Found August 07, 2013 on Fox Sports:
Second-round pick Menelik Watson's first practice of training camp lasted less than 30 minutes Wednesday before the Oakland Raiders' offensive lineman left the field after re-injuring a calf muscle in his left leg. Watson, the 42nd overall pick and projected backup to right tackle Khalif Barnes, had been on the non-football injury list since the beginning of camp after injuring his calf in mid-July. The 6-foot-5, 315-pound tackle jogged out to practice and took part in two offensive linemen drills before aggravating his injury. Watson angrily walked off the field with head trainer H.Rod Martin, punched a wooden bench near the team's weight room and let out a scream before going into the locker room. A few minutes later Watson sat on the ground in the shade just outside a door of the locker room, his head down in obvious disappointment. "This is not the way I planned on my first training camp, I've not even took a snap yet," Watson said. "It's v...

Discussing the First Raiders Depth Chart of 2013

The Oakland Raiders have released their first depth chart for the upcoming season via the team’s official website, which can be seen here or in the picture above. Although training camp has just about a week and half since its opening, it is always a good opportunity to take a look at how the positional battles are developing, with eyes set […]

Raiders OL Menelik Watson had a short-lived first practice

Menelik Watson has been missing for all of Raiders training camp with what was an undisclosed injury but later revealed as a calf injury. It’s been a big setback for the rookie right tackle because each day he’s been absent, he’s losing valuable opportunities to learn in his first training camp as well as losing ground to Khalif Barnes on the depth chart. But good news came...

McFadden confirms Flynn is starter

Raiders running back Darren McFadden essentially confirmed that Matt Flynn will be the team's starting quarterback entering the season.

Return of Watson and Sims to Raiders camp doesn't go too well

Second-round pick OT Menelik Watson and DT Pat Sims started off the Oakland Raiders training camp on the non-football injury list and the physically unable to perform list respectively. But on Wednesday, together they made their return to the field after passing physicals. Then in a span of a few hours, they both left with injuries.

Raiders second-round pick re-injures calf

Second-round draft pick Menelik Watson's first practice of training camp lasted less than 30 minutes Thursday before the Oakland Raiders' offensive lineman left the field after re-injuring a calf muscle in his left leg. Watson, the 42nd overall pick and projected backup to right tackle Khalif Barnes, had been on the non-football injury list since the beginning of camp after...

QB Matt Flynn ready for Raiders debut

Ever since arriving in Oakland in April, Matt Flynn has proven on the practice field and in the meeting rooms that he is the most capable candidate to start at quarterback for the Raiders. Unless that changes in the exhibition games that start Friday night at home against Dallas, Flynn will be under center when the regular season begins Sept. 8 in Indianapolis. Flynn will start...

D.J. Hayden will miss the Raiders preseason opener

Rookie cornerback D.J. Hayden will be held out of the Raiders preseason opener this week after suffering a hamstring injury on Monday. Raiders head coach Dennis Allen confirmed that they’re keeping Hayden out of this week’s game because of offseason abdominal surgery. “We’ll see where he’s at when we come back to work Wednesday,” Allen said, via the AP. “It’s more...

Matt Flynn’s friends gave him a hard time about worst quarterback ranking

When the Raiders first convened for offseason workouts earlier this year, the early buzz was that Matt Flynn was looking like he was about to be beat out by another rookie named Wilson, this time instead of Russell of Wisconsin it was Tyler of Arkansas. But things have changed. Tyler Wilson has since fizzled and is embarrassingly being outplayed in training camp by undrafted free...

Flynn’s friends razzed him about being ranked worst QB

First off new Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn doesn’t read the newspapers or watch too much TV. “As a football player whether it’s good or bad out there it’s probably best not to read it” said Flynn who makes his preseason debut with Oakland Friday against Dallas. But … it’s impossible to tune it out when former Eagles quarterback and ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski is in...

Darren McFadden says Matt Flynn is Radiers’ Starter

Don’t think this is necessarily breaking news, more like confirming what you already should have known. Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden was on NBCSN’s Pro Football Talk and when asked if Matt Flynn would be the starter for the team this season, McFadden was pretty straightforward and honest. “Yes, pretty much,” McFadden told Erik Kuselias, via ProFootballTalk...

Raiders' D.J. Hayden out for preseason opener

Oakland Raiders CB D.J. Hayden is out for their preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys, according to Michael Wagaman of the Associated Press. Hayden had noticeably pulled up with a tight hamstring during Monday’s practice, but head coach Dennis Allen said that was not why Hayden was out for the opener. According to Allen, the Raiders new cornerback will miss their game against...

Fantasy outlook: Raiders Darren McFadden or Cowboys DeMarco Murray?

When it comes to big-risk running backs, there are none bigger than Raiders' Darren McFadden and Cowboys' DeMarco Murray. McFadden's current average draft position is recorded as No. 29, 32, and 30. Murray is given the slight edge at No. 27, 31, and 25. If you're looking at either of these big-bodied backs it's probably to fill the role of RB2 or Flex. Both running...

Matt Flynn says Aaron Rodgers taught him how to be thick skinned

When Matt Flynn was in Green Bay, he had the chance to experience the craziness that Aaron Rodgers went through when Brett Favre was still in town. Flynn claims he was able to learn how to deal with a circus-like atmosphere from watching Rodgers. “What Aaron went through was a circus,” Flynn said, via the Contra Costa Times. “There were all the questions from the media, people...

My Lunch With Chris Kluwe

With each passing generation the dogma of the professional athlete as role model has become more and more blurred. Once unwavering symbols of perseverance and fortitude, the brand of ‘pro athlete’ has been tarnished by countless sexual assaults, armed robberies, drug possession, and murder. Today, these few gifted individuals are increasingly less known as athletes, rather as...
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