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

Looking at starters from 2014 that the Raiders need to try and upgrade

The Oakland Raiders have a number of starters who will not be returning in 2015 and who will need to be replaced. Both starting corners, for example, will be free agents who are unlikely to be brought back. But there are also guys who were starters in 2014 who are expected to come back and who likely expect that they will be starters once again. Some of those guys deserve their starting...
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January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders are not projected to get any compensatory picks in 2015

The Oakland Raiders need a lot of help from this year’s draft. They had one of the best drafts of any team in the NFL in 2014 but the roster is still a long way away from being where it needs to be. The defense is lacking at corner, safety, defensive end, middle linebacker, wide receiver and needs depth at pretty much every position. But unfortunately for the Raiders, they won’t...
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January 20, 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

WATCH: Oakland Raiders O-Lineman Donald Penn Catches Touchdown Pass Against 49ers

The life of an offensive lineman is pretty straightforward. Lift weights and eat like a horse so you can get big and strong and push people around like they were peas on your dinner plate. No where in the job description is there anything about 'scoring' and 'glory.' So when the Raiders decided to call the number of big 340 pound Donald Penn it was a rare opportunity.One that he...
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December 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders' O-line faces stiff test against 49ers

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) With few exceptions this season, the Oakland Raiders have done an efficient job protecting rookie quarterback Derek Carr. It's a statistical oddity that easily gets overlooked in Oakland's otherwise lost season. That the offensive line has held up as well as it has is remarkable considering the Raiders have been one-dimensional on offense most of the season...
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December 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Rams look to overcome recent inconsistencies for win over visiting Raiders

It took the Oakland Raiders more than a year to win a game. It's been even longer since they've won two in a row. The visiting Raiders look to accomplish that feat for the first time in two seasons Sunday against the inconsistent St. Louis Rams. Moments after Oakland (1-10) snapped a 16-game losing streak with last Thursday's 24-20 home victory over Kansas City, interim coach Tony...
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November 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Rams look to overcome recent inconsistencies for win over visiting Raiders

It took the Oakland Raiders more than a year to win a game. It's been even longer since they've won two in a row. The visiting Raiders look to accomplish that feat for the first time in two seasons Sunday against the inconsistent St. Louis Rams. Moments after Oakland (1-10) snapped a 16-game losing streak with last Thursday's 24-20 home victory over Kansas City, interim coach Tony...
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November 26, 2014  |  Discuss

St. Louis Rams defense primed for big day against Oakland

The Raiders are coming off their first win of the season, a 24-20 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, and head into Sunday’s contest in St. Louis with a bit of surprise momentum. The win saw rookie quarterback Derek Carr lead the team on an impressive 17-play, 80-yard drive to score the winning touchdown in what was a promising finish for the young signal caller. However, a close...
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November 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Sparano savors 1st win with Raiders

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Tony Sparano gathered the Oakland Raiders in a victorious locker room and praised them for sticking together through a 16-game losing streak. Left tackle Donald Penn then presented Oakland's interim coach with a game ball that was well earned. Since taking over from the fired Dennis Allen after four games, Sparano has made the Raiders much more competitive despite...
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November 21, 2014  |  Discuss

List of veterans the Raiders need to cut and what it will cost

Just over half way through the season and it’s already time to start talking about which guys signed by the Oakland Raiders last offseason have already earned a one way ticket out of town. As noted in an earlier piece, the Raiders offseason free agent plan in 2014 has turned out to be an absolute disaster. Of the 10 major free agent signings, only two have really panned out: James...
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November 11, 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

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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September 27, 2014  |  Discuss

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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September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

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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September 10, 2014  |  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

Early Signs from 2014 Tampa Bay Buccaneers are mixed signals

Fact: The Bucs spent every one of their draft picks on the offensive side of the football. Observation: The NFL needs to go back to 12 rounds in the draft. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers showed the world their new look uniforms but they may as well have announced the team as the 1997 Bucs, or 2000, or 2005, pick a year; good defense, offense leaves a lot to be desired.   Head Coach Lovie...
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August 09, 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

2014 NFL Team Previews: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Key AdditionsQB Josh McCown, TE Brandon Myers, OT Anthony Collins, G/OT Oniel Cousins, C/G Evan Dietrich-Smith, DE Michael Johnson, DT Clinton McDonald, ILB Dane Fletcher, CB Alterraun Verner, CB Mike Jenkins, S Major Wright, WR Mike Evans (draft), TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (draft), RB Charles Sims (draft), G Kadeem Edwards (draft)Key LossesFB Erik Lorig, WR Mike Williams, OT Donald...
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July 30, 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
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