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Raiders’ Jon Gruden Says Players “Dying” to Play for Team

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It’s been a bizarre season for the Oakland Raiders, and a controversial start to the second stint of head coach Jon Gruden, one that has involved a number of trades that have waved the white flag on the season, and upset fans in the process.

But Gruden claims that, despite the hiccups, players are eager to play for the Raiders.

“I got a cellphone just like you and everybody else. I get a lot of phone calls from people that are dying to come play here. I’m just telling you. They’re dying to play for the Raiders,” Gruden said, during a recent interview with Fox Sports.

“And to have salary-cap space and to have a chance to talk to the people that you really want to wear the silver and black, the guys you really want to wear the silver and black and represent this team, that’s exciting.”

The Raiders are off to a 1-5 start and are in a clear rebuild, and Gruden has come under criticism for his management of a team that started the season with playoff hopes and a few young building blocks, such as Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper, to build around.

 

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Bills Cut Terrelle Pryor

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The Buffalo Bills have released wide receiver Terrelle Pryor who was signed only a few short weeks ago, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Pryor saw his snap count drop from his first game with the Bills to his second game, and he only managed to haul in two receptions for 17 yards, which will cause speculation that Pryor’s hamstring issues may not be fully behind him.

Pryor as cut from the New York Jets in October, prior to latching on with the Bills.

 

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Jets Unlikely To Fire Mike Maccagnan

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Despite what appears to be another lost season, the New York Jets are considered unlikely to fire general manager Mike Maccagnan, according to SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano.

Furthermore, the report indicates that while Maccagnan’s job appears to be safe for now, head coach Todd Bowles is on the hot seat.

Due Maccagnan’s long-stated plan to compete for a playoff berth in 2019, ownership sees him as not falling short of their expectations, making it likely that they will move forward with the general manager despite Bowles’ likely departure.

The Jets will have around $100 million in cap space in the 2019 offseason, and are putting their faith in Maccagnan to put something together in 2019.

 

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Dolphins’ Ryan Tannehill Throwing Without Pain

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The Miami Dolphins may have quarterback Ryan Tannehill back when the team plays the Indianapolis Colts following their bye this week, as head coach Adam Gase provided an update concerning Tannehill’s status.

“That was the start of their throwing progression after so many off,” Gase said earlier this week, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. “It seemed like it went well. It’s not like he’s out there throwing 60-yard throws. They have a progression of how they want to do it. They said it was a good first step and he felt good. So that’s a positive.”

Tannehill has missed the last five games because of a capsule injury in his throwing shoulder, and the team has been rolling with Brock Osweiler under center.

Gase said that Tannehill is on a pitch count right now but the team is hoping that he will be fully cleared by next Wednesday’s practice so he can be a full go against the Colts.

“It’s a pitch count, distance,” Gase said. “There are a lot of factors involved. It’s like what they’re doing right now – it’s like don’t throw any balls over 15 yards, don’t through any over 20, 25. It’s going to be a progression. He didn’t throw a ball there for a while. We’ve got to be careful. There has to be a buildup from there.”

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