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Raiders’ Jordy Nelson: Coping with knee problem

Nelson is being evaluated for a knee harm he sustained in Sunday's loss to the Chargers, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Overview-Journal reviews. ...

 

Nelson is being evaluated for a knee harm he sustained in Sunday’s loss to the Chargers, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Overview-Journal reviews.

In the meantime, Martavis Bryant is on observe to overlook a while with a PCL harm, so the Raiders’ wideout depth is being taxed within the put up Amari Cooper period. Subsequent up for targets if Nelson misses time (along with Bryant) are Brandon LaFell, Seth Roberts and Dwayne Harris.

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Raiders commerce broad receiver to Cowboys for 1st-round choose

 
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper (89) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns during the first half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Oakland Raiders broad receiver Amari Cooper (89) celebrates after scoring a landing towards the Cleveland Browns through the first half of an NFL soccer recreation in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Picture/Ben Margot)

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One other massive expertise is on the way in which out in Oakland.

The Raiders are buying and selling broad receiver Amari Cooper to the Cowboys, Josina Anderson of ESPN studies. The Cowboys are reportedly sending a first-round draft choose to Oakland.

Cooper arrived in Oakland because the fourth total choose within the 2014 NFL draft. He confirmed a variety of promise his first two seasons, topping 1,000 receiving yards in every of his first two years, however his manufacturing has declined considerably since then. The Cowboys, who need assistance on the receiver place, are hoping Cooper can get again to his outdated kind.

That is the second time the Raiders have traded away a former High 5 draft choose this 12 months, having beforehand traded Khalil Mack to the Bears. Raiders coach Jon Gruden hasn’t hidden the truth that he didn’t just like the roster he inherited, and he’s eliminating the gamers he doesn’t need. The Cowboys will hope Gruden misjudged what Cooper brings to the desk.

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Raiders commerce Amari Cooper to Cowboys

 

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The Raiders traded Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys on Monday, dealing the two-time Professional Bowl receiver and 2015 first-round decide amid their 1-5 begin.

Normal supervisor Reggie McKenzie stated at a information convention that the staff despatched Cooper to Dallas in alternate for a 2019 first-round decide, calling the Cowboys’ supply “a chance that I felt I couldn’t cross on.

“To get a first-round decide on this enterprise I believed was invaluable. It was one thing that I felt like I needed to do transferring ahead for this group.

“I like Amari. I like every little thing that he stands for. However I simply felt after I bought a name from (Cowboys director of participant personnel) Stephen Jones this morning and he put it on the desk what he wished to do — he wished the participant, and he gave me the decide. That’s what I got here right down to.”

The Raiders personal three first-round picks in subsequent 12 months’s draft. In addition they obtained a 2019 first-round decide (and a 2020 first-round choice) within the Khalil Mack commerce with Chicago on Sept. 1.

McKenzie stated different groups had referred to as to specific curiosity in Cooper for the reason that starting of the season — with the variety of calls growing just lately — however he didn’t change into open to a deal till the Cowboys made their supply.

“All types of proposals had been coming at me,” McKenzie stated, “and I just about shot all of them down till this one got here this morning.”

Cooper, 24, is below contract by 2019 by a fifth-year choice the Raiders exercised in April, and is in line to make about $ 13.9 million in 2019. McKenzie, although, stated that parting with that probably wage was “not the purpose” of the commerce.

The Raiders had reconvened for a lightweight observe Monday following their bye week, and Cooper was on the sector for the warm-up interval open to media. It sounded from dialogue within the post-practice locker room as if Cooper had been pulled off the sector in the course of observe.

The fourth total decide in 2015, Cooper had 1,00Zero-plus receiving yards in every of his first two NFL seasons, together with a career-high 83 catches for 1,153 yards in 2016. His numbers dropped to 48 catches for 680 yards final season.

In February, on the NFL mix, then-new head coach Jon Gruden stated he meant to make Cooper a “focus” of the Raiders’ passing recreation. It was a notable assertion given Gruden had not coached an NFL season with out not less than one 1,00Zero-yard receiver.

By way of six video games, although, Cooper has simply 22 catches for 280 yards and a landing. He was focused 22 occasions for 18 catches and 244 yards mixed in Weeks 2 and four. In his different 4 video games — together with the Week 6 loss to Seattle that he left within the second quarter — Cooper was focused 10 complete occasions for 4 catches and 36 yards.

“Has he been inconsistent? Completely,” McKenzie stated. “However has he proven greatness? Completely. So the consistency is one thing that I’m certain he’s labored on. And this man’s nonetheless a younger participant. I feel he’s going to do effectively in Dallas.”

In Mack and Cooper, the Raiders have dealt arguably their finest total participant and prime receiver previously two months. McKenzie was requested what message that sends to the locker room, and the way it meshes with Gruden’s assertion final week that the Raiders are “not tanking something.”

“We’re constructing this factor in live performance collectively,” McKenzie stated. “So after I wish to make a deal, , I feel these picks are going to assist this staff tremendously, backside line. And it was one thing that I noticed as an awesome alternative.

“We’re not tanking this season. These guys are going to need to step up and proceed to work to win some ballgames. That’s going to all the time be the case.”

Few gamers had been open to discussing the commerce within the locker room after observe. Working again Jalen Richard appeared to wrestle with a query about whether or not the commerce of Cooper signifies that the Raiders have given up on this season with 10 video games to go.

“I don’t even know how one can reply that,” Richard stated. “If I knew how one can run a staff, I’d be working one, what I imply? I can sit right here and say my opinion on a whole lot of issues. However I don’t know what plans they’ve for us upstairs like that. And , it’s the title of the enterprise. We’ve nonetheless bought to return in right here and carry out on Sunday with whoever we bought.”

Although Gruden reportedly informed ESPN on Monday the Raiders are “not buying and selling anybody else” earlier than subsequent Tuesday’s deadline, McKenzie appeared to point that extra strikes are doable.

“There’s all the time alternatives there for trades,” McKenzie stated. “We’ve bought one other week. May very well be one thing else down the road of buying any person. However we’re not tanking this season. I wish to win unhealthy.”

Matt Kawahara is a San Francisco Chronicle workers author. E mail: mkawahara@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @matthewkawahara

Wide receiver Amari Cooper, the first round draft pick of the Oakland Raiders, holds up a jersey after a news conference in Alameda, Calif., Friday, May 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Large receiver Amari Cooper, the primary spherical draft decide of the Oakland Raiders, holds up a jersey after a information convention in Alameda, Calif., Friday, Might 1, 2015. (AP Photograph/Jeff Chiu)

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Raiders commerce 2016 second-round DL Jihad Ward to Dallas

 

ALAMEDA – Raiders defensive lineman Jihad Ward performed a ton as a rookie, largely out of necessity. The 2016 second-round choose moved method down on the depth chart the next yr, with different choices wholesome and taking part in much better.

The Illinois product was a wholesome scratch a lot of the season, and did not impressed a brand new Raiders teaching employees led by Jon Gruden this season.

He did not stand a lot of an opportunity to make the 53-man roster, particularly after the Raiders chosen defensive tackles P.J. Corridor and Maurice Hurst on this yr’s NFL Draft.

The Raiders put him on the buying and selling block, and received one thing in return.

Ward was traded to Dallas for receiver Ryan Switzer on Saturday afternoon, shortly after the Raiders made their final scheduled choose. The Cowboys introduced the transaction.

Switzer was Dallas’ fourth-round choose final yr, and did not set up himself as an offensive participant. He was a stable return man, averaging eight.eight yards per punt return, which incorporates an 83-yard landing.

Switzer grew to become expendable after Dallas traded for receiver/return man Tavon Austin earlier on Saturday.

Ward had 32 tackles and a sack in two years with the Raiders.

Oakland Raiders surprisingly minimize punter Marquette King

 

Presumably, not too many individuals analyzed the 2017 Oakland Raiders and got here to the conclusion that punter Marquette King was the issue.

But, a pair weeks into free company, the Raiders minimize their widespread punter.

In a wierd and sudden transfer on a Friday afternoon, the Raiders introduced King had been minimize. King’s 47.four yards per punt was sixth within the NFL final season amongst common punters, and his 42.7-yard web common was third amongst common punters.

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King is a fairly good punter, however might be finest recognized for his celebrations after punts (it’s onerous to beat him using a horse after a superb punt). Invoice Williamson of RaidersSnakepit.com mentioned he was informed the discharge of King was a “message” and led by new coach Jon Gruden.

This has been a curious offseason for the Raiders, since Gruden received the teaching job and gained energy within the entrance workplace. Whereas Gruden’s remark this offseason about throwing the sport again to 1998 gave the impression to be mentioned largely in jest, loads of the strikes the Raiders have made have been to accumulate growing older veterans. The highlight has been on Gruden, particularly after his record-setting contract, and among the Raiders’ strikes have been odd.

It’s not typically that punter transactions draw a lot consideration. However King had a fairly excessive profile for a punter, did his job properly, and now he’s gone in one other questionable transfer as a part of a head-scratching Raiders’ offseason.

The Raiders all of the sudden minimize Marquette King, their punter since 2013. (AP)

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