Aug 14, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders place kicker Daniel Carlson (2) celebrates with Las Vegas Raiders long snapper Trent Sieg (47) and Las Vegas Raiders punter AJ Cole (6) after making a field goal against the Minnesota Vikings during a preseason game at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Three QBs lead Raiders past Vikings

Three quarterbacks combined to throw for 181 yards on 19-for-27 passing to lead the Las Vegas Raiders to a 26-20 preseason win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday in Paradise, Nev.

Jarrett Stidham got the start under center for Las Vegas, completing 10 of 15 passes for 68 yards. He also added a rushing touchdown before turning things over to Nick Mullens, who threw for 94 yards and a touchdown to give the Raiders a 16-6 lead early in the third quarter. Chase Garbers finished things off, going 2 of 3 for 19 yards.

Minnesota utilized just two quarterbacks, with Sean Mannion starting the game but Kellen Mond the more productive of the pair. Mond racked up 119 passing yards and two touchdowns on 9-for-14 passing. Albert Wilson was on the receiving end of both scores, hauling in a 2-yard catch in the third quarter before finding the end zone from 20 yards out in the fourth.

The Vikings pulled within three on Wilson’s first touchdown, but Las Vegas rookie running back Brittain Brown scored a 1-yard rushing touchdown and Daniel Carlson put a 47-yard field goal through the uprights to give the Raiders a 13-point lead that the Vikings couldn’t come back from.

–Field Level Media

Aug 4, 2022; Canton, Ohio, USA; Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (28) runs against Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Shaquille Quarterman (50) in the first quarter at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders coach: RB Josh Jacobs not on trading block

Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs is not on the trading block, first-year head coach Josh McDaniels told reporters at training camp in Henderson, Nev., on Monday.

Rumors that Jacobs, who is entering his fourth NFL season, all with the Raiders, began to circulate when he was among a few offensive starters to play in the preseason opener on Thursday, a 27-11 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio.

“We have a lot of confidence in J.J., and, you know, he did well with his opportunities, which we hoped he would. … But, no, we have no desire to do that at all,” McDaniels said, referring to a possible trade.

Jacobs rushed five times for 30 yards and caught a pair of passes for 14 yards against Jacksonville. It marked his first preseason snaps since 2019.

Jacobs has played in 43 games, with 42 starts, over three seasons. He rushed for 1,150 yards and seven touchdowns in 13 games as a rookie in 2019 and followed up with 1,065 yards and 12 scores in 15 games the next season. Last season, his rushing yards (872) and carries (217) declined, although he still racked up nine touchdowns.

Jacobs also was targeted as a receiver 64 times last season, easily a career high, and made 54 catches for 348 yards.

McDaniels says his players, including most of the starting offensive line, were being given an early opportunity “to actually get tackled, take care of the football and get acclimated to a new system, quite honestly, I think is the goal. Each man’s different.”

The Raiders did not pick up Jacobs’ fifth-year option this offseason, a decision that comes before a player begins his fourth season.

This year’s draft added to competition for playing time among Raiders running backs, however. Zamir White, a fourth-round draft pick out of Georgia, rushed 11 times for 52 yards on Thursday. Austin Walters, who also is going into his fourth NFL season, had eight carries for 49 yards.

–Field Level Media

Aug 4, 2022; Canton, Ohio, USA; Las Vegas Raiders running back Ameer Abdullah (22) runs for a touchdown against Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Shaquille Quarterman (50) in the second quarter in the Hall of Fame game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders ease past Jaguars in Hall of Fame Game

Jarrett Stidham and Ameer Abdullah rushed for second-quarter touchdowns Thursday night as the Las Vegas Raiders cruised to a 27-11 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio.

Daniel Carlson booted first-quarter field goals of 32 and 55 yards for Las Vegas, which dominated the first half against a Jacksonville team starting over under new coach Doug Pederson.

Neither team’s starting quarterback saw the field except for warmups — Trevor Lawrence for the Jaguars, Derek Carr for the Raiders — but Las Vegas was certainly crisper and sharper during the brief time the teams played most of their projected starters.

Stidham and Nick Mullens took the snaps during the first three quarters for the Raiders. Stidham was 8 of 15 for 96 yards, while Mullins hit on 8 of 11 attempts for 72 yards. Las Vegas’ Zamir White rushed for a game-high 52 yards on 11 carries.

Jacksonville’s Jake Luton played the first half and completed 10 of 17 passes for 94 yards. Kyle Sloter went 13 for 25 for 127 yards after halftime, leading the Jaguars to their only points, a 46-yard field goal by Elliott Fry late in the third quarter and a 5-yard touchdown pass to Nathan Cottrell with 3:26 remaining in the game.

The Raiders tacked on a fourth-quarter touchdown when Austin Walter scored on an 8-yard run with 7:53 left.

The game started 40 minutes late because of thunderstorms.

–Field Level Media

Aug 22, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) throws the ball under pressure from Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Kyler Fackrell (52) in the first quarter at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders place LB Kyler Fackrell on IR, sign RB Austin Walter

The Las Vegas Raiders placed veteran linebacker Kyler Fackrell on injured reserve on Friday.

The Raiders didn’t reveal what type of injury Fackrell suffered. Regardless, he won’t be eligible to play for the Raiders this season because he was placed on injured reserve prior to the first round of preseason cuts.

Las Vegas signed Fackrell as a free agent in March. He played 13 games (one start) for the Los Angeles Chargers last season and had 17 tackles and three sacks.

Fackrell, 30, has 162 tackles, 23.5 sacks and one interception in 86 career games (19 starts) with the Green Bay Packers (2016-19), New York Giants (2020) and Chargers. He recorded a career-best 10.5 sacks in 2017.

Las Vegas used the roster opening to sign running back Austin Walter.

Walter, 25, played in four games for the New York Jets last season and rushed for 101 yards and one touchdown on 26 carries. He also caught two passes for nine yards.

In nine NFL games with the New York Giants (2019), San Francisco 49ers (2020) and Jets, Austin has 104 yards and one score on 27 carries and three receptions for 36 yards. He played college football at Rice.

–Field Level Media

Dec 12, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; A general view of a Las Vegas Raiders helmet against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Wayne Hawkins, original member of Raiders, dies at 84

Wayne Hawkins, an original member of the Raiders franchise, has died at age 84.

No cause of death was revealed, but a 2017 article in the Desert Sun of Palm Springs, Calif., detailed the health issues the retired guard faced. They included dementia, traumatic brain injury, a stroke and orthopedic problems.

He played in 136 games over 10 seasons with the Raiders and was known for his toughness, and his wife, Sharon, told the newspaper he had sustained an estimated 20 concussions. In one game, he hit his head against the goal post and stayed in the game. The team learned the following day he had broken his jaw, and he played the next six games with his jaw wired shut.

There was another game in which he lost consciousness in the first quarter, then returned to play the entire second half.

“I always went back in the game. That was my job,” he told the Desert Sun.

The Raiders sent their condolences to his family on Thursday.

“The thoughts of the entire Raider Nation are with the Hawkins family at this time,” a team statement read.

Hawkins, a Montana native, attended the University of the Pacific. He played for the Raiders from 1960-69 and was selected to five straight AFL All-Star Games from 1963-67.

He was part of the Raiders’ AFL Championship team in 1967.

Hawkins and fellow Raiders Jim Otto and Tom Flores were among the 20 players who played in all 10 seasons of the AFL.

Hawkins was named the Raiders’ All-Time Team.

In 2021, Sports Illustrated called him the “most unheralded and underrated of the Oakland Raiders who helped build the franchise into a pro football power during the 1960s.”

–Field Level Media

Dec 5, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA;Las Vegas Raiders running back Kenyan Drake (23) sustains an injury during a play against the Washington Football Team at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Kenyan Drake, Denzelle Good cleared for camp

Las Vegas Raiders running back Kenyan Drake and offensive lineman Denzelle Good have been cleared to participate in training camp, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Thursday.

Drake broke his leg in December while Good suffered a torn ACL in Week 1 of the 2021 season and missed the rest of the campaign.

Drake, 28, rushed for 254 yards and caught 30 passes for another 291 yards in 12 games (two starts) last season, his first with the Raiders. He scored three combined touchdowns. He was placed on injured reserve on Dec. 8. He signed a two-year, $11 million contract with the Raiders in March 2021.

Good, 31, is the Raiders’ projected starter at right guard. He started 14 of 15 games for the Raiders in 2020. He has played in 62 career games (43 starts) for the Indianapolis Colts (2015-18) and Raiders. He signed a two-year, $8.36 million deal with Las Vegas in March 2021.

–Field Level Media

Jul 28, 2021; Orchard Park, NY, United States; Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott comes off the field after practice at the Buffalo Bills Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Bills, Raiders first to open training camp

Rookies for the Buffalo Bills and Las Vegas Raiders are checking in for training camp on Monday, the opening act for the 2022 season.

All teams will report by July 26 and the NFL preseason begins with the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 4 between the Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars.

First-year players have an earlier report date for most teams to allow for orientation and meetings most veterans have already repeated.

The Raiders will welcome veterans on Wednesday and be the first team with a full-squad workout this week.

The Bills are one of the teams who still hit the road for camp and will welcome veterans to the campus of St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, N.Y., on July 23.

–Field Level Media

Jun 8, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) looks on during mandatory mini camp at TCO Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Jefferson: Davante Adams is NFL’s best WR … for now

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson recognized Davante Adams as the best at his position in the NFL. Well, for the time being.

Jefferson praised the Las Vegas Raiders wideout during a recent interview with Complex.com before adding that he likely will take his place atop the league by the end of this upcoming season.

“I’ll say after this year I’ll be the best receiver in the NFL,” Jefferson told Complex.com. “I definitely have to give it to Davante Adams as of now, him being so crazy and dynamic on the field. His route running is crazy, so I definitely have to give it to him right now, but I’m pretty sure after this year, it’s going to be me.”

Jefferson, 23, is off to a flying start to begin his NFL career.

He posted a then-rookie-record 1,400 receiving yards in 2020 before erupting for 108 catches and 1,616 yards in 2021. His receiving yardage total last season was better than that of Adams (1,553) and trailed only Los Angeles Rams star Cooper Kupp (1,947). Kupp, who was named the NFL Offensive Player of the Year, finished 18 yards shy of breaking Hall of Fame member Calvin Johnson’s single-season receiving yards record in 2012.

“I think I have to do it three years in a row for everybody to believe so,” Jefferson said. “Some people don’t think that after two years you deserve to be at the top of the league. And then me, I feel like I’m going to surpass 1,600 yards too. So I think that I’ll become the best receiver after this year.”

Adams, 29, is a two-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowl selection.

–Field Level Media

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) and former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17), pictured after the game at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Gone Camping: Las Vegas Raiders

The Las Vegas Raiders are the first team to report for training camp and kick off preparation for the 2022 regular season.

In the AFC West division, offseason remodeling was extensive, and the Raiders made major changes at every level of the franchise with a new team president, general manager, head coach and All-Pro wide receiver.

Training camp location: Henderson, Nevada
Intermountain Healthcare Performance Center
Rookie report date: July 18
Veteran report date: July 20

Key acquisitions: WR Davante Adams, OLB Chandler Jones, DE Bilal Nichols
Key losses: WR Zay Jones, CB Casey Hayward, DT Quinton Jefferson, WR Zay Jones, QB Marcus Mariota

Davante Adams is the No. 1 wide receiver Derek Carr coveted, and a reunion with his college teammate should bring spark and nuance to the Raiders’ system. Already set with a big-play threat at tight end in Darren Waller. Some questioned the approach on the offensive line, but head coach Josh McDaniels sounded comfortable with where the team stands and trumpeted depth. That allowed the Raiders to focus on stocking up on defense. Chandler Jones is a legitimate pass rusher, but at 32 there are doubts about how great of a role he’ll play into the future. The Raiders are clearly in win-now mode, and giving Jones a sidekick the caliber of Maxx Crosby might bring a revival.

Las Vegas has pushed all of its chips to the middle in hopes of tracking down the elite teams in the AFC West.

–WEEK 1 IN FOCUS:

Raiders at Chargers, 4:25 p.m. ET
Line: Chargers -3.5
Total: 52 points

Justin Herbert and the Chargers lost the regular-season finale to the Raiders, but L.A. spent heavily to reconstruct its defense, bringing in Khalil Mack to bolster the pass rush and J.C. Jackson to lead the coverage unit.

–CARR OF THE FUTURE

There is no singular offensive “system” for Josh McDaniels, known for his chameleon schemes with the Patriots — and the big numbers Tom Brady produced as the trigger man. Carr is +1200 to lead the NFL in passing yards ($10 bet would net $120 profit), and his track record of production and health make this wager more than intriguing.

–Field Level Media

Aug 15, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; Oakland Raiders center Richie Incognito (64) during an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals. The Raiders defeated the Cardinals 33-26. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Troubled star guard Richie Incognito announces retirement

Four-time Pro Bowl guard Richie Incognito, whose career was plagued by behavioral issues, announced his retirement on Friday.

Incognito, 39, made his announcement at the Las Vegas Raiders’ complex in Henderson, Nev., and formally retired as a Raider.

This despite Incognito playing just 14 of his 164 regular-season games with the franchise.

“It felt like home the minute I got here,” Incognito said of joining the Raiders, then in Oakland, prior to the 2019 season. “I’d played so long, and I’d gotten this ‘bad boy’ reputation, but it just fit with the Raiders.

“They trusted who I was, and they let me play. And I played my ass off just to repay them for the opportunity.”

Though Incognito was a force on the field, he had a long list of off-field transgressions. His checkered reputation reached a low due to the Miami Dolphins’ bullying scandal during the 2013 season.

Then-rookie Jonathan Martin accused Incognito and two teammates of bullying him and he left the team in midseason. Incognito was suspended for the final eight games of the season and didn’t play in 2014 before joining the Buffalo Bills in 2015.

He also was suspended for two games in 2019 for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy after an incident the previous year at an Arizona funeral home following his father’s death. Incognito threatened to shoot employees and demanded that his father’s head be cut off for research purposes.

Incognito earned Pro Bowl berths with the Dolphins in 2012 and with the Bills from 2015-17. He retired for the 2018 season before later joining the Raiders.

Incognito played 12 games for the Raiders in 2019 and just two in 2020. He missed all of last season with a calf injury.

He began his NFL career in 2006 with the St. Louis Rams and spent 3 1/2 seasons with the club. He finished the 2009 season with the Bills before moving on to Miami for four seasons.

Incognito was a star college player at Nebraska but was plagued by a slew of behavioral issues and troublesome incidents, finally receiving an indefinite suspension just prior to the start of the 2004 season.

–Field Level Media