Raiders, Las Vegas under consideration to host open 2022 NFL Draft

Raiders, Las Vegas under consideration to host open 2022 NFL Draft

Next month’s NFL draft was supposed to represent a grand introduction to Las Vegas as the league's newest market. The entertainment hub had big plans for the three-day event on The Strip, adjacent to the site of the nearly-constructed Allegiant Stadium that will be the Raiders new home in 2020.

Top selections were going to ride through the Bellagio fountains on a boat for an introduction unlike any other, with events throughout the famous resort hub. 

Las Vegas Raiders merchandise was set to debut at an event attended by hundreds of thousands.

The coronavirus pandemic canceled all of those plans. First all NFL draft public events got shut down due to bans on large gatherings and the practice of social distancing designed to slow the spread of the possibly fatal COVID-19 disease. Then the league pulled out of the city entirely in favor of an in-studio draft with prospects joining via video conferencing technology to ensure everyone involved stays healthy and safe.

Pulling the 2020 draft out of Las Vegas disappointed the Raiders, but it was a decision they expected and agreed with during this international public health crisis.

The Raiders may not have to wait long to put on a show. The NFL is considering Las Vegas as a draft host city in 2022, league vice president Peter O'Reilly said Tuesday on a conference call.

The NFL has committed to Cleveland as a draft host in 2021 and Kansas City in 2023, but there’s an opening that could and should go to Las Vegas after it missed out on a chance to throw a big party.

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The NFL also said it plans to start its season on time and play every game on the docket. The NFL schedule will be released by May 9 at this latest.

While the NFL is considering Las Vegas for 2022, they should secure that spot for the city as soon as possible. It’s more than deserving and shouldn’t be penalized for a set of circumstances completely out of their control.

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


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.



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 the United States.

Protests are occurring in cities all over the country, 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.

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

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