You know the old adage, always sell before you buy.
The Raiders reportedly were expected to be buyers at the NFL trade deadline, but the Silver and Black made a shocking move Monday in the other direction. The Raiders traded cornerback Gareon Conley to the Houston Texans for a third-round draft pick, head coach Jon Gruden announced Monday at his press conference.
Conley was drafted by the Raiders in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Coming out of Ohio State, Conley was projected to be a top-10 pick, but he dropped to No. 24 overall due to assault allegations that were later proven false and the Raiders quickly snapped him up.
The 24-year-old cornerback had shown flashes of promise during his time in Oakland, but in the end, Conley was not drafted by the current regime. Head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock saw a way to recoup a third-round draft pick they lost for nothing in the Antonio Brown trade and did it.
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Clemson rookie Trayvon Mullen likely will step into Conley's role opposite Daryl Worley.
The Raiders' defense was torched Sunday, as Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw for 429 yards and five touchdowns in a 42-24 evisceration of Conley and the secondary at Lambeau Field. Conley has not played well this season and has been hurt by the Raiders' lack of pass rush. He has the tools to be a good cornerback in the league, but he didn't put it together in Oakland.
The Raiders will play Conley and the Texans this week in Houston.
OAKLAND -- The Raiders had a scare Friday when right tackle Trent Brown was listed as questionable for their Week 11 game against the Bengals at the Coliseum.
With tackle David Sharpe already listed as out with a calf injury, that would put Brandon Parker in line to start if Brown was unable to play.
But it looks like the Raiders' offensive line will be whole to start the game as Brown is listed as active. The Raiders' offensive line played their first whole game together in Week 10, showing promise in a win over the Chargers.
The Raiders also will be without starting slot cornerback Lamarcus Joyner who injured his hamstring in the win over the Chargers. Cornerback Nevin Lawson is expected to slide into his role Sunday, with Daryl Worley also potentially seeing time inside.
The Raiders also designated quarterback DeShone Kizer, center Erik Magnuson, receiver Keelan Doss, defensive tackle Terrell McClain and return man Dwayne Harris inactive. Harris can't seem to get right, now missing his third straight game and seventh in the last eight. He has been dealing with ankle and foot issues most of the year, hindering the kicking game in the process. Trevor Davis has filled in returning kickoffs and punts, and will continue doing so on Sunday against the Bengals.
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The Bengals made guard Alex Redmond, offensive tackle Cordy Glen, quarterback Jake Dolegala, tight end Drew Sample, receiver A.J. Green -- he was ruled out early in the week -- CB Torry McTyer and defensive end Anthony Zettel.
The good news is the Raiders are going up against the worst run defense in the league. The even better news is Oakland has Josh Jacobs.
The Bengals head to the Coliseum on Sunday to face a Raiders team that is favored to win. Cincinnati has the worst record in the league, so that shouldn't come as a surprise.
Quarterback Derek Carr hasn't thrown an interception in nearly a month and is looking like his old successful self.
This is guaranteed to be a fun game for the Raiders and their fans.
Here's how to watch the Raiders-Bengals Week 11 game live online and on TV:
Start time: 1:25 p.m. PT
TV channel: CBS (KPIX)
Live stream: fuboTV -- Get a free trial