Raiders place three on AP All-Pro teams

Raiders place three on AP All-Pro teams

HOUSTON – The AP All-Pro team added an edge-rusher slot to its list of honorees, virtually ensuring Khalil Mack wouldn’t be acknowledged twice this year.

He made history in 2015, when he was a first-team All Pro at outside linebacker and defensive end. While he doesn’t show up twice on this time around, there was no doubt he’d appear in the appropriate spot.

Mack was named a first-team All Pro on Friday morning. It’s a more prestigious honor than the Pro Bowl because the first teams includes just one player at each position.

He isn’t the only Raider on the list.

Kelechi Osemele was the All-Pro team’s left guard, a deserved honor after a monster season. The team’s highest-paid player lived up to his massive contract, and brought a nastiness to Raiders offensive line play. There aren’t many stats to support Osemele’s dominance, but he has excellent in pass protection and run blocking during this regular season, a central figure in the AFC’s finest offensive line.

Mack had fewer sacks than a year ago but may have had a better overall season. He has 73 tackles, 11 sacks, five forced fumbles and an interception returned for a touchdown this year.

He ranks among the frontrunners to win the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year award.

Raiders punter Marquette King was named to the second-team All-Pro.

Raiders remain on a receiver hunt as their top target signs elsewhere


Raiders remain on a receiver hunt as their top target signs elsewhere

The Raiders missed out on signing Ryan Grant. The former Washington receiver visited the team’s Alameda training complex, but left without a contract and ultimately chose to sign a one-year, $5 million deal with Indianapolis.

They lost that one, but are undeterred in their quest to upgrade the receiver corps.

They already signed Jordy Nelson and let Michael Crabtree walk, hoping for steady production and quality locker room leadership in the exchange.

Cordarrelle Patterson was traded to New England on Sunday, creating a spot in the position group.

The Raiders tried to fill it with Grant. No go, no matter.

They hosted veteran Eric Decker on Tuesday, according to multiple reports. They also declared interest in Allen Hurns, a player the Jaguars released Tuesday morning.

Hurns listed the Raiders among interested teams – he said there were 10 in total – in an interview with KFNZ radio in Charlotte, N.C.

Hurns has a 1,000-yard season to his credit – his biggest year came with now-Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson as Jacksonville's O.C. -- and two relative down years since. Injuries have also played a part in that.

Decker had a stellar four-year run with Denver and the New York Jets, but was less effective during two seasons in Tennessee. The 31-year old has experience in the slot, and could be a productive No. 3 option in Jon Gruden’s offense.

Gruden doesn't mind working with veteran receivers, something clear from his past and willingness to add Nelson as a major contributor. 

Even if the Raiders don't land a veteran receiver, they could also look for a receiver in the NFL draft.

Amari Cooper will remain the No. 1 option. Seth Roberts has $4.45 million guaranteed in 2018. Johnny Holton, Isaac Whitney and Keon Hatcher are also on the roster.

Report: Ndamukong Suh set to meet with Raiders


Report: Ndamukong Suh set to meet with Raiders

After visiting the Titans, Saints and Rams, free agent defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will make a stop in the East Bay.

Recently released by the Dolphins, Suh will visit with the Raiders on Wednesday, according to ESPN.

The former No. 2 overall pick made it through just three seasons of a six-year, $114 million deal he signed with Miami prior to the 2015 season.

The 31-year-old Portland, Oregon native last made the Pro Bowl in 2016 and was last earned First-Team All Pro honors in 2014.

In 16 games with the Dolphins last season, Suh recorded 4.5 sacks and 48 combined tackles.