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Raiders beef up defensive line, sign second-round pick P.J. Hall

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Raiders beef up defensive line, sign second-round pick P.J. Hall

The Raiders completed second-round defensive tackle PJ Hall's rookie deal done on Sunday morning, locking the Sam Houston State alum down on a standard four-year contract.

Hall will get paid commiserate with his draft slot. The NFL uses a rookie wage scale that pays each player slightly less than the guy drafted before him.

According to sports salary site spotrac.com, the No. 57 overall pick will $4.725 million over the life of the deal, including a $1.596 signing bonus and carries an $859,201 salary-cap hit

Hall was surprised to go in the second round, but the Raiders wanted to make sure he ended up wearing silver and black. He’s an explosive inside pass rusher and run stopper, with surprising athleticism for someone so big.

His small-school background stands as the primary knock against him. He compiled shocking stats against FCS competition, leaving some to wonder whether he can compete against pro football’s best. The Raiders aren’t worried about it. Hall isn’t, either.

“It’s just something I have to handle,” Hall said. “I’m ready for it. I don’t fear anything. I’m ready for what comes here and ready to attack everything.”

He’s certainly ready to attack the weight room, but it’s hard to say he needs to gain strength. He squatted 700 pounds in the video shown below.

The Raiders also signed sixth-round linkebacker Azeem Victor on Saturday. 

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.”

[RELATED: How Ferrell plans to earn respect in Raiders’ locker room]

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. 

[RELATED: Carr's throwback trick pass video will excite Raiders fans]

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