Enter the Nest: 3 questions with Oakland

With the Arizona Cardinals traveling to Oakland for the most important preseason game, Spot Raiders writer Jayden Watts answered some questions about the silver and black.1. Which player should we keep an eye on Sunday night?The Raiders made numerous changes to the teams’ offense this off-season, and it was apparent to everybody last season that the team had a serious lack of offensive...
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10 NFL players who must step it up in contract years

There are soon-to-be free agents looking to cash in during their contract years every single season around the NFL. Some of these players may be considered elite performers, while others need to prove themselves in order to set a market when the new league year rolls around in March. This year is no different. From a couple wide receivers currently working on one-year deals to a...
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10 NFL players that must step up in contract years

There are soon-to-be free agents looking to cash in during their contract years every single season around the NFL. Some of these players may be considered elite performers, while others need to prove themselves in order to set a market when the new league year rolls around in March.This year is no different. From a couple wide receivers currently working on one-year deals to a few...
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7 Random Plays to Fire You Up For College Football: Volume 6

College football season is getting closer. Fall practices are heating up, position battles are sorting themselves out, and most preseason countdowns — including ours — are nearing completion. Unfortunately, live game action in the Football Bowl Subdivision is still a few weeks away. Here’s another list of seven plays to whet your appetite until the 2015-’16 season starts...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Weekend web roundup: Oakland Raiders

Mark Purdy: Bringing culture to new look Raiders Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree, left, stiff arms St. Louis  cornerback Johnson, right, during the first half of an NFL preseason ... Oakland Raiders worked out safety Dixon The Raiders apparently aren't completely satisfied with their situation at safety ... Oakland worked out 2014 seventh-round pick Ahmad Dixon...
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Rocky's Top: Division Race Review - AFC & NFC West

AFC West Of all the NFL’s divisions the AFC West is the most enigmatic to me. The last time the Oakland Raiders were good was 2002, my rookie year with the Tennessee Titans when we lost to the Raiders in the AFC Championship game. That also was the last Raider team to win more than eight games. … yes, I’m getting old. But with an efficient young QB in Derek Carr, the draft’s...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Why is everyone underrating the Oakland Raiders in fantasy football?

AROUND COVER32 First and 10: The 10 best bets for first coach to be fired in 2015 Fantasy Preview: The top-60 RBs for 2015 QB Rankings: Based on how entertaining they’d be on Hard Knocks Top 10: The NFL’s second-tier head coaches Everybody loves to gloss over the Raiders, but don’t be fooled; this offense has the potential to be a lot better than any Raiders offense we...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Raiders Answering Top Training Camp Questions

View image | gettyimages.com Now that the NFL has gone through the first week of preseason action and every team has been in training camp for about two weeks we can start to see some trends that will answer the questions we were asking before players reported to their respective camps.  The Oakland Raiders had a fair amount of questions that needed to be answered and we are...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL Power Rankings: How Good Will the Raiders Offense Be?

View image | gettyimages.com Click to See Full Power Rankings Article It is very tempting to move the Raiders up these rankings because of the development of Derek Carr and the additions of Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. However, I’m being safe because we have no idea how these guys will play together once the games start counting. Adding Roy Helu and Trent Richardson...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Brice Butler gives Raiders depth at wide receiver

The Oakland Raiders have depth at wide receiver behind new starters Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. With Rod Streater activated and the emergence of Brice Butler, the Raiders strength at receiver goes beyond the rookie and free-agent addition. Butler performed well in the Raiders’ 18-3 win over St. Louis on Friday night. He had a game-high six catches for 57 yards and a touchdown...
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Monday web roundup: Oakland Raiders

Breaking Down Oakland Raiders' Likely Opening Game Starting Lineup The buzz from the Oakland Raiders' preseason opener lingers as speculation builds on the potential starting lineup. The starting unit played well on both sides ... Sunday's Raiders Training Camp Practice Observations After soundly defeating the St. Louis Rams 18-3 in their preseason opener, the Oakland Raiders...
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Can Michael Crabtree Revitalize His Career in Oakland?

It seems like it’s been forever since Michael Crabtree was heralded as one of the greatest receivers to come out of college. Crabtree holds the NCAA freshman record for receptions (134), yards (1,962) and touchdowns (22). He was a monster in college who couldn’t be stopped by anyone, but a Jones fracture in his left foot in 2009 led to Crabtree falling to the 49ers’ 10th pick...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Recapping Raiders’ second week of camp

The Raiders have a day off today, their second break since camp started. Prior to today’s day off the team had practiced for 5 consecutive days and now have a total of 9 practices under their belt. Despite that low number, I’m breaking the time into “weeks” with the days off as the “weekends.” Here is my recap of the first four practices.   Offensive thoughts: -Derek...
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Oakland Raiders preview (No. 29): Cooper, Crabtree give Carr new targets

Our 2015 NFL preview series ranks every team, from worst to first. Today: the No. 29 Raiders. 2014 record: 3-13 Head coach: Jack Del Rio Key arrivals: Rodney Hudson (center), Dan Williams (defensive tackle), Michael Crabtree (wide receiver), Roy Helu (running back), Malcolm Smith (linebacker), Curtis Lofton (linebacker), Nate Allen (safety), Kris Durham (wide receiver), Christian...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Michael Crabtree Still Hearing About Richard Sherman In Oakland

You would think now that the game where the infamous play between Michael Crabtree and Richard Sherman went down that fans would have let it go by now. In San Francisco they probably have, but now that Crabtree is with the Raiders one fan decided to remind Crabtree of it as a means of showing support.Infamous plays are never forgotten Crabtree--never. ***VIDEO*** Carr to Cooper then...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Del Rio, Carr impressed with WR Michael Crabtree and 'level of competition' among receivers

Oakland Raiders second-year quarterback Derek Carr feels good about his receiving corps and how they have been competing since the start of training camp. "Oh man, you see the level of competition just rise once they got onto the field," Carr said, via ESPN. "You see when those guys came out how hard the other guys are working because they are competing now. Any time new talent...
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The wide receiver position is full of surprises for the Raiders

Through the first week of the Oakland Raiders training camp, some of the most intriguing story lines has come at the wide receiver position. First, there is the fact that Michael Crabtree is having one hell of a camp even beating out rookie Amari Cooper early on. He and Derek Carr have developed chemistry quickly and are playing extremely well together. And that’s not to say that...
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Video: Raiders Fan tells Michael Crabtree that “Richard Sherman ain’t got nothing on you” after making a catch

The Oakland Raiders gave the fans a treat by letting them watch the team practice on Wednesday. It was the first look for many to see what type of talent the Raiders have on the their team. One position group that many Raiders fans are excited about is the wide receivers. The leader of that group Michael Crabtree got some encouragement from a fan after making  catch during a drill...
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Who is Raiders' Michael Dyer, and why you should care

When Trent Richardson signed with the Raiders on March 17, RaiderNation was abuzz with excitement over Latavius Murray having a capable backup. Not everyone was completely convinced. My colleague, Cover32 writer and Resident Ninja, Amy Contizano predicted this on March 20th. So far, Richardson hasn’t lived up to whatever mediocre standard set for him. As mentioned, months ago...
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Oakland Raiders: Every Michael Crabtree snap from the 2014 wildcard playoff

The following tape I have edited is every snap of Michael Crabtree against the Green Bay Packers in the Wild Card game in 2014. This was Crabtree’s sixth game back from the Achilles injury he suffered in May 2013 during team OTAs, about eight months prior to this game. Crabtree finished the game with 8 catches for 125 yards, proving the narrative of him not being the same after...
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Michael Crabtree Receiving High Marks in Oakland Raiders Camp

(AP Photo/Eric Risberg) Michael Crabtree’s new digs aren’t too far away from his old home, as the former San Francisco 49er finds himself just on the other side of the bay in his first season with the Oakland Raiders. While Crabtree’s change of scenery isn’t exactly the most dramatic of changes, it has apparently been enough to help rejuvenate the former first-round pick...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders position preview: Wide Receivers

Last season, the Oakland Raiders receiving core was one of the weakest points for this team. Andre Holmes led the way with only 693 total yards and four touchdowns. James Jones was the number two receiver compiling a total of 666 total yards and six touchdowns. To put those numbers in perspective, in terms of yards Andre Holmes was ranked 66th overall in the entire league and Jones...
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Why you can’t count out a 49ers’ return to the playoffs

It can easily be stated that no team has had a worse offseason than the San Francisco 49ers; the amount of players they lost coupled with head coach Jim Harbaugh is just unfair. Patrick Willis, Justin Smith and Chris Borland all retired due to injuries. Perrish Cox and Chris Culliver left, ditto for offensive stars Frank Gore, Michael Crabtree and Mike Iupati. you The 49ers went...
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Tuesday web roundup: Oakland Raiders

Oakland Raiders' Foundation is Solid in Training Camp When the Oakland Raiders beat the Buffalo Bills in Week 16 26-24 last year, it gave ... And since the draft is how this Raiders team is being built, that foundation ... Defensive Coordinator Ken Norton, Jr., Breaks Down Khalil Mack ... Norton is beginning his first training camp as an Oakland Raider, and so far he is happy...
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Michael Crabtree Impresses Early in Camp

Michael Crabtree’s contract is small; its 1 yr(s) / $3,200,000 with only $1,300,000 guaranteed. That’s a small price for a receiver that was drafted in the top 10 who should physically be in his prime at the age of 27. The signing was originally met with some criticism by the fan base despite it being a low risk high reward signing, but Raider Nation seems to be quickly warming...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss
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