Johnathan Abram

Raiders' Johnathan Abram reveals craziest thing he saw at Snoop Dogg's house


Raiders' Johnathan Abram reveals craziest thing he saw at Snoop Dogg's house

Raiders defensive back Johnathan Abram has been keeping busy since undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery. After making headlines with his outspoken personality during training camp, the No. 27 overall draft pick has continued to make the rounds.

He recently stopped by "Jalen & Jacoby" and one of the topics discussed was ... Snoop Dogg. Abram has been to Snoop's home for an event and explained its intricacies.

What was the most surprising part?

"Just the house itself," Abram said. "It's more of a compound. They got security outside, and you think you're pulling up to a regular building."

Snoop recently was criticized for his Midnight Madness performance on Friday night at Kansas University, which included performers dancing on poles and money being thrown around. But as he said, "When you pay Snoop Dogg, you gonna get Snoop Dogg."

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That's all part of the brand, as Abram said.


Raiders running back Josh Jacobs rated top NFL rookie after four weeks

Raiders running back Josh Jacobs rated top NFL rookie after four weeks

The Raiders had more first-round picks than any other team in the 2019 NFL Draft, so chances were relatively high that at least one of them would be in the running for Rookie of the Year.

Four games into the season, that indeed appears to be the case, as running back Josh Jacobs is held in high regard across the league.

Six ESPN writers and analysts recently ranked their top 10 rookies so far, and Jacobs came out on top.

"On one hand, Jacobs has been a revelation," ESPN's Paul Gutierrez wrote of the No. 24 overall draft pick. "He never carried the ball more than 20 times in any game at Alabama and only had 251 total rushing attempts in his college career. But on the other, he was a first-round pick. The speed of the NFL game has not overwhelmed him as his role has grown." 

After scoring two touchdowns in his pro debut, Jacobs has been kept out of the end zone ever since, but he currently ranks ninth in the league in rushing yards per game (76.8). His average of 5.0 yards per carry also ranks among the best backs in the NFL.

"It's not what everybody told me it was going to be, just to be honest," Jacobs told Gutierrez. "Since camp, I feel like I got the pace of the game. And I know there's levels -- the playoffs come and things like that -- it speeds up. But right now, it's smooth."

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While Jacobs has had an easier-than-anticipated adjustment to the NFL, one of his fellow first-round picks isn't the least bit surprised that he's experienced early success -- and that others have taken notice. The third and final of Oakland's 2019 first-round draft picks -- safety Johnathan Abram -- took to Twitter to voice his support of his fellow rookie.

Abram looked awesome throughout the preseason and in the Raiders' Week 1 win over the Broncos. If not for season-ending shoulder surgery, Abram likely would have joined Jacobs on that list.

Rebuilding Raiders ill equipped to weather early-season injury plagues

Rebuilding Raiders ill equipped to weather early-season injury plagues

The Raiders had three linebackers get hurt in Sunday’s loss at Minnesota, forcing them to find outside help.

One of them is down a while, with Marquel Lee formally placed on injured reserve on Tuesday. It’s uncertain how Vontaze Burfict and Nicholas Morrow will come out of these health issues, losing even one more puts the Raiders at a significant disadvantage.

They’re already feeling the impact of lost talent at receiver, safety and along the offensive front, with legitimate downgrades at all of those spots. Even losing return man Dwayne Harris is a blow.

The Raiders are floundering at receiver with Antonio Brown out the door and no one proving worthy of his starting spot. He’s an elite talent, so it’s impossible to come out equal or ahead, but even serviceable has been hard to find without Brown.

It’s plain to see that the Raiders miss Johnathan Abram at safety, even with his over-exuberant rookie debut.

Working without guards Richie Incognito for two games and Gabe Jackson for at least four games is a setback. Interior offensive line depth has been better than other spots -- Jordan Devey and Denzelle Good deserve some credit there -- but there’s a far bigger issue if Trent Brown’s down for any length of time.

The star right tackle entered Sunday with a knee ailment and left with an ankle injury that kept him from finishing the game. Going from Brown’s sure-handed play to Brandon Parker would be a major red flag for the offensive front.

The Raiders are not unique dealing with significant injury setbacks. Every team goes through them at important positions.

Their ability to weather these injury plagues is far worse than most. Such is life for rebuilding team.

Impact players can come quickly through free agency and high first-round NFL draft picks but depth is built slowly, through a series of successful drafts. Head coach Jon Gruden has been through two, and new GM Mike Mayock only one.

Mid-round picks and developing late-round prospects generally flesh out depth charts, and that takes time. Roster depth was lost following a series of subpar draft classes starting in 2015, and it will take some time to recover.

The receiver issue was created by Antonio Brown’s late exit, just before the regular season’s start. It gave the Raiders zero time to find a proper replacement. Brown’s off-field issues obviously are troubling and have put him on the street following a short New England Patriots stint, but that was a real blow from an on-field perspective.

Had Brown never been in the picture, they certainly would have drafted differently or upgraded the roster with money earmarked for him this summer.

These significant setbacks are ill timed, impacting the team during a brutal road stretch that includes five straight games played away from home and against legitimate playoff contenders from the NFC North and AFC South.

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Injuries are starting to mount and are creating issues on both sides of the ball, leaving them exposed to good coaching and game plans. At this point, the Raiders must cross fingers and hope Trent Brown and Burfict especially can continue on, considering how vital they are to the on-field product.

The Raiders must figure out how to cope without key cogs and prep new players quickly, because a prolonged early losing streak could derail the season quickly.