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NFL rumors: Raiders could be free-agent option for QB Philip Rivers

NFL rumors: Raiders could be free-agent option for QB Philip Rivers

Philip Rivers and the Raiders have locked horns for the last 16 years.

But now that the veteran signal-callers time with the San Diego Los Angeles Chargers is over, could Rivers really turn in his powder blues for silver and black?

When discussing the 38-year-old's free-agent options Wednesday, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport noted the Raiders could be an option for Rivers if the Indianapolis Colts don't bring him in.

Alright, the Tom Brady rumors I understand. He's the GOAT, and if he wants to come, you agree to accelerate the rebuild and make it happen

But Rivers? No shot. Zero. Zilch. Not gonna happen.

First of all, Rivers looked completely and utterly washed last season for the Bolts. Yes, he racked up the yards (4,615) but he also threw 20 interceptions and looked pretty awful in both of his showings against the Raiders, who weren't exactly trotting out the '85 Chicago Bears on defense.

We also seem to forget that Derek Carr is the starting quarterback and is coming off an efficient season that saw the Raiders sitting at 6-4 through 10 games. A lack of weapons and Antonio Brown's preseason meltdown hampered Carr's overall production, but general manager Mike Mayock said Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine that he was "pleased" with his quarterback. 

Mayock did, however, say the Raiders would look to upgrade any and all positions.

The keyword there is "upgrade." Rivers, at 38 and way over the hill and rolling into the valley, doesn't fit the description.

The Raiders are a young, rebuilding team hoping to take another step. Not a fully finished product in need of a competent quarterback to take them up a notch. And at this stage, Rivers certainly wouldn't be an upgrade over Carr.

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If the Raiders do elect to move on from Carr, it will be for Brady. That's the list. They aren't going to trade up for Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert. Teddy Bridgewater isn't coming to town.

It's Carr or Brady. Rivers isn't in the equation.

Source: Jordan Devey returning to Raiders, joining crowded guard group

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Source: Jordan Devey returning to Raiders, joining crowded guard group

The Raiders have tons of depth on the interior. So much, in fact, that there’ll be a dogfight for roster spots this summer.

A crowded field grew again Thursday morning, when the Raiders re-signed veteran Jordan Devey to a contract. A league source confirmed that news, first reported by NFL Network.

The reserve guard, who can also play center, started four games last season before landing on injured reserve with a torn pectoral muscle.

Devey had a strong to the year before going down for good, so there was certainly good reason for the Raiders to bring him back.

Richie Incognito and Gabe Jackson are set to start at guard, with Devey, Andre James, Denzelle Good, Lester Cotton and new signing Eric Kush battling for jobs as reserves.

Devey and James can both play center and back up Rodney Hudson.

This will be a position to watch during the preseason, with the Raiders possibly cutting a good player or two before the regular season. Jackson’s name has been tossed about in trade rumors, though the Raiders would like to keep him and make their line as strong as possible.

Devey played three years in Kansas City and one with the 49ers and New England Patriots before joining the Silver and Black.

Raiders' Derek Carr, Zay Jones building chemistry during offseason work

Raiders' Derek Carr, Zay Jones building chemistry during offseason work

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr didn’t link up much with Zay Jones after the receiver was acquired in a midseason trade. The former Buffalo Bill took some time to get situated, but he didn’t receive a ton of targets even after receiving tons of snaps.

Jones only had 20 catches on 27 targets in 10 games as a Raider despite averaging 46 offensive snaps per game. Those numbers suggest a lack of chemistry between an established quarterback and a receiver new on the Raiders scene.

The pair are working on that now, during downtime in the NFL calendar and when large gatherings are prohibited due to the coronavirus pandemic. Even if these were normal circumstances, players can't work together at training facilities during a dead period prior to the start of offseason programs. OTAs and team-organized strength and conditioning work could be canceled altogether as people in most states are encouraged to shelter in place. 

Carr and Jones have worked together often in recent days in the Las Vegas area. The videos posted on Carr’s Instagram page suggest they’re building chemistry and trust that could be applied to training camp and the regular season.

Carr has been adding Instagram stories of the two prepping for workouts over the past few days but posted several longer videos Thursday showing the two connecting well.

Jones is a smooth route runner with solid potential but he will have to compete for playing time in 2020 and might have to battle for a spot on the depth chart.

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Tyrell Williams and Hunter Renfrow are locks, with free agent signing Nelson Agholor in the mix as well. The Raiders are expected to add a receiver in the NFL draft’s first round and possibly another later in the selection process. Keelan Doss and Marcell Ateman also will be in the mix as the Raiders try to improve a receiver corps that wasn’t good enough last season.

The Raiders acquired Jones on Oct. 8, 2019, for a 2021 fifth-round pick.