Gutierrez: Five players the Raiders might be targeting


Gutierrez: Five players the Raiders might be targeting

Paul Gutierrez

The first round of the 2011 NFL Draft passed without a word from the Oakland Raiders. Here are five players Oakland could look at in the second and third rounds Friday:1) UNR quarterback Colin Kaepernick
The Raiders seem smitten with the athletic signal caller who operated out of the "Pistol" offense in Reno. His build is reminiscent of Marc Wilson; his release that of Bernie Kosar. With Jason Campbell the starter and Kyle Boller signed to be the backup, Kaepernick would have time to develop.2) Penn State offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski
He has the bloodline (uncle Steve is a Raider great and the team's new assistant O-line coach), the nasty temperament to match and would fill a need. But does Li'l Wiz excel at left guard or center. And in a zone-blocking scheme or power-running scheme? Raiders fans would still love to find out.
3) Florida State offensive lineman Rodney Hudson
Many draftniks see the Raiders intrigued by this mobile center-guard specimen as well. Especially if he's as much a grinder in the trenches as advertised.4) Miami cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke
With Nnamdi Asomugha still a huge question mark, and last year's draftees at corner, Walter McFadden and Jeremy Ware, unproven, the Raiders need to lock at fortifying the secondary as well. Why not do it with the fastest player at the Combine?5) Utah State cornerback Curtis Marsh
A physical, pressing corner who seems to fit the Raiders' brand of man-to-man defense. He has also long been linked to to Oakland, though he might be had in the later rounds.

Week after signing with Vikings, ex-Raiders RB Murray undergoes surgery

Week after signing with Vikings, ex-Raiders RB Murray undergoes surgery

A week after signing a deal with the Vikings, former Raiders running back Latavius Murray has undergone ankle surgery.

The Vikings made the announcement Wednesday afternoon.

Minnesota issued the following statement regarding the surgery:

"Vikings RB Latavius Murray had successful ankle surgery today. The surgery was performed by Dr. Bob Anderson in Charlotte, North Carolina. We were aware of the required surgery prior to signing Latavius on March 16. Latavius is expected to fully recover and be available for training camp."

Murray's deal with the Vikings is reported worth $15 million over three years, but can reportedly be voied after the first year.

Drafted in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, Murray became the Raiders' primary running back midway through the 2015 season. In his three years in Oakland, Murray carried the ball 543 times for 2,278 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2015.

Ex-Raiders tight end signs deal with Jaguars

Ex-Raiders tight end signs deal with Jaguars

After four seasons with the Raiders, tight end Mychal Rivera is on the move.

The 2013 sixth-round pick has signed a deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the team announced.

News of an agreement between the two sides was first reported by ESPN. Terms of the deal were not immediately known.

After playing a prominent role in Oakland his first two seasons, Rivera saw his numbers decrease in 2015 and 2016. This past season, he caught just 18 passes for 192 yards and one touchdown.

In his time with the Raiders, the Tennessee alum caught a total of 146 passes for 1,413 yards and 10 touchdowns.

The Raiders signed free agent tight end Jared Cook last week to go with incumbents Clive Walford and Lee Smith.

Shortly after the deal was announced, Rivera took to Instagram to thank Raiders fans.

"Thank You #RaiderNation. It was an honor to wear silver and black for the first 4 years of my NFL career. A kid from LA was drafted to the Bay...and God made a way! Wins, Losses, Blood, Sweat, & Tears made me the player I am today. Better than ever. The values that embody what it is to be a Raider will stick with me for life," Rivera wrote.