The Raiders have filled the opening they created at punter by releasing Marquette King in late March.
Oakland used a fifth-round pick they acquired in a trade with the Cowboys to take punter Johnny Townsend.
Despite finding an upper-tier starting guard in Round 2 (Joel Bitonio), a quality three-down linebacker with speed in Round 3 (Christian Kirksey) and what, for a few years anyway, was a solid running back later in Round 3 (Terrance West), this is one of the worst drafts in recent memory, thanks to is the worst first-round in history.
“Every team can’t bring you in and do their own tests,” Hurst said. “Everyone has their own opinion. Blessed to be a Raider.”
One of the few ways that new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine differs from predecessor Dom Capers is he’s more aggressive and diverse in how safeties are deployed.
(And Capers was already in the plus column here.) This is a crucial season for the 25-year-old Clinton-Dix, who is scheduled for free agency in 2019.
Journeyman backup and trick-shot artist Alex Tanney just announced on Twitter that he was joining the Giants. He was just cut by the Titans, and has also spent time with the Chiefs, Cowboys, Browns, Buccaneers, Bills, and Colts.
He joins 2017 third-rounder Davis Webb and 2018 fourth-rounder Kyle Lauletta. Tanney threw 14 passes for Tennessee in 2015, which is 14 more than Webb and Lauletta combined.
He’s not a pliable edge-bender who will notch 12 sacks a year, but his straight-line burst and violent strength can shape an entire run defense and still demand double-teams in pass protections.
Even those who believe Khalil Mack is better than Clowney (and most do) would say the Texans have gotten a good return on that No.
That likely means that Forbath is on the way out as the Vikings’ kicker, and Carlson will get the job. Forbath is coming off a bad season in which he missed six field goals and five extra points and did not kick off well.
Carlson was the SEC special teams player of the year last season, and he made a total of 12 field goals from 50 yards and beyond in his three years as Auburn’s kicker. The Vikings would love to get that kind of production from him in the NFL.