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Raiders GM compares rookie linebacker Khalil Mack to Clay Matthews Jr.

According to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle, Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie compared his 2014 first round pick linebacker Khalil Mack to one of the best pass-rushers in the game - Green Bay Packers pass rushing demon Clay Matthews. Their size is close as Matthews measures 6'3, 255 pounds and Mack is 6-3, 252, but McKenzie's intent was to highlight...
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Khalil Mack reminds Reggie McKenzie of Clay Matthews Jr.

Radiers general manager Reggie McKenzie says rookie Khalil Mack reminds him of Clay Matthews Jr. of the Packers. “He’s reminded me of Clay Matthews from Day 1,” McKenzie said, via the San Francisco Chronicle. “He’s one of those guys that knows how to set the edge, and he has length and power and some tools to rush the passer. “He’s got that first step, he can bend...
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Oakland Raiders: Early preseason game changers

Preseason has officially begun and the Oakland Raiders are eager to become the team to beat in the AFC West for the first time in years. Reggie McKenzie did a great job this offseason to acquire the experience and talent necessary to turn things around in Oakland. With important players being picked up on both sides of the ball, one of the smartest moves McKenzie made was picking...
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Oakland Raiders: Dennis Allen’s perspective at the start of camp

With the pads finally back on and preseason training camp underway, most of the Oakland Raiders are doing everything they can to show the coaching staff they are making adjustments and learning from spring camp. Head coach Dennis Allen has made it clear that what makes a player NFL game-ready is a player who doesn’t make the same mistake twice. A big part of Allen’s coaching...
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Greg Little taking advantage of new start in Oakland

The Oakland Raiders claimed WR Greg Little off waivers from the Cleveland Browns and the 2011 second-rounder was a hot commodity once he hit the wire. Little (6'2, 220), has the size and speed to be a top tier receiver in the NFL, however, his lapses in concentration from not fully grasping the playbook has resulted in numerous drops and missed assignments. Little's draft...
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Will Oakland Raiders DL Justin Tuck Get to Keep His Bane-Like Facemask?

Oakland Raiders defensive lineman Justin Tuck has become known for being a fierce beast on the gridiron; a person that quarterbacks see in their nightmares. With his new Bane-like facemask it is understandable if he takes the form of something even more dark and villainous inside the subconscious of QBs around the league.The No Fun League wants to ban facemasks like his, but if you...
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Raiders’ teammate: Matt Schaub is “getting his mojo back”

Raiders head coach Dennis Allen has been encouraged with what he’s seen from quarterback Matt Schaub so far. “Matt’s our quarterback and he’s done a great job ever since he got here,” head coach Dennis Allen said, via the San Francisco Chronicle. Antonio Smith who also played with Schaub in Houston, said he’s got his “mojo back.” “Schaubby’s getting his mojo back...
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2014 NFL Team Previews: Oakland Raiders

Key AdditionsQB Matt Schaub, RB Maurice Jones-Drew, WR James Jones, OT Donald Penn, OT Austin Howard, G Keith Boothe, DE Justin Tuck, DE/OLB LaMarr Woodley, CB Carlos Rogers, CB Tarell Brown DE/OLB Khalil Mack (draft), QB Derek Carr (draft), G Gabe Jackson (draft), NT Justin Ellis (draft), CB Keith McGill (draft)Key LossesRB Rashad Jennings, WR Jacoby Ford, OT Jared Veldheer, G Mike...
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Rewind: Power Rankings, intrigue of Oakland Raiders camp, overrated NFL players

Training camp is here! The best columns from the cover32 universe this week will help you kill time until the preseason kicks off. National Columns - Fantasy Preview: The top 32 QBs in 2014 (READ) - Power Rankings: Rating the intrigue of each NFL team’s training camp (READ) - Top10 in 2014: The best players at every NFL position (READ) - Ten most overrated players in the NFL ...
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Matt Schaub getting his 'mojo' back

Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Antonio Smith, who was teammates with quarterback Matt Schaub in Houston said that the signal caller is starting to show signs of his former self. Schaub left Houston a not-so-liked man, so he probably would have been happy to have been traded to just about anywhere. His destination turned out to be Oakland, where he has a chance to redeem himself...
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'Ninja Assassin,' aka Antonio Smith, ready to 'disrupt'

Antonio Smith has been remarkably healthy playing a physical game. The defensive lineman has missed one game in the last eight seasons -– he’d want me to knock on wood here, so I’ll oblige -– leading up to age 32. Then, just a few weeks after signing with the Raiders, he was sidelined for the entire offseason program after surgery to fix something unspecified. After Saturday...
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Marcel Reece lost 17 pounds this offseason

Raiders fullback Marcel Reece told Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle that he lost 17 pounds this offseason. Wow. Catching up with Marcel Reece. #Raiders fullback has dropped 17 pounds — Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) July 27, 2014 Reece has always been a dynamic player for the Raiders by catching the ball out of the backfield as well as being an effective runner. var ACE_AR...
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Keep an eye on these Fantasy Football sleepers

Fantasy sleepers can be drafted, but usually they are found after the season starts via the waiver wire. Here’s a list of Fantasy Football sleepers you might want to grab before they disappear. James Jones WR, Oakland Raiders: Jones had a solid career in Green Bay and now he may be WR1 in Oakland. In 2013 he had a career best in receiving yards with 817 yards, so with a larger...
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Oakland Raiders chances of winning the AFC West could hinge on this question

Thank goodness, football is here. All week, training camps open around the NFL, as teams begin the journey toward Super Bowl XLVIX in Glendale, Arizona. Every team in the league has questions that need to be answered, as no one has a clear and easy road map to the Promised Land. But the difference between being a contender and an also-ran usually comes down to one key issue. So as...
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Who should replace Oakland Raiders CB D.J. Hayden if he misses significant time?

The Oakland Raiders had a hellish season in 2013 in many ways, but most of all when it came to injuries. The team could not stay healthy and a serious lack of depth resulted in poor play across the board. So as the team prepares to enter training camp for the 2014 season, one can understand how frustrating it must be knowing that D.J. Hayden is still nursing an injury and may not...
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