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  • 07 May
    ALAMEDA, Calif. -- After failing to hear his name called during last springs NFL draft, Denver Kirklands number is getting called quite often for the Oakland Raiders this season.Kirkland has gone from the disappointment of being undrafted despite leaving Arkansas early to making the Raiders initially as a practice squad player to becoming a key contributor as Oaklands extra offensive lineman.Kirkland played nearly half the offensive snaps against Denver on Nov. 6 as the sixth lineman for the Raiders (7-2), with each entry onto the field accompanied by the announcement by the referee that No. 79 is an eligible receiver.Its been fun, Kirkland said. Its just nice to be out there going to war with the boys I practice with every week.The season has been a lot more fun for Kirkland than the draft. He decided to leave Arkansas early but a poor performance at the combine led to him going undrafted.Kirkland watched the draft with his family and tried not to get too discouraged.I just kept hope alive and Im here now, he said. I always had a positive attitude. I didnt want to get down on myself. Now I have to go even harder than ever.The Raiders showed interest in Kirkland even before the end of the draft, calling him to tell him they wanted him as an undrafted free agent if no team took him.Kirkland got calls from other teams after the draft but chose the Raiders because of their early interest. The coaching staff liked what they saw from Kirkland once he arrived.Denvers been a big, physical guy, tough guy, coach Jack Del Rio said. We were drawn to him in camp, thought there were some things that were worth developing and that development, obviously, has been accelerated a little bit with him being on the field as much as he is now.Kirkland got his chance after blocking tight end Lee Smith went on injured reserve with a lower-leg injury on Oct. 5. Kirkland had been promoted to the active roster the previous week because of injuries on the offensive line but didnt get a chance to play until Smiths injury.With Oaklands other tight ends, Clive Walford and Mychal Rivera, more skilled as receivers than blockers, the Raiders started utilizing the six-lineman package more often.Kirkland played 27 snaps in his first game against San Diego on Oct. 9 and has looked right at home on the field as part of a line that has been one of the leagues best this season at both run and pass blocking.Hes such a good dude, hes so quiet, and all he does is come to work and grind every single day, quarterback Derek Carr said. We knew from the beginning, we were like, `Man, this guy could be special. He could be a really good player. And so far, hes come into games for us and hes played outstanding.Kirkland got his most action against the Broncos when he played 42 snaps and was a key part of a running attack that gained 218 yards.While Kirkland is being counted on mostly as an extra blocker, the Raiders do have a few pass plays in the playbook for him that he hopes get called soon.I got hands. I got good hands, he said. I hope so. That would be a great moment for me.---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Air Max 90 Descuento . "I was fortunate to play many years at this level with a great organization and unbelievable teammates," said Hejduk in a statement. Air Max 90 Baratas España http://www.airmax90baratas.es/ . On Saturday night, the normally free throw-challenged centre did just that. Howard scored 18 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, including 13 of 19 free throws in a 2 1/2-minute stretch, and the Houston Rockets beat the Denver Nuggets 122-111. Air Max 90 Baratas . Note: The Calgary Flames announced Tuesday that Sean Monahan would not be made available to Canadas World Junior team. Air Max 90 Comprar Online .C. -- When North Carolina freshman Ryan Switzer reported to training camp in August he was a little miffed to learn he was third on the depth chart at punt returner. The Australian mens basketball team will play for an historic Olympic medal after toppling Lithuania 90-64 in the quarterfinals in Rio de Janeiro.Read below to see how they won the game, as it happened.dddddddddddd ' ' '