Satele back with Raiders, competing for center job


Satele back with Raiders, competing for center job

Paul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.comNAPA -- Samson Satele's days as the Raiders' center seemed numbered when Oakland drafted Stefen Wisniewski and first-year coach Hue Jackson all but anointed the rookie his starter.But if Satele re-signing with the Raiders Tuesday and being at training camp on Wednesday didn't signal a potential shift, Jackson's answer to my question about Satele's role definitely did."This game is about competition and competing and performance," Jackson said. "I know everyone said I've handed the job to Stefen but at that time Stefen was the only center other than (Alex) Parsons on our team. So, Sammy's back and he'll get a chance to go in there and line up and play and show what he's got."But obviously, I"m very happy with Wisniewski. He's doing an excellent job and, again, that's going to be fun to see because we're going to raise the level of play of this whole football team."Satele said he had other offers but was intrigued in completing what the Raiders started last season. He was also intrigued that Jackson said he could compete for the starting job."I've got to battle this kid, a second-rounder, and he looks good out there," Satele said. "My focus is not (on) starting the preseason, but I want to start that Sept. 12 game at Denver and keep it all the way through the season. So my focus is on beating him out any which way."And if I'm the man, I'm the man. And if he's the man, he's the man. Whoever doesn't win the job, he'll be the sixth man (on the offensive line)."Meaning Satele is also open to moving to either guard sport.Also, second-year lineman Bruce Campbell said he is inching closer to practicing after reporting to camp with a right knee injury. But he is not sure if he will work at guard or tackle."I built up a little confidence in myself from last season to the offseason to coming into this season," Campbell said. "So I feel confident, pretty much anywhere. So I'm willing to play wherever's going to help the team best."I asked Jackson if there was any update on the status of restricted free agent Michael Bush."Hopefully he'll be here soon," Jackson said. "He doesn't have to be here until (Thursday). Looking forward to having him walk into the room give him a big hug, and then come on, let's go."

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.