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Raiders pass rush is definition of “close but no cigar”

The Oakland Raiders spent a lot of time and money this offseason trying to upgrade their pass rush and if you believe the Pro Football Focus grading, they succeeded in their goal. According to Pro Football Focus, the Raiders rank in the top 15 in pass rush grades. This is despite the fact that the Raiders rank 25th in the league in sacks this season with only 19. The Raiders would...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Pat Sims having a quietly strong season behind Antonio Smith

In 2013, defensive tackle Pat Sims was easily one of the best defensive players for the Oakland Raiders. When general manager Reggie McKenzie brought him back this season, many were excited to see what the big nose tackle could do in a rotation with a better quality defensive line around him. In 2013, the Raiders did not have any depth on the team, but were especially weak along...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

10 NFL Teams That Have Improved the Most This Offseason

With free agency and the draft now in the rear view mirror and OTAs and training camps just around the corner, let’s take a comprehensive look at which teams have done the most to improve their fortunes this offseason. [RELATED: Ranking the 10 Best NFL Free Agents Still Available] Photo Credit: Tony Gonzales/ [RELATED: 10 NFL Teams That Improved the Most in Free Agency...
Via Gridiron Grit
May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Tale of the Tape: Antonio Smith

Photo courtesy of The last two seasons, the Raiders have not been able to sign any “name” players in free agency while GM Reggie McKenzie was clearing the teams’ “out of whack” contracts. This year, for the first time since McKenzie became a GM, the Raiders have been able to sign players that have a reputation around the league, albeit guys who are getting a...
Via Thoughts from the Dark Side
April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders Bolster Front Seven With Addition of Antonio Smith

The Oakland Raiders have signed defensive end Antonio Smith to a two-year, $9 million deal. Photo Credit:   Former Texans DE Antonio Smith just signed a 2-year, $9M deal with the Raiders. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 14, 2014 Smith, 32, has the versatility to play in both the 4-3 and 3-4 scheme as an interior pass rusher. Despite his age, Smith has...
Via Gridiron Grit
March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Texans’ DE Antonio Smith Has Two Visits Lined Up Already

  Ian Rapoport reports that the Houston Texans’ free agent DE Antonio Smith already has two visits lined and interest from four NFL teams. There has been a limited amount of buzz regarding Smith since the offseason got underway, but it appears as though he still has a respectable market. Smith, 32, totaled 30 tackles, five sacks and a forced fumble over the course of 15 games...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Antonio Smith on accusing Patriots of spying on Texans: 'I was joking'

After taking a ton of criticism from media and fans, Antonio Smith is attempting to clear the air. The Houston Texans defensive end accused Tom Brady and the New England Patriots of cheating their way to a victory on Sunday. He based this statement on the Patriots being able to move the ball successfully, even though the Texans threw in a new look defensively in preparation of the...
Via The Victory Formation
December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

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