Raiders' Jackson says Ford best KR in football


Raiders' Jackson says Ford best KR in football

Paul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.comALAMEDA -- Five different Raiders players have combined to return 13 kickoffs in three preseason games, from Shaun Bodiford (4) to Nick Miller (4) to Denarius Moore (3) to Chad Jackson (1) to Taiwan Jones (1).So, who's Oakland's top returner as the Raiders head into their exhibition finale Friday night at Seattle and prepare for their season opener Sept. 12 in Denver?"I got one guy in my mind and he's the best in football," Raiders coach Hue Jackson said this week. "His name is Jacoby Ford."Agree or disagree, Ford has also been conspicuous by his absence. He has been sidelined since July 30 with a broken left hand, suffered on the first day of padded hitting in training camp.Jackson's praise had to feel good to Ford, considering he has yet to play in an exhibition this summer, though he did dress and take part in pregame warmups Sunday at the Coliseum."He's giving me the kudos; I'll accept it," Ford said. "That's just the kind of confidence he has in me. I've got his back and he's got mine. We just kind of complement each other that way."Compliments are also free-flowing and easy to find after Ford's electrifying rookie season in 2010, in which he set single-season and franchise records with three touchdown returns on kickoffs. On the year, he returned 53 kickoffs for 1,280 yards, averaging 24.2 yards. He ranked sixth in the NFL in kick return yardage.And coming out of the NFL lockout, there had been much talk of Ford taking over punt-return duties as well. Talk that has been squelched of late, what with Ford slowed by injury. Still, he was fielding punts in the last week of camp."Just to show them I can go out there and do it," Ford said. "I'd like to be able to do it sometime."I wouldn't want to do it every time," though, he added. "Just kind of situational, just every once in a while. Nothing too much. I wouldn't want to wear myself out."Said Jackson: "He has the potential to be (our punt returner). Will we stick him back there? I don't know. We'll see. Maybe that will be our spot-duty deal as we go. But he has the potential to do it."Jackson had also not decided yet whether Ford would play against the Seahawks, or just hit the regular season ground running. Literally, and figuratively.Thus far, Bodiford is averaging 25.8 yards per kick return, Miller 16.0 yards and Moore 28.7 yards.

Report: Browns have preliminary extension talks with Pryor

Report: Browns have preliminary extension talks with Pryor

Despite the team's overall struggles, fifth-year pro Terrelle Pryor is finding himself in Cleveland.

With his rushing, receiving and even passing contributions, his stock has quickly risen under the Hue Jackson regime. 

The Browns have been impressed enough where they've reportedly had preliminary contract extension talks with Pryor, according to Mary Kay Cabot of

Pryor, 27, is set to be an unrestricted free agent after this season.

The 2016 season, a breakout one for the 6-foot-6 athletic phenom, marks his second in Cleveland. 

Pryor was originally drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the third round of the 2011 NFL Supplemental Draft.  

He started 10 games for the Raiders at quarterback, compiling a 3-7 record, while tossing nine touchdowns to 12 interceptions. 

He was traded away after three largely unsuccessful seasons. 

In Cleveland this year, Pryor is 5-of-9 passing with 44 yards, has 21 rushing yards and a touchdown on eight attempts, and has a 33 receptions on 59 targets for a whopping 477 yards and three touchdowns. 

Injury report: RB Murray questionable, in line to play Sunday

Injury report: RB Murray questionable, in line to play Sunday

ALAMEDA – The Raiders should get Latavius Murray back in time to play the Jacksonville Jaguars.

That’s good news for the running game and the entire Raiders roster, which is surprisingly healthy at this point in the season.

Murray was listed as questionable on Friday’s official injury report but, barring a setback, is expected to play after missing two games with turf toe.

Murray was limited the entire week, but his return to football activity was a productive period.

“I thought he had a good week of practice,” Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said. “It was nice to have him back.”

Menelik Watson also returned this week, but was limited in each practice and deemed questionable for the game. He may be healthy enough to be active, but it’s uncertain whether he or Austin Howard will start at right tackle.

There are several examples of the Raiders bringing returners back slowly this season. They could make Watson an emergency option behind Howard in hopes of giving him another week to get back in the swing of things.

While there are key players on injured reserve, there was near-perfect attendance for Friday’s walk-thru practice before the team left for Jacksonville.

Brynden Trawick returned for this light session after missing two heavier days, though offensive tackle Vadal Alexander was considered a non-participant.

Raiders Status Report

OL Vadal Alexander (ankle)
RB Latavius Murray (toe), OL Rodney Hudson (knee), OL Gabe Jackson (knee), RB Taiwan Jones (knee), OT Menelik Watson (calf), OL Jon Feliciano (calf), S Brynden Trawick (shoulder)

Jaguars Status Report

OT Kelvin Beachum (knee), DL Jared Odrick (hip), TE Neal Sterling (foot), TE Julius Thomas (ankle)

NOTE: Jacksonville’s CB Prince Amukamara (hamstring), S Johnathan Cyprien (calf), S Tashaun Gipson (knee), RB Corey Grant (toe), WR Rashad Greene (Achilles), WR Allen Hurns (shoulder), DT Abry Jones (hamstring), G Brandon Linder (foot), DT Sen’Derrick Marks (knee) and OT Jeremy Parnell (hip) did not receive an injury designation, meaning they will play.