Player News - Raiders

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New Raiders DC Paul Guenther wants to use Bruce Irvin more as a pass rusher.

Despite spending over 100 snaps in pass coverage last year, Irvin managed eight sacks after recording seven his first season in Oakland. His new coordinator thinks he can do even better this year. "I thought his best assets for us was to go forward rather than go backwards," Guenther said. "Hopefully, we can get him over a double-digit mark this year. That’s the goal for him."
Source: ESPN
Jul 9 - 11:54 AM

Raiders coach Jon Gruden called sophomore CB Gareon Conley "a good player."

A first-round pick last season, Conley was limited to two appearances as a rookie because of a shin injury. "He's had a terrible injury he had to rehab from, he's had to change coaches, learn a new system, and it's been a slow and steady process," Gruden said. "But, man, is he a good player. When he's feeling good, you can see why we picked him." Conley should start opposite Rashaan Melvin this season.
Source: ESPN
Jul 2 - 9:26 AM

NBC Bay Area believes there's a "real chance" Ryan Switzer earns a role in Jon Gruden's offense.

"Ryan Switzer has really caught my eye," Gruden said this offseason, apparently unprompted. "Switzer has come in here and not only been a punt returner, kick returner, he’s come in and been a force as a slot receiver. He’s really done well." Switzer commanded just seven targets for the Cowboys' undermanned receiver corps a year ago. He will start out on special teams in Oakland before getting a chance to be a "force" in the slot.
Jun 26 - 5:19 PM

The Athletic's Vic Tafur reports that "as of Wednesday" Martavis Bryant had not been notified of a pending suspension.

Tafur also reports that Bryant "did not fail a drug test or miss a test for that matter." The report that the Raiders were fearing a suspension was from extremely reliable beat writer Michael Gehlken. Clearly something is afoot, but no one knows what. Tafur does report he caught wind of a similar report "a couple of months ago" that ended up getting killed. There was apparently a "complication" with one of Bryant's tests that was "cleared up when Bryant visited the NFL offices." It does not appear that and this are related, however. As always with Bryant, sit tight.
Jun 21 - 1:28 PM

Raiders signed third-round DE Arden Key to a four-year contract.

Key was the last of Oakland's draft picks to sign a contract. A first-team All-SEC selection in 2016, Key registered 130 tackles, 21 sacks and four forced fumbles during his three-year stay at LSU.
Jun 15 - 3:03 PM

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the Raiders fear imminent league discipline for Martavis Bryant.

Per the Review-Journal's Michael Gehlken, Bryant's imminent discipline is believed to pertain to the NFL's substance-abuse policy. Bryant, of course, missed all of 2016 due to substance-abuse-policy violations. Gehlken confirms any further substance-abuse infraction could cost Bryant another year, or longer. With ex-broadcaster Jon Gruden replacing Reggie McKenzie at the Raiders' personnel controls, Oakland dealt the No. 79 overall pick for Bryant in late April.
Jun 15 - 12:33 AM

The San Jose Mercury News considers Seth Roberts to be on the Raiders' roster bubble.

The Raiders reportedly wanted to trade Roberts before the draft. Now he apparently "has not jumped off the page in Jon Gruden’s system this offseason." No longer the Raiders' No. 3 receiver, Roberts' $2.5 million salary is hefty for a down-field blocker.
Jun 14 - 2:14 PM

Raiders coach Jon Gruden indicated he has been surprisingly impressed by Jared Cook at OTAs and minicamp.

Cook quietly set a career high with 54 catches last season. "Jared Cook has had a great camp," said Gruden. "I did not know Jared Cook moved like that. I knew he had really good pass receiving skills, but we can line him up at a lot of different places now. He’s been really sharp. We’ve asked him to do a lot." Cook is an undervalued TE2 toward the end of fantasy drafts.
Jun 13 - 1:26 PM

Raiders DE Khalil Mack is officially holding out of minicamp.

Coach Jon Gruden declined to say if the team would fine its defensive superstar. The smart money is on "no" as the Raiders try to keep goodwill alive on the way to a deal. The odds are better than 50 percent that Mack gets paid before Week 1.
Jun 12 - 7:28 PM

Raiders signed DE Frostee Rucker, formerly of the Cardinals, to a one-year contract.

Rucker turns 35 in September and spent the previous five seasons with the Cardinals. He's made 73 career starts with Arizona, Cleveland, and Cincinnati. Rucker started all 16 games last season in the desert, managing 1.5 sacks across 606 snaps while receiving plus marks from PFF for his run defense.
Jun 11 - 6:23 PM

Raiders signed DT Ahtyba Rubin, formerly of the Falcons.

Rubin is a rotational run stopper who is now on his fifth NFL team.
Jun 11 - 4:38 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports contract-year DE Khalil Mack is expected to skip this week's mandatory minicamp.

Mack is officially risking fines as he seeks a new deal. It's well worth the risk for a player of Mack's stature, who, one way or the other, is going to get a massive contract sooner or later. There is little reason for him to risk his health in meaningless June practices. A new deal before Week 1 should be the goal for all involved.
Jun 11 - 1:17 PM

The Las Vegas Review-Journal considers Raiders second-year DE Fadol Brown a candidate for a sophomore leap.

A 2017 UDFA out of Ole Miss, Brown spent his rookie year on the practice squad. Now reliable beat writer Michael Gehlken considers him "poised" to make the Raiders' 53-man roster. Per Gehlken, Brown has been providing quality reps as an edge rusher in padless practices. Gehlken also reports Browns GM John Dorsey was eyeing Brown near the end of last season. Brown, who turned 25 in April, notched 15.5 sacks across three SEC seasons.
Jun 5 - 3:32 PM

The Athletic believes Doug Martin could push Marshawn Lynch for Raiders' lead back duties.

NBC Bay Area's Scott Bair reports the Raiders' new coaching staff has been "impressed by Martin thus far." He's reportedly showing renewed burst in OTAs. 29-year-old Martin had a miserable year for the Bucs last season while 32-year-old Lynch was surprisingly effective in Oakland. It's possible an unsatisfactory and unpredictable committee emerges, though Martin still has to secure his roster spot. Lynch's is more or less guaranteed after an offseason contract restructure.
May 29 - 3:01 PM

Raiders coach Jon Gruden praised UDFA K Eddy Pineiro's performance at OTAs.

"We watched him kick today and he made every one," said Gruden, who said the Raiders considered drafting Pineiro in the seventh round. Fifth-round punter Johnny Townsend, Pineiro's teammate at the University of Florida, has held for him at OTAs. Gruden believes Pineiro and Giorgio Tavecchio will have a "great battle" in training camp. Tavecchio is on notice after making just 16-of-21 field goals last season.
May 25 - 4:02 PM


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