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Raiders injury report: Daryl Worley questionable for game vs. Jaguars

Raiders injury report: Daryl Worley questionable for game vs. Jaguars

ALAMEDA – Raiders coach Jon Gruden and defensive coordinator Paul Guenther talked a few times this week about moving cornerback Daryl Worley to safety. The prospect has come up a few times now, with the timing rarely right to move Worley from the outside in. He has played a handful of snaps at safety this season, but more of a prolonged stint is required to evaluate him at the position.

That was expected on Sunday against Jacksonville, especially after D.J. Swearinger was cut on Tuesday.

Worley would actually have to play for that plan to work out. That’s far from certain after he missed the entire practice week with a neck injury and was formally designated questionable Friday on the team’s official injury report. But there’s pessimism surrounding his availability.

“He’s very questionable,” Gruden said. “Very questionable indeed.”

The Raiders have a few backup plans at safety if Worley can go. Curtis Riley can play every snap after focusing on obvious passing downs when Swearinger was here. Dallin Leavitt’s also at the ready, hoping to play his first defensive snaps of the season.

Isaiah Johnson would see snaps opposite fellow rookie Trayvon Mullen at outside cornerback, with Nevin Lawson available as well. Nick Nelson was promoted off the practice squad and will be ready in reserve.

Right tackle Trent Brown practiced for the first time in nearly two weeks on Friday and did enough to be designated questionable for Sunday’s game with a pectoral strain. That’s progress over a week ago, when he was ruled out against the Tennessee Titans. Brandon Parker will start if Brown can’t go.

Josh Jacobs is also questionable and is expected to play through a shoulder injury as he has since Week 7.

Here’s the complete injury report for both teams:

INJURY REPORT

RAIDERS
Out
WR Hunter Renfrow (ribs)

Questionable
RB Josh Jacobs (shoulder)
LB Kyle Wilber (ankle)
OT Trent Brown (pectoral)
CB Daryl Worley (neck)
WR Marcell Ateman (ribs)
S Erik Harris (hamstring)
Marquel Lee (toe)

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JAGUARS
Out
WR D.J. Chark (ankle)

2020 NFL Draft in Las Vegas will include stage on Fountains of Bellagio

2020 NFL Draft in Las Vegas will include stage on Fountains of Bellagio

The 2020 NFL Draft is off to a great start. The three-day event starting April 23 will be held in Las Vegas this year, and it can't get any more ... well, Vegas.

This isn't an understatement. Not even close. 

When players arrive to the draft, they in essence will do so on water. The NFL Draft Red Carpet will take place on the water of the Fountains of Bellagio. Players will be transported to the stage by boat. The main stage for the draft will be held next to Caesars Forum. 

To no surprise, the Raiders celebrated Tuesday's news(?), as the Silver and Black is moving to Vegas later this year. 

“The Raiders are thrilled to join the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, the resort corridor, and the local community in welcoming fans to Las Vegas for the 2020 NFL Draft,” Raiders president Marc Badain said in a press release. “Just as the NFL journey begins on draft weekend for many young players, the Silver and Black’s journey in the Sports and Entertainment Capital of the World is also just beginning.

"There is no better place to showcase this special event than on the famous Las Vegas Boulevard, and fans will be treated to a truly unique experience in an iconic location.”

Look, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is oblivious to plenty of things, but has he never seen The Office? Someone is bound to pull a Michael Scott. 

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If anyone will pull a Jim Halpert, it's Goodell. 

The NFL is embracing Las Vegas, so hey, go all the way in. Here's to nothing going wrong in a place nicknamed Sin City.

NFL Draft 2020: Fifteen Prospects for Raiders to watch at Senior Bowl

NFL Draft 2020: Fifteen Prospects for Raiders to watch at Senior Bowl

Last year, Jon Gruden, Mike Mayock and the Raiders' coaching staff got a close look at a number of prospects who eventually would don silver and black while coaching at the Reese's Senior Bowl.

The Raiders won't be coaching this year, with their 7-9 record keeping them from the not-so-prestigious honor that is given to the Cincinnati Bengals and the Detroit Lions this season.

After hitting a home run with the 2019 draft class, Gruden and Mayock are looking to stack classes and fill some of their gaping holes via the 2020 NFL Draft. 

While they won't be coaching in Mobile, Ala., this week, the Raiders still will be hyper-focused on the talent at the Senior Bowl, of which there is a lot that could help the Raiders next season.

Yes, probable high draft picks Justin Herbert (QB, Oregon), Terrell Lewis (EDGE/LB, Alabama), Kristian Fulton (CB, LSU) and Javon Kinlaw (DT, South Carolina) all will be present at the Senior Bowl. And yes, all could intrigue the Raiders. But since the smart money is on Gruden selecting a wide receiver and a linebacker in the first round, we will spend this time focusing on some likely Day 2 and Day 3 guys.

Wide receivers

The Raiders need to select multiple receivers in the 2020 draft. I expect they'll grab either Clemson's Tee Higgins or Alabama's Henry Ruggs in Round 1 (CeeDee Lamb would be nice, but I don't expect he'll be available.) One receiver won't do it, though, and the Senior Bowl has a number of veteran pass-catchers who figure to be available later in the draft.

Michael Pittman Jr., USC: At 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, Pittman is a big-body receiver with bear paws for hands. He's a physical receiver and uses that to his advantage. Pittman has got a good catch radius and is a sufficient route-runner, but he lacks the ability to separate at the top of the route and isn't a dynamic catch-and-run guy. He'd be a solid Day 2 grab.

Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State: He'll likely start to shoot up draft boards (we have him mocked to the 49ers with the last pick in the first round), but Aiyuk brings all the tools you want in a wide receiver. He has good hands with great after-the-catch ability. Likely won't be there, but he's one to watch.

Chase Claypool, Notre Dame: As my colleague Dalton Johnson noted, Claypool is a touchdown machine. The 6-foot-4, 229-pound athletic marvel has great hands, is an efficient route-runner and is great in contested catch situations. Drafting him would give the Raiders a jump-ball threat if they choose to move on from Tyrell Williams. 

Jauan Jennings, Tennessee: At 6-foot-3, 208 pounds, Jennings has prototypical NFL size. He led the Volunteers with 57 catches for 942 yards and nine scores. Questions about his character likely will make him slide, but a good showing in Mobile will help his case. 

Collin Johnson, Texas: Size, size, size. Johnson is 6-foot-6, 220 pounds and a lethal red-zone threat. Great at attacking the ball at the high point while maintaining control of his body.

K.J. Hill, Ohio State: Hill doesn't have the breakaway speed you'd like, but he's solid sub package wide receiver with great hands and polished route-running ability. Definitely, someone for the Raiders to watch.


Edge rushers

Marlon Davidson, Auburn: A Day 2 pick with a specific skill set, Davidson has impressive strength and uses his hands well which allows him to win at the point of attack. Great at keeping runs inside. Not a game-changing rusher, but someone to watch.

Jabari Zuniga, Florida: Zuniga is a versatile edge defender who has a powerful first step and strong hands that have destroyed tackles at the collegiate level. His lateral quickness and wingspan make him a good run defender as well.

Kenny Willekes, Michigan State: Willekes has an insanely high motor and is ultra-competitive. He's the type of player Gruden would love to add to the DL rotation. He is a good run defender and has a solid array of pass-rush moves. Needs to get stronger, but has a high-floor.

Bradlee Anae, Utah: Anae is quick and has good hands. He's a versatile guy who can rush the passer from an up or down position.

Secondary

K'Von Wallace, Clemson: Another Clemson guy? Why not? The Raiders need another safety alongside Johnathan Abram, and Wallace comes from the winning-factory in Death Valley. Wallace is a high-IQ player who played all over the secondary at Clemson. He's most successful as a roamer. At 5-foot-11 his lack of size could be an issue covering downfield at the NFL level, but I wouldn't be shocked to see the Raiders go here.

Linebacker

Malik Harrison, Ohio State: The Raiders need an answer at middle linebacker and Harrison might be the guy. He's a physical thumper in the run game. Coverage ability needs some work, but Harrison should intrigue Mayock and Gruden.

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Defensive tackle

Leki Fotu, Utah: A late Day 2/early Day 3 guy, Fotu is perfect for a team that needs to create more pressure up the middle. He's an explosive player with great hands. At the moment. he's a rotational piece but could become a starter in time.

Davon Hamilton, Ohio State: At 6-foot-4, 310 pounds, Hamilton is a mountain of a man. He's a smart player who was productive even when facing constant double teams at Ohio State. To beef up the defensive line, the Raiders should look at Hamilton.

Kicker

Rodrigo Blankenship, Georgia: The Raiders almost certainly won't move on from Daniel Carlson, but if they do, Blankenship could be an option in the late rounds or as an undrafted rookie. He has a big leg and was very reliable during his time at Georgia.