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NFL rumors: Raiders' Jon Gruden, Derek Carr have 'significant disconnect'

NFL rumors: Raiders' Jon Gruden, Derek Carr have 'significant disconnect'

It hasn’t been a storybook season for the Raiders.

After an offseason rife with optimism and hope, the Silver and Black were right in the thick of the AFC playoff hunt before a back-breaking three-game stretch in which Oakland was outscored 116-33. 

The Raiders had a chance to right the ship in the team’s final game in front of the Oakland crowd, but instead blew a 10-point lead and lost to the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars.

But could Oakland choose to move on from quarterback Derek Carr? His inability to improvise and his propensity to check down handcuffed the Raiders’ offense throughout the back-end of the season and led the Silver and Black faithful to send the quarterback off the field with a chorus of jeers and boos.

It appears there might be a “significant disconnect” between Carr and head coach Jon Gruden, The Athletic’s Michael Lombardi reported Monday.

Lombardi is a more reliable source than most, as the former Browns’ general manager worked with the Raiders from 1998-2007 as a Senior Personnel Executive, overlapping with Gruden’s entire first tenure in Oakland.

“Still, having been around Gruden for many of those good years in Oakland,” Lombardi writes. “I know what he loves in quarterbacks: the toughness, the grit, the willingness to sacrifice, and most of a competitive drive to match his own. Carr makes too many mistakes with the ball, and whether it’s a fair assessment of his ability or not, he never displays the fire that would remind anyone of former quarterback Rich Gannon.”

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Gannon, of course, helped lead the Raiders to a Super Bowl appearance under Gruden's watchful eye and is one of the most revered players in the team’s second stint in the Bay Area.

It remains to be seen whether Carr’s reign as franchise quarterback will persist after the Raiders pack up and relocate to Las Vegas, but Gruden clearly is not satisfied with his QB's performance in 2019.

Jeremy Hill joins Raiders, veteran running back confirms on Twitter

Jeremy Hill joins Raiders, veteran running back confirms on Twitter

It looks like the Raiders have added a veteran running back to their mix. 

Jeremy Hill tweeted Sunday morning "I'm a Raider." NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Friday that the Raiders hosted Hill for a workout and planned to sign the running back. 

Hill, 27, didn't play last season after tearing his ACL in the first game of the 2018 season. He had four carries for 25 yards as a member of the New England Patriots before his season came to a crashing halt. 

The former second-round draft pick also only played seven games in 2017. His last full season was 2016, when he rushed for 839 yards and nine touchdowns for the Cincinnati Bengals. 

If healthy, Hill can provide a powerful backup option to Josh Jacobs and bring depth to the Raiders' running backs room. He always has had a nose for the end zone, and packs a punch at 230 pounds. 

There's no doubt Hill comes with health concerns, and fumbling always has been an issue, but he seems well work the risk for the Raiders.

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Henry Ruggs, Lynn Bowden key to Raiders' jump in offensive production

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Henry Ruggs, Lynn Bowden key to Raiders' jump in offensive production

Absent the ability to actually see his team on a football field, it’s impossible for Raiders coach Jon Gruden to fully appreciate how the offseason addition of some prominent offensive players will lead to improved efficiency in the Red Zone.

Let alone explain in precise details how the speed and explosiveness of first-round pick Henry Ruggs and the versatility of second-round pick Lynn Bowden will translate to more production inside the opponents’ 20-yard line. And in turn, push the Raiders’ scoring average from the 18.8 per game of the last two years to the 24-plus points they need to be a viable playoff contender.

“I’m not going to make any predictions about Ruggs or Bowden until I see them live over the next few weeks,” Gruden said.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal