The NFL is allowing teams to conduct off-site training camps, but the Raiders will stay put in Henderson
Vinny has covered the Raiders extensively in the past, breaking news on their eventual move to Las Vegas and their thwarted return to Los Angeles. Before joining the Review-Journal, he covered the Rams for The Athletic and the Los Angeles Daily News.
In the post-draft Raiders mailbag, fans have questions about defensive improvement, possible cuts and the future of Marcus Mariota.
Buffalo defensive end Malcolm Koonce, selected by the Raiders in the third round of the NFL draft, brings an elevated understanding and natural feel for the pass rush.
Casey Hayward, who twice made the Pro Bowl, reunites with defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, who coached him in four of his five seasons with the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Raiders think they made the necessary moves during the NFL draft and free agency to address the weaknesses that sabotaged their playoff hopes the past two seasons.
The Raiders took Missouri safety Tyree Gillespie in the fourth round, Illinois cornerback Nate Hobbs in the fifth and Pittsburgh center Jimmy Morrissey in the seventh.
An NFL executive said it would cost the Raiders three first-round picks, two of their better younger players and maybe a couple of mid-round picks to acquire Aaron Rodgers.
A report Friday of a possible shakeup in the Raiders’ front office, with the Alex Leatherwood pick the tipping point, was denied by a person with close knowledge of the situation.
The Raiders have the 48th overall pick in the second round and Nos. 79 and 80 in the third Friday, putting them in prime position to add a potential immediate starter.
With higher-ranked tackle prospects such as Virginia Tech’s Christian Darrisaw and Oklahoma State’s Teven Jenkins still available, the Raiders opted for Alabama’s Alex Leatherwood.
Aaron Rodgers reportedly wants out of Green Bay, and the Raiders are one of three teams he’s listed as a potential landing spot.