Weekly rewind: Coaching moves, draft prospects and a whole lot more.

The Raiders are continuing to fill out their coaching staff and are in full scouting mode for the draft. There is free agency to get ready for as well, so it is a very busy time. As you anticipate the announcement of who the Defensive Coordinator will be, this recap of the week’s stories will help with the anticipation: - Should the Oakland Raiders cut Tyvon Branch? (Hit it up...
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Should the Oakland Raiders cut Tyvon Branch?

The Oakland Raiders desperately need to get younger at the safety positions. Charles Woodson is likely to return but will be turning 39 this season. While he continues to defy the logic of age, he simply cannot continue playing forever. At the other safety position, Tyvon Branch is thought of as a good starter but he has missed the majority of the past two seasons with injuries....
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Brandian Ross proving me and many others wrong this season

Anyone who has followed my writing for very long knows I will eat crow when I am wrong. I have no problem admitting that I was wrong in one of my opinions because if you can’t show me a writer who is right 100% of the time. The season is not over yet, but with ten games under his belt, Oakland Raiders safety Brandian Ross is proving me wrong as we speak. Ross was not with the team...
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December 08, 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 safety Usama Young out for season with knee injury

  As if the Oakland Raiders' defensive problems weren't bad enough, another injury will force them to use a third-stringer at strong safety. Usama Young left Sunday's 24-13 loss to Arizona with a significant injury to his left knee. He underwent an MRI on Monday and ESPN reported that he has a torn ACL and MCL in the knee and will miss the rest of the season. With starter Tyvon...
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October 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders plagued by 3rd-down defensive woes

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) As if the Oakland Raiders' defensive problems weren't bad enough, another injury will force them to use a third-stringer at strong safety. Usama Young left Sunday's 24-13 loss to Arizona with a significant injury to his left knee. He underwent an MRI on Monday and ESPN reported that he has a torn ACL and MCL in the knee and will miss the rest of the season....
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October 20, 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

Brandian Ross talks down to Raiders fans and shows he isn’t too good at spelling

The Oakland Raiders signed free agent safety Brandian Ross on Wednesday and almost immediately Raiders fans took to Twitter in order to express their displeasure with the move. Ross, a former Raider, filled in for Tyvon Branch last season with disastrous results. He was ranked as the worst safety in the league by Pro Football Focus and the next guy was not even close. So when seventh...
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September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders place Branch on IR; claim Ross

LONDON (AP) The Oakland Raiders have placed safety Tyvon Branch on injured reserve and claimed Brandian Ross off waivers from the Miami Dolphins. Branch broke his foot in Sunday's loss at New England and will miss the rest of the season. This marks the second straight year Branch was done in by an early season injury. He hurt his ankle in the second game of 2013 and missed the rest...
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September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders Placing S Tyvon Branch On Injured Reserve

Ian Rapoport reports that after Raiders S Tyvon Branch undergoes surgery on his fractured foot, Oakland is expected to place him on injured reserve. Branch, 27, is in the third year of his four-year, $26.6 million contract that included $17.6 million guaranteed. His base salary for this season is $3 million and he stands to make $5.5 million in 2015 to go along with a $1 million...
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September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders have to settle for moral victory

The Oakland Raiders left New England with a moral victory, having taken the Patriots down to the closing minute a week after being completely uncompetitive against Houston. The quest for a win that actually counts in the standings will continue this week in London. The Raiders arrived in England on Monday to begin preparations for this week's ''home'' game against Miami, when they...
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September 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Person claiming to be Brandian Ross’ sister goes racist “defending” Ross

The Oakland Raiders made their final cuts along with the rest of the league on Saturday and one of the guys that lost his job was strong safety Brandian Ross. In 2013, Ross filled in as a starter for the injured Tyvon Branch to disastrous results. Easily one of the worst safeties in the entire league, it was not surprising that the Raiders drafted Jonathan Dowling in the seventh...
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August 31, 2014  |  Discuss

16 Former UConn Football Players Make 2014 NFL Rosters

Unless something changes before the NFL opening week games coming up starting on Thursday, the UConn Huskies football program will have 16 former players gracing NFL rosters across the league. They are: OT Will Beatty, New York Giants S Tyvon Branch, Oakland Raiders RB Donald Brown, San Diego Chargers CB Darius Butler, Indianapolis Colts WR Marcus Easley, Buffalo Bills CB Dwayne...
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August 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders roomies: Players talk about life with roommates at training camp

The Oakland Raiders are currently in Napa for training camp and the players will have roommates for the duration of the camp. Darren McFadden and Marcel Reece are bunked up and Tyvon Branch and Taiwan Jones are rooming together. The four talked about their experience and what type of roommate everyone is. When Reece was asked about what it’s like to room with McFadden, he said...
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August 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Top-60 fantasy running backs for 2014 released- Oakland Raiders have two guys

With training camps getting underway this week, the NFL season is right around the corner. And that can only mean one thing: Fantasy football drafts are about to start happening. In order to get a jump on the competition, it’s never to early to start putting together a draft board. To help the cause, cover32 will be ranking each position, with updates from now until the start of...
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July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Top five reasons to be excited about the Oakland Raiders

Training camp is FINALLY here. After what feels like the longest offseason in history (though doesn’t every offseason feel that way?), we are finally looking football dead in the eye. Training camp will fly by as everyone focuses intently on the numerous camp battles and intriguing story lines that are sure to fill Napa and before we know it, the Raiders will be ready for opening...
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July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders camp preview: Return of Tyvon Branch is huge

Today we take a look at the safeties that the Oakland Raiders currently have on roster as we head into training camp. Tyvon Branch is entering his seventh season in the NFL, all of which have been with the Raiders. During the 2008 NFL Draft, Branch was selected in the fourth round. Over the course of his career in silver and black, Branch has totaled 446 tackles, seven sacks, has...
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July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

The Oakland Raiders 2014 Season Outlook

Last Season The Raiders went through another terrible season going 4-12. They ended up fourth in a strong AFC West where three of the four teams made it to the playoffs. Darren McFadden had another injury plagued year, and the defense lost arguably their best player in Tyvon Branch during the second game of the […] The post The Oakland Raiders 2014 Season Outlook appeared first on Champs Nation.
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July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders: The three most intriguing position battles

As we inch closer to pre-season camp, there are some unfinished battles over starting spots on both offense and defense for the Oakland Raiders. Although head coach Dennis Allen doesn’t like his starters to feel comfortable at any stage of preseason, there are some players who are starting without a doubt. Matt Schaub, Darren McFadden, Justin Tuck, Lamarr Woodley, and Charles Woodson...
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July 14, 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

What to Expect from the Oakland Raiders Defense in 2014

The Raiders defense had flashes of being a good unit in 2013, but they wound up finishing 21st overall, 27th against the pass and 10th against the run. The lack of pass rush and depth across the board cost them several games in which they led going into the 4th quarter and that ultimately spelled their doom. Defensive Coordinator, Jason Tarver had to get creative with his LBs...
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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Reviewing the Raiders roster: defensive backs and special teams

Continuing our look at the revamped Oakland Raiders roster. With most of the team covered, let’s now take a look at the secondary and special teams for the Raiders. Defensive backs: projected starters (CB)* D.J. Hayden Tarrell Brown Carlos Rodgers Keith McGill The Raiders get two key starters in strong safety Tyvon Branch and cornerback D.J. Hayden that are returning after missing...
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May 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders Reactions: How Twitter responded to the Khalil Mack draft pick

I think it is fairly safe to say that the fans were all very excited to see the Oakland Raiders take Khalil Mack in the first round of the NFL Draft. Few believed that the linebacker who could be the best player in the draft would be there when the Raiders picked, but he was. Here is a look at how some Raiders fans reacted to the pick: #Raiders are having an absolute dream scenario...
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May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders safety position is questionable moving forward

The Raiders have entered off-season workouts today and have many new faces to build around. Safety is not one of them. Charles Woodson and his leadership are back but also with him are his 37 year old legs. The free agency window has likely closed on the Raiders therefore getting any help at safety must come through the draft. Depth is the main concern moving into the 2014 season...
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April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

What if Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie actually intends to overpay?

The Oakland Raiders WILL NOT overpay this offseason. That is what we have been hearing forever. The Raiders have the most cap space of any team in the NFL and general manager Reggie McKenzie has repeatedly said that he will not spend it foolishly and does not plan on overpaying for anyone. But what if Reggie McKenzie actually plans on overpaying for a number of players? No, I am...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss
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