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Safety Smith says he’s joined Raiders

Reggie Smith, a former third-round draft pick of the 49ers who signed with Carolina last season but did not make it out of trianing camp, indicatd on his Twitter account he’s a Raider.

An instagram photo shows him reading pages from a binder with Raiders emblems and a caption that said he’s going back to “Cali.”

Smith played four seasons with the 49ers as a safety and special teams player.

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  • Priesttj12

    The GM has spoken people in here do NOT matter. Let the GM and HC make the decisions and go by that. These people have all kinds of agendas.

  • raida66

    If SnBG is McFadden20 then glad to see him back. He has as much football sense as anyone on this blog. Again, don’t always agree with Mac20 but he makes a good, sensical argument.

  • SnBG

    Rudegruden Says:
    April 10th, 2013 at 6:14 pm
    SnBG are you Mcfadden20?

    No sir, unlike some others here I don’t use 2 names

  • rudegruden

    Priesttj12 Says:
    April 10th, 2013 at 6:17 pm
    The GM has spoken people in here do NOT matter. Let the GM and HC make the decisions and go by that. These people have all kinds of agendas.

    ———-
    Honestly Priesttj, what do you think our record will be this year and next?

  • J Hill

    Same series, 3rd and 3, Pryor throw bounces off Myers knees.

    Another 1st down lost.

  • ohioraider

    raida66 Says:
    April 10th, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    I keep reading priest saying how bigmac has ruined this team. Every reason for patience and building is an excuse. We GAVE away players.
    Two decades of futility with a brief interruption by Gruden is apparently the way to build a team. Ridiculous. The Raiders have been a joke for so long some people still believe we were on the right track! Reggie is building a team from the ground up. Of course he didnt talk to those players he let go…they were part of the problem…losing. Nice guys maybe, but unproductive. And it’s DA’s fault. What about the years before he came, they still underperformed. This is not the raiders of the last 11 years, thank god. No more laughing stock with picks like DHB, JaFlabby, and Fabian.
    Go New Raiders!
    ————————————————-
    Some of these fans still think the Raiders have some sort of unique mystique, though it ceased to be many years ago–which is what chronic losing will do to a team. Others remain captivated by the myth of Al, also long since gone as you rightly point out. I always get a kick out of the fans who still identify with the renegade aspect of the team, who still think there was something worth salvaging after what Al did to undermine his own legacy. And undermine it he did, the sign of a very flawed man.

    And then there’s Father Pride & Poise, who I suspect had a brief brush with Al in some minor capacity or other, and fancies it the highlight of his life. Al could’ve racked up another ten years of futility and these fans would still be defending him.

  • raidertbone

    With so many new faces, Greg Papa will have to lay off the sauce while doing the Simulcasts this summer (or, then again, maybe it’s an excuse for him to drink even more!!)

  • J Hill

    I’m a fan of a “traditional” QB. A stand in the pocket and throw it on a rope kinda guy.

    But I’m not going to just LIE on a guy like Pryor because I don’t like his style.

    The guy was putting the ball in places where any type of decent recover makes the play.

  • I Know Football

    When I talked with Reggie about this move I said two words “BE CAREFUL”. Jenning’s may be and intriguing back but his durability is a question mark.

    I told him it’s a risk worth taking and to go ahead and make the deal, but my caution remains.

  • SnBG

    A bleacherReport poll says that 52% of Raiders fans think Reg should get 3 years before evaluation.

  • raidertbone

    260
    I think that’s fair …

  • rudegruden

    I Know Football Says:
    April 10th, 2013 at 6:23 pm
    When I talked with Reggie about this move I said two words “BE CAREFUL”. Jenning’s may be and intriguing back but his durability is a question mark.

    I told him it’s a risk worth taking and to go ahead and make the deal, but my caution remains.

    —-
    Reggie loves injury prone players!

  • rudegruden

    SnBG Says:
    April 10th, 2013 at 6:23 pm
    A bleacherReport poll says that 52% of Raiders fans think Reg should get 3 years before evaluation.

    ——
    3 years is fair

  • RaiderFredinDallas

    O Line in this Draft.

  • RaiderFredinDallas

    Extend Reggie Now!!

  • SnBG

    Rudegruden Says:
    April 10th, 2013 at 6:25 pm
    I Know Football Says:
    April 10th, 2013 at 6:23 pm
    When I talked with Reggie about this move I said two words “BE CAREFUL”. Jenning’s may be and intriguing back but his durability is a question mark.

    I told him it’s a risk worth taking and to go ahead and make the deal, but my caution remains.

    —-
    Reggie loves injury prone players!
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    What do you base that on

  • DKnight007

    Good points from this blogger on why the Raiders should take Dion Jordan ahead of any DT like Floyd or even Star:

    With the third pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Oakland Raiders select Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon.

    Explanation: Well that was some curveball with the first two picks. If I’m Reggie Mckenzie and I’m taking a look at my roster I see nothing but holes, especially on defense, where any player who was kind of decent or better was let go in FA (Huff, Bryant, Wheeler, Seymour), so without the possibility to trade out of this pick and get multiple ones, which player do I pick?

    Well, who do I consider? QB is out of the question because this is not a good year for them and the only one who’s debateable was just picked. So I can address LT with both Joeckel and Fisher available or I can address the defensive line with both Dion Jordan and Sharrif Floyd available. All of them are very good players that are worthy of the third overall pick. So how do I decide? I’ll try to find out who will make my team significantly better.

    First of all, Let’s take a look at the OL. While no name will jump out to you, this line was pretty good at protecting the passer with only 27 sacks allowed last year. Running was a different story but you can also contribute that to McFadden missing 11 games (as usual). So picking Joeckel or Fisher will indeed make it a better unit but this is not the weakest link on the team right now.

    Now’ I’m taking a look at the defensive line and, well … I don’t see any defensive line. So, this is by far the weakest link of the team; Anyone inserted here will make a significant improvement to this unit. So why Jordan over Floyd? the answer has two parts: history and pass rush. Let’s start with history, looking back about 10 years in the draft, for every JJ Watt, B.J Raji, Haloti Nagta or Vince Wilfork (who were all picked outside of the top 10) you have names like Glenn Dorsey, Sedrick Ellis, Amobi Okoye, Justin Harrell, Tyson Alualu, Marcel Dareus and so on. Even Ndamukong Suh who was considered as a can’t miss DT and he is a very good DT in my opinion is not an impact player. So the chance is high to get just an OK player with the third pick. Getting OK players with a high pick (and Jamarcus Russell) is just what got the Raiders here over and over again. One can argue that you can have a DE bust in here as well, which is true, but then comes my second argument which is the more critical one.

    The main reason I took Jordan over Floyd is pass rush. This is a passing league today more than ever, and now with the read option your DE’s have to be as athletic as they come and Jordan is freakishly athletic. He sure can rush the passer, he can drop into coverage from the DE position and he could be the game changer that Von Miller and Aldon Smith were to the Broncos and us. Just two years ago Denver had the same dilemma between Von Miller and Marcel Dareus. They went with Miller and left Buffalo with Dareus and we all know what happened next. If Jordan becomes a 10+ sacks/year pass rusher, Oakland’s defense gets to another level and that’s what I’m looking for as a GM.

  • ohioraider

    RaiderFredinDallas Says:
    April 10th, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    O Line in this Draft.
    ————————–
    I agree. You can feel it coming. And receivers.

  • raida66

    It’s obvious Mac is gathering players on a shoe string and a dime. We will not have the talent to compete with most teams due to the salary cap restraints he was brought in to fix. That being said, I look forward to players who actually want to play football, that are trying to prove they belong in the NFL. It will be much more interesting watch than scholarship players taking several plays off a game, or several games off a year. Hopefully these guys will show the hustle and desire we all love to see. That’s the way to initiate change in the culture. That’s what Reggie is attempting. More power to you Reg!

  • DKnight007

    Broncos taking Miller ahead of Dareus was a smart move.

    Raiders in same situation with the #3 pick this year.

    McK needs to be smart and take Dion Jordan over Star and Floyd.

  • rudegruden

    SnBG Says:
    April 10th, 2013 at 6:28 pm
    Rudegruden Says:
    April 10th, 2013 at 6:25 pm
    I Know Football Says:
    April 10th, 2013 at 6:23 pm
    When I talked with Reggie about this move I said two words “BE CAREFUL”. Jenning’s may be and intriguing back but his durability is a question mark.

    I told him it’s a risk worth taking and to go ahead and make the deal, but my caution remains.

    —-
    Reggie loves injury prone players!
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    What do you base that on

    ——-
    Goodson
    Brisiel
    Tollefson
    Spencer
    Bartell

    just to name a few

  • http://www.psalm23sportswear.com omniscience

    I hope Jags pass on Dion and falls in our lap or go Floyd don’t need to trade down what do you gain a 2nd round pick that may workout you sit at 3 and grab a 5 to 10 year starter…

  • http://www.psalm23sportswear.com omniscience

    all this talk Fire Reggie ok give him 3 years we gave AL 50 years.

  • raida66

    If we can trade down and stay in the first round, then pick up a second and some change it would be well worth it.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    So I read up above that we are now comparing McClain with Woodsen. CW was probowler with Oakland and signed to mega deal! Not even close!!!!

  • ESETERIK78

    271.rudegruden Says:
    April 10th, 2013 at 6:32 pm
    SnBG Says:
    April 10th, 2013 at 6:28 pm
    Rudegruden Says:
    April 10th, 2013 at 6:25 pm
    I Know Football Says:
    April 10th, 2013 at 6:23 pm
    When I talked with Reggie about this move I said two words “BE CAREFUL”. Jenning’s may be and intriguing back but his durability is a question mark.

    I told him it’s a risk worth taking and to go ahead and make the deal, but my caution remains.

    —-
    Reggie loves injury prone players!
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    What do you base that on

    ——-
    Goodson
    Brisiel
    Tollefson
    Spencer
    Bartell

    just to name a few

    ========================================

    But give him this, every one of those signings–and a lot of the new ones–are guys that were hurt EARLY in the previous season, and rehabbed the rest of the season, then had an entire off-season to continue to get in playing shape. Problem is, this is a tough game and missing ANY significant time will set a guy way back.

    So, there is potential for some of these moves to produce, but also likely another Bartell, Spencer.

  • madraiderfan

    Let the draft begin. Who cares who we have signed if they don’t leave it on the field. I’ve been reading some of your comments for years. Some good and some that make me question if you are truly a Raider fan. I hear some praise Reggie and others tear him down. The same with TP. Only time will fix this mess that took years to create. The best is yet to come Raider Nation. Patience!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ohioraider

    raida66 Says:
    April 10th, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    It’s obvious Mac is gathering players on a shoe string and a dime. We will not have the talent to compete with most teams due to the salary cap restraints he was brought in to fix. That being said, I look forward to players who actually want to play football, that are trying to prove they belong in the NFL. It will be much more interesting watch than scholarship players taking several plays off a game, or several games off a year. Hopefully these guys will show the hustle and desire we all love to see. That’s the way to initiate change in the culture. That’s what Reggie is attempting. More power to you Reg!
    ————————————————
    Well said.

  • ESETERIK78

    274.raida66 Says:
    April 10th, 2013 at 6:36 pm
    If we can trade down and stay in the first round, then pick up a second and some change it would be well worth it.

    ————————–

    Yeah, but it’s also nice to throw the fans a bone and get a stud at three.

  • SnBG

    Good post at 267 but I would argue that a pass rusher is dependent on a great interior line. Justin Smith made Aldon Smith last yr. What happened to Aldon when JS got hurt. A great pass rusher is a necessity to get to the super bowl but we only have rotational guys on the Dline now and that’s not good enough to help a great rusher or us to get to the SB’ I also belive that Jordon will be gone and Ansah is to raw to take at #3. BTW, Dorsey played out of his natural position so he didn’t do as well as he woUld have at DT. I believe we take Floyd or Star at 3

  • rudegruden

    ESETERIK78 Says:
    April 10th, 2013 at 6:38 pm
    271.rudegruden Says:
    April 10th, 2013 at 6:32 pm
    SnBG Says:
    April 10th, 2013 at 6:28 pm
    Rudegruden Says:
    April 10th, 2013 at 6:25 pm
    I Know Football Says:
    April 10th, 2013 at 6:23 pm
    When I talked with Reggie about this move I said two words “BE CAREFUL”. Jenning’s may be and intriguing back but his durability is a question mark.

    I told him it’s a risk worth taking and to go ahead and make the deal, but my caution remains.

    —-
    Reggie loves injury prone players!
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    What do you base that on

    ——-
    Goodson
    Brisiel
    Tollefson
    Spencer
    Bartell

    just to name a few

    ========================================

    But give him this, every one of those signings–and a lot of the new ones–are guys that were hurt EARLY in the previous season, and rehabbed the rest of the season, then had an entire off-season to continue to get in playing shape. Problem is, this is a tough game and missing ANY significant time will set a guy way back.

    So, there is potential for some of these moves to produce, but also likely another Bartell, Spencer.

    ————-
    Yep, and that is Reggie’s strategy. He can get previous hurt players on the cheap and see if they pan out.

    However, we shouldn’t act surprised when they get hurt again and say what if.

  • http://www.psalm23sportswear.com omniscience

    All these one year contracts everyone is complaing about sign see what can do and extend contract next year when we have money could not keep Wheeler or Bryant no BIG money this is the new way of doing business what motivation did Kelly have if he is paid 50 Mil for 8 years I would be taking plays off myself I believe that was our Cancer players like Rolando had that as a leader.

  • DJ Johnny

    The ‘mystique’ of the Raiders is no more outrageous than Dallas and “America’s Team” for an example.

    Is Dallas really “America’s Team”? Heck, the so called “lowly” Raiders have 4 times as many playoff wins the last 17 yr’s. Yes, they have many fans, but “America’s Team” is more than a bit presumptuous given their lack of success during that span, but it’s something that their fans hold onto as part of their identity and to feel better about themselves as fans I guess.

    Is Green Bay truly “TitleTown”? Up in Green Bay they still tout that description. Maybe they were a long time ago just like the Raiders days of being a team of renegade SB winners.

    It’s not just the fans. You hear this hyperbole from the players as well when they say ‘glad to be with the Silver and Black’ etc. It’s part of the deal for fans AND players. The players seem to like that kind of identity with who they play for.

    It’s harmless. There’s no reason for us fans to give up an identity and association that has endured for decades simply becuz we haven’t had the success in recent years or becuz that ‘image’ is not backed up on the field at present.

    Are the Bears still the “Monsters of the Midway”? They didn’t even make the playoffs last yr and haven’t won a SB in almost 30 yr’s.

  • ohioraider

    Trade down.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    So I read we are now comparing Woodsen to McClain. Not even close. CW a pro bowler signed to mega deal we all knew he was good. One of those “I guess AD does not always get his man” examples. McClain is a low risk camp fodder signing.

  • raida66

    279. True. Tough decision on more quality players or one stud. Should be interesting!

  • DKnight007

    Good points from this blogger on why the Raiders should take Dion Jordan ahead of any DT like Floyd or even Star with the #3 pick:

    With the third pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Oakland Raiders select Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon.

    Explanation:

    Well that was some curveball with the first two picks. If I’m Reggie Mckenzie and I’m taking a look at my roster I see nothing but holes, especially on defense, where any player who was kind of decent or better was let go in FA (Huff, Bryant, Wheeler, Seymour), so without the possibility to trade out of this pick and get multiple ones, which player do I pick?

    Well, who do I consider? So I can address LT with both Joeckel and Fisher available or I can address the defensive line with both Dion Jordan and Sharrif Floyd available. All of them are very good players that are worthy of the third overall pick. So how do I decide? I’ll try to find out who will make my team significantly better.

    First of all, Let’s take a look at the OL. While no name will jump out to you, this line was pretty good at protecting the passer with only 27 sacks allowed last year. Running was a different story but you can also contribute that to McFadden missing 11 games (as usual). So picking Joeckel or Fisher will indeed make it a better unit but this is not the weakest link on the team right now.

    Now’ I’m taking a look at the defensive line and, well … I don’t see any defensive line.

    So, this is by far the weakest link of the team; Anyone inserted here will make a significant improvement to this unit. So why Jordan over Floyd? the answer has two parts: history and pass rush. Let’s start with history, looking back about 10 years in the draft, for every JJ Watt, B.J Raji, Haloti Nagta or Vince Wilfork (who were all picked outside of the top 10) you have names like Glenn Dorsey, Sedrick Ellis, Amobi Okoye, Justin Harrell, Tyson Alualu, Marcel Dareus and so on. Even Ndamukong Suh who was considered as a can’t miss DT and he is a very good DT in my opinion is not an impact player. So the chance is high to get just an OK player with the third pick. Getting OK players with a high pick (and Jamarcus Russell) is just what got the Raiders here over and over again. One can argue that you can have a DE bust in here as well, which is true, but then comes my second argument which is the more critical one.

    The main reason I took Jordan over Floyd is pass rush. This is a passing league today more than ever, and now with the read option your DE’s have to be as athletic as they come and Jordan is freakishly athletic. He sure can rush the passer, he can drop into coverage from the DE position and he could be the game changer that Von Miller and Aldon Smith were to the Broncos and us. Just two years ago Denver had the same dilemma between Von Miller and Marcel Dareus. They went with Miller and left Buffalo with Dareus and we all know what happened next. If Jordan becomes a 10+ sacks/year pass rusher, Oakland’s defense gets to another level and that’s what I’m looking for as a GM.

  • raidertbone

    We didn’t GIVE Al 50 years. He took all the gold and spent it on #2. The money was cursed, and it placed a curse on the franchise (and it also killed him).

  • SnBG

    Reggie loves injury prone players!
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    What do you base that on

    ——-
    Goodson
    Brisiel
    Tollefson
    Spencer
    Bartell

    just to name a few
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    That’s not a good basis to say Reg likes injury prone players. Why would he sign players that he knows would get hurt.That’s not out of the norm for teams to have a bunch of players who get injured. Most of those guys will be fine injury wise this year. Yor arguement just doesn’t make sense. It’s a blanket statement based on emotion

  • raidertbone

    There are plenty of guys at the #3 pick who could be legitimate starters for this team. Let’s get ONE of them!

  • RAIDERMAN99

    J Hill Says:
    April 10th, 2013 at 5:30 pm
    I’m not a Pryor fan AT ALL.

    openly mocked the idea of drafting him in the supplemental draft.

    I support him because he’s a Raider.

    With all that said …..

    I was pretty impressed with him in that SD game. He has a real chance to compete for the starting job.
    ==========================================
    I remember the first time I saw TP play for OSU and I was not too impressed.

    Honestly didn’t see many of his games and made a snap judgement that he was a jerk based on the tattoo thing.

    I’ve come full circle on the guy.

    I believe this young man has good character and wants it bad.

    I keep hearing that his mechanics suck and he can’t throw.

    I watch his drop back and throwing motion/delivery and think they’re just fine.

    I look at his size and length and say there’s no reason to believe this guy can’t sling the rock.

    I see the so called ‘balloons’ he throws and I know it’s NOT due to a lack of arm strength.

    I’m telling you, he’s trying to be too fine.

    This was very evident on one of his deep throws vs. SD. He intentionally put way too much air under the ball. Getting it downfield was not the problem.

    There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that TP has more than adequate arm strength.

    Accuracy is another issue.

    I’m convinced one of the reasons TP doesn’t FIRE the rock is bcz he’s not confident he can do so with accuracy.

    Hence, he throws the easier lob, to make sure he gets it where he wants to.

    Problem is, that’s not going to work in the NFL.

    You’ve got to to be decisive and have the ability put it in small windows with velocity at this level.

    If TP can do that (and that’s a very BIG if), he’s going to be a FRANCHISE QB.

    There’s absolutely no doubt his scrambling, ability to extend a play, and SPEED are off the charts good.

    It would be a very serious mistake to give up on this young man and not give him every opportunity to blossom.

    The fact that Tits wouldn’t even ACTIVATE TP almost the entire 2012 season is proof positive that he’s a dunce and a dogsh1t HC.

  • DKnight007

    SnBG Says:
    April 10th, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Good post at 267 but I would argue that a pass rusher is dependent on a great interior line. Justin Smith made Aldon Smith last yr. What happened to Aldon when JS got hurt. A great pass rusher is a necessity to get to the super bowl but we only have rotational guys on the Dline now and that’s not good enough to help a great rusher or us to get to the SB’ I also belive that Jordon will be gone and Ansah is to raw to take at #3. BTW, Dorsey played out of his natural position so he didn’t do as well as he woUld have at DT. I believe we take Floyd or Star at 3

    ^^^^^^^^
    Please don’t make excuses for Glenn Dorsey. He is garbage.

    Raiders can take another DT to plug into the rotation in Round 4 if necessary.

    Jordan would be a better pick than both Star and Floyd.

    Most DT’s that are drafted high within the top 5 especially turn out to be busts.

  • DJ Johnny

    J Hill Says:
    April 10th, 2013 at 6:22 pm
    I’m a fan of a “traditional” QB. A stand in the pocket and throw it on a rope kinda guy.

    But I’m not going to just LIE on a guy like Pryor because I don’t like his style.

    The guy was putting the ball in places where any type of decent recover makes the play.

    We are used to the big strong armed QB as Raiders fans.

    Even if they weren’t that big as far as their measurables, they had a big ‘presence’ on the field.

    Stabler and Plunkett back in the day…Schroeder, Hoss were big dudes… heck Marc Wilson was 6’8…Kerry Collins, JC, Palmer at 6’5. Not sure how big Gannon was…6’4? It didn’t matter..he was good.

    Now, we’re looking at a 6’2 QB with what most are saying has one of the weaker arms in the league.

    Gonna take some getting used to. If he can win games…I don’t care.

    Pryor? That’s good ole fashion Raider size.

  • ohioraider

    DJ, I don’t begrudge anybody buying into what has been reduced to a marketing or branding gimmick. What I object to is the notion that “Al’s Way” of doing things was worth preserving, when clearly it isn’t. It’s a long since ridiculous idea of thumbing your nose at the league, of being idiosyncratic in your methods, when clearly there is no turning back from the corporatization of the league, which is now a global phenomenon. It’s too big for any one owner or team to try to defy it. Can’t happen.

  • ohioraider

    Stabler was 6′ 2″ and Gannon 6′ 3″. Neither known for their rocket arms.

  • ESETERIK78

    290.raidertbone Says:
    April 10th, 2013 at 6:50 pm
    There are plenty of guys at the #3 pick who could be legitimate starters for this team. Let’s get ONE of them!

    =====================================

    Have no worries, unless a team lays down an offer that can not be refused, Reg will stand at 3 and get an impact player.

    The guy knows what he’s doing. A team will need to make a really nice offer to get Reg off #3.

    If they have any clue, and we have any hope, they already have Plans B,C,D,E in place.

  • ohioraider

    Reggie needs bodies. He’ll trade down if he gets a lower 1st and a 2nd round pick. Maybe a middle round pick next year and a veteran as well.

  • raida66

    294. Agreed, Al’s way is the past, no going back.

  • DKnight007

    Exactly.

    McK won’t be afraid of trading down like old man Al was.

    McK knows the team needs players!

  • DKnight007

    Jordan would be a better pick than both Star and Floyd.

    Most DT’s that are drafted high within the top 5 especially turn out to be busts.