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In Only Took Three Years Jamarcus Russell recaps his short NFL career, the troubles he went through and the problems he dealt with in this powerful ESPN special. We are all so quick to judge, but the success of an NFL franchise QB does need the support of a surrounding cast, including a good family. In Russell’s case, he was losing his family at the worst possible time. Life is bigger than football. A lot bigger. The burden of being a franchise quarterback is one that collapsed the hopes and dreams of many players. The burden of being a son, or nephew, has broken down many men. The weight of both took down Oakland Raiders JaMarcus Russell. The one-time savior of the Oakland Raiders and the first pick in the 2007 NFL Draft floundered for three painful seasons, but nobody knew why he was struggling. They didn’t know because Russell didn’t tell them. For the first time, JaMarcus Russell speaks about his life as an Oakland Raider and his life away from football. Tom Rinaldi tells us abo...

Sports teams that need a name change

Every few years discussion of the Washington Redskins and should they change their name becomes an issue. Is the name racist? Yes. But it has been the name of one of the most historical franchises in NFL history for almost one hundred years and tradition is a hard thing to part with. While the Redskins’ name may not be going anywhere soon, that doesn’t mean there are not plenty...

Tyler Wilson reportedly not looking like a rookie in Oakland

According to Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times, rookie quarterback Tyler Wilson didn’t look like a rookie during Saturday’s rookie mini camp. Wilson showed off a strong arm, placing balls right on target time and again, be it swing passes, throws over the middle or well downfield.   “Obviously, picking up a new system, there’s a little bit of rust there,” Raiders...

Tale of the Tape: film review of Oakland Raiders' new RB Latavius Murray

When the Raiders traded down with the Buccaneers in the fourth-round (they chose QB Tyler Wilson after trading down), they also picked up an extra sixth-round pick as compensation for trading down. The pick, 181st overall, was used to select running back Latavius Murray from Central Florida. Central Florida plays in a smaller conference in division I, Conference USA (C-USA for...

Raiders claim WR Andre Holmes off waivers

According to Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe, the Oakland Raiders have claimed wide receiver Andre Holmes off waivers, after the Patriots let him go today. Oakland claimed Andre Holmes off waivers from the #patriots — shalise manza young (@shalisemyoung) May 13, 2013 Holmes is going into his third season. He played for the Cowboys in 2011 and 2012.   Need NFL Tickets?

D.J. Hayden excited to be back on the football field

Oakland Raiders cornerback D.J. Hayden was excited to get back on the field after missing most of his final season at the University of Houston after almost dying on the football field. “Oh, man, it felt so great just to get back out there, put the helmet back on and just actually be on the field,” said Hayden, per the Contra Costa Times. Hayden says he doesn’t think about...

Oakland Raiders CEO Amy Trask Steps Down

In an unexpected move, Oakland Raiders CEO Amy Trask has stepped down from her position within the organization after 25 years with the team. Per Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune, she sent out the email to the media. Earlier today, I informed Mark Davis of my decision to leave the Raiders. Having honored a commitment [...]

Oakland Raiders Have Multiple Options at Tight End Position for 2013

In 2013 the Oakland Raiders will have plenty of open position competitions. Few could be as compelling as the race for the starting tight end spot. The Raiders added two tight ends in the 2013 NFL Draft in Nick Kasa and Mychal Rivera. They join leftovers Richard Gordon and David Ausberry. When Brandon Myers left via free agency for the New York Giants, a large void was left at tight...

Charles Woodson Has Offer from Oakland Raiders

There have been some reports today that Charles Woodson has an offer on the table from the Oakland Raiders. It has been seven years since Charles Woodson wore the silver-and-black jersey of the Oakland Raiders. Woodson made multiple pro-bowls with the Raiders and his number 24 jerseys were spotted all over the country. After leaving the Raiders, Woodson joined the Green Bay Packers...

The Next Slash: Why the Oakland Raiders Need Terrelle Pryor To Line Up At Multiple Positions

  The 6’5 240 pound Terrelle Pryor has been steadfast in his belief that he can become a starting quarterback in the NFL although many scouts disagree with him. When the Oakland Raiders traded for Matt Flynn it was a clear sign that Reggie McKenzie and Dennis Allen did not have faith in Pryor as their starting quarterback this year.  While Pryor has shown some promise as a quarterback...

Oakland Raiders Sign Tight End Jeron Mastrud

The Oakland Raiders Sign, former Miami Dolphin tight end, Jeron Mastrud. Mastrud played three seasons with the Dolphins but only caught one pass in 36 games. He is a good blocker and will be used in that role if he can win a roster position. It is worth noting that when he was drafted, he left Kansas State as their all-time leader in receptions among TE’s. So if they need him to...

The Ausberry Complex: Who Is Oakland Raiders Tight End David Ausberry?

When the Oakland Raiders drafted converted USC wide receiver David Ausberry in the 7th round of the 2011 draft he looked like another Al Davis project. Ausberry was sparingly used at USC and was not even invited to the NFL combine but he ran a 4.48 40-yard dash which made him the fastest tight end in that year’s draft class. During minicamps andtraining camp former Raiders starting...

The Taiwan Jones Experiment: Can Taiwan Jones Be An Effective Cornerback For The Oakland Raiders?

After running a 4.3 40-yard dash at his pro-day at Eastern Washington, no one was really surprised that Taiwan Jones would be wearing the silver and black jersey, of his hometown Oakland Raiders. Al Davis craved speed and Jones looked like the perfect speed back to compliment running back Darren McFadden. However, over the next two years Jones did not see the field enough as a running...
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