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UC Davis Star Slipped Through the Cracks Into Raiders’ Hands | NBC Bay Area

The Alameda native, who’s 6-foot-2 and 211 pounds, didn’t often play against the best programs in the nation, but he proved himself against big-time talent whenever he got the opportunity. This past season against Stanford, for instance, Doss had 13 catches for 106 yards.

Sebastian Janikowski retiring after 19 seasons in NFL | NFL.com

Janikowski played in 284 regular-season games (16th all-time), attempted 542 field goals (10th) and made 436 of them (ninth). His 1,913 points scored are 10th most all-time and were second among active players behind Indianapolis’ Adam Vinatieri.

Raiders draft class receives high praise from ESPN’s Mel Kiper | Silver and Black Pride

The positive talk from Kiper didn’t end there, as a guest on the Golic and Wingo radio show Kiper predicted the Raiders will win 10 games and the AFC West division. Talk about bold predictions.

NFL Draft 2019 scouting report: Hunter Renfrow is Raiders replacement for Seth Roberts | Silver and Black Pride

Despite his smaller stature, Renfrow’s tenacity and determination will suit him well as a slot receiver in the NFL. His route running is superb and he finds ways to get open despite his obvious flaws physically. Excellent value pick in the 5th round.

NFL Draft 2019 scouting report: ‘Mad’ Maxx Crosby has massive potential at defensive end | Silver and Black Pride

Prior to the Combine, Crosby was seen as a sixth or seventh rounder. After his fantastic showing in Indianapolis, he moved up into Day 2 consideration. For Mike Mayock to land him in the fourth is a steal and he might be the best value pick in the draft for the Raiders. He has bigger potential than a lot of the players taken before him and can be the true bull in a china-shop defensive end the Raiders lacked last year.

AFC West

Broncos Mailbag: Who will be responsible for coaching up rookie quarterback Drew Lock? | Denver Post

Elway is going to trust offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello to lead the Drew Lock Development Project. Elway will undoubtedly watch every one of Lock’s throws on video and if he has suggestions, should pass those along to the coaches. But it will be up to Scangarello and quarterbacks coach T.C. McCartney to coach up Lock.

Keenan Allen seems unimpressed by Chiefs’ moves | NFL.com

The words themselves aren’t a slight, but the tone conveyed is being interpreted as Allen being unimpressed with the changes K.C. made in the secondary.

Jamaal Charles will reportedly sign 1-day contract to retire with Kansas City Chiefs | Arrowhead Addict

Jamaal Charles is reportedly ready to call it a career. Kansas City’s own 610 Sports is reporting that the franchise legend will be signing a one-day contract with the team in order to be able to officially retire as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Chargers making progress in battle to win over fans in Los Angeles | LA Times

While the Rams are coming off a Super Bowl appearance last season, both teams have been fairly even on the field recently. Since Oct. 2, 2017, the Rams are 23-9, the Chargers 22-8. There may not be much of a disparity in their records, but that’s not the case when it comes to ticket prices in their new home. While the Chargers will feature more than 26,000 seats priced between $50 and $90 per ticket, plus a personal seat license fee of $100, the least expensive Rams seat license will be 10 times that.

Broncos got some difference-makers that can ‘push the team up’ in the AFC West | Mile High Report

Both draft gurus were a little perplexed at the Broncos not taking the freaky athletic Devin Bush - and opting to trade down and get the freaky athletic Noah Fant instead plus another pick that resulted in getting Drew Lock - but neither thought it was a bad move.

NFL

The A+ move each team made in the 2019 NFL Draft | SB Nation

In an effort to hand out at least one A+ per team, here is the best move by each one in this year’s draft:

Who Will Win NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year? | MMQB

In that spirit, an interesting question was posed to me this week: Who are the top candidates for Offensive Rookie of the Year, coming out of a draft where only eight first-rounders were offensive skill position players (and one of whom, Daniel Jones, isn’t expected to see the field for a while)?

Cardinals (10-1) to make playoffs? Five NFL futures bets I like | ESPN

On the heels of the 2019 NFL draft, sportsbooks have posted fresh odds for the upcoming season. Will your favorite team make (or miss) the playoffs? Win the division?

Joe Flacco, Case Keenum among vets hurt by 2019 NFL Draft | NFL.com

The NFL Draft is overstuffed with dreams realized and hope reborn. But what about the players who could lose playing time or their jobs entirely?

Eagles pick up QB Carson Wentz’s fifth-year option | NFL.com

Set to earn around $8.5 million in 2019, Wentz will make more than $20 million in 2020, the fifth and final year of his rookie contract.