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1  Raiders Discussions / Raider Gridiron / Re: Thinking of creating a ‘Life-raft’ for this group on: August 13, 2018, 07:05:15 PM
I'm old school fellas!

I don't do any social media.

If this old tug is going to sink, I'm going down with it brothers!!

Just sayin!!!

I'm with ya 805. There will be no FB. Not now, not ever.

I sure hope things work out here. Been a member for 13 years. And Lurked for a year before that. It's got a lot of great fans. A lot of football knowledge. Pretty kool.

IF everything goes bad. We'll see you guys on the other side.  Cool
2  Raiders Discussions / Raider Gridiron / Re: Why Are We Recieving This Message on: August 08, 2018, 07:13:47 PM
 ahhhhh smokin
3  Raiders Discussions / Raider Gridiron / Raiders training camp: 5 things to know from joint practice with Lions on: August 08, 2018, 07:12:30 PM
Raiders training camp: 5 things to know from joint practice with Lions

NAPA — For the first time since New Year’s Eve in 2017, the Raiders faced a team other than their own.

The Lions, with first-year head coach Matt Patricia, descended on Napa for the first of two joint practices on Tuesday ahead of Friday’s preseason opener between the two teams at the Coliseum.

Here are five things to know from the most intense practice of Raiders camp thus far.

Derek Carr threw his first interception


Just kidding.

But do take note of the fact Carr’s first interception came in the first practice against an actual opponent. Lions standout cornerback Darius Slay picked him off in an 11-on-11 period, and Carr was none too happy about the gaffe afterward.

“It was, man, on a stupid scramble drill too,” Carr said. “Like out of all the places, that was the easiest time not to get one, right? So yeah … I was bummed.”

At least Carr wasn’t as bad as EJ Manuel, who completed as many passes to the Lions as the number on his jersey. It might also end up being his ranking on the quarterbacks depth chart if he keeps playing like he did Tuesday.

Matt Patricia on Jon Gruden

Patricia has seen plenty of Gruden in production meetings over the last decade as a Patriots defensive coach and New England’s defensive coordinator since 2012. He even joked the Raiders might have an edge these next couple days with how much insight Patricia has lent Gruden in those meetings.

Tuesday morning before practice the new Lions head coach offered his thoughts on the new Raiders head coach, and how they planned for Tuesday and Wednesday’s joint practices in Napa.

“He’s been such a good friend to me, really through the course of the years, someone that’s been really helpful, to be honest with you, in some of the meetings that we’ve had and the games that he’s done and being able to just come in and talk football,” Patricia said. “He loves football, loves to talk football. It was always good for me to go into those meetings – he’s gonna have a little bit of an advantage on me here – going into those meetings and breaking down defense in particular when I was at New England. Talk about, ‘Hey, what am I doing this week?’ or ‘What should I look for in the games?’ so he’s scouted me pretty good from that standpoint.

“The hospitality and to be able to plan this, it was really so easy … It’s been awesome.”

Beasts in the backfield

Gruden lit into undrafted rookie running back Chris Warren for having too high of a pad level on a running play during team drills. The next touch Warren received, he sent Lions linebacker Jarrad Davis (a 2017 first-round pick) flying through the air. Like, his feet actually came off the ground as he fell backward.

Warren may not make the 53-man roster, but he certainly gave the Raiders a reason to take a closer look on Tuesday. His 6-foot-2, 246-pound frame is hard to ignore, and he would provide the Raiders another Marshawn Lynch-like physical presence in the backfield.

Fullback Keith Smith also showed Tuesday why the Raiders signed him in free agency, cleanly paving a running lane for Lynch while plowing over Davis, too.

“Well, they’re definitely physical. I know Keith obviously, played him in college also,” Carr said. ” … To have Keith blowing holes open the way that he can, especially with our running backs … I heard a sound, I haven’t seen Chris’ run yet but I heard it was pretty awesome. Can’t wait to see that.”

Emmanuel Lamur makes defensive play of the day

Lamur has started only 15 of 71 games he’s played in his career. During those five years, he’s grabbed only two interceptions, both in 2014 with Paul Guenther as his defensive coordinator in Cincinnati.

On Tuesday, Lamur acrobatically corralled a Matthew Stafford pass during 11-on-11s for the Raiders’ only interception of the day.
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The veteran is fighting for a starting spot, and was listed as the first-team strong-side linebacker on the team’s unofficial depth chart released Monday. Lamur can be a force at 6-foot-4 and 245 pounds, and 2018 might be the season he finally makes a name for himself in the NFL. He’ll be on his way to doing just that if he keeps making plays like Tuesday’s.

Day 10 injury report

OUT: LT Donald Penn, DT Eddie Vanderdoes, RT Brandon Parker, RT Breno Giacomini, S Marcus Gilchrist, DB Tevin Mitchel, CB Gareon Conley, S Obi Melifonwu

IN: S Erik Harris, S Karl Joseph, RG Gabe Jackson
4  Raiders Discussions / Raider Gridiron / Raiders seek pay cut for LT Donald Penn on: August 08, 2018, 07:06:02 PM
Raiders seek pay cut for LT Donald Penn

Donald Penn’s future with the Raiders may be contingent on a pay cut, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

The team has expressed interest in reworking the veteran offensive tackle’s contract, two people familiar with the situation said Tuesday. Penn has yet to practice in training camp while he recovers from a December foot injury. He remains on the club’s Physically Unable to Perform list.

This is the second straight camp in which Penn’s contract is of pertinence.

Last year, he skipped all activities in Napa following a Pro Bowl campaign, desiring long-term security before the final year of his deal. The tactic proved prescient. He reported to the Raiders in late August, played in their first regular-season game and was awarded a two-year, $21 million extension.

On Dec. 17, Penn suffered a Lisfranc fracture against the Dallas Cowboys. He underwent surgery four days later.

Without the contract, Penn would be rehabbing today as a free agent. Instead, among other benefits, he does so with half of his $6 million salary fully guaranteed for 2018. He can earn up to an additional $2.35 million via potential bonuses and incentives this year.

Of those bonuses, the bulk is tied to a $1.75 million roster bonus. That figure is triggered in $109,375 increments for each game in which he’s part of the Raiders’ 46-man active roster.
5  Raiders Discussions / Raider Gridiron / Derek Carr thanks Raiders owner Davis for Gruden on: August 08, 2018, 07:03:28 PM
Derek Carr thanks Raiders owner Davis for Gruden

While many were wondering how Derek Carr would adjust to the notoriously hard-on-his-quarterbacks Jon Gruden in his return to coaching with the Oakland Raiders, Carr would not have it any other way, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN reports.

In fact, two weeks into their first training camp together, Carr is grateful that Gruden is in his ear and on his behind.

So grateful, in fact, that he recently thanked Raiders owner Mark Davis for the hire.

"I just said thank you for, you know, for just believing in me," Carr told ESPN after Tuesday's joint practice with the Detroit Lions. "After you let a coach go, it is always tough, because I love coach (Jack) Del Rio, I love coach (Todd) Downing and it's like, 'Dang, man, what's next?'

"So for (Davis) to go get coach Gruden, we have to take the next step and it's like, well, you know, if we had to do it, well thank you for bringing someone in that believes in me, wants to teach me, wants me to be better. So absolutely, man, I thank Mr. Davis and Mr. (Reggie) McKenzie all the time."

Carr said their relationship is "absolutely amazing" and still growing.

"The way he demands from me, he gets after me, just like he gets after everybody else," Carr said. "If I screw up, he lets me know it, in front of everybody. And it just makes an openness about our team... there's no secrets, man. If I screwed it up, I screwed it up, no problem. But at the same time, he is the same guy telling each and every one of his players -- you will catch him just after practice, if you just watch him -- if he yelled at someone, he is going to go grab them, 'Man, I love you, man, the reason I am getting after you is because I see this and this in you,' and so anybody who has played for him, anyone who knows him, they want to run through a brick wall for the guy."
6  Raiders Discussions / Raider Gridiron / Re: Why Are We Recieving This Message on: July 08, 2018, 04:41:06 PM
Yeah that sucks it just tough. I still hope on now a days but its getting a pain to log in now

We can all feel the seriousness of your pain. It is stunningly evident in the purposeful use of each word typed.     smokin
7  Raiders Discussions / Raider Gridiron / Re: Raiders players don’t just raise social awareness, they back it up in their comm on: May 23, 2018, 06:57:41 PM
Awe fuck it!!  givemebeer reefer cheers beer cheers
8  Raiders Discussions / Raider Gridiron / Re: Why Are We Recieving This Message on: May 14, 2018, 08:01:04 PM
Mozilla FireFox seems to work fairly well. Keeps me logged in. Posting is temperamental. 
9  Raiders Discussions / Raider Gridiron / Re: Why Are We Recieving This Message on: May 14, 2018, 07:58:29 PM
10  Raiders Discussions / Raider Gridiron / Welcome Kolton Miller on: April 26, 2018, 10:42:18 PM
Kolton Miller NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Oakland Raiders' Pick


—Impressive all-around athlete who won the combine with a 4.95-second 40-yard dash, 31 ½-inch vertical jump, 10-foot, 1-inch broad jump, 7.34-second three-cone drill and 4.49-second short shuttle.

—Started at right tackle as a freshman and sophomore before moving to left tackle in 2017.

—Strong puncher with excellent arm length (34 ?") and timing in his hands.

—Quick, smart processor who plays with patience and poise in the passing game.

—Has the power to drop his weight and shut down bull-rushers.

—Has the hands (10 ¾") to lock on and handle defenders.



—Might be too tall at 6'9" and struggles to drop to get under bending edge-rushers' pads.

—Lean frame that could hold more mass (309 lbs), and he needs to add to it.

—Speed rushers show the stiffness in his game.

—Is raw and needs to develop his run-game technique while adding strength.

—Despite long arms, he lets defenders into his frame.


Kolton Miller needs to be developed on the go. He isn't a plug-and-play left tackle and may end up at right tackle. He does bring technique, size and athleticism, and that's good enough to get a look late in the first round.


GRADE: 6.99 (Round 2)

Kolton Miller NFL Draft prospect profile

Kolton Miller has watched his name shoot up NFL Draft rankings during the process leading up to the event in late April, but the offensive tackle does not come without his fair share of question marks and concerns about what he could bring to the next level.

The Minnesota Vikings are hard at work looking for offensive linemen to add into the mix as they continue to overhaul their unit up front and it will likely come down to the best available lineman in the first round where it is a tackle, guard or center.

Here is a look at what the former member of the UCLA Bruins brings to the table:

Height/Weight: 6-7, 310 pounds

School: UCLA

Position: Offensive Tackle

Projected: 1st-2nd round

    Breakout season in 2017 with the Bruins at left tackle, which is where he projects in the NFL
    As athletic a tackle prospect that there is in this class and has the tools to be a long-time starter
    Long arms allow him to stave off defenders
    His footwork is a strength and he uses it well to keep up with moves from pass rushers
    Packs a powerful punch with his hands when finding someone to block


    Concerns exist that he is a one-year wonder
    Is a streaky player that has some bad habits that need to be worked out of his system
    Seems to get rattled when going up against adept pass rushers and has a tendency to panic
    Stops his feet on contact far too much
    Tall player that stays tall out of his stance


Miller is going to be taken earlier than he probably should because this draft class is relatively weak at offensive tackle. With a premium being placed on the position almost nearly as much as the quarterbacks are, teams will use early resources and reach a bit to plug that hole.

2018 NFL Draft Grades: Raiders get a B- for taking Kolton Miller and passing on defense

With the No. 15 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Raiders selected Kolton Miller, offensive tackle out of UCLA after a trade down.

Draft tracker: Get grades for every pick
Grade: B-

Pete Prisco: I think he's the best tackle in the draft, but they have so many defensive needs.

Chris Trapasso: Tall, active left tackle prospect exuding athleticism. Polished pass-blocker who plays with balance and uses his long limbs well. Flashes a nasty streak in the run game, as he typically blocks through the whistle. Smaller defenders give him some problems at times.
Fantasy impact

Jamey Eisenberg: The Raiders added what could be the best offensive tackle in this draft with Miller, and he could help the team right away with Donald Penn (foot) hurt. The main thing Fantasy owners need from Miller is to help Derek Carr not get hit, and hopefully Carr will rebound in 2018 under new coach Jon Gruden. NCAA recap

R.J. White: A 247Sports four-star recruit out of Roseville, Calif., Miller redshirted in 2014 before making five starts in his freshman season. He then started at right tackle in 2016 but only played in five games due to injury.

Miller took over as UCLA's left tackle in 2017, starting all 13 games on the blind side. The Bruins saw an improvement in their rushing game with Miller on the field, and he earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors for his work on the blind side. He declared early for the NFL Draft in the week after the Cactus Bowl.
11  Raiders Discussions / Raider Gridiron / Re: Live Stadium Cam on: April 22, 2018, 08:47:37 PM
Actual building going on!!!
12  Raiders Discussions / Raider Gridiron / Re: Live Stadium Cam on: April 08, 2018, 11:35:30 AM
I will be in Las Vegas during NFL Draft Week and the hotel I am staying at, I will be going past the stadium site, maybe I'll even take pictures of it. 

Sonic!?   Shocked
13  Raiders Discussions / Raider Gridiron / Re: Raiders sign Jordy Nelson... on: March 17, 2018, 08:14:25 PM
I can post some more Baby pictures.  Cheesy
14  Raiders Discussions / Raider Gridiron / Raiders announce signing of Colby Wadman after Marquette King hints at retiremen on: March 17, 2018, 01:01:01 PM
Raiders announce signing of Colby Wadman after Marquette King hints at retirement

The Raiders have signed their ninth player over the past two days as the team announced that punter Colby Wadman has agreed to terms Friday.

General manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Jon Gruden teamed up to sign six players Thursday including inside linebacker Tahir Whitehead, safety Marcus Gilchrist, running back Doug Martin, fullback Keith Smith, wide receiver Jordy Nelson, tight end Derek Carrier and safety Marcus Gilchrist.

The Raiders also kept TE Lee Smith as well as he was set to become a free agent himself in 2018. The move to pick up Wadman one year after he spent time with the Raiders during rookie mini-camp is an interesting one considering current punter Marquette King recently hinted at retirement on social media.

Below is Oakland’s official news release on the signing of Wadman.

    ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent P Colby Wadman, the club announced Friday.

    After finishing up his collegiate career, Wadman participated in rookie mini-camp in 2017 with the Raiders on a tryout basis. He was also with the Indianapolis Colts on a tryout basis for their rookie mini-camp last year.

    Wadman spent his collegiate career punting for UC Davis (2013-16), appearing 34 total games for the Aggies while being named a three-time All-Big Sky Conference Honorable Mention. Over his four-year career, Wadman recorded 182 punts, notching a 40.2-yard gross average and pinning 57 of them inside his opponents’ 20-yard line, while also having a long of 65 yards. As a senior in 2016, the 6-foot-1, 213-pound punter boasted a career-high 43.2-yard gross average. He pinned opponents inside the 20-yard line at least 17 times in each season with UC Davis, while crossing the 40.0-yard punt average barrier in each of his last three years.

    A Thousand Oaks, Calif., native, Wadman was named All-Marmonte League First Team as a senior in high school in 2012 at Thousand Oaks High School, posting a 39.9-yard gross average while downing eight punts inside the 20-yard line.

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15  Raiders Discussions / Raider Gridiron / Re: HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT DOUG MARTIN? on: March 17, 2018, 12:28:58 PM
Nice to see you post E.


Oh but wait there's more...............

I'm kicking your ass thus far in Nascar.


It has been a super busy couple years for me. And especially the last 7 months. In the last couple years I have gotten Married. I have a new job (1.5yrs deep now). It seems to be a good fit as I have been promoted twice since getting it. I am now Assistant Manager of Shipping and Receiving at a local manufacturing facility. My daughter got a new house. It was a fixer upper and required a complete gut and rebuild. Which we pretty much did all ourselves. All this while she was pregnant too. She gave birth on Feb 26th making me a new Grandfather of a beautiful baby girl. WAHOOOO!!! So it has been a crazy ride lately.

And yeah, I see you up in that #1 position in the NASCAR league.

DOn't get too comfortable up there. Its a long season and my strategy has me making my move at the end of the race.


Congrats grandpa!  Sounds like things going well!

Thanks so much Ghost! I am Loving the Grandpa role. I will stop hijacking this thread after a picture or two. (Sorry everyone, Gotta Show off a little)


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