Pat Sims: Khalil Mack is a freak

Khalil Mack’s teammate Pat Sims has some very good things to say about the first round pick after practicing with is this spring. “He’s an athlete,” said Sims, via “He’s a freak. We just have to put him in the right situations and he’s going to be hell.” “Khalil is going to go out there and do his thing, because he can play almost any position in the...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Pat Sims: Khalil Mack is “a freak”

Count Raiders defensive tackle Pat Sims among those who like the upside of first-rounder Khalil Mack. In a story published on the club’s website Monday, Sims said the rookie linebacker from Buffalo “can play almost any position in the front seven.” “He’s an athlete. He’s a freak,” the veteran defensive tackle said of Mack, the No. 5 overall pick, per
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24 days ago  |  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

Jason Tarver still has a lot to prove even with a better roster

The Oakland Raiders have added at least five new starters to their defensive roster, six if you include the nickel back position as a starter. Given the number of three wideout sets the Raiders will face against teams like the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos, the nickel back will be on the field more often than not. That means for a third year in a row, the Raiders will be...
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May 26, 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

Raiders biggest area of need is the most improved unit in the AFC West

The Oakland Raiders needed to improve in a lot of areas this offseason but none as much as along the defensive line. The Raiders had big time trouble in 2013 bringing any pressure on the quarterback with their front four. They were stout against the run at times, but could also get pushed around late in games. What’s worse, when free agency hit the Raiders lost Lamarr Houston who...
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April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders re-sign DT Pat Sims

The Raiders let a number of good, young players go this off-season, letting LaMarr Houston, Vance Walker, and Jared Veldheer leave and replacing them with aging veterans like Antonio Smith, Justin Tuck, LaMarr Woodley, and Donald Penn. It’s an odd strategy and use of cap space. That being said, they’re making a great move here bringing back Pat Sims on a cheap, one year deal...
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April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders re-sign Pat Sims

Agent Rick Smith says that free-agent DT Pat Sims has re-signed with the Raiders. — Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 28, 2014 Sims played well for the Raiders last season on a “prove-it” contract but didn’t receive the amount of interest he was hoping for on the open market. var ACE_AR = {Site: '898551', Size: '468060', CallType: 'IFRAME'}; Need...
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March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders Re-Sign DT Pat Sims

  Rick Smith, the agent for DT Pat Sims, announced via his Twitter account that his client has re-signed with the Raiders. Happy for Pat Sims who just re-signed with the @RAIDERS for one year. — Rick Smith (@RickSmith1956) March 28, 2014 According to Smith, Sims receives a one-year contract from Oakland.
Via NFL Trade Rumors
March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Top Five Oakland Raiders currently under contract

The Oakland Raiders roster is far from being complete. General manager Reggie McKenzie is likely to sign at least a couple of more free agents and then there is the draft class and McKenzie’s beloved undrafted free agents. In addition, there is always the chance the Raiders still bring back some of their own free agents like defensive tackle Pat Sims. But even with a large number...
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March 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots Beat: NFL Off-season Continues | NFL Free Agency| NFL Draft

  Your browser doesn't support audio. Please download the file: audio/mpeg   The NFL Off-season is in full swing.  The New England Patriots have already made improvement to their secondary by adding Darrelle Revis and Brando Browner.  Will that be enough for second year safety Duron Harmon to step into a starting role, or will veteran Adrian Wilson stay with the team and...
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March 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Titans Meeting With DT Pat Sims & QB Charlie Whitehurst

  Jim Wyatt of the Nashville Tennessean reports that the Titans have visits scheduled with Raiders DT Pat Sims and Chargers QB Charlie Whitehurst on Thursday. This is the first reported interest in Sims, who is coming off of a pretty decent year for the Raiders. Sims, 28, appeared in all 16 games and totaled 53 tackles and two sacks for the Raiders. He was rated by Pro Football...
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March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders fans ready to see their players leave

Today begins the 2014-2015 league year, which also happens to be the first day of free agency. At 4:00 p.m. EST, any and all free agents in the NFL are allowed to sign contracts with any team. And since this year, the league created a “legal tampering period” which allowed agents to talk contracts with other teams in advance of today, we should expect to see a lot of deals announced...
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Texans Free Agency: Defensive Possibilities

The Houston Texans will be looking for help this offseason and the defense will need some upgrades to run new Defensive Coordinator Romeo Crennel’s scheme. The Texans say they will be a multiple look defense but will be based out of the 3-4 defense. The common theme in a Crennel defense is that it starts with the defensive line’s production. With majority of the need focused...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders: Five best moves by Reggie McKenzie

This may be one of the most important off seasons in franchise history for the Oakland Raiders. With general manager Reggie McKenzie entering his third season as the leader of an NFL team’s fooball operations it seems a fitting time to take a look at what he has done while in office. Earlier I posted a list of the five worst moves by McKenzie. But while he has received a lot of...
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February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

To sign or not to sign: Raiders free agent dilemmas

When free agency started in 2012, the Raiders had to watch their free agents like Phillip Wheeler, Brandon Myers, Desmond Bryant and others leave for more money as they had their hands tied to their back with very little cap space to work with. Luckily for the Raiders, since Reggie McKenzie has gotten rid of the bad contracts and took on the dead money all at once, the Raiders will...
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January 08, 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

Sims can cash in with strong finish for Raiders

(Eds: Updates throughout.) By MICHAEL WAGAMAN Associated Press Pat Sims' future with the Oakland Raiders is unclear. He should have plenty of options for next season. The veteran defensive tackle is one of at least a dozen players on the Raiders who are set to become free agents in 2014. Seven of them are starters on defense, including all four on the line. With so many potential...
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December 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Raiders final two games are basically auditions for next season

The way defensive coordinator Jason Tarver sees it, a lot of players are auditioning for spots on the 2014 Raiders. Six starters -- defensive tackles Vance Walker and Pat Sims, defensive end Jason Hunter, cornerbacks Mike Jenkins and Tracy Porter and free safety Charles Woodson -- are all signed to one-year contracts. Also, defensive end Lamarr Houston is in the final year of his...
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December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders: 2013 Week 11 NFL Power Rankings (#29)

Last week: 29 (+0) Record: 3-6 The league seems to have figured out Terrelle Pryor. Over his past 4 games, he’s completed 61 of 120 for 714 yards, 1 touchdown, and 8 interceptions. The Raiders blew one of their best chances to win another game the rest of the way, losing in New York to the Giants this week. They go to Houston this week and then they’re home for Tennessee, but...
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November 15, 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

Sims looks forward to facing Roethlisberger

Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Pat Sims knows how difficult it is to sack Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. For five years the former Cincinnati Bengal tried, mostly in vain, to get Roethlisberger down. In eight games against the 6-foot-5 quarterback, Sims had 1 1-2 sacks and watched as Big Ben led Pittsburgh to a trio of playoff berths. Roethlisberger's been sacked...
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October 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders: 2013 Week 2 NFL Power Rankings (#32)

The Raiders kept it close with the Colts and could have won. However, the Colts had 7 wins by 7 or less against 7 win or worse teams last season, so that’s not as impressive as it seems. The Colts just aren’t as good as they seem. Even the 2-14 Chiefs played them within a touchdown last season. The Raiders’ week 1 performance doesn’t necessarily mean they won’t be the worst...
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September 11, 2013  |  Discuss

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Preseason week 4, Raiders vs Seahawks

Despite the score, there were some good things to come out of the fourth preseason game. Of course, there was also much that was bad. The Good: Menelik Watson started at left tackle for the first time in his career Thursday versus the Seahawks and by all accounts acquitted himself well. The most important voice of approval came from head coach Dennis Allen today when he said...
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August 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Raiders' Pat Sims return from injury

The Oakland Raiders have struggled on defense this preseason, but they received a boost last night When defensive tackle Pat Sims returned from injury.  Sims has been out most of training camp and all three preseason games with a hamstring injury.  Sims played pretty well last night, he had two quarterback hits and was getting plenty of pressure on the Seattle quarterbacks. ...
Via NFL Injury Report
August 30, 2013  |  Discuss
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