Raiders talk about losing Allen, playing for Sparano

New Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano met with his players Wednesday, detailed what to expect the remainder of the season and then sent them away for four days as is the norm during a team's bye week. Several players interviewed said they were told to expect changes from the way things operated under fired coach Dennis Allen. Just the same, those changes won't be drastic...
Via Pro Sports Daily
18 days ago  |  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...
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19 days ago  |  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...
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September 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders guard Austin Howard says Jets can be pushed around

Austin Howard has a good idea of what the Raiders are up against. As the right tackle for the New York Jets, Howard worked against the same defense in practice that he will face Sunday at MetLife Stadium -- this time as the right guard for the Raiders. "This will be a good evaluator for where we are as a team," Howard said. "But I believe we can go up there and push...
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September 06, 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

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

Competition Should Be Fierce for Raiders O-line

Michael Macor/The Chronicle Although the Oakland Raiders are coming off of two consecutive 4-12 seasons, there is plenty reason for optimism as the NFL approaches the 2014 season.  That’s because the Raiders had a great offseason in which they added proven veterans with something left in the tank as well as drafted a mix of instant impact players and developmental projects. ...
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May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Reviewing the Raiders roster: Offensive line

As we continue to look at how the Oakland Raiders roster looks now that they have finished with free agency and the draft, up next is offensive line. If you missed it earlier this week, you can check out the review of quarterbacks and running backs here, and the review of wide receivers and tight ends here. Offensive linemen: projected starters* - Donald Penn(LT) - Gabe Jackson/Kevin...
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May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

One word summary of the Oakland Raiders offseason: Versatility

With the addition of eight players through the NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders brought the total for new players this offseason to 21. When looking at the guys the Raiders have brought in, there are a few different themes that appear. But aside from the fact that there was a clear focus on building through the lines, the biggest and most omnipresent theme was versatility. When looking...
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May 12, 2014  |  Discuss

A deeper look at Raiders pick Gabe Jackson

With the 81st pick in the 2014 NFL draft, the Oakland Raiders selected Mississippi State guard Gabe Jackson. Jackson is a big, smart player. He great size and very long arms. Usually the type of long arms you see on a offensive tackle, not guard. He’s a load to move. He stands 6’3 333 pounds and possesses a tree trunk like lower body. He has a vicious punch and very good balance...
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May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders hope short term rentals pay off long term

The Raiders have been busy this off season. They have the money to spend and have been accumulating talent. Thirteen new faces will be wearing the Silver and Black in 2014 but for how long? Reggie McKenzie and Dennis Allen both are presumably on the hot seat and have made short term deals with a number of their free agents in order to avoid “dead money” disasters that were seen...
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April 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders Draft Preview

1. Pick Five Narrowed Down To Two Targets Michael Conroy/Associated Press The Quarterback and Outside Linebacker position were the two most prominent positions that people thought the Raiders would target at pick 5.  This is no longer the case for Oakland. Oakland has two main targets at number five, one of which will likely be available.  First, is Jake Matthews.  With Greg Robinson...
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April 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders release guard Mike Brisiel and save 1.38 million in cap space

Today the Oakland  Raiders released former starting guard Mike Brisiel, according to Scott Bair of Brisiel started 30 games over the past two seasons, but was out of a job after the Raiders signed Austin Howard to man right guard. He signed a five-year, $20 million contract in 2012, but took a pay cut last year after they abandoned the zone […] The post...
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April 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Tale of the Tape: Austin Howard

The Raiders have been signing free agents left and right this offseason, going mostly with older veterans with a history of good to great production. Perhaps the one signing that bucked the trend was when the Raiders signed Austin Howard, a large offensive tackle who started every game in the last two seasons at right tackle for the Jets. Howard is a physical specimen, standing...
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April 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders still looking to spend on free agents

The Oakland Raiders have already signed eight new players and traded for a ninth since the start of free agency. They have not handed out any really big contracts other than the one voided when Rodger Saffold failed his physical, but they haven’t been bringing in bargain basement deals either. The Raiders have added LaMarr Woodley, Justin Tuck, Antonio Smith, Tarrell Brown, Austin...
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March 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders will have Austin Howard play guard, not tackle

According to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle,  the Raiders signed free agent offensive lineman Austin Howard to play guard, not tackle. Turns out there was a twist. #Raiders signed Austin Howard to play guard and not right tackle, & are hoping/expecting Watson starts at RT — Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) March 24, 2014 var ACE_AR = {Site: '898551', Size: '468060...
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March 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders sign OT Austin Howard

This is an overpay for Austin Howard, who has been a solid, but unspectacular right tackle for the Jets in 2 seasons as a starter, grading out 31st among offensive tackles on Pro Football Focus in 2012 and 47th in 2013. Giving him 30 million over 5 years with 15 million guaranteed looks bad in comparison to some of the deals given to right tackles recently. Sebastian Vollmer (4 years...
Via The Football Fan Spot
March 21, 2014  |  Discuss

USA Today gives Oakland Raiders D- for free agent moves

USA Today has given grades for free agent moves thus far and chose the Oakland Raiders for the dubious honor of receiving the worst grade of any team in the league. While one team, the Cincinnati Bengals, received an incomplete, no one received a letter grade worse than the D- handed to the Raiders. By the time the piece was written, the Raiders had signed eight free agents. Offensive...
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March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Grading week one of Oakland Raiders free agency

Day one of the free agency frenzy left fans breathing heavily into paper bags. Lamarr Houston was gone as was Jared Veldheer and the only new player coming to Oakland was Rodger Saffold (who would soon be leaving again). All the cap space for making moves was still in Reggie McKenzie’s pocket and Raider Nation was quickly bracing for full panic mode. What a big difference six days...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders: free agency recap

After six days, the Oakland Raiders have made some not-so-big moves. Coming into the offseason with more than $60 million to spend, some may have expected general manager Reggie McKenzie to make some big splashes. However McKenzie is not like deceased former owner/general manager Al Davis, who wanted every big name player and would give them outrageous overpriced contracts that...
March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

One problem with first 48 hours of Jets’ free agency: everything

One problem with first 48 hours of Jets’ free agency: everythingIf the New York Jets’ first 48 hours of free agency could be summed up in an Eric Hutchinson album title, which is actually a horrible concept on my part and I apologize, it would have to be That Could’ve Gone Better. Hands down. Shall we review? Though I was not necessarily high on re-signing right tackle Austin...
March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Jets swiftly hire Howard's replacement in Giacomini

BY NICK ST. DENISThe New York Jets wanted to lock up right tackle Austin Howard well before he could sniff free agency, but as time went on, it became clear he was destined for the marketplace.Howard ended up signing on with the Oakland Raiders Tuesday (sorry, man), leaving a relatively crucial void on Gang Green's front.The Jets swiftly filled that void, announcing Wednesday...
Via AFC East Daily
March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Why the Raiders over-paid Saffold, Howard

The Raiders looked to be sitting pretty riding into free agency. They had a large amount of cap space and the will, it appeared, to re-sign their own to-be free agents plus a few others. A day after free agency, the Raiders have signed three players, only one of which was in Oakland last season. Arguably the team’s best three players (and certainly the team’s best three free...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders: Austin Howard signed as new right tackle

Oakland Raiders: Austin Howard signed as new right tackle The other signing the Oakland Raiders made on the first day of free agency was for former New York Jets right tackle Austin Howard. The 5-year, $30 million deal with $15 million guaranteed is a prize for the former undrafted free agent. Like Rodger Saffold, it is a gross overpayment for a average player Howard has been...
March 12, 2014  |  Discuss
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