Player News - Raiders

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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

Raiders S Obi Melifonwu (hip) is not close to a return.

"He doesn’t look close to me at all," were coach Jon Gruden's words on Tuesday. "I’ll leave it at that. He doesn’t look close to me at all." Gruden's tone seemed to indicate he believed Melifonwu should be further along in his rehab. Gruden said just last month Melifonwu's return wasn't far off. The No. 56 overall pick of last year's draft, Melifonwu was limited to five games by injury.
May 22 - 4:56 PM

Raiders acquired QB Christian Hackenberg from the Jets in exchange for a 2019 conditional seventh-round pick.

A move too beautiful for words. Mere hours after criticizing the Jets' coaching staff for failing to fix his terrible mechanics, Hackenberg has been acquired by back-to-the-future coach Jon Gruden. Even in Gruden's prehistoric environment, Hackenberg will be facing almost impossible odds of making the roster, as evidenced by the Jets' "compensation." He starts out behind Derek Carr, E.J. Manuel and Connor Cook on the depth chart. One of the biggest draft reaches in recent memory — Hackenberg never looked like a legitimate prospect at Penn State before the Jets selected him with the No. 51 overall pick in 2016 — Hack is going to need a miracle to prolong his NFL career beyond 2018.
May 22 - 4:33 PM

Raiders CB Gareon Conley (shin splints) is a full participant in OTAs.

"Conley is special," coach Jon Gruden said afterward. "He was a top pick in the draft for a reason." Conley's rookie season was a complete wash, with his troublesome shin limiting him to two appearances. One month shy of his 23rd birthday, Conley will be given the opportunity to be a difference-making sophomore. The Raiders cut Sean Smith before letting T.J. Carrie walk in free agency.
May 22 - 3:54 PM

After listening to Christian Hackenberg speak on Tuesday, Newsday believes he is "tired of the Jets and wants to be elsewhere."

As NFL.com's Dan Hanzus quipped on Twitter, "one imagines the feeling is very much mutual." Hack spent most of his presser talking up his supposedly revamped throwing motion and throwing shade on his past coaching with the Jets. He apparently believes it's their fault he hasn't known how to properly throw a football at the NFL level. It's become a matter of when, not if, Hack is cut. His market will not be hot.
May 22 - 2:31 PM

Khalil Mack skipped the start of Raiders' voluntary OTAs on Tuesday.

Mack has skipped the Raiders' entire offseason program as he angles for a new contract. 2018 is the final year of his rookie deal. It's possible Mack even skips mandatory minicamp, but he would then be at risk of fines. A new contract should get done before Week 1. Unless you're the Redskins with Kirk Cousins, teams don't mess around with franchise-type talents like Mack.
May 22 - 1:55 PM

Christian Hackenberg worked as the No. 4 quarterback during OTAs.

It was a distant fourth, as well. Hackenberg did not see many reps during individual drills behind Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater, and Sam Darnold, and he was blanked completely during the team drills. Jets GM Mike Maccagnan seems intent on keeping the Hackenberg dream alive, but his days on the roster are numbered.
May 22 - 11:32 AM

Raiders signed third-round OT Brandon Parker to a four-year contract.

Third-rounder Arden Key is Oakland's lone remaining unsigned draft pick. The Raiders traded up for Parker at No. 65 overall and intend to mold him into their right tackle of the future under new OL coach Tom Cable. They hope No. 15 overall pick Kolton Miller can lock down Derek Carr's bind side long term.
May 21 - 3:42 PM

Raiders signed fourth-round CB Nick Nelson to a four-year contract.

Nelson (5’11/200) turned pro as a redshirt junior after starting his first two years at Hawaii and final season in Madison, where Nelson led the nation in pass breakups (21) and earned first-team All-Big Ten. Nelson never posted an interception in his college career, however, and ran 4.52 at the Combine. He then tore his meniscus during a pre-draft private workout with the Lions. Nelson is a candidate to "redshirt" his rookie year.
May 21 - 3:21 PM

Raiders signed first-round OT Kolton Miller to a four-year, $13.651 million contract.

The deal includes a fifth-year team option for 2022. Miller went 15th overall in last month's draft following a standout career at UCLA. He protected Josh Rosen's blind side in college but will likely begin his NFL career at right tackle.
May 18 - 2:42 PM

Raiders signed fifth round DT Maurice Hurst to a four-year contract.

A first round talent, Hurst fell to Day 3 after getting flagged for a heart condition. He's on track to be fully cleared for training camp. Hurst should make a rookie-year impact if he stays healthy.
May 16 - 4:12 PM

The Los Angeles City Attorney's Office will not pursue domestic violence charges against Raiders LT Donald Penn.

Police were called to Penn's house last month for an alleged ordeal between Penn and his ex-wife. However, both sides deny there was any physical altercation. The league will probably conduct its own investigation, but we doubt anything comes of this. Penn should be out of the clear and ready Week 1. He can now turn his football attention to recovering from Lisfranc surgery.
May 9 - 2:13 PM

Raiders OT Kolton Miller is working exclusively at left tackle during rookie minicamp.

"We like [Miller] at left tackle," head coach Jon Gruden said. "He can bend, he's got the length that you're looking for and he's a sharp kid...that doesn't mean that's where they're going to end up, though." Miller is still projected to start at right tackle, but the Raiders could be wary that LT Donald Penn, who underwent Lisfranc surgery in December, won't be ready for camp. Miller earned second-team All-Pac 12 while blocking Josh Rosen's blind side in 2017, but Penn's availability remains of the utmost importance for Oakland's offensive line.
May 6 - 4:22 PM

Raiders signed sixth round ILB Azeem Victor to a four-year contract.

Victor started just five games as a senior due to suspensions. A low-ceiling late round flyer that graded as an 18th-percentile athlete at the Combine, Victor may be ticked for the practice squad.
May 5 - 7:07 PM

Raiders agreed to terms with LB Derrick Johnson, formerly of the Chiefs.

Johnson visited Oakland Thursday and came away with a concrete offer. Despite coming back from his second Achilles tear since 2014, Johnson was reasonably effective for the Chiefs last season. In their apparent blueprint to corner the market in 'veteran' talent, the Raiders are likely aware the 13-year pro turns 36 in November.
May 4 - 1:05 PM


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