New DT Williams says he 'felt right at home' in Oakland

Dan Williams won 11 games with the Arizona Cardinals last year. He just joined a team that won that many in the past three seasons combined.But after five years in the league, the 330-pound tackle needed a challenge. He saw no better place to do that than with the Raiders."You knew it was going to be a good change that was about to come, and I just felt right at home," Williams told...
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Monday web roundup: Oakland Raiders

Financing Plan for Stadium Called a Lousy Deal for Raiders Finance experts say a long-awaited plan for a new Raiders stadium is a lousy deal ... The Oakland Tribune (http://bayareane.ws/1GEpXqC ) reports Saturday its ... DJ Hayden Could Lose His Spot With Oakland Raiders McGill is the one that's in his spot as last year, he looked like the Raiders' best corner once healthy...
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Oakland Raiders: Defense on the Rise

With the drafting of Amari Cooper, much of the focus of the Raiders upcoming season has been centered on the offense. There isn’t too much talk around the league about the Raiders defense, but the Raiders have made huge strides in improving that side of the ball this offseason. With a new defensive-minded head coach in Jack Del Rio, don’t be surprised when Oakland show signs...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

See which Raiders backup was named one of the best in the league

The primary focus of the Oakland Raiders this past offseason was to upgrade their starters. They did so by adding guys like Dan Williams, Rodney Hudson, Curtis Lofton, Amari Cooper and Clive Walford. If there was a secondary goal of the team this offseason, it was to upgrade the depth of the team, something that has been a huge issue for the Raiders over the years. Season after season...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Raiders break three-day minicamp as a healthy team

Derek Carr is back and 'over 100 percent.' Defensive starters Dan Williams and Sio Moore were able to work, too.The Raiders -- knock on wood -- are a fairly healthy unit as they break their three-day minicamp session in Alameda, Calif.“I’ll tell you that when we arrive at training camp, anybody that can go, will go, and if there’s anybody that can’t go, they won’t,” new...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

See which Raiders position group was ranked dead last in the NFL

The Oakland Raiders will have a scary questionable secondary in 2015, but that is not the position group that Chris Wesseling of NFL.com ranked as the worst unit in the league. Rather, the defensive line for the Raiders was listed as the wort 4-3 defensive line in the entire NFL (with the Chicago Bears being given the dubious honor of worst 3-4 defensive line in the league). During...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Five signs the Raiders are headed in the right direction

Through more than a decade of ineptitude, there have been numerous times that the Oakland Raiders appeared as though they might be turning the corner. But time and time again, just when things started to look like they were going well, reality hit and the Raiders continued with their losing ways. Most recently it was when the Raiders had back to back 8-8 seasons and even flirted...
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June 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Despite Defensive Coaches, Raiders Draft Around Carr

We haven't seen Jack Del Rio's Oakland Raiders hit the field yet, but one thing is certain—this team is sold on Derek Carr as its franchise quarterback.Yes, you heard that right. The overwhelmingly defensive-minded coaching staff of the Raiders didn't let their backgrounds get in the way of acquiring weapons for their young signal-caller on draft day.At No. 4 overall on the first...
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May 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders seven round mock draft 2.0

I did a mock draft a little over a week ago and with the draft a couple of days away, I have decided to do a second version slightly changing things up. Here we go: Round One – Leonard Williams This pick is the same and for a simple reason. I believe Williams is easily one of the top two players in this draft (with Amari Cooper being the other). As I have noted many times,  believe...
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April 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders 4th Round Pick Tournament: Leonard Williams vs. Amari Cooper

After winning their semi-finals match ups, Leonard Williams and Amari Cooper meet in the finals of the Oakland Raiders 4th Round Pick Tournament, decided by YOU (vote on page 2). Our writers go head-to-head, simulating the draft war room, as they debate which guy should be the pick assuming both are on the board when the Raiders are on the clock. Read through both arguments, then...
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April 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders seven round mock draft

The Oakland Raiders need to repeat the 2014 NFL Draft. In that draft, Oakland showed restraint in drafting a quarterback. Quarterback has been a need for Oakland since the Rich Gannon days of the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Oakland could have used the fifth pick in the 2014 draft to immediately address that need. However, they did not. Oakland realized they could scoop...
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April 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Should the Raiders Trade Up for Randy Gregory?

Let’s fast forward three weeks to Day One of the NFL Draft. The Raiders sat at #4 and took the best WR on their board – either Kevin White or Amari Cooper. Now, after high-fiving in the war room for 8-10 minutes, the Raiders brass continue to watch the draft unfold, and Randy Gregory just keeps falling. The top ten comes and goes with no mention of Gregory, once thought of as...
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April 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Tale of the Tape: new Raiders safety Nate Allen

Photo courtesy of Raiders.com For my second 2015 Tale of the Tape, I wanted to review new free agent safety Nate Allen and get an idea what kind of player he was. Unlike Rodney Hudson, Dan Williams or Curtis Lofton, Allen’s signing brought more scorn and derision than it did praise or hope. This made me curious because Pro Football Focus had him rated with a respectable-if-not...
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April 04, 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...
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April 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Draft myths Raiders fans should avoid

The NFL Draft is less than two months away. Raider Nation is anticipating those three days. Without a doubt, the franchise needs to succeed with the majority of these selections. Many of the lower picks may not be starter material; they’ll be counted on for depth. Think of all the above average NFL teams, most of them are loaded with capable backups. The sixteen game season is...
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April 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders get surprisingly high grade from ESPN for free agent class

The Oakland Raiders went with the exact opposite approach to their 2015 free agency than from what they did the prior year. Rather than sign aging players who were once greats, the Raiders went with young players who they hope will continue to get better with time. They also decided to go with a lot of signings, bringing in 10 different players, some of whom are solely depth or role...
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March 30, 2015  |  Discuss

First Round Pick Analysis By Division: AFC West

Denver Broncos:The Broncos lost two key cogs in Terrance Knighton and Rahim Moore and both spots are now evidently weaknesses. They picked up two decent rotational players, Vance Walker and Darian Stewart, but neither one looks to be capable of starting at the position full time. The safety class is weak, with no one capable of starting right away outside of Landon Collins, who plays...
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March 29, 2015  |  Discuss

How each Raiders free agent signing will upgrade the team

Leading into free agency, the Oakland Raiders targeted three players who were seen as difference makers. The kind of player where adding him alone would represent a big upgrade to the team. Unfortunately for the Raiders, none of them ended up in Oakland with Randall Cobb re-signing with the Green Bay Packers, Ndamukong Suh signing with the Miami Dolphins and DeMarco Murray signing...
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March 26, 2015  |  Discuss

What Raiders defensive line coach Jethro Franklin needs to focus on

Everyone knows that a defense’s success starts at the line. In 2014, the Raiders defensive was routinely unsuccessful. It was difficult to watch, game after game, being dominated at the line of scrimmage. New DL coach Jethro Franklin is in a rough spot. He has to craft something to help out the other seven players on the defense. Raider Nation wants a better defensive front. Here’s...
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March 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Which Raider Has the Best/Worst Contract?

Best: Derek Carr View image | gettyimages.com Derek Carr has been dubbed the savior of the Oakland Raiders.  He played excellent football this season while surrounded by a pretty weak core on offense. Carr signed a rookie deal worth about 5.3 million over 4 seasons.  This is a small price to pay for a franchise Quarterback (hopefully). Sure, Carr still has to continue...
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March 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Examining Cardinals D-Line in March

The Arizona Cardinals lost some key members of their defensive line in free agency. Darnell Dockett signed with the San Francisco 49ers and Dan Williams signed with the Raiders. Tommy Kelly remains a free agent.The Cardinals however, added to the defensive line with some additions of their own.The team picked up Cory Peters from Atlanta and Cory Redding from Indianapolis.The Cardinals...
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March 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Free agency is only a stepping stone to the draft for the Raiders

Excitement, elation, speculation, tumultuous, disappointing, etc…, are all words that I could use to describe this free agency period for the Oakland Raiders. I too, like so many others, get caught up in the maelstrom that is the first week of free agency. Hoping that the Raiders acquire certain players, longing for the big names, and even find myself yelling at my phone, computer...
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March 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders Plan of Attack for the 2015 NFL Draft

With the Draft just over the horizon, it’s time to take a detailed look at each team’s acquisitions and losses and gauge a plan of attack for how they should approach the first three rounds of this year’s draft.  We’ll start with the lowly Tampa Bay Bucs and work our way all the way up to the Super Bowl Champs in New England.  The Oakland Raiders are up on this cool...
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March 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Taking a Look at Roles for Raiders FA Signees

View image | gettyimages.com The Oakland Raiders announced their 10th free agent signing of the offseason with a two-year deal worth up to $8 million in place with running back Trent Richardson.  The former No. 3 overall draft pick will look to join a long list of successful reclamation projects in the history of the Silver and Black.  This is his third team and the man will...
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March 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders conservative approach in free agency is smart

This year’s free agency period has been the most exciting and crazy it probably has ever been. Trades left and right, players moving all over the place and longtime franchise players being released. For the Oakland Raiders, this free agency period was supposed to be their chance to spend big money and bring hope back to the silver and black fan base. Since 2002 the Oakland Raiders...
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March 17, 2015  |  Discuss
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