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Raiders to host top linebacker prospect Devin White for pre-draft visit | Silver and Black Pride

Most also have White as a sure top-10 pick in April’s draft, if not a top five pick, so if the Raiders do have eyes for him, the only way they would get him is either with their pick at four or not much farther down. Some believe he is squarely on the Buccaneers radar at 5 or perhaps the Giants at 6.

Raiders pre-draft visits continue this week with two of draft’s top pass rushers | Silver and Black Pride

This week, the widely consider second best pass rusher, Josh Allen is in the house, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Tight end Noah Fant visiting Raiders | Silver and Black Pride

Fant is widely considered one of the top two tight ends in this draft along with his Iowa teammate TJ Hockenson. Many expect Hockenson to be selected long before the Raiders pick at 24, making Fant the more plausible pick.

Raiders 2019 Draft Radar: Safeties | Silver and Black Pride

Towards the end of last season, Raiders safeties Karl Joseph and Erik Harris were both playing at a high level. Both will be back this season in the Silver and Black. However, depth is an issue and these two don’t exactly bring the star power many teams covet in the defensive backfield. The Raiders could look to bolster the back end of their defense with a safety on draft day.

Raiders announce re-signing of three ERFAs | Silver and Black Pride

As the Raiders begin their offseason workouts today, they announced the return of three of their Exclusive Rights Free Agents. They have brought back 2018 seventh round pick wide receiver Marcell Ateman, kicker Daniel Carlson, and tackle Justin Murray.

AFC West

Chargers CB Trevor Williams signs tender | Chargers Wire

Williams was solid for Los Angeles in 2018, recording 23 tackles (19 solo) and one interception in nine games. Unfortunately, he suffered a knee injury that kept him out for the majority of the season.

Broncos CB Chris Harris to skip voluntary minicamp | NFL.com

Chris Harris continues to avoid Denver, electing to work out with a personal trainer in Dallas instead. The former All-Pro corner has made it clear he wants a new contract.

Exploring the idea of a Russell Wilson-Denver Broncos trade | Predominantly Orange

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson gave the team a deadline to get a long-term deal done. The closer it gets towards the deadline, the more it seems like he could be traded. The Denver Broncos may be one of the teams that could be intrigued by a trade.

Chiefs continue to be protected by NFL’s safest helmet | Chiefs Wire

They’ve determined the top-rated helmets by performance and the VICIS Zero1 remains the best helmet in football. This is the third straight testing period that the VICIS Zero1 helmet has been the NFL’s top-rated.

‘I like to be in your face.’ Why Bashaud Breeland thinks he’s a good fit for Chiefs | The Kansas City Star

Breeland, who signed with Green Bay during Week 4 of last season, says he has found an ideal fit with the Chiefs under new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. His reasoning is quite simple — the style of coverage techniques.

NFL news

Hot 150: Gil Brandt’s top-ranked prospects for 2019 NFL Draft | NFL.com

Soon, the latest group of NFL prospects will be divvied up by their new employers at the 2019 NFL Draftin Nashville, Tennessee. But before the picks start flying in Music City (Round 1 begins Thursday, April 25 at 8:00 p.m. ET), let’s take a look at my top 150 prospects in this class.

How mathematicians are trying to make NFL schedules fairer | ESPN.com

Four years ago, a group of University at Buffalo researchers submitted a paper to the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, outlining a mathematical approach by which the NFL could potentially produce a materially fair and largely disparity-free schedule.

Eight NFL teams most likely to trade up, down in first round of draft | USA Today

While many teams already have their young passers in place, several still could be looking to make a move in the first round. Here’s a breakdown of the eight franchises most likely to trade up or down this year, factoring in organizations’ past tendencies and current needs:

Wentz’s back not fully healed: ‘It’s still getting there’ | NFL.com

As the Eagles open offseason conditioning, Wentz said Monday he’s running and throwing some after suffering a back injury that wiped out the end of his 2018 campaign. The 26-year-old said he’s “week-to-week” and hopeful to be ready by OTAs, which begin on May 21.

Peyton Manning goes deep with pass at NFL’s storied history | Yahoo Sports

Manning, a lock for the Pro Football Hall of Fame when he becomes eligible in 2021, is hosting and serving as an executive producer for ‘’Peyton’s Places,’’ a five-part, 30-episode series celebrating the NFL’s 100th season. The show debuts on ESPN+ in July, with ESPN and ABC airing special compilations.