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Raiders sign Doug Martin to contract shortly after losing Isaiah Crowell

Raiders sign Doug Martin to contract shortly after losing Isaiah Crowell

The Raiders were impressed by Doug Martin’s play last year. The Oakland native averaged 4.2 yards per carry when called upon, which was infrequent early and regular after Marshawn Lynch was lost for the season in Week 6.

He found a solid rhythm and was productive enough that a return engagement in 2019 seemed like a safe bet. Player and team couldn’t agree on a pact, leaving the front office to look elsewhere for help. Isaiah Crowell was the new guy, signed as a primary back but became a reserve option after Alabama’s Josh Jacobs was taken No. 24 overall in last week’s NFL draft.

He wasn’t available long. The versatile veteran back suffered a torn Achilles’ tendon during a Monday offseason program workout, ESPN reported, and lost for the season.

That re-opened the door for Martin, who agreed on terms of a new contract Wednesday afternoon. NFL Network first reported the news.

The Raiders confirmed the signing Thursday afternoon.

Martin should be the No. 2 behind Jacobs, though Jalen Richard will play a significant role on offense. Chris Warren III will challenge for carries this spring and summer, possibly fighting Martin for a roster spot. DeAndre Washington is also in the mix here, with a tough cut upcoming this fall for the position group.

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Martin had 723 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 172 carries, but also had three fumbles during his first year in Oakland. The two-time Pro Bowler averaged 4.1 yards per carry over six uneven seasons with Tampa Bay.

Watch Raiders' Derek Carr, teammates work out at Las Vegas park

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Watch Raiders' Derek Carr, teammates work out at Las Vegas park

The Raiders haven’t officially moved to Las Vegas yet, but some players have been spotted around town.

Derek Carr posted a video on YouTube on Tuesday showing him participating in some workouts with teammates at a local Las Vegas park.

The video shows the quarterback along with Zay Jones, Hunter Renfrow and Darren Waller running some drills at Olympia Sports Park in Southern Highlands.

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Raiders begin UNLV turf installation to play on at Allegiant Stadium

Raiders begin UNLV turf installation to play on at Allegiant Stadium

Two weeks after the Raiders’ natural grass turf was laid out, it’s UNLV football’s turn to get in on the action at Allegiant Stadium.

Crews on Tuesday began installing the artificial turf UNLV will play its home games on inside of the $2 billion, 65,000-seat stadium.

Photos show crews got the installation of the turf underway in the north end of the stadium. The turf is being installed in sections and already has field lines painted on the surface.

UNLV is slated to play six home games at Allegiant Stadium. The Rebels and the Raiders worked out a deal for UNLV’s Oct. 24 game versus Colorado State to be moved to Oct. 23 to have the Sept. 12 game versus Arizona State be played at Allegiant, as opposed to Sam Boyd Stadium.

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