2014 NFL Team Needs: Oakland Raiders

1. Quarterback: The Raiders were able to get a lot more out of Pryor and McGloin than anyone thought they would, but they still need a true franchise quarterback. It will be hard for them to pass up a quarterback with the fifth pick, but they could also try to grab one in the second round where someone like Tajh Boyd may be available. 2. Wide Receiver: The Raiders have a group...
Via Heff's Sports Blog
March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Should the Raiders consider D’Qwell Jackson?

The Oakland Raiders need help all across their roster, but yesterday a quality player became available at the one position where the Raiders do not NEED to improve. The Cleveland Browns cut veteran middle linebacker D’Qwell Jackson and the Raiders were almost immediately linked to him as a potential landing place. This is no big surprise since almost every talented free agent will...
Via cover32 - Raiders
February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders Have Too Many Needs to Target One in the Draft

Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports D.J. O’Connor Oakland Raiders Writer With the NFL scouting combine underway in Indianapolis the Oakland Raiders are one of the busiest teams scouting players to potentially draft with the fifth overall selection. The Raiders have been linked to quarterbacks, wide receivers and pass-rushers depending of which mock drafts you have been reading.  The truth...
Via TopSportsReport
February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders 2013 season postmortem: Defense

The Raiders’ 2013 season is officially (and mercifully) over. We’ll be looking back at the team’s season in various installments this week. We previously covered the offense here. Next up: the defense… The Raiders defense started out the year appearing as if it was the team’s better unit when compared to the offense, and for a time early in the year that appeared to be...
Via Minus Twenty-Two
December 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Raiders rookie starting to get noticed

Stacy McGee got to Raiders teammate Nick Roach before Roach even got up from his interception 20 yards down the field last Sunday. Which is pretty good, since it was McGee's pressure and hit on Houston quarterback Case Keenum that set up the interception. "I got a little excited," McGee said. "It was cool. Need more, though." While Oakland has seen its first...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Tarver brings energy, passion to Raiders defense

(Eds: Adds details, quotes. ) By JOSH DUBOW AP Sports Writer Defensive coordinator Jason Tarver's contributions to the Oakland Raiders this season are much bigger than that obscene gesture at the officials that got him into so much hot water. Tarver has overseen a remarkable improvement on the defense while incorporating 10 new starters who mostly came in with little fanfare...
Via AP on Fox
October 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders: 2013 Week 4 NFL Power Rankings (#31)

Last week: 31 The Raiders got a win against the Jaguars week 2, but things were back to normal in week 3 as they got blown out by the Broncos. Even the final score of 37-21 doesn’t tell how big of a blowout it was. The Broncos had 31 first downs to just 1 punt, while the Raiders had 13 first downs and punted 6 times. The Raiders actually won the turnover battle by 2, recovering...
Via The Football Fan Spot
September 25, 2013  |  Discuss


Good morning everyone, are we doing alright on this manic Monday?  If you’ve faced a Justin Houston owner I feel for you because I got the best of both worlds; started him and in another league played against him.  Will take a slightly different approach this time around as we’re hitting week 4 and approaching the bye week, at the same time the waiver wire is nearing slim....
Via The Fantasy Fix
September 23, 2013  |  Discuss

The Raiders next moves, after cut day

The Raiders made news league-wide yesterday when they had an unusual “final” roster after the league’s cut day. The Raiders not only retained 4 QBs, unusual in itself although not too rare, but they also kept 2 punters on their squad of 53 players which is something I’ve never encountered before. Of course cutting to the 53 players that are currently on the team is just...
Via Thoughts from the Dark Side
September 01, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Fantasy Football IDP Sleepers

It is time to take a peek at a few 2013 Fantasy Football IDP Sleepers. There are a number of guys who I value much higher than most. Make sure to check in on the rest of my IDP Coverage: Three Tips in the Dark Art of IDP Fantasy Football 2013 Fantasy Football IDP Rankings   2013 Fantasy Football IDP Sleepers DL Chandler Jones, New England Patriots: It was a great start to the season...
Via The Fake Football
August 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders: 2013-2014 Season Preview

The Oakland Raiders were one of the worst teams in the NFL last season, finishing up the year with a 4-12 record. Offensively and defensive, the Raiders were a disaster, finishing in the bottom half of the league in almost every important statistical category. This offseason, the Raiders traded their starting quarterback, Carson Palmer, to the Arizona Cardinals and brought in three...
Via Total Sports Blog
August 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Raiders new-look defense tries to get on same page

(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JOSH DUBOW AP Sports Writer The Oakland Raiders probably should wear name tags in the defensive huddle in training camp. With nine projected starters coming from outside the organization, getting on the same page is the top priority this summer. Coach Dennis Allen and coordinator Jason Tarver are placing a premium on communication to make sure that when...
Via Fox Sports
August 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Raiders Camp Notes Day 2

The Raiders had their second day of training camp practice today. Here are some notes. My information comes from Raiders beat writers via Twitter and can be found on Twitter as @LeviDamien  @ChrisMcClain  @CorkOnTheNfl (Steve Corkran)  @VicTafur @AsherMatthews. I will be compiling all of their information throughout training camp. For all Raiders updates follow the writers...
Via Pro Football Zone
July 27, 2013  |  Discuss

A Look at the Raiders Training Camp Competition

The football season is vastly approaching as training camp is right around the corner. The Raiders open camp with a completely different team than last year and will host a camp full of heavy competition. Here’s a look at some of the notable positions that the men in silver and black will battle for. First off, the corner backs. Last year the Raiders secondary struggled and...
Via BaySportsNet
July 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Nick Roach has been the quarterback of the Raiders defense

According to the Contra Costa Times, linebacker Nick Roach has been the quarterback of the Raiders defense during OTA’s. “Nick’s highly intelligent and he’s athletic,” said Raiders head coach Dennis Allen. “He’s done a nice job of kind of being the quarterback of our defense. He’s kind of taken on that role and really has a passion about leading that team. With his...
Via Pro Football Zone
June 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Raiders hope Roach is the man in the middle

Nick Roach lined up at middle linebacker, barked out a coverage adjustment, then quickly shifted behind the left side of the defensive line before bursting through to pressure Oakland rookie quarterback Tyler Wilson. After three years of getting little production out of the position, the Raiders think they've found a remedy in the 27-year-old veteran defender. Almost as impressive...
Via AP on Fox
June 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Raiders Draft Possibilities: Kevin Reddick and Kiko Alonso

We continue our Draft Possibilities series with two inside linebackers who caught the Oakland Raiders attention during the scouting and player evaluation process: Kevin Reddick and Kiko Alonso. After giving up on the underachieving Rolando McClain earlier in the off-season, the Silver & Black signed former Bears’ Nick Roach to take over the middle linebacker spot in 2013. However, that [...]
Via Silver and Black Daily
April 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Weekend Raiders free agency news

On Friday, the Raiders signed linebacker Nick Roach.  Roach previously played for the Chicago Bears.  He played both outside linebacker as well as middle linebacker, when he filled in for several games for an injured Brian Urlacher.  While the Raiders haven’t released MLB Rolando McClain yet, Roach would likely be his replacement.  At this point, the Raiders have three starting...
Via Raider Ninja
March 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders Strengthen Shaky Defense in 2013 NFL Free Agency

Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie and head coach Dennis Allen made it through the first week 2013 NFL Free Agency without making any major moves on the open market, but did manage to strengthen the struggling pass rush. Former Chicago Bears outside linebacker Nick Roach signed a multi-year contract with compensation ranging from $3 to $4 million per season, the...
Via Gridiron Grit
March 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Tale of the Tape: Nick Roach

At the end of last week, the Raiders signed former Chicago Bears LB Nick Roach to a 4 year deal worth up to $13 million.  The 6’1 235 lbs linebacker played as the Bears starting strong-side linebacker last year (strong side is the side of the line where the tight end lines up) for most of the season but filled in at middle linebacker for the last four games of the season when...
Via Thoughts from the Dark Side
March 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Raiders Free Agency Update #4: Oakland inks Burnett, loses Myers

The Oakland Raiders have signed their fifth free agent of the year and he goes by the name of Kevin Burnett. The 30-year-old veteran will join Kaluka Maiava and Nick Roach as the Silver & Black’s new faces at the linebacker position. However, tight end Brandon Myers has decided to wear a new uniform in 2013, as he agreed to [...]
Via Silver and Black Daily
March 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Raiders Free Agency Update #3: Goodson, Shaughnessy out, Roach in

The Oakland Raiders continued to focus on the defense during the fourth day of the official 2013 free agency period. The Silver & Black inked inside linebacker Nick Roach, in what can be another sign that the franchise is ready to put former first round pick Rolando McClain as a part of its past. In the other hand, general manager [...]
Via Silver and Black Daily
March 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Raiders agree to terms with LB Nick Roach

The Raiders made a move on Tuesday that would further portend the team releasing off-the-field nuisance Rolando McClain. The team on Friday signed former Bears linebacker Nick Roach to a three-year deal. He joins a linebacking corps of second-year player Miles Burris and the recently signed Kaluka Maiava. Roach could take over the starting middle linebacker position from the player...
Via Minus Twenty-Two
March 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Bears searching for value linebackers

With Nick Roach signing in Oakland, the Bears are now forced to bargain shop for linebackers. We break down some potential options in free agency that could contribute at a discount.
March 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Biggest Winners/Losers 48 Hours Into Free Agency

With two full days of NFL free agency now in the books, here's a look at the teams that have gained the most, as well as the teams that have taken the biggest hits. WINNER: Chicago Bears -- It would help if they'd keep Nick Roach and Israel Idonije, but they did a good job wrapping up Henry Melton with the tag while bringing in support for Jay Cutler by signing Jermon...
Via This Given Sunday
March 14, 2013  |  Discuss

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