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Five worst moves made by Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie

Earlier this week, the Oakland Raiders did a piece on their website that detailed how every player on the 90 man roster had been added to the Silver and Black. In reviewing the list, the first thing you notice is the fact that only five players currently on the team are leftovers from the Al Davis era, Sebastian Janikowski, Khalif Barnes, Taiwan Jones, Jon Condo and Marcel Reece...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Raiders prioritizing size with their new tight end group

As the roster currently stands, an average Raiders tight end is 6-foot-4 and 254 pounds.That's no coincidence. Tight ends coach Bobby Johnson said the team went hunting for "bigger humans" at that spot this offseason.“Bigger humans tend to be more durable, more physical and that’s the image and that’s the style of play we’re going to have here," Johnson told the team's official...
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May 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Corps Players: Offensive Line

This is the third piece in a series that will look at each position – the additions, subtractions, and pre-training camp depth chart as I see it. For the wide receiver corps, click here. For the tight end corps, click here.   Today’s Corps Players examines the Raiders offensive line personnel changes and how I project the offensive line to look. The only real loss for the Raiders’...
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May 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Key offseason position battles for the Raiders

The Oakland Raiders have more than 20 new players in the mix for spots on the team this spring and many of those players will be competing for starting gigs with the Silver and Black. Though there will be offseason workouts before then, the real competition will not start until training camp in July when the coaches and players start having full padded practices. That being said...
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May 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders could target guard on day 3 of draft

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders could look for their starting right guard on day three of the NFL draft. After filling holes at wide receiver, defensive end and tight end on the first two days, the Raiders still could use a guard in the final four rounds of the draft on Saturday. The Raiders have picks in all four rounds Saturday. Oakland has moved last year's starting...
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May 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Who Should the Raiders Target in Round Two?

La’el Collins View image | gettyimages.com I don’t know how much homework the Raiders have done on the ongoing investigation, which Collins seems to be involved in.  But, if he’s truly not a suspect and the Raiders have knowledge of that, they could end up getting a steal in round two.  Austin Howard can’t be trusted for another year, so picking Collins would help...
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May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Options for the Raiders at guard in the NFL Draft

With the NFL Draft right around the corner much of the focus for the Oakland Raiders is on two positions, wide receiver and defensive end. It’s understandable considering the fact that both of those positions are in serious need of an upgrade. But besides those two positions, there is a third position that is equally in desperate need of an upgrade and that’s right guard. The...
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April 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders Will Take Remaining Needs to the Draft

View image | gettyimages.com After the Oakland Raiders led the NFL with 10 free agent additions it appears that the Silver and Black have decided to call it a day on the signing period and they will wait until the draft to address their remaining needs.  They have signed a group of players 28 years old or younger that will take care of imminent needs at linebacker, defensive...
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April 01, 2015  |  Discuss

3 Positional Needs the Raiders Could Address in Round One

Wide Receiver  View image | gettyimages.com During this offseason, the Raiders set a priority on adding a top flight wide receiver for the young Derek Carr to throw to next season.  We saw this to be true as the team offered contracts to a multitude of wide receivers.  Unfortunately, they failed to add a top flight wide receiver during the offseason, and they’re stuck...
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March 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Mark Davis says Reggie McKenzie has put Raiders in good shape, shows GM support

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis showed support for general manager Reggie McKenzie in a conversation today. Specifically, Davis said that McKenzie is not an interim general manager and noted that the franchise is in good shape thanks to things McKenzie has done. Discussed #Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie’s future on @nflnetwork just now...
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November 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders Sign OL Khalif Barnes To A One-Year Extension

Field Yates of ESPN, citing a league source, reports that the Oakland Raiders have signed OL Khalif Barnes to a one-year contract extension. According to Yates, Barnes’ new agreement is worth a maximum value of $2 million and includes an additional $500,000 available in incentives. Barnes will make a base salary of $970,000 to go along with a $500,000 roster bonus an offseason...
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November 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Illegal Touching On #69

    I’m pretty sure that’s a penalty on Khalif Barnes. What are the odds we would get an “illegal touching” on #69...
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November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders O-line faces toughest test yet

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Trying to stop Denver's pass rush tandem of defensive end DeMarcus Ware and linebacker Von Miller would be a tough challenge for the winless Raiders under the best circumstances. Doing it without a key starter certainly won't make it any easier. Rookie left guard Gabe Jackson remains sidelined with a knee injury and is likely to miss a game for the first time...
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November 06, 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

Time for the Raiders to sit all of their vets, and play all their younger guys

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking the past few weeks and I’ve come to the conclusion that the Raiders won’t make the playoffs. So why the hell aren’t we blooding our young talent? Heading into Cleveland last Sunday with an 0-6 record, veteran Khalif Barnes shared snaps at right tackle with 2013 second-round pick Menelik Watson. Watson – a raw product who needs all the...
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October 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Watson to start for Raiders against Chargers

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Even as he tries to adjust to his role as the Raiders interim coach, Tony Sparano hasn't strayed far from his duties working with the team's offensive line. It's a good thing, too. With veteran lineman Khalif Barnes sitting out Sunday's home game against San Diego with a quad strain, 2013 second-round pick Menelik Watson will make his fifth career start. It...
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October 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders vs. Texans: 5 Things to Watch

The Raiders’ 2014 started out with a fizzle last week in a very winnable match against the New York Jets. While outplayed in some facets of the game, the Raiders had plenty of opportunities to capitalize on. This week, it’s on coach Dennis Allen to get his team mentally ready after a disappointing start so that they can avoid an 0-2 record.It starts with rookie quarterback Derek...
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September 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders vs Texans: What to watch

The Raiders looked nothing like the team they want to be when they took the field last Sunday versus the Jets in New Jersey. The team wants to be a power run team but ran for a measly 1.7 yards per carry on only 15 carries. The team wants to boast a strong defense, but they were roasted by the Jets offense to the tune of 402 total yards, 212 of those on the ground. We are only one...
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September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr named a top-5 hero in NFL from last week

Most people consider the final preseason game as a throwaway; regular starters don’t play, so it’s reserved mostly for guys who will be selling insurance three days later. But that notion, while grounded in some element of truth, isn’t 100 percent accurate. In fact, some on the bubble were able to play their way onto (and off of) rosters last week. Who fell into each category...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders on the move upward in Week 1 Power Rankings

It’s here. The 2014 NFL season has finally arrived. After a seven-month hiatus, pro football is back! Heading into the new campaign, the league is filled with contenders and pretenders, teams that have a shot of winning a title and franchises that are only fooling themselves if they believe there’s a chance. The offseason, training camp and preseason went a long way toward showing...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Khalif Barnes starting at right tackle is good and bad for the Raiders

Khalif Barnes is like the mosquito buzzing in your ear that you just can’t seem to kill. No matter how many times you think you’ve got the little blood sucker, it’s only a matter of time before you hear that buzzing again. At this point, there might be a bigger chance of Darren McFadden’s injury bug going away than Khalif Barnes. Barnes spent training camp an most of the...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Takeaways: Thoughts on the Raiders 41-31 victory over the Seahawks

Carr is not the Raiders QB of the future: He is not because saying that he is the QB of the future implies that he is not the QB of the present and after Thursday’s performance, he is clearly the best quarterback on the Raiders roster. Carr was an extremely impressive 11 for 13 for 143 yards and 3 TDs in the game. Yes, this was a preseason game and yes, the Seahawks did not have...
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August 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Who Will be the Starters for the Raiders?

Before the NFL kicks-off for real in September with regular season games, we have now seen two weeks of preseason action for the Oakland Raiders.  There was a wave of mock depth charts that came out predicting who the starters would be for the silver and black.  For the most part, things are going as expected, with the exception of injuries, but there have been some notable changes...
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August 19, 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

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
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