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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

Oakland Raiders Sign C Rodney Hudson To Multi-Year Extension

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed C Rodney Hudson to a multi-year contract extension, the club announced Friday.

Hudson, a two-time Pro Bowler (2016-17) and one of the team’s most durable players, originally signed to the Raiders as an unrestricted free agent in the 2015 offseason. Also voted by his teammates as a two-time winner of the Commitment to Excellence Award, Hudson has started in all 61 appearances at center and anchors an offensive line that ranks fifth in sacks surrendered (127) since his arrival in 2015.

Last season, the 6-foot-2, 315-pound center started in all 16 contests for the fourth consecutive season and was named a Pro Bowl alternate. Per Pro Football Focus, Hudson tallied 1,074 snaps without surrendering a single sack in 2018, while allowing just one hit and four quarterback hurries, earning the top pass-blocking efficiency grade (99.6) in the NFL among all centers. According to PFF, no center to play at least 1,000 snaps last season allowed fewer than eight quarterback hurries. 

In 2017, Hudson earned his second Pro Bowl honor after leading an offensive line that allowed just 24 sacks on the year, tied for third-fewest in the NFL. His 2016 campaign was highlighted by his first Pro Bowl selection after helping the team post the fewest sacks allowed (18) in the NFL that season and fewest by the Silver and Black since the 1970 AFL-NFL Merger. In doing so, Hudson also landed a spot on the Pro Football Writers Association All-AFC Team for the first time in his career. 

A former second-round selection (55th overall) of the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2011 NFL Draft, Hudson played four years for the Chiefs and appeared in 51 games for the club, making 35 starts at both center and guard during his time there.

A native of Mobile, Ala., Hudson played collegiately at Florida State from 2007-10, appearing in 53 games and making 50 starts. He earned All-Atlantic Coast honors all four years with the program and set a conference career record being named ACC Player of the Week honors nine times, while also becoming the 11th player in league history to win the Jacobs Blocking Award twice in a career (2009-10).

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Coach Jack Del Rio Speaks To Media After Day 2 Of Training Camp

All photos by Shawn Jonas

Napa Valley, California – Head Coach Jack Del Rio spoke on a number of topics to the media  after Saturday’s session of on-field work at the Oakland Raiders Napa Valley Training Complex.

End Of Acclimation Practices

Head Coach Jack Del Rio

“That right there is the last of our acclimation practices, now we can actually put the pads on tomorrow, so we’ll do that. I thought it was a pretty solid day’s work. So much to get done, but energy was good. I think having the pretty good crowd out there today was nice. The game’s played in pads, so you really can’t get a full evaluation until you get your team in pads and see them compete. That’s the next part, so we’re excited to get that phase going and that’ll be part of what we do.”




The decision in free agency by Reggie McKenzie to stay with the young defensive backs that he already had on the roster is one up for debate. Coach Del Rio feels that he and his staff can develop the group.


Your young defensive backs did pretty well out there today. How confident are you feeling in that group right now?

“We feel like we have a group there that has a chance to develop. Some young, talented guys, physically-talented guys that need work. They’re going to get that. It’s going to be a very competitive camp and we’ll let them be developed, be coached, let them compete against each other and let the guys who are the most productive play the most. We feel like we have a good young group.”


Newly acquired free agent  Nate Allen picked off a pass from Derek Carr intended for Michael Crabtree. Carr scrambled to his right on the play trying to buy some time for someone to get open. He tried to drop it over the top, but Allen made a nice play on the ball.

Second year corner back out of Utah Keith McGill punched a ball out from rookie Amari Cooper. The forced fumble created by McGill was recovered by second year corner back TJ Carrie.


“We need to find out what he can bring. I haven’t really seen him full tilt, but he is active now. He has joined the team again now in a full-go capacity and so I’ll get to learn more about him. We’ll learn more as we go with him. We need all of our players to grow, and to improve and to become great teammates, and he’s no different.”

Del Rio Talks The Importance Of His Coaches Ability To Teach

“I think we’ve assembled a great group of teachers, so we’re busy teaching. There was a segment there, prior to the field goal-kicking segment, about two periods before the end, it was like a 15-minute teaching period, and in that you’re seeing individual coaching going on, and individual techniques being stressed. As we get the pads on, some of that will be a little more physical in nature, but the bottom line is we believe in fundamentals. We’re going to stress fundamentals and we have a staff that understands that and are good teachers.”


“It helps if the center is that type of guy, because basically it all starts with him. He’s going to make the calls. He’s going to snap the ball, so every play starts with him. I knew that he was, I think, an emerging player in the league, having gone against him twice a year. I felt like he was one of, if not the best, centers in the league and had a lot of respect for his game and so we were able to acquire him and I’m very excited about that.”

Oakland Raiders – New Players, New Numbers

April 20, 2015 3:00 PMPT

New season, new players, new numbers. Find out what jersey numbers players will be rocking for the voluntary veteran mini-camp.

It’s a new season with new players and new jersey numbers at Raiders HQ.

While these numbers are not necessarily permanent for the season, the following are what you’ll see when the players take the field for voluntary veteran mini-camp this week.
No. 2 – P Steven Clark
No. 6 – K Giorgio Tavecchio
No. 9 – QB Christian Ponder
No. 10 – WR Seth Roberts (previously wore No. 15)
No. 15 – WR Michael Crabtree
No. 16 – WR Jeremy Gallon
No. 20 – S Nate Allen
No. 23 – S Jonathan Dowling (the second-year player is switching from No. 41)
No. 26 – RB Roy Helu, Jr.
No. 30 – RB Terrance Cobb
No. 33 – RB Trent Richardson
No. 40 – DB Vernon Kearney
No. 41 – CB James Dockery
No. 46 – LB Justin Jackson
No. 48 – LB Spencer Hadley (switching from No. 50)
No. 50 – LB Curtis Lofton
No. 53 – LB Malcolm Smith
No. 61 – C Rodney Hudson
No. 64 – DT Kona Schwenke
No. 76 – J’Marcus Webb
No. 86 – TE Lee Smith
No. 90 – DT Dan Williams

Who’s next? The 2015 NFL Draft is less than two weeks away!

The Oakland Raiders Sign Former Kansas City Chiefs Center Rodney Hudson

March 11, 2015 2:05 PM PT

Shawn Jonas

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent C Rodney Hudson, the club announced Wednesday.

Hudson has started 31 games at center over the last two seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Entering his fifth NFL season, Hudson has appeared in 51 games with 35 starts for Kansas City. He was originally selected by the Chiefs in the second round (55th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. After playing in all 16 games as a rookie, Hudson started the first three games at left guard in 2012 before suffering a season-ending leg injury. He took over as the team’s starting center in 2013, helping Kansas City to back-to-back winning seasons from 2013-14.

The Mobile, Ala., native attended Florida State, appearing in 53 games with 50 starts at both guard and center. The 6-foot-2, 300-pounder earned All-ACC honors all four years and holds the conference’s career record for being named ACC Player of the Week nine times. He was also a two-time winner (2009-10) of the Jacobs Blocking Award, given to the player voted the most outstanding blocker in the ACC by a poll of head coaches and defensive coordinators.

Rodney Hudson signed a 5 year / $44,500,000 contract with the Oakland Raiders, including $20,000,000 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $8,900,000.

Media Conference Call Q & A 

Q: Can you describe how this all came together and were you surprised that the Raiders were in the mix so heavily?
Hudson: “It happened so fast. As the season was over and the months started to fly by, and here we are today. I can’t even really remember how fast it happened, but I’m excited and I’m excited for the opportunity.”

Q: What was it about the Raiders that attracted you to sign here?

Hudson: “This is a great franchise with great tradition. I know some guys that played for some of these coaches that are friends of mine and they had nothing but great things to say. I think we have a good opportunity to come in and do some stuff.”

Q: Did you get a chance to talk to Jack Del Rio yet, and if you have, any discussions on what he liked about your game and how he thought he would use you?

Hudson: “I talked to him briefly. He’s excited for the opportunity to work with me and same with me with him. We’re excited to get started and get to work.”

Q: Is the Raiders new no-huddle offense approach something that attracted you to this team?

Hudson: “I think so. I’m excited. I think it’s a good to have in the playbook and I’m excited to get in and start learning with the guys and from the coaches and get started.”

Q: What was the motivating factor behind your decision to leave Kansas City and come to Oakland?

Hudson: “There is not one thing in particular. I have nothing to say bad about Kansas City. I enjoyed my time there. I grew a lot as an individual and as a football player and I’m thankful for that. I have nothing bad to say. I think this is a great opportunity for me and I’m excited about it.”

Q: Was Kansas City’s initial offer lower than the Raiders or on par?
Hudson: “Out of respect to the situation, I really won’t go into specifics about that. I would prefer not to.”

Q: Are you excited about the role of a leader on and off the field and a role that you feel like you can fill pretty well?

Hudson: “Definitely. I think so. I think I need to be, personally, as a center. I think leadership comes with the position and I have to do that. I’ve had that role in previous years and I’m looking forward to it and looking forward to getting ready with the guys and start learning and getting after it.”

Q: What are the things that you like about Derek Carr?

Hudson: “I think playing in the same division as Oakland and watching him last year, we obviously played some of the same teams. We played some of the same teams that he had the chance to play. I think you notice just from watching that he’s a smart kid. You watch him direct things out there and you can tell that he knows what he’s doing and he’s a good player obviously.”

Q: Was this a difficult choice for you to come to the Raiders or were you going back and forth between a couple of different teams?

Hudson: “I think any time, in anything, you’ve been one place so long and you pick up and move, I think there is a little bit of difficulty in that. I remember how difficult it was to get up and go to college after being in one place for so long. But, I’m not really concerned about picking up and moving. I think it’s a good opportunity and I’m looking for it.”

Q: What do you think about going up against the Kansas City Chiefs twice a year now?

Hudson: “It will definitely be weird at first, but it will be fun. I think any time you’re blessed with the opportunity to go out there and compete against another team on Sundays, it’s obviously fun and I look forward to it.”

Q: What was that atmosphere like last year in the Thursday night game at the Coliseum?

Hudson: “Yeah, the fans there have always been awesome. Over the years playing there, that’s one thing that they talk about is the fans, they’re always loud and into the game and very passionate about it. The Thursday night game was great, that’s the kind of atmosphere you look forward to playing in. It was great.”

Q: With the Raiders at 11-37 over the last three years and not having a winning season since 2002, what did Coach Del Rio and Reggie McKenzie say to you to get you on board and think that you could be a part of turning this around?

Hudson: “I think as a group, any time things don’t go the way you want them or anything, you have to just get back to it and get to work. There is a lot of positive energy. These guys are excited, I’m excited. I met a few players, they’re very excited to get started. I think any time you have that good, positive energy around it is good. It’s something to feed off of, feed off each other and work towards the goal.”