Top five camp battles to watch for the Oakland Raiders

Ladies and gentlemen, football is almost upon us. Rookies and select other players will report for training camp on Sunday while the veterans report on Thursday July 30th and the first all team practice is on Friday July 31. So naturally, it’s time to talk about training camp battles. The Raiders will have competition throughout the roster as they continue to try and turn things...
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Three injury prone players the Oakland Raiders need to stay healthy

One of the biggest problems the Oakland Raiders have faced in recent years was the constant plague of injuries to the team. We all know it’s football and people get hurt, not team in the NFL is insulated from that fact. But for whatever reason, the Raiders just seemed to suffer injuries at a much higher clip. One of the biggest things that needs to happen in order for the Raiders...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Tuesday web roundup: Oakland Raiders

Raiders A No-Show, Chargers Attend Carson NFL Stadium Meeting CARSON ( — Representatives from San Diego and the Oakland Raiders were expected to attend a town-hall meeting in Carson on ... Raiders position battle: Menelik Watson vs Austin Howard The right tackle position this offseason has gone from one that looked to be Austin Howard's to lose, to one that he...
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June 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Andrew Luck has some choice explicit words for a New York Jets fan

Andrew Luck is becoming the new face of the NFL. In only his third year in the league he lead it with 40 touchdown passes. He is a quiet, laid back guy that loves the small town of Indianapolis. The media here is nothing like, lets say the big apple. And according to an article by The New York Post, Luck would never want to live there and play for the Jets. According to a witness...
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June 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Austin Howard may not be a good fit for the Oakland Raiders anymore

The Oakland Raiders moved Austin Howard from right guard, where he played in 2014, to right tackle, where he played his entire NFL career before coming to the Raiders in 2014. The expectation was that Howard would be much better at tackle where he was impressive with the Jets than at guard where he was borderline pathetic with the Raiders. But now that the team has finished up their...
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June 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Already bad signs for Raiders fourth round pick Jon Feliciano?

The Oakland Raiders made a few of moves this offseason to upgrade their offensive line. First, they moved Austin Howard from right guard back to right tackle, the only position he had previously played in the NFL. Howard has always been seen as a solid right tackle so assuming he can get back to that form, this move would clearly be an upgrade. Next, they allowed center Stefen Wisniewski...
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June 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Top five offseason moves for the Raiders

The Oakland Raiders were one of the busier teams this offseason adding more than 20 new players through free agency and the NFL Draft (and that does not include undrafted free agents or camp bodies). Not only that but the team also added an entirely new coaching staff, is upgrading their practice facilities and has moved some players already on their roster to different positions...
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June 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Who Will Finish With the Better Record in 2015: the San Francisco 49ers or the Oakland Raiders?

Austin Howard #77 of the Oakland Raiders and Aaron Lynch #59 of the San Francisco 49ers engage in a minor scuffle in the first quarter at Coliseum on December 7, 2014 in Oakland, California. (Mandatory Credit: Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) It’s the beginning of a new era on both sides of the bay in Northern California, as the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers are...
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June 01, 2015  |  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’...
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May 19, 2015  |  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...
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May 18, 2015  |  Discuss

3 Raiders Veterans Most Affected By the Draft

1. Derek Carr View image | 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...
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May 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Who Should the Raiders Target in Round Two?

La’el Collins View image | 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...
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May 01, 2015  |  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...
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May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders 4-Round Mock Draft

Round One – Leonard Williams, DT, USC View image | 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...
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April 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders Will Take Remaining Needs to the Draft

View image | 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...
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April 01, 2015  |  Discuss

3 Positional Needs the Raiders Could Address in Round One

Wide Receiver  View image | 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...
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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 | 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...
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March 04, 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...
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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...
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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...
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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
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