Sio Moore fighting for role with Oakland Raiders

Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio alarmed Raider fans when he said linebacker Sio Moore would compete for a role-player position. It was an alarming update for a player who started 22 games in his first two seasons. Del Rio says Sio Moore is competing to be a role players. Looks like Malcolm Smith heavy favorite to start at WLB #Raiders — Bill Williamson (@BWilliamsonESPN...
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3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Injuries forcing promising young LB Sio Moore into a role player

Oakland Raiders linebacker Sio Moore was one of the up and coming stars on the team's defense, but injuries and the emergence of free agent pickup Malcolm Smith has him targeted for spot duty. Moore was placed on the [Active] Physically Unable to Perform list at the start of training camp and suffered an undisclosed injury that has kept him off the field. “Right now, he...
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13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders position preview: Linebackers

As the season vastly approaches, it seems appropriate to go over one of the Oakland Raiders positional units with the most depth, linebacker. The Raiders released their first depth chart recently and probably the most surprising thing on the depth chart was that Khalil Mack was penciled in as the starting defensive-end, not outside linebacker. Although this means he won’t be discussed...
14 days ago  |  Discuss

How Good is the Raiders Defense?

Below is an excerpt from Jake Schyvinck’s NFL Defensive Power Rankings article.  Oakland Raiders Power Ranking: 25 Click here to see full rankings View image | The Raiders are here because of their recent history at the bottom of the league, but there are signs of improvement.  Linebacker Khalil Mack showed that he can be a superstar player in this...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

This sleeping giant will emerge for the Raiders in 2015

The Oakland Raiders enter a season filled with promise for the first time in 15 years.Plenty of that optimism centers on its bright young offensive stars. Oakland's young quarterback, Derek Carr, now has an outstanding rookie to throw to in Amari Cooper.Don't overlook the defense, though. Khalil Mack is rounding into form as a superstar. Charles Woodson is still roaming the secondary...
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July 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Five most upgraded positions on the Oakland Raiders

The goal of every offseason is to upgrade your team in anyway possible. For the Oakland Raiders, that was no a very hard task considering the fact that pretty much everywhere they looked, there was room to upgrade. When a team has been as bad as the Raiders have for as long as the Raiders have, you have the “luxury” of adding to the roster in just about any way and still improve...
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June 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Smith adds a Super Bowl mentality to the Raiders defense

Older Raiders like Justin Tuck and Charles Woodson know what it's like to hoist a Lombardi Trophy.  Those two veterans weren't voted MVP, though -- so Malcolm Smith brings something a little different to the Oakland defense. The former Seattle Seahawks linebacker was given top honors in Super Bowl XLVIII. One year later, he was back in the big game again in Arizona. Oakland wants...
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May 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders’ Best Targets With Fourth Pick

With less than a month to go before the 2015 NFL draft the speculation and buzz will only pick up; especially the team with the highest draft picks.  The Oakland Raiders have gotten very familiar with this process of the offseason; with a decade gone by since their last winning season.  Last year, the Raiders put the foundation in place with a stellar draft from top to bottom....
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April 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders' Free Agency Report Card

No other team in the NFL has signed more free-agents than the Oakland Raiders. After posting a 3-13 overall record in 2014, the Raiders are among the teams needing fresh faces the most heading into next season.With free agency slowing down after two weeks, it's now time to evaluate the team's roster moves.Rodney Hudson, center: After signing Hudson to a historic $44.5 million contract...
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March 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders sign OLB Malcolm Smith

Malcolm Smith follows his former linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. to Oakland, where he is now the defensive coordinator. That makes sense, but it’s not clear what his role will be in Oakland. The Raiders paid him 7 million over 2 years, which suggests he’ll be a starter, after spending most of his career as a reserve in Seattle. Free agent signing Curtis Lofton is locked in at...
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March 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders Plan of Attack for the 2015 NFL Draft

With the Draft just over the horizon, it’s time to take a detailed look at each team’s acquisitions and losses and gauge a plan of attack for how they should approach the first three rounds of this year’s draft.  We’ll start with the lowly Tampa Bay Bucs and work our way all the way up to the Super Bowl Champs in New England.  The Oakland Raiders are up on this cool...
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March 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Grading week one of Raiders free agency

The first week of free agency is up… well almost, it started on Tuesday March 10 so there is technically one day left to the first week but who’s counting. In that first week, the Oakland Raiders have signed nine players: Center Rodney Hudson Defensive tackle Dan Williams Linebacker Malcolm Smith Linebacker Curtis Lofton Running back Roy Helu Quarterback Christian Ponder...
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March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Biggest remaining needs for the Oakland Raiders

With the first three days of free agency now in the books, the Oakland Raiders have added seven new players to the roster: Linebacker Malcolm Smith Linebacker Curtis Lofton Defensive Tackle Dan Williams Safety Nate Allen Center Rodney Hudson Running back Roy Helu Tight end Lee Smith With those signings, the Raiders have clearly aimed to upgrade their run game and their run defense...
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March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

The 10 best value free agent signings in 2015

Armed with the largest salary cap in NFL history, teams have opened their checkbooks this in an attempt to add players that will hopefully make them a contender. As a result, the start of free agency has been fast and furious, filled with one big contract after another. This kind of free-wheeling environment, where logic goes out the window and “keeping up with the Joneses” becomes...
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March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders sign 7; more likely

The Raiders yesterday announced the signing of six of the players with which they had agreed to contract terms over the negotiation window and free agency. Today, the Raiders have also announced the addition of safety Nate Allen to their roster, their seventh player of free agency to date. The players the Raiders have signed as of publishing are: Rodney Hudson, center, 25 years old...
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March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Recent Signings Give Oakland Raiders Long-Lost Identity

As many football fans well know, the Oakland Raiders have been bad for a long time. They've sported an offense that can't get out of its own way and a defense that's been downright offensive to watch.But the Raiders' recent free-agent signings indicate the team is bringing back a part of itself that's been missing for too long—an identity.The acquisitions of center Rodney Hudson...
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March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders sign DT Dan Williams, LB Curtis Lofton

The Oakland Raiders are trying to revamp their defense in free agency and have agreed to contracts with defensive tackle Dan Williams and linebacker Curtis Lofton on Wednesday, reports ESPN’s Michael C. Wright. Raiders signing Dan Williams and Curtis Lofton per source. Getting Williams pulled them out of Knighton sweepstakes. — Michael C. Wright (@mikecwright) March 11...
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March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Seattle Seahawks: Malcolm Smith Departure Shouldn't Sting

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith is headed to the Oakland Raiders, per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. A Super Bowl MVP two years ago, Smith lost a prominent role in the Seahawks linebacking corps in 2014 due to the steady play of Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright and Bruce Irvin. All three of those linebackers are the future for the Seahawks, so there simply wasn't a place for...
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March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders add former Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith

Oakland Raiders defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. is already paying dividends as the Oakland Raiders have signed linebacker Malcolm Smith. He played outside linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks where he won the Super Bowl MVP award two years ago. It is assumed that the Raiders will move Smith to middle linebacker where the team has absolutely no one right now after cutting Nick...
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March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Smith goes from MVP to barely seeing field for Seattle

PHOENIX (AP) Malcolm Smith stood out for always being in the right spot. He was waiting to corral Richard Sherman's fourth-quarter deflection for the clinching interception in the NFC championship a year ago to send Seattle to the Super Bowl. His eyes were up and focused on Peyton Manning's fluttering pass that fell into his arms for a pick six in the second quarter of last year...
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January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

5 Bold Predictions for Super Bowl XLIX

The one thing we do know about the upcoming Super Bowl is that we can expect the unexpected. As has been the case in every title bout of the modern era, under-the-radar players will step up and play a major role in the outcome of the game. We saw this firsthand last year when Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith earned Super Bowl MVP honors. What about former Dallas Cowboys cornerback...
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January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Seahawks Injury Report: Kam Chancellor, Russell Okung, Malcolm Smith

The Seattle Seahawks will have a chance to gain ground in the NFC West when they host the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, but will have several injuries to overcome: #457937166 / Seattle had to add a few names to an already lengthy injury list this week prior to it's Week 9 matchup with Oakland. One of those names is safety Kam Chancellor, who was held out...
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October 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Seattle Seahawks: one final move to make this offseason

The Seattle Seahawks have been busy this offseason granting contract extensions, signing draft picks, and grabbing free agents like defensive tackle Kevin Williams. All the moves have been justified and are solid, but the linebacker position still needs to be addressed. Linebackers Malcolm Smith, K.J. Wright, and Bobby Wagner are all set to become free agents in just a few years...
June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Bruce Irvin has hip surgery, doesn’t expect to miss any games

Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker Bruce Irvin underwent hip surgery on Monday. Didn’t want this to get out but I’m fine! Will b back by training camp! For all u people saying this a make or break year for me! — Bruce Irvin (@BIrvin_WVU11) June 2, 2014 Irvin doesn’t plan to miss any games. If I woulda missed any games I wouldn’t have got it I decided to proceed because...
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June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Seattle Seahawks: undrafted rookies, punts, and extensions

There is plenty to talk about this week when it comes to the Seattle Seahawks. Doug Baldwin has signed a three year, $13 million deal, Earl Thomas is the frontrunner for returning punts, and then there’s the mystery of which undrafted rookies have the best shot the grab a spot on the final roster for the 2014 campaign. Let’s take these in order, shall we? I love that Baldwin...
May 30, 2014  |  Discuss
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