Oakland Raiders Sign Wide Receiver Austin Hill

May 12, 2015 3:16 PM PT

ALAMEDA, CA. – The Oakland Raiders have signed undrafted free agent WR Austin Hill, the club announced Tuesday.

Austin Hill joins the Silver and Black after playing three seasons at Arizona (2011-12, 2014), missing his junior season in 2013 due to a knee injury. In 37 games played for the Wildcats, he totaled 151 receptions for 2,310 yards (15.3 avg.) and 17 touchdowns.

As a sophomore in 2012, the 6-foot-3, 212-pounder was named a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist, All-Pac-12 Second Team and Phil Steele Fourth-Team All-American after setting career highs with 81 receptions (third in Pac-12) with 1,364 yards (sixth in NCAA and second in Pac-12) and 11 touchdowns. The Corona, Calif., native averaged 16.8 yards per catch in 2012, good for second in the Pac-12.

To make room on the roster, the Raiders have waived WR Milton Williams III.

Courtesy Of The Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Announce Roster Movers

May 11, 2015 2:32 PMPT

Raiders Announce Roster Moves

ALAMEDA, CA. – The Oakland Raiders have signed the following six undrafted free agents following their participation in the team’s rookie mini-camp on a tryout basis, the club announced Monday.

Player                       Pos.            Ht.      Wt.      Exp.      College
Bell, Mitch               G              6-3        347      R       Louisiana Tech
Dixon, Travell       CB            6-0       200       R       Washington
Dyer, Michael       RB            5-9       218       R        Louisville
Edwards, SaQwan CB        6-0       200       R        New Mexico
Wilkins, Gary       DE            6-2       240        R       Furman
Willis, Austin      WR            5-9       176       R       Emporia State

Bell: Played two years at Louisiana Tech after transferring from Navarro Junior College in Corsicana, Texas…Appeared in 24 games with 20 starts in two seasons at Louisiana Tech…Two-time All-Conference USA selection.

Dixon: Played two years at Washington after transferring from Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher, Ariz. …Also attended Alabama prior to transferring to Washington…Saw action in 16 games with one start at Washington…Totaled 12 tackles (10 solo) and one pass defensed…Recorded 39 tackles with four INTs, four passes defensed and one fumble recovery at Eastern Arizona.

Dyer: Played two years at Louisville after playing first two collegiate seasons at Auburn…Also attended Arkansas State, but redshirted his lone season prior to transferring to Louisville…Totaled 3,039 rushing yards on 578 carries and 22 TDs in his split time at Auburn and Louisville.

Edwards: Played three years at New Mexico after transferring from Blinn College in Brenham, Texas…Moved to cornerback from wide receiver following sophomore season…Played in 31 games at New Mexico, totaling 65 tackles (57 solo), three INTs and 19 passes defensed.

Wilkins: Played four years at Furman, seeing action in 47 games with 40 starts…Two-time first-team All-SoCon performer…Totaled 294 career tackles (150 solo), 15.5 sacks, two INTs, 36 tackles for loss, 14 passes defensed, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Willis: In four seasons at Emporia State, totaled 127 receptions for 2,002 yards and 18 TDs…Garnered second-team All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association honors as a senior.

To make room on the roster, the Raiders have made the following transactions:

Waived the following players:

Casey, Chance          CB    5-11    190     Baylor
Cobb, Terrance         RB    5-11    220    Cumberlands
Johnson, Gus             RB    5-10    215     Stephen F. Austin
Kearney, Vernon      DB    6-2      185     Lane
Mitchell, Braylon     LB      6-1     233     Arkansas

Waived/Injured the following player:

Gallon, Jeremy      WR     5-8      195      Michigan

Oakland Raiders Officially Announce Undrafted Free Agent Signings

May 9, 2015 11:59 PM PT

Raiders Announce Undrafted Free Agent Signings

ALAMEDA, CA. – The Oakland Raiders have signed the following 14 undrafted free agents, the club announced Friday.

Player                                Pos.      Ht.       Wt.         College
Daniel, Rob                     CB       6-1      209          BYU
Eatmon, Quinterrius T/G     6-6      310          South Florida
Fajardo, Cody                QB      6-2      223          Nevada
Hale, Jacoby                    LB       6-0     230          Utah
Hall, Jimmy                        S        6-1      228         Northwestern
Harper, Josh                  WR      6-1     185          Fresno State
Holmes, Gabe                TE        6-5     254          Purdue
Johnson, Gus                 RB       5-10   215          Stephen F. Austin
McDonald, Tevin           S        5-11   195          Eastern Washington
Mitchell, Braylon        LB        6-1     233          Arkansas
Orr, Leon                          DT       6-5     323          Florida
Pinson, Terrell                S          6-2     215         Louisiana Tech
Shirley, Josh                   LB         6-2    234         UNLV
Williams, Milton         WR       6-2    218         Delaware State

Daniel: Played two years at BYU after transferring from De Anza College in Cupertino, Calif. …Played in 25 games with 22 starts in two seasons at BYU…Posted 110 career tackles (87 solo), three INTs, 23 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one sack…Tied the BYU career record for passes defensed.

Eatmon: Played four years at South Florida, appearing in 47 games with 46 starts…Finished career ranked second in program history in games started…Started 34 games at right tackle before moving to right guard prior to senior season.

Fajardo: Played four years at Nevada, playing in 45 games and becoming just the second player in FBS history to reach 9,000 yards passing and 3,000 yards rushing, joining Nevada alum Colin Kaepernick…Completed 878-of-1,348 pass attempts for 9,659 yards and 57 TDs…Set the program record for career completions…Rushed for 3,482 yards with 44 TDs on 536 career carries.

Hale: Played four years at Utah, appearing in 30 games with seven starts…Totaled 79 tackles (55 solo), 6.5 sacks, 15 tackles for loss, five passes defensed and one INT…Two-time honorable mention Academic All-Pac-12 selection.

Hall: Played four years at Northwestern, appearing in 44 games with eight starts…Saw action at both linebacker and safety…Totaled 102 career tackles (67 solo), six tackles for loss, three INTs, one forced fumble, three fumble recoveries and five passes defensed.

Harper: Played four years at Fresno State, playing in 41 games with 30 starts…Finished collegiate career ranked second in school history with 228 receptions and sixth in program annals with 2,938 receiving yards…Totaled 29 career TDs to rank second in program history…Posted 1,000-yard receiving seasons as both a junior and senior, becoming just the third player in Fresno State history and the third player in Mountain West Conference history to notch back-to-back 1,000-yard campaigns…Caught at least one pass in every collegiate game in which he played.

Holmes: Played five years at Purdue, seeing action in 49 games…Redshirted as a senior after missing most of the season with a wrist injury…Totaled 65 career catches for 685 yards and six TDs.

Johnson: Played four years at Stephen F. Austin, earning Southland Conference Player of the Year honors as a senior and finishing career as the school’s all-time leading rusher…Tabbed for all-conference honors three times, including first-team recognition twice…Totaled 3,907 career rushing yards, ranking first in school history and fifth in Southland Conference annals…Also set program standard with 51 rushing TDs and 52 total TDs.

McDonald: Played two years at Eastern Washington after transferring from UCLA…Played in 23 games at Eastern Washington, recording 121 tackles (80 solo), four INTs, one sack, four tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and nine passes defensed.

Mitchell: Played four years at Arkansas, seeing action in 41 games with 14 starts…Totaled 111 career tackles (43 solo), 4.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, three passes defensed and one forced fumble.

Orr: Played four years at Florida, seeing action in 39 games with 10 starts…Totaled 62 career tackles (31 solo), 4.5 sacks, 13 tackles for loss, one pass defensed, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.

Pinson: Played two years at Louisiana Tech after transferring from Itawamba Community College in Fulton, Miss. …Played in 22 games at Louisiana Tech, totaling 85 tackles (49 solo), 2.5 sacks, four INTs, eight passes defensed and one forced fumble.

Shirley: Played one year at UNLV after transferring from Washington…Enrolled at UNLV as a graduate student and played as a fifth-year graduate transfer after obtaining a bachelor’s degree at Washington…Played in 13 games in final collegiate season, posting 20 tackles (six solo), two sacks for losses totaling 10 yards and 4.5 tackles for loss…In three seasons at Washington, totaled 18 sacks for 113 yards in losses and 25 tackles for loss…Also notched nine forced fumbles.

Williams: Played four years at Delaware State, seeing action in 40 games…Totaled 126 career receptions for 1,612 yards and 11 TDs.

Courtesy of The Oakland Raiders Media relations

Sacramento Republic FC Win 3-2 AT Home Over The Seattle Sounders FC2

May 9, 2015 11:52 PM PT

Match Recap: Sacramento Republic FC 3, Seattle Sounders FC 2 0

Sacramento Republic FC use a three-goal onslaught and a man advantage to secure three points in home victory over Seattle Sounders FC 2.

Republic FC started the scoring early in the 19th minute when midfielder Rodrigo Lopez sent a right-footed free kick into the box from just inside the left touchline. Defender Nemanja Vuković was left wide-open at the 6 yard box and calmly flicked a header past S2 keeper Charlie Lyon and into the back of the net for an early 1-0 lead that would hold until halftime.

Tensions between the two sides grew hotter in the 26th minute when Mickey Daly was called for a foul after a push on S2 forward Andy Craven just outside the box. Both teams engaged in a shouting match with a few jersey grabs mixed in before the referee intervened and gave a yellow card to Daly and S2 midfielder Giuliano Frano. Frano would later receive a second yellow card and an ejection for a slide tackle in the 65th minute.

Both goalkeepers were tested in a frantic five-minute span starting with Patrick McLain in the 50th minute. Craven sent a ball down the wing to Darwin Jones who took a curling shot on goal that McLain made a diving save on. McLain was called into action again in the 52nd minute when he had to make another diving save, this time to his right. S2 keeper Lyon then made a diving save of his own on a Lopez shot in the 54th minute.

Republic FC would add a second goal in the 63rd minute after a strong build-up from defender James Kiffe and midfielder Gilberto, who then sent a low cross to Lopez just outside the box. Lopez quickly sent a give-and-go ball to Max Alvarez who one-touched it back to Lopez in behind the defense. Lopez took one touch toward goal and promptly slotted a left-footed shot past Lyon and into the side netting for a 2-0 lead.

The home side added a third goal with the man advantage in the form of second-half substitute Adnan Gabeljic. After a clearance from a Seattle defender deflected right to him, Gabeljic controlled the ball and sent a bullet left-footed shot through a defender and past Lyon for a decisive 3-0 score line, which would hold for the final score.

“I thought the guys fought really hard and we made it really tough on their guys,” Lopez said after the match. “We were able to find some gaps and we did our job on the field. We can’t just play well against the top teams, we have to do this against every team.”

Republic FC will travel to Carson, Calif. to take on LA Galaxy II on Sunday, May 17. Kickoff is 4:15 p.m. PDT. The match will be streamed live at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday.

Sacramento Republic FC 3:0 Seattle Sounders FC 2
USL Match
Bonney Field – Sacramento, CA
May 9, 2015 – Attendance: 11,242 (sellout)

Scoring Summary: SRFC – Nemanja Vuković (Rodrigo Lopez) 19, Rodrigo Lopez (Max Alvarez) 62, Adnan Gabeljic 78

Misconduct Summary: SRFC – Mickey Daly (caution) 26, SEA – Giuliano Frano (caution) 26, Damion Lowe (caution) 34, SRFC – Ivan Mirković (caution) 43, SEA – Duncan McCormick (caution) 58, SEA- Giuliano Frano (caution/ejection) 65

Seattle Sounders FC 2 – Charlie Lyon; Jimmy Ockford (Choong Sil Lim 72), Aaron Long, Damion Lowe, Nicholas Miele; Amadou Sanyang (Duncan McCormick 16), Giuliano Frano, Sam Garza (Victor Mansaray 78), Darwin Jones (Aaron Kovar 57), Pablo Rossi, Andy Craven

Subs Not Used: Saif Kerawala, Lorenzo Ramos, Qudus Lawal

Stats: Shots: 12, Shots on Goal: 4, Saves: 6, Fouls: 14, Corner Kicks: 5, Offside: 1.

Sacramento Republic FC – Patrick McLain; Emrah Klimenta, Mickey Daly, Nemanja Vuković, Agustin Cazarez (James Kiffe 44); Gilberto, Ivan Mirković (Derek Foran 88), Max Alvarez (Adnan Gabeljic 64), Rodrigo Lopez; Justin Braun (Joaquin Rivas 88), David Estrada (Thomas Stewart 70).

Subs Not Used: Dominik Jakubek, Zev Taublieb.

Stats: Shots: 17, Shots on Goal: 11, Saves: 4, Fouls: 9, Corner Kicks: 4, Offside: 0.

The San Jose SaberCats Remain Undefeated With Blowout Win 61-28 Over The Las Vegas Outlaws

May 9, 2015 11:03 PM PT

San Jose, CA.- The San Jose SaberCats (7-0) remained undefeated, taking down the Las Vegas Outlaws (3-3) in convincing fashion, 61-28, Saturday Night, at the SAP Center.

The SaberCats’ offense did not miss a beat without their quarterback Erik Meyer, scoring 60 or more points for the third time this season.

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Making his first start of the season, quarterback Nathan Stanley completed an astounding 90-percent of his passes, throwing for 242 yards and seven touchdowns, tying a career-high with the SaberCats.

“I have to give a lot of credit to the guys around me,” said Stanley. “I have some good targets to throw to and the guys up front did a great job.”

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San Jose jumped out to an early lead when Stanley found Reggie Gray for a 28-yard touchdown reception on the first play of the game. Gray went down injured in the second quarter after scoring three touchdowns in the first quarter and finished with six receptions for 92 yards, all of which were team-highs.

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“When (Reggie) gets the ball in his hands he can go the distance at any time,” said Owner and Head Coach Darren Arbet. “That’s why we call him big play.”

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In the first half, San Jose scored six touchdowns and held a commanding 42-14 lead at halftime. Meanwhile, the Outlaws were only able to manage one touchdown in each of the quarters, stifled by the SaberCats defensive unit.

Las Vegas cut the SaberCats lead to 61-28 in the fourth quarter with a 33-yard touchdown reception by Clinton Solomon. Solomon bobbled the pass as he was falling in the back of the end zone, but was able to hang on for an amazing touchdown, earning himself Catch of the Game for the effort.

 

The vaunted SaberCats’ defense locked down in the red zone, forcing three turnovers in the first half, including a fourth down fumble by Raterink, resulting in a 30-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown by Rodney Fritz.

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“Rodney’s over 270-pounds; he is extremely fast and strong,” said Arbet. “He understands how to pass rush, the skies the limit for him and I think he still has more to give.”

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San Jose also had an interception by Ken Fontenette, his third of the season, as well as another forced fumble by Eric Crocker on a Las Vegas kick return, recovered by David Hyland. The SaberCats sacked Raterink four teams, with two each from Francis Maka and Donte Paige-Moss.

“The guys on defense executed to perfection,” said Arbet. “On fourth down they play with a lot more life and a lot more energy.”

Continuing to be a dual threat, Outlaw quarterback J.J. Raterink completed 25-of-42 passes, for 302 yards, three touchdowns through the air, with another on the ground, and one interception.
Leading the Outlaws’ offensive attack was receiver Jason Willis. A member of the SaberCats last season, Willis enjoyed playing in some familiar territory, finishing the contest with 10 receptions for 121 yards and a score.

In his best performance of the season, 2014 Second Team All-Arena receiver Darius Reynolds hauled in five receptions for 55 yards. He quickly stepped up for the injured Gray, grabbing touchdowns on back-to-back drives.

A teammate of Stanley’s at Southeastern Louisiana University, receiver Brandon Collins filled in nicely for the injured Reggie Gray and hauled in a 16-yard touchdown in the third quarter, his first career touchdown reception. He finished with two receptions for 47 yards.

“I’m really fortunate to have nothing bud studs surrounding me,” said Stanley. “I’m very thankful for that.”

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The SaberCats will head north next week to take on the Spokane Shock on May 16th, in a Pacific Division matchup.

Game Recap Courtesy of San Jose Sabercats Media Relations

The Raiders 2015 Draft Class Jersey Numbers

Friday May 8 , 2015 11:00 AM PT

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Raiders 2015 Draft Class Arrive

The Oakland Raiders 2015 Rookie Mini-Camp begins today. Here are the jersey numbers the 2015 Draft Class will be wearing when they take the field:

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Amari Cooper – 89
Mario Edwards Jr. – 97

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Clive Walford – 88

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Jon Feliciano – 68
Ben Heeney – 51
Neiron Ball – 58
Max Valles – 94

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Anthony Morris – 79

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Andre Debose – 84
Dexter McDonald – 21

Oakland Raiders Undrafted Free Agent Josh Harper’s Press Conference After First Rookie Mini Camp Practice

May 8, 2015, 2:02 PM PT

The Oakland Raiders undrafted free agent Josh Harper responds to media questions after his first NFL action rookie mini camp.

Harper  went undrafted, but after the Draft concluded, he received calls from numerous teams offering him a contract as an undrafted free agent. However, after hearing all of the pitches from the respective teams, the Fresno State product listened to his gut and joined the Silver and Black.

Harper : “I feel like the Raiders organization is headed into the right direction,” Harper said. “Why not try to be a part of something that’s going to be special down the road? It was a whole little packaged deal: the organization, Derek [Carr] being here because I know he’s going to help me as much as I can, learning the playbook.”
HARPER REALIZES NOTHING WILL BE HANDED TO HIM

While he was disappointed he went undrafted, Harper is now determined to make the most of his opportunity in Oakland.
He also realizes that nothing will be handed to him, and is willing to do whatever he needs to do to make the final roster.

Harper: “I wouldn’t say pressure but I would say you have to show up every day,” Harper said. “You have to give them a reason to allow you do have a spot on this team. Nothing’s going to be given to you but that’s why you have to show up and make plays.”

Oakland Raiders’ Mario Edwards Jr’s Press Conference After First Rookie Mini Camp Practice

May 8, 2015 1:55 PM PT

Alameda, CA. – The past week has been a week of change for Mario Edwards Jr. He was drafted, flown across the country, and today officially began his work on the field with his fellow rookies.
In addition to all of the new experiences that have come his way, Edwards was greeted by a welcome change from his time at Florida State – music during practice.

Edwards Jr. : “That’s one cool thing we didn’t do in college at Florida State,” Edwards Jr. said. “We never played music, except for in the beginning. But to play music and get your mind elsewhere and pump you up during the practice was pretty cool.”

KEN NORTON, JR. IS MAKING A GOOD IMPRESSION

Edwards Jr. has only had one practice under Defensive Coordinator Ken Norton, Jr. but he already likes the intensity the former linebacker is bringing to the table.

Shawn Jonas : I asked Mario what he thought about Ken Norton Jr’s intensity. 

Edwards Jr. : I like him a lot,” Edwards Jr. said. “He’s very vocal and he wants the best out of his players. He’s yelling and screaming because he wants to push you and get every drop out of you that you have in you. I like that type of coach.”

EDWARDS HAS A CHIP ON HIS SHOULDER

After going through the pre-draft process and having every aspect of his game dissected, Edwards Jr. is ready to get to work and just play football.
That being said, he’s not forgetting all of the negative feedback he received throughout the process, and is using that to fuel him going forward.

Edwards Jr. : Just a chip on my shoulder from just naysayers or people that criticized me so much,” Edwards Jr. said. “Really I wanted to prove to myself. I have a chip on myself because I want to be the best that I can be.”

Amari Cooper’s Press Conference After First Rookie Mini Camp Session

May 8, 2015 1:15 PM PT

Alameda, CA. – The number one wide receiver, and fourth player overall in the 2015 NFL Draft,  Amari Cooper participates in his first practice as an Oakland Raider.

The rookie mini camp session was only a day after he arrived in Oakland and the Raiders also announce the signing of the Highly touted receiver out of Alabama to a contract.

He played three seasons at Alabama, appearing in 40 games and making 30 starts. Cooper left Alabama as the school’s most productive receiver in their illustrious history, setting school records with 228 receptions, 3,463 receiving yards and 31 receiving touchdowns. The 6-foot-1, 211-pounder also ranks near the top of the SEC’s receiving record books in every major category, finishing third all-time in receptions, second all-time in receiving yards and first in receiving touchdowns while helping the Crimson Tide win the BCS National Championship in 2012.

As a senior, the Miami, Fla., native was awarded the Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the nation’s most outstanding receiver. He was also named the SEC’s Offensive Player of the Year and finished third in voting for the Heisman Trophy. On his way to being a unanimous first-team All-American selection his senior season, Cooper posted 124 receptions (fourth most by any player from a Power Five Conference in FBS history) for 1,727 receiving yards (Alabama and SEC record) and 16 receiving touchdowns.

It was important for the former Alabama wide receiver to get the business part of the game taken care of so he could put all of his focus on football.

“My agent advised me to do that, so I guess it was important to him,” said Cooper.

Cooper participated in a short press conference after his first rookie mini camp session. 

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Oakland Raiders Set To Release Veteran Wide Receiver James Jones

May 3, 2015 10:28 PM PT

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Alameda, California –  Fallon Smith of CSN Bay Area broke the news of the Oakland Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie has notified veteran wide receiver James Jones that he will be released.

Jones had signed a three-year contract with the Raiders . The move will clear 3.4 million dollars in salary-cap savings and will cost the Raiders no dead money in the move.

The 31 year-old James Jones will be entering his 9th NFL season in 2015. The San Jose, California native signed with the Raiders in 2014 after spending 7 seasons with the Green Bay Packers. He attended Gunderson High School and is a San Jose State alum.

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He played all 16 games with the Raiders and had 73 receptions for 666 yards and 6 touchdowns in 2014. His career totals, 383 receptions for 4,971 yards and 43 touchdowns.

The Raiders have new found depth at the wide receiver position since signing Michael Crabtree in free agency and drafting the highly touted Amari Cooper with the 4th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft on Thursday.

The Raiders depth chart looks something like this Amari Cooper, Rod Streater, Michael Crabtree, Andre Holmes, Brice Butler, Kenbrell Thompkins, Seth Roberts, and newly added 7th round draft pick Andre Debose.

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Unofficially, Oakland also signed Freson State wide receiver Josh Harper. Harper reunites with quarterback Derek Carr. They played together for three years and in Carr’s final season Harper caught 79 passes for 1011 yards and 13 touchdowns.  Carr’s other main target at Fresno State, Davante Adams, was drafted by Green Bay in 2014. Harper’s catches went up as a senior due in large part to seeing a larger portion of the passes in 2014 with 131 targets. In improving from 79 to 90 catches his receiving yards also went up to 1097.

Youth is the theme to this offseason moves for the Raiders and the trend continues with tonights release of James Jones. Reggie McKenzie obviously believes he has his franchise quarterback and he is surrounding him with young talent to hopefully build a winner and go on a nice long run.