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Raiders signed Lee Smith for pancake blocks, not pass-catching

Lee Smith doesn't fit today's tight end mold -- catch first, everything else second.The Raiders knew that when they offered him $3 million per season. Smith is a blocker first, second, and third. He's more sixth lineman than tight end."The fact that he’s not a glamour guy, he’s not really too concerned with his stats," head coach Jack Del Rio told ESPN's Bill Williamson. "He...
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August 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders position preview: Tight Ends

The Oakland Raiders made it evident that they wanted to upgrade the tight end position this offseason. The team drafted a tight end in the third-round along with signing one in free agency and attempted to bring in Julius Thomas. Currently, the Raiders have three tight ends who could see a good amount of time on the field this season. As for who the starter is, that remains to...
August 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Raiders showing interest in tight end Jermaine Gresham

The Raiders did their homework on Jermaine Gresham before free agency began in March. That interest never materialized in a signing. But it never went away, either, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport: Oakland still has about $20 million in cap to burn; they can more than afford Gresham's price tag.  Whether or not they'd actually sign him is a different story. Since they...
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July 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Recent Signings Give Oakland Raiders Long-Lost Identity

As many football fans well know, the Oakland Raiders have been bad for a long time. They've sported an offense that can't get out of its own way and a defense that's been downright offensive to watch.But the Raiders' recent free-agent signings indicate the team is bringing back a part of itself that's been missing for too long—an identity.The acquisitions of center Rodney Hudson...
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March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders Add RB Roy Helu, TE Lee Smith

The Oakland Raiders used the end of the first day of free agency to add some depth at running back and tight end.Former Washington Redskins running back Roy Helu and Buffalo Bills tight end Lee Smith have reportedly agreed to two-year and three-year deals with the team, respectively.Helu's contract is worth a little more than $4 million while Smith's is worth $9.1 million.Oakland...
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March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Geno Smith, Michael Vick combine for 6 turnovers as Bills roll, 43-23

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Kyle Orton threw four touchdown passes and the Buffalo Bills forced the New York Jets into six turnovers -- three each by Geno Smith and Michael Vick -- in a 43-23 rout Sunday. Orton won for the third time in four games since replacing EJ Manuel as the starting quarterback for the Bills (5-3), tossing TD passes to Robert Woods, Lee Smith, Scott Chandler and...
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October 26, 2014  |  Discuss

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