During the coaches’ breakfast at the Annual League Meeting on Tuesday morning, Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden glowed about how much he loves tight ends and plans to use multiple TE sets this season. After lunch, Gruden’s team cut a tight end.
The Raiders are releasing Clive Walford, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported.
Cutting the 26-year-old tight end saves Oakland $1.9 million on the salary cap. With Jared Cook set to count for almost $5.7 against the cap, keeping both TEs became untenable.
Josh Reddick: I think our mindset was, ‘It’s another guy, and we’re going to go out and play our game.’ We knew we had a good lineup, and it didn’t matter who was on the mound. We showcased that in the playoffs, especially in Game 1. No task is easy like that when you go up against guys like Chris Sale and Clayton Kershaw. Your task is never going to be easy.
Jim Crane: The first time I thought we had a chance of winning, I was sitting in Boston when Bregman hit the home run over the wall and got us back in the game. He came flying into the dugout and the whole place went crazy. I knew these guys were focused and they were working together. Just to see the excitement on the bench and in their faces, you knew they were not going to give up. And sure enough, they were able to pull the whole thing off.
Few receivers in the past 10 years—perhaps ever—have possessed Beckham’s raw abilities. The NFL’s best receivers today are Antonio Brown, Julio Jones and Beckham. His numbers speak for themselves:
Bregman made a gutsy and instinctive play when he threw home on a Todd Frazier chopper and beat Greg Bird by a hair to preserve a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning of the AL Championship Series clincher. The Astros went on to beat the Yankees 4-0 and advance to the World Series.
Jake Marisnick: Not a lot of people talk about it, but that’s one of the big plays that stood out for me. Just the way it happened. The throw. The play. It had to be perfect, and it was. It’s something that will stick with me forever.
A lot of us were yelling ‘One, one, one,’ [for first base], and he threw it home to get him. In our heads, we were thinking he didn’t have a chance. But in Alex’s head, there’s not a play he can’t make, and it paid off in the postseason. He has that confidence in himself to make any play on the field. If that play doesn’t happen, we might not get to the World Series.