Damian Lillard wants Odell Beckham Jr. on Raiders if Browns make trade


Damian Lillard wants Odell Beckham Jr. on Raiders if Browns make trade

Damian Lillard has become a star in Portland with the Trail Blazers, but he forever will have his heart in Oakland. 

The Town native bleeds silver and black and would love to see a star receiver in the Raiders' offense. And he has a big idea to get one in Oakland, no matter how unlikely it is. 

That's right, Dame wants Odell Beckham Jr. on the Raiders. It certainly would be a huge boost to the team's receiving corps issues, but no, this isn't going to happen. 

While the Browns (2-3) haven't lived up to their sky-high expectations this season, especially after a 31-3 beatdown from the 49ers on "Monday Night Football," Cleveland is sticking with OBJ. 

Through his first five games with the Browns, Beckham has 335 yards receiving on 23 receptions and has scored just one touchdown. While the outside world penciled him in for bigger numbers than that, they still would lead the Raiders' receivers. 

Tyrell Williams currently has the most receptions (17) and receiving yards by a Raiders wideout this season. There's no doubt Williams has been a solid addition to the offense, but he's much better suited as a No. 2 option.

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Coach Jon Gruden keeps shuffling through receivers like he's a Blackjack dealer. OBJ will not be in the Raiders' deck. 

At least not this season.

Al Davis Way street sign installed near Raiders' Allegiant Stadium

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Al Davis Way street sign installed near Raiders' Allegiant Stadium

When fans look to navigate to the nearly complete Allegiant Stadium, they need only ask, “Show me the way to Al Davis Way.”

The street sign bearing the name of the legendary former owner and coach of the Raiders was installed last week off Dean Martin Drive on the north end of the $2 billion facility.

“I think the changing over of the street name (to Al Davis Way) is an important step in highlighting the legacy of the incredible franchise and the work that so many people put into this stadium,” Clark County Commissioner Michael Naft said. “The thousands of men and women who literally built the stadium — the reward of that is soon to be seen and noticed around the world.”

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Javin White 'won't be denied' in quest to make NFL name with Raiders

Javin White 'won't be denied' in quest to make NFL name with Raiders

Javin White worked tirelessly to get to this point.

He used to drive from Vacaville to Oakland's McCylmonds High School, where he had dreams of being a standout receiver. White committed to UNLV, a program that has long been down on its luck, as a three-star prospect. He paid his dues for the Runnin' Rebels, working his way up from special teams to become the face of a program as a versatile defensive player who saw time at cornerback, safety and linebacker.

White wanted to be the first UNLV player drafted in the NFL since the Atlanta Falcons drafted Joe Hawley in the fourth round in 2010. But White didn't receive an invite to the NFL Scouting Combine, and his pro day was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. His name wasn't called during the draft, but his phone rang shortly after. The Raiders were on the line, wanting to add the athletic hybrid to their rookie class.

The kid who went to high school in Oakland, and became the face of UNLV football joined the team moving from the East Bay to Sin City. White has a strong belief in himself and that his NFL journey truly will begin in Silver and Black.

"I'm going to bring my confidence," White said on the latest "Raiders Talk" podcast. "My confidence and my play. Even when I was in college, I was a confident player. I refer back to college because that's what people have to go off. When people watch my game they understand that feistiness I have. Everything I come with, that's pure heart. I love this sport. I love everything about it. Me being with the Raiders, I feel like this is a great program for me. I can be myself. I'm one of those guys that's going to get after it, and I won't be denied."

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As the Raiders modernize their defense, it's easy to see White finding a home in silver and black and developing into a quality NFL player.

After years of getting picked apart at linebacker, the Raiders overhauled the position this offseason. They brought in Cory Littleton to man the WILL linebacker spot and signed Nick Kwiatkoski to be the MIKE. Coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock drafted Clemson safety Tanner Muse in the third round, and plan to move him to linebacker. Muse, like White, is a versatile, athletic defender who saw action all over the field in college. Muse will start his Raiders career as a special teams ace, and White should join him there if he can win a spot in training camp.

Even if White can't win a spot initially, he should find a home on the Raiders practice squad and be in perfect position to develop into a solid, modern-day linebacker for the Silver and Black.

As an undrafted free agent without rookie minicamp or OTAs, White faces an uphill climb to make the Raiders' roster. He knows that. But he's driven by hard work and the determination to make it in the NFL. There's a chip on his shoulder and a desire to prove those who overlooked him were wrong. It's the type of attitude that has become a calling card for the new era of Raiders football Gruden and Mayock are overseeing.

"Honestly, that's just like my life story, you know?" White said. "The chip on the shoulder, that's old school. In this time right now, it's more. I got out the mud. Nothing was given to me. When I came to UNLV I wasn't a highly-ranked dude. I worked my way up. I redshirted, played special teams just like everyone else had to do. Then, when I blew up, I never looked back. So when people ask me, 'Oh, were you always a star?' No. I got it straight out the mud like a lot of people do in college. Now, I guess I just got to get out the mud again in the NFL."

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White couldn't ask for a better spot to start his career as an undrafted free agent. The Raiders are starting anew in a town he knows well. A town that loves him and is rooting for him. He'll enter a building with Littleton, who went undrafted out of the University of Washington and became a special teams maven before transforming himself into one of the best coverage linebackers in the NFL.

Littleton knows the road from undrafted to NFL star. White undoubtedly will be glued to him, picking Littleton's brain as his NFL journey gets underway.

Much like Keelan Doss did a year ago, White has the chance to become a fan favorite to Raider Nation. A local kid with East Bay and Vegas ties hoping to become a long-term part of the Raiders' future while building his own brand as Las Vegas' favored son in silver and black.

The skills and the drive are there. White just wanted an opportunity. He didn't get one in the draft. There was no combine invite. A virtual pro day was all he had to prove his worth at the next level.

The Raiders liked what they saw. Now, the real work begins again for Javin White.