After Review: video study of the Raiders offense vs Patriots

Here are some thoughts, in no particular order, after re-watching every offensive snap of the Raiders’ week 3 game versus the Patriots using’s Game Rewind coaches film feature: -Darren McFadden continues to show poor vision. He struggled in the zone scheme (twice) because he was not able to see where holes would open up by anticipating how the movements of offensive linemen...
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NFL having problems with tablets

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Over the past few seasons the National Football League has become almost entirely digital by eliminating bulky, over sized, playbook binders, and instead opting to use tablets. There is one major problem: Veteran players can’t seem to remember to charge them. “My 5-year-old son understands it better than I do,” said Oakland Raiders offensive lineman Donald...
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Bucs' offensive line gets measuring stick in matchup with Rams' pass rush

TAMPA, Fla. -- Mike Glennon was sacked seven times last year against the St. Louis Rams, but there's little left from a Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive line that was whipped at the Edward Jones Dome. Defensive end Robert Quinn shredded tackle Donald Penn most of that afternoon in earning three sacks, but Penn changed zip codes in the offseason as part of a massive overhaul. Then...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

National confidence level in Oakland Raiders holds steady after preseason Week 2

Now, it’s getting interesting. Across the NFL, teams are honing in on what they have for 2014, trying to establish what they are and what they’re going to do this season. A week after seeing a lot of starters sit out around the league, almost every marquee player was on the field during the second week of the preseason. This week and next, teams will essentially have dress rehearsals...
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August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Donald Penn easing fears about the OT position as the OL struggles

The Oakland Raiders spent considerable time and money upgrading their offensive line during the offseason. Bringing in three new starters and a new key reserve, the hope was that they could take a group that has been a weak link for a decade and finally make it a strength. Unfortunately, the offensive line has not looked very good in the preseason and was especially bad against the...
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August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Can Tampa Bay Buccaneers bounce back from terrible O Line play?

Somewhere Donald Penn is getting an even bigger laugh One of the question marks I said not to call a question mark was the offensive line. Players were chosen who played well in other spots, and were being  brought in together. Well I also told you not to worry Josh Freeman was going to be fine last year. Serves you right for listening to me!!! In short, the offensive line play...
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August 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Dennis Allen’s impassioned speech and a new feel at Raiders training camp

According to SFGate’s Vic Tafur, Dennis Allen’s opening training camp speech left a powerful, indelible mark on his players. “Coach Allen’s speech in the first team meeting gave me chills,” starting left tackle Donald Penn told Tafur. The team’s zeal for the upcoming season is palpable. Allen has begun almost every training camp press conference by praising his team...
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August 05, 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

What are reasonable expectations for the Oakland Raiders in 2014?

Marcus Thompson, a columnist for the Bay Area News Group wrote a piece recently in which he stated that the Oakland Raiders should be happy if they can finish the 2014 season with an 8-8 record. Naturally, many long winded Twitter conversations ensued about what reasonable expectations for the Raiders should be in 2014. Naturally, there were those who were on both sides of the argument...
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July 29, 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...
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July 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders are full of vets who went from stars to struggling, what happened?

The Oakland Raiders completely revamped their roster this offseason. Among the numerous additions were four veterans that were once considered some of the elite stars of the NFL, but now find themselves struggling to get respect. LaMarr Woodley, Donald Penn, Maurice Jones Drew and Matt Schaub were all guys who were considered among the elite at their respective positions. But as...
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July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders: What happened to Donald Penn?

This is the second piece in our series profiling veterans acquired by the Oakland Raiders during free agency. As has been noted over and over again, the Raiders signed a number of guys who many believe could be well past their prime if not on their way out of the league. That is because most of those guys have two things in common: advanced age and signs of decline in their play...
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July 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders: Left tackle and center are locked up

It seems that there are two offensive linemen that have shown they deserve a starting position this coming season for the Oakland Raiders. Those guys are left tackle Donald Penn and center Stefan Wisniewski. In fact, last Tuesday in an interview with the Bay Area News Group, head coach Dennis Allen said those were the only two set positions on the line. Wisniewski is three-year...
July 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders Rumors: Oakland to run the ball heavily in 2014

Despite drafting a pass rusher at #5 in May's draft, Oakland has been beefing up their offense. After the addition of QB Derek Carr in round two, free agent offensive linemen Donald Penn and Austin Howard, running back Maurice Jones-Drew, and WR DeSean Jackson, the Raiders' offense is looking like a viable set for the upcoming season.#492040023 / gettyimages.comEven with...
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July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders’ Donald Penn: We’re gonna run until the defense stops us

Raiders left tackle Donald Penn stated on SiriusXM NFL Radio that they’re run the ball this coming season until the opposing defense stops them. Donald Penn @DPENN70: We're gonna run the ball, run the ball, then run it again, until the defense stops us. #SXMNFL #Raiders — SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) July 8, 2014 Let’s just hope both Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones...
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July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Donald Penn: Matt Schaub has been impressive

Raiders left tackle Donald Penn told The Post Game that he’s been very impressed with Matt Schaub this offseason. var ACE_AR = {Site: '898551', Size: '468060', CallType: 'IFRAME'}; Loading... ZergNet The post Donald Penn: Matt Schaub has been impressive appeared first on Pro Football Zone.
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July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Mentorship by Oakland Raiders Veteran continues on Twitter after Mini Camp

This tweet between Raiders LT Donald Penn and rookie OG Gabe Jackson came out recently and it caught my eye immediately. This is good news! It may not seem like it on the surface, but look a little deeper. “@bigsmooth61: Feels good to be back in MS!!!”make sure u working out there lil homie — Donald Penn (@DPENN70) June 30, 2014 Donald Penn is a veteran and he is mentoring...
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June 30, 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

Khalil Mack has been impressing the veterans

Oakland pass rusher Khalil Mack is having a field day for the Raiders, and the veterans are taking notice. Donald Penn the former Tampa Bay Bucs offensive tackle is in love with Mack. “He’s going to have a lot of sacks late in the down,” left tackle Donald Penn said of the 2014 draft’s No. […] The post Khalil Mack has been impressing the veterans appeared first on NFL Draft Diamonds.
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June 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Donald Penn sees great potential in Menelik Watson

The Oakland Raiders drastically upgraded their roster over the off season while placing much of their focus on improving play in the trenches on both sides of the ball. When the 2014 season starts, the Raiders very well could have up to four new starters along the offensive line including two new starting tackles, one who is just beginning his career and one who is on the backside...
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June 11, 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

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

Donald Penn rips Tampa Bay Buccaneers, says he wishes they were on Raiders schedule

The career of Donald Penn in Tampa Bay came to an end when the long tenured left tackle was cut loose and replaced in free agency. While he hadn’t lived up to the massive contract he had been handed on the pillow he eventually became, Penn is none too tickled over being cut and vented his rage on SiriusXM Radio. Penn said while he had built a good relationship in Tampa Bay (see...
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March 22, 2014  |  Discuss
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