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Matt Peterson tracks the offseason needs of every team in the league. Today’s franchise, the Oakland Raiders [full archive here].
Season Recap: The unfortunate passing of long-time owner Al Davis brought about a complete overhaul to the front office. New Head Coach Dennis Allen will have trouble adding much support in the upcoming draft with only five selections, the first coming at pick #95.
1. Nose Tackle: With the likely switch to a 3-4 defense, which signs seem to point to, the Raiders have an opening at one of the most important positions: Nose tackle. The Raiders don’t have a pick until the end of the third round. In the best-case scenario, NT Josh Chapman from Alabama is available at that selection.
2. Outside Linebacker: The other position that is vital to running an effective 3-4 is OLB, which remains a weakness for Oakland. Dave Tollefson was signed from the Giants and should occupy one of the OLB spots, but the other remains up for grabs. Jonathan Massaquoi is an interesting prospect out of Troy and would be a great selection in round three.
3. Tight End: Kevin Boss was signed to a large contract last offseason, but was cut as a cap-casualty. The Raiders need a TE to replace Kevin Boss. Michael Egnew, Ladarius Green, and Deangelo Peterson are middle round prospects.
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Charles Davis, FOX Sports and NFL Network Analyst, recently took the time to talk to us about next week’s draft. He answered our questions about some intriguing prospects, possible draft targets for the Raiders, some of their recent picks, and much more. Q: With Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III set to be the top two picks in [...]
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Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times expects wide receiver Darius Heyward-Bey to have a break out year in 2012, after a very strong 2011 season.
Heyward-Bey put up some pretty impressive numbers in 2011 with 64 receptions for 975 yards and 4 touchdowns last season. If he can catch over 70 balls, gain over 1,000 yards and catch a few more touchdowns, he just might live up to...
According to Paul Gutierrez of CSNBayArea.com, Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie has indicated that he believes quarterback Terrelle Pryor can emerge as a “viable” number two quarterback behind Carson Palmer.
“Absolutely,” McKenzie said without hesitation at the team’s headquarters in a pre-draft media conference. “Yep. Hopefully, our quarterback coach...
Safety Matt Giordano has re-signed with the Oakland Raiders.
Giordano was a teammate of Peyton Manning’s in Indianapolis from 2005-2008 and now he’ll get to face off against him twice in 2012, since Manning is now with the Broncos.
Giordano played in 15 games in 2011, and recorded 70 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, and 5 interceptions.
Angela Woodall of the Oakland Tribune has reported that AEG, which stands for Anschutz Entertainment Group, could take over operations of the Oakland Coliseum, where the Oakland Raiders play.
Spectator Management Group, a worldwide entertainment and convention venue firm has been running the Oakland Coliseum for the past 13 years. SMG’s contract expires later this year and a...
The Oakland Raiders have re-signed safety Matt Giordano to a free-agent contract.
The team announced the move Monday.
Giordano played 15 games for Oakland last season. He led the team with five interceptions and added 66 tackles and one sack.
The 29-year-old Giordano has history with the Raiders new hierarchy. He played one season in Green Bay, where new general manager Reggie...
I talk about the division, the schedule and the roster on my drive home.
TFDS has already done tape evaluations of Ron Bartell, Philip Wheeler and Shawtae Spencer, as part of an effort to review the talent that the Raiders have signed this offseason.Each of the aforementioned players signed one year contracts which means that none of them may be back in 2013. One player that will be back was the most targeted player the Raiders signed, RG Mike Brisiel...
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The Oakland Raiders announced the re-signing of safety Matt Giordano on Monday evening.
The 5-11, 210-pound California alum racked up a career-high in starts (nine), tackles (70), passes defensed (five), interceptions (five), sacks (1.0) and forced fumbles (one) last season.
A former fourth-round selection by the Indianapolis Colts in the 2005 NFL Draft...
The Oakland Raiders are finally joining the 21st century. Though Al Davis had a brilliant football mind, he allowed the Raiders to fall behind many teams in several areas. New general manager Reggie McKenzie, who took over after Davis’ death, is trying to modernize the team in many ways.
According to NFL.com’s Steve Wyche, McKenzie asked for a modern-day draft room or “war...