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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17 days ago  |  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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18 days ago  |  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

Nick Roach takes out some aggression on a poor intern

Many members of the Oakland Raiders spend portions of their offseason training with various independent companies. With strict rules in the NFL collective bargaining agreement which limit the amount of contact coaches can have with players during the offseason, it makes sense that many will turn to companies with coaches and facilities that match the quality of that found in the...
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July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders strengths, weaknesses and wildcards

The Oakland Raiders will be a completely different team in 2014. In fact, this is the third year of the Reggie McKenzie and Dennis Allen era and it is the third new iteration of the Raiders roster. With a focus on fixing the salary cap, McKenzie has overhauled the Raiders roster every year, fielding unique teams each season. Now that the cap situation is fixed, the Raiders have what...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Just how good could the Raiders defense be?

The Oakland Raiders defense has been revamped every season since the Reggie McKenzie/Dennis Allen era began. Last season was the most dramatic change with only a couple of returning starters, but this year is not far behind. It looks as though the Raiders may only have four starters from 2013 who are starting again this season. My early prediction of the starters on defense for the...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Reviewing the Raiders roster: Defensive line and linebackers

We continue to look at the Oakland Raiders roster now that the offseason additions have been made. The Raiders have clearly upgraded their team, but they have also completely overhauled many portions of it as well. Through this series you can see how all of the new faces are fitting in with the Raiders. In today’s edition, check out how the defensive line and linebacker position...
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May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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....
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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June 03, 2013  |  Discuss
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