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Raiders GM Mike Mayock reveals why he sent scouts home before NFL draft

Raiders GM Mike Mayock reveals why he sent scouts home before NFL draft

ALAMEDA — Raiders general manager Mike Mayock told his scouts to head home and stay there heading into Easter weekend. He made the decision to do so three weeks ago.

Mayock said it was his alone, an act that was well thought. All of the team’s pre-draft information had been gathered, and it was time for head coach/final say Jon Gruden and Mayock to make decisions those scouts would not be involved in. He was free to cut them loose, and did so Friday.

Mayock didn’t expect the news to become such a huge deal, especially considering he had reasons for doing so.

“I’m kind of blown away by the whole story, to be honest with you,” Mayock said Thursday following the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

He decided to close ranks and prevent leaks from coming out of a building that had been porous over the last calendar year, before and after he was hired as Raiders general manager.

“I made the decision to do it three weeks ago, and I didn’t tell anybody,” Mayock said. “It was my decision. And, when the job got done and the work was over. ... I inherited a group of scouts, and some of them maybe with us and some of them may not be with us by their own choice or not. At the end of the day, when the job was over, I brought them together as a group, and respectfully and professionally told them that the job was done, thank you very much and that we would be talking.

“And 40 minutes later we had a leak, which just reinforced the decision.”

Great turnover is expected in the Raiders’ personnel department after the NFL draft, an expected move considering Mayock has been working with scouts and evaluators hired by previous GM Reggie McKenzie.

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The building was thinned considerably for Thursday’s first round, but Mayock said the draft operation ran smoothly, with good communication between coaches and evaluators that remained in the building.

“I’m proud of the way we hung in there, and the work we did today,” Mayock said. “The cooperation between me and my staff and Jon and his staff was just outstanding.”

Raiders injury report: Josh Jacobs, Trent Brown miss practice Thursday

Raiders injury report: Josh Jacobs, Trent Brown miss practice Thursday

ALAMEDA – The Raiders desperately need running back Josh Jacobs and right tackle Trent Brown available for Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans.

Both players have spent significant time playing through pain, and that very well could happen again this week.

Jacobs has been dealing with a fractured shoulder since Week 7. Brown has missed one game, but has played through ankle and knee injuries thus far this season. Now, he has a pectoral ailment keeping him out of practice.

Brown has played through a ton of pain and could well do so again.

“He’s had a number of different injuries throughout this season,” offensive coordinator Greg Olson said. “Nagging injuries more than anything else as you’ve seen. He’s missed practice but he has been ready to go on Sunday.”

Jacobs volunteered on social media that his shoulder is fractured, and him missing practice enitrely -- instead of being limited -- is a slight difference from previous weeks.

The Raiders try to manage his workload during the week to get him as ready as possible for game day.

“We would never put a player in harm, but we’ve managed him and he’s been honest with us in terms of the injury,” Olson said. “Our training staff has done a great job really throughout the week making sure he’s ready to go on Sundays.”

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Right guard Gabe Jackson did not participate in Thursday’s session after being considered limited for a Wednesday walk-through conducted indoors. His participation level on Friday will give further indication of his readiness for Sunday.

Raiders practice report

THURSDAY
Did not practice
WR Hunter Renfrow (rib)
RB Josh Jacobs (shoulder)
OT Trent Brown (pectoral)
LB Kyle Wilber (ankle)
RG Gabe Jackson (knee)

Limited practice
C Rodney Hudson (ankle)
CB Lamarcus Joyner (hamstring)

Derek Carr details what must get fixed to reignite Raiders offense

Derek Carr details what must get fixed to reignite Raiders offense

ALAMEDA – The Raiders stink. They’re a terrible team after blowout losses against the Jets and Chiefs despite being truly amazing just over a fortnight’s past, when they were coming off a three-game winning streak that made them NFL darlings and a resurgent playoff contender.

That’s the same team we’re talking about, One coming off dramatically different results that have a once confident fan base pulling its hair out heading into Sunday’s vital matchup against the Tennessee Titans.

A win against them at Oakland Coliseum and all is right in the world (again). Lose and it’s apocalypse now.

“I’m excited we get a chance to go compete against a really good football team,” quarterback Derek Carr said. “That’s the beautiful thing about this game. You rewind two weeks ago, we were the greatest story in the NFL and two weeks later we suck again, so I think we’ll be alright. (laughter) We are just going to keep grinding. We’re going to stick to what we do.”

Carr admits they’ll have to do better, especially on offense. The passing game is stuck in neutral, revving its engine without moving an inch.

That’s large part receiver issues – Jon Gruden says he’s shaking up that position group this week – and some lackluster quarterback play with two pick-sixes in the last two games. Can’t have that, plain and simple. The Raiders can’t afford the penalty issues plaguing them recently. They can’t afford the nine-quarter touchdown drought that stretched from the Bengals game through the Jets contest and deep into the Chiefs embarrassment. The Raiders beat the Bengals but have been outscored 74-21 in two losses since.

“We’ve had a rough two weeks,” Carr said. “I’ve had a rough two weeks. It’s time to get back on track, it’s time to get back in our stadium, it’s time to be efficient on offense, it’s time to win. I’m excited we get a chance to go compete against a really good football team.”

The Raiders' offense must find a groove after hitting a rough patch, but let’s not forget this unit posted 24 or more points for six straight weeks. They can get going again by finding old magic. The key, Carr says, is staying on schedule and staying balanced. They have to start strong – they aren’t built to overcome large deficits – and avoid major mistakes.

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That’s how the Raiders did it before. That’s how they can do it again.

“Our execution has not been good enough at all,” Carr said. “Like executing the plays to every detail hasn’t been good enough at all. Turning the ball over myself. I don’t do that. I don’t want to do that. Never been something I’ve wanted to do or been a part of my game and so it doesn’t matter how it happened or why it happened, it happened, and we have to eliminate the turnovers and that starts with me.”