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Important dates ahead on Raiders’ calendar

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Oakland Raiders defensive backs Leon Hall (29) and Rashaan Melvin (22) brush by tackle posts as cornerbacks Antonio Hamilton (32) and Daryl Worley (36) wait to drill at the team’s NFL training camp in Napa, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. Heidi
'Oakland Raiders defensive backs Leon Hall (29) and Rashaan Melvin (22) brush by tackle posts as cornerbacks Antonio Hamilton (32) and Daryl Worley (36) wait to drill at the team’s NFL training camp in Napa, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. Heidi Fang Las Vegas Review-Journal @HeidiFang Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) answers questions from the media at the team’s NFL training camp in Napa, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. Heidi Fang Las Vegas Review-Journal @HeidiFang Oakland Raiders defensive back Leon Hall (29) watches cornerback Dexter McDonald (23) run through a drill at the team’s NFL training camp in Napa, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. Heidi Fang Las Vegas Review-Journal @HeidiFang Oakland Raiders wide receiver Johnny Holton (16) runs with the football as wide receivers Saeed Blacknall (80) and Ryan Switzer (15) look on at the team’s training camp in Napa, Calif., Friday, July 27, 2018. Heidi Fang Las Vegas Review-Journal @HeidiFang Oakland Raiders’ David Sharpe (71) warms up during day two of a mini-camp at the Raiders headquarters and training facility in Alameda, Calif. on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Chase Stevens Las Vegas Review-Journal @csstevensphoto Oakland Raiders wide receiver Jordy Nelson (82) does push ups on his knuckles after missing a catch at the team’s NFL training camp in Napa, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. Heidi Fang Las Vegas Review-Journal @HeidiFang ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Raiders will hold training camp in Napa, California, for the 24th consecutive summer. Here are several dates of note. As context, 16 full-squad practices are scheduled overall, although that figure is tentative. Last year, coach Jon Gruden concluded camp a day early. Each session will be from 9:15 a.m. to noon, beating the heat before a regular season with eight games starting at 10 a.m. Pacific time. Of those eight, an Oct. 6 game in London deserves context. Gruden has indicated the Raiders plan to arrive Sept. 30, facilitating the acclimation to an eight-hour time difference before a local 7 p.m. kickoff against the Chicago Bears. July 23: Rookies and select players report to training camp at Napa Valley Marriott. July 26: Veterans report to camp. Conditioning testing and first team meetings. July 27 : First full-squad practice. July 29: First padded practice of offseason. Aug 6 : First of five weekly “Hard Knocks” episodes airs at 10 p.m. Available for streaming on HBO Go at 7. Aug 7-8: Joint practices with the Los Angeles Rams. Aug 10: Exhibition versus the Rams in Oakland at RingCentral Coliseum, 5 p.m. Aug. 15 : Exhibition versus the Cardinals in Glendale, Arizona, at State Farm Stadium, 5 p.m. Aug. 19 : Training camp breaks after final practice. Aug. 22 : Exhibition versus the Green Bay Packers in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, at Investor’s Group Field, 5 p.m. Aug. 29 : Exhibition versus the Seahawks in Seattle at CenturyLink Field, 7 p.m. Aug. 31 : Roster must be reduced from 90 to 53 players by 1 p.m. Sept. 9 : First regular-season game versus the Denver Broncos in Oakland at the Coliseum, 7:20 p.m. More Raiders: Follow at reviewjournal.com/Raiders and @NFLinVegas on Twitter. Contact reporter Michael Gehlken at mgehlken@reviewjournal.com. Follow @GehlkenNFL on Twitter.'

The 10 Best Players At Each Position, As Rated In ‘Madden NFL 20’

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The full player ratings for 'Madden NFL 20' are out, so we took a look at the 10 best at each position.
'EA Sports As the summer wears on and the NBA enters its actual offseason period, sports fans shift their attention towards the new football season on the horizon. College football will kickoff in just over a month, as Florida and Miami will open the season on August 24, and not far behind that will be the real Week 1 in college and, shortly after that, the start of the NFL season. While we no longer have an NCAA Football game to get us excited for college (because the NCAA won’t let EA pay the players), Madden NFL 20 will arrive soon and allow fans to get dialed in for the upcoming season. The game will release on August 2, but on Monday, EA released the full list of player and team ratings for this year’s edition of the game. Ratings release day is always fun, sparking debate over whether Madden got it right and who is over and underrated in the game this year. For the 2020 edition, four players received the coveted 99 overall rating — Aaron Donald, Khalil Mack, DeAndre Hopkins, and Bobby Wagner — and 18 players earned ratings over a 95 overall. You can sift through the entire Madden NFL 20 player rating database here , but below you can look at the 10 best players at each position (and every player rated 90 or higher), as rated by the game. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes: 97 Tom Brady: 96 Philip Rivers: 94 Drew Brees: 92 Andrew Luck: 92 Russell Wilson: 91 Aaron Rodgers: 90 Matt Ryan: 89 Ben Roethlisberger: 85 Cam Newton: 84 Running Back Todd Gurley II: 97 Ezekiel Elliott: 94 Le’Veon Bell: 92 Melvin Gordon III: 92 Saquon Barkley: 91 Christian McCaffrey: 91 Kareem Hunt: 90 Alvin Kamara: 90 DeVonta Freeman: 89 Joe Mixon: 88 Fullback Kyle Juszczyk: 85 Patrick Ricard: 79 Anthony Sherman: 77 James Develin: 75 Zach Line: 74 Andy Janovich: 72 C.J. Ham: 71 Roosevelt Nix: 70 Derek Watt: 70 James Olawale: 69 Wide Receiver DeAndre Hopkins: 99 Antonio Brown: 98 Julio Jones: 98 Odell Beckham Jr.: 96 Michael Thomas: 95 Tyreek Hill: 94 Adam Thielen: 94 Stefon Diggs: 93 Davante Adams: 92 Mike Evans: 91 T.Y. Hilton: 91 A.J. Green: 90 Tight End Travis Kelce: 96 Zach Ertz: 93 Delanie Walker: 92 George Kittle: 90 Greg Olsen: 89 Tyler Eifert: 88 Jordan Reed: 88 Trey Burton: 87 Jared Cook: 87 Eric Ebron: 86 Hunter Henry: 86 Offensive Tackle David Bakhtiari: 97 Trent Williams: 95 Tyron Smith: 94 Mitchell Schwartz: 93 Andrew Whitworth: 93 Joe Staley: 90 Lane Johnson: 89 Terron Armstead: 88 DeMar Dotson: 88 Jason Peters: 87 Offensive Guard Zack Martin: 96 David DeCastro: 93 Marshal Yanda: 91 Brandon Brooks: 90 Kevin Zeitler: 89 Ali Marpet: 88 Shaq Mason: 88 Joel Bitonio: 87 Quenton Nelson: 87 Brandon Scherff: 87 Center Travis Frederick: 94 Jason Kelce: 94 Rodney Hudson: 93 Alex Mack: 89 Matt Paradis: 88 Brandon Linder: 86 Maurkice Pouncey: 85 David Andrews: 84 Ryan Kelly: 83 Mike Pouncey: 82 Defensive End Aaron Donald: 99 J.J. Watt: 97 Calais Campbell: 92 Myles Garrett: 91 Cameron Jordan: 91 Brandon Graham: 89 DeMarcus Lawrence: 89 Joey Bosa: 88 Melvin Ingram III: 88 Mike Daniels: 87 Trey Flowers: 87 Akiem Hicks: 87 Justin Houston: 87 Defensive Tackle Fletcher Cox: 96 Damon Harrison Sr.: 95 Michael Pierce: 92 Geno Atkins: 91 Kenny Clark: 90 Chris Jones: 89 DeForest Buckner: 87 Grady Jarrett: 87 Linval Joseph: 86 Eddie Goldman: 85 Outside Linebacker Khalil Mack: 99 Von Miller: 97 Jadeveon Clowney: 92 Telvin Smith: 88 Ryan Kerrigan: 87 Leighton Vander Esch: 86 DeMario Davis: 85 Sean Lee: 84 Darius Leonard: 84 Cameron Wake: 84 Middle Linebacker Bobby Wagner: 99 Luke Kuechly: 98 LaVonte David: 90 Deion Jones: 90 C.J. Mosley: 87 Jaylon Smith: 85 Avery Williamson: 85 Ryan Shazier: 84 Myles Jack: 83 Benardrick McKinney: 83 Cornerback Jalen Ramsey: 96 Stephon Gilmore: 94 Richard Sherman: 93 Patrick Peterson: 92 Byron Jones: 91 Chris Harris Jr.: 90 Kyle Fuller: 89 Casey Hayward Jr.: 89 Darius Slay Jr.: 89 A.J. Bouye: 88 Desmond Trufant: 88 Denzel Ward: 88 Safety Earl Thomas: 95 Harrison Smith: 94 Malcolm Jenkins: 92 Eddie Jackson: 91 Jamal Adams: 90 Kevin Byard: 89 Devin McCourty: 89 Keanu Neal: 88 Adrian Amos Jr.: 87 Tyrann Mathieu: 87 Punter Johnny Hekker: 86 Sam Koch: 85 Chris Jones: 84 Thomas Morstead: 84 Michael Dickson: 83 Dustin Colquitt: 81 Tress Way: 81 Michael Palardy: 80 Matt Bosher: 78 Britton Colquitt: 77 Matt Haack: 77 Brett Kern: 77 Andy Lee: 77 Kicker Justin Tucker: 87 Robbie Gould: 85 Aldrick Rosas: 84 Stephen Gostkowski: 80 Greg Zuerlein: 80 Harrison Butker: 79 Graham Gano: 79 Josh Lambo: 79 Matt Prater: 78 Adam Vinatieri: 78'

Report: NFL owners pitch 18-game schedule – but there could be a catch

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NFL team owners have pushed for an 18-game regular-season schedule for years.NFL players have resisted the idea for fears of the added physical toll that would incur.Is it possible in the league’s the next labor agreement that both sides can find
'NFL team owners have pushed for an 18-game regular-season schedule for years.NFL players have resisted the idea for fears of the added physical toll that would incur.Is it possible in the league’s the next labor agreement that both sides can find common ground on this issue?One wild idea that’s resurfacing — as reported by the Wall Street Journal — is for the owners to get their 18-game schedule, which would raise revenue immensely, but for the players to be limited to 16 of those games.The owners’ proposal during early negotiations is one that radically would reshape roster and game strategy.Here’s a starting point to consider how radical the idea is: Every team would need its backup quarterback(s) to start a minimum of two games each season.Could something this wild happen?The current CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) is set to expire following the 2020 NFL season, in March of 2021.A decade ago, labor negotiations were tense and drawn out.An owner lockout lasted well into the summer and wreaked havoc on the timing and planning of the 2011 NFL season, even though it was salvaged with a new agreement that July.That time around, the owners initially made a strong push for an 18-game schedule, and you could understand their justification.According to WSJ, adding two games to each team’s slate could result in an additional $2.5 billion in revenue.Extrapolate that, and it could lead to an estimated $15 million added to the salary cap for each team the first year.Spread out over 32 teams, the additional revenue could lead to approximately half a billion dollars going to roughly 2,000 players each year.But you also can understand how the players balked then at the idea of putting their bodies through an additional 120 minutes of real football each year.Even the promise of additional revenue wasn’t enough to convince them, and the issue died on the vine last time around.It was clear that health considerations were a big part of the NFLPA’s strategy during the previous negotiations, as one of the union’s biggest concessions gained in the current CBA was gaining more free time for players during the offseason.What are the potential hurdles?The 18/16 proposal would solve the wear-and-tear issue — but potentially raise a whole host of new concerns and questions.Such as: Are there enough quality quarterbacks in the NFL to keep the product from being watered down?Rosters likely would have to expand as well, and there might be an even greater need for a developmental league to prep players — especially QBs — for action.Would, say, Kansas City Chiefs fans be on board with paying full price for a game in which Patrick Mahomes doesn’t start?Are there enough quality offensive linemen to go around?What about kickers, punters, long snappers and holders — would every team need to roster two of each?Could players be placed on some sort of exemption list on weeks when they’re not playing to preserve roster spots?Would highly competitive players be OK with sitting and watching for more than 10 percent of the regular season?The NFL has warmed on its stance toward gambling on its sport, but this type of lineup tinkering would have a massive effect on the sportsbooks.Might a team in last place opt to sit all of its key contributors for the final two games of a season and effectively raise questions about tanking and competitiveness?And so on and so forth … The NFL typically lags way behind other major sports in terms of innovative ideas, and this proposal certainly belies that — at least hypothetically.But it also creates a wildly different NFL in which teams would have to rewire their thinking completely on how to construct a team and use their players with considerable restrictions. “No players are banging down my door asking me to think about this,” NFLPA president Eric Winston said.Right now, we file this into the too-fantastical-too-accept category, although it certainly can’t be ruled out if the league provides a financial gain for the players that’s too alluring to overlook.And it’s at least a sign that both sides appear willing to think a bit off the grid in trying to prevent another major work stoppage before it happens.More from Yahoo Sports: OBJ challenges top QBs with jaw-dropping throw Strip club event at Trump golf club canceled ‘Robot umpires’ debut in baseball league Chargers star wants new deal, makes sudden threat Source: Read Full Article . The post Report: NFL owners pitch 18-game schedule – but there could be a catch appeared first on Best World News .'

Edmonton Eskimos dominate B.C. Lions in 33-6 win

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Trevor Harris and the Edmonton Eskimos systematically picked apart the B.C.Lions en route to a 33-6 win in Vancouver on Thursday.The Eskimos (3-1) quarterback threw for 276 yards, completing 22-of-28 attempts, including two touchdown passes.Harris
'Trevor Harris and the Edmonton Eskimos systematically picked apart the B.C.Lions en route to a 33-6 win in Vancouver on Thursday.The Eskimos (3-1) quarterback threw for 276 yards, completing 22-of-28 attempts, including two touchdown passes.Harris also darted across the goal line to score a TD himself.Edmonton’s Sean Whyte made all four of his field-goal attempts, with the longest sailing 47-yards through the uprights.Listen below: Jason Maas speaks to 630 CHED after the Eskimos beat the Lions in B.C.View link » Sergio Castillo put up the Lions’ (1-4) only points of the night with a pair of successful field goals, including a 52-yard kick in the first quarter.A seemingly absent offensive line stymied B.C.’s scoring efforts, allowing quarterback Mike Reilly to be sacked five times in the first half alone.Reilly threw for 157 yards and one interception.He completed 17-of-26 attempts.In addition to a weak offensive line, the Lions were plagued by untimely penalties.Defensive back Anthony Thompson was called for defensive pass interference in the first quarter, leading to a 25-yard penalty that put the Eskimos in scoring position.Edmonton capitalized on the advantage, advancing towards the goal line with a series of plays that gave Harris an opportunity to sneak into the endzone for a one-yard touchdown.Watch below: Some videos from Global News’ coverage of the Edmonton Eskimos’ 2019 season.The quarterback briefly left the game with less than a minute to play in the first half after taking a low hit from B.C.’s Odell Willis.The defensive lineman was called for roughing the passer on the play, but the Lions challenged the penalty and the call was overturned on review.Harris returned to the field to start the third quarter and immediately made his presence known, throwing a quick pass to Natey Adjei.Listen below: Natey Adjei speaks to 630 CHED after the Eskimos beat the Lions in B.C.View link » The wide receiver caught the toss, weaved through a series of Lions defenders and streaked down the field for a 77-yard touchdown.Minutes later, Harris lobbed a 28-yard pass to a diving DaVaris Daniels in the endzone for yet another TD strike.Listen below: Trevor Harris speaks to 630 CHED after the Eskimos beat the Lions in B.C.View link » Just five minutes into the second half, the Lions were stuck in a 27-point hole.B.C. showed signs of life early in the fourth quarter when Reilly connected with wide receiver Bryan Burnham for a 39-yard throw.The quarterback looked first to Burnham, then to Lemar Durant for endzone strikes on the drive, but both passes fell incomplete.Reilly eventually ran the ball across the line himself on the third down only to see the play called back on a holding penalty.The Lions eventually settled for a successful 29-yard field goal by Castillo.A 45-yard field goal from Whyte capped the game with less than two minutes to go in the final frame.The Lions will visit Saskatchewan next Saturday for the first game in a home-and-home series with the Roughriders.The Eskimos will battle the Alouettes in Montreal the same night.NOTES: Edmonton’s Harris has not thrown a single interception so far this season… Daniels’ touchdown was his first as an Eskimo.The former Calgary Stampeder signed with Edmonton as a free agent during the off-season, but missed the team’s first three games of the year with an injury… Lions receiver Bryan Burnham has caught passes in each of his last 69 games.Source: Read Full Article . The post Edmonton Eskimos dominate B.C.Lions in 33-6 win appeared first on Best World News .'