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Aldon Smith trial set to begin May 2

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Aldon Smith trial set to begin May 2

Editor's note: The above video is from Aug. 7, 2015.

Aldon Smith will soon have his day in court. The Raiders edge rusher is facing three charges stemming from an Aug. 6, 2015 incident that ultimately led to his release from the 49ers, the team that drafted him No 7 overall in the 2011 draft.

Smith faces misdemeanor counts of DUI with a prior conviction, hit and run and vandalism under $400.

Smith’s jury trial begins on May 2, a Santa Clara District Attorney spokeswoman said on Friday afternoon.

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Smith’s trial was in the news earlier Friday, when former 49ers linebacker Nick Moody disregarded a court order to speak with a Florida judge who planned to ensure he would testify against Smith in his upcoming trial. Moody was reportedly with Smith during his latest run-in with the law.

The Aug. 6 incident has already caused Smith great distress. He was cut by the 49ers the following day and, roughly two months after signing with the cross-bay Raiders, Smith was suspended a calendar year by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

Smith is banished from all team activities and can only have contact with the Raiders player engagement director.

Smith’s time in Oakland produced lasting bonds, which prompted the Raiders to sign him to a two-year contract this offseason despite the fact he is suspended until Nov. 2016 at least, and must be formally reinstated by the NFL.

Raiders brass was able to interact with Smith briefly when he signed a new contract on April 4.

“Just like we told Aldon when we signed him, we want the best for him as a person,” Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said on Friday. “He’s in this process, and we had to take a step back. The league office has certain procedures for what we can and can’t do, but he left here in great spirits, probably the best that we’ve seen.

“So, we’re hoping for the best for him. If we get him, that’ll be great, if the league so decides to do so. We feel good about our decision to give him an opportunity.”

While Raiders coaches and front office personnel can’t maintain contact with Smith, his teammates have kept in touch during a vital period vital to his NFL future. Smith must work hard to stay out of trouble and within strict NFL rules for reinstatement during this downtime.

“We were real excited he decided to come back,” fello edge rusher Khalil Mack said. “That’s another one of our brothers and we’re looking forward to having him back, but until then, we’re going to still keep in contact with him. Then whenever he’s around, we’re going to try to get up with him and all those different things to support him.”

Derek Carr might not go with Raiders to Las Vegas, Mike Florio says

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Derek Carr might not go with Raiders to Las Vegas, Mike Florio says

The Raiders have one final season at the Coliseum before they move to Las Vegas in 2020, but will Derek Carr still be the starting quarterback when they get to Sin City?

After ranking in the bottom third of the league in total offense last year, Oakland has been quite busy this offseason, acquiring players to help bolster its offensive attack.

The Raiders traded for Antonio Brown and signed fellow wide receiver Tyrell Williams in free agency. They also used a first-round draft pick on running back Josh Jacobs, and signed massive offensive tackle Trent Brown, who just won a Super Bowl protecting Tom Brady for the New England Patriots.

Given all of these additions on the offensive side of the ball, ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio believes this will be a make-or-break season for Carr, and doubts he'll still be a member of the team when they move to Vegas if he disappoints.

"Think of it this way," Florio wrote. "If the chemistry experiment/Frankenstein monster that starts and ends with [Antonio Brown] fails, whose fault will it be? Brown’s? Nope. [Jon] Gruden’s? Nope. [Mike] Mayock’s? Nope. If the Raiders fail to get the most out of Antonio Brown, it will be the fault of the guy who will be under immense pressure to deliver the ball with the same underrated precision that Ben Roethlisberger delivered it for nine years in Pittsburgh.

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"If Derek Carr can step up," Florio continued, "great for him and the Raiders. If he can’t, he’ll quite possibly be the highest-profile member of the organization to not enjoy the freedom from paying state income tax that goes with moving from California to Nevada."

The fact that Gruden and Mayock inherited Carr -- as opposed to drafting him -- seems relevant here. If he can't take a step forward with a significantly improved offense around him, the Raiders might just be debuting a new stadium and a new quarterback a little more than a year from now.

Watch Raiders' Antonio Brown do insane agility drill involving a brick

Watch Raiders' Antonio Brown do insane agility drill involving a brick

Every professional athlete has their crazy workout that most average humans can't do.

Warriors superstar Steph Curry has this ridiculous dribbling drill that involves tennis balls and strobe glasses.

For new Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown, his latest drill involves a brick.

Yes, a brick.

With the assistance of a trainer, Brown snatches the brick out of the air and alternates hands. While he's grabbing the brick, he's reaching behind his back with the other hand and slapping his trainer's hand.

Brown posted the same video to his Instagram account but with a different message: "The product is coming September just wait on it..........."

The Raiders open the 2019 regular season at home on Sept. 9 against the Denver Broncos.

This isn't the first crazy workout video Brown has posted this month. Last week, Brown published video of himself catching footballs while wearing strobe glasses and standing on a balancing ball.

Brown also posted a few workout videos on his Instagram stories.

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The Raiders acquired Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers back in March. It was the first in a series of moves made by Oakland in an attempt to bolster the offense and rebound from a 4-12 campaign in 2018.

Brown looks like he's ready for the start of the season, let alone training camp later this month. September can't get here soon enough.