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Las Vegas Raiders formally announce name change, dropping Oakland

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Las Vegas Raiders formally announce name change, dropping Oakland

The Raiders started scrubbing Oakland from their name a few weeks back. Taking the city’s name off social media accounts was the most public step. Then, the team removed the word from the top of their Alameda training facility, where the organization will conduct business into July.

There were some legal maneuverings already in the works, and all that was a prelude to Wednesday's announcement.

The Silver and Black’s affiliation has formally changed: They are now the Las Vegas Raiders.

We all knew that was going to happen. The team applied for relocation to Las Vegas and the league approved it with a 31-1 vote back in March 2017. The Raiders remained in Oakland, with that name attached, for three seasons while their state-of-the-art stadium was being built just off the Las Vegas Strip.

On Wednesday afternoon, in front of the in-construction Allegiant Stadium, Nevada governor Steve Sisolak formally announced their new name. The announcement was made with owner Mark Davis, team president Marc Badain and several players in attendance, including quarterback Derek Carr, right tackle Trent Brown and tight end Darren Waller.

"The Raiders were born in Oakland and played 13 seasons in LA," Davis said. "Both cities will always be part of our DNA. But today, we begin a new chapter in our storied history. On Jan. 22, 2020, we are now the Las Vegas Raiders. And today, Las Vegas becomes our nation's capital."

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The Raiders formally will move to Las Vegas after training camp in Napa, when their new training facility in nearby Henderson, Nev. will be complete.

The Silver and Black will execute free-agent signings, run the NFL draft and conduct their offseason program in Alameda. The team is scheduled to play in Las Vegas starting in the preseason.

Raiders veteran center Rodney Hudson makes AP NFL All-Pro Second Team

Raiders veteran center Rodney Hudson makes AP NFL All-Pro Second Team

Raiders center Rodney Hudson has made the Pro Bowl three of the past four seasons. Respect is regularly given for one of the NFL’s elite offensive linemen, someone as soft-spoken as he is talented.

This is, however, the first time he has been honored as an All-Pro. Hudson made the second team, the Associated Press announced on Friday, after a stellar 2019 campaign where he anchored an impactful offensive line.

The Raiders were solid opening lanes for the run and protecting quarterback Derek Carr, always prepared well by the cerebral NFL center who dives headfirst into film study and schematic prep work.

Hudson’s an awesome on-field performer as well. He allowed just three quarterback pressures all season, with one quarterback hit, two hurries and zero sacks. Raiders rushers ran for 4.1 yards per carry between him and the left guard, and 4.5 yards per carry going to his right.

Hudson also is fast and agile enough to pull out and block at the second level if required.

That's why the Raiders gave Hudson a lucravtive contract extension through 2022. 

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Hudson made the second team, with Philadelphia center Jason Kelce as the first-team center. Kelce had 29 votes and Hudson had nine.

Right tackle Trent Brown wasn’t named to the All-Pro team but received two votes. Tight end Darren Waller received one vote as a flex player. George Kittle and Travis Kelce received all of the votes at Waller’s position.

Raiders injury report: Offensive line ailing with Richie Incognito out

Raiders injury report: Offensive line ailing with Richie Incognito out

The Raiders' offensive line is in bad shape. Star right tackle Trent Brown was placed on injured reserve earlier this week, and the Silver and Black lost another Pro Bowl-caliber blocker heading into Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Left guard Richie Incognito was ruled out Friday on the team’s official injury report with an ankle injury suffered in Oakland's Week 15 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. That’s no surprise, considering Incognito wasn’t able to practice and was seen in a walking boot. While the injury bug has struck, Incognito has been a fantastic addition for the Silver and Black and should remain with the team next season.

Denzelle Good will start in Incognito’s place. Head coach Jon Gruden said the Raiders likely will promote a practice squad player to be the new swing guard. Andre James can play guard, but the Raiders want him to specialize at center.

Lester Cotton Sr. and relative newcomer Kyle Kalis are options to earn a spot on the 53-man roster.

The Raiders also will play the Chargers without running back Josh Jacobs – he was ruled out earlier in the week – and linebacker Marquel Lee. Every other ailing Raider was pulled off the injury report.

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The Raiders have dealt with significant injuries all season, and Gruden thinks the attrition level may be higher than normal.

“It has been, yes,” Gruden said. “We have lost three linebackers for the season. We have lost two safeties. Our receivers and tight ends have taken a lot of hits. Same with the offensive line, and on special teams at punt returner. It has been tough, but it offers a great opportunity for other guys to get a chance. In the long run, I think it will help our team.”

Here’s the complete injury report for both teams.

INJURY REPORT

RAIDERS
Out
RB Josh Jacobs (shoulder)
LB Marquel Lee (toe)
LG Richie Incognito (ankle)

CHARGERS
Doubtful
OT Russell Okung (groin)
Questionable
RB Justin Jackson (hamstring)