Jordy Nelson's time as a Raider has come and gone.
The Raiders released the veteran wide receiver on Thursday, the team announced.
Nelson, 33, played in 15 games for the Raiders last season. He finished the year with 63 receptions for 739 yards and three touchdowns.
The Raiders signed Nelson to a two-year, $15 million contract on March 16, 2018. On Dec. 28, he was given a $3.6 million roster bonus by the team.
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The move comes quickly after the Raiders added Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams to their receivers corps. That duo combined for nearly 2,000 yards receiving in 2018.
Derek Carr is entering a critical season in his second year under Raiders head coach Jon Gruden. It could be make-or-break for the QB as the Silver and Black head into their final season in Oakland.
After looking like an MVP candidate in 2016, he's been trending down in the eyes of many. The Athletic's Mike Sando presented his Quarterback Tiers survey Monday after talking with fifty-five anonymous coaches and executives who rank the QBs from Tier 1 to Tier 5.
Carr was voted into Tier 3 as the No. 20 overall quarterback, one spot behind 49ers starting QB Jimmy Garoppolo. And the comments on the Raiders' signal-caller aren't too pretty.
Voters brought up three specific plays that show the kind of quarterback Carr was last season. One was him throwing the ball away on fourth down, another example was him looking scared in the final minutes of the Raiders' Week 8 loss to the Colts, but the final example is what really stands out.
“The Chiefs game, he throws a pick-six and the guy (Jared Cook) isn’t even running the route. It was, ‘What the f--k?" the voter said to Sando.
Carr's ability to handle Gruden's style has been questioned ever since Chucky signed his 10-year deal with the Raiders. Through one season, those questions aren't going away.
“He is sensitive and needs encouragement, and that is not the style he is going to get,” an offensive coach said to Sando. “When someone shows disappointment in him, he shrinks. The head coach not coming out and completely endorsing him has to be eating him alive."
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If the Raiders endure another losing season and Carr doesn't significantly improve, he could be looking for another job when the team moves to Las Vegas. It sounds like plenty of people around the league believe that could easily be the case.
Summer vacation is winding down, and that means one thing: Football almost is back.
The Raiders will open training camp Friday in Napa, hoping to put together a final season to remember in Oakland.
Year 1 of Jon Gruden's second reign was a dud, but the Raiders are much improved and have the pieces to be a team that can shock the NFL in 2019.
Worst-to-first stories happen all the time in the NFL, but I wouldn't be bold enough to pick the Raiders to beat out the Chiefs and Chargers in the AFC West. Or would I?
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