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Oakland Raiders strong safety Tyvon Branch was given the franchise tag by the team in the offseason. Now that he has signed the tender, ensuring he will be a member of the Raiders in 2012, he is looking to take his play and leadership to the next level. “I feel comfortable here,” Branch said after Oakland's second OTAs. “I thought of myself as a leader before the tag so I'm just going to try to elevate my game and lead by example. With the new defense we got, it will give us a lot more opportunities to make plays.” Both the Raiders and Branch are looking to take the next step in contract talks and agree on a long term deal. Branch was drafted out of Connecticut in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft and has started all 16 games the last three seasons. The 6-0, 205 pound strong safety led the team in tackles last season with 109. Because of that production, new Raiders head coach Dennis Allen likes what he sees from Branch. “The way that he plays the game with the...

Top 10 Current Oakland Raiders

This current Oakland Raiders team has talented players, young and old. And I decided that would rank the best 10 players on the team. It was hard making this list. I had to do my research before I made this list. 1. Richard Seymour, Defensive Tackle Even at 32 years-old, Richard Seymour is still one [...]

For Carson Palmer, Now is the Time

Never before in Carson Palmer’s career has he had so much offensive potential surrounding him with circumstances to go along as he has right now with the Raiders. Palmer enters the 2012 season with one of the league’s premier running backs behind him, an arsenal of big-play receivers, and a young defensive-minded head coach who [...]

Marcel Reece Signs Exclusive Rights Tender

The Oakland Raiders have formally announced that Marcel Reece has signed his “exclusive rights” tender.  Up to this point Reece has missed some voluntary training, and a few workouts along with the first wave of OTA’s (organized team activities).  Raider fans were getting pretty antsy, wondering why Reece had yet to sign.  In reality, though, [...]

Tale of the Tape: Denarius Moore

Last year, in the 5th round, the Raiders took a chance on a talented but inconsistent wide receiver out of Tennessee named Denarius Moore. Moore had had some success in college but changes in coaching had caused him to be less productive in his later years, which contributed to his fall to the fifth round.From the very start of camp, he was the talk of Raider fans and media as well...

Raiders FB Reece signs deal

Oakland Raiders fullback Marcel Reece has signed his exclusive rights tender with the team. The Raiders say Reece signed the contract on Monday in time to participate in organized team activities. Reece had not been part of offseason workouts with the team under new coach Dennis Allen's staff before signing the one-year deal. Reece has played in 30 career games with 16 starts...

Marcel Reece has signed his RFA tender, will report to OTA’s

Getty Images According to Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports, Oakland Raiders fullback Marcel Reece has signed his restricted free agent tender and will now report to the team facility to participate in OTA’s. Reece was holding out hope of scoring the long-term contract that he desires.  But with the acquisition of Owen Schmidt, he’s in jeopardy of possibly losing his starting job.

Play Action: The Raiders and the Zone Blitz

TFDS has been discussing the many changes in both personnel and coaching this offseason in an effort to prime Raiders fans for what to expect with the new team, both positive and negative.Recently, we discussed the West Coast offense and how the Quarterback and Wide Receivers are likely to be used in the new scheme brought by Offensive Coordinator Dennis Allen.Allen is not the only...

Getting to Know Christo Bilukidi

With their sixth round, 189th pick overall, of the 2012 draft, the Raiders tabbed DT Christo Bilukidi from Georgia State to join their roster.  Bilukidi became the first player ever selected from the Division II school.  Bilukidi played in basketball in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and has only somewhat recently become a football player as a Senior in High School.Bilukidi played for...

Oakland Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey pleads not guilty to DUI charge

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey pleaded not guilty to a driving under the influence charge. He was charged with the misdemeanor after an April 7th incident where California Highway Patrol reported he was weaving and speeding on the Bay Bridge around 2 a.m. and failed a field sobriety test. Heyward-Bey's attorney, who entered the plea on his client's behalf...

Raiders CBs Ron Bartell and Shawntae Spence have very similar paths to Oakland

Oakland Raiders cornerbacks Ron Bartell and Shawntae Spencer have much in common as they join each other in the silver and black. Both players signed one year contracts this offseason with the Raiders and are using their experience to help the younger players and build their relationship. Both players have taken a very similar path to the Raiders. Both were second round draft picks...
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