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Raiders receive four compensatory draft picks

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 22:33:02 UT

The Raiders were awarded four compensatory picks Friday in the upcoming NFL Draft, giving them 11 selections in total. All four compensatory picks are in the sixth round. Compensatory picks are awarded to teams who lost more high-value free agents the previous year than they signed. The Raiders were one of four teams to receive a league-high four picks, along with the Bengals, Cowboys and Packers. The compensatory picks are overall No. 210, 212, 216 and 217. The Raiders now have six sixth-round picks, including their own and the pick they received from Seattle in the Marshawn Lynch trade. They do not have a fifth-round pick, having traded it to the Seahawks for Lynch.



Sebastian Janikowski thanks Raiders

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 04:06:08 UT

Kicker Sebastian Janikowski, whose 18-year run with the Raiders is nearing its end, released a lengthy statement Wednesday expressing his “gratitude” toward the team and its fans. It was Janikowski’s first public comment since the Raiders confirmed they do not plan to bring him back for next season. Janikowski will become a free agent next month, shortly after his 40th birthday. He issued the following statement through the Raiders: “It hardly seems like 18 years ago that my name was called as a first round draft pick by Al Davis to play for the Oakland Raiders. This was my dream come true. I was thrilled to know that I was chosen to be a Raider.



Sebastian Janikowski says playing for Raiders ‘was my dream come true’

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:28:28 UT

Kicker Sebastian Janikowski, whose 18-year run with the Raiders is nearing its end, released a lengthy statement Wednesday expressing his “gratitude” toward the team and its fans. It was Janikowski’s first public comment since the Raiders confirmed they do not plan to bring the kicker back for next season. Janikowski will become a free agent next month, shortly after his 40th birthday. He issued the following statement through the Raiders: “It hardly seems like 18 years ago that my name was called as a first round draft pick by Al Davis to play for the Oakland Raiders. This was my dream come true. I was thrilled to know that I was chosen to be a Raider.



In-N-Out worker goes viral after Raiders QB Derek Carr shows up in the drive-thru

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:21:25 UT

An In-N-Out worker in Clovis had a shift to remember when a familiar face pulled up to his drive-thru window.




Raiders’ TJ Carrie shares scar, experiences with young patients

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 03:31:58 UT

It’s not something you notice, especially when TJ Carrie is flying around a football field, wearing shoulder pads under an NFL jersey. It’s only when the Raiders cornerback is sitting in a room at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, talking with a young heart patient, and he lifts his black T-shirt, that you see the scar that signifies a shared experience. Carrie was 15 when he underwent open-heart surgery to repair a coronary artery defect. The surgery required doctors to saw open his sternum, Carrie said, and left him with a “bump” on his chest where his sternum “sticks out.” For a time, Carrie felt self-conscious about his scar, the way it made his upper body look different.



Raiders say farewell to kicker Sebastian Janikowski after ‘illustrious career’

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:32:31 UT

The Raiders confirmed Thursday that they are parting ways with kicker Sebastian Janikowski, the franchise’s all-time leader in games played, after 18 years. ESPN first reported the decision Wednesday. The Raiders released the following statement from owner Mark Davis on Thursday morning: “The Raider Nation salutes Sebastian Janikowski as the sun sets on his illustrious career with the Oakland Raiders. He joined the team as a surprise first-round pick in the 2000 Draft and finishes his time in Oakland as one of the greatest or perhaps the greatest kicker in pro football history. “His powerful left leg produced an NFL-record 55 field goals of 50-of-more yards.



Report: Raiders part ways with long-time kicker Sebastian Janikowski

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 03:35:28 UT

The Raiders told Sebastian Janikowski they do not intend to bring him back next season, ESPN reported Wednesday, parting ways with their longest-tenured player after 18 years. The left-footed kicker known as “Seabass” is the franchise’s career leader in points (1,799) and games played (268). He will become a free agent in March, shortly after his 40th birthday. The move rules out a possible reunion between Janikowski, who missed all of last season with an injured back, and head coach Jon Gruden. Janikowski was drafted by the Raiders from Florida State in the first round in 2000, during Gruden’s first stint as head coach.



Free agent cornerback TJ Carrie says he hopes to remain with Raiders

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:52:10 UT

Cornerback TJ Carrie is about to become a free agent for the first time in March, after four seasons with the Raiders, but that’s not the foremost thing on his mind. Carrie has had his hands full lately - literally at times - with being a new father. His son, Elijah, was born on Super Bowl Sunday. “Learning how to be a dad has been so engulfing that I haven’t really had the time to take in the details of what free agency means,” Carrie said Wednesday. “I’ve talked to my agent here and there. But half the time I’m on the phone with him, I’m dealing with my son - so I’m not really paying too much attention.



Raiders cut cornerback David Amerson, avoid paying $5.5 million salary

Tue, 6 Feb 2018 06:20:21 UT

The Raiders began reshaping their roster on the first day of the NFL’s offseason Monday, releasing cornerback David Amerson. Amerson, 26, was due to earn a base salary of $5.5 million in 2018 that would have become guaranteed Wednesday, according to Pro Football Talk. The Raiders claimed Amerson off waivers in September 2015, a day after he was released by Washington. He was signed to a four-year extension before the 2016 season and started 15 games that season, but was limited by injuries to six starts in 2017. Amerson sat out Week 5 against Baltimore with a concussion and then missed the final nine games of the season with a foot injury.



Ex-Raiders guard Steve Wisniewski ‘thrilled’ to see nephew in Super Bowl

Fri, 2 Feb 2018 03:03:11 UT

The beginning for Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and these Patriots was the end for Steve Wisniewski. On a snowy evening 16 years ago at Foxboro Stadium, the Patriots slipped by the Raiders in a divisional-round matchup now known as the “Tuck Rule” game. The Patriots went on to win their first Super Bowl title and launch their dynasty. Wisniewski, an eight-time Pro Bowl left guard for the Raiders, called it a career. He did so without having played in a Super Bowl. But on Sunday, he’ll get to watch a Wisniewski take the biggest stage: nephew Stefen, a left guard for the Eagles, who’ll be trying to unseat Brady, Belichick and the Patriots.



Raiders officially name Brian Callahan quarterbacks coach

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 01:30:40 UT

Jon Gruden will have a quarterbacks coach after all. The Raiders officially announced Monday the hiring of Brian Callahan for the position. Callahan was the Lions’ quarterbacks coach the past two seasons and an offensive assistant in Denver for six seasons before that. He joins Gruden and offensive coordinator Greg Olson on a staff that has vowed to make quarterback Derek Carr a priority. Carr, 26, is coming off his worst season since his rookie year - though he did represent the AFC in last weekend’s Pro Bowl as an alternate, throwing the game-winning touchdown to tight end Delanie Walker of the Titans.



Report: Gruden adding a familiar name in Brian Callahan as Raiders’ QBs coach

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 00:25:18 UT

Jon Gruden is reportedly adding another offensive assistant- one quite close to the man who helmed Gruden’s offense in his first stint as Raiders head coach. According to Albert Breer of The MMQB, the Raiders are hiring Brian Callahan as quarterbacks coach. Callahan is the son of Bill Callahan, who was Gruden’s offensive coordinator in Oakland from 1998-2001 and replaced Gruden as head coach after he was traded to Tampa Bay. Brian Callahan spent the last two seasons as quarterbacks coach in Detroit, following six years as an offensive assistant with the Broncos. He was reportedly let go by the Lions earlier this week and had drawn interest from the Titans and Jets for coaching openings.



Patriots’ Trey Flowers quietly thriving

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 23:36:43 UT

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Like most of the Patriots’ players, Trey Flowers generally stays under the radar. Flowers has made his loudest impact on the field and emerged as a key part of the defense during the runs to the Super Bowl in the past two seasons. Flowers has become one of the leaders on a defense that finally has found some stability after struggling to stop teams early in the season. He has helped fill the void created by Dont’a Hightower’s season-ending shoulder injury. Flowers missed all but one game during his rookie season in 2015 before being placed on injured reserve because of knee and shoulder issues.



New Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther climbed coaching ladder

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:14:49 UT

Paul Guenther has been coordinating defenses since he still played in one. So says Dan Mullen, current head coach at the University of Florida and a former college teammate of Guenther at Division III Ursinus College. Mullen was an all-conference tight end at Ursinus. Guenther was a linebacker who set the school record for tackles. “I remember there were times he’d call his own defense out there,” Mullen said last week. “He would just check into different defenses because he was like, ‘This is what they’re going to run, this is the defense we want to run against it.



Raiders QB Derek Carr on Jon Gruden: ‘I hope he’s really hard on me’

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 21:59:50 UT

There has been plenty of speculation about how Raiders quarterback Derek Carr will handle the in-your-face intensity of new head coach Jon Gruden. Carr’s stance: Bring it on. Discussing his new coach in a radio interview with 95.7 The Game on Monday afternoon, Carr said he will welcome the scrutiny of Gruden, who will work closely with the quarterbacks and call plays for the offense in his return to Oakland. “I hope he’s really hard on me - and I think that he will be,” Carr said. “I know that he loves me. He tells me multiple times when I talk to him that he loves me. He knows that I love him. But he knows that I love winning and I know that he loves winning.