After 8 years in Brown & Orange , KR/WR stud Joshua Cribbs will be in Silver and Black this season.. Reports say that Cribbs inked a 1 year deal today to become a Raider.. Oakland has had a deal on the table for a few days now, and after visiting the Giants, Jets, and Lions, Cribbs decided that the Raiders was the best fit for him.. Mike Florio of Profootballtalk.com reports that “His full role in Oakland isn’t yet known; the former Kent State quarterback initially made his mark as a return specialist, but he never fully became the kind of weapon on offense the Browns thought/hoped he’d be.” Specifics of the deal are to be released later on. Hopefully Cribbs will give Oakland a real threat on returns and will be used more on offense than when he was with the Browns, where his talents were never fully exploited..
New Era, the official on-field headwear of the National Football League, is teaming up with the NFL to launch the Back to Football Photo Day contest. So what this means is that Raiders fans will now have the chance to join the ranks of Darren McFadden to also become THE face of the Raiders.
The contest, which is live at www.speakwithyourcap.com or through New Era’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/neweracaps?fref=ts) will require Raiders faithfuls to submit photos of themselves showcasing how you personally “speak with your cap.” Whether you wear your cap sideways, backwards or flexed at the brim, show how you are bringing your own style to the game.
32 fans (1 per team) will ultimately be chosen and win a complimentary trip to New York City for two. The winners will enjoy a four-day VIP experience and will be professionally styled in their favorite team’s looks for a New Era photo shoot that may be used for a year-long advertisement and promotional campaign.
The Raiders have added to their WR core and the return game, as today the team inked former Browns KR Josh Cribbs to a deal.
The team worked Cribbs out last week, and offered him a contract before he left, but he didn’t sign it. Instead he spoke to the Lions, Giants and Jets, before coming back and signing with the Raiders.
There’s been a lot of talk if the 29-year-old would be ready for 2013 after having offseason surgery on his knee.
Jets general manager John Idzik told Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger on Tuesday that Cribbs’ surgically repaired left knee “isn’t quite there yet.”
That didn’t stop the Raiders, who gave him the physical last week and it appeared were comfortable enough to ink him to a deal.
The Raiders may be taking a chance on kick returner Josh Cribbs, as today he took a physical with the team and passed it.
According to Ian Rapport of NFL.com, the Raiders offered the former Browns KR/WR a deal, but no word on if he’s accepted the offer.
It was a knee that stopped Cribbs from getting a job earlier, as he had offseason arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee, and failed a physical with the Cardinals earlier in free agency.
Rapoport reports three other teams are interested in Cribbs if he passes up the deal with Oakland.
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Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said that recently-acquired Matt Flynn is the starting quarterback when organized workouts start next week, Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
“We’re going to begin with Matt Flynn,” McKenzie said. “Now, the quarterbacks who will be on the roster from that point on, they will all compete. Like I said, every position, it’s all about getting players that can play and competing.”
Those other quarterbacks for now include just Terrelle Pryor, who started the last game of the season in 2012 when Carson Palmer was hurt. Palmer didn’t want to take a pay cut on a losing team, and was traded to Arizona, and the Raiders then traded for Flynn from Seattle.
“Two things that I feel are important and that’s presence, as far as leadership and knowing how to move a team down the field, and knowing how to do it,” McKenzie said. “He has all the intangibles and I think he can play the position. He can throw the ball.
“I think he’s going to be a solid quarterback. Now how good can he be? We’ll figure that out, but I think he’s got a chance to be a good, solid quarterback. He hasn’t played a lot of games so that’s what’s ahead of him, to see how he plays. He’ll get in here and compete and try to see if he can show his team and coaches if he can play.”
FOXSports.com’s Alex Marvez, Peter Schrager and Laura Okmin on Oakland’s 2013 NFL Draft class.
With the 12th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Raiders select Houston CB D.J. Hayden. Hayden was named the Conference USA Defensive Newcomer of the year in 2011, leading Houston with 11 pass break-ups and picking off a pair of passes.
He started the first nine games last season and was compiling an excellent senior season when he experienced a life-threatening experience when he tore a major vein in his heart from a collision during a November practice.
Hayden wasn’t able to work out at the Scouting Combine, but did go through a battery of medical tests and was able to prove he is fully healthy.
He returned to the field for Houston’s pro day, and proceeded to rip off a 40-yard dash clocked as low as 4.33 seconds on some watches and was around 4.40 on his second attempt.