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Raiders News

Tahir Whitehead happy to have more veteran help on Raiders' defense | NBCS Bay Area
Tahir Whitehead carries optimism into the Raiders' offseason program, especially with veteran additions now on board to help him carry the load.

Can Raiders WR Antonio Brown beat Broncos CB Chris Harris Jr. in Week 1?
Can Raiders WR Antonio Brown beat Broncos CB Chris Harris Jr. in Week 1?

Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther eyes improvement after ‘hardest year’ - SFChronicle.com
The Raiders’ defense allowed the most points in the league in Paul Guenther’s first season as defensive coordinator. Guenther, who called 2018 “my hardest year in coaching,” eyes an improved unit this year.

Raiders Position Battle: Mullen vs. Worley - Full Press Coverage
When the Raiders drafted Trayvon Mullen in the second round, the reaction was not mixed. Fans and media alike rejoiced in hearing his name. The Raiders added first round potential in the second round. More importantly, Mullen’s selection deepened a shallow corner rotation. Now, looking ahead to the preseason, can Mullen win the starting job, pairing with Gareon Conley?

Raiders defense developing ‘trust factor’ that was lacking in 2018 - Silver And Black Pride
Multiple issues plagued the Raiders defense in 2018. The biggest being lack of talent. But youth and inexperience in the new scheme under defensive coordinator, Paul Guenther was also a major...

AFC West

Broncos' Vic Fangio bridges age gap with players -- compliments or not - Denver Broncos Blog- ESPN
The 60-year-old Fangio has introduced himself to his players by staying true to what he believes works in any era: "fundamentals and structure."

Kiszla: How the Fangio Stare, soon to be famous in Broncos Country, is redefining Denver's defense
Every football coach does it his way, but nobody does it quite like new Broncos coach Vic Fangio. How to define his coaching style, in a word?

Tyrann Mathieu expects Chiefs defense to play with attitude – ProFootballTalk
If Dee Ford hadn't lined up offsides in the AFC Championship Game, the Chiefs might have won the Super Bowl. Kansas City might not have traded Ford. It might not have fired defensive coordinator Bob Sutton. It might not have revamped its defense. In the long run, the Chiefs might be better off.

Prosecutors not actively investigating Chiefs' Hill
District Attorney Steve Howe told the Kansas City Star that an investigation into possible child abuse involving Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill is not active.

Chargers pass defense was one of the best at preventing first downs in 2018 - Bolts From The Blue
In what should be a surprise to nobody in 2019, passing first downs and passing first down percentage are some of the clearest indicators of an offense’s quality and that’s offense’s overall...

Can 2019 be Hunter Henry’s breakout season? - Bolts From The Blue
By all accounts, Henry was ready to take a big step forward before tearing his ACL last offseason, and there is no reason to think that is not still the case heading into this coming season thanks...

NFL News

NFL Wild-Card playoff spots should not exist | SI.com
MMQB staffers are offering up their bad takes this week, and maybe you should stay home in January if you didn’t win your division.

PFF50: The NFL's 50 best players entering the 2019 season | NFL Analysis | Pro Football Focus
PFF lists the NFL's 50 best players entering the 2019 season.

Why isn’t Mel Kiper drawing any GM interest?
Mel Kiper's ESPN colleague Todd McShay is getting interest from the New York Jets. Why haven't we heard anything about Kiper?

Bart Starr remembered as one of NFL’s greatest heroes – ProFootballTalk
Bart Starr died two weeks ago at the age of 85. The MVP of the first two Super Bowls was remembered at a public memorial event in his native Alabama on Sunday, Greg Garrison of al.com reports. Starr's family also plans a private funeral.

NFL 2019: How Laquon Treadwell and other first-round busts can change their narrative - CBSSports.com
These former first-rounders have disappointed but have the natural talent to become solid players on new teams