NFL rumors: Raiders tried to bring back Keelan Doss after Antonio Brown cut

NFL rumors: Raiders tried to bring back Keelan Doss after Antonio Brown cut

The Raiders reportedly tried to replace the wide receiver who should have been the star of HBO's latest season of "Hard Knocks" with one who actually was.

After Oakland cut star receiver Antonio Brown on Saturday, NFL Media's Mike Garofalo said on NFL Network that the Raiders reached out to Jacksonville Jaguars practice-squad receiver -- and Alameda native -- Keelan Doss. Doss wasn't interested, sources told Garofalo. 

"I am told, via sources, that with Antonio Brown out of the picture, the Raiders tried to get Keelan Doss back today," Garofalo said. "And the Jaguars said, 'I tell you what: We'll up your salary, even though you're on the practice squad, to make a full salary of a player on the roster, for a rookie minimum of $495,000. Keelan Doss said, 'Sounds good to me,' so he's going to stay on the Jaguars' practice squad at a full salary, and it seems like he's moved on from the Raiders."

The Raiders signed Doss as an undrafted free agent, and the University of California, Davis product was one of the team's final cuts as they pared down to a 53-man roster last week. Doss became a favorite of HBO's cameras, but Oakland coach Jon Gruden told reporters this week that didn't reflect the reality of the Raiders roster. 

“[Doss was] in a tough spot," Gruden said Monday. "He’s a big story on the TV show, but that’s not the reality that we saw on tape.”

Much like Doss, HBO's focus on Brown was also disproportionate -- or, at least, lacking substance. 

While the show followed Brown through his rehab sessions and as he explained his grossly frostbitten feet, it did not really delve into the tension that ultimately ended Brown's Raiders career. Brown angrily confronted general manager Mike Mayock on Wednesday -- albeit after the "Hard Knocks" season had ended -- after he was fined for missing a practice and a walk-through. That altercation led to a fine of over $200,000 that allowed the Raiders to void Brown's contract guarantees, and Brown called for his release Saturday morning. 

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The Raiders granted Brown's request, and he ultimately agreed to a one-year contract with the New England Patriots on Saturday afternoon. Brown's own camera caught him reacting to his release, and he published the reaction on YouTube a day after uploading a video featuring a phone conversation with him and Jon Gruden. 

Whether or not Brown wins a ring in New England, perhaps he'll put his documentarian skills to use and link up with the "Hard Knocks" crew next summer. 

2020 Senior Bowl: Ten risers who Raiders should target in NFL draft

2020 Senior Bowl: Ten risers who Raiders should target in NFL draft

Like 27 other teams, some members of the Raiders have spent the week in Mobile trying to get a feel for a talented crop of NFL draft prospects at the Reese's Senior Bowl.

The Senior Bowl was vital to the Raiders' draft success last year, and there are a number of participants this year who can help the Raiders fill their litany of holes.

With three days of practice in the books, a handful of prospects stood out from the rest and it's a group the Raiders should have high on their draft board come April.

Here are 10 risers from the week of practice.

Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

I've written extensively about Herbert and why I believe he should be the Raiders quarterback of the future if Jon Gruden wishes to move on from Derek Carr.

Herbert has all the physical tools. He's mobile and has a rocket arm, but was inconsistent at Oregon, but showed scouts exactly what they wanted to see in Mobile.

He was accurate and on time in 1-on-1s, 7-on-7s and 11-on-11s, being named the Practice Player of the Week. NFL scouts have questions about his leadership which he can help put to rest Saturday by commanding the huddle in the game. 

Van Jefferson, WR, Florida

In a talented group of wide receivers, Jefferson stood at the top of the class.

The 6-foot-2, 196-pound receiver is a polished route-runner with good hands and burst off the line. 

He made a number of impressive catches and showed good footwork throughout the week.

Jason Strowbridge, DL, North Carolina

He entered the week as a Day 3 guy, but Strowbridge might have moved up to Day 2 with his showing in Mobile. 

The North Carolina product showed great quickness and hand usage during drills. He can play inside and outside and could be a nice addition to the Raiders' pass rush rotation. 

K.J. Hill, WR, Ohio State

I mentioned Hill earlier in the week as a guy the Raiders should target, and he didn't disappoint.

The Ohio State product had a down senior season but he's a good route-runner who creates separation well and has great hands. He'd fit nicely as Gruden looks to "let it fly" more.

Troy Pride Jr., CB, Notre Dame

Pride came into the week needing to impress after a subpar final season in South Bend.

The 5-foot-11 cornerback locked down everyone that went against him this week. He has incredible speed and should be a Day 2 pick.

Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor

Have I mentioned this wide receiver class is deep? It's silly.

The Baylor product caught just about everything in his zip code this week. He high-pointed the ball well, was quick out of his breaks and showed impressive catch radius.

For a team that needs at least three receivers, the Raiders have to be loving this draft.

Malik Harrison, LB, Ohio State

Harrison is more of a run-stopping linebacker, but he showed he can cover as well this week.

He was constantly around the ball and made plays like this:

If the Raiders don't go LB with one of their first-round picks, Harrison is a guy they should grab on Day 2.

Adam Trautman, TE, Dayton

Yes, I know the Raiders already have Darren Waller, who is a budding star and Foster Moreau was a touchdown magnet during his rookie season.

But in the offensive age of football where the more weapons you have the better, Trautman is an intriguing piece.

He's 6-foot-5 and fit right in with Division I talent despite being from an FCS program, showing great skill as both a receiver and a blocker.

Davon Hamilton, DL, Ohio State

A fringe Day 2 prospect entering the week, Hamilton showed great power and quickness against his peers. He showed some secondary moves and was able to re-establish the line of scrimmage.

Certainly, a guy who could help the Raiders upfront.

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Kyle Dugger, S, Lenoir-Rhyne

I've done so much talking about the versatility of Clemson star Isaiah Simmons that it would be negligent for me not to bring up Dugger to close this risers piece.

He was one of the most dominant players on the practice field in Mobile, showing good body control, footwork and play-making ability.

Dugger could have a hybrid LB/S role in the NFL much like Simmons, and would be a big help to a Raiders defense that is lacking play makers.

Raiders sign cornerback Nevin Lawson to one-year contract extension


Raiders sign cornerback Nevin Lawson to one-year contract extension

The Raiders officially became property of Las Vegas on Wednesday, and the Silver and Black made their first official move as Sin City residents Thursday. 

The team announced they signed cornerback Nevin Lawson to a one-year contract extension. After joining the Raiders last offseason, Lawson made five starts and played in 11 games for the Raiders, seeing a bulk of his time in the latter stages of the season when Daryl Worley and Lamarcus Joyner were banged up. 

Lawson will enter next season serving a one-game suspension. The Utah State product was ejected late in the Raiders' Week 17 loss to the Denver Broncos and was given a punishment for using his helmet as a weapon.

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After opening the season 6-4, the Raiders, overcome by injuries and lack of talent, limped to a 1-5 finish to end the season at 7-9.

With the litany of issues the Silver and Black faced in 2019, 7-9 should be viewed as a good record for a team that relied on a dynamic rookie class.

There are a lot of reasons for the Raiders to believe the future is bright, and they hope Lawson is a part of it.