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Thoughts from the Dark Side:
Watching tape is always extremely interesting. For example, when the Raiders drafted Mychal Rivera, simply reading about him I thought his size – 6’3” 242 lbs – likely meant that he was an explosive receiver who probably didn’t have the size to be a great blocker but would serve as a good receiver option.
In essence, I thought that Rivera would be another David Ausberry, who is an explosive receiving threat but struggles in blocking. Ausberry, of course, was a receiver in college.
However, this perception could not be further from the truth. Instead, I found Rivera to be a better-than-expected blocker…but he is in no way a stretch-the-field receiver.
First, Rivera definitely lacks the size that teams would like at the position. His size makes him by far the smallest TE on the Raiders roster and he stands out as being small even on the college tape. Smaller than ideal players can still be impact players, of course, but Rivera’s ceiling is certainly much lower than other p...
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Raiders HC Dennis Allen reiterated on Wednesday that the starting quarterback job is Matt Flynn’s to lose.
“Matt’s our starting quarterback as we go forward right now,” Allen said, via the Contra Costa Times, “and until the competition dictates otherwise, that’s where we’re going.”
There’s been a good deal of buzz surrounding the play of fourth-round...
According to Jerry McDonald of the Contra Costa Times, rookie cornerback D.J. Hayden was released from Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley and is back home resting.
The Raiders reported that Hayden was recovering at a local hospital after undergoing surgery to remove abdominal scar tissue on Tuesday.
Hayden had a near-death incident experiencing a heart vein rupture at the University...
Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen took time to talk about how the team responded to the long weekend and the quarterback competition.
Allen said he thought the team looked a bit rusty after the layoff and that Wednesday’s practice they would have to ‘pick it up.’
Allen did clarify his quarterback situation by naming Matt Flynn the starter:
“Matt’s our starting quarterback...
JaMarcus Russell is unlikely to ever play another NFL down, but you can't say he's not trying.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the former Raiders megabust has lost 50 pounds -- going from 315 to 265 -- in his comeback attempt.
As Rapoport cautioned, however, there's "still work to be done," as 265 is typical playing weight for defensive...
We have the latest development in the Charles Woodson jersey number saga we know you all have been on pins and needles over, and it’s potentially bad news for you nostalgics.
That photo above comes from Raiders OTAs on Tuesday. And as you can see Woodson looks like some scrub the team just brought in and didn’t have anything better to give him, which is only maybe half true...
As former Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell continues to work towards an NFL comeback he’s continued to lose weight. He’s now down to 265 pounds, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
Today’s JaMarcus Russell update: He’s down to 265 pounds. He began his latest comeback at 315. Still work to be done. #progress
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 28, 2013
Entering the offseason, there was talk that quarterback
JaMarcus Russell was attempting a comeback. Few took the former top pick
seriously, as he still had significant weight to shed. Now, Russell is
reportedly back down to his former playing weight – 265 pounds – and Ian
Rapoport of NFL.com reports this has him receiving “significant” interest from
more than one team.
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New offensive coordinator Greg Olsen must find a way to get the ball in wide receiver Jacoby Ford‘s hands this season. When the Oakland Raiders drafted him in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL draft, everyone expected Ford to be another track star who could not play a lick of football. Ford was the latest Raider draft pick to run...
After being hospitalized last week with an abdominal injury, Raiders rookie cornerback D.J. Hayden has reportedly been released from Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley and, according to the Raiders, is “resting comfortably at home.”
Hayden reportedly suffered from stomach pains during first week of Raiders OTAs and was checked into the hospital, where he reportedly had scar...
Not the best way to start your NFL career off, but appears he will be fine going forward.
A team source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Hayden’s injury was related to a previous heart surgery. Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie said Hayden, who is still hospitalized, underwent the procedure late last week.
Coach Dennis Allen also said the team couldn’t rule out whether this...
The chances of a comeback are still very slim, but at least JaMarcus is making an effort, he was well over 300 pounds when he decided he wanted to get back in the NFL.
According to this latest report, he has dropped 50 pounds so far.
The latest report comes from NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, who passes along word Russell is down 50 pounds to 265 pounds. That should help to satisfy NFL...
JaMarcus Russell hasn’t thrown a pass in the NFL since 2009, but the former No. 1 overall pick appears to be ready to make a return to the gridiron after reportedly shedding 50 pounds.
Russell began his comeback attempt at 315 pounds, and there were reports recently that he had lost significant weight. But now the quarterback has slimmed down even more — to 265 pounds — according...
Cornerback Charles Woodson sat down with Raiders.com and was asked what’s different since when he played in Oakland last.
Really, the only difference is the big guy [Al Davis] is not here. I think that’s really it. Knowing that you’re not going to see him coming out onto the field at any point in time this season is really the different feel to this organization. But I know...