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NFL Playoff Drought: Oakland Raiders bright future should help soothe bleak present

For the first time in many years, the Raiders seem to be on the right track. It has been a long ten years in Oakland since their trip to the 2003 Super Bowl. Poor draft picks such as: Jamarcus Russell, Robert Gallery and Darrius Heyward Bey set the franchise back many years. The last two seasons however; the team seems to have drafted wisely. Khalil Mack started every game at linebacker...
Via EndZoneScore
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

LB Malcolm Smith bringing Super Bowl mentality to defense: 'It’s a higher standard for us'

When Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie signed former Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith to join their linebacker corps, it was to help bring a championship mentality to a unit that has lacked fire for some time. Smith has been in the NFC Divisionals (2012), NFC Championship (2013, 2014), and the Super Bowl (2013, 2014). "When you really work hard every single day and...
Via 60 Max Power O
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Raiders sign linebacker Neiron Ball

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have signed fifth-round draft pick Neiron Ball. The team announced the deal Thursday. Oakland has signed seven of its 10 draft picks. Ball was selected 161st overall by the Raiders. He played four seasons at Florida, starting 16 of his 45 games over his career. He had 94 tackles, three sacks, one interception, four passes defensed, two fumble...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

CB D.J. Hayden wants to continue progress made late last season

According to Eddie Paskal of Raiders.com, Raiders cornerback D.J. Hayden said that he wants to continue the progress made towards the end of 2014. After being selected in the first round (12th pick overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft, Hayden has battled injuries in his first two seasons, but the third-year cornerback is ready to live up to his draft status. Hayden was able to start...
Via 60 Max Power O
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Four goals for Raiders RB Latavius Murray in 2015

In desperate times, is where positive results can appear. In the Allen/Sparano disaster, Latavius Murray emerged as a potential lead back. Although his sample size was small (82 carries in 3 starts), he ran for over 400 yards. Murray is the definition of a flash player. His 90 yard touchdown versus the Chiefs is a thought still fresh in fans’ minds. It was a highlight of yet another...
Via cover32
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Throwback Thursday: Interview with cover32 Raiders writer Walter Spargo

Back in 2012, I was writing for the now defunct Sports Fans News and I had the opportunity to do my first Raider Nation spotlight piece with someone our readers are quite familiar with, Walter Spargo. It took place just before the Oakland Raiders traveled to Denver to take on the Broncos. And, as I’m sure most of Raider Nation can attest, it was a really rough loss. A really, really...
Via cover32
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Agent: Carr won't need surgery on injured finger

Oakland Raiders quarterback may be taking it easy with hs injured finger, but it won't require anything else to heal as previously reported, according to his agent, Tim Younger. “I don’t know where this idea came up that he’s going to be having surgery,” Younger said, via the San Francisco Chronicle. “The situation, I don’t even want to call it an injury, is very...
Via 60 Max Power O
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Raiders sign cornerback Chimdi Chekwa

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have signed cornerback Chimdi Chekwa. The team announced the move Wednesday to bring back Chekwa following a brief stint in New England. Chekwa spent four seasons with the Raiders from 2011-14. He played 32 games, recording 35 defensive tackles and six passes defensed. Chekwa played 10 games for Oakland last season. Chekwa signed with New...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Mark Davis: I'm trying all I can do to keep this team in Oakland

Recent reports indicate that the Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Chargers are close to sealing a deal that would move both teams to Los Angeles to play in a joint stadium. However, some Raiders fans are not happy about their team moving down south. They showed their dislike by holding a small protest outside of the NFL’s Spring Meeting that took place Tuesday in San Francisco...
Via Sportsnaut
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Raiders Derek Carr Hopes Rest and Rehab Will Cure Numb Finger in Right Hand

The Oakland Raiders finally found their quarterback in Derek Carr, but the new face of the franchise is currently dealing with an injury that could potentially need surgery. Before that option is explored, however, the Raiders are hoping rest and rehab will do the trick. Carr missed the first session of OTAs on Tuesday and will likely miss the rest of the sessions as well. He is...
Via Sportsnaut
2 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL Post-Draft Power Rankings: How Good is the Raiders Defense?

View image | gettyimages.com The NFL Draft is now in the past.  Teams are finished assembling their 90-man rosters. Also, teams are beginning to get to work and are getting primed for serious offseason programs. As the draft has now concluded and NFL teams are now moving to a period of actual season preparation, we at TopSportsReport thought it’d be a good time to evaluate...
Via TopSportsReport
2 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL Post-Draft Power Rankings: Which Team Has the Best Defense?

32. Oakland Raiders View image | gettyimages.com I definitely like that they went defensive minded with the hiring of Jack Del Rio.  Unfortunately though, the Raiders were dreadful defensively next year and turning around this defense won’t be a one year project. The Raiders have to continue to build on their young linebackers and revamp their defensive line and secondary...
Via TopSportsReport
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Derek Carr misses Raiders OTAs

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Oakland Raiders starting quarterback Derek Carr did not participate in Tuesday’s OTA practice for an undisclosed reason. Head coach Jack Del Rio would not discuss Carr’s injury as he is not obligated to disclose injuries at this time. Carr was on the practice field, but he did not wear a helmet or cleats for the session. “Time missed in May is...
Via Sports-Glory
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Derek Carr may need surgery on finger

The Oakland Raiders are looking to build their franchise around second-year quarterback Derek Carr, but they may have to wait for the 24-year-old to get on the field this offseason. On Tuesday, it was reported that Carr has an injury to his right ring finger that could keep him out for an extended period of time. Chris Mortensen claims Carr’s injury could require surgery and if...
Via Rumors and Rants
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Derek Carr Suffers Injury, Could Need Surgery

Oakland Raiders starting quarterback Derek Carr has suffered a finger injury that “may require surgery,” according to ESPN NFL Insider Chris Mortensen. Carr could miss the rest of OTAs, but the team is “optimistic” he’ll be ready for training camp. Even if has to sit out during training camp, however, the Raiders aren’t concerned about his absence. “Time missed in...
Via Gridiron Grit
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Corps Players: Offensive Line

This is the third piece in a series that will look at each position – the additions, subtractions, and pre-training camp depth chart as I see it. For the wide receiver corps, click here. For the tight end corps, click here.   Today’s Corps Players examines the Raiders offensive line personnel changes and how I project the offensive line to look. The only real loss for the Raiders’...
Via Thoughts from the Dark Side
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Raiders QB Derek Carr Sits Out OTAs With Unknown Injury

The Oakland Raiders commenced Phase III of their offseason workouts on Tuesday, but one important player did not participate—quarterback Derek Carr. CSN Bay Area’s Scott Bair reports that Carr was on the practice field but was not wearing a helmet or cleats. It is unclear what type of injury Carr is working through. NFL teams are not required to disclose player injuries this...
Via Sportsnaut
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Del Rio Compares sanctions to Deflategate Overreaction

Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio has had a lot on his plate as of late. His son, Luke, is transferring to Florida and will play for his third college football team and Jack, a former USC linebacker, was just inducted into the USC Athletics Hall of Fame. Before his induction, Del Rio had a few choice words when he was asked his thoughts on the penalties laid on the New England...
Via Campus Sports Net
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Corps players: Tight Ends

This is the second piece in a series that will look at each position – the additions, subtractions, and pre-training camp depth chart as I see it. For the wide receiver corps, click here.   Today’s unit of focus is tight ends which, like the teams’ wide receivers, should be in line for a bump up in production in 2015. Last season’s top tight end, Mychal Rivera, returns this...
Via Thoughts from the Dark Side
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Disagreeing with Bleacher Report’s best/worst offseason moves for the Raiders

Bleacher Report writer Russell Baxter published a piece listing the best and worst move for every NFL team today. The two listed for the Oakland Raiders are both somewhat confusing for anyone following the team closely. According to Baxter, the best move made by the Raiders this offseason was the signing of safety Nate Allen while the worst move was the signing of Christian Ponder...
Via cover32
4 days ago  |  Discuss

3 Raiders Veterans Most Affected By the Draft

1. Derek Carr View image | gettyimages.com Most of the people on these lists have been affected in a negative way.  Carr, on the other hand, has been affected in an incredibly positive way. Last season, Derek Carr’s number one receiver was James Jones.  James Jones is no longer on the Raiders roster.  These previous two statements are indicative of how poor the weapons...
Via TopSportsReport
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders: Three takeaways from the draft

With the draft long gone and rookie camps finished up, it is time to take a clear look at what the Oakland Raiders did on draft day. And if this new crop of talent is going to help take the Raiders to that next level. With 10 picks in total from the draft, here are my takeaways from the moves Reggie Mckanzie and the front office made. The team is in on Derek Carr The front office...
Via isportsweb.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Corps players: Wide Receiver

This is the first piece in a series that will look at each position – the additions, subtractions, and pre-training camp depth chart as I see it.   Jumping right in. The Raiders’ wide receiver corps is perhaps the most improved area of the team. The Raiders top receiving threat going into 2014 was Rod Streater but Streater suffered a foot injury very early in the season, hurting...
Via Thoughts from the Dark Side
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Projecting the 2015 Oakland Raiders Week 1 starting lineup

Fast forward to about four months from now. It’s Week 1 of the 2015 NFL Season, and the Oakland Raiders are about to play the Cincinnati Bengals. We’ve now completed all the rookie camps, training camps and preseason games. Who’s going to be in the starting lineup for the Raiders? We’ll take a look ahead and see who makes the cut. Offense  Quarterback Derek Carr This...
Via EndZoneScore
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders offense is looking to make some noise in 2015

The Oakland Raiders offense has made about as much noise as a whisper the last decade. Get your jokes out now. “Haha haha the Oakland Raiders are terrible! Reggie McKenzie has no idea how to build a team! This team sucks!!” Yes, the Raiders have been basement dwellers in the AFC West, and the NFL, for a decade now. They’ve been the butt-end of jokes for a decade, and deservedly...
Via EndZoneScore
15 days ago  |  Discuss
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