Patterson excited to help Raiders in multiple ways with his speed

Patterson excited to help Raiders in multiple ways with his speed

The Raiders haven’t returned a kickoff for a touchdown in quite some time. Jacoby Ford did it in 2011, starting a drought the Raiders hope to end soon.

They took a big step toward that end by signing receiver and returner extraordinaire Cordarrelle Patterson on a two-year contract.

The former Minnesota Viking has only been in the league four seasons, and already has five return touchdowns. The Raiders know that all too well. Patterson burned them in 2015, returning a kickoff 93 yards to the end zone.

“I remember it like it was yesterday,” Patterson said Tuesday in a conference call.

The two-time All-Pro was greeted with jeers from the Black Hole, a fan base he’s proud to represent well.

“I’ve heard stay away from the fans over there, so you know, I’m blessed to be a part of them now,” Patterson said. “You know, when I scored that touchdown, they were giving me a lot of crap, all that stuff, but I’m a happy person. I like to have fun and enjoy myself and you can never let anybody get you down in life.”

Raider Nation will be happy to lift him up if he produces on special teams and find ways to contribute as a wide receiver. He hasn’t been targeted much, though he had a career-high 52 catches for 453 yards and two touchdowns.

Patterson said the Raiders want to use him more on offense, an attraction for someone who wants to be known as more than a return specialist.

“That was one of the deciding factors,” Patterson said. “We sat down and talked. They were just saying how they can work on getting me a better receiver. Things I’m good at, they’re going to keep continuing to do that. Those things I need to work on, they’re going to help me improve on that.”

The Raiders were certainly try to capitalize on his breakneck speed and get him the ball is space. He’ll be a fourth receiver to start, though he’ll certainly compete for playing time. He’ll definitely be the top kickoff returner, which is an area the Raiders looked to upgrade this offseason.

“I love special teams, especially on kickoff returns,” Patterson said. “It’s just a feeling you wouldn’t understand until you’re back there when you get that ball in your hands. You’re nine yards deep in the end zone and you have those 10 guys in front of you who are going to block and give you their all for you. I’m willing to bring it out anytime I can. If the coach gives me the OK, I want to bring it out.

"I want to go somewhere and know that I can help on special teams. I feel like that’s my best in the game right there, so I want to go and help on special teams as much as I can and get this receiver stuff down pat.”

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.