Oakland Raiders are a team in need of an identity

“We’re going to build a bully here,” boasted former Raiders head coach Hue Jackson at his introductory press conference. And a bully he delivered. The 2011 Raiders led the league in penalties by a whopping 219 yards, with the type of brutal physicality that results in topping the NFL in personal fouls. However, leading the league in illegal contact, offsides and running into...
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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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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders Camp Preview

The Oakland Raiders are within a week of beginning training camp for what is truly the most unpredictable season in the history of the franchise.  After a pair of 4-12 seasons of deconstruction, the reconstruction has begun and a new-look 2014 roster has a blend of proven veterans, like Justin Tuck, LaMarr Woodley, Maurice Jones-Drew, James Jones and Matt Schaub, and a blend of...
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3 days ago  |  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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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Can the Raiders go from Worst to First?

On ESPN’s NFL Live show, guest analyst and free agent WR Plaxico Burress picked the Raiders from the list of 9 possible teams to go from worst to first (the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons tied for last in the NFC South). It was nice to see the Raiders finally get some love and certainly some Raiders fans would agree with him, but most are realists and look at it as a...
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7 days ago  |  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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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Packers Training Camp Preview: Wide Receivers

When the Green Bay Packers won their fourth Lombardi Trophy four years ago they had one of the best receiving corps in the NFL. Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, Donald Driver and James Jones made it hard for a defense to defend the Packers aerial attack. In the draft after the Super Bowl victory the Packers added another piece by selecting dynamic playmaker, Randall Cobb in the second...
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15 days ago  |  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

Analyzing the Packers Draft Part two: Davante Adams (2nd Round)

The 2014 NFL Draft is over, the Packers rookie minicamp was last weekend, and we know every player who is on the 90-man roster. Although this can and probably will change in the next few weeks, this series of articles will focus on each individual draft pick, a few selective undrafted free agents (UDFA), and a final verdict on each position. Here you can find the first part of the...
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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

Reviewing the Raiders roster: Wide receivers and tight ends

The Oakland Raiders roster has changed dramatically for the third straight season. Now that the draft is over, we are taking a look at every position to see how the team stacks up now that it is all ready to head into 2014. Yesterday we looked at quarterbacks and running backs. Today its wide receivers and tight ends. Wide receivers: 1- Rod Streater 2- James Jones 3- Denarius Moore...
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May 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders select QB Derek Carr with No. 36 overall

The Oakland Raiders drafted Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr with the No. 36 overall pick in the NFL draft. The Raiders took Carr in the second round on Friday night despite having traded for Matt Schaub in March and naming him the starter. Carr is the younger brother of former No. 1 overall pick David Carr. In college,  Carr threw for 5,083 yards and 50 touchdowns with...
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May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Draft: Raiders prefer Mike Evans over Sammy Watkins?

The Oakland Raiders will be on the clock with the fifth pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, and it is appearing that they will likely take a receiver. Both Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans have been on their wishlist over the last few weeks, but most analysts have expected that Watkins would be their preferred target. According to Pro Football Talk, the Raiders might actually prefer Texas A...
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May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Return of Jones, Woodson to Lambeau highlights Packers preseason schedule

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Former Green Bay Packers players James Jones and Charles Woodson will be back at Lambeau Field during the 2014 preseason. Though the Packers open their preseason schedule on the road against the Tennessee Titans and the St. Louis Rams, it's Green Bay's first home preseason game against the Oakland Raiders that could be most interesting. Just five months...
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April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Packers: Receiver Myles White Looks To Make Big Jump in Year Two

The Green Bay Packers made a calculated decision when they allowed wide receiver James Jones to leave for the Oakland Raiders after signing a three-year deal with the team on a free agent contract. It hurt to let Jones go. After all, he spent seven seasons in Green Bay and became one of the most likable, consistent players on the team. Yet, in the world of the salary cap, you can’t...
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March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders Trade Series: Denaruis Moore

The Oakland Raiders recently added WR James Jones in free agency. With the addition of Jones, the ability to acquire more in free agency or trade combined with the depth of the draft at this position, they can afford to trade one of the WRs they have on the roster for a much needed draft pick. Denaruis Moore is one such receiver, but why him? Take a look at his receiving stats over...
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March 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders sign WR James Jones

James Jones seemed like a prime candidate to get overpaid this off-season, coming over from Green Bay’s explosive passing offense and as a member of a wide receiver class in free agency that lacked difference makers after Eric Decker and Golden Tate. He has been a featured wide receiver in an explosive pass offense for the past 2 seasons and hasn’t really done much with it, totaling...
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March 21, 2014  |  Discuss

A closer look at new Oakland Raiders WR James Jones

General manager Reggie McKenzie surprised the fan base on Monday with the signing of wide receiver James Jones to a three year contract with the Oakland Raiders totaling $11.3 million dollars. It was definitely an unexpected move on McKenzie’s part, but it’s definitely showing that he’s got a plan in place. In the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers selected...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Packers: Why Green Bay Will Miss Departed WR James Jones

James Jones departure from the Green Bay Packers seemed inevitable this offseason. As much as the Packers wanted to keep him, it was a almost a foregone conclusion that he had played his last game in Green and Gold. Well, the news became official last night as Jones reached a three-year agreement with the Oakland Raiders Monday, marking the end of his seven-year career in Green...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Free Agency: WR James Jones to Oakland Raiders

The Oakland Raiders have reportedly added veteran free agent wide receiver James Jones to their roster. The deal is for three years and valued at $11.3 million. The Raiders had the most money to spend heading into free agency this year, and have made some curious moves with all that cash. Jones does provide the Raiders with a large, physical receiver coming off his best year in career...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

James Jones joins the black hole

The Green Bay Packers have lost another member of their offense. They have seen their starting center leave for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, their back up running back take an interview with Pittsburgh, and now one of Rodgers’ favorite red zone targets, James Jones, has signed a contract with the Oakland Raiders. The deal is reportedly worth just $11.3 million over three years, which...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: New Raiders WR James Jones Considered Steelers

On Monday, former Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones signed a three-year, $11.3 million contract with the Oakland Raiders, but apparently the Pittsburgh Steelers had interest in him. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Jones considered the Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks, but ultimately decided on signing with the Raiders, because, "...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss
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