The competition between incumbent punter Johnny

  • Townsend and undrafted rookie AJ Cole played out in Saturday’s preseason opener much like it has all camp. The two punters split time in the game...." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesSilver And Black Pride homepageHorizontal - WhiteSilver And Black Pridean Oakland Raiders communityFollow Silver And Black Pride online:Follow Silver And Black Pride on TwitterFollow Silver And Black Pride on FacebookLog in or sign upLog InSign UpSite searchSearchSearchSilver And Black Pride main menuFanpostsFanshotsRaidersOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 321 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Raiders StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Raiders NewsYahoo Raiders Team PageYahoo Raiders ReportYahoo Raiders Depth ChartYahoo Raiders TransactionsYahoo Raiders PhotosOdds About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Jon Gruden invokes name of Raiders great Shane Lechler when speaking of AJ ColeNew Cheap Trayvon Mullen Jersey ,32commentsPDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:Jon Gruden invokes name of Raiders great Shane Lechler when speaking of AJ ColeTwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailThe competition between incumbent punter Johnny Townsend and undrafted rookie AJ Cole played out in Saturday’s preseason opener much like it has all camp. The two punters split time in the game. Cole had four punts and Townsend had three. And even with Townsend launching a 55-yard punt in the game, Cole still had a better average (43.0 yards per punt). Cole also had two punts stopped inside the 20 while Townsend had none.Here’s how their punts went: Townsend — 34 yards to the 21, 55 yards returned 6 yards to the 23, 38 yards fair caught at the 20.Cole — 46 yards fair caught at the 29, 33 yards downed at the 10, 44 yards downed at the 31, 49 yards fair caught at the 18.This performance is not shocking. Townsend hasn’t looked really any different than he did last season when he was statistically the worst punter in football. Meanwhile the upstart Cole has done well with the occasional moon shot, showcasing his potential as a punter.I wrote of Cole this camp Trayvon Mullen Jersey 2019 , comparing him to former Raiders punter Marquette King. Gruden did that and more following Saturday’s game.“We’ve got a battle there,” said Gruden. “I think Townsend has got his hands full in AJ Cole. It’s going to be interesting down the stretch. Cole proved he can kick off which adds to his versatility. He downed it inside the 20 a couple times. He put an orbital display the other day against the against the Rams. We haven’t seen kicks like that since [Shane] Lechler was here or [Marquette] King. This guy really has a live leg and it looks like he can directional punt and hold. So Townsend has his hands full. We like Townsend too. It will be a battle here in the next couple weeks.”Gruden talks about there being a punter battle in Oakland while simultaneously talking like there really isn’t much of a battle anymore. And, honestly, there may not be. Cole has thoroughly outperformed incumbent Johnny Townsend. Gruden isn’t just trying to talk up a young player, he’s merely calling it as it is.Follow @LeviDamien Hey, remember when the Raiders sent most of their scouting department home a week before the draft? That bombshell had the NFL world in quite a frenzy for a few minutes there. And we were talking..." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesSilver And Black Pride homepageHorizontal - WhiteSilver And Black Pridean Oakland Raiders communityFollow Silver And Black Pride online:Follow Silver And Black Pride on TwitterFollow Silver And Black Pride on FacebookLog in or sign upLog InSign UpSite searchSearchSearchSilver And Black Pride main menuFanpostsFanshotsRaidersOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 321 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Raiders StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Raiders NewsYahoo Raiders Team PageYahoo Raiders ReportYahoo Raiders Depth ChartYahoo Raiders TransactionsYahoo Raiders PhotosOdds About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Jets take mantle of NFL’s dysfunction junction, fire GM and VP of Player Personnel, make new head coach acting GMNew Derek Carr Jersey White ,35commentsPDTHey, remember when the Raiders sent most of their scouting department home a week before the draft? That bombshell had the NFL world in quite a frenzy for a few minutes there. And we were talking about changing out a scouting department that belonged to the previous GM here. Aside from the mistrust the Raiders front office had in them, there wasn’t a whole lot that was groundbreaking.The big moves the Raiders made came months ago. They let go of GM Reggie McKenzie along with his assistant Joey Clinkscales and brought in Mike Mayock as the next GM. Most of this was done in January. Two months ahead of free agency, and three months ahead of the draft. That’s standard operating procedure.Then there’s the Jets.Oh, the Jets. Who let their GM Mike Maccagnan go along with VP of Player Personnel Brian Heimerdinger go as well... in May.What’s strange about this is obviously the timing. You don’t do this now. You don’t let these guys build a team throughout the offseason and then say “Thanks, byeeee!” And the Jets were reeeally busy this offseason.New head coach Adam Gase apparently was not on board with the spending spree the Jets went on in free agency.Now with Maccagnan and Heimerdinger out, Gase has been bumped to interim GM just five months after landing the head coaching job. Quite a series of events. And if you don’t think a head coach being given that kind of power so quickly doesn’t mean much, you have clearly forgotten the trades Hue Jackson made in the months following Al Davis’s death.When Jon Gruden was hired as head coach last year Clelin Ferrell Oakland Raiders Jersey , he had two logical choices. He could bring his own GM immediately or stick with Reggie McKenzie for a season before doing so. He opted for the latter and late in the season McKenzie was notified he was to be let go, so he stepped down a bit early in a lost season.You could argue that Gruden was the unofficial GM based on the personnel decisions that were made in his first offseason — some of which were highly questionable — but he didn’t come in with a machete to the front office and even when McKenzie stepped down, he didn’t name himself interim or acting GM. That title was given to Shaun Herock.Besides, Gruden was hired to a 10-year deal to shake things up, so McKenzie’s exit was inevitable. That’s not what Gase was brought in to do. Mike Mayock was hired as GM the day after the season, giving him time to acclimate to the job. He kept McKenzie’s scouting department through free agency and the pre-draft process for continuity. Since the draft was over, he’s been hiring replacements.Aside from the shock and awe that he told most of those scouts to go home a week before the draft was mostly following a tweet from Ian Rapoport who had a scout source who he followed even so far as telling him when they had gotten on the bus for the airport. Rapoport was a bit more surprised at this news.