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Raiders' talent upgrade gives Paul Guenther's defense fighting chance

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Raiders' talent upgrade gives Paul Guenther's defense fighting chance

In the spirit of street racing, Paul Guenther the last few NFL seasons has directed a Toyota Corolla down an open stretch of pavement. Never has owned much of a chance.

It’s natural to think eyes will shade toward offense when the Raiders walk onto their pristine practice facility in Henderson to commence training camp. Rookie wide receiver Henry Ruggs will be exhilarating to watch. Humans who fly usually are.

Yet the focus should be elsewhere. Like, well, on a defense that might finally stand a chance.

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Raiders rookie Bryan Edwards drawing comparisons to Pro Bowl receivers

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Raiders rookie Bryan Edwards drawing comparisons to Pro Bowl receivers

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr on Tuesday compared rookie wide receiver Bryan Edwards to Carr’s former Fresno State teammate and current Packers’ star Davante Adams. On Friday one of Edwards’ high school coaches said he has long seen similarities to another perennial All-Pro.

“He’s always reminded me of A.J. Green,” said Conway (S.C.) head coach Carlton Terry, who was an assistant when Edwards played there and coached against Green in high school. “They both just have that ability to make plays at receiver and return punts. Just men on the field in comparison to the other players. Not only did they stand out vertically, but for big men to have that athleticism is just so rare.”

Edwards’ natural gifts were evident from the moment he walked into Conway High School as a 13-year-old freshman.

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Raiders place Maxx Crosby, Rod Smith on NFL's COVID-19 reserve list

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Raiders place Maxx Crosby, Rod Smith on NFL's COVID-19 reserve list

Raiders coach Jon Gruden on Thursday talked about the need to adapt every day to the practice availability of his players.

It went without saying he was referring to the potential impact of COVID-19, the constant shadow he and the Raiders will be operating under this year.

By late afternoon, that possibility became a reality when Raiders defensive end Maxx Crosby and running back Rod Smith were added to the COVID-19 injured reserve list.

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