Can Gruden juggle the strong personalities on the Raiders?

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

Lets just all admit it. The minute we saw that John Gruden had been paid an insane amount of money to become the head coach of the Oakland Raiders, we knew we were in for a wild ride. While his first season didn’t live up to the hype, it has been nothing but Must See TV ever since the season ended.

Lets quickly recap.

First, the disaster that was the 2018 season. With a record of 4-12, Gruden’s first season as head coach was underwhelming to say the least. In a year where the AFC West was a stand out division, the Raiders were the bottom dwellers. The tone of the season was set very early with the trade of linebacker Khalil Mack to Chicago, then later in the season the trade of wide receiver Amari Cooper to Dallas. Gruden didn’t hide the fact he was completely overhauling the team and managed to get some great draft capital in the process. While fans weren’t happy, the value received was fantastic.

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The Miami Dolphins are 3-0 and atop the AFC East

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Lisa Johnson, Miami Dolphins Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

The Miami Dolphins have taken over the top spot in the AFC East. Yes, it’s only game 3 but honestly, most of the national media had written this Dolphins team off as one of the worst in the league.

Well, that worst team in the NFL has found themselves alone at the top of their division.

Offensively, during the first quarter, quarterback Ryan Tannehill struggled to find any rhythm. “Sometimes it’s not gonna be pretty but we all hung in there together and we found a way to get it done,” Tannehill said. I said this the whole offseason once the Dolphins signed Albert Wilson (my former hometown kid).

This is the guy head coach Adam Gase was searching for. Wilson brings a whole new skill set. He is fast and very versatile. He is a Gase guy. Coach said that Wilson, along with another explosive player, Jakeen Grant,  have a whole set of plays designed just for these two players’ skill sets.

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The Lions in Oakland

Official Lions Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield//@Mom23RN

The much anticipated Matt Patricia era mostly officially begins tonight!  The Lions have made their way out to Oakland to take on the Raiders in their first preseason matchup under new head coach Patricia.   We all know that these are mostly scrimmages, but here are some things that I’ll be watching out for tonight.

Kerryon Johnson  Johnson was the 2nd round pick of the Lions in this past draft.  He’s a running back out of Auburn, and man, have the reports been good on him coming out of camp.  Anyone who’s watched a Lions broadcast in the past year or two knows that the Lions haven’t had a 100 yard rusher in a trillion years.

Could Kerryon be the one to break that?  As of now, it looks pretty good.  He’s been hardworking, playing different roles, such as pass catching, and pass protection.  He’s also gotten tips from former Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount.   Hoping we get to see some of that tonight.

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OurTurf’s Mock NFL Draft Part 1

Official Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman//@WandaW63

Free agency is pretty much on the quiet front with some players still trickling on to teams, such as quarterback Blaine Gabbert to the Tennessee Titans, and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to the Los Angeles Rams.  But now it’s all about the draft and filling the holes that will make or break a team. So here is my attempt at Round 1 of the NFL Draft.

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AFC East / AFC West – Roster Updates

Meaningful player additions, releases, and re-signings – Last update:  April 19, 2018

 

 

Buffalo Bills

Signings: CB Vontae Davis, RB Chris Ivory, DT Star Lotulelei, TE Logan Thomas, DE Eddie Yarbrough, CB Lafayette Pitts, DT Kyle Williams, S Rafael Bush, OLB Trent Murphy, LB Julian Stanford, QB A.J. McCarron, RB Taiwan Jones, C Russell Bodine, RT Marshall Newhouse, OLB Ramon Humber, WR Kaelin Clay, CB Phillip Gaines, DE Terrence Fede, LB Eddie Yarbrough, TE Logan Thomas, CB Lafayette Pitts, DE Tenny Palepol, TE Nick O’Leary, WR Jeremy Kerley

Released: QB Tyrod Taylor (traded to Cleveland), OT Cordy Glenn (traded to Cincinnati), DE Ryan Davis, DE Nordly Capi

Retired: S Aaron Williams, S James Ihedigbo

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Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018

Official Lions Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

 

The votes are in.

The newest members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame are Randy Moss, Ray Lewis, Brian Urlacher, Brian Dawkins, Terrell Owens, Jerry Kramer, Robert Brazile and Bobby Beathard.

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Eagles Clinch Home Field Advantage

Official Eagles Reporter

By Roxaan Herrera

Eagles 19 – Raiders 10

 

All wins are not equal. Sure, a win is a win and it’s a step closer to the ultimate goal.  However, how you win does say a lot about a team. Monday night’s game against the Oakland Raiders was one of the most embarrassing wins I’ve witnessed in my fourteen years as an Eagles fan.  Have there been some prior to 2003? Of course, but I didn’t see them so it doesn’t count. We’re talking about my feelings here.

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Denver vs Oakland review. AKA: please, make it stop.

Official Denver Broncos Reporter

By Julie Dixon // @ABroncoNole   

It was long odds for Denver to pull off a win: on the road, rainy, new Offensive Coordinator, a quarterback in his third start and first in 11 months. Sadly, it may have been his last.

We’d been told that the new OC would tailor a game plan for the new guy. That would equate to being in the shotgun, lots of passes and some run pass option since the dude can run, drop backs limited to three steps.

What we saw instead was… I don’t know what. The exact opposite, only worse. Ten passes were called even though he needs, needed, every chance he could get. With only three days of practice throwing to the ones since August, you’d think getting the timing down would be a priority. It wasn’t. Plus, there was a right tackle in his second start at that position, against Khalil Mack. There was no run, didn’t even crack 60 yards total.

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Review Denver Broncos vs Oakland Raiders – The 2nd Half

Official Denver Broncos Reporter

By Julie Dixon // @ABroncoNole   

 

The series of events that took place before the half pretty sums up the NFL life of Lynch. Missed opportunities, poor timing and bad luck. Despite a high ankle sprain, he threw a deep pass that few can do. It was over the shoulder, had perfect touch and into the bucket of our running back Devontae Booker for a TD.

On review, with only one angle to see and it was fuzzy, the TD is overruled. They decide he’s a 1/2 yard shy. On two plays, our backs couldn’t get anything. Lynch rolls to his left and throws a laser across his body right into TE Virgil Green. The ball bounces off, hits a Raider, bounces off him and drops into another raider as he’s falling down. It was a classic, are you kidding me, Blake unfortunate Bortles, interception. Had Green caught it, TD or had it dropped, we’d have kicked a FG.
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Fighting in the NFL: Crabtree, Talib Suspended

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By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8  

Today the NFL announced that Oakland Raider Wide Receiver Michael Crabtree and Denver Bronco Cornerback Aqib Talib would be suspended for two games without pay as a result of the fight that took place on Sunday.

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