Author: Chris McClain

What we learned from the Raiders win over Detroit Lions

Jon Gruden made his return to the Oakland Coliseum sidelines on Friday as the Raiders hosted the Detroit Lions for their first game of the preseason. While the starters didn’t get much playing time (if any at all), there’s still some positives that can be taken from the on-field performances of some of the younger guys looking to make the field. Connor Cook Third-year quarterback Connor Cook got a lot of playing time with franchise quarterback Derek Carr playing just one series. Cook took over the offense and completed 11/19 passes for 141 yards, a touchdown and no interception....

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Kicking battle takes new shape as Raiders release Tavecchio

The Oakland Raiders signed undrafted free agent Eddy Pineiro to start a battle for the kicking position with second-year kicker Giorgio Tavecchio, who took over mid-season for the injured Sebastian Janikowski last year. New head coach Jon Gruden picked the winner of the position battle Friday, reportedly waiving Tavecchio just over a week into training camp. A shocker: Raiders have notified Giorgio Tavecchio he's been waived, source said. Incumbent kicker was competing with rookie Eddy Pineiro. Veteran Mike Nugent signed in his place. Team now has two right-footed kickers competing. Holder Johnny Townsend had been alternating in camp —...

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