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Fansided: Former Raiders returner Jacoby Ford to compete in All-Star Speed Tournament
Some of the fastest players in recent NFL seasons will compete in a head-to-head 40-yard dash tournament on June 29, including former Oakland Raiders return man, Jacoby Ford. The tournament, named 40 Yards of Gold, will feature some big name players, and will test the speed in a 24-man bracket.
The bracket will be laid out so that 12 offensive players, and twelve defensive players will do battle against each other. The winner of each division, or side of the bracket, will then race in the final. Whoever wins that will be dubbed the fastest player.
Most of the contestants are already known, but there will be two mystery participants in the event as well.
Silver And Black Pride: Johnathan Abram watched 'so much film' of Lamarcus Joyner, patterned game after him
This week's voluntary OTAs was one of the first chances Raiders rookies had to be around veteran Raiders and also new free agency acquisitions, and new Raiders safety Johnathan Abram was a little star-struck by playing alongside one of the veteran players Oakland brought in this offseason.
Crazy how @CoachJPruitt showed me so much film on this man on how he played with rentlesss effort & laid it all on the line every play. That it became the way I play.. Now to line it up with him is a blessing!u271dufe0f pic.
Silver And Black Pride: Silver Mining 5/25: More tailgate space for Raiders
Raiders acquiring additional real estate near Las Vegas stadium for parking - Silver And Black Pride
The Las Vegas Stadium Co. COO, Don Webb, announced at Thursday's stadium authority board meeting that the Raiders are in the final stages of a comprehensive transportation plan that will add a...
NFL finalizing deal to play Preseason Week 3 Raiders-Packers game in Winnipeg - Silver And Black Pride
It looks as though the Raiders and Packers' preseason matchup will take place in Winnpeg, Manitoba come August, according to Jeff Hamilton of the Winnipeg Free Press.
Raiders undrafted WR drawing rave reviews from Jon Gruden, Derek Carr | NBCS Bay Area
The Alameda native has a long road ahead of him, but don't be surprised if he makes the 53-man roster.
Fansided: Oakland Raiders: Brandon Parker could move inside
During the 2018 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders brought in two offensive tackles with early picks, selecting Kolton Miller in the first round, and then Brandon Parker in the third. Both players were forced into starting roles on the Raiders offensive line in year one, and while Miller will remain at tackle in Year 2, Parker could be making a move elsewhere.
Speaking with the media during OTAs, Gruden spoke about Parker, and that he could in fact move inside and be the left guard in 2019. Of course, that was just coach speaking, but after drafting him in the third round last year, the organization is likely hopeful that he can get on the field in some capacity.
Fansided: Looking back at Rich Gannon's second season with the Oakland Raiders
When Rich Gannon came to the Oakland Raiders, he was nothing to write home about, as he had bounced around between three organization up until that 1999 season, and had not been a full-time starter in years. However, he was masterful in Jon Gruden's west coast offense once he put on the Silver and Black, putting together a run as the starting quarterback in Oakland that is only behind a few other names in team history.
In 1999, his first season in Oakland, Gannon actually made the Pro Bowl, his first of four straight appearances in the NFL's All-Star Game.
CSN Bay Area: NFL rumors: Raiders-Packers to play Week 3 preseason game in Winnipeg
Buckle up, Winnipeg, Jon Gruden and the Raiders are coming to town.
It was reported in March that the Raiders were looking to play one of their four preseason games in Canada and now it appears they have found a site for that game.
The Raiders will play the Green Bay Packers in Winnipeg for their third preseason game, Jeff Hamilton of the Winnipeg Free Press reported Friday.
The Raiders have been honed on this neutral site for their third preseason game, technically a home exhibition. https://t.co/LzNhuV1Pwm-- Scott Bair (@BairNBCS) May 24, 2019
The Raiders have been looking to move one of their preseason games for some time, to mitigate some of the increased rent from their 2019 lease with Oakland Coliseum, and have honed on playing north of the border.
Fansided: Kolton Miller named Oakland Raiders key homegrown talent
The Oakland Raiders have added talent all over the roster this offseason, as first-year general manager Mike Mayock has looked like a season vet in the position. From offensive line, to defensive backfield, this Raiders roster is much better than the four-win team from a year ago, but once again, Kolton Miller will be at the center of their fortunes on offense.
Gregg Rosenthal from NFL.com put together a solid piece in which he laid out the key homegrown talent for each AFC team. For the Raiders, the pick was their 2018 first round draft selection, starting left tackle Kolton Miller, who started all 16 games as a rookie, but battled through injuries.
Silver And Black Pride: Raiders acquiring additional real estate near Las Vegas stadium for parking
The Las Vegas Stadium Co. COO, Don Webb, announced at Thursday's stadium authority board meeting that the Raiders are in the final stages of a comprehensive transportation plan that will add a significant amount of parking to the stadium, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
"We've been actively acquiring real estate near the stadium, which we intend to develop and devote to parking," Webb said. "One such current acquisition will more than double the parking that we currently control."
There are only 2,725 parking spots at the stadium itself, but the Raiders have designated nearly 12,000 additional parking spots at other areas in the stadium vicinity.
CSN Bay Area: Raiders undrafted WR drawing rave reviews from Jon Gruden, Derek Carr
The Raiders revamped their wide receiving corps this offseason, bringing in Antonio Brown, Tyrell Williams, J.J. Nelson, Ryan Grant and fifth-round draft pick Hunter Renfrow to help quarterback Derek Carr.
Brown, Williams and Renfrow will get a lot of attention during organized team activities and minicamp, but there's another receiver who has impressed both head coach Jon Gruden and Carr early on in his NFL career.
Keelan Doss signed with the Raiders after going undrafted out of the University of California-Davis and has the size, ball skills and awareness to make it as a receiver in the NFL.
Silver And Black Pride: Silver Mining 5/24: Jon Gruden, Raiders ready for new WR group to stretch the field in 2019
Jon Gruden ready for Raiders, new WR corps to stretch the field
Raiders coach Jon Gruden wants his offense to be indefensible. To accomplish that goal, he knows his team must stretch the field.
Five takeaways from Raiders' first organized team activity
Storylines include Darren Waller's ascension, Brandon Parker being floated as a possibility at guard, Arden Key's battle to get stronger, Doug Martin becoming a mentor and Antonio Brown's absence from the first practice.
Raiders land acquisition to boost parking near Las Vegas stadium | Las Vegas Review-Journal
The Raiders team is in the final stretch of completing a comprehensive transportation plan that will increase parking significantly, Stadium Event Co.
Fansided: Oakland Raiders: 3 most underrated players entering 2019
In 2019, the Oakland Raiders roster will have a bunch of brand new faces, as new general manager Mike Mayock did a nice job adding talent on both sides of the ball. While the new guys will get a ton of press early and often, there are some players from last year's team that deserve more recognition than they receive.
Coming off a four-win season, the Raiders will need to get effort up and down the roster, and they have certainly brought in players to help their deficiencies this offseason. As we inch closer to the summer, and are in the middle of OTAs, this is a roster that will begin to take shape over the next few months.
Silver And Black Pride: Watch: Derek Carr spoke of chemistry with receivers, defended willingness to throw the long ball then tosses bomb to Antonio Brown in Raiders OTA practice
Possibly the biggest criticism the Raiders offense and Derek Carr in particular faced from last season is the lack of long balls. Carr dinked and dunked his way through a 4-12 season, that much is true. There were certainly some instances he could have thrown the deep ball instead of checking it down, but there were even more instances where it just wasn't there.
The Raiders were a disaster at the tackle spots, leading to Carr being sacked 51 times. They also didn't have much in the way of deep threat receivers.
"Win the race!"We micd up Coach ONeil during OTAs https://t.co/Z0NayYOl7a
Fansided: Oakland Raiders trading for Antonio Brown a top offseason move in NFL
After a 2018 season that saw the Oakland Raiders trade away wide receiver Amari Cooper, and finish the year with Jordy Nelson atop their depth chart at the position, it was no big secret that the team needed to revamp the position group. New general manager Mike Mayock attacked this need early in the new league year, trading for one of the best wide receivers the NFL has ever seen.
Oakland's new general manager swung a deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers for Antonio Brown, who has been an automatic 100-catch, and 1,000-yard receiver for the Steelers over the last six seasons.
Fansided: Oakland Raiders: Will play-action finally be a staple in the offense?
Remember when one of the knocks on the Oakland Raiders offense in 2017 was that former offensive coordinator Todd Downing never dialed up play-action? It was believed that when Jon Gruden took the reigns as head coach that he would utilize play fakes significantly more.
However, that wasn't the case in 2018, as the Oakland Raiders were ranked 28th in play-action usage. The last two seasons play-action has been a foreign language in the Raiders playbook. Although, to a certain degree Gruden gets absolved since the offensive line was abysmal. The offense was also lacking in any serious threat on every level.