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Calif. (AP) — Jon Gruden jawed at the officials, worked closely with the
quarterbacks and was once again adored by the Oakland Raiders fans.

It was as if he had never left the Coliseum.

Jon Gruden was a winner in his return to the sideline for Oakland when the
Raiders got a touchdown pass from Connor Cook in a 16-10 victory over the
Detroit Lions on Friday night.

“It was awesome,” he said. “I saw some recognizable faces that had gotten a
little bit older. I saw some old friends who mean a lot to me. Like I said all
along, this is a great responsibility. The nostalgia has worn off. We have to do
something with the opportunity. But it was sure great to see the Raiders

Gruden was welcomed back warmly to the Coliseum for his first game here as
Raiders coach since beating the Jets in a playoff game Jan. 12, 2001. Gruden was
traded to Tampa Bay after that season and has spent the past nine years as an
ESPN analyst.

Raiders owner Mark Davis lured Gruden back to the sideline with a 10-year
contract worth a reported $100 million following a disappointing six-win season
under Jack Del Rio.

The Gruden era appeared to get off to a rousing start when Marshawn Lynch ran
60 yards for a TD on the third snap, but the score was called back on a holding
penalty by rookie tackle Kolton Miller.

“I was really ticked off after watching that get called back,” Gruden said.
“Chucky came out for a brief moment tonight.”

Oakland settled for a punt on the only drive with starting quarterback Derek
Carr, but scored three times in five drives with Cook at the helm. Cook threw a
7-yard TD pass to Ryan Switzer in the second quarter and led Oakland to a pair
of field goals by rookie Eddy Pineiro. Cook finished 11 for 19 for 141

The Lions also welcomed a new coach in Matt Patricia, who opted to rest star
quarterback Matthew Stafford, who got enough work in two days of joint practices
against Oakland.

“We got a lot of good work in this week,” Patricia said. “He took a lot of
reps and he saw a lot of different looks. That was the goal, to come out here
and be able to get some of those different team tempo plays and have it scripted
and a little controlled. Just thought it was a good opportunity tonight to have
the other guys go out and compete.”

Matt Cassel got the start and went 10 for 18 for 81 yards ,
leading Detroit to one score on three drives, with Ameer Abdullah capping it
with a 1-yard TD run . Jake Rudock finished 12 for 19 for 84 yards.


Lynch once again sat during the national anthem. Lynch also sat for the
anthem all of last season but never gave a reason for his decision. No other
players on either team demonstrated during the anthem, with the Lions all
standing together with locked arms.


Lions second-round RB Kerryon Johnson showed good burst, running for 34 yards
on seven carries and adding four catches for 33 yards.

“To me, didn’t make enough plays at the beginning, didn’t make enough plays
at the end,” Johnson said. “I still have work to do. We still have work to do.
It was the first game. First-game jitters out for everybody.”

The Raiders also had a strong performance from a second-round pick with DT
P.J. Hall getting a sack and batting down a pass in the first half. Oakland
undrafted free agent RB Chris Warren III ran 13 times for 86 yards .


Raiders CB Antonio Hamilton limped off twice in the second half with an
apparent ankle injury.


There was one penalty under the new rule prohibiting players from leading
with their helmets. Oakland S Karl Joseph was called for the infraction on a
tackle against Abdullah in the second quarter.


Pineiro’s second field goal came at the end of the first half after Gruden
called for a run that set up Pineiro’s 48-yarder off the infield dirt. Pineiro
added a 45-yard field goal off the dirt in the fourth quarter. The Raiders will
play at least one regular-season game this season with the infield dirt in place
for Oakland Athletics games.

“I remember when we drafted (Sebastian) Janikowski, it was like being on a
foreign planet for him when he got here and started kicking off the dirt,”
Gruden said of Oakland’s first-round pick in 2000. “We did manage to get him a
couple of looks.”


Lions: Host Giants on Aug. 17.

Raiders: Visit Rams on Aug. 18.

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Chandler Jones had an All-Pro season as an outside
linebacker in 2017, leading the NFL in tackles with an Arizona Cardinals
franchise-record 17.

Now he’s a defensive end, a position that could mean even more trouble for
opposing quarterbacks. His only duties: set the edge to stop the run or get to
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, something Jones does with a vengeance.

There’s a viral video of Jones wreaking severe damage on a blocking sled
earlier in camp.

“Just too powerful” he explained.

But there’s more than power to the 6-foot-5, 265-pound Jones’ game.

“The guy has great length, good speed off the ball,” Cardinals coach Steve
Wilks said. “He has that sliver technique to be able to get around the edge of
the tackles, and he’s physical. He can turn that speed into power and create
some momentum getting back to the quarterback. He has it all, and hopefully we
can continue to build on what he had last year.”

Jones came to the Cardinals from New England in March of 2016 in a trade that
sent a second-round draft pick and guard Jonathan Cooper to the Patriots.
Because the Cardinals played a 3-4 defense under coach Bruce Arians, Jones had
to learn to drop back in pass coverage as well as rush the passer and try to
stop the run.

He handled the transition well.

Jones had 11 sacks and four forced fumbles in 2016 and, in March of last
year, signed a five-year, $82.5 million contract that offseason, with $53
million guaranteed.

In the 2017 season, Jones lived up to those big numbers. Not only did he lead
the league in sacks but also in tackles for loss with 28 Marcus Martin
, well ahead of the second-best performance, 21 by Houston’s
Jadeveon Clowney.

“I feel like if you want to be labeled an elite defensive end, you can’t be
just a pass rusher,” Jones said. “You have to be good on all cylinders and
definitely setting the edge and defeating the run is one of them. That’s one
thing I tried to take pride in last season and hopefully I can carry that
forward to this season.”

Now 28 and entering his seventh NFL season, Jones wants more.

His goal, he said, is to do “better than I did last year.”

“There’s never a perfect season,” Jones said. “I can sit here and tell you a
handful of plays that I left out there last season and hopefully I can
capitalize this year.”

With Arians’ retirement and the arrival of Wilks, Jones is moving back to the
4-3 defense that he played with the Patriots. It means going back to a
three-point stance instead of standing up as an outside linebacker.

“It’s not that hard,” he said. “You just have different terminology. You
attack offenses different, but it’s not that big of a difference honestly.”

Wilks agrees.

“He hasn’t had a problem with that at all,” he said. “You go look back at
some of the things he’s done in the past. He’s put his hand on the ground

Jones likes the new defense.

“I feel like guys are flying around a lot more John
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,” he said. “There’s less thinking. There’s one-gap
assignments and everyone is flying to the ball.”

Jones will get some edge-rushing help from the return of Markus Golden, who
had a team-high 12 1/2 sacks in 2016 but played in just four games a year ago
before a season-ending knee injury. Golden is on the physically unable to
perform list but could be back before the season begins.

“Markus is a vocal leader,” Jones said. “He’s a guy that you can feel his
presence out there but not by just his game play. I’m excited to have him back
he’s a ‘hoorah’ guy and a hell of a player on top of that.”

Meanwhile, Jones and left tackle D.J. Humphries have had some spirited
battles already in training camp as Wilks encouraged physical play. Humphries is
lucky to have the practice, Jones said.

“I told D.J. yesterday, ‘You know what? You’ll never go against someone in a
game that’s like me’ and I say that proudly because there’s not a lot of guys
that do the moves that I do. I told D.J., ‘If you can stop me on a consistent
basis, you’ll be fine.'”

Notes: Wilks said LB an MRI on LB Deone Bucannon’s knee showed no structural
damage and the player’s availability in training camp would be evaluated “day to
day.” Bucannon banged his knee against WR Brice Butler’s helmet on Thursday. …
Several thousand people attended the team’s “Red and White Practice” on

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