What RaiderNation needs to do in 2015

For the last few weeks, I’ve laid out goals and expectations for a myriad of Raiders. They were a broad outline of what they needed to do to have a successful 2015. Each was steeped in realistic hope. There are times that wishful thinking and best case scenario take over. As fans, we should aspire to accomplish goals ourselves, if for no other reward, than peace of mind. We’ve...
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Oakland Raiders Secondary A Primary Concern

By now, you've heard that the Oakland Raiders have a beefed-up front seven led by stud second-year linebacker Khalil Mack. This team is geared to stop the run.But what about stopping the pass? Sure, the ageless Charles Woodson will continue his historic career by picking off passes and racking up tackles in 2015. Besides him, though, who else is there to help save the Raiders defense...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Buffalo Bills all-time overrated player is…

Last week we discussed the Buffalo Bills all-time underrated players. This week we take a look at the other end of the spectrum. Who suited up for the Buffalo Bills and received way too much credit, too much money, got too much fanfare and overall was not nearly as good as his press clipping would suggest. Well, I gave it a lot of thought. I kicked around names like Mark Kelso who...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Three Goals for Raiders safety Nate Allen in 2015

Reggie McKenzie showed mostly phenomenal restraint during free agency. His pickups were mostly solid, few starters, and depth driven. On March 12th, he decided to open the wallet for…Nate Allen? I was absolutely stunned, not so much the signing, but the amount. We’ll get to that in a bit. Allen has the eyes of RaiderNation upon him. In 2015, he needs to: Justify the Contract...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Safety Nate Allen: It really hit me that things are changing to win now

The Oakland Raiders signed safety Nate Allen to a four-year, $23 million contract with $11.8 million guaranteed this offseason with the hopes he can pair up with veteran Charles Woodson to create a dynamic duo. Allen will play free safety or the 'centerfielder' in defensive coordinator Ken Norton's cover 3 defense and he likes the direction the team is heading. “Oakland just...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Five positions for the Raiders that still need to be upgraded

The Oakland Raiders added a number of key players to the team this past offseason. Last week we wrote a piece on the top five offseason moves for the Raiders. This week, we look at the five position groups that the Raiders needed to upgrade this offseason but did not do a very good job of addressing. 5. Safety The Raiders signed Nate Allen this offseason but he isn’t exactly a...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Disagreeing with Bleacher Report’s best/worst offseason moves for the Raiders

Bleacher Report writer Russell Baxter published a piece listing the best and worst move for every NFL team today. The two listed for the Oakland Raiders are both somewhat confusing for anyone following the team closely. According to Baxter, the best move made by the Raiders this offseason was the signing of safety Nate Allen while the worst move was the signing of Christian Ponder...
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May 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders still have the chance to upgrade their secondary with these guys

The Oakland Raiders went through the free agency period and the NFL Draft an added a few pieces to their secondary, but most believe they did not do enough. They added a starting safety in Nate Allen but many believe he is not a long term solution at safety. He has had a knack for making big plays, but has also gained a reputation for allowing big plays. At the corner position the...
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May 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Nate Allen can't wait to play alongside Charles Woodson

Nate Allen was the object of ire for many a Philadelphia fan. But now, with a new start in Oakland, the former Eagles safety is looking forward to a new start -- and a chance to play alongside one of the best to ever suit up. "Having C-Wood (Charles Woodson) back there is big for the entire secondary," Allen told reporters after the team's minicamp. "He's played corner, nickel,...
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April 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders continue to look for safeties

The Oakland Raiders have clearly focused their attention on the safety position this offseason. After cutting Tyvon Branch, they signed Nate Allen while also bringing back both Charles Woodson, Brandian Ross and Larry Asante. They also already had former seventh round draft pick Jonathan Dowling under contract. In addition, they tried to snag Green Bay Packers safety Sean Richardson...
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April 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Tale of the Tape: new Raiders safety Nate Allen

Photo courtesy of For my second 2015 Tale of the Tape, I wanted to review new free agent safety Nate Allen and get an idea what kind of player he was. Unlike Rodney Hudson, Dan Williams or Curtis Lofton, Allen’s signing brought more scorn and derision than it did praise or hope. This made me curious because Pro Football Focus had him rated with a respectable-if-not...
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April 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Bleacher report ranks a Raiders signing as one of the best of free agency

The Oakland Raiders were unable to lock down any of the big name free agents that they were after this offseason. So after swinging and missing on guys like Ndamukong Suh, Randall Cobb and DeMarco Murray, the Raiders changed courses and signed a group of young players with upside. The idea being that the group will help the team by providing smaller upgrades throughout the roster...
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April 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders counting on coaches to make sure free agents aren’t overpaid

Two of the free agent signings by the Oakland Raiders are guys that are not exactly studs at their respective positions. Safety Nate Allen and linebacker Curtis Lofton are experienced starters in the league but are also guys who were allowed to walk by their previous teams for a reason. But despite the fact that they were not seen as high value free agents, the Raiders gave them...
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March 30, 2015  |  Discuss

New Raiders safety Nate Allen speaks out on stadium issue

The Oakland Raiders have a new safety in Nate Allen and he hopes that the team remains the Oakland Raiders. All this LA talk sounds like nonsense. Oakland is where I want to be. — Nate Allen (@NAllen29) March 24, 2015 As part of the courting process for Allen, Raiders defensive backs coach Marcus Robertson attended a Golden State Warriors game with the then free agent safety...
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March 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Which Raider Has the Best/Worst Contract?

Best: Derek Carr View image | Derek Carr has been dubbed the savior of the Oakland Raiders.  He played excellent football this season while surrounded by a pretty weak core on offense. Carr signed a rookie deal worth about 5.3 million over 4 seasons.  This is a small price to pay for a franchise Quarterback (hopefully). Sure, Carr still has to continue...
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March 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders sign S Nate Allen

The Raiders needed safety help next to Charles Woodson, as they released Tyvon Branch, who has missed 28 games over the past 2 seasons, and Brandian Ross, who has played in Branch’s absence in each of the last 2 seasons, has struggled. This 4-year, 23 million dollar deal with 11.8 million guaranteed is a risky move for the Raiders. If Allen plays like he did last season, when he...
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March 15, 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

Oakland Raiders Sign Former Eagles Safety Nate Allen

The Oakland Raiders' defense has a new member.Reports say former Philadelphia Eagles' safety Nate Allen has agreed to a long-term contract. The details of the deal have not been disclosed.Allen, 27, intercepted four passes, forced one fumble and was in on 62 tackles in 2014. He should become the Raiders' starting strong safety for next season.The Raiders were looking to sign a replacement...
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March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Oakland Raiders sign former Philadelphia Eagles safety Nate Allen

The Oakland Raiders are getting some help for their secondary by looking to the NFC East… AROUND COVER32 First and 10: The 10 worst NFL free agent signings so far in 2015 QB Rankings: Rating every QB from 1-32 based on needing them for one drive According to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter (who apparently subsists on coffee and breaking news and requires neither food nor rest...
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March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders sign free agent S Nate Allen

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have signed former Philadelphia safety Nate Allen in free agency to fill the hole created when former starter Tyvon Branch was released. The Raiders announced the deal with Allen on Thursday. Allen says Oakland tried to sign him last year but that he stayed in Philadelphia because he was not offered a long-term deal. The Raiders gave him...
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March 12, 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

Former Eagles safety Nate Allen reportedly finds a new home

  The Eagles headed into the 2014/2015 offseason well aware that they were in need of a new secondary.  The Eagles have already added Byron Maxwell and continue their busy offseason.  Having already seen Cary Williams find a new home, another member of the Eagles 2014 defense has moved on. Adam Schefter, who is having a busy day today: reported that Nate Allen has a new home...
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March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders Signing S Nate Allen

Scott Bair of CSN Bay Area reports that the Raiders are signing former Eagles S Nate Allen. According to Bair, the agreement was completed in essence last night, but the two sides wrapped it up this morning. John Middlekauff first reported that the Raiders were hosting Allen for a visit on Wednesday. Allen, 27, is a former second round pick of the ...
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March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Nate Allen Signs with the Oakland Raiders

A source recently informed that Free Agent Safety – Nate Allen has signed with the Oakland Raiders to a deal worth approximately $20 Million. The Raiders have flashed their money this off-season, signing Rodney Houston, Curtis Lofton, Dan Williams and Roy Helu. Allen was exposed often last season, however he led the Philadelphia Eagles […]
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March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders Hosting S Nate Allen For A Visit

John Middlekauff reports that the Raiders will be hosting Eagles free agent S Nate Allen in for a visit on Wednesday. Nate Allen, 27, is a former second round pick of the Eagles back in 2010. He signed a one-year contract to return to Philadelphia last year. In 2014, Allen recorded 62 tackles, one sack, four interceptions, ...
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March 11, 2015  |  Discuss
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