for the present Monday George Blanda Jersey , trading a first-round pick for Oakland receiver Amari Cooper in Raiders coach Jon Gruden’s latest play for the future.The Cowboys gave up their top pick in the next draft in hopes of giving quarterback Dak Prescott another weapon just a few months after releasing franchise touchdown catch leader Dez Bryant in a cost-cutting move.Dallas (3-4) has struggled to score points while losing all four road games,聽including 20-17 Sunday at Washington聽. And Cowboys receivers haven’t made many big plays in their first season without Bryant and retired tight end Jason Witten, the club leader in catches.The Cowboys decided Bryant wasn’t worth $12.5 million in 2018 after three subpar seasons since signing a big contract following his only All-Pro year in 2014.Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said Cowboys executive vice president of personnel Stephen Jones called last week to say he’d check in on Cooper on Monday and offered the first-round pick that the Raiders were holding out for before making a deal.Cooper was the fourth overall draft pick by the Raiders out of Alabama three years ago. He started his career with consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and had two 100-yard games this year, but had just two targets and one catch since the second of those games.The 24-year-old Cooper 鈥?five years younger than Bryant 鈥?was placed in the concussion protocol after leaving Oakland’s last game against Seattle on Oct. 14.Dallas receivers have just one 100-yard game combined through seven games, by Cole Beasley in a Week 6 win over Jacksonville. The Cowboys are going into their bye week, and the Raiders are returning from their break to face Indianapolis at home Sunday.For Gruden, dealing his most accomplished receiver doesn’t compare to the preseason trade that sent two-time All-Pro pass rusher Khalil Mack to Chicago. But it is another example of the Raiders (1-5) looking to the future.Oakland figures to have a good shot at the No. 1 overall pick in 2019, and now has three first-rounders with the Cooper trade.“This is where we get a great opportunity to build,” McKenzie said. “We’ve got pieces now, but we can really rebuild on what we have. With this group, the coaches that I’ve got here, knowing where we’re heading schematically on both sides of the ball and special teams, we’re going to build this thing . we’ve got the ammunition to build this thing really well.”Cooper was the third receiver started his career with back-to-back seasons with 1,000 yards receiving and 70 catches, following Odell Beckham Jr. and Marques Colston but has been unable to build on that success the past two years.He has just 70 catches for 960 yards since the start of 2016 as his inconsistency has become a bigger problem. Cooper has been held under 30 yards receiving in 13 of his past 26 games. Cooper has 3,183 yards and 19 touchdowns in three-plus seasons.The Raiders have now dealt two key pieces away from a 12-win team in 2016 and look to be in major rebuilding mode now.“It’s disappointing. Real disappointing,” McKenzie said. “It was starting to get that way last year when we somewhat took a nosedive Jim Plunkett Jersey , but I understand the NFL, the system will not allow you to keep them all.”It’s not the first time Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones has made a big trade for a former top-10 pick at receiver, and the other two attempts didn’t go well.In 2000, Jones sent two first-round picks to Seattle for Joey Galloway before the first of three straight 5-11 seasons. Galloway, drafted eighth overall by the Seahawks in 1995, didn’t have a 1,000-yard season in four years with the Cowboys.About this time 10 years ago, the Cowboys got Roy Williams from Detroit for three draft picks, including a first-rounder. The former Texas standout’s first full season with Dallas was his best, with 596 yards receiving and seven touchdowns.The Cowboys made the playoffs once in two-plus years with Williams, in 2009, when they won the franchise’s first postseason game since the last of five Super Bowl victories following the 1995 season. Williams was drafted seventh overall by the Lions in 2004. The Raiders’ 2019 schedule is one of the strangest and most difficult NFL schedules I’ve ever seen. It takes the Raiders all around the world and gives them well over 30,000 miles of travel in the..."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Raiders StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Raiders NewsYahoo Raiders Team PageYahoo Raiders ReportYahoo Raiders Depth ChartYahoo Raiders TransactionsYahoo Raiders PhotosOdds About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Raiders 2019 schedule: Examining toughest and easiest three-game stretchesNew,40commentsPDTShareTweetShareShareRaiders 2019 schedule: Examining toughest and easiest three-game stretchesKelley L Cox-USA TODAY SportsThe Raiders’ 2019 schedule is one of the strangest and most difficult NFL schedules I’ve ever seen. It takes the Raiders all around the world and gives them well over 30,000 miles of travel in the year. The Raiders will get their new digs in the desert sooner than later, but they will pay the price this year it seems,Raider fans: Did you get a new stadium?Raiders: Yes.Raider fans: What did it cost?Raiders: Everything.To compound matters, this schedule is set up a lot like a baseball schedule with long stretches of home and away games. It’s just bizarre. With that in mind Charles Woodson Jersey , let’s take a look at the hardest and the easiest three-game stretches in this year’s Raiders slate.HARDEST: Week 4 @Colts, Week 5 vs. Bears in London, Week 7 @PackersYou’d have to go back a long way in the annals of the NFL to find a more ridiculous three-game set as this. The Bears game is technically a home game, but that’s like saying a banana is technically a berry. Sure, but nobody treats it that way. The Colts should once again be one of the best teams in the AFC and slowing down Andrew Luck is a tall task for even the best defenses, which the Raiders do not possess. Oakland’s secondary is in much better shape now than it was last year due to free agency, but that won’t matter if they can’t rush the passer well enough to disrupt Luck’s rhythm.London hosts the Raiders seemingly every year, and they do so poorly there they’d be hard-pressed to beat the Cal Bears, let alone the Chicago Bears with a motivated Khalil Mack. The Bears should be double digit favorites in this one and Oakland will be counting on Trent Brown to keep Derek Carr alive.Green Bay still has Aaron Rodgers and are at home, which usually is enough to win. The Raiders will be coming off a bye which gives them an advantage, but this game really depends on how well Rodgers gels with new head coach Matt LaFleur. I’m not optimistic.Oh, and after that, they play at the Texans in Week 8.EASIEST: Week 9 vs, Lions, Week 10 vs. Chargers, Week 11 vs. BengalsIt seems kinda weird to include a solid playoff team like the Chargers in the “Easiest” three-game stretch, but that’s what the Raiders are faced with. All of these games are in Oakland, which will be a huge help. Five of the Raiders’ eight games in the second half of the season are at home; there’s a trip to New York Willie Brown Jersey , a trip to KC and a trip to Denver and LA to close out the year. But these three games are absolutely vital for Oakland and they almost have to run the table if they want to be a .500 team or even have dreams of challenging for a playoff berth.The Raiders host the Lions in their first game in Oakland after a nearly two-month road trip. Detroit doesn’t have a lot going for them with little offensive firepower, no running game, no pass rush and a weak secondary outside of All-World corner Darius Slay. What they do have is a solid defensive interior so the Raiders need to attack the edges with power runs and screens.Oakland hosts Los Angeles in Week 10, and it will be the final prime-time game played in the Coliseum The crowd will give it their all and surely the Raiders will too, because they must. This will be a very difficult game to win, even at home, but if the Raiders do win it, it would be a sign that they are legit.Week 11 sees the Raiders host the Bengals, who just hired a coach after approximately 400 years of being coached by the Black Jeff Fisher, Marvin Lewis. Cincinnati looks average to solid on paper, but they have a knack for being worse than they have any right to be. Oakland really needs to take this one before they head to visit the Jets in another winnable game in Week 12.So there you have it. This is going to be a really wacky year. These three-game stretches will be make or break for Oakland. If they can steal a game they should lose and win the games they should win, they can overcome the pitfalls of the schedule. If they drop a few games they shouldn’t, they could be drafting in the top five again and then the smoke surrounding Derek Carr’s job security could turn into a very real inferno because of the many blue-chip QB prospects who will be available then. Of course, if Carr returns to his elite 2016 form, all those questions will become moot and the Raiders’ difficult schedule won’t matter in the least.