West

Joe Flacco was reportedly drawing serious trade interest from one other team besides the Broncos | CBS Sports

The February 13 trade between Baltimore and Denver basically came out of nowhere and there’s a reason for that: According to 104.3 the Fan in Denver, the deal came “together quickly” because the Broncos didn’t want to lose out on Flacco to another team, and apparently, there was at least one other team interested in making a deal for the veteran quarterback. According to both Sports Illustrated and the Fan, the other team trying to trade for Flacco was the Washington Redskins.

Mel Kiper skips quarterback for the Broncos in latest mock | Mile High Report

ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. is the first major mock draft expert to update their mocks to reflect this change. With the 10th overall pick, he bypassed quarterback Drew Lock in favor of LSU cornerback Greedy Williams.

Pro football returns to San Diego: Here’s what it’s like at an AAF Fleet game | USA Today

But now they have this – the San Diego Fleet, a new professional team in the Alliance of American Football that made its hometown debut Sunday at the Chargers’ old stadium.

Three linebackers Chargers should consider in upcoming NFL draft | Bolt Beat

In 2018, fans saw how decimated the Chargers’ linebacker depth was with injuries to linebackers Jatavis Brown, Denzel Perryman and Kyzier White. Looking ahead to 2019, White and Brown are the only notable linebackers to be returning next year with Perryman, Hayes Pullard and Kyle Emanuel expected to leave for free agency.

Where we now stand with Chiefs assistant coaches for 2019 | Arrowhead Pride

The newest piece of information here is that defensive quality control assistant Jay Valai is reportedly being hired by Rutgers University as their cornerbacks coach. As of this writing, this is not confirmed; Valai is still listed on the roster of Chiefs assistant coaches.

NFL news

G.O.A.T. of G.O.A.T.s: Ranking the best of the best in sports | NFL.com

Tom Brady has clearly ended all debate about his status as the G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time) in NFL circles by winning his sixth Super Bowl. Nobody disputes this. But here’s the bigger question: Who is the G.O.A.T. of G.O.A.T.s? That is, who is the best of the best among the top athletes from a cross-section of popular sports? It’s like “Top Gun.” Maverick was clearly one of the best of the best, one of the elite (and I’m not talking Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks, baby). But he wasn’t “Top Gun,” because that title belonged to Ice Man.

9 NFL teams that should sign Colin Kaepernick today | For the Win

Mark Geragos, Kaepernick’s lawyer, says the former 49ers quarterback has a desire to resume his NFL career and predicted that one of three teams would attempt to sign Kaepernick this offseason. When pressed to make a prediction which teams those would be, Geragos offered up the Panthers and Patriots.

Jags exercise Campbell’s option, decline tight end | NFL.com

The Jaguars exercised options on defensive end Calais Campbell, defensive end Lerentee McCrayand safety Cody Davis, while declining the option on tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, the team announced.

2019 franchise tag candidates and predictions for all 32 NFL teams | ESPN.com

Pro Bowl defenders Jadeveon Clowney and C.J. Mosley are among the other players who are candidates to be tagged this offseason.

2019 NFL schedule rumors: Vikings likely to host Thanksgiving prime-time game against NFC East team | CBS Sports

According to John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal, the Philadelphia Eagles will likely be playing on Turkey Day during the 2019 season. Ourand revealed the news during an interview he did on the Sports Illustrated Media podcast last week. Although the game isn’t set in stone yet, Ourand did say that it was “pretty likely” that the Eagles would be playing the Vikings in a game that would be played in Minnesota.