Raiders sign basketball player as tight end


Raiders sign basketball player as tight end

Cal State Fullerton last fielded a collegiate football team in 1992 and yet, a former Titans athlete signed an NFL contract today.Andre Hardy, who played forward in basketball the past two years at Fullerton, was inked by the Raiders, presumably as a project to push the three tight ends already on the Raiders roster in Brandon Myers, David Ausberry and Richard Gordon.McKenzie said as much recently about the position, talking about a desire to add depth at tight end.And while the 6-foot-5, 250-pound Hardy played his first two years of college ball at Oral Roberts, he does have football in his blood. His father, Andre, was a fifth-round draft pick of Philadelphia in 1984 out of St. Mary's and played running back in the NFL for parts of three seasons for the Eagles, Seattle and one game as a replacement player for the 49ers during the 1987 strike.The younger Hardy, 25, and the Big West's newcomer of the year as a junior at Fullerton after averaging 10.6 points and 8.5 rebounds, prepped at San Diego's St. Augustine High School. He also worked out for the 49ers and has reportedly run the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds.

Raiders QB Derek Carr channels inner pop star in mock music video ad


Raiders QB Derek Carr channels inner pop star in mock music video ad

ALAMEDA – Derek Carr is trying to moonlight as a pop star. That’s what a guerilla marketing campaign by a San Joaquin Valley credit union would have you believe.

They released billboards and short video teasers of the Raiders quarterback prepping to shoot a music video this summer, and the full video/commercial spot was released on Monday.

It’s well, something else. Clearly meant to be self deprecating, Carr is pumping up Educational Employees Credit Union and their great rates in the mock music video, where Carr is given a certain boy-band vibe. Take a look: 

Derek’s brother David shows up later in the ad, clearly upset at being outshined by little bro.

It’s the latest in an annual series of ads with the Carr brothers.

“It literally took us a couple of hours. That’s it,” Derek Carr said. "All of the takes were because I kept laughing. I couldn’t even take myself serious because they had the TV prompter so I could see it, and I couldn’t even take myself serious. But it was good. It was fun because every commercial we do with them, all we want to do is, the end goal is we want people to laugh. And if they laugh at me for it, that’s good, that’s what we want. I laughed at myself, so it’s all good with me.”

That begged a hard-hitting, journalist follow-up question. So, Derek, did you keep the jacket?

“I didn’t keep it, no. Gosh, no,” Carr said. "As soon as I walked in and we had our little dressing rooms, me and my brother looked at that jacket and I was like, ‘I really hope that’s not the one.’ And sure enough it was. But that’s alright. We have a good relationship with them and it was a lot of fun.”

Ex-Raider Terrelle Pryor: My dominant season starts this week vs Oakland


Ex-Raider Terrelle Pryor: My dominant season starts this week vs Oakland

In his first full season as a wide receiver last year, Terrelle Pryor caught 77 passes for 1,007 yards for the Browns.

After signing a one-year, $6 million contract with Washington in the offseason, the former Raiders quarterback was expected to put up big numbers with Kirk Cousins throwing him the ball.

But through two games, Pryor has caught just eight passes for 97 yards.

He's not worried though. In fact, he's proclaiming that he will begin his return to form this weekend against his first team.

"I am going to have a dominant season and it starts this week against Oakland," Pryor told The Athletic on Wednesday.

Kickoff between the Raiders and Washington is set for 5:30pm PT Sunday on NBC.