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Raiders waive 14, place Holmes on IR; roster trimmed to 75

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Raiders waive 14, place Holmes on IR; roster trimmed to 75

The Raiders have trimmed their roster to 75 players, the team announced before Monday afternoon’s practice. They cut 14 players and moved tight end Gabe Holmes to injured reserve to reach a roster limit that shrinks from 90 to 75 on Tuesday afternoon.

Defensive Leon Orr was on the list, the only mild surprise among the roster cuts. The Florida product spent most of last season on the practice squad but fared well in three games late in 2015. Orr had fallen behind undrafted free agent Darius Latham, which made him a cut prospect on a deep defensive line.

The handwriting was likely on the wall Saturday, when he didn’t play a snap against the Tennessee Titans.

Most players waived did not play against Tennessee, but some of them suited up for the Raiders one final team.

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Undrafted receiver Max McCaffrey, son of former Broncos receiver Ed McCaffrey and brother of Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey, was a notable but expected cut.

He was low on the list of players fighting for the No. 5 receiver slot. Johnny Holton and K.J. Brent are leading that battle heading into Thursday’s preseason finale against Seattle.

Tight end Colton Underwood, who asked out Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman in a video gone viral, was also waived. He was down a distance on his position's depth chart.

Holmes suffered a serious ankle injury in the preseason opener at Arizona, and head coach Jack Del Rio said the following day that he would be placed on IR.

Here’s a complete list of Raiders roster moves:

Waived

C Ross Burbank
LS Andre East
S Chris Hackett
C Chris Edwards
S Jimmy Hall
WR Joe Hansley
DB Tramain Jacobs
LB Lenny Jones
WR Max McCaffrey
DL Leon Orr
WR Nathan Palmer
K Giorgio Tavecchio
TE Colton Underwood
OL Terran Vaughn

Injured reserve

TE Gabe Holmes

Marshawn Lynch responds to Donald Trump calling him unpatriotic

Marshawn Lynch responds to Donald Trump calling him unpatriotic

Marshawn Lynch is a man of few words.

Nothing seems to faze the Oakland native, but when he does speak up, he lets you know exactly how he feels. 

The Raiders running back was a guest on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher. When asked about President Donald Trump calling him unpatriotic for sitting during the playing of the national anthem, Lynch had quite the response. 

"I mean, you know, that motha----er say a lot of s---," Lynch said. "At the end of the day, you called me unpatriotic, but if you know me, you know you come to my neighborhood where I’m from and you know you’ll see me take the shirt off my back and give it to someone in less need, what would you call that?”

In November of 2017, Trump went on a Twitter rant calling for the NFL to suspend Lynch for the rest of the season. This is the first time Lynch has publicly responded to such comments. 

Lynch grew up in Oakland, was a star at Oakland Technical High School before attending the University of California, Berkeley and becoming a first-round pick in the NFL. He signed with the Raiders before the 2017 season and has consistently been a champion in his community with charitable works. 

He also spoke on the issues of gentrification in Oakland and how he's helped with the problem. 

"I've been a witness of it since I was a small jitterbug," Lynch said. "Now that I've grown up and I'm seeing it and I understand it a little more." 

Maher then asked Lynch what he's been doing for Oakland to resolve gentrification to make sure African-Americans aren't being kicked out of neighborhoods they have been in for years. 

"With bangin' my head against people, I had the opportunity to make a couple dollars," he said with a laugh. "So therefore I started buying some real estate in the area I grew up at in order to give people opportunity for housing." 

Lynch will become a free agent at the end of the 2018-19 NFL season. It's unknown if he will continue playing football, but what we do know is he will always be a man of the people in Oakland.

Derek Carr hopes pivotal Raiders offseason can expedite rebuilding process

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Derek Carr hopes pivotal Raiders offseason can expedite rebuilding process

Derek Carr is tired of burning daylight. He’s done some of that already, cycling through four head coaches, four offensive play callers and three offensive schemes in five NFL seasons. He was a young player brought in as part of a roster rebuild that worked.

It just didn’t last long. The Raiders fell back on hard times following a 12-4 campaign in 2016, and now head coach Jon Gruden’s fully committed to another radical reconstruction.

Gruden traded Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper, guys who could’ve helped the Raiders win last season. He acquired others who didn’t, namely Martavis Bryant and Ryan Switzer and several veteran defenders who won’t see another season in silver and black.

Now the Raiders enter the offseason with an arsenal: three first-round draft picks and $76 million in salary-cap space without anyone deserving of a long-term extension that must factor into the budget.

Carr’s hoping all those tools will expedite the rebuilding process. He doesn’t want to waste more seasons doing it slow, and hopes Gruden can import several impact players in one offseason.

“We need some guys who can come in and help us now,” Carr said in an interview with 940-AM in Fresno. “We have some good building pieces. We have some foundational pieces. Obviously, we have a quarterback, so we don’t need one of those. That’s the good thing.

“We just need some players who can help us win now. We’re building this thing. We’ve been building this thing. We’ve built this thing a couple of times. It’s time to get people who can just come in and help us now. There are a lot of veterans on this team who signed contracts or signed extensions or free-agent deals to come play here because we want to win and we believe in this system and what we’re doing.”

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Count Carr among them. He signed a $125 million extension believing incumbent stars would also be here long term and find sustained success. That wish never came true, and now Gruden’s looking to remake the franchise with new guys.

This offseason will be pivotal in Gruden’s success. It could turn things around quickly, as Carr hopes, if he and general manager Mike Mayock lock onto the right guys.

“If we get three players who are NFL ready right now, if we get three starters from those three (first-round picks) or maybe four if you count some of the other picks…,” Carr said, trailing off. “And we have some cash to spend. We have a lot of cap room. If we can spend that cap and that capital and get some good veteran players, not just average guys but guys who can make a difference, (that would be positive). We’re a lot closer than people give us credit for.”