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Silver Mining 9/13: Raiders make plenty of changes to roster

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    December 4, 2018 12:14 AM PST

     Raiders NewsRaiders add free agent DT Jonathan HankinsWith Justin Ellis and P.J. Hall banged up Seth Roberts Jersey , the Silver & Black added depth to their defensive line signing the 26-year old defensive tackle. Hankins was previously signed a 3-year deal with the Colts worth $30 million, but was cut last March. With ‘injuries mounting’ Raiders add second defensive tackle in former Bronco Clinton McDonaldThe 8-year veteran will help bolster the defensive line after P.J. Hall and Justin Ellis were both injured in the season opener against the Rams. Raiders waive LB Shilique CalhounThe former third round pick was waived on Wednesday to make room for newly acquired defensive tackle Jonathan Hankins. Preseason standout WR Keon Hatcher to be released to make room for Raiders to re-sign Martavis BryantJust one week after claiming Hatcher outperformed Bryant, Gruden and the Raiders waived Hatcher to re-sign Bryant to a one-year contract. With Bryant expected to play on Sunday, this story took quite the turn. Raiders add long snapper Trent Sieg, place Andrew DePaola on injured reserveJon Gruden has found his new long snapper after DePaola suffered an ACL tear week one against the Rams. Gruden on Martavis Bryant: “I think he’s ready to go”Despite his struggles to learn the playbook, expect to see Bryant on the field in the Raiders week two matchup against the Broncos. Five things we learned about the Raiders WednesdayFrom Derek Carr to Amari Cooper, here are five of Jerry McDonald’s observations regarding the Silver & Black. Von Miller says Raiders offense got a whole lot better with the addition of Kolton MillerMiller is a fan of the Raiders first round pick and felt he was the best offensive tackle in the draft. Why the Raiders brought back Martavis BryantJon Gruden, Amari Cooper, and Jordy Nelson discuss why Bryant was re-signed to a one year contract a week after being waived. AFC WestChargers-Bills injury reportWho will the Chargers be without when the face-off against the Bills? Bills will start rookie Josh Allen versus ChargersAfter Nathan Peterman struggled badly in a 47-3 blowout loss to the Ravens in week one, the Bills 2018 first round pick will get his first NFL start against the Chargers. Chiefs say they’re being “cautious” as Eric Berry misses another practice WednesdayThe Chiefs starting safety hasn’t been on the practice field in 32 days. Chiefs Wednesday injury report vs SteelersWith both Eric Berry and Kendall Fuller on the injury report, the Steelers could literally be in a world of hurt against the Steelers. Russell Wilson and the Seahawks didn’t see Von Miller coming until it was too lateFormer NFL defensive end Stephen White breaks down Miller’s impressive performance against Seattle. Around The NFLAaron Rodgers called his injury a “sprained knee” Looks as if Rodgers and the Packers dodged a bullet. Rams Pro Bowl return specialist Pharoh Cooper expected to miss significant time with injuryWhile the Rams won their matchup against the Raiders, the loss of Cooper will sting.Raiders rookie tackle Kolton Miller has toughest matchup of season vs Myles Garrett in huge game vs Browns Before he traded edge-rusher Khalil Mack Authentic Donald Penn Jersey , Jon Gruden’s most criticized personnel move was trading down from No. 10 overall to No. 15 and to take left tackle Kolton Miller. Many didn’t like the idea of the Raiders allowing the Arizona Cardinals to pick potential franchise quarterback Josh Rosen and only getting a 3rd-round pick for switching with them, but if Miller becomes the franchise left tackle Gruden hopes he will be, all will be forgotten. Miller has been tested the past couple weeks having faced No. 5 overall Bradley Chubb in Denver and Robert Quinn in Miami. This week, the tests keep coming as he gets 2017 No. 1 overall pick Myles Garrett. “They’ve all been good. He is another one of them in a long line throughout the season,” Offensive coordinator Greg Olson said of facing Garrett. “Every team it seems like has one of those premier pass rushers. He’s a younger player right now in this league that’s emerging. Certainly, we will have our hands full, but he’s a very solid pass rusher.”This test comes in a big game the Oakland Raiders have to win against the Browns. Only three teams in the NFL since the merger have made the playoffs after starting 0-3 so the odds are already against the Raiders going to the playoffs this season. If they lose to the Cleveland Browns and go 0-4, those odds drop even more as only one team has overcome an 0-4 start to make the playoffs. The league-wide perception of the team would be that of a team going through a lost season if the Raiders lose to the 24-year rebuilding Browns too. To avoid that, the Raiders have to protect quarterback Derek Carr like their lives depend on it. According to Pro Football Focus, Carr is 11-for-24 for 181 yards with no touchdowns, four interceptions and a QB rating of 32.1 while under pressure. Garrett is tied for the NFL lead in sacks right now with four so it looks like a daunting task for Miller. But he’s tied for No. 42 in in pressures with seven so he doesn’t get to the QB all that often, especially for a guy tied for the league-lead in sacks. He just makes sure he finishes when he does as pass-rush productivity score of 5.3 ranks him No. 84 among edge-rushers.Miller on the other hand , has yet to allow Carr to be hit or sacked so far this season while allowing just four pressures. When you look at the players he’s faced just four games into the season, you have to say that’s pretty good for a rookie left tackle.At 6’4”, 275 pounds with 35 1/4-inch long arms, Garrett presents the best combination of size, speed, power, and length Miller will face this year. The speed isn’t likely to be a problem as he gets into his kick-slide quickly as he kept Von Miller at bay. But Kolton Miller has been know to have trouble with strength and length, two things Garrett has. All eyes will be on the 1st-round rookie, especially those looking at Gruden’s personnel moves. It just so happens that the Raiders will only do well if Carr isn’t pressured too much too. Miller has himself quite a matchup with plenty riding on him in the biggest game of the season.