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It’s tough to grade a team with no draft picks, so to make it simple I’ll focus solely on how the Oakland Raiders used the picks they had and ignore the questionable trades that got them here.
With their first selection in the 3rd round the Raiders reached to fill a need. Tony Bergstrom will be given an opportunity to compete for a starting job, but he offers only a limited upgrade over their current interior linemen. The Raiders would have been better off settling for the best available player, even if it didn’t fill an immediate need.
Miles Burris will likely compete for the starting job at weak-side linebacker. However, his upside is limited and his role as a rookie may only come by default. His long-term value figures to be limited to special teams duty.
Jack Crawford is an intriguing prospect, but he’s never put it all together on the field. He has all the physical tools necessary to be an elite pass rusher, but he’s just never shown the ability to consistently play at a high l...
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Miles Burris (@MilesBurris) was nice enough to spend a few minutes with me to talk about where he fits into the Raiders’ 2012 plans.
According to the NFL Network, and as is posted on the NFL.com website, the Oakland Raiders have fired John Kingdon. This is yet another sign that Reggie McKenzie wants his own people in every key area of the organization. Longevity (Kindon had put in 33 years of service) and how well you may have done [...]
The Oakland Raiders have announced through their website that Matt Linart has signed with the club. The Heisman Trophy winner will join Carson Palmer (also a Heisman Trophy winner) in a role that he is very familiar with as Pamler’s back up. Adam Schefter had announced last week that Leinart’s signing was imminent, and was [...]
AJ DeMello stops by to give TFDS some reports and real-ish insights into the kinds of players the Raiders got in the 2012 draft.Tony Bergstrom, Utah Round 3 Strengths:-Has experience in ZBS, can line up at tackle but will move inside-He's an exceptional hand user, which helps feed his pancake addiction-Will kick your butt in a staring contest-Makes defensive tackles talk...
The Oakland Raiders have parted ways with longtime scout Jon Kingdon, according to a report by Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group. Kingdon had worked for the Raiders for 33 years.
It is rumored that new Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie is interested in hiring his former Tennessee teammate Joey Clinkscales to fill Kingdon’s position. Clinkscales currently works as a personnel...
95. G Tony Bergstrom C+The Raiders needed a guard. In fact, it might have been their most pressing need because Cooper Carlisle is 35 in August and was only resigned to 1 year, veteran minimum deal. However, I had Bergstrom much lower than this on my board.129. OLB Miles Burris CThe Raiders lost Kamerion Wimbley this offseason so they need a tweener defensive end/outside linebacker...
The Oakland Raiders announced Saturday that for a limited time they would donate 10 percent of the proceeds from every season ticket to Oakland public schools. The program, which applies to new season tickets, will make the donation from gross-ticket price purchases made in full from Tuesday through June 30. "We are thrilled to announce our newest youth and community based...
Three former NFL players are facing identity theft and tax fraud charges in Florida, The Miami Herald reported Tuesday.
Former Giants' and Vikings' first-round picks William Joseph, 32, and Michael Bennett, 33, were arrested and questioned Monday by FBI agents in connection with an alleged scheme to steal people's identities and file false tax returns.
The Oakland Raiders are bringing in quarterback Jim Sorgi for a tryout.
Sorgi's agent, Matt Brei, said Sorgi will work out for Oakland on Tuesday.
The Raiders are looking for a veteran backup quarterback to play behind starter Carson Palmer. They are also bringing in Matt Leinart this week.
Sorgi spent six years in Indianapolis as Peyton Manning's backup. He spent the...
Former Minnesota Vikings Pro Bowl running back Michael Bennett is one of three ex-NFL players who have been arrested by the FBI, according to the Miami Herald.
Bennett was arrested on federal charges stemming from an alleged scheme to steal identities and file false tax returns using other people's names to collect thousands of dollars in refunds.
The two other former players...
Quarterback Matt Leinart signed with the Raiders. A seventh-year veteran, Leinart spent the past two seasons with the Houston Texans before being released in March. In Oakland, he's expected to be Carson Palmer's primary backup - a role he is familiar with. Palmer and Leinart both won the Heisman Trophy at Southern California, with Leinart one of Palmer's backups in...
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- Matt Leinart is back in a familiar role as Carson Palmer's backup at quarterback.
The Oakland Raiders signed Leinart to a one-year contract on Tuesday, giving them two former Heisman Trophy winners from Southern California at quarterback.
Leinart reached the deal after working out for the Raiders to show that he has fully recovered from a broken left...
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, free agent quarterback Matt Lainart will be signing with the Oakland Raiders to back up Carson Palmer.
Leinart ironically enough served as Palmer’s back up when they were both at USC.
While Palmer flourished in the NFL for the first few years of his career, Leinart has been a big disappointment, but should be a good back up for the Raiders.
Photo Credit: Tony Gonzales/Raiders.com
When Carson Palmer won the Heisman Trophy in 2002 at USC, Matt Leinart was his backup.
Now Leinart returns to California and will once again back up the Raiders’ starting signal-caller.
The Silver and Black reportedly agreed to terms with Leinart on Tuesday, per ESPN’s Adam Shefter.
This addition makes perfect sense for the new regime...
The Oakland Raiders finally have added a backup quarterback. On Tuesday, the Raiders announced that they have finally signed veteran QB Matt Leinart. Leinart has been long rumored to be joining the Raiders and the rumors intensified over the weekend. The move now gives the Oakland Raiders two former USC Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks on their roster.
It is believed that Leinart...