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Pro Football Hall Of Fame Willie Brown Remembers Kenny “The Snake” Stabler

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On Thursday, Hall of Fame cornerback Willie Brown appeared on Sirius XM NFL Radio’s Movin’ The Chains with Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller to discuss the legacy of the Raiders legend.

Ken Stabler and Willie Brown were teammates from 1970-78 and were key members of the team that won Super Bowl XI 32-14 over the Minnesota Vikings.

During his time on the air, Brown touched on a variety of topics regarding Stabler, including the quarterback’s demeanor as well as the championship season of 1976.

Willie  Brown’s Remembers “The Snake.”

On Ken Stabler:

Brown: “My first reaction when I heard the news about him was that I was concerned about his family, and to make sure that his family was okay. It’s a tough time for them, a tough time for everybody who came in contact with “Snake” Stabler because of the way he was. I hope the family’s okay. It’s tough when two of your colleagues – Former Detroit Lions Tight End Charlie Sanders just died – he’s in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, now it’s Kenny. Those kinds of things – you don’t realize it, or understand what happened. They happen so fast, before you have a chance to really react to them. Snake was a great quarterback, there’s no question about it. He helped me out a lot and I helped him a lot in practice by going one-on-one with the wide receivers and him. He was very competitive. He did his own thing. He was ready to play come Sunday. That was the best thing about him. Playing came easy for him. He was a great leader. He was a great Raider and he should be in the Hall of Fame.”

Q: On if close games brought out the best in Stabler:

Brown: “There was no question about it. When he said something, you listened and did what he said. Again, he was a great ballplayer. He had a lot of support around him. We were all together. His teammates loved him, in particular the offensive line. He hung out with those guys more than anybody. He and Fred Biletnikoff, Gene Upshaw, Art Shell, all those guys, Dave Casper. We lost a great friend.”

Q: On Stabler’s relationship with Al Davis:

Brown: “They had a good relationship. When you’re talking about your number-one quarterback, you have to have a good relationship with him. It doesn’t have to be great, but I know Mr. Davis had a lot of respect for Snake; a lot of respect because he was a winner. He knew how to win and he knew exactly about the system. He knew about Al Davis. He knew about assistant coaches. [People] tend to believe that he did not have a good relationship with Mr. Davis, but he did.”

Q: On the 1976 season:

Brown: “No question about it, that was one of the best years that we had. Not only that game, but Snake had a lot of great games. If you look at the tape and film on Snake, you looked at how he played in all those games – he played well. Snake had a fantastic career and he had a great game, but that particular year he was clicking on everything. He couldn’t do anything wrong. We knew that we had a shot that following year after the season we went to the Super Bowl. We knew we were coming back together – if the team stayed intact that we could win this thing, and there was no way we could have won it without Kenny Stabler.” 

Stabler’s demeanor:

Brown: “I know that getting ready in the locker room he was just nice and loose. He wasn’t uptight. He wasn’t walking around in a corner and hiding himself. He’d get up. He’d move around and say, ‘okay boys,’ in that Southern accent of his. He’d say, ‘okay, boys, we’re going to go get them today,’ stuff like that. We’d say, ‘okay, Snake, whatever you say.’ He was just that kind of guy. He didn’t get uptight and wasn’t tight before the game or anything. He was nice and loose, ready to go.”

On the Divisional Playoff game against the Baltimore Colts in 1977:

Brown: “The game was pretty tight. Baltimore, they thought they had it, but knowing Snake and what he could do and how he played in that game, I knew we had a shot at it to win the game, because Snake was, like I said, very competitive. He was a challenging guy. If there was something there he was going to challenge it, going after All-Pros, going after whoever was playing in those particular positions. He was going to take advantage of it because he was very smart, and he knew his teammates, and he knew what they could do and what they couldn’t do. He knew everything that his teammates could do for him. He did the rest. There he was on the sideline, cool and calm. He wasn’t upset about anything. He was ready to roll. In that Baltimore game, we knew we had a shot. As long as there was some time on the clock, get the ball to Snake and he would get a touchdown for you.”

Oakland Raiders Sign Second-Round Draft Pick Mario Edwards Jr.

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ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed second-round draft pick DE Mario Edwards Jr., the club announced Friday.

With Edwards Jr.’s signing, the Raiders have now signed all 10 draft picks from the 2015 NFL Draft.

The 6-foot-3, 280-pounder was selected 35th overall by Oakland in the 2015 NFL Draft. He played three seasons at Florida State, appearing in 36 games with 26 starts. Edwards Jr. totaled 89 tackles (52 solo), eight sacks, seven passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, helping the Seminoles win the 2013 BCS National Championship.

Edwards Jr. was named to the All-ACC First Team as a junior in 2014, setting a career high with 44 tackles (25 solo), including 11 tackles for loss. He was also named the ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week twice last season.

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Oakland Raiders Sign Kris Durham And Chase Williams, Waive/Injured Jacoby Hale

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent WR Kris Durham and undrafted free agent LB Chase Williams, the club announced Thursday.

Durham joins the Raiders following stints with the Tennessee Titans (2014), Detroit Lions (2012-13) and Seattle Seahawks (2011). His career totals include 27 games played with 16 starts, 55 receptions for 699 yards (12.7 avg.) and three touchdowns. The 6-foot-6, 216-pounder had a breakout season with Detroit in 2013, starting 13-of-16 games with 38 catches for 490 yards and two scores. The former Georgia standout entered the league as a fourth-round pick (107th overall) by Seattle in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Williams signs with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent following a four-year career at Virginia Tech. From 2011-14, he saw action in 47 games, starting 10, and totaled 101 tackles (44 solo), 10.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, one forced fumble and two passes defensed. The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder started a personal-best nine games in 2014, notching 72 tackles on the season with 3.5 sacks.

To make room on the roster, the Raiders have waived TE Scott Simonson and waived/injured LB Jacoby Hale. In addition, WR Andre Debose has been placed on the reserve/injured list, while LB Miles Burris was waived from the reserve/injured list.

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Oakland Raiders Sign Trindon Holliday, Waive/Injured Andre Debose

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent WR/RS Trindon Holliday, the club announced Wednesday. To make room on the roster, the Raiders have waived/injured WR Andre Debose with an Achilles injury.

Holliday joins the Silver and Black after stints with the Houston Texans (2011-12), Denver Broncos (2012-13), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2014) and San Francisco 49ers (2014). He has appeared in 33 career games, totaling 82 punt returns for 769 yards (9.4 avg.) and 54 kickoff returns for 1,455 yards (26.9 avg.), with a total of four return touchdowns (two punt, two kickoff). In four postseason appearances with Denver, the 5-foot-5, 170pounder has added 90 yards on three punt returns (30.0 avg.) with one score and 12 kickoff returns for 344 yards (28.7 avg.) with one touchdown.

Originally a sixth-round pick (197th overall) by the Houston Texans in the 2010 NFL Draft, Holliday played four years (2006-09) at LSU, where he contributed at running back and led the SEC as a senior in punt return touchdowns (one) and average yards per punt return (18.1). With four career rushing touchdowns in college, Holliday also amassed four return touchdowns (two punt, two kickoff). The Zachary, La., native also won the 2009 NCAA title in the 100-meter dash.

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Oakland Raiders Sign Linebacker Horace Williams And Resigned Wide Receiver Milton Williams III

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent LB Horace Miller and re-signed WR Milton Williams III.

Miller spent the 2014 season with the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers. He originally signed with the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in May 2014 before being waived at the end of training camp. Miller joined the Panthers’ practice squad in October 2014. He spent one week on Carolina’s active roster in December, but did not play in a game. He was waived by the Panthers in April 2015.

Miller played collegiately at UTEP following one year at Louisville. He played in 36 games with 30 starts in three seasons for the Miners and totaled 120 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, one forced fumble and three passes defensed.

Williams III re-signs with the team after a brief stint earlier this month. He was originally signed by the Raiders as an undrafted free agent on May 8 before being waived on May 12. In four seasons at Delaware State, Williams III saw action in 40 games and totaled 126 career receptions for 1,612 yards and 11 touchdowns.

To make room on the roster, the Raiders have waived CB Travell Dixon and WR Austin Hill.

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Oakland Raiders Sign Seventh-Round Draft Pick Cornerback Dexter McDonald

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed seventh-round draft pick CB Dexter McDonald, the club announced Tuesday.

McDonald is the eighth of the team’s 10 draft picks from the 2015 NFL Draft to sign their rookie contract, joining WR Amari Cooper, G/C Jon Feliciano, LB Ben Heeney, LB Neiron Ball, DE Max Valles, T Anthony Morris and WR Andre Debose.

McDonald was selected 242nd overall by the Raiders in the 2015 NFL Draft. He played three seasons at Kansas, starting 24-of-31 games at cornerback. He also spent one season at Butler (Kan.) Community College, and totaled 86 tackles (60 solo), five interceptions, 26 passes defensed and one forced fumble during his collegiate career.

Oakland Raiders Sign Fifth-round Draft pick Neiron Ball

May 21, 2015 10;15 PM PT

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed fifth-round draft pick LB Neiron Ball, the club announced Thursday.

Ball is the seventh of the team’s 10 draft picks from the 2015 NFL Draft to sign their rookie contract, joining WR Amari Cooper, G/C Jon Feliciano, LB Ben Heeney, DE Max Valles, T Anthony Morris and WR Andre Debose.

Ball was selected 161st overall by the Raiders in the 2015 NFL Draft. He played four seasons at Florida, starting 16-of-45 games over his career and totaling 94 tackles (37 solo), three sacks, one interception, four passes defensed, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.

Oakland Raiders Sign Fourth-Round Pick Guard/Center Jon Feliciano

May 15, 2015 12:27 PM PT

ALAMEDA, CA. – The Oakland Raiders have signed fourth-round draft pick G/C Jon Feliciano, the club announced Friday.

Feliciano is the fifth of the team’s 10 draft picks from the 2015 NFL Draft to sign his rookie contract, along with WR Amari Cooper, DE Max Valles, T Anthony Morris and WR Andre Debose.

The 6-foot-4, 323-pounder was selected 128th overall by the Raiders in the 2015 NFL Draft. He played four seasons at Miami (Fla.), appearing in 48 games with 46 starts. Feliciano made starts at left tackle, left guard, right tackle and right guard over his collegiate career, earning All-ACC honorable mentions each year from 2012-14.

The Davie, Fla., native started all 13 games as a senior, rotating between left tackle, left guard and right tackle, helping the Hurricanes to the Duck Commander Independence Bowl.
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Oakland Raiders Sign Sixth-Round Pick Defensive End Max Valles

May 15, 2015 11:50 AM

ALAMEDA, CA. – The Oakland Raiders have signed sixth-round draft pick Defensive End Max Valles, the club announced Friday.

Valles is the fourth of the team’s 10 draft picks from the 2015 NFL Draft to sign their rookie contract, joining WR Amari Cooper, T Anthony Morris and WR Andre Debose.

Valles was selected 161st overall by Oakland in the 2015 NFL Draft. He spent two seasons at Virginia after playing one year at Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy in 2012 following his senior year of high school. In two years at Virginia, he totaled 78 tackles (32 solo), 13 sacks, two forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and one pass defensed.

The Sicklerville, N.J., native ranked second in the ACC with nine sacks as a sophomore in 2014, earning him spots on both the media and coaches’ All-ACC Third Team.

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Oakland Raiders Sign Seventh Rounders Anthony Morris, Andre Debose

May 12, 2015 5:06 PM PT

Raiders Sign Seventh-Rounders Morris, Debose

ALAMEDA, CA. – The Raiders have signed seventh-round draft picks Tackle Anthony Morris and Wide Receiver Andre Debose, the club announced Tuesday.

Morris and Debose are the second and third of the team’s 10 draft picks from the 2015 NFL Draft to sign their rookie contract, along with first-round selection WR Amari Cooper.

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Morris was selected 218th overall by the Raiders in the 2015 NFL Draft. He played four seasons at Tennessee State, appearing in 35 games with 11 starts over his career. As a senior, the 6-foot-7, 303-pounder started 10 games at tackle, anchoring an offensive line that gave up only 1.17 sacks per game.

Debose was selected 221st overall by Oakland in the 2015 NFL Draft. In four seasons at Florida, he played in 42 games, making eight starts, and totaling 29 receptions for 543 yards and four touchdowns. Serving as the team’s primary returner, the 6-foot, 190-pounder posted 79 kickoff returns for 2,111 yards (26.7 avg.) and four touchdowns. He also returned 34 punts for 420 yards (12.4 avg.) and one touchdown.

Courtesy of The Oakland Raiders Media Relations