Gutierrez: Hagan has intangibles Raiders need

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Gutierrez: Hagan has intangibles Raiders need

Aug. 28, 2011GUTIERREZ ARCHIVE
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CSNCalifornia.comOAKLAND -- Derek Hagan is anything but an X-box kind of guy. We learned this in training camp, when coach Hue Jackson praised the journeyman receiver for his work ethic and well, thumbing through the Raiders' playbook on most nights rather than fiddling with a video game controller.Hagan is a throwback, an Atari 2600 in a Wii world. And against New Orleans in the Raiders' eventual 40-20 exhibition loss, he was as dominant as the pixelated Larry Csonka on Sega.More impressive, though, he solidified his spot on the Raiders' 53-man roster. At least, if the Raiders were paying attention, he did.Hagan was everything Chaz Schilens was supposed to be, a rangy target with sure hands and nifty moves in the open field.RECAP: Saints double up Raiders at the O.co 40-20
He caught all six balls thrown his way for a game-high 121 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown."He (was) always telling me in training camp, 'J, all I need is an opportunity. The Giants, I was with them and I didn't really get a chance to get in there and get that real opportunity. I'll make plays and I feel like I can make this team,'" recalled quarterback Jason Campbell. "So with that being said, he went out today and did what he had to do, personally, to make plays and show his ability and show his experience."He did a great job in a great opportunity of putting himself in the best position possible. But I think he's a great guy. He's a great teammate and we'll see what happens. But he definitely made a statement."Perhaps none louder than his catch and run for a touchdown.It was a straight hitch pass to the left side from Campbell and after cradling the ball, Hagan juked Saints cornerback Tracy Porter out of his own skin before a straight-arm to Porter's facemask set Hagan free. And he was gone for the score, tying the game at 7-7 late in the first quarter.And yet, coach Hue Jackson was not quite gushing over Hagan, a third-round pick of the Miami Dolphins out of Arizona State in 2006.If anything, Jackson sort of downplayed Hagan's bright spot on a night of defensive dark blemishes. And that's too bad."Until we get everybody back, this young man has a chance to play," Jackson said. "We're down still a couple of guys, an until that unfolds as we continue forward and shape this team to our vision, he's going to have an opportunity."Meaning the oft-injured Schilens, the recuperating-from-a-broken-left-hand Jacoby Ford and the sounds-like-a-sports-hernia-hobbled Louis Murphy are all technically ahead of Hagan.In fact, you could say Darrius Heyward-Bey and Denarius Moore are ahead of Hagan on Jackson's depth chart, despite Hagan outperforming the two in this game. Even with Hagan also making a tackle on special teams.RELATED: Raiders In-Game notes -- Van Dyke's baptism by fire
He didn't join the Raiders as a free agent until Aug. 6, when fans were clamoring for Chad Ochocinco, Terrell Owens, Plaxico Burress and the like. And there's always that thought on the streets of Silver and Blackdom that a certain higher power would prefer a draft choice have the spotlight.But if Hagan's game and his switching jersey numbers last week from No. 6 to No. 80 weren't tell-tale enough signs, Hagan also has the Raiders pedigree. Sort of.He lived in Los Angeles when the Raiders called the Southland home. He was three days old when the defending Super Bowl champs beat San Diego to start the 1984 season 4-0. And he was 10 years old when they played their final season in the L.A. Memorial Coliseum.In between, he went to a game or two with his family. One particular game stood out from the rest."They played Denver and John Elway came in and," Hagan paused and giggled, "he ripped them up."Um, from 1988 through 1994 the Raiders were 8-0 in L.A. against the Broncos, including a playoff game.Meh, semantics. You get the point. The guy grew up swaddled in Silver and Black and now, he's rocking the colors and making a case for him to not only stick, but start. He paid particular mind to an up-and-coming Tim Brown.
"Ever since I was a little kid, I've always been a Raiders fan," Hagan said. "I played for Miami and I played for the Giants and I've always been a Raiders fan. So I always tuned in and checked in to see what was going on. Nothing wrong with that."Even less wrong with proclaiming him a sure thing to make the team. Then again, what's his Madden '11 rating?

Peterson blasts report over salary demands, outlines main objectives

Peterson blasts report over salary demands, outlines main objectives

Adrian Peterson played defense on Friday night.

Hours after a report suggesting that the four-time All-Pro running back was still a free agent due to salary demands, the former Viking posted a lengthy statement on Instagram along with a video of his running an agility drill.

"YOU CANT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ OR HEAR PEOPLE. The last thing I'm worried about is playing ball this coming season ... that WILL HAPPEN! It's not all about the money as EVERYONE is speculating here lately. You'd THINK these analysts spoke to me directly. When you don't know what's going on people will say anything to create or make a story! How prideful is it for me to put out ... I won't play for anything less than 8 million! But see, when you don't know a person or what they stand for it's easy to paint YOUR OWN PICTURE. Unfortunately, this is the world we live in! Here is something Straight from the horse's mouth ... finding the best fit & helping a team in a major way win a championship is my main objective! I'm in no rush. Let me eliminate questions or speculation as to why... I believe whole heartedly my God will land me right where I need to be to accomplish what I've asked from him PERIOD"

Early in the free agency period, the Raiders were linked to Peterson, but nothing came of those rumors.

The Raiders, in need of a feature back after Latavius Murray signed with the Vikings, are reportedly pursuing the possibility of luring Oakland-native Marshawn Lynch out of retirement.

Peterson was scheduled to make $18 million in 2017, but the Vikings declined to exercise his contract, making him a free agent. The 2012 NFL MVP turned 32 on March 21 and played in just three games in 2016 due to a major knee injury.

According to the ESPN report, Peterson was looking for a contract that paid him over $8 million in the first year of the deal.

YOU CANT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ OR HEAR PEOPLE. The last thing I'm worried about is playing ball this coming season ... that WILL HAPPEN! It's not all about the money as EVERYONE is speculating here lately. You'd THINK these analysts spoke to me directly. When you don't know what's going on people will say anything to create or make a story! How prideful is it for me to put out ... I won't play for anything less than 8 million! But see, when you don't know a person or what they stand for it's easy to paint YOUR OWN PICTURE. Unfortunately, this is the world we live in! Here is something Straight from the horse's mouth ... finding the best fit & helping a team in a major way win a championship is my main objective! I'm in no rush. Let me eliminate questions or speculation as to why... I believe whole heartedly my God will land me right where I need to be to accomplish what I've asked from him PERIOD

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Oakland, Lott Group pen letter to NFL in last-ditch effort to keep Raiders

Oakland, Lott Group pen letter to NFL in last-ditch effort to keep Raiders

Through the office of mayor Libby Schaaf, the City of Oakland issued the following statement on Friday, revealing a letter they sent to the NFL a day earlier highlighting the viability and appeal of keeping the Raiders in Oakland.

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OAKLAND, CA — Today, the City of Oakland, Alameda County, the Lott Group and Fortress, who have been working in concert to develop a fully-financed local stadium proposal for the Oakland Raiders, shared publicly documents detailing the strength of the Oakland plan.

Specifically, they made public for the first time, their most recent correspondence to the NFL. The letters and accompanying documents were sent in follow-up to a March 6, 2017 presentation Mayor Libby Schaaf and former NFL player and real estate investor Ronnie Lott made to the NFL’s Joint Stadium and Finance Committee that outlined the economic advantages to the league and the team of staying in Oakland.

[RELATED: Letter to NFL from Libby Schaaf, Lott Group]

“We’re not giving up in the fourth quarter,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. “Since I took office two years ago, I have been focused on taking a team-centered approach that is responsible to the Raiders, the NFL, the fans and the taxpayers of Oakland. We’ve been successful in doing the environmental clearance, aligning the City and the County which jointly own the land, engaging the league and bringing partners to the table in the Lott Group and Fortress who have the financial backing, compassion for this community and intimate knowledge of the game -- on and off the field -- to get a deal done. All that’s missing is the Raiders.”

“I know how passionate the Bay Area is about the Raiders,” said NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott. “To rip this team away from Oakland for a second time would be heartbreaking and entirely unnecessary given that we have a viable option on the table that keeps them here and helps this community and the team grow. We have a sophisticated financial partner in Fortress. We have done the due diligence, and it is clear that the only fully-financed, ready-to-roll option for the Raiders is in Oakland.”

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, City Council President Larry Reid, whose district is home to the existing Coliseum and the proposed new stadium site, Lott Group partner and former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete and Fortress Managing Director Drew McKnight plan to gather with fans, local business leaders, nearby residents and other community members to demonstrate support for the Oakland stadium plan at events planned for Saturday, March 25. This is the day before NFL owners begin a series of meetings during which they are expected to discuss, and possibly vote on Raiders’ owner Mark Davis’ request to move the team to Las Vegas.

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