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Raiders Decline Fifth-Year Option on Safety Karl Joseph

The Raiders have decided to decline the fifth-year option for 2020 on safety Karl Joseph according to the team’s official website.

The decision is somewhat of a surprise after head coach Jon Gruden suggested in February that the team would pick up the option. The No.14-overall pick in the 2016 draft out of West Virginia, Joseph seemed out of favor with Gruden’s hand-picked coaching staff to begin the 2018 season and was labeled a draft bust. As the season went on, however, he turned into a quality starter.

The Raiders apparently are still not believers after signing former Rams safety Lamarcus Joyner in free agency and using one of their three first-rounders on S Johnathan Abram last week. If the 25-year-old Joseph continues his improvement from 2018, he will likely be a hot commodity on the free agent market next spring.

Raiders Bring Back Running Back Doug Martin

The Raiders Thursday brought back an old friend, signing running back Doug Martin, who was an unrestricted free agent.

The 30-year-old re-joins the Silver and Black for his second season with the club after spending the first six years of his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The 2012 first-round draft pick (31st overall) is a two-time Pro Bowler (2012 and 2015) and was selected to the Associated Press All-Pro First Team in 2015.

Over his career, Martin has appeared in 84 games with 74 starts, totaling 5,356 rushing yards on 1,322 attempts (4.1 avg.) with 30 touchdowns. Additionally, Martin has recorded 148 receptions for 1,207 yards and scored twice.

Last season, the 5-foot-9, 223-pound rusher appeared in all 16 contests for the third time in his career and made nine starts for the Raiders.

He led the club in carries (172), yards (723) and rushing scores (four), while tallying two 100-yard contests on the year. Martin also added 18 receptions for 116 yards.

The move comes less than 24 hours after the team lost newly signed running back Isaiah Crowell to injury.

Raiders Select Clemson DE Clelin Ferrell with the 4th Pick in the NFL Draft

With the fourth pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Raiders went defense, taking Clelin Ferrell of Clemson to help beef up their defensive line.

Here’s some highlights of Oakland’s new big man

Here’s a scouting report on Ferrell from Walter Football:

Strengths:

Well rounded
Effective pass-rusher
Nose for the quarterback
Good first-step
Burst to close
Potential for repertoire of moves
Active hands
Uses hands and feet at the same time
Excellent rip move
Quality motor
Consistent producer
Good in pursuit
Enough speed to get around the corner
Solid run defender
Can hold his ground at the point of attack
Enough speed to get around the corner
Good vision
Athletic enough to redirect
Splash plays
Upside

Weaknesses:

Not overly fast
Not overly strong
Should continue to refine pass-rushing moves

Summary: In the passing-driven NFL, edge defenders who can get after the quarterback are always in demand. Off his speed, athleticism and length, Ferrell has the potential to be an impactful edge defender with double-digit sack potential as a pro. Over the past few years at Clemson, Ferrell proved to be a consistent quarterback hunter who improved his run defense to become a well-rounded player.

In 2016, Ferrell had a strong debut as a redshirt freshman with 44 tackles, 12.5 tackles for a loss, six sacks and two passes batted while helping Clemson to win the National Championship. Ferrell then put together a big statistical season as a redshirt sophomore, but he was even better than the numbers indicate. In 2017, he totaled 66 tackles with 18 tackles for a loss, 9.5 sacks, one pass batted and two forced fumbles. However, Ferrell put a ton of heat on the quarterback and the pressures that he started led to production for his teammates as quarterbacks scrambled toward other defenders while trying to escape Ferrell.

In his final season of college football, Ferrell once again helped Clemson with a National Championship, recording 55 tackles with 11.5 sacks, 19.5 tackles for a loss, four passes batted and three forced fumbles during 2018. Ferrell could have returned for another season, but he entered the 2019 NFL Draft with the rest of Clemson’s starting defensive line.
Read more at http://walterfootball.com/scoutingreport2019CFerrell.php#VsR653ThusHSoTMQ.99

Raiders Taking a Long Look at QB Dwayne Haskins at Number Four?

The Raiders could possibly use their first of three draft picks tonight on a quarterback, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday morning that the Oakland brass moved Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins up their boards late this week, per a source informed of the situation.

Rapoport added that Haskins impressed the Raiders in his workout and could be a consideration at No. 4.

The Raiders have consistently stood behind Derek Carr as the team’s franchise signal-caller, but GM Mike Mayock did note at his pre-draft press conference that like “any other position” Oakland would do its homework on the draft’s QBs.

“If we found somebody we liked better, or thought had a bigger upside, you’ve got to do the right thing for the organization,” he said at the time.

The Washington Redskins are reportedly interested in Haskins.

Could Jon Gruden be signaling to his brother’s team in D.C. they better move up higher if they want that signal-caller? Might it just be posturing?

Video: Raiders Taking DE Ed Oliver in Latest NFL Mock Draft

The NFL Draft is now 48 hours away, and in the latest video on ESPN, their latest Mock has the Raiders going defense in round one, taking Ed Oliver.

Check out the Complete 2019 Oakland Raiders Schedule

The 2019 NFL Schedule is out – and Raiders fans you can start to look at what trips you want to take and days off as well!

Here it is – the complete 2019 Raiders slate!

Sept. 9 Denver Broncos (Mon) 10:20
Sept. 15 Kansas City Chiefs 4:05
Sept. 22 at Minnesota Vikings 1:00
Sept. 29 at Indianapolis Colts 1:00
Oct. 6 Chicago Bears (London) 1:00
Bye
Oct. 20 at Green Bay Packers 1:00
Oct. 27 at Houston Texans 1:00
Nov. 3 Detroit Lions 4:05
Nov. 7 Los Angeles Chargers (Thu) 8:20
Nov. 17 Cincinnati Bengals 4:25
Nov. 24 at New York Jets 1:00
Dec. 1 at Kansas City Chiefs 1:00
Dec. 8 Tennessee Titans 4:25
Dec. 15 Jacksonville Jaguars 4:05
Dec. 21 or 22 at Los Angeles Chargers TBD
Dec. 29 at Denver Broncos 4:25

Antonio Brown Settles Furniture Throwing Lawsuit

Raiders wide out Antonio Brown has settled the lawsuit stemming back from last Spring in which he threw furniture from a balcony.

TMZ stated that Brown came to an undisclosed agreement with Ophir Sternberg, who claimed his 22-month-old son was nearly hit with various items that were tossed out of Brown’s apartment while the child was walking around the pool below.

The man also claims that the furniture landed just feet from the child, who was disturbed by the incident.

Brown denies throwing the items while trying to pin it on someone who had access the his apartment. The police say Brown was “very agitated” and yelling when they arrived on scene last April.

Brown is still being sued by the apartment complex for reportedly destroying the apartment while he was a resident.

Could the Raiders Look to Replace Derek Carr in the Draft?

The Raiders have made repeated public statements this offseason that Derek Carr is their starting quarterback both for now and for the future but GM Mike Mayock hedged on that Thursday when he admitted the team could select a quarterback in the upcoming draft according to MJ Acosta of NFL Network.

“Derek Carr is our franchise quarterback and we believe that” Mayock said. “Beyond that, just like at any other position, we’re goinf to do our due diligence. If we found somebody we liked better or thought had bigger upside, you’ve gotta do the right thing for the organization.”

With the No. 4, 24, 27 and 35 picks in the upcoming draft, the Raiders have more than enough ammo to work with if they want to select Carr’s replacement. And let’s be honest-teams who truly believe they have a franchise quarterback in his prime (Carr is 28) are not considering drafting a QB in the first round. If the Raiders do not fully believe in Carr, they will never be in a better position draft wise to replace him than in 2019.