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Oakland Raiders RB Josh Jacobs Named PFWA Offensive Rookie of the Year

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Oakland Raiders RB Josh Jacobs was named the Pro Football Writers of America’s Offensive Rookie of the Year, the PFWA announced Tuesday. Jacobs was selected in voting conducted by the Professional Football Writers of America.

Jacobs started in all of his 13 appearances, rushing 242 times for 1,150 yards and seven scores, adding 20 receptions for 166 yards. The 24th overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, Jacobs joined Hall of Fame running back Marcus Allen as the only players in franchise history to be named Offensive Rookie of the Year after becoming the first rookie in Silver and Black to surpass the 1,000-yard barrier on the ground. Jacobs broke Allen’s rookie club record (697 yards) in just his first eight games, while also surpassing Allen for most 100-yard rushing performances (five) by a rookie in Raiders history.

Jacobs’ 1,150 rushing yards and seven scores in 2019 were both tops among rookie rushers. His 101.2 scrimmage yards per game also led his rookie class, while his 1,150 yards on the ground ranked sixth in the NFL this year overall and also rank sixth in Raiders lore among all single-season rushing performances. Among players 21-years-old or younger, Jacobs’ 1,150 rushing yards in his first 13 contests rank fourth all-time, trailing only Ezekiel Elliott, Edgerrin James and Barry Sanders.

With superb performances in the months of October and November, Jacobs became the first player in franchise history to earn Offensive Rookie of the Month honors and was the first player in the NFL to win the award multiple times since Odell Beckham Jr. in 2014. Per Pro Football Focus, Jacobs forced an incredible 70 missed tackles on runs this season, an NFL best among all rushers and the third-most since at least 2006, behind only Marshawn Lynch’s performances in 2013 and 2014. 

Jacobs proved to be more than just an elusive rusher during his rookie campaign, gaining 686 rushing yards after contact, the most by anyone in his draft class and sixth-most by a first-year rusher through the first 13 games of a season during the Super Bowl Era. Jacobs’ finished with 290 more yards after contact than the next-closest rookie, good for fifth overall in just 13 contests after missing three due to injury. 

A native of Tulsa, Okla., Jacobs appeared in 42 games over three years at Alabama. He totaled 251 carries for 1,491 yards with 16 touchdowns, adding 48 receptions for 571 yards and five touchdowns for the Crimson Tide, while helping the program capture a national title in 2017.

ABOUT THE PFWA: In its 56th season in 2019, the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA) is the official voice of pro football writers, promoting and fighting for access to NFL personnel to best serve the public. The PFWA is made up of accredited writers who cover the NFL and the 32 teams daily. Bob Glauber, the national football columnist for Newsday, is the organization’s president for the 2018-20 seasons. The Athletic’s Lindsay Jones is the PFWA’s first vice-president, The Athletic’s Dan Pompei is the PFWA’s second vice-president and The Athletic’s Mike Sando is the PFWA secretary-treasurer. At-large members include ESPN.com’s Jeff Legwold, ProFootballtalk.com’s Charean Williams, Sports Illustrated’s Jenny Vrentas and USA Today’s Mike Jones. Follow the PFWA at ProFootballWriters.org and on Twitter at @PFWAwriters.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign Denzelle Good to Extension

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders signed G/T Denzelle Good to a one-year contract extension, the team announced Thursday.

Good originally joined the Raiders after being claimed via waivers from the Indianapolis Colts prior to Week 14 during the 2018 campaign season. A 6-foot-5, 340-pound versatile lineman, Good was originally selected in the seventh round (255th overall) by the Colts in the 2015 NFL Draft. Over his five seasons with the Colts and Raiders, he has appeared in 46 contests at both guard and tackle and made 28 starts. 

In 2019, Good appeared in all 16 contests for the first time in his career and made five starts for the Silver and Black. He started three games at right guard and the final two contests at left guard, helping the team finish the year ranked eighth in the NFL in sacks surrendered (29).

A native of Gaffney, S.C., Good played three seasons at Mars Hill and was a two-time All-South Atlantic Conference First Team choice. Good did not allow a sack during his career with the Lions.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

NFL FOUNDATION/LISC GRASSROOTS FIELD GRANT PROGRAM PROVIDES $3 MILLION FUNDING FOR NEW AND REFURBISHED COMMUNITY FOOTBALL FIELDS IN 14 CITIES NATIONWIDE ​

Nearly $61 million in grants committed since 1998, resulting in 376 neighborhood fields ​

NEW YORK – Community organizations, schools and parks in 14 cities across the country will receive grants totaling $3 million from the NFL Foundation/LISC Grassroots Field Grant Pogram, which is a partnership between the NFL Foundation and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the nation’s leading community development support organization – to build or refurbish neighborhood football fields. 

Since 1998, the NFL Foundation/LISC Grassroots Field Grant Program has provided nearly $61 million to support the creation or refurbishment of 376 fields nationwide. This funding cycle will include new fields, or field enhancements, in the following cities: Akron, Ohio; Chicago; Columbia, Miss.; Culver City, Calif; Dallas; Flint, Mich.; Harrison, Ohio; Indianapolis; Kansas City; Las Vegas; Miami; San Diego; Springfield, Mass.; and Tempe, Ariz.

The fields are newly built or significantly renovated, with improvements such as: irrigation systems, lights, bleachers, scoreboards, goal posts and turf. Grassroots grants are issued once established funding thresholds are reached for each project.

“We’re proud to team up with LISC yet again for the NFL Foundation/LISC Grassroots Field Grant Program to make an impact in 14 communities across the country,” said ALEXIA GALLAGHER, the NFL’s Vice President of Philanthropy & Executive Director, NFL Foundation. “The benefits of these field grants are best shown through the over one million youth, families and community members who can come to these renovated areas and safely enjoy watching and playing sports.” 

LISC identifies local, nonprofit and community-based agencies that have an interest in building or refurbishing football fields in schools and neighborhood parks. Through the program, the local agencies are provided with the necessary financing and technical assistance to improve the quality and safety of fields in their areas. The agencies oversee the construction, maintenance and programming of the fields. 

“Our work with the NFL Foundation fits perfectly with LISC’s mission to forge resilient and inclusive communities of opportunity across America,” said MAURICE JONES, LISC President and CEO. “Local athletic fields are critical assets of opportunity. We look forward to bringing additional fields to neighborhoods throughout the country.”

Press Release Courtesy of the NFL Communication Media Relations

STOCKTON KINGS GUARD GABE VINCENT SIGNS WITH THE MIAMI HEAT

Stockton, Calif. – Today, Stockton Kings guard Gabe Vincent received an NBA Call Up signing a two-way contract with the Miami Heat, the team announced.  

A 6-foot-3 guard and local product of St. Mary’s High School, Vincent has spent the last two seasons with the Stockton Kings. This season he averaged 23.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.5 assists, while shooting .474 percent from the field and .423 percent from beyond the arch. Vincent leads the NBA G League in three-pointers made with 88.

The UC Santa Barbara product will split time between Miami and their G League affiliate the Sioux Falls Skyforce. 

Press Release Courtesy of the Stockton Kings Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Announce Reserve/Future Signings

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed the following six players to Reserve/Future contracts, the club announced Monday.

All six signees finished the season on the Raiders practice squad.

Player                                   Pos.       Ht.          Wt.        Exp.       College

Aruna, Ade                         DE           6-5          263         2              Tulane

Brown, Jordan                   DB          6-0          197         R             Iowa

Donnerson, Kendall        DE           6-3          249         1              Southeast Missouri

Kalis, Kyle                            OL           6-4          306         2              Michigan

Magnuson, Erik                 C             6-6          300         3              Michigan 

Ratliff-Williams, Anthony   WR         6-1          205         R             North Carolina

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign G Richie Incognito to Extension

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed G Richie Incognito to a two-year extension, the club announced Monday.

Incognito was originally a third-round selection (81st overall) by the Rams in the 2005 NFL Draft. Over his 12-year career, Incognito has started in all 162 appearances and has been named to the Pro Bowl three times.  

A 6-foot-3, 325-pound guard, Incognito signed with the Silver and Black this past offseason and started in all of his 12 appearances with the club. Incognito helped the offensive unit rank sixth in sacks allowed percentage this season (5.3 percent) after surrendering just one sack of his own in 432 pass-blocking snaps, per Pro Football Focus, while also paving the way for the first 1,000-yard rookie rusher in Raiders history en route to being named a Pro Bowl Alternate.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

NFL WILD CARD AND DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

Commissioner ROGER GOODELL announced tonight the schedule of sites, dates and times for the National Football League Wild Card Playoffs on January 4-5 and Divisional Playoffs on January 11-12.

NFL WILD CARD PLAYOFFS

Saturday, January 4

AFC:    4:35 PM (ET)  Buffalo at Houston (ESPN, with simulcast on ABC)

AFC:    8:15 PM (ET)  Tennessee at New England (CBS)

Sunday, January 5

NFC:    1:05 PM (ET)  Minnesota at New Orleans (FOX)

NFC:    4:40 PM (ET)  Seattle at Philadelphia (NBC)

NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS

Saturday, January 11

NFC:    4:35 PM (ET)  Philadelphia/Seattle/Minnesota at San Francisco (NBC)

AFC:    8:15 PM (ET)  Houston/Buffalo/Tennessee at Baltimore (CBS)

Sunday, January 12

AFC:    3:05 PM (ET)  New England/Houston/Buffalo at Kansas City (CBS)

NFC:    6:40 PM (ET)  New Orleans/Philadelphia/Seattle at Green Bay (FOX)

In the Divisional Playoffs, the division champion with the best record in each conference will host the lowest-seeded Wild Card survivor. Once teams are seeded for the playoffs, positions do not change:

American Football ConferenceNational Football Conference
1.Baltimore (14-2), AFC North champion1.San Francisco (13-3), NFC West champion
2.Kansas City (12-4), AFC West champion2.Green Bay (13-3), NFC North champion
3.New England (12-4), AFC East champion3.New Orleans (13-3), NFC South champion
4.Houston (10-6), AFC South champion4.Philadelphia (9-7), NFC East champion
5.Buffalo (10-6)   5.Seattle (11-5)
6.Tennessee (9-7)  6.Minnesota (10-6)

The AFC (CBS, 3:05 PM ET) and NFC (FOX, 6:40 PM ET) Championship Games will be played on Sunday, January 19.

The 2020 Pro Bowl (ESPN, with simulcast on ABC, 3:00 PM ET) will be played on Sunday, January 26, at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida, and Super Bowl LIV will take place on Sunday, February 2 (FOX, 6:30 PM ET), at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.

Press Release Courtesy of the NFL Communications Media Relations

Oakland Raiders’ Darren Waller Wins Craig Long Award

ALAMEDA, Calif. – TE Darren Waller was named the recipient of the sixth-annual Craig Long Award, the team announced Friday. 

Chosen by a select group of local media and facilitated by the Oakland Raiders’ media relations department, the Craig Long Award is presented annually to the player who best exemplifies professionalism and collaboration with the media at large.

Waller, who was named an alternate for the Pro Bowl last week, enters the regular-season finale with a team-high 84 receptions for 1,038 yards and three touchdowns. He became the first Raiders tight end since Todd Christensen in 1986 to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards in a season and his reception total ranks third in franchise history among tight ends. He currently ranks third among NFL tight ends in catches and second in receiving yards. Originally a sixth-round draft pick out of Georgia Tech by the Baltimore Ravens in 2015, Waller was signed by the Raiders from the Ravens practice squad prior to Week 13 in 2018. 

Long, who passed away in 2007 at age 36, was a valuable member of the Raiders’ public relations staff from 1997-2004. A native of Iowa, Long fulfilled his childhood dream of working in the front office for his favorite team.

Craig Long Award Winners

2019 – TE Darren Waller

2018 – DE Frostee Rucker

2017 – RB Jalen Richard

2016 – T Donald Penn

2015 – S Charles Woodson 

2014 – DL Antonio Smith

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

WHAT TO LOOK FOR – WEEK 17

PLAYOFF PUSH: All 16 games are division contests in Week 17 and there are still 15 teams in contention for a trip to Super Bowl LIV.

In 15 of the past 16 years, at least two teams have won their division the season after missing the playoffs. With a win over Minnesota on Monday Night Football in Week 16, the GREEN BAY PACKERS (12-3) clinched the NFC North

If the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (12-3) defeat the SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (11-4) on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC), the 49ers would clinch the NFC West, marking the 16th time in the last 17 seasons at least two teams have won their division the season after missing the playoffs.

For the full Week 17 playoff scenarios, click here.

In the AFC, five teams have already punched their tickets to the postseason, including all four division winners: the BALTIMORE RAVENS (13-2, AFC North and homefield advantage), HOUSTON TEXANS(10-5, AFC South), KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (11-4, AFC West), NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (12-3, AFC East) and BUFFALO BILLS (10-5, playoff berth). 

Five teams have also locked up playoff berths in the NFC: the GREEN BAY PACKERS (12-3, NFC North), NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (12-3, NFC South), MINNESOTA VIKINGS (10-5, playoff berth), SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (12-3, playoff berth) and SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (11-4, playoff berth).

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WILSON WINNER: Seattle’s RUSSELL WILSON has led the Seahawks to the postseason for the seventh time in eight seasons as the team’s starting quarterback and is the first quarterback to lead his team to a winning record in each of his first eight seasons in NFL history.

With a win over San Francisco on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC), Seattle will capture the NFC West division title and Wilson will earn his 87th regular-season win, surpassing TOM BRADY (86 wins) for the most regular-season wins by a quarterback through his first eight seasons in NFL history.

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SAINTS GO MARCHING INTO RECORD BOOKS: New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES passed for 279 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions in a Week 16 victory, as the Saints earned at least 12 wins in consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history.  

With another performance of at least three touchdown passes and zero interceptions on Sunday at Carolina (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Brees will become the fourth player with at least three touchdown passes and zero interceptions in at least four consecutive games in a single season in NFL history. 

The players with the most consecutive games with at least three touchdown passes and zero interceptions in a single season in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMSEASONGAMES 
Russell WilsonSeattle20155 
Aaron RodgersGreen Bay20144 
Tom BradyNew England20074 
     
Drew BreesNew Orleans20193* 
*Active streak 

​​Brees also leads the league with a 75.3 completion percentage in 2019 (among qualified passers) and is on pace to break his own single-season completion percentage record for the second-consecutive season. The 19-year veteran entered 2019 with four of the top five single-season completion percentages in league annals. Oakland quarterback DEREK CARR (71.1 percent) and Tennessee quarterback RYAN TANNEHILL (70.7) also each own completion percentages over of at least 70 percent entering Week 17.​

The players with the highest single-season completion percentages in NFL history among qualified passers:

PLAYERTEAMSEASONCOMP. PERCENTAGE
Drew BreesNew Orleans201975.3*
Drew BreesNew Orleans201874.4
Drew BreesNew Orleans201772.0
Sam BradfordMinnesota201671.6
Drew BreesNew Orleans201171.2
Derek CarrOakland201971.1*
Ryan TannehillTennessee201970.7*
*Entering Week 17   

New Orleans wide receiver MICHAEL THOMAS leads the NFL with 145 receptions in 2019 and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON (143 in 2002) for the most receptions in a single season in NFL history. Both Thomas and Houston wide receiver DEANDRE HOPKINS have recorded at least five receptions in all 15 games this season. 

If Thomas has at least five receptions at Carolina and Hopkins has at least five receptions on Sunday against Tennessee (4:25 PM ET, CBS), they would become the fifth and sixth different receivers with at least five receptions in all 16 games of a regular season since 1978, when the 16-game schedule was implemented.

The players with at least five receptions in all 16 games of a regular season since 1978:

PLAYERTEAMSEASON
Jarvis LandryMiami2017
Antonio BrownPittsburgh2014
Antonio BrownPittsburgh2013
Pierre GarconWashington2013
Jimmy SmithJacksonville2001
   
DeAndre HopkinsHouston2019*
Michael ThomasNew Orleans2019*
*In 15 games  

Additionally, with at least 12 receptions on Sunday, Thomas would become the first player with at least 12 receptions in three consecutive games in NFL history. 

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DUAL-THREAT BACKS: Carolina running back CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY registered 173 scrimmage yards (119 receiving, 54 rushing) last week, his ninth game with at least 150 scrimmage yards this season.  

With at least 150 scrimmage yards on Sunday against New Orleans (1:00 PM ET, FOX), McCaffrey, who leads the league with 2,294 scrimmage yards in 2019, would tie CHRIS JOHNSON (10 games in 2009) for the most games with at least 150 scrimmage yards in a single season in NFL history. 

The players with the most games with at least 150 scrimmage yards in a season in NFL history:​

PLAYERTEAMSEASONGAMES
Chris JohnsonTennessee200910
Marshall FaulkHOFSt. Louis Rams20019
Marshall FaulkHOFSt. Louis Rams19999
Christian McCaffreyCarolina20199*
*Through 15 games 

With at least 216 scrimmage yards on Sunday, McCaffrey would surpass Johnson (2,509 scrimmage yards in 2009) for the most scrimmage yards in a single season in league annals.

Additionally, McCaffrey ranks second among all running backs this season with 933 receiving yards, trailing only the Los Angeles Chargers’ AUSTIN EKELER (950). If McCaffrey has at least 67 receiving yards against New Orleans and Ekeler has at least 50 receiving yards at Kansas City (1:00 PM ET, CBS), they would become the fourth and fifth running backs with at least 1,000 receiving yards in a single season since 1970. 

The running backs with at least 1,000 receiving yards in a season since 1970:

PLAYERTEAMSEASONRECEIVING YARDS
Marshall FaulkHOFSt. Louis Rams19991,048
Lionel JamesSan Diego19851,027
Roger CraigSan Francisco19851,016
    
Austin EkelerLos Angeles Chargers2019950*
Christian McCaffreyCarolina2019933*
*Through 15 games 

McCaffrey, who ranks second in the NFL with a career-high 1,361 rushing yards this season, can join ROGER CRAIG (1985) and Pro Football Hall of Famer MARSHALL FAULK (1999) as the only players with at least 1,000 rushing and 1,000 receiving yards in a single season in NFL history.

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HISTORY DOWN SOUTHIn his 125th career game, Atlanta wide receiver JULIO JONES, who has 12,047 career receiving yards, had 10 catches for 166 yards in the Falcons’ Week 16 victory and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (142 games) as the fastest player to reach 12,000 career receiving yards in NFL history. 

Jones, who ranks third in the league with 1,316 receiving yards in 2019, needs at least 84 receiving yards on Sunday at Tampa Bay (1:00 PM ET, FOX), to tie Rice (six seasons) for the most seasons with at least 1,400 receiving yards in NFL history. 

Tampa Bay quarterback JAMEIS WINSTON leads the league with a career-high 4,908 passing yards entering the season’s final week and has thrown for at least 375 yards in five different games in 2019.

With at least 375 passing yards on Sunday against Atlanta, Winston would tie PEYTON MANNING (six games in 2013) for the most games with at least 375 passing yards in a single season in NFL history.  

The players with the most games with at least 375 passing yards in a single season in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMSEASONGAMES WITH 375+ PASSING YARDS 
Peyton ManningDenver20136 
Drew BreesNew Orleans20135 
Jameis WinstonTampa Bay20195* 
*Through 15 games 

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REMARKABLE ROOKIE RECEIVERSTennessee’s A.J. BROWN (927 receiving yards) and Washington’s TERRY MCLAURIN (919) lead all rookies in receiving yards this season and each have a chance to reach 1,000 receiving yards in their first NFL seasons. 

If Brown has at least 73 receiving yards at Houston (4:25 PM ET, CBS) and McLaurin has at least 81 receiving yards at Dallas (4:25 ET, FOX), the 2019 season would join 2014 and 1986 as the only seasons featuring multiple rookies with at least 1,000 receiving yards in NFL history. 

The seasons featuring multiple rookies with at least 1,000 receiving yards in NFL history:

SEASONROOKIESTEAMRECEIVING YARDS
2014Odell Beckham Jr.New York Giants1,305
 Mike EvansTampa Bay1,051
 Kelvin BenjaminCarolina1,008
    
1986Bill BrooksIndianapolis1,131
 Ernest GivinsHouston Oilers1,062
    
2019A.J. BrownTennessee927*
 Terry McLaurinWashington919*
*Entering Week 17 

Press Release Courtesy of the NFL Communications Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Claim DE Jeremiah Valoaga

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have claimed DE Jeremiah Valoaga via waivers from the San Francisco 49ers, the club announced Tuesday.

Originally a 2017 undrafted free agent, the 6-foot-6, 275-pound defensive end signed with the Detroit Lions as a rookie out of UNLV. Over his first three seasons, Valoaga has appeared in 13 contests between the Lions and 49ers, while also spending the 2018 campaign on the Miami Dolphins’ practice squad. His career totals include seven tackles, one sack and one pass defensed. 

A native of Oxnard, Calif., Valoaga totaled 87 tackles, 8.5 sacks, a forced fumble, and seven pass defenses during his time (2012-16) with the Rebels.

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have placed CB Nick Nelson on the Reserve/Injured List, who was promoted to the active roster ahead of Week 15 and appeared in each of the last two contests on the special teams unit.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations