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Raiders Got a Call About QB Derek Carr’s Availability From the Colts

The quarterback position in the NFL very much remains in flux for many teams around the league, including the Raiders who already have a quarterback they appear to like in Derek Carr.

That didn’t stop the Colts, who Thursday dealt a 2021 third-round pick and a conditional second-round choice in 2022 to the Philadelphia Eagles for backup QB Carson Wentz, to make a call about Carr’s availability.

Jim Ayello of The Indianapolis Star is reporting that the Colts were turned down by the Raiders who said that Carr is simply “not available.”

It would have been interesting to see what the Colts would have offered the Raiders for Carr, as rumors earlier in February stated that Las Vegas wanted multiple picks for the 29-year-old.

This season Carr will earn a base salary of $19.5 million, with a workout bonus of $100,000, while carrying a cap hit of $22.1 million.

This past season Carr played well, going 8-8 as a starter and throwing for 4,103 yards with 27 touchdowns, completing over 67 percent of his passes and posting a career-high 71.0 total QBR.

For now though, he’s staying put in Las Vegas, and unless something happens to blow the Raiders away, he’ll be the team’s opening day starter at quarterback.

Raiders Hire Gus Bradley As New Defensive Coordinator

The Raiders have announced the hiring of former Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley as the teams’ new defensive coordinator.

Bradley just wrapped up his time as DC with the Chargers, who last week fired the coaching staff along with head coach Anthony Lynn.

The coach compiled a record of 14-48 in 62 games as head coach of the Jaguars before he was canned with two games left in the 2016 season with the club at 2-12.

Last season Bradley helped the Bolts finish in the top 10 in the NFL in total defense (343.4 avg.) and ranked ninth in the league against the pass (223.6 avg.).

Bradley helped the Los Angeles defense produce four players that were selected for Pro Bowl honors, among them defensive ends Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram III, who combined for six Pro Bowl nods.

Raiders Can DC Paul Guenther with Three Games Left in 2020

With playoff hopes quickly fading for the Raiders, the team after Sunday’s home loss made a move in the coaching ranks, firing DC Paul Guenther.

Here’s a report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport about the move and what’s next for Las Vegas with three games left in 2020.

Video: 6-3 Raiders Look to Sweep the 8-1 Chiefs in Prime Time Sunday Night

The Raiders will look for a second straight win over the Super Bowl Champion Chiefs this Sunday when they play host to Kansas City on Sunday evening.

Las Vegas enters the contest at 6-3, one of nine 6-3 teams in the NFL as they look to make a push for the postseason.

The Chiefs are 8-1, with that only loss being from the Raiders earlier this year.

Here’s the official game preview from NFL.com.

Raiders Get Good News as Additional COVID-19 Tests Come Up Positive

The Raiders had no additional positive tests from their latest COVID-19 tests, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports via Kevin Patra of NFL.com.

It’s a positive sign the Week 7 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which was moved from Sunday night to Sunday afternoon, can be played as scheduled.

The Raiders had two COVID-19 instances earlier in the week, with corner Damon Arnette going on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday and tackle Trent Brown placed on the list Wednesday. Vegas put their entire offensive line on the COVID-19 list as they isolate after contact tracing connected them to Brown. While those O-lineman links came from Monday interaction, Rapoport reported that safety Johnathan Abram, who is also currently isolating, had close contact on Tuesday and would not be cleared in time to play Sunday.

The Raiders aren’t out of the woods yet, with additional COVID-19 tests over the coming days needing to be passed before Sunday’s game officially gets the hump, but not having any more positives from Thursday’s round of testing is at least a step in the right direction.

Saints vs Raiders: Three Keys for a Raiders Monday Night Victory

For the first time in NFL history the Raiders will be playing in their new stadium Monday night as they host future Hall of Fame QB Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints on Monday night football.

The Raiders are looking to get to 2-0 after a win in Carolina over the Panthers a week ago, while the Saints took care of business against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home.

The Saints are a 4.5 point favorite in most sports books entering Monday night’s game.

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The Raiders have their work cut out for them, and here’s a few keys to getting a win over the Saints:

1. Run with Conviction

The Raiders went to Josh Jacobs early and often against the Panthers, and that’s a great idea against the Saints for a few reasons on Monday night. One it establishes dominating the line of scrimmage, but more so it keeps the Saints offense off the field.

Brees is so dangerous that the more you keep him off the field the better, and Jacobs and his ability to break tackles will be a key to showing how physical the Raiders offensive line can be. They showed it in week one against the Panthers, and have to do it again Monday night.

2. Get to Brees

Sure the Saints will be minus Michael Thomas, the best wide out in the game today, but at the same time, Brees is still a very dangerous quarterback who will find wide outs and his favorite safety valve in running back Alvin Kamara.

If the Raiders up front and linebackers can get to Brees and at least get some early hits on him, it could make him nervous and forcing him into mistakes down the field. The Raiders last week didn’t get enough pressure on Teddy Bridgewater, but now have a chance against Brees to make amends for that.

3. Don’t give up the ball easy

One thing that has hurt the Raiders in the past in close games is allowing turnvoers, and against the Saints that’s a bad way to put yourself in a huge hole. Let’s see if the Raiders can smartly keep the ball away, and not turn the ball over a number of times.

A lot of that is up to Derek Carr and the Raiders offense, be smart, don’t make mistakes, and they have a shot to pull off the big win over the Saints to get to 2-0.

Wednesday’s Injury Report for the Raiders Battle with the Panthers

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

C Rodney Hudson (not injury related), G Richie Incognito (not injury related), TE Jason Witten (not injury related)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

CB Damon Arnette (thumb, groin), T Trenton Brown (calf), DT Maliek Collins (thigh)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

WR Nelson Agholor (groin), WR Bryan Edwards (knee), LB Nicholas Morrow (knee)

 

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

G Dennis Daley (ankle)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

DE Brian Burns (ankle), S Juston Burris (rib), RB Trenton Cannon (shoulder), CB Corn Elder (hamstring), DE Yetur Gross-Matos (wrist), CB Donte Jackson (toe), C Tyler Larsen (calf), T Greg Little (ankle), T Taylor Moton (wrist), T Russell Okung (ankle), CB Troy Pride (ankle), WR Curtis Samuel (hamstring), DT Kawann Short (shoulder), TE Ian Thomas (toe), CB Stantley Thomas-Oliver (hamstring), LB Shaq Thompson (groin), DE Stephen Weatherly (hamstring), LB Tahir Whitehead (groin)

Raiders 2020 Schedule Released, Home Opener in Week 2 Vs New Orleans

The Raiders 2020 schedule is out – and the team will celebrate its new home in Las Vegas with a meeting with future Hall of Fame QB Drew Brees and the Saints in week two on Monday night.

Here’s the complete slate for Las Vegas.

Week 1: @ Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Sept. 13 @ 1 p.m. ET

Week 2: vs. New Orleans Saints, Monday, Sept. 21 @ 8:15 p.m. ET

Week 3: @ New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 27 @ 1 p.m. ET

Week 4: vs. Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Sunday, Oct. 4 @ 4:25 p.m. ET

Week 5: @ Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Oct. 11 @ 1 p.m. ET

Week 6: Bye Week

Week 7: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Oct. 25 @ 8:20 p.m. ET

Week 8: @ Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Nov. 1 @ 1 p.m. ET

Week 9: @ Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Nov. 8 @ 4:05 p.m. ET

Week 10: vs. Denver Broncos, Sunday, Nov. 15 @ 4:05 p.m. ET

Week 11: vs. Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Nov. 22 @ 8:20 p.m. ET

Week 12: @ Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 29 @ 1 p.m. ET

Week 13: @ New York Jets, Sunday, Dec. 6 @ 1 p.m. ET

Week 14: vs. Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Dec. 13 @ 4:05 p.m. ET

Week 15: vs. Los Angeles Chargers, Thursday, Dec. 17 @ 8:20 p.m. ET

Week 16: vs. Miami Dolphins, Saturday, Dec. 26 OR Sunday, Dec. 27, Time TBD

Week 17: @ Denver Broncos, Sunday, Jan. 3 @ 4:25 p.m. ET