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. Read the rest of this entry »
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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.
The Raiders pushed up their meeting with Louisiana State quarterback Zach Mettenberger to Tuesday as Mettenberger attempts to accommodate a number of suitors. Read the rest of this entry »
Whether the Raiders intend to select a quarterback in this year’s NFL draft remains uncertain, but they sure are going out of their way to give off that appearance. Read the rest of this entry »
Quarterback Johnny Manziel is scheduled to meet with the Raiders in Oakland on Sunday as part of a pre-draft visit.
Manziel’s meeting with the Raiders will carry over into Monday, according to an ESPN report. Teams are permitted to host as many as 30 draft-eligible players in advance of the proceedings.
The Raiders own the rights to the No. 5 pick in this year’s NFL draft, with the first round taking place May 8. Manziel is one of a handful of quarterbacks considered worthy of a first-round selection.
The Raiders already found a starting quarterback for next season in a trade for Matt Schaub last month. However, Schaub will be 33 later this year, and the Raiders feel as if they now need to focus on finding a long-term solution at a position that has been in flux for the past decade or so.
Raiders coach Dennis Allen was one of eight head coaches that attended Manziel’s pre-draft workout at College Station, Texas, last month. Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson and quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo also made watched Manziel audition for prospective employers.
Manziel, Central Florida’s Blake Bortles, Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater and Fresno State’s Derek Carr are part of a quarterback class this year that the Raiders are checking out thoroughly.
Manziel won the Heisman Trophy in 2012 as a freshman. He turned in another impressive season in 2013 and then decided to turn pro.
The Raiders signed punter Daniel Zychlinski on Friday in a move designed to give incumbent Marquette King a break during offseason workouts and the Raiders insurance in case King gets injured.
King replaced Shane Lechler last season and showed that he has the ability to be a fixture for years to come.
Zychlinski, who played at Stanford from 2008-12, gets an opportunity to learn from King and perhaps get his work on videotape for other teams to see in case they need a punter at some point before or during the season.
Zychinski averaged 42.2 yards during his collegiate career. His 43.1 average his final season was the fifth-best total in Stanford history.
The Raiders were informed by the league Thursday when they are allowed to assemble during the offseason, per the collective bargaining agreement.
Here are the dates: Organized Team Activities are scheduled for May 27, 28 and 30; June 2, 3 and 5; June 9-12. The team’s lone mandatory mini camp is slated for June 17-19. All of the proceedings take place at the team’s year-round facility in Alameda.
Once the aforementioned are completed, the Raiders don’t assemble again as a team until the start of training camp in late July, in Napa. Teams are allowed to start training camp 15 days before their first exhibition game. The league doesn’t intend to release its schedule for 2014 until late April.
Running back Jeremy Stewart on Wednesday signed a one-year contract with the Raiders that keeps him in a silver-and-black uniform for a third straight season. Read the rest of this entry »