Author: Chris McClain

Jon Gruden celebrates upcoming season with Raider Nation

Raiders head coach Jon Gruden celebrated his return to the Silver & Black and the upcoming season by throwing a party for Raider Nation at the well-known Ricky’s Sports Theatre and Grill. To no surprise, Raider Nation showed him love in a big way. Ricky’s had to limit the crowd to 500 fans due to regulations by the fire marshal, but not a single opening went unused as Raider Nation lined up early for the party. Gruden was of course in attendance, along with many other Raiders alum including Lester Hayes and Cliff Branch. Ricky’s announced on Twitter earlier...

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Rodney Hudson earns top honors from Pro Football Focus

Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie signed center Rodney Hudson to a five-year, $44.5 million deal in 2015 hoping he would become a key building block to the Silver & Black’s offensive line. Since joining the Raiders, Hudson has quickly become one of the league’s best centers and Pro Football Focus is recognizing it. Using their pass-blocking efficiency formula, the website found Hudson to be the NFL’s top-ranked center, finishing with a 99.6 pass-blocking efficiency last year. The 28-year-old allowed just three total pressures through 592 pass-blocking snaps leading to the top honors. But last season wasn’t an outlier...

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Raiders looking to add more linebacker help

The Oakland Raiders signed veteran linebacker Derrick Johnson earlier this offseason but that’s not stopping them from looking for more pieces to their defensive puzzle. Yahoo Sports’ Jordan Schultz is reporting the team is scheduled to host veteran linebacker Mychal Kendricks, who was released by the Philadelphia Eagles last week. Mychal Kendricks is visiting the #Vikings, #Raiders and #Browns this week, per source. We can expect Kendricks to make his decision this week as well, source adds. — Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) May 29, 2018 It was a bit surprising that the Eagles released the 27-year-old linebacker given their lack of depth of the position, but Kendricks did ask to be traded prior to last year. He was heading into the fourth of a five-year contract extension that he signed in 2015. The former second-round pick of the 2012 NFL Draft appeared in 15 games (13 starts) for the Super Bowl champions last year, tallying 51 tackles, two sacks and six passes defensed. Kendricks is originally from Fresno and played his college ball at the University of California,...

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