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Jon Gruden’s Raiders staff is preparing

 this week to head to Mobile Alabama to coach the North team in the Senior Bowl. This will give him and his staff the most up close and personal look at a whole host of NFL prospects Mike Nugent Jersey , offering him a unique advantage in scouting them.The roster of players he is set to coach has been released. Here they are:This the fourth time Jon Gruden has brought a staff to coach the Senior Bowl, so he knows the value in coaching the game.“If we can eliminate 2 or 3 players by coaching the Senior Bowl, sometimes that’s just as important as finding 2 or 3 guys that you really want,” Gruden said earlier this month. “But we’re really excited. It will be the 4th time that I’ve done it and we have to do a good job in this draft and the best way to do it is to be as close as possible to the players.”Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers staff will be coaching the South team in the game.See the South roster here.Follow @LeviDamien It’s the offseason for the Raiders and most of the NFL. Just four teams are left with a shot at hoisting the Lombardi Trophy. While that happens, the other 28 NFL teams are busy preparing for 2019. Here are the dates to watch as the offseason goes along.JanuaryJan. 19 East-West Shrine Game, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida.Jan. 19 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California.Jan. 20 AFC and NFC Championship Games.Jan. 26 Senior Bowl Jim Otto Jersey , Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama.Jan. 27 NFL Pro Bowl, Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida.FebruaryFeb. 2NFL Honors show. Hall of Fame class of 2019 announcedFeb. 3 Super Bowl LIII, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia.Feb. 4 Waiver system begins Feb. 19 First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players. Feb. 26-Mar 4 NFL Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis Kenny Stabler Jersey , Indiana.MarchMarch 5, 1:00 pm Pacific (4:00 pm ET) Deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.March 11-13 Free agent negotiating period. March 13 1:00 Pacific (4:00 pm ET) Deadline for clubs to exercise options for 2019 on all players who have option clauses in their 2018 contracts, submit qualifying offers to their Restricted Free Agents and tenders to Exclusive Rights Free Agents, be under salary cap for top 51 playersMarch 13 1:00 Pacific (4:00 pm ET) Start of new league year, free agency. March 24-27Annual League Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona.AprilApril 15Raiders may begin offseason workout program.April 19Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign offer sheets.April 25-27 2019 NFL Draft, Nashville, Tennessee.MayMay 3-6 or 10-13 Three-day post-Draft rookie minicamp from Friday through Sunday or Saturday through Monday.May 13 Rookie Football Development Programs begin.May 16-19 NFLPA Rookie Premiere. Invited rookies (typically, first and/or second-round selections) must be permitted by their respective clubs to attend. Such players are unavailable for offseason workouts, OTA days George Blanda Jersey , and minicamps during this period.Mid/late May Three sets of Organized Team Activities for total of ten days.May 20-22Spring League Meeting, Key Biscayne, Florida.JuneEarly-June Three-day Mandatory minicampLate JuneRookie Transition Program to be held at team facility. Attendance is mandatory for all 2019 rookies.JulyJuly 15 1:00 p.m Pacific (4:00 pm ET) Deadline for any club that designated a Franchise Player to sign such player to a multiyear contract or extension. Mid-July Three day pre-camp warmup attended by rookies and first-year players and quarterbacks up to seven days prior to the start of training camp.Late-July Training camp begins for Veteran players no earlier than 15 days prior to the team’s first Preseason game or July 15, whichever is later.AugustAug. 1 Hall of Fame Game, Canton, Ohio.Aug. 1-4 Hall of Fame Weekend, Canton, Ohio.Aug. 6 Deadline for players under contract to report to their clubs to earn an accrued season for free agency.Aug. 31 1:00 pm Pacific (4:00 pm ET). Roster cutdown to 53 players.SeptemberSept. 1 Claiming period for players placed on waivers at the final roster reduction will expire at 9:00 am Pacific (Noon ET).Sept. 1 10:00 am Pacific (1:00 pm ET) Clubs may establish a practice squad of 10 players.Sept. 5, 8-9 Regular Season openers