Raiders Weekly Wrap-Up: Friday March 17th, 2017

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Sep 25, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; Oakland Raiders players Clive Walford (88), Kelechi Osemele (70), Derek Carr (4), Gabe Jackson (66) and Latavius Murray (28) celebrate after defeating the Tennessee Titans 17-10 at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 25, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; Oakland Raiders players Clive Walford (88), Kelechi Osemele (70), Derek Carr (4), Gabe Jackson (66) and Latavius Murray (28) celebrate after defeating the Tennessee Titans 17-10 at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

During a week where the Raiders shore up areas of need, news continues to feature a wide array of Oakland topics. When the off-season blues set in January, fans feel that boredom. Coupled with the sadness of no football, RaiderNation looks for enlightenment. Here are this week’s articles:

Free Agency: The Raiders started with reserve OL Marshall Newhouse. Then they signed WR/KR Cordarrelle Patterson and TE Jared Cook.

More Cook- 

 

Raiders have big plans for Cordarrelle Patterson 

 

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2017/03/14/5-million-guaranteed-for-cordarrelle-patterson/

 

While the Raiders kept making moves, one flew completely under the radar. Former Bills QB EJ Manuel inked a deal with Oakland. With that said. He may compete with Connor Cook:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2688305-ej-manuel-raiders-reportedly-agree-to-contract-after-4-seasons-with-bills

Meanwhile, the Raiders bid farewell to former first round draft pick DJ Hayden

Special teams standout Bryden Trawick and Darren Bates left Oakland for more money. Although this hurts the Raiders, can’t begrudge getting paid.

Also, fourth receiver Andre Holmes found greener pastures in Buffalo:

Why the Raiders are ignoring defense early in free agency:

 

Finally, this story should make anyone proud to be a Raiders fan. While other NFL players use charities to enhance their image and reputation, others are genuine in their appraoch. This week, Raiders QB Derek Carr stepped up. 

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