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NFL rumors: Brandon Marshall, Isaiah Crowell set to visit Raiders

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NFL rumors: Brandon Marshall, Isaiah Crowell set to visit Raiders

The Raiders have added several since free agency began, and might not be done adding veterans yet.

They’ll reportedly host former Denver linebacker Brandon Marshall and former New York Jets running back Isaiah Crowell on Thursday, looking to shore up areas of need before the NFL draft hits next month.

NFL Network reported the Crowell visit and 9News in Denver reported the Marshall news. The Raiders will only deal with one agent for these visits, as Drew Rosenhaus represents both players. He also reps new Raiders Antonio Brown and Trent Brown.

The Raiders have shown interest in Marshall before, though it seemed to wane after Vontaze Burfict signed. Marshall has mostly played inside or middle linebacker, which is Burfict’s preferred position.

Both guys can play other off-the-ball linebacker spots, with experience on the weak side. That’s Tahir Whitehead’s spot, so there’s some curiosity where Marshall would fit among the team’s personnel group. There’s no certainty Burfict rebounds from a disappointing 2018 – he only has $300,000 guaranteed in his one-year deal – and Whitehead struggled at times. The incumbent was given a $3.32 million bonus in Dec. 2018, four months earlier that scheduled to ease its salary-cap burden.

Marshall has been a quality player for some time, but struggled with injuries last year and lost his starting spot. 

The Raiders need running back help, too be sure. Crowell is a do-it-all type the Raiders prefer, considering Jon Gruden’s penchant for using backs in the passing game. He averaged 4.8 yards per carry with the Jets last year, though he didn’t crack 1,000 yards total offense as he did the previous two seasons. He’s a bigger back at 5-foot-11 and 225 pounds, offering a veteran presence should Doug Martin not return to the Raiders.

The Silver and Black are slow-playing Marshawn Lynch right now despite him being fully healthy and open to a return. The Raiders aren’t expected to make a decision there until after the NFL draft.

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They’re looking for a young three-down back and could pluck one in the early rounds.

Crowell and Jalen Richard could accent a draft pick, with Chris Warren also set to compete for carries.

NFL rumors: Raiders questioned if Josh Allen 'had enough dog in him'

NFL rumors: Raiders questioned if Josh Allen 'had enough dog in him'

The Raiders have lauded their decision to draft defensive end Clelin Ferrell with the No. 4 overall pick, though it was certainly a surprise to many. 

One of the main reasons it came as a shock was because of who was still on the board, especially edge rusher Josh Allen. The Raiders were dead last in the NFL with a laughable 13 total sacks last season. Allen, who recorded 17 sacks last year as a senior at Kentucky, seemed like a logical fit to help boost an ugly pass rush. 

But The Athletic's Vic Tafur reported Friday that the Raiders had some concerns with Allen, who fell to the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 7.

"Basically I heard that the Raiders weren’t that impressed," Tafur wrote. "I reported pretty early on he wasn’t in play for them at No. 4. I would never question a player’s toughness but there were concerns that he got pushed around a little on some plays at Kentucky and he may not have had enough dog in him for Gruden and Guenther’s liking." 

Allen met with the Raiders on one of his final pre-draft visits. He watched film with general manager Mike Mayock and the two broke down his positives and negatives on the field. 

“We watched some film together, good and bad clips of myself,” Allen said to NBC Sports Bay Area in April. “He taught me and showed me what I can improve on. What I do good, too.”

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Ferrell was a star himself in college as well, but if Allen out-plays him as a rookie, there will be plenty of people questioning the Raiders' pick.

Raiders QB Derek Carr proudly announces birth of third son Deakon

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Raiders QB Derek Carr proudly announces birth of third son Deakon

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr on Friday morning announced the birth of his third son, Deakon Derek Carr. 

Here's the first look at baby Deakon. 

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Welcome Deakon Derek Carr! You are so loved!

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With three sons in the fold, Carr is feeling some type of way with his "dad strength," too. 

Not only is Deakon bringing more dad strength to Derek, it sounds like the Carr family might need a new ... car. Yeah, dad strength comes with a better appreciation of dad jokes. 

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Carr is entering his sixth season with the Raiders. Deakon is joined by brothers Dallas and Deker Carr.