Reality for Raiders hits hard as season closes with heartbreak

For some, 2016 couldnt have ended soon enough.

The same now goes for a season that is coming to a heartbreaking conclusion for the Oakland Raiders in 2017.

As the new year began, there was at least hope the Raiders could weather the loss of star quarterback Derek Carr to a broken leg suffered the previous week against Indianapolis.

That backup Matt McGloin would at least be able to serviceably operate an offense that ranked third in scoring under Carr at 27.3 points a game.

That the defense would up its performance after being carried for much of the season by Carr and Co.

That a slumping Denver Broncos squad out of playoff contention and missing two key defensive starters (defensive end Derek Wolfe and strong safety T.J. Ward) would roll over Sunday, allowing Oakland to secure the AFC West title and a first-round playoff bye.

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2017 NFL Draft: Pro day schedule, by date and by school

Once the NFL Combine has concluded, the next step before the NFL Draft will be each school’s respective pro days.

The Texas pro day on March 28 became especially important after running back D’Onta Foreman pulled out of Combine workouts because of a foot injury.

There will also be high interest in the Oklahoma pro day after running back Joe Mixon was not invited to the Combine. The same goes for other Combine snubs like quarterbacks Chad Kelly of Ole Miss and Zach Terrell of Western Michigan.

I decided to go junior college after the season and played two football seasons there, thankfully had some success, and then I went to Virginia Tech.

It was a long journey, man.

You’re one of six junior quarterbacks who entered 2017 draft. There’s never been more than four in any draft class. After one year at Virginia Tech, what led to your decision to enter the draft this year?

You know, I’ve wanted to pursue my dream of playing in the NFL since I was seven years old, and I thought this was a great opportunity I couldn’t pass up.

I prayed on it a lot, prayed with my mom and my dad, and Cheap NFL Jerseys USA decided this was the best opportunity. So after the season, I thought about it, and that’s what I did. And I’m excited for the challenge.

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