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ALAMEDA Youth Johnny Townsend Jersey , Calif. (AP) — Shortly after being drafted, Raiders defensive tackle Maurice Hurst received a phone call fr om Jon Gruden. The conversation didn't last long but turned out to be prophetic in several ways.Gruden informed Hurst of the renovation plan for Oakland's defense that was being mapped out by him and defensive coordinator Paul Guenther and how much they wanted the former Michigan star to be at the hub of that plan. Gruden also didn't mince words when he explained that he wanted Hurst to be as big of a presence in the locker room as the team hoped he would be on the field.Hurst has managed to do both fairly well, providing a silver lining to a season in which the Raiders defense has otherwise gone nowhere. "He's grown leaps and bounds," Guenther said Friday. "We knew we drafted a good player when we took him and he has not disappointed. He's done a good job in both the run and the pass. He's been able to push the pocket some on third down, so he's going to be a great player for us."Oakland is 26th in total defense behind a pass rush that has generated only 12 sacks through 14 games. Hurst has four of them, the most by a Raiders rookie since Khalil Mack had four in 2014.Whether Hurst can add to his total is uncertain. He has not practiced this week because of a lingering ankle injury that landed him on the inactive list in Week 14.A strong finish to the season, Hurst said, will be key to getting a jump on 2019 as he and fellow rookie P.J. Hall try to form the foundation of the Raiders defensive line."We've done a pretty decent job this year so we just have to try to build on things ," Hurst said. "These last couple of games will be big for us. Just keep developing, have a big offseason and get ready for next year."The Raiders were fortunate Hurst fell into their laps. A consensus All-American during his senior season with the Wolverines, Hurst was projected to be a first-round draft pick until being sent home from the scouting combine after tests revealed a heart condition.Hurst was given medical clearance but it didn't prevent the other 31 teams from passing on him. When he was sel ected with the 140th overall pick, the Raiders were widely criticized by several general managers around the league.It's a gamble that has paid off for Oakland.In addition to leading the Raiders in sacks, Hurst is fourth among all NFL rookie defensive linemen with 31 tackles.Guenther and Gruden both have praised Hurst for his impact in the locker room as well. Hurst, in turn, credits Gruden for giving him an early heads-up of what to expect."I had a good sense of what was going on and what we had on our roster and what we were trying to build," Hurst said. "Sometimes you want to take a back seat but that wasn't really a position I was in. It's something I've taken pride in and what I want to continue to do. He didn't want me to be a normal rookie."Notes: CB Daryl Worley (shoulder) missed his second straight day of practice. . CB Gareon Conley (concussion) Marshawn Lynch Jersey , center Rodney Hudson (ankle/knee) and TE Lee Smith (back) were limited. Two years ago, the Raiders reversed nearly 15 seasons of futility by making it to the playoffs with a nucleus of young talent consisting of a first-round pick in 2014 (Khalil Mack) and 2015 (Amari Cooper). They’re now both gone, six games into Jon Gruden’s first season with the team.The decision to dump both players will serve only to fuel speculation that 2014 second-round pick Derek Carr could be next.The question becomes whether Carr would be cut or traded in 2019. (A trade over the next eight days would be stunning, even by the standard Gruden has established in his brief time back in Oakland.) As previously explained, Carr could be cut before the third day of the 2019 waiver period (i.e., the third day after the next Super Bowl) with no further obligation to Carr and a 2019 cap charge of $7.5 million.After the third day of the waiver period, Carr’s $19.9 million salary for 2019 becomes fully guaranteed. But if another team covets Carr sufficiently to absorb that commitment and to give the Raiders value, the Raiders and another team could reach a technically-unenforceable Alex Smith-style trade Justin Ellis Jersey , announcing the tentative deal during the week before the Super Bowl (for example), holding Carr until the new league year begins in March, and sending his $19.9 million to a new team.With 2020-22 salaries of}$18.9 million, $19.525 million, and}$19.777519 million, respectively (and annual workout bonuses of $100,000), a new team would be inheriting a four-year Cheap Leon Hall Jersey , $78.5 million. That’s an average of $19.6 million per year, which equates to roughly 58.5 percent of the new high-water mark for the quarterback market set earlier this year by Aaron Rodgers.Of course, that would leave the Raiders without a quarterback. Despite the ongoing flood fr om college football of competent young quarterbacks, Gruden likely would want a Rich Gannon-style veteran, who would be entrusted with an offense that (as Chris Simms always says) Gruden regards as a Ferrari — and that Gruden wants no one to scratch.The ultimate question is whether Gruden will continue to scratch an itch that has seen dramatic turnover with the Raiders, to the point wh ere the would-be franchise quarterback potentially becomes the franchise’s next former key young player.
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