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Source: Raiders bring in Maliek Collins to improve interior pass rush

Source: Raiders bring in Maliek Collins to improve interior pass rush

Raiders defensive line coach Rod Marinelli joined Jon Gruden’s coaching staff this offseason after occupying the same post in Dallas.

He’s bringing one of his linemen with him.

Former Cowboys defensive tackle Maliek Collins agreed on terms of a two-year contract with the Raiders, a league source told NBC Sports Bay Area on Tuesday afternoon, adding some interior pass-rush ability to the Silver and Black’s defensive front.

Collins has 14.5 sacks in four professional seasons, though his last season was his best rushing the passer. The 24-year old had four sacks and 36 total quarterback pressures in 2019. He plays more on passing downs but can hold his own against the run, with 763 defensive snaps last year.

Marinelli obviously vouched for Collins, who has strong upside and is just entering his prime as a three technique. The Raiders need help at that spot, and the Collins addition takes pressure off finding some early in the NFL draft next month.

Collins is the latest in a series of strong defensive signings by Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock during free agency’s early stages.

As a reminder, Collins and all other free agent commitments are not allowed to travel to NFL team facilities to take physicals and sign contracts due to the coronavirus pandemic. Players can take a physical at a neutral site if team and player agrees. If not, the deal could take some time to become official.

[RELATED: Follow all of the moves in our NFL Free Agency live tracker]

Collins is one of three former Cowboys to join the Raiders on Tuesday in an flurry of activity, including tight end Jason Witten and safety Jeff Heath.

He also continues a trend of adding good, young defensive players. In fact, the Raiders have signed three who are 26 or younger, and Heath is 28.

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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