Report: Raiders among teams to visit Stanford QB Hogan


Report: Raiders among teams to visit Stanford QB Hogan

The Raiders aren't in urgent need of a quarterback, starting or back-up.

They've got Derek Carr and Matt McGloin on the roster.

But with McGloin an unrestricted free agent following the upcoming 2016 season, it might be wise to take a quarterback late in next week's NFL Draft and develop him into Carr's eventual back-up.

[BAIR: Raiders draft outlook: Quarterback]

Enter Stanford signal caller Kevin Hogan.

The 6-foot-3 quarterback, who amassed a 37-10 record at Stanford, received a visit from the Raiders, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The Eagles, Buccaneers and Titans also made trips to Palo Alto to meet with Hogan, according to the report.

The Browns, Chargers and Ravens reportedly brought Hogan in for a visit.

Projected as a mid-to-late-round pick, Hogan met with prospective NFL employers at the scouting combine in February and pitched teams on his ability to win games.

“You play the game to win, and you have to do whatever it takes to secure victory,” Hogan said on Thursday, Feb. 25. “Whether it’s leading a two-minute drive in the fourth quarter or handing the ball off 50 times, winning is all that matters. I understand that. I don’t care about individual stats. It’s about victories for me, and I think NFL teams obviously respect that.”

Hogan has shortened his throwing motion during this offseason. He believes that, in addition to his experience in Stanford’s pro-style offense, will prove he can be a successful pro.

“I’m happy with my upbringing in the West Coast system,” Hogan said. “From talking to NFL players, they all say it translates really well.”

[RELATED: Hogan aided by Luck, Stanford upbringing]

Hogan has some excellent resources to lean on. The sturdiest is Stanford alum and current Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, a mentor Hogan spoke with on Wednesday.

“I spent a lot of time on the phone with him, just getting ready to come here,” Hogan said. “I spent some time on the phone with Matt Hasselbeck, just talking about the process and everything he’s done in his career. Had some coaches who are currently in the NFL coaching, so I got some advice from them, as well. “I feel I have a lot of good resources to reach out to and get information from, and will give me an honest opinion about where I can improve.”

Rashaan Melvin says he cheated Raiders fans during season with the team


Rashaan Melvin says he cheated Raiders fans during season with the team

Rashaan Melvin said his goodbyes to the Raiders after the Lions announced a deal that would bring the cornerback to the team.

But Melvin's farewell to the Silver and Black was a bit of a sad one. Melvin said he felt as though he cheated the fans:

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Im thankful for every opportunity God has placed in my life. We all must go through some things to get to what is actually meant for us. I greatly appreciate the Oakland organization for giving me the opportunity to further my career this past season. I respect the raiders organization, I respect the tradition, and I respect the die hard fans that has and will forever believe in raider nation. I feel like I cheated the fans, and organization, and a long list of players that came before me that made the organization what it is. It was always a life time dream of mine to wear the silver and black. It really hurt me that I wasn’t able to be myself, and play the style of play that I know I was capable of playing. To all my guys in that locker room I appreciate you guys for making the year special through everything. I cherish the relationships that were created on and off the field. I respect you guys, and I wish you boy’s the best!! Y’all ball out for the City of Oakland 1 more time or for however long y’all there! Respect!! #22 #raidernation ✊🏾✊🏾

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This, of course, appeared to be more of him not feeling as though he played to his potential. Playing for the Raiders had been a dream of his.

Melvin only started in seven games last season which could be partly why he's feeling the way he's feeling. 

"To all my guys in the locker room, I appreciate you guys for making the year special through everything."

'Stop playing:' Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown takes jab at Bills

'Stop playing:' Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown takes jab at Bills

Antonio Brown is now a member of the Raiders -- which means he is not going to play for the Bills despite some strange rumors he would be Buffalo-bound.

So, naturally, Brown made sure to put a reaction on Instagram to double-down on this:

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Stop playing #FakeNews #Historical

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"Stop playing."

This is in addition to him saying it was "Fake news" at the beginning of the month: 

And anything sports-related and bring Drake into the mix is very much appreciated.

It appears Brown is more than happy with his decision to sport silver and black.