Video: Expectations for the Oakland Raiders in 2017

Nick Kostos, Brady Quinn, and D.J. Williams break down their expectations for the Raiders.

Raiders Safety Keith McGill to Need Surgery After Fracturing Foot on Saturday

Raiders safety Keith McGill suffered a Jones fracture on Saturday and will require foot surgey, Michael Gehlken of Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

The exact timetable of his recovery will gain clarity after further evaluation, but it is possible he won’t be ready for Week 1. McGill is a core special teams contributor who was competing in camp for a rotational role in the secondary.

A Jones fracture relates to the foot’s fifth metatarsal.

McGill was on crutches after practice, his right foot in a protective boot.

He played 281 special-teams snaps in 2016, second-most among all returning players. The Raiders already were facing significant turnover in that department. Of the seven players who appeared in at least 240 special-teams snaps last year, only fullback Jamize Olawale and McGill are still on the 90-man roster.

Raiders First Round Pick CB Gareon Conley Will Not Be Charged in Rape Case

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Raiders first-round pick Gareon Conley will not be charged in connection to a rape allegation made against him in April, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Michael C. O’Malley, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, issued the following statement regarding the case:

After a thorough investigation by the Cleveland Police Department, the facts and circumstances surrounding the allegations of sexual assault against Gareon Conley were presented to a Cuyahoga County Grand Jury. The Grand Jury returned a No Bill on all possible charges.

“He is vindicated. He looks forward to contributing in the National Football League,” Conley’s attorney, Kevin Spellacy, told Rapoport on Monday.

Conley, 22, had vehemently denied the allegations. He told Cleveland police in May he had a consensual sexual encounter with the woman who accused him of rape and denied assaulting her, Spellacy told Rapoport.

Raiders to Release Running Back Taiwan Jones

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The Raiders have released running back Taiwan Jones, a player who has had only 44 carries in his six years with the club.

Jones was mostly known for beinga special teams player, but last season didn’t even get that much playing time on special teams.

Overall he returned 26 kicks for the Raiders in 2013 and 31 kicks in 2015. Last year, he did just eight kick returns with a lackluster 14.0 yards per attempt average.

He was selected in the fourth round of the 2011 draft. The team had him switch to cornerback for a time, but he was moved back to running back for the 2015 season.

Throwing The Best Game Day Party Possible

Football season is coming up, and we all know what that means–entertaining small and large groups of friends, watching the big games, and enjoying everything the sport has to offer. If you’re planning on throwing a big bash for the Super Bowl, playoffs, or the first game of the season, then following these tips is sure to help you throw the most unforgettable game day soiree ever!

Aside from the game itself, food and drink are the most important component to a winning game day gathering. Most folks find that the best format for food at such a party is the buffet. If the food is set out and readily available to your guests, they can come and go as they please, snacking here and there and getting a larger plate of portions should the hunger strike them. Half-time is the perfect time to bring out warmer dishes or main parts of the meal like burgers, dogs, and sub sandwiches. You can start out the first half of the game with drinks, finger foods, and snacks that are easy to grab a handful of and munch on while watching the first half of the game. Once your guests are riled and ready, bring out the main course. Then after the second half of the game begins, you can set out desserts and sweet treats to finish of the night with! Be sure to include vegetarian options for friends who eat meat-free, and healthier options for folks who may not be into chips and burgers. Edible Arrangements offers lots of healthy, fruitful options that will look and taste beautiful on your special Game Day Buffet table!

Of course the taste of the food is most important, but the way you present the food can also have a major effect on how your party is enjoyed by others! Use a chalkboard with mock plays drawn in white chalk to label your buffet area, or cut out football shapes from brown construction paper and craft tiny labels for each individual dish on your buffet table so that guests won’t have to ask what is in or on each dish. Use football-inspired phrases and terminology to add a little tongue-in-cheek quirkiness to the names of your dishes. Cover water and soda bottles with referee-style black and white patterns, or use green place mats with white markings to mock the yard lines on the field. Your guests will love this little attention to detail!

Game day is a great time to gather together with friends, family, and teammates to enjoy the excitement of your favorite sport. Throwing parties can often be daunting, but if you follow these easy steps, you’re sure to have a winning get together that your guests will remember for many seasons to come!

Raiders Agree to Terms with Second-Round Pick Safety Obi Melifonwu

The Raiders have one of their top two picks ready to go for training camp, as earlier on Wednesday the team came to a deal with second-round safety Obi Melifonwu.

Now all they have to do is get first-round cornerback Gareon Conley under contract, and they will have all their picks inked and ready to roll.

Melifonwu’s agent Sean Stellato passed along word on Wednesday that his client has agreed to terms with the Raiders on a four-year contract and the Raiders announced it a short time later. Melifonwu was the only player drafted after the first round without a contract and his signing leaves Conley and two other first-rounders — 49ers defensive lineman Solomon Thomas and Titans wide receiver Corey Davis — as the only 2017 picks without deals.

Melifonwu started 47 games at the University of Connecticut and, like Cowboys safety and fellow Huskie Byron Jones, turned in a stellar performance at the combine. He’ll join Karl Joseph and Reggie Nelson at safety in Oakland and his athleticism could lead to early playing time as a rookie.

Raiders Draft Pick CB Gareon Conley Still Under Investigation for Rape

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The Raiders drafted cornerback Gareon Conley in April despite a rape accusation against him, confident a police investigation would clear their first-round pick and hopeful the matter would be resolved before training camp.

Instead, an overlap between Conley’s legal issue and camp appears unavoidable, although there is still time before practices begin in earnest, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Conley remained unsigned as Raiders rookies reported to camp Monday morning. Veteran players are scheduled to report on Friday and the first full-squad practice comes Saturday at 11 a.m. in Napa, California.

“Detectives have had meetings with the prosecutor’s office,” said Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia, a public information officer for the Cleveland Division of Police. “They would still classify it as being under investigation. No official charges have been filed. … They haven’t ruled it closed. The official statement is it still remains under investigation.”

Ciaccia declined Monday to provide a timetable for when that conclusion will come or specific detail into what has dictated the investigation’s pace thus far.

A woman accused Conley, 22, of rape in a Cleveland hotel room this April. Conley’s lawyer has publicly characterized a sexual event between the two as consensual.

The Raiders and Conley issued statements in April expressing a belief in his innocence. Both also hoped that a resolution in the matter would have arrived by now.

Conley met with police detectives on May 1. He has not met with them since, Ciaccia said.

David Carr’s Deal Allowed the Raiders to Also Pay RT Gabe Jackson

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr became the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL in late June but his deal allowed right tackle Gabe Jackson to get paid too, Jimmy Durkin of Bayareanewsgroup reports.

During Carr’s negotiations with the Raiders, he expressed an importance in structuring his deal so that the team could afford to pay players like Jackson and Khalil Mack, who will likely wait until next off-season to get his extensionl. That didn’t surprise Jackson.

“I started smiling when I first heard him saw that because he always said that to me before, that he wants to make sure everybody else is good,” Jackson said. “It goes to show you about his character and how he is as person. He’s one of the most selfless people that I know.”

Jackson said his deal is proof that rewards will come “if you live clean and live good outside of football and you come in and take care of business and you work your butt off.”

“I feel honored and blessed because all the hard work and years leading up to this, the work I put in and the sacrifices, it’s finally here,” Jackson said. “It’s not that I can relax, but I don’t have to worry about another deal. I just worry about playing football and winning a championship.”