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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

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

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

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

Oakland Raiders Promote Cotton Sr.; Place Lee on IR

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed G Lester Cotton Sr. to the 53-man active roster and placed LB Marquel Lee on the Reserve/Injured List, the club announced Saturday.

Cotton Sr., a 6-foot-4, 335-pound undrafted offensive lineman out of Alabama, re-joins the active roster after spending the first 13-of-14 games in 2019 on the team’s practice squad, while previously being promoted to the active roster in Week 5. Cotton Sr. played four years for the Crimson Tide, starting 28 games for the program, making 10 at left guard and 18 at right guard.

Cotton Sr. will wear No. 67 for the Raiders.

Lee returns to the Reserve/Injured List after previously missing nine games with an ankle injury. Lee appeared in five contests in 2019, making two starts and recording five stops.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign LB Ukeme Eligwe; Place T Trent Brown on IR

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent LB Ukeme Eligwe, the club announced Thursday.

Eligwe, a 6-foot-2, 239-pound linebacker, joins the Raiders after spending the season on the Tennessee Titans’ and most recently the New York Jets’ practice squad. Originally a fifth-round selection (183rd overall) by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2017 NFL Draft, Eligwe spent his first two seasons with the club and has appeared in 24 games and made one start, totaling 10 tackles (seven solo), one sack and one pass defensed. 

Eligwe was a standout linebacker throughout his 25 appearances at both Florida State and Georgia Southern, compiling 134 stops (83), 4.5 sacks, one interception, three passes defensed, three forced fumble and one fumble recovery. As a senior in 2016, he started in 11 games and earned All-Sun Belt Honorable Mention and Sun Belt All-Newcomer Team honors after leading the program in tackles (104), tackles for loss (11) and forced fumbles (three).

In a corresponding move, the Raiders placed T Trent Brown on the Reserve/Injured List.

In Brown’s first season with the Silver and Black, he started in 11 contests and helped pave the way for the first rookie 1,000-yard rusher in team history en route to earning his first career Pro Bowl nod.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

2020 PRO BOWL PLAYERS ANNOUNCED

PRO BOWL WEEK CULMINATES WITH AFC-NFC MATCHUP

AT CAMPING WORLD STADIUM IN ORLANDO ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 26

The NFL announced the AFC and NFC All-Stars for the 2020 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon, which kicks off at 3:00 PM ET on Sunday, January 26, and will be televised live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and simulcast on ABC and Disney XD – the third time the game will be available on both broadcast and cable networks.

The Pro Bowl players were determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counted one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players who were selected to the Pro Bowl. The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its All-Star teams. It was also the first professional sports league to offer online All-Star voting in 1995.

Thirty teams had at least one player selected to the 2020 Pro Bowl and 24 clubs had multiple players chosen as All-Stars. The BALTIMORE RAVENS, including second-year quarterback LAMAR JACKSON, placed a league-best 12 players on the Pro Bowl roster, while the NEW ORLEANS SAINTS led the NFC with seven players selected. The 2019 Ravens join the 2007 DALLAS COWBOYS (13 players) and 1973 MIAMI DOLPHINS (12) as the only teams to have at least 12 players selected to the Pro Bowl since 1970.

Twenty-five of the players selected to the Pro Bowl today are first-time All-Stars, including three rookies – defensive end NICK BOSA of the San Francisco 49ers, return specialist MECOLE HARDMAN of the Kansas City Chiefs and return specialist DEONTE HARRIS of the New Orleans Saints.  

The 2020 Pro Bowl coaching staffs will be from the losing teams in the AFC and NFC Divisional playoffs with the best regular-season records.

Under terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each player on the winning Pro Bowl team receives $70,000, while each player on the losing squad earns $35,000.

Pro Bowl tickets start at just $45 and are on sale at NFL.com/ProBowlOnSale. Get Access to Awesome as fans in attendance can watch and cheer on the Pro Bowl players as they enter the stadium on the Pro Bowl Red Carpet, bringing them closer than ever to the NFL’s All-Stars. Concession deals and “Kid Zone” activities will be available inside the stadium. Additionally, fans will be able to enjoy post-game fireworks to conclude the celebration.

2020 PRO BOWL PLAYERS BY POSITION

 (*First-time Pro Bowl selection; Bold/Italic: Starter)

AFC

OFFENSE (21)

 QUARTERBACKS (3)  TIGHT ENDS (2)
*Lamar Jackson, Baltimore *Mark Andrews, Baltimore
 Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City  Travis Kelce, Kansas City
 Deshaun Watson, Houston   
    TACKLES (3)
 WIDE RECEIVERS (4) *Trent Brown, Oakland
 Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers *Ronnie Stanley, Baltimore
 Tyreek Hill, Kansas City *Laremy Tunsil, Houston
 DeAndre Hopkins, Houston   
 Jarvis Landry, Cleveland  GUARDS (3)
    David DeCastro, Pittsburgh
 RUNNING BACKS (3)  Quenton Nelson, Indianapolis
*Nick Chubb, Cleveland  Marshal Yanda, Baltimore
*Derrick Henry, Tennessee   
 Mark Ingram, Baltimore  CENTERS (2)
    Rodney Hudson, Oakland
 FULLBACK (1)  Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh
*Patrick Ricard, Baltimore   


DEFENSE (18)

 DEFENSIVE ENDS (3)  INSIDE/MIDDLE LINEBACKERS (2)
 Joey Bosa, Los Angeles Chargers  Dont’a Hightower, New England
 Calais Campbell, Jacksonville *Darius Leonard, Indianapolis
*Frank Clark, Kansas City   
    CORNERBACKS (4)
 INTERIOR LINEMEN (3)  Stephon Gilmore, New England
 Geno Atkins, Cincinnati *Marlon Humphrey, Baltimore
 Cameron Heyward, Pittsburgh  Marcus Peters, Baltimore
*Chris Jones, Kansas City *Tre’Davious White, Buffalo
     
 OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS (3)  FREE SAFETIES (2)
*Matthew Judon, Baltimore *Minkah Fitzpatrick, Pittsburgh
 Von Miller, Denver  Earl Thomas, Baltimore
 T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh   
    STRONG SAFETY (1)
    Jamal Adams, New York Jets


SPECIALISTS (5)

 PUNTER (1)  RETURN SPECIALIST (1)
 Brett Kern, Tennessee *Mecole Hardman, Kansas City
     
 PLACEKICKER (1)  SPECIAL TEAMER (1)
 Justin Tucker, Baltimore  Matthew Slater, New England
     
 LONG SNAPPER (1)   
 Morgan Cox, Baltimore   


NFC

OFFENSE (21)

 QUARTERBACKS (3) TIGHT ENDS (2)
 Drew Brees, New Orleans Zach Ertz, Philadelphia
 Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay George Kittle, San Francisco
 Russell Wilson, Seattle  
   TACKLES (3)
 WIDE RECEIVERS (4) Terron Armstead, New Orleans
 Mike Evans, Tampa Bay David Bakhtiari, Green Bay
*Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Tyron Smith, Dallas
 Julio Jones, Atlanta 
 Michael Thomas, New Orleans GUARDS (3)
   Brandon Brooks, Philadelphia
 RUNNING BACKS (3) Zack Martin, Dallas
*Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Brandon Scherff, Washington
 Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas  
*Christian McCaffrey, Carolina CENTERS (2)
   Travis Frederick, Dallas
 FULLBACK (1) Jason Kelce, Philadelphia
 Kyle Juszczyk, San Francisco  


DEFENSE (18)

 DEFENSIVE ENDS (3) INSIDE/MIDDLE LINEBACKERS (2)
*Nick Bosa, San Francisco Luke Kuechly, Carolina
 Danielle Hunter, Minnesota Bobby Wagner, Seattle
 Cameron Jordan, New Orleans  
   CORNERBACKS (4)
 INTERIOR LINEMEN (3) Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans
 Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia Jalen Ramsey, Los Angeles Rams
 Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams Richard Sherman, San Francisco
*Grady Jarrett, Atlanta Darius Slay, Detroit
     
 OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS (3)  FREE SAFETIES (2)
*Shaquil Barrett, Tampa Bay  Budda Baker, Arizona
 Chandler Jones, Arizona  Eddie Jackson, Chicago
 Khalil Mack, Chicago   
    STRONG SAFETY (1)
    Harrison Smith, Minnesota


SPECIALISTS (5)

 PUNTER (1)  RETURN SPECIALIST (1)
*Tress Way, Washington *Deonte Harris, New Orleans
     
 PLACEKICKER (1)  SPECIAL TEAMER (1)
*Wil Lutz, New Orleans  Cordarrelle Patterson, Chicago
     
 LONG SNAPPER (1)   
*Rick Lovato, Philadelphia   


2020 PRO BOWL PLAYERS BY CLUB

PLAYERPOSITIONPRO BOWLS 
    
ARIZONA (2)   
Budda BakerFree Safety2 
Chandler JonesOutside Linebacker3 
    
ATLANTA (2)   
Grady JarrettInterior Lineman1 
Julio JonesWide Receiver7 
    
BALTIMORE (12)   
Mark AndrewsTight End1 
Morgan CoxLong Snapper3 
Marlon HumphreyCornerback1 
Mark IngramRunning Back3 
Lamar JacksonQuarterback1 
Matthew JudonOutside Linebacker1 
Marcus PetersCornerback3 
Patrick RicardFullback1 
Ronnie StanleyTackle1 
Earl ThomasFree Safety7 
Justin TuckerPlacekicker3 
Marshal YandaGuard8 
 
BUFFALO (1) 
Tre’Davious WhiteCornerback1 
 
CAROLINA (2)   
Luke KuechlyInside/Middle Linebacker7 
Christian McCaffreyRunning Back1 
    
CHICAGO (3)   
Eddie JacksonFree Safety2 
Khalil MackOutside Linebacker5 
Cordarrelle PattersonSpecial Teamer3 
    
CINCINNATI (1)   
Geno AtkinsInterior Lineman8 
    
CLEVELAND (2)   
Nick ChubbRunning Back1 
Jarvis LandryWide Receiver5 
    
DALLAS (4)   
Ezekiel ElliottRunning Back3 
Travis FrederickCenter5 
Zack MartinGuard6 
Tyron SmithTackle7 
    
DENVER (1)   
Von MillerOutside Linebacker8 
    
DETROIT (1)   
Darius SlayCornerback3 
   
GREEN BAY (2)   
David BakhtiariTackle2 
Aaron RodgersQuarterback8 
   
HOUSTON (3)   
DeAndre HopkinsWide Receiver4 
Laremy TunsilTackle1 
Deshaun WatsonQuarterback2 
    
INDIANAPOLIS (2)   
Darius LeonardInside/Middle Linebacker1 
Quenton NelsonGuard2 
    
JACKSONVILLE (1)   
Calais CampbellDefensive End5 
   
KANSAS CITY (6)   
Frank ClarkDefensive End1 
Mecole HardmanReturn Specialist1 
Tyreek HillWide Receiver4 
Chris JonesInterior Lineman1 
Travis KelceTight End5 
Patrick MahomesQuarterback2 
    
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (2)   
Keenan AllenWide Receiver3 
Joey BosaDefensive End2 
    
LOS ANGELES RAMS (2)   
Aaron DonaldInterior Lineman6 
Jalen RamseyCornerback3 
    
MINNESOTA (3)   
Dalvin CookRunning Back1 
Danielle HunterDefensive End2 
Harrison SmithStrong Safety5 
    
NEW ENGLAND (3)   
Stephon GilmoreCornerback3 
Dont’a HightowerInside/Middle Linebacker2 
Matthew SlaterSpecial Teamer8 
   
NEW ORLEANS (7)   
Terron ArmsteadTackle2 
Drew BreesQuarterback13 
Deonte HarrisReturn Specialist1 
Cameron JordanDefensive End5 
Marshon LattimoreCornerback2 
Wil LutzPlacekicker1 
Michael ThomasWide Receiver3 
    
NEW YORK JETS (1)   
Jamal AdamsStrong Safety2 
 
OAKLAND (2)   
Trent BrownTackle1 
Rodney HudsonCenter3 
 
PHILADELPHIA (5)   
Brandon BrooksGuard3 
Fletcher CoxInterior Lineman5 
Zach ErtzTight End3 
Jason KelceCenter3 
Rick LovatoLong Snapper1 
    
PITTSBURGH (5)   
David DeCastroGuard5 
Minkah FitzpatrickFree Safety1 
Cameron HeywardInterior Lineman3 
Maurkice PounceyCenter8 
T.J. WattOutside Linebacker2 
    
SAN FRANCISCO (4)   
Nick BosaDefensive End1 
Kyle JuszczykFullback4 
George KittleTight End2 
Richard ShermanCornerback5 
   
SEATTLE (2)   
Bobby WagnerInside/Middle Linebacker7 
Russell WilsonQuarterback7 
    
TAMPA BAY (3)   
Shaquil BarrettOutside Linebacker1 
Mike EvansWide Receiver3 
Chris GodwinWide Receiver1 
    
TENNESSEE (2)   
Derrick HenryRunning Back1 
Brett KernPunter3 
   
WASHINGTON (2)   
Brandon ScherffGuard3 
Tress WayPunter1 

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Oakland Raiders Trent Brown and Rodney Hudson Named to Pro Bowl; Four Additional Players Tabbed as Alternates

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Oakland Raiders T Trent Brown and C Rodney Hudson have been named to the 2020 Pro Bowl, the NFL announced Tuesday.

G Richie IncognitoFB Alec IngoldRB Josh Jacobs and TE Darren Waller were named as alternates for the annual all-star game, scheduled to be played at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla., on Jan. 26, 2020.

Brown earns his first selection to the Pro Bowl after starting in 11 contests in his first season with the Silver and Black and surrendering just one sack in 326 pass-blocking snaps, according to Pro Football Focus. Hudson, a three-time selection, has given up zero sacks or hits in 432 pass-blocking snaps, and is graded as the NFL’s No. 1 center in pass-blocking situations by PFF. The two have combined to anchor one of the most dominant offensive line’s in the league, giving up just 24 sacks on the season, a mark that is tied for fifth-fewest in the NFL, while also being one of just five teams league-wide to surrender zero sacks against four different opponents. 

Among the alternates is Incognito, who has helped the offensive unit rank sixth in sacks allowed percentage this season (5.1 percent) after surrendering just one sack of his own in 432 pass-blocking snaps, per PFF. Incognito, along with rookie fullback Ingold, have also paved the way for the first 1,000-yard rookie rusher in Raiders history. Jacobs has run for 1,150 yards this season while also adding seven touchdowns. His 1,150 yards on the ground rank sixth in the NFL this year, first among rookies, and also rank sixth in Raiders lore among all single-season rushing performances. Jacobs set a rookie club record with five 100-yard performances on the ground in 2019 and also became the first rookie in franchise history to earn NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month honors, doing so twice (October and November). Waller, now in his first full season with the club, has posted career highs across the board in all major offensive categories and ranks second in the NFL among tight ends in receiving yards (1,001) and yards after catch (461), while ranking third in receptions (80). He became just the second tight end in club annals to surpass 1,000 receiving yards and 80 receptions in a single season, while also tying a team record for most 100-yard performances (four) among his position group.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations