Author: Chris McClain

Raiders bolster receiving corps with first draft selection

Jon Gruden, Mike Mayock and the Las Vegas Raiders added some offensive help Thursday night by selecting former Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs III with the 12th overall pick. The selection comes with slight controversy as fellow former Alabama receiver Jerry Jeudy and former Oklahoma receiver CeeDee Lamb were still available. Regardless, Ruggs III becomes the first selection of the now Las Vegas Raiders and former owner Al Davis would be proud. Ruggs III possesses that familiar Raiders speed that prompted Davis to famously say “Speed Kills”. Ruggs III took over headlines at February’s NFL Combine by running a...

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Raiders to be featured on HBO’s “Hard Knocks”

Get your popcorn ready, Raider Nation, HBO’s hit sports show “Hard Knocks” will be joining the Oakland Raiders when they head north to Napa Valley for the 2019 training camp. For those not familiar, “Hard Knocks” is an HBO Sports production in association with NFL films that gives an unfiltered all-access look at an NFL team, which this year will be Jon Gruden’s Raiders. The five-episode season will spotlight a rebuilt Raiders roster than now has an intriguing mix of veterans, including wide receiver Antonio Brown, and young rookie hopefuls that include three first-round picks. Both Gruden and new...

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Raiders keep draft slots, add key pieces to roster

Oakland Raiders general manager Mike Mayock now has his first NFL Draft experience under his belt. The rookie GM entered Thursday night with the 4th overall, 24th overall and 27th overall picks and ultimately kept them while selecting three new players to don the Silver & Black. Rumors flew in the lead up to draft night but Mayock and head coach Jon Gruden ultimately elected to tackle a need at pass rushing by drafted defensive end Clelin Ferrell. The Ted Hendricks award-winner, given to the country’s top defensive end, was also named ACC Defensive Player of the YEar with...

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Raiders add veterans to locker room

The Oakland Raiders added a pair of veterans to their locker room Thursday afternoon. The Club announced they signed free agent running back Isaiah Crowell and linebacker Brandon Marshall. Crowell joins the Raiders after a one-year stint with the New York Jets, after getting his NFL career started with the Cleveland Browns. Over his five-year career, Crowell has appeared in 77 games (51 starts) while running for 3,803 rushing yards (4.3 yards per carry) and 27 touchdowns. He has also hauled in 117 passes for 922 yards and just one touchdown. The 5-foot-11, 225-pound running back averaged 4.8 yards...

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Raiders, Donald Penn mutually part ways

The Oakland Raiders mutually parted ways with the longest-tenured Raider on Saturday. Donald Penn signed with the team as a free agent in 2014 and started each of his 66 appearances in the Silver & Black since. He played in just four games last year before being placed on the Reserve/Injured List in October. The California native earned two Pro Bowl appearances (2016 and 2017) in his five seasons with the Raiders and was named to the All-AFC Team by the Pro Football Writers of America in 2016. Penn made his NFL debut with the Buccaneers under head coach...

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