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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
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Key offseason position battles for the Raiders

The Oakland Raiders have more than 20 new players in the mix for spots on the team this spring and many of those players will be competing for starting gigs with the Silver and Black. Though there will be offseason workouts before then, the real competition will not start until training camp in July when the coaches and players start having full padded practices. That being said...
Via cover32
12 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
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Raiders could target guard on day 3 of draft

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders could look for their starting right guard on day three of the NFL draft. After filling holes at wide receiver, defensive end and tight end on the first two days, the Raiders still could use a guard in the final four rounds of the draft on Saturday. The Raiders have picks in all four rounds Saturday. Oakland has moved last year's starting...
Via AP on Fox
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Who Should the Raiders Target in Round Two?

La’el Collins View image | gettyimages.com I don’t know how much homework the Raiders have done on the ongoing investigation, which Collins seems to be involved in.  But, if he’s truly not a suspect and the Raiders have knowledge of that, they could end up getting a steal in round two.  Austin Howard can’t be trusted for another year, so picking Collins would help...
Via TopSportsReport
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Raiders could look to DE, G on day 2 of NFL draft

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders could turn their attention to pass rusher on day two of the NFL draft. After taking receiver Amari Cooper with their first-round pick, the Raiders head into Friday with the third pick in the second round and the fourth pick in round three. Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie would like to add a pass rusher if possible in the next two...
Via AP on Fox
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders 4-Round Mock Draft

Round One – Leonard Williams, DT, USC View image | gettyimages.com I’m super excited when I see that Leonard Williams is still available at 4.  I anxiously waited to see who would go ahead of four.  While the need at defensive tackle isn’t huge, the Raiders could really benefit from an increase in production from their defensive line and from their pass rush.  I...
Via TopSportsReport
April 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders Will Take Remaining Needs to the Draft

View image | gettyimages.com After the Oakland Raiders led the NFL with 10 free agent additions it appears that the Silver and Black have decided to call it a day on the signing period and they will wait until the draft to address their remaining needs.  They have signed a group of players 28 years old or younger that will take care of imminent needs at linebacker, defensive...
Via TopSportsReport
April 01, 2015  |  Discuss

3 Positional Needs the Raiders Could Address in Round One

Wide Receiver  View image | gettyimages.com During this offseason, the Raiders set a priority on adding a top flight wide receiver for the young Derek Carr to throw to next season.  We saw this to be true as the team offered contracts to a multitude of wide receivers.  Unfortunately, they failed to add a top flight wide receiver during the offseason, and they’re stuck...
Via TopSportsReport
March 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Evan Mathis would make the Raiders offensive line elite

The Oakland Raiders have made big upgrades to their offensive line over the past two seasons by adding two young players in the middle with Gabe Jackson and Rodney Hudson. By moving Austin Howard back to right tackle where he belongs, the Raiders have three young players who can anchor the offensive line for years to come. While they don’t have their left tackle of the future identified...
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March 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders Complete Mock Offseason

Player Cuts/Restructures View image | gettyimages.com I restructure Austin Howard ‘s contract to free up about 3,000,000 dollars.  I must keep him, because I can’t take a risk at damaging this line even further. Matt Schaub is an easy cut, opening up 5,500,000, which also allows me the opportunity to build upon my Quarterback depth chart. I could do more with Antonio...
Via TopSportsReport
March 04, 2015  |  Discuss

How the Raiders can upgrade their offensive line this offseason

It’s no secret that without a solid offensive line, the game will be lost. No blocking for a quarterback equals sacks, hurries, fumbles, and interceptions. No blocking means that wide receivers have no time to get open, and most running backs can’t fend off an entire team with jukes and field reversals. Without an offensive line, there are no MVP QB’s, RB’s, WR’s, TE’s...
Via cover32 - Raiders
February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

What positions the Raiders should look at in each round of the NFL draft

The Oakland Raiders are a team full of needs, but not all needs are created equally. For example, the Raiders could really use some help at the running back position, but that does not mean they should go out and draft a running back in the first round. With the draft still months away, it is too early in my opinion to guess who will be taken at what spot. It isn’t too early, however...
Via cover32 - Raiders
February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

My bold predictions for the Raiders in free agency

When the Oakland Raiders hired general manager Reggie McKenzie, he made his philosophy on how to build a team very clear. He builds through the draft and not through free agency. Through his first three years with the team, we have seen his philosophy in work as he has traded back in drafts to obtain more picks while for the most part signing only bargain basement deals during free...
Via cover32 - Raiders
February 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Early top five list of free agent targets for the Oakland Raiders

The Oakland Raiders will once again have an immense amount of cap space to spend in free agency this year and that’s a great thing considering how many holes the team still needs to fill. Last offseason, the Raiders only went with one young player, Austin Howard, instead going for more affordable vets who are nearing the end of their careers. But as I have written before, I believe...
Via cover32 - Raiders
February 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Looking at how bad the Raiders’ 2014 free agent class was

The Oakland Raiders were only able to manager three wins in 2014 and a large part of the reason has been attributed to their poor free agent class. After two years of deconstructing the team and getting rid of bad contracts, the Raiders were finally ready to build. But despite entering the free agent period with the most cap space of any team in the league, the Raiders finished with...
Via cover32 - Raiders
January 09, 2015  |  Discuss

How the Raiders can upgrade their offensive line right now

Even though the NFL is still in the middle of the playoffs, the Oakland Raiders are already in the offseason. They still have a lot of work to do in terms of finding an entire coaching staff before they can even begin thinking about the free agent period, and yet they have the ability to upgrade their offensive line right now. It’s as simple as committing to moving Austin Howard...
Via cover32 - Raiders
January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Why the Raiders need to break their rule and spend on a free agent wide receiver

Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie is known for his philosophy of building through the draft and not free agency. For the most part, this is a very solid rule that most successful general managers believe in. Spending in free agency should really be called overspending in free agency since signing a quality free agent will often mean paying more than what many believe...
Via cover32 - Raiders
January 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders mailbag: Bright spot, biggest let down, stupid Greg Olson and more

@RaidersReporter what 1 player has been the biggest let down this year and who do u think has been biggest bright spot? — David Blake (@keymaker77) November 18, 2014 For me it has got to be either LaMarr Woodley or Austin Howard for biggest let down. Woodley did absolutely nothing before getting hurt, but I think most were skeptical about how much he had left anyway. Howard,...
Via cover32 - Raiders
November 19, 2014  |  Discuss

How did the Raiders run game go so wrong? Is one player more responsible than others?

The Oakland Raiders have the single worst rushing attack in the entire NFL. Not only that, but it is one of the worst rushing attacks in the history of the league. The Raiders average a pathetic 62.1 yards per game. They are also last in the league in rushing touchdowns with two and last in the league in total yards with 559. Their yards per carry is only slightly better, ranking...
Via cover32 - Raiders
November 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders have one of the best pass blocking offensive lines in the NFL

According to Pro Football Focus, the Oakland Raiders have a top ten pass blocking offensive line. This is somewhat surprising considering the fact that most people looked at the line assembled by general manager Reggie McKenzie and assumed it would be a good road grading line, but might have some issues in pass protection. Oddly enough, the exact opposite has been true through the...
Via cover32 - Raiders
November 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders leave for bye after meeting with new coach Sparano

  Oakland Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano met with his players for the first time since replacing the fired Dennis Allen, then sent them off for a four-day weekend. The Raiders (0-4) held a team meeting Wednesday, a day after Sparano was hired to finish the season. The players then were given the rest of the week off for their bye as mandated by the collective bargaining agreement...
Via AP on Fox
October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders vs Texans: What to watch

The Raiders looked nothing like the team they want to be when they took the field last Sunday versus the Jets in New Jersey. The team wants to be a power run team but ran for a measly 1.7 yards per carry on only 15 carries. The team wants to boast a strong defense, but they were roasted by the Jets offense to the tune of 402 total yards, 212 of those on the ground. We are only one...
Via Thoughts from the Dark Side
September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

New York Jets GIF Dump & Leftover Observations – Week 1

A New York Jets GIF Dump for their 19-14 win over the Oakland Raiders. Want to see a specific play from the game going forward? Tweet it over to @TurnOnTheJets… #Routes Here comes the blitz Run, Geno run (slide, Geno slide) Pretty stuff from Geno to Cumberland (full passing breakdown coming tomorrow) Kraken…fast enough to celebrate at the 35 yard line This is happy Rex...
Via Turn On The Jets
September 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders offensive lineman Austin Howard may have a future in boxing

The Oakland Raiders got into a couple of practice scuffles with the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday as the two teams practiced together in Oxnard California. Twice, the two teams got into spirited fights as the packed crowd of mostly Raiders fans watched with delight. When asked about the incidents, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones downplayed the situation joking that Raiders guard Austin Howard...
Via cover32 - Raiders
August 13, 2014  |  Discuss
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