Raiders S Boyd impresses in camp, plans to stick

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Raiders S Boyd impresses in camp, plans to stick

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CSNCalifornia.comALAMEDA -- He was one of the Raiders' more pleasant surprises in training camp.Just don't tell it to Jerome Boyd. Or ask the safety why after two underachieving camps, he's suddenly practicing and playing like a guy who figures to stick to the Oakland roster when final cuts are made Saturday to get the team down to 53 players from the current 80.
"To tell you the truth, I don't know," Boyd said, when asked what the difference has been for him this time around. "I worked really hard all offseason. I wasn't with the team last year, and that's a lot of motivation to get back and be on the team. During that time, it hurt. But you can't stay inside and hurt. You've got to go outside and work. That helped a lot."Signed by Oakland as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Oregon in 2009, Boyd appeared in one game for the Raiders that year and spent most of that season on the practice squad before making his NFL debut in the season finale against Baltimore. He had two tackles on the kickoff coverage team that day.But last year, he was waived on Sept. 4 and was not re-signed until March 2.In camp, the former college strong-side linebacker has taken advantage of Mike Mitchell's absence due to an undisclosed injury, purportedly to his left leg as he was on crutches last week.The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Boyd is seeing time at strong safety and at linebacker in the nickel defense, covering tight ends. That was the role Mitchell excelled at in 2010."I am extremely comfortable with it," Boyd said. "It doesn't matter. Strong safety, free safety, come down (and) play nickel, WILL (linebacker), SAM (linebacker). It doesn't matter. Wherever they feel they want to put me, I feel like I can play there. Wherever they need me, I will play."Boyd has 11 tackles, including a team-high nine solo tackles, in the preseason."When I was around him a year ago," said coach Hue Jackson, "we let him do some things and it didn't work out. I think he came back more determined, more focused and he wants an opportunity to make this ballclub. So he's working at it each and every day."Besides getting Jackson's attention, they also share a prep alma mater -- Dorsey High School in Los Angeles. Might that serve as a tie-breaker come cutdown day? Again, don't bring that up to Boyd. He simply wants his play to speak for itself."I am getting more looks to do more things," Boyd said. "I have done pretty good so I have earned more time to show everything that I can do."I feel it's gone pretty good. I think this is (my) best performance in three years."

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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