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Jon Gruden reacts to latest Khalil Mack strip sack: 'Are you kidding me?'

Jon Gruden reacts to latest Khalil Mack strip sack: 'Are you kidding me?'

Before Jon Gruden won his first NFL game in almost 10 years, the Raiders coach received some bad news.

On Sunday morning, as he and the rest of the Raiders coaching staff prepared for that day's game against the Cleveland Browns, Gruden looked at his phone and found out that Bears edge rusher Khalil Mack had done it again. Mack recorded a strip sack.

According to NFL Network's Mike Silver, Gruden's reaction was ... interesting.

"Damn -- Khalil Mack had another strip sack?" Gruden said, according to Silver. "Are you ... kidding me?

If Gruden doesn't already regret the controversial trade, at what point will he? When Mack records a strip sack in his sixth consecutive game? Eighth consecutive? When Mack wins NFL Defensive Player of the Year and lifts the Lombardi Trophy in February?

Raiders' Allegiant Stadium gets final branding with roof illumination

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Raiders' Allegiant Stadium gets final branding with roof illumination

With the expected completion date for Allegiant Stadium drawing near, the company tasked with installing the majority of signs is capping off its work with a trio of the largest signs on the site.

The two largest, the 50-by-500-foot Allegiant Stadium signs on top of the stadium’s roof, were installed last month by Yesco, the Salt Lake City-based sign company whose largest production facility is in Las Vegas, and to the surprise of many, a portion of one of the signs was lit up during a test run in early July.

“We have just recently wrapped up the exterior Allegiant Stadium branding,” said Jeff Young, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Yesco. “They’re going to be quite dramatic in the air, and we’re very excited about seeing them during the games and other events. It’s going to be pretty special.”

Read more on the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Cam Newton's Patriots base salary half of Raiders' Nathan Peterman

Cam Newton's Patriots base salary half of Raiders' Nathan Peterman

The past few years haven't worked out ideally for Cam Newton. After numerous injuries, the 2015 NFL MVP was waived by the Carolina Panthers after the team couldn't find a trade partner in March, and Newton remained a free agent until the New England Patriots signed the quarterback on July 8.

But Newton's base salary isn't exactly indicative of a former MVP. In fact, as ESPN's The Undefeated pointed out Monday, the 31-year-old's base salary for 2020 ($1.05 million) is half of what the Raiders will be paying third-string quarterback Nathan Peterman ($2.13 million).

Newton's deal with New England reportedly is heavily incentive-based, and his $1.05 million salary could grow significantly depending on his playing time. The Patriots clearly wanted Newton to prove he's healthy and still can play at a QB1 level in the NFL.

Peterman has drawn rave reviews from Raiders coach Jon Gruden, even though he's never played a down for the Silver and Black. He joined the Raiders' practice squad in Dec. 2018, and has been with the organization since.

The quarterback signed an original round tender with the Raiders in April, as he was a restricted free agent.

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The signal-caller explained why he's become so fond of the franchise back in Aug. 2019.

“Absolutely,” Peterman said. “Being here and being around the quarterback room, especially [Mike Glennon and Derek Carr] every day, with the amount of knowledge they have, has really helped me. That has been tremendous. [Offensive coordinator Greg Olson, senior offensive assistant Johnny Morton] and Coach Gruden have, too. This experience has been helpful for me, and helpful for my career.”

His battles with Mike Glennon for the backup quarterback job became a national story in 2019 during the Raiders' run on "Hard Knocks." Gruden ultimately chose to keep both QBs on the roster last season, but Glennon opted to sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars this offseason. The Raiders did bring in former Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota in free agency, so Peterman once again will be resigned to a third-string role in 2020.

So for now, Newton and Peterman's game checks will be surprisingly different. But if Newton wins the starting job in New England as many assume he will, he'll end up making a lot more than 1.05 million for the Patriots this season.

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