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Watch 'Hard Knocks' 2019 trailer with Raiders' HBO debut next week

Watch 'Hard Knocks' 2019 trailer with Raiders' HBO debut next week

The Raiders' brass would prefer the "Hard Knocks" folks not be in Napa documenting the Raiders. It's an "intrusion," as general manager Mike Mayock puts it. And he's right. 

As much as NFL Films tries to be a fly on the wall, the cameras can be felt creating made-for-TV moments. Players and coaches are having fun with it and are embracing the opportunity to show other parts of their often dynamic personalities. 

"To be honest with you, we had some fun with it man. [Coach Jon Gruden] and I have had a lot of fun with it," quarterback Derek Carr said. 

"They’re not in Coach’s and my meeting room, so we get to plan some stuff and have some fun with them. It’s been really cool, to be honest with you, because people get to see us in our real environment. People don’t get to see Coach Gruden telling some of our rookies how much he loves them. They just see the clips of him yelling at people and stuff like that, right? They don’t get to see me jumping people, they don’t get to see me competing and talking trash and stuff like that. What I think it does is it opens up the world to show us who we really are. I think that’s a good thing."

Here's the first teaser trailer released by NFL Films. 

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"Hard Knocks" will start showcasing the Raiders this Tuesday, Aug. 6 at 10 p.m. on HBO.

Las Vegas Raiders can use Tom Brady to build business, Jay Glazer says

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Las Vegas Raiders can use Tom Brady to build business, Jay Glazer says

While Derek Carr was in Las Vegas for the Raiders' official rebranding this week, speculation about Tom Brady joining the Silver and Black continues to simmer.

Two weeks ago, The Athletic's Jay Glazer said that Brady to the Raiders is a "no-brainer" because it would help with ticket sales, among other things.

On Friday, Glazer added a bit more context when asked again about where Brady will play next season.

"I said it last week, the Chargers or the Raiders," Glazer wrote. "I spoke about the business side of things. You guys kind of jumped on me talking about how great ticket sales are for the Raiders. I don’t know if I said ticket sales or not but there’s way more than ticket sales when you’re building up a business. They can use Tom Brady to build the business of the Raiders, which will now be an international team. I say that because of all the big business whales from all over the world who are going to come to Las Vegas and now be exposed to the Raiders."

"That’s going to be a hot ticket. The international marketing will be huge. The Raiders are going to be big players internationally with that. That’s why I would think it’s a brilliant move to go to Vegas."

Brady, who will turn 43 years old before the start of the 2020 NFL season, is a free agent and could move on the Patriots, the only franchise he has ever known.

Carr is under contract with the Raiders for three more seasons, and recently said he is "looking forward" to being under center for the first snap in Las Vegas. But head coach Jon Gruden didn't give the most glowing endorsement of Carr after the regular-season finale in December.

All of this has fueled chatter that the Raiders could bring in Brady to help open their first season in Sin City.

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While Brady led the Patriots to a 12-4 record this past season, his numbers declined, suggesting that his best days are behind him.

If owner Mark Davis and Gruden want to win games and continue to build a solid foundation for the future, they'll stick with Carr. If they are more concerned with making a sexy splash, they'll make the change to Brady.

Derek Carr 'looking forward' to being QB in Raiders' Las Vegas opener

Derek Carr 'looking forward' to being QB in Raiders' Las Vegas opener

Out of a possible 96 starts since being drafted by the Raiders in 2014, quarterback Derek Carr has been under center for 94 of them.

But after a disappointing 7-9 season, many Raiders fans have clamored for a change at the game’s most important position.

Carr, however, hasn’t paid the rumors or social media fodder too much attention.

“But I'll say it this way,” Carr said (h/t ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez). “I look forward to taking the first snap in that stadium, and I look forward to taking every snap from here on out -- until I'm done."

The 28-year-old had a career year in 2019, setting career-highs in passing yards (4,054), yards per attempt (7.9), and quarterback rating (100.8).

But coach Jon Gruden grew frustrated with Carr’s inability to throw the ball downfield consistently, and some potential free agent quarterbacks reportedly have caught the Raiders’ eye.

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As the team re-brands and moves into its new home in Sin City, some believe the team will bring on a new starting signal-caller to usher in the Las Vegas Raiders era.

Just don’t count Carr among them.