Found April 24, 2012 on Gridiron Grit:
Photo Credit: Tony Gonzalez/ The Silver and Black has seen a total makeover since the regime handed over the keys to general manager Reggie McKenzie.  The new GM addressed the club’s gameplan in a press conference for the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft earlier this month. Considering the massive mess that was left when he entered the organization, McKenzie and company have cleaned house exceptionally well from the get-go.  They went into the 2012 NFL Free Agency frenzy cap-strapped to the max, and the deck won’t be stacked in their favor for the draft, either. Barring any trades, the team’s first pick will come late Saturday night on April 27 after 94 players have already been selected.  Becoming the first decision-maker other than Al Davis since the early 60′s is a tough task for him and his staff. Former head coach Hue Jackson sold the farm for quarterback Carson Palmer, which left Oakland without a first, second, third or fourth-round pick this April. Nonetheless, the lack of...

It’s Now or Never for Raiders’ Darrius Heyward-Bey

The 2011 season was the most productive campaign yet for Oakland Raider’s wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey.  DHB finished the year with 975 receiving yards, good enough for 20th in the NFL.  His 64 catches and 4 touchdowns are respectable numbers for a slot receiver or a tight end.  Heyward-Bey, however, is neither of those. Darrius [...]

Oakland Raiders give Terrelle Pryor a chance to succeed.

Oakland Raiders QB Carson Palmer is confidently headed into the 2012 season as the starting quarterback. Palmer was not the savior that former coach Hue Jackson thought he would be and the Raiders let their playoff hopes fall to their division rivals The Denver Broncos. With not a lot of time left on the horse, the clock is ticking on the sunset of Palmer’s career and the Raiders...

Oakland Raiders 2012 Draft: Changing of the Guard

What’s up RaiderNation? Guess what? The 2012 NFL draft starts tomorrow. OK, I can already hear you saying, what difference does that make, we don’t have a pick until the end of round 3. That is very true, and without Al Davis around, I don’t see any blockbuster trade happening to get a first round [...]

Don't expect Raiders to trade up into 2nd round

There have been numerous discussions, some partially stoked by a question asked Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie.  Here's the link to the article and here is the question and response given by McKenzie: Q: What are the chances of your trading into the first or second round?A: "You know what, there's always ways of trading up, trading into, trading back. It's just a matter...

Mark Davis wants to keep the Raiders in Oakland

Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis knows his team needs a new stadium and he prefers to stay in Oakland rather than head back to Los Angeles, via Monte Poole of “Oakland is my preference, though,” he said. “I see us as an urban team, being in a city. I want it to work here. I’d like to stay here. “But we have to find a way to (generate more revenue)...

Tale of the Tape: Dave Tollefson

The most hotly sought after player that the Raiders signed in free agency wasn't starting RG Mike Brisiel, starting LB Philip Wheeler or former starting CBs Ron Bartell or Shawntae Spencer, it was former Giants backup DE Dave Tollefson.  When the Raiders signed him to a 2 year contract there were reportedly offers or interest from other teams as well including the Giants...

New era for Raiders heading into draft

For nearly a half-century, Al Davis ran the Oakland Raiders' draft room in his own unique way. He coveted speed and size, seemingly ahead of almost all other attributes. His picks often baffled so-called experts and other teams, with some turning into surprising successes and others into notable flops. Now there's a new man in charge in Oakland. General manager Reggie McKenzie...
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