Raiders preparing to take on Tebow, Broncos

Raiders preparing to take on Tebow, Broncos

Dec. 17, 2010
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Paul Gutierrez
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ALAMEDA With Denver quarterback Kyle Orton nursing sore ribs this week and Tim Tebow taking a majority of first-team reps over fellow backup Brady Quinn, the Raiders are anticipating a healthy dose of Tebow Time Sunday at the Coliseum.The Broncos are holding out hope for Orton; the Raiders are not sure if Tebow will get his first career start against them.You practice against the things that youre aware of, in terms of what hes been doing or what hes put on film in the preseason, early in the season, Raiders coach Tom Cable said of Tebow. We expect him to play and so we feel like weve prepared for it.In preparation, the Raiders had a running back mimic the hard-running Tebow on the scout team offense this week.I think its his style of play with the quote-Wildcat type offense, Cable said. But at the same time, if hes going to play as much as I think he is, hes going to have to play like a regular quarterback in a regular offense as well.Tebow has appeared in four games, completing his lone pass attempt for three yards while running the ball 12 times for 28 yards and three touchdowns.Broncos interim coach Eric Studesville told Denver-area media Friday morning he had yet to make a decision on his starting QB but would have no issue throwing the rookie out there.Tims continued to develop, Studesville said. Hes got the gameplan, hes been out there. Hes been getting a lot of reps with the situation of Kyle not being able to practice and as a backup quarterback, you dont always get those reps so hes been able to get that this week. Its been good for him to get those. Hes looked good getting those reps and were confident that if thats the situation that came to pass that hed be ready to go.Studesville was also asked if playing in the muck, mire and rain expected Sunday would play to the left-handed Tebows run-first strength.VIDEO: LB THOMAS HOWARD ON THE CHALLENGE AHEADThats in his skill set, Studesville said. Thats something that would come up and you think about that but were playing Tim to run our offense, our entire offense, that we have for the gameplan for the Oakland Raiders.A Freudian slip, perhaps, that whole were playing Tim comment?In any event, Tebow has a fan on the Raiders side, except for about three-plus hours on Sunday receiver and former college teammate at Florida Louis Murphy.I know hes a fighter, Murphy said. I know that he has a passion for the game. I havent seen him practice or anything. I know that hes going to come out and fight till the last minute.Critics have long charged that Tebows physical style of play which helped him become the first sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy would not translate to the NFL. Murphy was not among them.Especially with his work ethic, how hard he works at his craft, Murphy said. Hard work goes over talent any day. I dont know what the situation has been at Denver, but it takes a while for rookie quarterbacks to groom into the NFL.Aaron Rodgers sat behind Brett Favre for how many years? Thats probably whats going on with (Tebows) situation. I know hes going to fight.Rookie middle linebacker Rolando McClain sat out practice again Friday with his sore left foot and is officially listed as questionable for Sunday.He is better, Cable said, so well take him out and run him around Sunday morning and see if he can go.McClain, though, was on the field at the beginning of practice Friday, going through some walk-through drills.Were trying to get him back involved that way, Cable said. Hes very much a studier and all those things. But getting him back involved on the field in some capacity (is key).While hobbled with what was first called arthritis, then called tendinitis and now a deep tissue issue, McClain started at San Diego but was inactive last week at Jacksonville. Cable said McClains veteran-like acumen enables him to play without having to practice during the week.None of these guys are rookies any more, Cable said, and certainly (McClains) work ethic off the field allows him to be prepared probably better than a lot of people. Still, you can never substitute getting out there and seeing it and doing it.The Raiders Friday injury report:
Full practice, probable OL Khalif Barnes (back), TE Zach Miller (foot), QB Kyle Boller (quad), LB Travis Goethel (knee), DT Richard Seymour (knee), SS Tyvon Branch (shoulder), CB Chris Johnson (groin)Limited practice, questionable WRPRs Johnnie Lee Higgins (ankle), Nick Miller (ankle); CB Nnamdi Asomugha (ankle), FS Hiram Eugene (ribs)Did not practice, questionable LB Rolando McClain (foot)

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.

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“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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Why the Raiders 2013 draft class was disbanded

Why the Raiders 2013 draft class was disbanded

Reggie McKenzie has owned three top 5 picks since becoming Raiders general manager. He used one on Khalil Mack in 2014, another on Amari Cooper a year later. McKenzie got a defensive player of the year and a two-time Pro Bowl receiver.

Pretty nice haul.

His first big draft pick came in 2013, when a 4-12 record the previous year earned the No. 3 overall selection. He turned that into the No. 12 and No. 42 overall selections – the Raiders didn’t have a second-round pick, and also gave up a fifth-rounder in the deal – that garnered cornerback DJ Hayden and Menelik Watson.

Both guys were beset by injury early on, setbacks that kept them from realizing potential identified during the pre-draft process. The Raiders got some quality players from the 2013 draft class – Latavius Murray was a two-year starter and Pro Bowl rusher -- but none of them remain Raiders after their rookie contracts.

Sixth-round tight end Mychal Rivera was the last leave, signing with Jacksonville on Wednesday. The Raiders wanted a few back – Watson and Stacy McGee, in particular – but all of them ended up elsewhere.

That’s not ideal. McKenzie prefers to draft, develop and reward. That didn’t happen for his 2013 draft class. While he didn’t have a first or second round pick, the 2012 draft class has been gone some time now.

He compensated well for that veteran talent void in free agency, bringing in Bruce Irvin, Kelechi Osemele and others of that age.

McKenzie’s draft record after 2013 has improved dramatically. A 2014 group that includes Mack, Derek Carr and Gabe Jackson was franchise altering. The 2015 bunch stands strong, and 2016 has talent but can’t be evaluated quite yet.

Let’s take a look at the 2013 draft class and why it didn’t work out:

CB DJ Hayden (No. 12 overall)
Current team:
Detroit (1 year deal, $3.75 million; $2.25 million guaranteed)
Comment: The Raiders didn’t pick up Hayden’s fifth-year option, proof their first-round pick didn’t work out as planned. Hayden was drafted despite a heart condition stemming from a practice injury in college, but a series of soft-tissue injuries slowed him down. He was ineffective at times, though he played better in his final season as a nickel back.

OL Menelik Watson (No. 42 overall)
Current team:
Denver (3 year deal, $18.3 million, $5.5 guaranteed)
Comment: Watson was an athletic, nasty offensive lineman the Raiders hoped to keep, someone who showed real potential when healthy. Those moments didn’t come often for a player who lost 2015 to injury and never made it through a full season.

LB Sio Moore (No. 66 overall)
Current team:
Free agent
Comment: Moore made an instant impact as a rookie working off the edge. He started on the weakside in 2014, but never seemed to recover from a late-season hip injury. He didn’t fit in well with new head coach Jack Del Rio, and he was traded to Indianapolis before the 2015 season began, he has bounced around ever since, playing as a reserve and special teams player. He remains on the open market.

QB Tyler Wilson (No. 112 overall)
Current team:
Out of football
Comment: Tyler Wilson never fit in at the NFL level and didn’t give the Raiders anything for a mid-round selection. Wilson lost his No. 3 job to undrafted rookie Matt McGloin, spent most of 2013 on the practice squad, and was signed by Tennessee late in the year. Wilson was the highest 2013 draft pick to not make the opening day roster.

TE Nick Kasa (No. 172 overall)
Current team:
Out of football
Comment: The converted defensive end struggled with injury, and suffered a season-ending knee injury during the 2014 preseason. He spent the year on injured reserve and didn’t return to the active roster.

RB Latavius Murray (No. 181 overall)
Current team:
Minnesota Vikings (Three year deal, $15 million, $3.4 million fully guaranteed)
Comment: Murray was the most productive player in the draft class. He missed his rookie year with an ankle injury, but assumed the starting spot by the end of his second season. Murray exceeded 1,000 yards and made the Pro Bowl in 2015, and had nearly 800 yards and 12 touchdowns the following year. He wasn’t a perfect scheme fit for the Raiders, who didn’t pursue him once he hit the open market. Murray signed with the Vikings, and should be a major contributor in that offense.

TE Mychal Rivera (No. 184 overall)
Current team:
Jacksonville Jaguars (Two year deal, worth up to $6.75 million)
Comment: Rivera was a vital receiving option on bad Raiders teams, but fell out of favor under Jack Del Rio. That cut his opportunities way down, giving way to 2015 third-round pick Clive Walford. Rivera has receiving skill but isn’t much of a blocker, and his exit was no a surprise after he was a healthy scratch several times in 2016.

DT Stacy McGee (No. 205 overall)
Current team:
Washington (Five year deal, $25 million, $9 million guaranteed
Comment: McGee flashed interior talent when healthy in 2016, and cashed in with Washington on the first day of unrestricted free agency. The Raiders hoped to bring him back, but he got far more than they were willing to pay. McGee developed well during his time in Oakland, which ultimately priced him out of town.

WR Brice Butler (No. 209 overall)
Current team:
Dallas Cowboys (One year deal, $1.1 million, $300,000 guaranteed)
Comment: Butler was an occasional contributor during two seasons with the Raiders, though the athletic pass catcher was a bit too inconsistent. He finished the 2015 as the fifth receiver, and McKenzie got something for him via trade. Butler remains a Cowboy, and signed a new contract with them this offseason.

DE David Bass No. 233 overall)
Current team:
Free agent
Comment: Bass was cut after the 2013 preseason, but he hung on during the next four seasons with Chicago and Tennessee as a reserve and special teams player.