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Football Gameplan’s 2019 NFL Team Preview: Oakland Raiders

00:49 – 4-Minute Offense
2:32 – Positional Breakdown
8:23 – Hunt’s Playbook
12:11 – Fantasy Focus
15:11 – Best Bets
16:02 – Training Camp Quick Takes
18:51 – Road to the Super Bowl

Raiders Guard Richie Incognito Suspended for First Two Games of 2019

The NFL has suspended Raiders left guard Richie Incognito for two games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

This stems from an incident last summer when Incognito was arrested for disorderly conduct and making threats following a tirade at his father’s funeral.

The Raiders were well-aware of Incognito’s mental-health struggles when they signed him in late May and have vowed to help him in that regard.

The four-time Pro Bowler spent last year out of the league but earned high marks from ProFootballFocus while playing for the Buffalo Bills in 2017.

Could First-Round Pick RB Josh Jacobs Be a Camp Holdout?

The Raiders have just one unsigned pick from this year’s draft class, RB Josh Jacobs.

Jacobs is expected to be a featured part of the club’s revamped offensive attack in 2019, but according to Vic Tafur of The Athletic, negotiations between player and team are not going well, Rory Parks of ProFootball Rumors reports.

Tafur adds that there is a growing belief that Jacobs will not report to training camp on July 23, when rookies are scheduled to arrive.

Of course, since the 2011 collective bargaining agreement, rookie holdouts have become quite rare, given that the contract values and signing bonuses are predetermined.

Some first-year players have taken issue with offset language, but Jacob’s concerns apparently involve the payment schedule of his signing bonus.

Three Questions About the Raiders as Training Camp Gets Closer

A 4-12 season in Jon Gruden’s first back with the Raiders was not exactly the way fans saw things going when ‘Chucky’ announced he was returning to the sidelines.

The team simply didn’t compete in 2018, and it showed with lackluster play way too often. The fans are anxious for 2019 to start, and if you think of the Raiders as a thoroughbred sprinting out of the gates to snatch the AFC West title this season, check out 4njbets horse racing odds on a daily basis.

Many don’t see it playing out that way, as most feel while improved, the Raiders have a way to go to be a real force in the division as well as the conference.

Today we take a look at three questions about this team as camp closes in at the end of the month.

1. Can This Offense Deliver?

The Raiders offense scored just 290 points in 2018, that’s an average of 18.1 points per game, ranking 28th of 32 teams in the league.

Ouch.

The team converted just 37.1 percent on third downs, and committed 24 turnovers, way too many to stay competitive in this division.

OC Greg Olson and this offense has to get off to a quicker start in games, and that falls on Derek Carr and his new buddies to deliver.

2. Brown and Williams Will Be Called Upon – A Lot

The new wide out core of Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams are going to have to step up to help out Carr, and each have gaudy numbers that should help out.

In 2016 Williams caught 69 passes (on 119 targets) for 1,059 yards and 7 touchdowns, and with Brown coming over with a ton of fanfare, it will give Williams a lot of chances to duplicate those numbers.

Brown last year put up 104 catches for 1,297 yards and 15 scores. If these two can’t make big plays for this team, they will be in big trouble.

3. The Defense Needs Attitude

First-round draft pick DE Clelin Ferrell has got to get up to speed for a defense that was the worst in football in terms of points allowed – 29.2 points per game.

Defensive coordinator Paul Guenther will be on the hot seat if this defense continues to wiff on tackles, not create turnovers, and allow big chunks of yards and points.

The defense has to help this offense that has a chance to be one of the best in the league if they play up to their potential.

If there’s a repeat of 2018 on defense, this team doesn’t stand a chance.

Raiders Release 60th Anniversary Logo

The Raiders are entering their 60th season, and the team has released a logo for the special season.

The centerpiece of the logo is the Al Davis memorial torch that is lit prior to each Raiders home game. The torch is a tribute to Mr. Davis’ legacy as the Raiders’ long-time owner, Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, AFL Coach of the Year, AFL Commissioner, and the architect of the Raiders’ Commitment to Excellence. An intentionally bright flame sits atop the torch in recognition of Mr. Davis’ enduring vision that “the fire that burns brightest in the Raiders’ organization is the will to win.”

The torch is surrounded by the number 60 in numerals replicating those used on the club’s game jerseys in 1960. “American Football League” is written around the perimeter of the logo in the Raiders’ traditional team font, recognizing that both the Raiders and the American Football League launched together in 1960.

The years 1960 and 2019 are set inside of a scroll modeled after the scrolls used on the club’s three Super Bowl championship rings. On the Super Bowl rings, each scroll contains the score of a Super Bowl or AFC Championship game. Finally, the Raiders’ iconic shield anchors the design with the most renowned logo in all of professional sports.

Raiders Agree to Terms with First-Round Pick DE Clelin Ferrell

The Raiders signed first-round draft pick Clelin Ferrell on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.

The defensive end from Clemson was selected fourth overall by the Raiders in April.

A three-year starter and two-time national champion, Ferrell started in all 44 games he played. He made 166 tackles, including 50 for loss, 27 sacks, had seven passes defensed, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries as a Tiger.

Ferrell left Clemson as the second player in school history with two first-team All-America honors.

In 2018, Ferrell won the Ted Hendricks Award given to the nation’s top defensive end. He made 55 tackles, including 20 for loss, with 11 1-2 sacks, four passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, with one returned for a touchdown. Ferrell was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year last season.

Raiders Sign 35-Year-Old Veteran Guard Richie Incognito to a One-Year Deal

The Raiders have signed veteran guard Richie Incognito to a one-year deal according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

The former Pro-Bowler spent 2018 out of the league in part because of multiple off-field altercations and a brief stint in a mental health facility after he retired, came back, and was cut by the Bills.

Incognito is reportedly “feeling well in all aspects,” however, and was a solid player for the Bills back in 2017.

The Raiders are in need of a starter at left guard and the 35-year-old Incognito’s wealth of physical talent may make him worth a flier even at the age of 35.

While Incognito has played well in stretches for the Rams. Dolphins and Bills, however, he has eventually imploded at every stop due to behavioral issues.

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.