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For the past four years or so, the Oakland Raiders have been bombarded with criticism for drafting one of the biggest NFL flops of all time in JaMarcus Russell. Much of the criticism has been thrown at JaMarcus himself — and rightfully so — but the Raiders have faced their fair share of ridicule for the pick. What we tend to forget, however, is that there are a number of other teams who would have made the exact same move. As former Ravens coach Brian Billick reminded us this week, Russell was seen by many teams as a sure thing.
“We did a pretty decent job (of drafting), and obviously they continue to do a phenomenal job in Baltimore, with Ozzie Newsome and his group,” Billick said on ESPN Radio according to Pro Football Talk. “JaMarcus Russell was the highest-rated player I’ve ever seen on any of our boards. So we all missed on JaMarcus Russell. Make no mistake.”
The No. 2 overall pick in the 2007 draft was Calvin Johnson and the No. 7 pick was Adrian Peterson, so in hindsight they...
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According to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network, Oakland Raiders fullback Marcel Reece and safety Tyvon Branch haven’t been participating in the voluntary offseason workouts.
Both Reece and Branch haven’t signed their tenders, because they’re both looking for the Raiders to lock them up with long-term deals.
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During predraft press conference on Wednesday, Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie Mckenzie said that he’s excited about the opportunity to step into the war room and lead his first draft.
“Coach Davis, this has been his deal since the Raiders were the Raiders,” McKenzie told reporters Wednesday at a predraft news conference. “I am the new guy. This is my first time drafting...
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The San Diego Chargers have signed free agent tackle Mario Henderson to a one-year contract.
Henderson spent last season with the Colorado Ice of the Indoor Football League after being released by the Oakland Raiders.
Henderson spent four seasons with the AFC West rival Raiders after being selected in the third round of the 2007 draft. He played in 44 games and started 28 at left...
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Since the regime handed the keys over to the new GM Reggie McKenzie, the Oakland Raiders have seen a total makeover.
In a press conference on Wednesday, the general manager addressed the team’s gameplan for the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft.
Expressing his commitment to take things one step at a time, McKenzie mentioned he wasn’t going to...
Over ten days after the San Diego Chargers tendered an initial offer to free agent offensive tackle Mario Henderson, it is being reported that a deal between the two parties is in place. The Chargers have also reached an agreement with long snapper Mike Windt. Both contracts are one-year deals.
The acquisition of Henderson is expected to solidify the Chargers’ offensive line in...
The San Diego Chargers and New Orleans Saints have turned to the basketball world to add athletic tight ends in Antonio Gates and Jimmy Graham, now the Oakland Raiders have followed the trend. The Oakland Raiders announced on Friday that they have signed Oral Roberts and more recently, Cal State Fullerton basketball player, Andre Hardy.
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Yesterday, Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie spoke with the Bay Area media about his basic draft philosophies as we approach the 2012 NFL Draft.
There wasn't anything too amazing in the press conference but there were a couple of points that stood out.
Probably the most important is that he has little to no interest in trading up at the expense of future draft picks, especially high...
Brian Billick made an unfavorable comparison when asked about Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill on ESPN's "Mike and Mike" show.
The NFL Network analyst and former league coach equated Tannehill's current hype with that of JaMarcus Russell, who rivals ex-San Diego Chargers quarterback Ryan Leaf as the biggest draft bust in league history.
Why does Tannehill...