Source: Raiders make two important hires in player personnel department

Source: Raiders make two important hires in player personnel department

The Raiders are experiencing turnover in the player personnel department, a natural occurrence when transitioning from one regime to another. GM Reggie McKenzie was fired by owner Mark Davis and head coach Jon Gruden in Dec. 2018 and replaced by Mike Mayock, who worked with McKenzie’s scouts through the NFL draft.

That’s common when changes at the top occur after the NFL season, a significant way into the NFL scouting and evaluation calendar.

Significant changes have been expected for some time, well before Mayock sent several members of the scouting department home before the NFL draft and told some they wouldn’t be coming back.

The Raiders are starting to make some important hires, and sources confirmed the Silver and Black have filled two big roles. Dwayne Joseph will be the director of pro scouting, or a similar title, and Jim Abrams will be the director of college scouting. was first with the Joseph hire. SiriusXM NFL Radio was first with the Abrams news.

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Joseph was previously Philadelphia Eagles director of pro scouting, a post he held for four years. He was with the Chicago Bears before that.

Abrams was had been a Cowboys scout since 2012. He has been in the business for decades, with extensive work with Tampa Bay and the 49ers. Abrams previously worked with Gruden in Tampa, when was Buccaneers head coach.

The Raiders still have important hires to make has the retool the scouting department now that the NFL draft is complete.

Raiders' Jeremiah Valoaga, D.J. Killings opt out of 2020 NFL season

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Raiders' Jeremiah Valoaga, D.J. Killings opt out of 2020 NFL season

Two Raiders have been added to the growing list of NFL players opting out of the 2020 season.

Former UNLV defensive end Jeremiah Valoaga and cornerback D.J. Killings are the first two players from the organization to make the decision.

The moves were confirmed by an official transaction announced by the team as they were placed on the reserve/opt out list.

Valoaga has spent time with the Lions, Dolphins and 49ers. He was claimed off waivers in December and signed a one-year deal with the Raiders in April.

Killings is a cornerback who spent last year on injured reserve for the Raiders and was re-signed in May.

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Raiders' Mike Mayock explains how Las Vegas heat affects training camp

Raiders' Mike Mayock explains how Las Vegas heat affects training camp

Anyone who has spent time there in the summer knows: The heat in Las Vegas is no joke.

With coronavirus forcing the Raiders to move training camp to the organization's new facility in Henderson, Nevada, players and staff have had to acclimate to a pretty consistent diet of 100+ degree days, something that isn't exactly ideal for professional athletes looking to get a workout in.

“I’ve been all over the country, obviously, and I’ve been hot,” Mayock told NBC Sports' Peter King on a day that reached 113 degrees in Sin City. “But this is pretty hard to get used to.”

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But don't think for a second that Mayock and the Raiders' leadership didn't anticipate scorching temperatures during training camp.

“Jon wants to practice outside some," Mayock continued. "The good thing for us is, we’ve got three alternatives for practice—an outdoor grass field, an indoor [FieldTurf] field with one-and-a-half fields, and a climate-controlled stadium. When we’re outside, Jon wants to be off the field by 10 a.m.”

The climate in Las Vegas is similar to what the Arizona Cardinals have to deal with in Phoenix. Facing similarly brutal summers, the Cardinals conduct most of their training camp activities inside the team's home stadium in Glendale, Ariz., which features a retractable roof.

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Mark Davis recently said he hopes the team will continue the tradition in 2021 of hosting training camp in Northern California's Napa Valley, where it had been for the past 25 years prior to 2020.

“I would like to continue to do it there,” Davis said. “It is one of the most beautiful places in the world and gives us ties back to our Northern California roots. Southern California is another possibility, but I just think there is nothing better than Napa.”