The Washington secondary doesn’t have love for the Raiders. Always vocal cornerback Josh Norman went after receivers Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper following the a 27-10 loss at FedEx Field Sunday night where the Raiders offense could do nothing right.
Cooper and Crabtree had two catches for 13 yards combined, giving Norman license to go off.
He wasn’t the only one to do so. Safety D.J. Swearinger had some unflattering things to say about Cooper and running back Marshawn Lynch on Instagram. Like Norman, he wasn’t terribly nice. Or polite.
Swearinger posted a photo of himself lording over a fallen Cooper, on the ground clutching his helmet.
Swearinger told ESPN.com in Washington that he mentioned that in a Thursday position meeting at Norman’s house.
Norman said an exchange occurred in pregame warm-ups. It’s also uncertain if that took place.
Swearinger also put Lynch in the crosshairs, posting a video of a crushing blow delivered to the physical Raiders running back. He said “I eat Skittles, too,” and “Ima show you how to dance,” referring to Marshawn’s moment a week earlier against the New York Jets.
The Raiders won’t have interest in talking about these shots fired, claiming they’ve turned the page to the next game.
To celebrate his return to the sideline, Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden threw a party for fans on Friday at Ricky's Sports Theatre and Grill in San Leandro.
Raider Nation showed up in droves.
In all, over 500 fans showed up, according to a Ricky's spokesperson.
"We are honored to be a part of the love story between Jon Gruden and this fan base," the spokesperson said. "It's incredibly special. And the significance of this event, at this time, is not lost on us."
The Raiders, Gruden, and Ricky's all collaborated on the event, which came together because of Gruden's relationship with Ricky's owners, Ricky and Tina Ricardo. Gruden paid for the catering and entertainment himself, according to the spokesperson.
Plenty of Raiders alumni attended, including Cliff Branch and Lester Hayes, according to ESPN's Paul Gutierrez. Branch even took the mic and made a guarantee.
Gruden broke in as an NFL head coach with the Raiders in 1998, and coached Oakland for four seasons. It was in Oakland where Gruden was first given the nickname "Chucky," after the murderous puppet in the Child's Play film franchise. Gruden paid tribute to those roots at Ricky's with a... creative autograph signing.
Raiders training camp begins on July 27. Whether or not the team will be joined by its best defensive player remains to be seen.
Star defensive end Khalil Mack skipped the team's mandatory minicamp in June in pursuit of a new contract. Gruden told fans on Friday that the team will "find a way" to bring Mack back.
The Raiders made it official Thursday. Legendary broadcaster Greg Papa, who also serves as an analyst for NBC Sports Bay Area, no longer will be the radio voice of the team.
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Raiders owner Mark Davis made the following statement Thursday:
The Raiders organization would like to thank Greg Papa for his two decades of service to the Silver and Black.. He wasn’t just given the job.. He earned it.. With intense preparation Greg was always ready for the call.. Just as my generation remembers Bill King and “Holy Toledo”.. The Raider Nation will remember Greg Papa and “Touchdown Raiders”.. We wish Greg and his family the best in whatever the future brings..
Brent Musburger reportedly will replace Papa in the booth. That hasn't been made official, however.