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William Stanback returns to Raiders after death of both parents

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Former standout CFL running back is back at training camp fighting for a roster spot

Las Vegas Raiders reserve running back William Stanback has reportedly returned to the team after being away because of the deaths of both his parents in July.

The NFL Network reported that Stanback’s father, William Sr., died of bladder cancer and then, Stanback’s mother, Patricia, died nine days later from a heart attack....

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Silver Minings: ESPN believes Raiders have average under-25 talent

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Las Vegas can change that narrative in 2020 

When he tore down the Raiders’ roster in 2018, it was clear that Jon Gruden was going to base his 10-year era with the team around young players.

Thanks to big trades of Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper, the Raiders had a total of five first-round picks in 2018 and 2019 combined. These players — namely defensive end Clelin Ferrell, running back Josh Jacobs, safety Johnathan Abram, wide...

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Tuesday open thread

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Have at it, Raiders fans

Chat away.

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How the shutdown benefited Derek Carr's status with the Raiders

In an offseason with no in-person instruction, Carr's familiarity with Jon Gruden's system has entrenched him as the Raiders' offensive leader.

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Jason Witten felt ‘a lot of joy and passion’ putting on Raiders’ uniform for the first time

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Veteran tight end had only ever played NFL for the Dallas Cowboys before this season

When Jason Witten decided to leave the Dallas Cowboys — the only NFL team he had played for since being drafted in 2003 — in March and sign with the Las Vegas Raiders, he knew things would be different.

Yet, getting used to a new franchise and new surrounding in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic has made Witten’s adjustment even more...

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Raiders linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski looking forward to new challenge

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Free agent is full-time starter for first time in career   

In his four seasons with the Chicago Bears, linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski was a backup. Now he is a vital part of the Las Vegas Raiders’ defense.

Kwiatkoski, a fourth-round pick by the Bears in 2016, took advantage of some injuries last season and started eight games, during which he flashed in his role as a starter and the Raiders took notice. They jumped on in him early...

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Raiders’ NFL game-day face coverings are here just in time for the 2020 season

Fanatics

Wear the same coverings as the players for the inaugural season in Las Vegas

These days, one can never have too many face covering options and now you can buy them for your game-day crew as we all fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Check out these authentic Las Vegas Raiders’ New Era face covering, now available through Fanatics for $19.99.

Not only is this face covering super sharp, it’s the real deal. How real? Get this, it’s the same exact covering the Raiders...

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Monday open thread

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Happy new week

Let’s dominate.

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Who is Javin White?

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The UDFA linebacker is drawing mention alongside the Raiders’ two new starters at the position

Could Javin White be setup any better as a player of interest to Raiders fans and any local media in 2020? He’s managed to lock in two cities as his “hometown” affiliation after all: Oakland and Las Vegas. And now he’s in Raiders training camp, working with the belief that whenever the next real football game is, he’ll be wearing silver and black...

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Silver Minings: Rodney Hudson named one of best players older than 30

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He comes in at No. 22

For those of you 30-year-olds out there, don’t worry, you’re still young! You’re in your prime. However, if you’re 30 in the NFL, you’re widely considered to be on the decline and “up there in age”.

NFL.com ranked the 30 best players over the age of 30 entering the 2020 season. The Raiders had one player make the cut. Rodney Hudson, the Raiders’ 31-year old center came in at No. 22 on the countdown.

Here’s what...

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Tyrell Williams may still have hidden value

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A receiver we should not forget about ... again

Last season, Chris Godwin of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers emerged in year three to catch 86 passes for 1,333 yards and nine touchdowns in only 14 games. The 2017 third round pick had a couple of good performances in 2018 but also quite a few underwhelming ones as the Bucs were yet to rid themselves of a Dirk Koetter offense.

With Bruce Arians letting Jameis Winston to go for broke as much as his heart desired...

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Silver Minings: Raiders re-sign defensive end Ade Aruna

He joined their practice squad in 2019

The Raiders did a minor roster move on Saturday, announcing they had re-signed defensive end, Ade Aruna. If the name doesn’t sound too familiar, it’s because he has yet to suit up for the Raiders in a game.

He was signed by the team last year and joined the club’s practice squad ahead of their Week 17 game in 2019. Aruna, 6-foot-5 and 263 pounds, sounded as a reserve/future free agent at the end of last season.

Aruna was drafted by the Minnesota...

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Silver Minings: Raiders sign linebacker Bryce Hager

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He spent five years with the Rams

On Friday, the Raiders announced that they had signed linebacker Bryce Hager. The five-year NFL veteran has spent his entire NFL career with the Rams.

We have signed free agent LB Bryce Hager. pic.twitter.com/FfrvqLoIwO

— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) August 7, 2020

During his five years with the Rams, he appeared in a total of 69 games. He played in all 16 games during his first four seasons, but only appeared...

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Jon Gruden loves new defensive tackle Maliek Collins

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Maurice Hurst is still in mix, but Collins is “key” to Raiders’ defense

On Thursday after a media session with Jon Gruden, I posed this thought on Twitter:

Gruden is all over Collins, Hankins and Ross and is not saying much about Hurst. It might not mean anything … or it might. #Raiders

— Bill Williamson (@BWilliamsonNFL) August 6, 2020

In the past week, Gruden has raved about new defensive tackle Maliek...

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Derek Carr gets caught using burner account on Twitter

There are some athletes that get too caught up in how the public and media views them, and Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has always been one of them.

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Lincoln Kennedy to Derek Carr: ‘Put up or shut up, no more excuses’

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Raiders’ radio analyst has pointed comments about Las Vegas QB and head coach Jon Gruden

Derek Carr proclaimed this week that he is “tired of being disrespected,” well, he may have a bone to pick with a fellow Las Vegas Raiders’ employee.

Appearing on CBS Radio on The Zach Gelb Show, the former Raiders’ standout tackle and current radio analyst Lincoln Kennedy was asked about Carr’s statement. Kennedy did not hold back.

“I...

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Jon Gruden tricks Raiders players into thinking he had covid-19

That’s one way to scare your players straight. The Las Vegas Raiders did their part to drive home the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic. NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported the Raiders had assistant head coach Rich Bisaccia replace Jon Gruden on a Zoom call with players.

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Silver Minings: Where does AFC West fit in NFL division power rankings?

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Super Bowl champion Chiefs help the cause

Having the defending Super Bowl champions in the division carries a lot of weight for the AFC West heading into the 2020 NFL season, especially considering quarterback Patrick Mahomes is the best player in the league and most of the starters on both sides of the ball are back.

With the Chiefs alone, the AFC West should be considered a strong division. Still, in a ranking of all eight NFL...

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Friday open thread

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We made it

Celebrate Friday with some Raiders’ chatter.

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Derek Carr planning to honor Kobe Bryant with arm sleeve this season

Derek Carr is a huge Kobe Bryant fan and is planning to honor his idol this season. 

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