Friday, May 18, 2018

Carr responding well to new coaching approach

Daily Raiders blog for NBC Bay Area website: Jon Gruden and his coaches are pushing QB Derek Carr hard this offseason, and he's eating it up. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Reports-Say-Carr-is-Loving--483041001.html

49ers love what they see of McGlinchey already

Daily 49ers blog for NBC Bay Area website: Tackle Mike McGlinchey has impressed GM John Lynch and the coaching staff since joining the team. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Niners-Love-What-Theyre-Seeing-of-Mike-McGlinchey-483045501.html

McKenzie a big believer in Brandon Parker

Daily Raiders blog for NBC Bay Area website: The big offensive tackle from small school may be raw, but he's athletic with a big upside, believes GM Reggie McKenzie. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Raiders-McKenzie-Has-Faith-in-Brandon-Parker-482932161.html

Some expect Garnett to have big impact on 49ers

Daily 49ers blog for NBC Bay Area website: One national analyst sees guard Joshua Garnett, in the best shape of his life, as being in impact player for the 49ers in 2018. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Garnetts-Emergence-Could-be-Huge-Boost-for-49ers-482926211.html

At 15, Jade Howson of Laguna Beach already ranks among the world's best stand-up paddleboarders

Jade Howson can't get enough of the ocean. She surfs, swims and trains and competes in stand-up paddleboarding. At the last world championships for stand-up paddleboarding, she came away with a bronze medal -- as a sophomore in high school. My story on her for ESPNW.com: http://www.espn.com/espnw/life-style/article/23533355/jade-howson-15-already-one-best-world-stand-paddleboarding

Monday, May 14, 2018

Ex-Wisconsin cornerback rated as a possible draft steal

Daily Raiders blog for NBC Bay Area website: Nick Nelson dropped to the fourth round because of a knee injury but could be a great value pick for Oakland. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Rookie-Cornerback-Nick-Nelson-Could-be-Off-as-Fourth-Round-Pick-482556731.html

Garcon has some of NFL's best hands

Daily 49ers blog for NBC Bay Area website: Wideout Pierre Garcon, when he comes back from injury for 2018 season, will give QB Jimmy Garoppolo some of the surest hands in the NFL, according to a rating of passes dropped since 2015. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Returning-Garcon-Will-Make-Sure-Garoppolo-is-in-Good-Hands-482551531.html

Friday, May 11, 2018

Ateman gives Raiders a tall, physical target

Daily Raiders blog for NBC Bay Area website: Oakland's seventh-round pick, Marcell Ateman of Oklahoma State, will have to fight his way through the logjam at wide receiver, but he offers height and size that others don't have. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Wide-Receiver-Ateman-Will-Fight-for-Raiders-Roster-Spot-482389161.html

Niners' draft pick Street will sit out first season

Daily 49ers blog for NBC Bay Area website: The Niners took defensive lineman Kentavius Street in the fourth round, even though he won't be able to play until 2019 because of a knee injury. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Lynch-49ers-Believe-Pick-of-Street-Was-Worthwhile-482386481.html

With a compass, a map and her running shoes, Sharon Crawford has become a legend in the sport of orienteering

Orienteering is a combination of cross-country running and map reading. At 73, Sharon Crawford is still active in the sport and is a legend to her peers. My story about her for ESPNW.com: http://www.espn.com/espnw/life-style/article/23465263/at-73-former-ironman-sharon-crawford-legend-unusual-sport-orienteering

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Suddenly, 49ers have a stockpile of great punt returners

Daily 49ers blog for NBC Bay Area website: Dante Pettis, D.J. Reed and Trent Taylor give 49ers a trio of breakaway punt returners to choose from in 2018. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Niners-Have-Multiple-Candidates-to-Return-Punts-482289331.html

Arden Key: Boom or bust for Raiders?

Daily Raiders blog for NBC Bay Area website: Most teams had no interest in using a high draft pick on LSU edge rusher Arden Key because of past problems. But the Raiders took him in the third round because of his terrific talent, and believe his best is yet to come. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Raiders-Say-They-Believe-Key-Can-Turn-the-Corner-482294151.html

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Raiders trade for WR Switzer could produce dividends

Daily Raiders blog for NBC Bay Area website: Ryan Switzer is just 5-foot-8, but he's the all-time leading receiver at North Carolina. Yet in Dallas in 2017, he was hardly used. Now after a trade to the Raiders, he could fill a couple of roles. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Ex-Cowboy-Receiver-Switzer-Hopes-for-Better-Role-with-Raiders-482067321.html