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Raiders' Lamarcus Joyner happy to disrupt Cardinals' 'pretty boy' offense

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Raiders' Lamarcus Joyner happy to disrupt Cardinals' 'pretty boy' offense

Kyler Murray, Kliff Kingsbury and the Arizona Cardinals' offense are hoping to take the NFL by storm.

The Cardinals hired Kingsbury to bring his Air Raid offense to the desert, and he promptly drafted Murray with the No. 1 overall pick.

While the two might form an electric pairing, they got a rude awakening in their second preseason game Thursday against Lamarcus Joyner and the Raiders at State Farm Stadium.

The Raiders flustered Murray all night. The 2018 Heisman Trophy winner went 3-for-8 for 12 yards on the night. He also rushed for 4 yards and was sacked twice, including once for a safety by Joyner.

The veteran safety has made his distaste for college offenses known, and he was more than happy to disrupt the NFL's newest hot item. 

"Well, it's pretty boy football," Joyner told ESPN's Lisa Salters about the college offense during the third quarter. "It don't allow the defense to play physical like the game was meant to be. So, you know, when you go against offense like that, you have to introduce that physicality to them because they don't want to do that." 

So, what does Joyner see as his goal as it pertains to offenses like Kingsbury's?

"Run that kind of offense out of the NFL," Joyner said with a smile.

The Raiders signed Joyner in the offseason, looking to revamp Paul Guenther's defense. The Florida State product is hoping to transform the entire culture surrounding a unit that was eviscerated last season.

"I think with the spirit of belief," Joyner said when asked how he plans to turn the unit around. "You have to positive energy and get the guys in the locker room believing. I mean brotherhood, you can move mountains with that."

[RELATED: Raiders' Carr, Jacobs carve up Cardinals in preseason cameo]

The Raiders' presumed first-unit defense shut down Murray and the Cardinals on Thursday night in their first real action together.

For Guenther and Joyner, it's so far, so good.

How Raiders' Nick Kwiatkoski showed his value with Bears last season

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How Raiders' Nick Kwiatkoski showed his value with Bears last season

When opportunity knocked last year for Nick Kwiatkoski, the Chicago Bears’ four-year reserve linebacker, he answered.

With free agency looming, he was put in position to show the rest of the NFL what the Bears privately knew about the high-motor, highly athletic 26-year-old: It wasn’t a lack of ability that prevented Kwiatkoski from being a full-time starter, it was that the Bears had some of the best players in football at his position.

In Kwiatkoski, the Bears’ depth chart was hiding a starting caliber linebacker. And not just a situational one, but the highly coveted three-down kind who can play the run and the pass.

All of which he showed in an eight-game stint at the end of the 2019 season. He had 50 tackles, two sacks, four tackles for loss and four pass breakups to firmly establish himself as a valuable free agent target.

READ ABOUT KWIATKOSKI AT REVIEW-JOURNAL

 

Raiders' Zay Jones shares heartwarming story amid racial tensions

Raiders' Zay Jones shares heartwarming story amid racial tensions

The death of George Floyd while in police custody Monday in Minnesota has re-ignited racial tensions in this country.

Protests are occurring in cities all over the United States, and professional athletes are speaking up about their experiences.

On Saturday, Raiders wide receiver Zay Jones shared a heartwarming story on Twitter about an encounter he had with an woman at a home goods store.

That's powerful.

Jones, a Dallas, Texas native, was acquired by the Raiders in a trade with the Buffalo Bills last October.

In 10 games for the Raiders, Jones caught 20 passes for 147 yards.

[RELATED: Jones, Carr building chemistry]

But receiving this unnamed woman into his arms is the biggest catch of Jones' career.

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