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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...
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7 days ago  |  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...
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7 days ago  |  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...
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12 days ago  |  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
27 days ago  |  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...
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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...
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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...
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January 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders players take to Twitter to thank Raider Nation for their support

One of the most magical parts about the Oakland Raiders win on Thursday night was the fan base. After starting the year 0-10, this team seemed destined to be only the second team in NFL history to go 0-16. But despite that fact, Raiders fans continued to show up at games and cheer at any opportunity they had (there have not been many). Last night was a perfect example of that. With...
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November 21, 2014  |  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,...
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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...
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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...
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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 leave for bye after meeting with new coach

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) 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...
Via AP on Fox
October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders vs. Texans: 5 Things to Watch

The Raiders’ 2014 started out with a fizzle last week in a very winnable match against the New York Jets. While outplayed in some facets of the game, the Raiders had plenty of opportunities to capitalize on. This week, it’s on coach Dennis Allen to get his team mentally ready after a disappointing start so that they can avoid an 0-2 record.It starts with rookie quarterback Derek...
Via Pro Football Spot
September 14, 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

Jets push around Raiders in 19-14 victory

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) A little extra motivation for the New York Jets came from one of their former teammates. They heard all about how Oakland Raiders offensive lineman Austin Howard suggested that his new team could push around the Jets' big, bad defensive line. Well, not quite. The Jets held rookie quarterback Derek Carr and the Raiders to 158 yards of total offense, including...
Via AP on Fox
September 08, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL QB rankings 1-32 are out: Where’s the Oakland Raiders’ Matt Schaub?

Every week, from now through the Wednesday before the Super Bowl, the editors at cover32 will gather to rank the NFL’s 32 starting quarterbacks. Depending on what’s happened the previous week, some will rise and some will fall, and even some of the names on the list will change. It’s a never-ending evolution, as the status of the league’s top signal callers is always in flux...
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August 13, 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...
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August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Can Oakland Raiders salvage Reggie McKenzie’s first ever draft pick?

The Oakland Raiders and owner Mark Davis hired Reggie McKenzie to run football operations in Oakland in large part because of his reputation for evaluating talent in the draft. But when McKenzie finally had his chance to run his very own NFL draft room, his first pick was spent on a guy named Tony Bergstrom. Unless you are a die hard Raider fan who follows the team closely, it would...
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August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

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...
Via Heff's Sports Blog
July 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders camp preview: An offensive line full of new faces is a good thing

Today, we are taking a look at the offensive line and the new faces and potential battles that may take place in training camp. The Oakland Raiders have only picked up three rookies for their offensive line during this offseason, one in the draft and two as undrafted free agents immediately following the draft. Let’s go through and take a look at the faces on the roster, new and...
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July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders strengths, weaknesses and wildcards

The Oakland Raiders will be a completely different team in 2014. In fact, this is the third year of the Reggie McKenzie and Dennis Allen era and it is the third new iteration of the Raiders roster. With a focus on fixing the salary cap, McKenzie has overhauled the Raiders roster every year, fielding unique teams each season. Now that the cap situation is fixed, the Raiders have what...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Some Comparisons Between the 1980 Oakland Raiders and the 2014 Squad

While watching the 1980 Oakland Raiders edition of America’s Game on NFL Network, I noticed some similarities between that team and the 2014 squad. Not every element is a side-by-side comparison, but there are some uncanny similarities. Until the final 53 man roster is in, it is hard to make specific comparisons, but there are some to be made. Like the 1980 team, not many are giving...
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June 18, 2014  |  1 Comment

Just how good could the Raiders offense be?

Last week I took a position by position look at the Oakland Raiders defense to answer the question of just how good the unit could be. Now it is the offense’s turn. Unfortunately, the prospects for success on the offensive side of the ball are not quite as positive as on defense. The potential for success is there, but there are so many question marks that it is hard to be overly...
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June 16, 2014  |  Discuss
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