Found July 04, 2012 on Gridiron Grit:
With the widespread controversial conversation centered around NFL Network’s recent rankings of the Top 100 Players of 2012, the staff decided to collaborate and come out with its own list of the best of the best. Founder, CEO Michael Gartman, Marketing Coordinator and Analyst Oren Shiri, Contributor Brian Jones, NFL Insider Barry Barnes and Analyst James Williamson each ranked the Top 100 players of today. Points are the basis of the polling in these rankings.  For example, whichever player places at the top spot in any set of rankings receives 100 points, while the player that places No. 100 gets one point. For some perspective, the No. 1 overall player received a total of 494 points.  A linebacker with 364 points comes in at No. 25.  The cornerback that comes in at No. 50 received 223 points.  A defensive lineman at No. 75 received 131 points.  And a young pass-rusher that ranks No. 100 has 51 total points.  Just missing the cut with 49 points was Raiders receive...

Time for the Raiders to trade Darren McFadden

It was 2008; the Oakland Raiders had so much optimism in the air with the thought of Jamarcus Russell being the savior of the franchise and with the selection of Darren McFadden at running back would make Oakland the next great dynasty. Then the 2008 season started and Darren McFadden was sidelined much of the [...]

Oakland Raiders: Camp Battles – WR Edition

I will be doing a series of Raiders camp position battles throughout the off-season starting with wide receiver. I will continue to update these battles throughout camp as roster events take place such as injuries, cuts, new signings, etc. Here is a list of the wide receivers on the Raiders 90 man roster including links to their player profile and my written summary breaking down...

Former Raider faces three additional murder charges, and death penalty

Former Raiders defensive end Anthony Wayne Smith was awaiting a new trial on a murder charge with his first trial ending in a hung jury on April 18. A court document released Tuesday notes that Smith has been charged with three additional murders. Smith was originally charged with the murder of Maurilio Ponce on October 7, 2008. Smith now faces three more counts of the November...

Louis Murphy in danger of being cut by the Raiders

Getty Images According to Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times, Oakland Raiders wide receiver Louis Murphy will have to “fight” for one of the two final receiver spots once training camp rolls around. With the emergence of Juron Criner and Rod Streater, Murphy will have to stand out during training camp.  He only had 15 receptions for 241 yards last season, after putting...

Tyvon Branch will likely get a long-term deal in Oakland

Getty Images Jason La Canfora of believes there’s a strong chance that the Oakland Raiders will end up signing safety Tyvon Branch to a long-term deal. “The Michael Griffin deal from last month, which took the Titans safety off the franchise tag, provides a pretty good template for Branch and the Raiders working something out,” wrote La Canfora. ”New...

Carson Palmer may return to his old form in Oakland

Getty Images Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times believes that Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer is comfortable in the new offense and has a chance to return to his old form. In order for the Raiders to contend for a playoff spot in the AFC this coming season, they’re going to need to Palmer to drastically improve from last season.  

Oakland Raiders Training Camp Competition: Tight Ends

One of the more interesting training camp battles that will take place for the Oakland Raiders will be at the tight end position. The release of last year's starter Kevin Boss, left a void at the position that will be won during training camp and preseason games. New offensive coordinator Greg Knapp uses a system that likes to feature the tight end. When he was with the Houston...

Oakland Raiders 2012 Training Camp Competition: Wide Receivers Part 2

Yesterday Raiders 101 went through some of the Oakland Raiders wide receivers who are sure to see the field and make an impact. With Darrius Heyward-Bey, Denarius Moore, and Jacoby Ford all solidified a roster spot, today we will look at the rest of the receiving corps battling for roster spots and some game snaps. Louis Murphy has been a contributing member of the Raiders receiving...

Oakland Raider Great Big Ben Davidson Dies

What’s up RaiderNation? It is a sad day indeed as I write this article. A day that most here in the good ole US of A are celebrating the Nation’s independence from the tyrannical rule of England, and a day that the greatest nation of all (RaiderNation) would be celebrating the birthday of their forefather [...]

American Independence and Al Davis Share the Same Birthday, It’s Much More Than a Coincidence

What words come to mind when i mention the name Al Davis? Maverick, delusional, and overbearing are probably the first words that come to mind for the average football fan. The only word that matters when referencing Al Davis is; Iconoclastic. Sadly, Mr. Davis’ legacy to most fans will be his last 10 years on [...]

Raiders’ Denarius Moore could be on the verge of a break out season

  Getty Images ESPN’s Adam Schefter was asked which NFL wide receivers could have a break out season in 2012 and one of the players he mentioned is Denarius Moore of the Oakland Raiders. “I think Denarius Moore has a chance to shine in Oakland and become a big-time wide receiver.,” wrote Schefter. As a rookie last season, Moore put up some impressive numbers with 33 receptions...

Reports: Ex-Raider Davidson dies

Ben Davidson, a legendary defensive end with the Oakland Raiders, has died at age 72, according to multiple reports. Davidson reportedly died of prostate cancer. Davidson made three Pro Bowl appearances during his eight-season stint in Oakland and also played in Super Bowl II. All told, he played 11 years in the NFL (1961-71). "We'll miss him," Raiders owner Mark...

The Raiders Look to Regain a ‘Commitment to Excellence’

Dennis Allen’s military background is exactly what the doctor ordered for the undisciplined Raiders. (Beck Diefenbach/Reuters Pictures) At this time last year things were very different in Northern California. Jason Campbell was the starting quarterback. Hue Jackson was the head coach. And Al Davis was still alive(God rest his soul). But there is one thing that will continue throughout...
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