Found August 10, 2012 on Football Nation:
Any talk of the Oakland Raiders, even now, when the team has experienced some lean years, always brings to mind the rebels and mavericks that brought the Raiders glory and championships in earlier decades.  Some were (and still are) mean, nasty and universally despised.  Others were so talented that even opposing players and coaches gave their grudging respect and Raiders' faithful and football fans in general  worshipped them. So who were the five most hated and five most beloved men to don the silver and black?  Read on to find out. Most Loved: 5. Fred Biletnikoff (1965-1978) - It's pretty difficult to argue that a guy is unloved when the award for best college receiver is named after him.  It also helps that Biletnikoff had a career total 589 receptions for 8,974 yards, 76 TDs and 10 straight seasons with 40 or more receptions.  All this from a receiver whose prime was in an era when passing the ball was more of a gimmick meant to get more production from the ground g...

Oakland Raiders: Terrelle Pryor Not Quite Ready for the Big Show Yet

Next monday night, the Raider Nation will have its first opportunity to see quarterback Terrelle Pryor in action. Unless you want to consider his meaningless QB sneak nullified by a false start against the Chiefs in october 2011, the upcoming pre-season game against the Cowboys will probably be remembered as the proper NFL debut of [...]

Carson Palmer is out to show last season was a fluke

When QB Carson Palmer was traded to the Oakland Raiders and thrown into the mix after Jason Campbell went down, he says he just basically winged it without having a chance to get acclimated to the offense. This year will be very different, he tells the Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury-News. "No comparison,… I mean, no comparison." He says he never had a chance...

Oakland Raiders to Lower Their Blackout Threshold to 85%

The Oakland Raiders have decided to take advantage of the league’s newly eased blackout rules.  According to Paul Gutierrez of CSN Bay Area the team has decided to lower the threshold for the local blackout to be lifted to 85% of capacity.  The announcement comes just a year after selling out all 8 home games [...]

Oakland Raiders 2013 Franchise Tag Candidates

P Shane Lechler Punters and kickers are the most often franchised because the franchise tag values for them are very cheap and franchising them makes a lot more sense than giving them a long term deal. The Raiders don’t have another option that makes any sense and Lechler is one of the best punters in the league (47.6 yards per punt career average). They will likely franchise him...

Oakland Raiders 2012 Training Camp Day 10 Notes: Aaron Curry, Mike Mitchell, and Injuries

The Oakland Raiders went back to practice in pads after a shell session on Wednesday and a day off yesterday. As the team gets closer to the preseason opener Monday against the Dallas Cowboys, injuries continue to be an issue as well as focus and execution. “No, it wasn’t what we expected,” Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said on Friday's practice. “I thought our...

Raiders RB Goodson still sore from neck injury

Oakland Raiders running back Mike Goodson says his neck is still sore after taking a hard hit that sent him to the hospital earlier in the week but is relieved there is nothing more serious wrong with him. Goodson was back out at the practice field for the Raiders (tied for No. 23 in the AP Pro32) for the first time Friday since being taken by ambulance to the hospital three days...

Oakland Raiders: Biggest Home Game of the Year

The Oakland Raiders are going to face many tough tasks over the course of the 2012 season. Among those include executing new offensive and defensive schemes from rookie head coach Dennis Allen, and a tough three game stretch from weeks 10-12 where they will face three playoff teams from 2011 (at Baltimore, New Orleans and at Cincinnati). However, the biggest home game of the 2012...

What we've learned about the 2012 Raiders so far

The Raiders training camp is now over a week old and TFDS will reflect on some of what we can learn from this team's practices to date.*The team has some serious speed at running back – if it can see the field.We all know about Darren McFadden's effortless glide and how he's able to turn on a fifth gear at times to push for the extra yards.  Everyone is also aware...

Scary Moment at Oakland Raiders' Training Camp Day 8; RB Mike Goodson Carted Off Field

Oakland Raiders running back Mike Goodson collided helmet-to-helmet with linebacker Philip Wheeler today at training camp practice on a pass route over the middle. Goodson was carted off the field and taken by ambulance to the hospital. After a few hours of worry, the team announced Goodson was released and back at Raiders' headquarters in Napa, California. “The Raiders...

Scary Moment at Oakland Raiders’ Training Camp Day 8; RB Mike Goodson Carted Off Field

Oakland Raiders running back Mike Goodson collided helmet-to-helmet with linebacker Philip Wheeler today at training camp practice on a pass route over the middle. Goodson was carted off the field and taken by ambulance to the hospital. After a few hours of worry, the team announced Goodson was released and back at Raiders’ headquarters in Napa, California. “The Raiders received...

Richard Seymour says replacement officials could hurt the integrity of the game

AP Photo Oakland Raiders defensive end Richard Seymour is afraid the NFL’s replacement officials are going to only hurt the game of football. “I think the integrity of the game is at stake,” Seymour told USA Today. “You never know who they know and who they’re connected to. And who are their favorite teams. To just say we’ve got some new guys coming in, who knows? They...

Carson Palmer hooks up Terrell Owens again

Raiders QB Carson Palmer has been something like a fairy godfather to Terrell Owens over the past three years. It seems that when Owens is at his lowest most unemployable forks in the road, Palmers swoops in to save the day. It was Palmer that pushed for Owens to be added to the Bengals roster after he worked out with him in 2010 and became convinced that he could be a valuable addition...

Preseason Game 1 Breakdowns for San Diego and Denver

Last night, two AFC teams took to the field in their first preseason contests of 2012. Both games were fairly high profile, as the Chargers took on the Packers in a game that featured two on the NFL’s best quarterbacks, while the Broncos took on the Bears, highlighted by the return of Peyton Manning. Here [...]

Opportunity Knocks: Injuries Open Doors For Raiders, Cowboys

With just a handful of preseason games played, it seems that a common theme has already arisen. Injuries. In Ryan Mathews' short stint versus the Packers on Thursday night, he suffered a broken collarbone that will see him on the bench for the next 6 weeks. The Eagles' signal caller. Michael Vick, has shown once again that he is no stranger to the training table, as he...
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