Some quick conference call hits from ESPN analyst and former Raiders and Tampa Bay Bucs coach Jon Gruden on the NFL draft:
How the Raiders’ schedule shapes up in 2014:
The team with the toughest schedule in the NFL opens its season on the road Sept. 7 against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.
ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. thinks it would be wise for the Raiders to trade down and get additional picks for the second consecutive year.
There’s lots of talk about how Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie wants “his guys,” speculation that only increased when left tackle Jared Veldheer and defensive end Lamarr Houston departed during free agency to the Cardinals and Bears.
A franchise that likes to revel in its tradition been assigned an unwanted reputation throughout the NFL.
The Raiders traded quarterback Terrelle Pryor to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, the team confirmed in a press release. Continue Reading
Safety Brandian Ross signed his exclusive rights tender Monday, the fifth player so designated to return to the Raiders with the offseason program set to get underway.
Ross joins tackle Matt McCants, linebacker Kaelin Burnett, running back James Stewart and fullback Jamize Olawale as players who were offered contracts and lacked the time in the league to have negotiating power.
The Raiders begin their offseason program Tuesday, their first gathering as a team since a major overhaul that included the signings of a handful of veteran free agents.
There were no announcements regarding quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who according to a Fox Sports report was going to be either cut or traded Monday.
The Raiders interest in the quarterback prospects for this year’s NFL draft remains at the forefront as evidenced by their meeting with Central Florida’s Blake Bortles on Monday. Continue Reading
The Raiders will kick off their 2014 exhibition slate on the road, when they face the Minnesota Vikings, the league announced Wednesday.
Oakland’s four-game exhibition schedule includes home games against the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks and the Detroit Lions.
The Raiders first game is scheduled for Aug. 7-11 at Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus, marking the first 2014 Vikings game at the Golden Gophers’ home facility.
The Lions travel to the Oakland Coliseum for the Raiders first home game in week two (Aug. 14-18).
The Raiders also play at the Green Bay Packers on Aug. 22 and conclude with a game against the Seahawks at the Coliseum on Aug. 28.
All dates and kick-off times will be released at a later date. The regular-season schedule is expected to be released in late April.