Five under the radar players for the Oakland Raiders

Every offseason, the fans look forward to the progression of the high-profile players in minicamp, OTAs and training camp. In the meantime, players on the roster bubble use these oppurtunities to make the team or earn meaningful snaps in the regular, in hopes of securing a future in the National Football League. There are several under-the-radar players on the Raiders who may exceed...
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August 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders free agents have not fared well on the open market

The Oakland Raiders had more than a dozen players hit free agency, whether through their contracts coming to an end or due to being cut. But as free agency approaches the end of it’s second week, only four of those players have signed contracts with new teams. Far and away the majority of former Raiders are still on the free agent market waiting for someone to offer them a deal...
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March 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders release Nick Roach, Usama Young

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have released linebacker Nick Roach and safety Usama Young. The Raiders made the moves Friday citing failed physicals for both players. Roach was signed in 2013 to be the starting middle linebacker and played well his first season. But he was sidelined by a concussion in the third preseason game last year and was never able to return to the...
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March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders Release LB Nick Roach & S Usama Young

The Oakland Raiders released veteran LB Nick Roach and S Usama Young on Friday with failed physical designations. The Raiders have released/failed physical LB Nick Roach and S Usama Young. — OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) March 6, 2015 Roach has unfortunately been dealing with serious concussions symptoms in recent years and there was talk recently that he was unlikely ...
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March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders fans can trust that Reggie McKenzie will find a good middle linebacker

The Oakland Raiders have some major issues that they need to address this offseason and middle linebacker ranks up there among the biggest of the needs. Now that it appears Nick Roach will be unable to return, the Raiders do not have a starting linebacker. In fact, they do not have a single player on their roster who is a natural inside backer. Miles Burris spent all of last season...
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March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

What positions the Raiders should look at in each round of the NFL draft

The Oakland Raiders are a team full of needs, but not all needs are created equally. For example, the Raiders could really use some help at the running back position, but that does not mean they should go out and draft a running back in the first round. With the draft still months away, it is too early in my opinion to guess who will be taken at what spot. It isn’t too early, however...
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February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders are taking a big risk with their secondary

The Oakland Raiders may be taking a very big risk with their secondary in 2015. Yesterday, general manager Reggie McKenzie sat down with local media members for an interview and gave out a number of pieces of information including an update on Nick Roach and his plans to discuss Tyvon Branch’s contract with his agent. But one of the most interesting tid bits was about his plans...
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February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders defense depleted by injuries

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders defense was dealt a big blow back in the preseason when middle linebacker and defensive signal caller Nick Roach suffered a season-ending concussion. That injury set the tone this season for the Raiders, who have had to piece together their defense on the fly because of a litany of injuries. The Raiders (2-12) have nine defensive players...
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December 18, 2014  |  Discuss

LaMarr Woodley going out for the year could be in best interest of the Raiders

The Oakland Raiders seem to be injury plagued more than normal this season, and that is saying a lot. After losing Nick Roach, Rod Streater and Tyvon Branch for the season, it now appears they will be able to add LaMarr Woodley to the list. But unlike the loss of Roach and Streater, the loss of Woodley could be good for the team. When Branch went down, Charles Woodson started playing...
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October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders Injury Update: Nick Roach out for the season

The Oakland Raiders have learned they will be without the services of middle linebacker, Nick Roach, for the remainder of the season, as reported by Chris Wesseling of Around the NFL. #459488957 / Roach suffered a concussion in a pre-season game on August 22nd and has missed the first four regular season games. Roach is still experiencing concussion symptoms,...
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October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders place Nick Roach on season-ending IR

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have placed starting middle linebacker Nick Roach on season-ending injured reserve after he was unable to recover from a concussion in the preseason. The Raiders signed Jamar Chaney on Wednesday to replace Roach on the roster. Roach originally got hurt on Aug. 22 in the third exhibition game against Green Bay. He returned to practice on Sept...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Don’t expect much from the new Raiders linebacker

The Oakland Raiders linebacker situation went from bad to worse when they were forced to place backup Kaluka Maiava on the injured reserve list with a  hamstring issue. The Raiders were already suffering from the loss of starting middle linebacker Nick Roach who has been out since the preseason with concussion issues and starting outside linebacker Sio Moore who has missed two weeks...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Sparano takes his best shot at inspiring a hapless Raiders squad

The Oakland Raiders completed their first practice yesterday with interim head coach Tony Sparano at the helm.  He stood before the players and coaches next to a hole in the ground, shovel in one hand and a football in the other.  Sparano isn’t the first coach to use this metaphor, but it seemed to really speak to the players.  He said, “What this ball represents and what...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Nick Roach not ready to be on the practice field, should retirement be discussed?

The Oakland Raiders are struggling with run their run defense. Ok, scratch that, the run defense is flat out terrible. A large part of the reason that the Raiders run defense is so bad is that they are missing their starting middle linebacker in Nick Roach who has been out with a concussion since August 22nd. That’s right, the guy who played every snap for the Raiders’ defense...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

After Review: video study of the Raiders’ Defense versus the Dolphins

I was not able to watch the Raiders game live due to a family medical emergency. Instead, watching the All-22 coaches film was my first time seeing this game – both on offense and defense. For my thoughts on the offensive tape, you can click here.   -The defensive tape was harder to watch than the offensive tape. The defense looked as bad as any defense I’ve ever seen, which...
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October 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Game within the game: Raiders vs Dolphins

Week 4 for the Oakland Raiders was yet another embarrassment, this time on the international stage. They put their worst on display for the entire world to see. Aside from the opening drive, this game was complete and utter ineptitude from the offense. The defense was beaten to a bloody pulp early and often. This week’s game within the game match-up pits Raiders head coach Dennis...
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September 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland's Jones-Drew out for 2nd straight game

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Oakland Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew is inactive for the second straight game with a right hand injury. Darren McFadden is taking his spot against the New England Patriots in Sunday's game. The Raiders also are without two starting linebackers, Nick Roach for the second game in a row with a concussion and Sio Moore with an ankle injury suffered...
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders could be down 2 starters on defense

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Already staggering from back-to-back poor performances, the Oakland Raiders will likely be without two of their starting linebackers for Sunday's game in New England. Middle linebacker Nick Roach is still recovering from a concussion he suffered during the preseason and has only recently returned to practice on a limited basis. Roach, who played every defensive...
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September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders' Jones-Drew, Roach questionable for game vs. Texans

  Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen remains hopeful that running back Maurice Jones-Drew will be able to play in Sunday's home opener against the Houston Texans. Nick Roach's status isn't as encouraging, meaning the Raiders likely will be without their starting middle linebacker for a second straight week. Jones-Drew has not practiced this week and remains listed as questionable...
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September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Jones-Drew, Roach questionable for Raiders

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen remains hopeful that running back Maurice Jones-Drew will be able to play in Sunday's home opener against the Houston Texans. Nick Roach's status isn't as encouraging, meaning the Raiders likely will be without their starting middle linebacker for a second straight week. Jones-Drew has not practiced this week and remains listed...
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September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

How often will the Raiders run a 3-4 defense, or will they run it at all?

For whatever reason, there has been a lot of interest by Raiders fans in the idea that the team might move to a 3-4 defense part time if not permanently. From day one, head coach Dennis Allen and defensive coordinator Jason Tarver have said that the Raiders will run a 4-3 base defense and that is what they have done. But last season the Raiders did line up in a 3-4 defense, just...
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August 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Should Oakland Raiders claim Kendall Hunter on waivers?

The Oakland Raiders and general manager Reggie McKenzie have made a name for themselves picking up quality players where others did not see them. From undrafted free agents like Rod Streater and Matt McGloin, to late round picks like Stacy McGee and Mychal Rivera, to under the radar free agents like Nick Roach and Philip Weaver. Ever since he took over, one thing can be counted on...
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August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Rewind: Are Oakland Raiders fans top-10, Power Rankings, best NFL owners

In case you missed it, the best columns from the cover32 universe this week. National Columns - Top 10 in 2014: The best owners in the NFL today (READ) - Power Rankings: Each NFL team’s best home run hitter (READ) - Top10 in 2014: The best players at every NFL position (READ) - Top 10 in 2014: The best fans in the NFL today (READ) - Ten storylines that would be shockers in...
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July 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders Rewind: 5 positions of need, worst to first, and Nick Roach trucks a kid

The weekend means it’s time for some rest and relaxation. What better way to do that then by catching up on Oakland Raiders content you may have missed this past week. There are simply too many pieces from this week to link to them all so here are some of the best: - With Marshawn Lynch drama in Seattle, should the Raiders make a trade for the Oakland native? (READ) - Five positions...
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July 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Do the Oakland Raiders have a top-20 cornerback in the NFL right now?

When cover32 released its list of the top 10 cornerbacks in the NFL today, there were some people angry about their favorite team’s top pass rusher not making the list. It made for a bit of spirited debate in the “Comments” section below the article. And it also begged another question: How close was Mr. Irate Fan’s CB to making the list? To provide an answer, the editors...
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July 15, 2014  |  Discuss
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