Raiders hope rebuild pays immediate dividends

The time for excuses for the Oakland Raiders is over. After spending two years tearing apart a struggling team beset by bad draft picks and out-of-whack contracts, general manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen finally got the chance to build the type of team they wanted since coming aboard before the 2012 season. Two years of bargain-basement shopping led to back-to-back...
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Before drafting you need to see Oakland Raiders WR James Jones’ fantasy ranking

With the preseason games that most teams use as a dress rehearsal now in the rearview mirror, the 2014 NFL season is officially right around the corner. The next time fans see the league’s star players it will be during games on opening weekend. That means one thing: Fantasy football drafts are upon us. In order to get a ready, it’s time to start putting together a draft board...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Takeaways: Thoughts on the Raiders 31-21 loss to the Packers (plus first cuts)

Schaub’s arm limitations are painfully apparent: In this game, more than any other game this preseason, Schaub’s physical limitations were clear to see. He can still make all of the throws on the field but he lacks the velocity to throw strikes, which means that either he must throw with great anticipation or the receiver must be very open. There was one throw where Schaub tried...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Andre Holmes Dropping Down The Depth Chart

According to NFL.com, Raiders receiver Andre Holmes "looks buried" on the depth chart.Fantasy Spin:The 6-4, 210-pound Holmes had 366 receiving yards and a touchdown in the last five games last season and he was listed atop the Raiders' first depth chart of the preseason along with Rod Streater. However, he was demoted in the second preseason game and was the No. 5 receiver...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders: Preseason week 3 preview vs Green Bay Packers

The Oakland Raiders third preseason game will be a homecoming of sorts for two Raiders and possibly give the league a look at what they actually could do this season. The third preseason game is ususally the big dress rehersal, when all starters play the entire first half and show more than the basic vanilla offensive and defensive schemes. Despite some defensive lapses in their...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders Fantasy Football Projections 2014

RB Darren McFadden (Oakland) McFadden was benched last season for Rashad Jennings mid-season for general incompetence, as he finished the season averaging 3.34 yards per carry. In 2012, he averaged 3.27 yards per carry. He has never been able to live up to his billing as the 4th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft and was never able to live up to his huge 2010 season, in which he...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders: Player Most Likely To Break Out In 2014

The real Darren McFadden may finally show not only the Oakland Raiders, but the rest of the NFL what he is made of. After five injury-riddled season in the NFL, the team that made him the fourth-overall selection in the NFL Draft may have found a way to keep him injury-free and hungry to prove he is a star in the making.The Raiders signed Maurice Jones-Drew after resigning McFadden...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders: Two most worrisome position groups

Dennis Allen is in “love” with the quarterback room, boasting a former Pro Bowler teaching an intelligent, motivated second round draft pick. The offensive line had $40 million invested into them in free agency, to gel with a 2013 second round mauler and a top tier center in the NFL. The running back position stars another former Pro Bowler as well as one of the league’s most...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders wide out gives back to the Homeless Shelter he once lived

On the night before camp opened, shortly after 5 p.m. on a Tuesday evening in July, the San Jose native James Jones returned to The San Jose Family Homeless Shelter, where He and his mother, Janet, once spent several months has relocated down the road. Jones and his family, including his mother, spent the evening […] The post Oakland Raiders wide out gives back to the Homeless...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Raiders versus Vikings: What to watch

Tomorrow, the Raiders kick off their 2014 Pre-season with an away game versus the Minnesota Vikings. Pre-season games are typically very “vanilla,” meaning the teams do not really scout against each other nor do they implement packages designed to specifically exploit any weaknesses they see in the opponent. Tomorrow’s game is not likely to be any different. This does not mean...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

James Jones won’t be happy with a reduced role with the Raiders

Raiders wide receiver James Jones told reporters that he would not be happy if Oakland limits his snaps in order to preserve his 30 year-old body during the season. “I wouldn’t like that at all,” Jones said. “I have missed two games in five years. I came from a no-huddle offense, real high tempo. … My body is built to go through the season. If I have to take practices or...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Should the Raiders try to trade Denarius Moore now?

The initial depth chart of the Oakland Raiders came out yesterday listing Andre Holmes as a first-team receiver and Moore as third team behind veteran James Jones. On the other side, Rod Streater appears entrenched as the starter, with Greg Little running with the second team. With the emergence of Andre Holmes , Denarius Moore has become […] The post Should the Raiders try to...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Raiders don’t have James Jones listed as a starter

This is interesting. Even though the Raiders signed former Packers receiver James Jones as a free agent,  they don’t even have him listed as a starter on their first depth chart. No surprise. On #Raiders 1st official depth chart, Streater & Holmes listed as starters, then Jones & Little, then Moore, Criner 3rd team — Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) August 4, 2014 Jones is only...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

32 in 32: Oakland Raiders

32 in 32 - The wait though the off-season of the National Football League can seem like ages to say the least. If the minicamps, OTAs and all other summer activities are not enough to whet your appetite, well, we know exactly how you feel. We can’t wait until August and we don’t think that you should have to either. We are going to be bringing you a preview of what to expect...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Schaub getting his ‘mojo’ back

Matt Schaub is coming off a disastrous season in Houston, but the Oakland Raiders new quarterback is only focused on the present. “You’re going to go through ups and downs as a player,” he said. “It’s [about] how you bounce back from it … how you move forward. “You’ve got to put everything behind you, whether it’s good or bad. It’s about the next thing in front...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Formations Fantasy Football Review: Oakland Raiders

The Oakland Raiders continue to struggle in the strong AFC West. While this looks to happen again in 2014, do they have players that can help your fantasy team? Star: James Jones (WR) 13 Stats: 59 catches-817 yards-3 TDs (with GB) Why He’s a Star: With the Raiders this year, star is a relative term. […] The post Formations Fantasy Football Review: Oakland Raiders appeared first...
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July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders’ James Jones named 41st best fantasy WR, Streater is 61st

With training camps underway, the NFL season is right around the corner. And that can only mean one thing: Fantasy football drafts are about to start happening. In order to get a jump on the competition, it’s never to early to start putting together a draft board. To help the cause, cover32 will be ranking each position, with updates from now until the start of the regular season...
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July 28, 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

Oakland Raiders: Three Bold Predictions For Training Camp

This is year three in the Raiders rebuilding project of the Oakland Raiders. This time, the wallet was opened, checks were signed, money was cashed and new faces are now wearing Black and Silver.Raider Nation is looking for a revival. The Raiders last season had not much more than the Jacksonville Jaguars behind them and finished 4-12 on the season. This year, with a better running...
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July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders camp preview: Raiders need someone to step up at wide receiver

For the last couple of seasons, the Raiders receiving corps has been working with no clear leader on roster. Good plays were made by a lot of the veterans who are still on roster, but there was just not enough consistency to name a lead receiver. The Oakland Raiders currently have 11 wide receivers on the roster. Raiders veterans Brice Butler, Juron Criner, Andre Holmes, Greg Jenkins...
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July 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders 2014: 5 Most Pressing Questions Heading Into Training Camp

The Oakland Raiders could be a vastly better football team in 2014 and the team’s record could show little improvement. That is the way the NFL works sometimes. In Year 3 of the rebuilding process for general manager Reggie McKenzie and head coach Dennis Allen, the idea is to take the new toys they have signed to play with and let them recreate Raider Nation.Somehow, someway, Ken...
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July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

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

Will Jarrett Boykin step up with James Jones gone for good?

One of the big offseason moves for the Packers was them doing nothing at all, and letting James Jones sign with the Oakland Raiders. Many Packer fans and critics alike believe that Jones should have been retained by the Packers, citing his league leading 14 touchdown receptions two years ago. Others believe that Jones simply wasn’t worth the money, citing drops in big games (including...
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June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders went from one of the worst receiving cores to one of the deepest

Last year, if you asked an average fan to name a couple wide outs on the Raiders roster they would have struggled.  This year the team is stacked at the position and will have to cut one of them with extreme upside.  The team added James Jones, and already had Denarius Moore and Rod Streater, […] The post Raiders went from one of the worst receiving cores to one of the deepest...
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May 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders Unlikely To Keep More Than Five Receivers On Final Roster?

Scott Bair of CSN Bay Area believes that the Raiders will only keep five receivers on the final 53-man roster, with a potential of six as a special teams player. This is particularly notable because beyond free agent signing WR James Jones, there is no clear pecking order for the receivers on the depth chart.  Currently the Raiders have WR Rod Streater, Denarius Moore, Andre Holmes...
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May 24, 2014  |  Discuss
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