Lamarcus Joyner hopes to bring energy to Raiders in return vs. Chiefs

Lamarcus Joyner hopes to bring energy to Raiders in return vs. Chiefs

ALAMEDA – Lamarcus Joyner missed two games with a bum hamstring. The first was a victory over the winless Cincinnati Bengals. That was an easy to miss while on the mend.

The second time down was a whole lot harder. The Raiders struggled mightily in a 34-3 loss to the New York Jets where the veteran slot cornerback and team captain was dying to suit up and help a struggling secondary.

“We went from being on Cloud 9 to watching my brothers go out there and have a loss against the Jets,” Joyner said Friday. “It was an uncharacteristic loss that we didn’t see coming. We struggled out on the field, and it was tough to be stuck on the sideline.”

He’ll be back in the fray Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium for the biggest game of the Raiders regular season. The timing couldn’t be better, especially after the Jets made plays Joyner normally prevents. The Chiefs will attack everywhere including the interior, and Joyner will instantly improve the Raiders’ chance of besting a high-octane offense.

“I get to come out there and bring my energy and passion to the game,” Joyner said. “Hopefully I can have a strong game against arguably the best offense in the league. I have to make sure I control my emotions and play smart.”

Playing smart is vital against the Chiefs receiver corps, which would also win some track meets.

“You have to go out there and challenge those guys,” Joyner said. “Speed is obviously a big deal, especially you have a receiver with a 4.1 (-second 40-yard dash) and a 4.5 defensive back. You have to compete and challenge those guys in unique ways. Football is all about angles. It’s all about inches. You have to understand leverage, and fundamentals and techniques to apply against the speed they have.”

The Chiefs love to use that speed going deep. That’s how they won a Week 2 matchup at Oakland Coliseum, with a Patrick Mahomes barrage of deep shots over the top.

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That simply can’t happen again, with top-down coverage the name of the game against all that speed. Joyner believes that desire to score quick can be used against Kansas City.

“Making explosive plays is like a high for KC,” Joyner said. “We’re all creatures of habit, and I don’t believe they’re all of a sudden going to throw five yards here and six yards there and be okay with it. Those guys are looking for that high, that 80-yard run or that 80-yard bomb down the field. If you can manage to keep that mindset, you can frustrate these guys.”

Raiders' Mike Mayock says move to Las Vegas beneficial for free agency


Raiders' Mike Mayock says move to Las Vegas beneficial for free agency

Las Vegas has long been a city where Americans go to escape the mundane aspects of their lives and dive head-first into the debauchery and freedoms that come with “Sin City.”

Once the 2020 NFL season kicks off, there will be a new mode of entertainment for those who descend on The Strip, as the Raiders will open up play at Allegiant Stadium and re-brand as the Las Vegas Raiders.

Primarily known as a vacation destination, Raiders general manager Mike Mayock is confident the organization’s new zip code can help attract some of the best free agents the NFL has to offer.

“I think first and foremost, we go from a 13-percent state tax in California to a zero-percent state tax in Nevada,” Mayock told's Eddie Paskal. “The players and their agents are very aware of that.”

In addition to the financial savings, Mayock says the new digs for the Silver and Black will be on par with the best organizations in the NFL.

“I've heard more comments about what our new stadium looks like. You know, that black exterior, the sleekness of it. People are fired up about the Raiders in Vegas.

“I think there's a real excitement about Jon Gruden leading the Raiders into Las Vegas and it extends financially, extends to our facilities, we're gonna be a first-rate operation in every single facet and I think that energy will trickle through into free agency.”

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Will free agents indeed flock to Vegas to join Gruden and what was a 7-9 team in 2019?

The front office certainly thinks so.

Police: Antonio Brown a suspect in alleged battery outside Florida home


Police: Antonio Brown a suspect in alleged battery outside Florida home

Free-agent wide receiver Antonio Brown is a suspect in a felony battery case stemming from an alleged incident outside his Hollywood, Fla. home.

Brown and his trainer, Glen Holt, allegedly battered the driver of a moving truck, Hollywood police said Tuesday.

Holt was charged with one count of felony burglary and one count of felony battery. Police attempted to speak to Brown regarding the situation but were unsuccessful.

Police hoped to contact Brown in order to determine whether to bring battery charges against him.

The receiver hasn’t played since Week 2 of the NFL regular season after being released by the New England Patriots. Prior to that, Brown spent training camp with the Raiders before demanding his release following a bizarre sequence of confrontations with management.