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Raiders add a fifth QB to the mix

Quarterback Matt McGloin said Thursday that he signed a three-year contract with the Raiders.
McGloin and his agent broke the news via Twitter. The Raiders have not confirmed the transaction.
McGloin played collegiately at Penn State, where he departed as the school’s all-time leader in touchdown passes. He also set several single-season records during his tenure at Penn State.
The Raiders enter this season without a proven quarterback to replace traded veteran Carson Palmer.
Matt Flynn is the presumptive starter, though he has started only two games in his five NFL seasons. Third-year quarterback Terrelle Pryor started one game his first two seasons.
The Raiders also used a fourth-round draft pick on Tyler Wilson in the NFL draft last month and signed undrafted free agent Kyle Padron.
McGloin went undrafted last month, but he received plenty of attention from teams interested in a backup quarterback. He worked out for the Washington Redskins and Carolina Panthers before he signed with the Raiders.

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Raiders sign standout kick returner

The Raiders on Wednesday signed wide receiver Josh Cribbs, giving them a versatile player that can bolster their receiving corps as well as their return game.
Cribbs visited numerous teams in recent weeks, including the Raiders. Ultimately, he opted to join a team that is in a position to make use of all his talents.
“I am blessed to have the opportunity to prove myself yet again!” Cribbs said via Twitter. “Fresh start. New team, new chip on my shoulder!!!! Love u Cleveland but now it’s #2013RaiderNation.”
Cribbs, who turns 30 on June 9, spent his first eight NFL seasons with the Cleveland Browns, where he developed into one of the game’s most productive kick and punt returners.
His eight kick returns for touchdowns are tied for the most in NFL history. He also amassed 1,914 yards and nine touchdowns rushing and receiving for the Browns.
Cribbs gives the Raiders another viable option on kick returns, with Jacoby Ford back from a foot injury that sidelined him all of last season. Cribbs also fills a huge void on punt returns, an area in which the Raiders struggled in recent seasons.

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Report: Raiders make offer to DB Woodson

The agent for former Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson told ESPN that the Raiders have made an offer for the unrestricted free agent.
Woodson was released by the Green Bay Packers earlier this offseason after spending the past seven seasons in Green Bay. Current Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie was with the Packers when Woodson was there from 2006-11.
The 49ers are the only team that Woodson has visited since his release. He is scheduled to meet with the Denver Broncos on Wednesday, according to an NFL.com report.
Initially, Woodson said he only wanted to play for a team that had a realistic shot of competing for the Super Bowl. Last week, Woodson said he now is open to playing for any team as a result of not receiving much interest in free agency.
Woodson, 36, spent his first eight NFL seasons with the Raiders, where he earned four of his eight Pro Bowl selections and cemented his reputation as one of the league’s best cornerbacks.
He signed with the Packers in 2006 and helped them win a Super Bowl during his seven-year tenure. Along the way, he converted to free safety.
The ESPN report said Woodson’s agent mentioned the Raiders and Carolina Panthers as teams that recently inquired about Woodson’s interest in signing with those teams.

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Hayden no issue playing through pain

ALAMEDA – When you’ve gone through what D.J. Hayden has to make it to this point, a sore hamstring isn’t about to slow you down.
So it was that the Raiders first-round draft pick D.J. Hayden practiced through his injury Saturday and looked none the worse as evidenced by a couple of pass breakups.
“Oh, man, it felt so great just to get back out there, put the helmet back on and just actually be on the field,” said Hayden, a speedy cornerback.
Hayden had a near brush with death last November when he suffered a ruptured vein that feeds blood from his lower body to his heart in a practice at the University of Houston.
Most people die from such an injury, according to medical experts. Some place the fatality rate as high as 95 percent.
Yet, on Saturday Hayden showed no lingering effects from the scary injury.
“I don’t even think about it,” Hayden said of the injury in which a teammate’s knee drilled him in the midsection while defending a pass over the middle. “The only time I think about is when somebody asks me. But when I’m on the field, I don’t think about that. I think about the play and about the coverage that I’m in. I put it past me.”
On one play, Hayden broke on a pass by quarterback Tyler Wilson, reached back and deflected the pass a split second before it arrived at the intended target.
In keeping with his nature, Hayden downplayed the positive and dwelled on what he failed to accomplish.
“When I made the little play, I was happy,” Hayden said. “I should have caught it but there’s always room for improvement.”
The Raiders selected Hayden with the 12 pick of the 2013 NFL draft in late April. General manager Reggie McKenzie said the Raiders were so high on Hayden that they would have used the No. 3 pick on him if they hadn’t have traded down to 12.
Coach Dennis Allen said he has been impressed by Hayden’s play the first two days of the team’s three-day rookie mini camp.
“I’m pleased with where D.J.’s at,” Allen said. “Again, it’s going to be a learning process. It’s putting one foot in front of the other. When it comes time to play games this September I think he’ll be ready to roll.”

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Rookie QB shines at mini camp

ALAMEDA – As far as rookies go, quarterback Tyler Wilson looked nothing of the sort Saturday as he displayed the poise and skills of a seasoned veteran in only his second practice as a member of the Raiders.
Wilson showed off a strong arm, placing balls right on target time and again, be it swing passes, throws over the middle or well downfield.
“Obviously, picking up a new system, there’s a little bit of rust there,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said of Wilson. “But throwing the ball, he’s done a nice job. I don’t have any question about his arm strength and his accuracy.”
If anything, it’s the receivers that are going to have to adjust to the velocity on Wilson’s throws. Several times, laser-like throws went through or off a receiver’s hands.
Wilson arrived as a fourth-round draft pick out of Arkansas, with a reputation for being a bright guy, confident in his abilities and ready to take on any challenge.
It’s not a stretch to envision Wilson playing well enough to surge past presumptive starter Matt Flynn and third-year player Terrelle Pryor at some point, even if he downplays the situation.
“It’s an opportunity,” Wilson said after practice. “Obviously, there’s a lot I have to learn. … I’ve got a lot of work to do to get up to speed because there have been veteran guys that have been here that are way ahead of me right now. So, I’m playing catch-up from that point.”
The Raiders traded for Flynn earlier this offseason on the same day that they traded starter Carson Palmer to the Arizona Cardinals. Flynn has started only two games during his five-year NFL career. Pryor started the regular-season finale in 2012 for his only start.
Through it all, Allen and general manager Reggie McKenzie refuse to anoint Flynn the starter, going only so far as to say that Flynn will begin with the first-team offense.
Allen and McKenzie want competition at all positions. To that end, Wilson is game.
“I do think I can bring some things to the table skill-set wise,” Wilson said. “But, again, I’ve got to play catch-up at this point. I’m going to use it as an opportunity and compete like heck.”

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