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Oakland Raiders Sign WR Jordy Nelson

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent WR Jordy Nelson, the club announced Thursday.

Nelson joins the Raiders after 10 seasons with the Green Bay Packers, helping Green Bay to eight postseason appearances and a Super Bowl title. The 2014 Pro Bowler joins the Raiders having appeared in 136 career games with 88 starts, totaling 550 receptions for 7,848 yards (14.3 avg.) and 69 touchdowns. In 13 career postseason games, Nelson has posted 54 catches for 668 yards and five touchdowns.

The 6-foot-3, 217-pounder leaves Green Bay as one of the top wide receivers in franchise history, ranking third in receptions, fifth in receiving yards and second in receiving touchdowns. He is also the franchise’s leader in postseason receptions.

Last season, Nelson recorded 53 receptions for 482 yards and six touchdowns. He set a single-season franchise record with 1,519 receiving yards in 2014, as he was selected to his first career Pro Bowl and earned second-team All-Pro honors from the Associated Press. He was also named the AP Comeback Player of the Year in 2016 after recording 97 receptions for 1,257 yards and 14 touchdowns.

A native of Manhattan, Kan., Nelson played in 36 games at Kansas State, posting 206 receptions for 2,822 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also posted the most prolific single season in Kansas State history with 122 receptions for 1,606 yards in 2007 on his way to earning consensus All-American honors.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign K Giorgio Tavecchio

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent K Giorgio Tavecchio, the club announced Wednesday.

Tavecchio has spent time with the Raiders in the each of the last three training camps, including the 2015 and 2016 offseason program, and has connected on a combined 6-of-7 field goal attempts in preseason action for the Silver and Black.

The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder had stints in training camp with the San Francisco 49ers (2012), Green Bay Packers (2013) and Detroit Lions (2014) prior to joining the Raiders in 2014. Tavecchio played in 46 games for at the University of California and finished his career with 256 points, ranking fifth on the school’s all-time scoring list and fourth among kickers. He converted 48-of-64 (75 percent) field goal attempts and 112-of-120 (93.3 percent) PATs during his three years, ranking third in both all-time made field goals and extra points made.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign OL Marshall Newhouse

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent OL Marshall Newhouse, the club announced Monday.

Newhouse has spent the past two seasons as a member of the New York Giants after stops with the Green Bay Packers from 2010-2013 and Cincinnati Bengals in 2014. He has played in 86 games with 56 starts over his seven-year career, and has appeared in six postseason games.

Originally entering the league as a fifth-round selection (169th overall) by the Packers in the 2010 NFL Draft, Newhouse played in 47 games with 31 starts for Green Bay, helping the team reach the postseason each year he played for them.

Last season, the 6-foot-4, 323-pounder played in 10 games with six starts for the Giants and was part of an offensive line that allowed just 22 sacks on the season, third fewest in the league.

A native of Dallas, Texas, Newhouse played collegiately at TCU from 2006-09, appearing in 52 games over his career.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Raiders Fall To Packers 20-12 At Lambeau Field

The Oakland Raiders starting offense struggled to get anything going in the first half in Green Bay. Despite playing the entire first half they only chalked up three points against the first and string Packers.

Quarterback Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders starters saw a significant increase in workload Thursday night at Lambeau Field, as both the team’s starting offensive and defensive units played the entire first half.

Carr finished the night 9 of 13 for 38 yards

Defensively, the starting unit started slow as well giving up a  14-play, 74-yard drive to the Packers to start the evening, resulting in a touchdown by Eddie Lacy.  After that initial drive Green Bay was unable to put any more points on the board in the first half.

The second half was a different story, as the Packers were able to get their offense rolling a little bit, and were able to put up 13 points on the Silver and Black’s defense, en route to a 20-12 win at Lambeau Field.

Rookie quarterback Connor Cook had a good night, finishing the game 6 of 9 for 101 yards.

Highlight of the night was a blocked punt by Brendan Trawick’s.  Safety Nate Allen would fall on it in the end zone to give the Raiders their first touchdown of the night with 3:01 remaining in the game.

The Raiders fly back to Northern California tonight, and will be back on the practice field Saturday afternoon at their Alameda, Calif., facility.

Their next preseason game will be next Saturday when they take on the Tennessee Titans at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr Selected For First Pro Bowl

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ALAMEDA, Calif. Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr was named to his first Pro Bowl, the NFL announced Wednesday. Carr, who was originally selected as an alternate for the Pro Bowl, replaces Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, who is unable to participate due to injury.

“First, I want to thank God for the opportunity to be able to go to Hawaii,” said Carr. “Secondly, I want to thank my family, my friends, my teammates, my coaches and all of Raider Nation for their support. Third, I want to thank everyone who voted for me and all of the opposing players and coaches that voted for me. That means more to me than they know. Go Raiders!”

Carr’s teammates S Charles Woodson, FB Marcel Reece and DE Khalil Mack were also selected to the NFL’s all-star game, to be played at Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium on Jan. 31. In December, RB Latavius Murray and rookie WR Amari Cooper were also named alternates for the Pro Bowl.

One of the NFL’s most dynamic young passers, Carr becomes the first Raiders quarterback to be named to the Pro Bowl since Rich Gannon in 2002 after starting all 16 games. He threw for 3,987 yards on 350-of-573 passing (61.1 percent) with 32 touchdowns and 13 interceptions for a passer rating of 91.1. He also added career-high rushing totals with 33 attempts for 138 yards (4.2 avg.).
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound signal caller finished his sophomore campaign tied for seventh in the NFL in passing touchdowns and 300-yard passing performances with six. Carr also recorded four fourth-quarter comeback drives, five games with a rating of at least 100.0 (5-0 record) and 11 multi-touchdown games, tied for third in the NFL.

Carr was named the Castrol Edge Clutch Performer of the Week twice in 2015 after leading the Raiders on fourth-quarter scoring drives to secure comeback victories. In Week 2 against Baltimore, he threw for a career-high 351 yards and three scores, including the game-winning touchdown pass with 26 seconds remaining. Carr again led a fourth-quarter comeback drive and threw a touchdown pass with 1:21 remaining to defeat the Tennessee Titans on the road in Week 12. Carr tied a single-game high by throwing four touchdowns in back-to-back games in Weeks 8 and 9, against the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers, respectively.

The native of Bakersfield, Calif., joined the Raiders in 2014 as the team’s second-round selection (36th overall) in the NFL Draft. He has started all 32 games over his first two NFL seasons, becoming the first offensive player to do so in Raiders franchise history. Carr is the owner of 53 career touchdown passes, the second most ever by a player through his first two NFL seasons.

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Raiders Charles Woodson Announces He Will Retire After 2015 Season

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ALAMEDA, Calif.Oakland Raiders S Charles Woodson announced today that he will retire from football at the conclusion of the 2015 season. Woodson retires after 18 seasons as one of the most decorated defensive players in league history.

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GM Reggie McKenzie

“Charles Woodson is one of those players that comes along and reminds you why you love the game,” said General Manager Reggie McKenzie. “He is truly a one of a kind player that goes above and beyond his Heisman trophy and future gold jacket. It has been an honor to have worked alongside Charles for so many years and have the confidence to call him what he truly is: the G.O.A.T. He is, without a doubt, the embodiment of what it means to be a Raider.”

Over his remarkable football career, Woodson has excelled at every level. He is one of only two players (Marcus Allen) in history to win the Heisman Trophy, Associated Press Rookie of the Year, Associated Press Player of the Year and a Super Bowl over their career. He is a three-time first-team All-Pro and an eight-time Pro Bowler.

Originally selected by the Raiders in the first round (fourth overall) of the 1998 NFL Draft, Woodson played his first eight seasons for the Silver and Black from 1998-2005. He was named the Associated Press Rookie of the Year in 1998 and was selected to the Pro Bowl in each of his first four seasons (1998-2001). He helped the Raiders to three straight AFC West titles from 2000-02 and an appearance in Super Bowl XXXVII.

After the 2005 season, Woodson joined the Green Bay Packers, where he played for seven seasons from 2006-12. In 2009, he was named the Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year, becoming the oldest defensive back to ever win the award and the first cornerback since 1994. In 2009, he set a career high and tied for the league lead with nine interceptions. The following year, Woodson led the Packers on a run to the Super Bowl XLV title, as he started all 20 regular season and postseason games.

Woodson rejoined the Raiders in 2013, allowing him to finish his NFL career where it started. He has started all 46 games for the Silver and Black since 2013 and has totaled 10 interceptions. This season, Woodson was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month for the fifth time in October after recording three interceptions. Since turning 39 in October 2015, Woodson has tallied three interceptions, making him one of only three NFL players to record an interception at age 39 or older.

For his career, Woodson has played in 252 regular season games with 249 starts, totaling 1,363 tackles (1,065 solo), 65 interceptions (966 interception return yards), 11 interceptions returned for a touchdown, 227 passes defensed, 20 sacks, 34 forced fumbles and 16 fumble recoveries. He has played an additional 17 postseason games with 16 starts, posting 85 tackles (70 solo), one interception, 15 passes defensed, one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

At the University of Michigan, Woodson was a three-year starter and letterman from 1995-97. The Fremont, Ohio, native finished his collegiate career with three All-Big Ten and two All-American selections. In his junior season of 1997, he became the first predominantly defensive player to ever win the Heisman Trophy, helping the Wolverines to a 12-0 record and the Associated Press National Championship.

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WOODSON AT A GLANCE

· Woodson is one of two players in football history to win a Heisman Trophy, Associated Press Rookie of the Year, Associated Press Player of the Year and a Super Bowl in their career. The other player is former Raiders RB Marcus Allen.

· Woodson is a three-time first-team All-Pro, an eight-time Pro Bowler and was named the Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year in 2009. He has been named the AFC/NFC Defensive Player of the Month five times.

· The 1998 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, Woodson became the first Raiders defensive back to start every game in his rookie season since Jack Tatum in 1971. He finished his rookie campaign with five interceptions with one return touchdown and two forced fumbles.

· In 1997, Woodson became the first predominantly defensive player to win the Heisman Trophy and is one of nine Heisman winners to wear the Silver and Black.

· Woodson has recorded 65 career interceptions and is tied with Ken Riley (65) for the fifth most interceptions in NFL history and the most by any player not currently enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

· Along with Hall of Famer Darrell Green (19), Woodson is one of only two players in NFL history to intercept a pass in at least 18 straight seasons.

· Woodson is one of three players in NFL history to record an interception at age 39 or older, joining Hall of Famer Darrell Green and Clay Matthews, Jr. With two interceptions on Oct. 11, 2015 vs. Denver, Woodson became the only player 39-or-older with two interceptions in a game.

· Woodson’s 13 defensive touchdowns are tied with Rod Woodson and Darren Sharper for the most all-time, and his 11 interception-touchdowns are second all-time to R. Woodson’s 12.

· In 2011, he became the first NFL player to record an interception-touchdown in six straight seasons.

· In 2014, Woodson became the first player in NFL history with 50 interceptions and 20 sacks in his career. Later in the season, Woodson also became the first player to reach 60 picks and 20 sacks for a career.

Raiders Eliminated From Playoffs With 30-20 Loss to Packers; Cooper Eclipses 1,000 Receiving Yards

ALAMEDA, CALIFORNIA – The Oakland Raiders officially eliminated from playoffs contention in 30-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Derek Carr threw a pair of interceptions in the first quarter to put Oakland in an early 0-14 hole. 

The second year quarterback fought through the adversity in the first half and the Raiders only trailed by one point 13-14 headed into half-time. Carr responded with a pair of touchdowns to rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper. 

Derek Carr

“It hurts. It hurt my heart to be honest because I know how much work I put into this, how much work our team puts into this, our coaches,” Carr said.

“I know the sacrifice during the week and even during the offseason. Everyone’s ultimate goal is to go to the playoffs and win the Super Bowl. That’s always my goal, that will never change.

Despite the Packers 14-0  Green Bay fell behind 20-17 midway through the third quarter on Carr’s second touchdown pass to Cooper.

The Raiders lead was short-lived as Jeff Janis returned the ensuing kickoff to the 47. Three plays later, former Raider and San Jose native James Jones scored a 30-yard touchdown on busted coverage in Oaklands’ secondary.

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“Those kind of mistakes, they kill you as a team,” safety Charles Woodson said. “We gave ourselves a chance. Just didn’t come up at the end when we needed to.”

Rodgers engineered a 19-play field goal drive on Green Bay’s next possession and Mason Crosby’s third field goal made it 30-20 with 4:25 left to put the Packers in control.

Amari Cooper 1,000 Yards Receiving

The highlight for the Raiders was rookie Amari Cooper. He caught six passes for 120 yards on Sunday. He reached the 1,000-yard mark on a 41-yard grab in the third quarter, becoming the first Oakland player with 1,000 yards receiving since Randy Moss in 2005. That was the longest current drought in the NFL. He also added two more touchdowns. He now holds a Raiders franchise rookie record with six touchdowns.

The rest of the accolades went to the Packers, who got 2.5 sacks from Julius Peppers to win their third straight game.

Carr threw two interceptions in the first quarter to set up Green Bay touchdowns. Hyde’s interception set up the Packers at the 18, and John Kuhn ran it in from the 5 for the first score.

Carr’s next pass was high to Seth Roberts and Randall returned it 43 yards for a touchdown that made it 14-0.

The Raiders rallied with a pair of field goals in the second quarter, but the Packers still looked to be in control as they drove into scoring range late in the half.

But Benson Mayowa forced and recovered a fumble by James Starks at the Oakland 21 with 1:22 to go and Carr connected on a 19-yard TD pass to Cooper four plays later to make it 14-13 at the half.

In-Game Injuries

Packers LB Jayrone Elliott (quadriceps) and OL David Bakhtiari (ankle) left with injuries. … Raiders DE Mario Edwards Jr. left after the first drive with a neck injury and WR Seth Roberts (abdominal) also was injured.

Oakland Raiders Sign DE Shelby Harris To Active Roster

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ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed DE Shelby Harris to the active roster from the practice squad, the club announced Thursday.

Harris was originally drafted by the Raiders in the seventh round (235th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. This season, he has been active for one game (Oct. 25 vs. San Diego) for Oakland, where he recorded four tackles (two solo). He spent most of the 2014 season on the team’s practice squad. For his career, the 6-foot-2, 290-pounder has played appeared in two games for the Raiders.

The Milwaukee, Wis., native played in 33 games at Illinois State over three years, posting 173 tackles, 14 sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and four passes defensed.

Additionally, the Raiders have signed WR Jeremy Ross to the practice squad. Ross has played in 39 career games for the Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions and Baltimore Ravens. He has totaled 39 receptions for 469 yards and two touchdowns, 54 kickoff returns for 1,389 yards and one touchdown and 63 punt returns for 759 yards and one touchdown.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Raiders Announce Re-signing Of Taylor Mays And CJ Wilson; Place Nate Allen Injured Designated For Return List

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agents S Taylor Mays and DL C.J. Wilson, the club announced Tuesday.

Taylor Mays

Mays, now in his sixth NFL season, rejoins the Raiders after a brief stint with the team during the 2015 preseason. He spent parts of this past offseason with the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions after beginning his career with the San Francisco 49ers (2010) and Cincinnati Bengals (2011-14). The 6-foot-3, 235-pounder has totaled 72 tackles (51 solo), four passes defensed, one sack, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries in 66 career games.

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Wilson, 6-foot-3 and 290 pounds, also rejoins the Raiders in his sixth NFL season, after spending last year with the team. Wilson played in all 16 games for Oakland in 2014, starting seven, before he was released at the end of the 2015 preseason. Wilson, who spent his first four seasons (2010-13) with the Green Bay Packers, has totaled 66 games played, with 18 starts, 137 tackles (76 solo), 5.5 sacks, one pass defensed and one fumble recovery in his regular season career, with 24 tackles (14 solo) and one sack in eight postseason games.

To make room on the roster, the Raiders have waived TE Gabe Holmes and placed S Nate Allen on the Reserve/Injured – Designated for Return list.

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.