Oakland Raiders Biggest Needs Entering the 2015 NFL Draft

Although the Raiders finished the 2014 NFL season at 3-13 for the second year in a row, the season ended with the fan base excited and hopeful for the future, a rare feeling for Raiders fans. Now the pressure is on for GM Reggie McKenzie and first year coach Jack Del Rio to improve upon last years impressive finish of 3-3 after starting the season an abysmal 0-10. 2014’s draft...
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First Raiders mini-camp with Jack Del Rio a big success

The Oakland Raiders veteran mini-camp is in the books! And apparently, one of the main takeaways from mini-camp is that Latavius Murray has a very underwhelming nickname. It also sounds like head coach Jack Del Rio’s changes have already been felt by the players during the short mini-camp. Looking back at a previous article from raiders.com that asked ten big questions heading...
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A few quick thoughts on the Washington Redskins 2015 schedule

With the NFL schedule releasing yesterday, it’s really beginning to feel like football season is just around the corner. And we all know we’ve spent the last 12 hours doing the same thing: whispering “win, win, loss, win, loss, loss, win” as we go down the schedule game by game. Of course, it’s a useless act, but it’s fun! Anyways, here are a few quick thoughts on the...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

The 10 most underrated games on the 2015 NFL schedule

The 2015 NFL schedule is finally out. Last night, every team found out how their upcoming season will unfold – at least in terms of where and when. As the slate was revealed, plenty of great match-ups emerged. Games pitting the league’s elite franchises against each other were everywhere, typically featured in one of three primetime slots each week. But those aren’t the only...
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Jack Del Rio and the Raiders start phase two of the offseason

As Phase one of the offseason program draws to a close, new Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio is full of optimism and excitement for where this team is headed. Tuesday was the long awaited day when coaches would get their first opportunity to work with players on the field and Del Rio is expecting to see 100% participation. So far, players have had a couple of weeks to work...
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Is Denver Broncos CB Chris Harris Jr. upset with former DC Jack Del Rio?

After the disappointing loss to the Indianapolis Colts in round one of the playoffs, Broncos corner Chris Harris Jr. is going public with his frustration. Defensive coordinator at the time, Jack Del Rio paired cornerback Aqib Talib with T.Y. Hilton, rather than Harris Jr. At the time Harris Jr. was upset with the decision. Chris Harris on the Rome show right now. Totally ticked...
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Oakland Raiders Seven Round Mock Draft with First Round Trade

Round 1 (7) – Alvin “Bud” Dupree (Trade Down) I know it is taboo to project trades in mock drafts, but I am going to do it anyway. Sitting at #7, I think the Bears have three guys on their board that they love: Mariota, Leonard Williams, and Amari Cooper. They give up their 3rd and 5th this year and their 3rd next year to move up 3 spots to go and get one of those guys. Meanwhile...
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Luke Del Rio to transfer from Oregon State

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) Sophomore quarterback Luke Del Rio has decided to leave Oregon State. Del Rio, the son of Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio, threw for 141 yards last season, appearing in three games as backup to senior starter Sean Mannion. He was considered one of Oregon State's top options at starter now that Mannion has graduated. New Beavers coach Gary Andersen, who took...
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Luke Del Rio to transfer from Oregon State

The Oregon State Beavers quarterback competition is now down to two. On Thursday, Luke Del Rio announced that he will be transferring from the program. “I want to thank Coach Andersen for the opportunity and wish all of my former teammates the best of luck this season and in the future,” Del Rio said. Luke Del Rio is the son of NFL head coach and former USC great Jack Del Rio...
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Raiders excited to begin offseason under new coach Del Rio

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The coaching staff has been overhauled, the roster upgraded and the facilities modernized. Now the Oakland Raiders get the chance to turn those improvements into a better record on the field. Oakland's veterans began reporting back to the team facility on Monday for the official start of the offseason program. Like all teams that changed coaches this offseason...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

TSR Live Mock Draft: Oakland Raiders Select…

Today is TopSportsReport’s live expert mock draft.  We have representatives for every team who will be making draft selections and engaging in trade discussion.  With the first pick of the draft, the Buccaneers selected Amari Cooper.  He believes that there is a need at Wide Receiver in front of Rod Streater on the depth chart for Jack Del Rio’s squad. If you’re interested...
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Who Will the Raiders Take Fourth?

Before the hectic draft month of April begins, the crew at TopSportsReport decided it would be a smart time to write a 1st round mock draft.  John Miceli decided to write the article.  He carefully made selections for each team and explained each selection in this article. Check out who John Miceli selected for the Oakland Raiders on behalf of Jack Del Rio and Reggie McKenzie....
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Del Rio says Trent Richardson must earn everything, even special teams playing time

When the Oakland Raiders signed Trent Richardson, if you listened closely you could hear people all over the country laughing. Richardson is the biggest running back draft bust since, well, Darren McFadden. But when asked after being cut by the Colts, Richardson said that he planned on being a starter at his next stop. That, of course, led many to wonder if the Raiders were actually...
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March 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders sign DT Dan Williams

After it became clear that the Raiders, loaded with cap space and dealing with a huge hole at defensive tackle, would not land Ndamukong Suh, speculation immediately tied Terrance Knighton to the Raiders. It made sense given that Knighton had broken out as one of the better defensive tackles in the NFL over the past 2 seasons under new Oakland head coach Jack Del Rio’s tutelage...
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March 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Former Denver Broncos DT Terrance Knighton will join hated rival

It’s been known for days the Denver Broncos were almost assuredly going to lose Terrance Knighton. It’s now being reported he’ll re-unite with Jack Del Rio in Oakland. Not final yet, but those involved expect DT Terrance "Pot Roast" Knighton and TE Jermaine Gresham to be #Raiders today as well — Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) March 10, 2015 Ugh. On one hand it’s tough because...
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March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Jack Del Rio is smart not to name Latavius Murray as the starter

Anyone who has followed me knows that I was a big supporter of Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray last season. After watching him in the preseason I loved what I saw and was excited to see what he could do in the regular season. Then, the coaching staff flat out refused to use Murray for the majority of the year despite the fact that the offense put up one of the worst...
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February 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Comparing the 2014 and 2015 Raiders coaching staff

The Raiders introduced Head Coach Jack Del Rio on January 16th and with that announcement, pretty much everyone who knows anything about the game of football knew that a whole new staff of assistants was coming as most head coaches like to choose their own. With a couple of exceptions, that is exactly what happened. It was not hard for Del Rio to do since most of the 2014 assistants...
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February 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Jack Del Rio calls Derek Carr a 'special young talent'

New Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio appears to be happy with second-year quarterback Derek Carr. The veteran defensive coach shared these comments on Monday’s Jim Rome Show. Carr’s a special young talent. He’s got a really quick release, good decision-maker; he’s shown some of that grit we’re looking for, some of that toughness, so he’s a guy that we feel...
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February 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Why the Jack Del Rio hire puts extra pressure on Reggie McKenzie

Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie still has two years left on his contract and despite a rocky first three years with the club, owner Mark Davis has shown a lot of patience and support to the first time general manager. Many believed that Davis would fire McKenzie after this season but obviously that has not happened and will not happen. But that does not mean McKenzie...
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February 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio gets no respect in latest Power Rankings

This week, cover32′s Buck Stanton used his weekly power rankings to break down and rate the NFL’s 32 head coaches. From best to worst, he ranks the men in charge of leading each franchise. Somewhat surprisingly, Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio didn’t fare very well. That’s odd considering how much success he had as a defensive coordinator in Denver. He finished near...
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February 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Todd Grantham’s New Deal With Louisville Will Pay Him $1.4 Million Per Year

Photo: Pete CautilliLouisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham surprised a lot of folks last week when he turned down the Oakland Raiders and recommitted to the Cardinal program. Grantham was offered a two-year deal to accept the same position with the Raiders. He was rumored to be the favorite and was offered by Oakland head coach Jack Del Rio just 24-hours after interviewing...
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February 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders dodged a bullet with Darrell Bevell

The Oakland Raiders interviewed Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell for their head coaching job before eventually giving the job to Jack Del Rio. We will never know how serious of a candidate Bevell was but either way, Raiders fans must be happy he did not get the job after what happened at the end of the Super Bowl on Sunday. With the ball inside of the Patriots’ one...
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February 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders: Why Todd Grantham is NOT a sign Mark Davis is being cheap

When the Oakland Raiders were rejected by Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, Twitter basically erupted in complaints about Mark Davis. People went off on the fact that he only offered Grantham a two year deal when he had four years left on his Louisville contract. Innumerable people brought up Mark Davis’ quote from the Jack Del Rio press conference where he said that...
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January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Is Jack Del Rio the biggest stumbling block to landing a defensive coordinator?

The Oakland Raiders still do not have a defensive coordinator after Todd Grantham, the defensive coordinator at Louisville, turned them down on Wednesday. In the case of Grantham, there were likely a lot of issues at play. First, he has four years left on his deal, each of which are worth around $1 million in guaranteed money. The Raiders offered him a two year deal, which is pretty...
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January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Louisville DC Todd Grantham Offered 2-Year Deal By The Oakland Raiders To Become Their DC

The NFL wants your defensive coordinator, Louisville.  According to a report by NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, Cardinals’ defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has been offered a two-year deal by the Oakland Raiders to take over the same position. The Raiders recently hired Jack Del Rio to become their head coach.  Louisville’s defense ranked 24th in the country in points against...
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January 28, 2015  |  Discuss
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