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Five players the Raiders should consider in round two

Five players the Raiders Should Consider in Round 2 Round 1 is firmly in the books. It was a rather uneventful experience filled with modest trades and questionable draft picks. Raider Nation would like to thank the St. Louis Rams for reaching on the selection of Todd Gurley, a player that is recovering from ACL surgery. Similarly, Rams GM Les Snead deserves credit for making good...
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May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders Reaction: How Twitter reacted to WR Amari Cooper

The Raiders selected Cooper 4th overall out of Alabama. There was some mixed reactions on Twitter as many expected them to draft DE Leonard Williams out of USC. The Raiders have a glaring need for a pass rusher and Williams graded out a little bit higher than Cooper in his draft profile, but he has a history of shoulder problems. As a matter of fact, Williams actually dropped to...
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April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Five things you should know about Raiders draft pick Amari Cooper

The Oakland Raiders made their first-round selection on Thursday night, taking WR Amari Cooper out of Alabama. In the coming month, there will be plenty of coverage of the newest member of the Raiders. But in the meantime, here are five things to know about the Wide Receiver: 1. Cooper is said to be the most polished and NFL ready WR in this draft. 2. In his 3 years at Alabama, Amari...
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April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders management is adamant that Greg Hardy is not in the plans

Oakland could really use a pass rusher, and the perfect option is sitting right in front of the Raiders. Unfortunately, Greg Hardy, a premier pass rusher from Carolina, is about as toxic as toxic can get right now. Earlier this week, the Raiders were linked to the former Pro Bowler, but both owner Mark Davis and  General Manager Reggie McKenzie have squashed any of that talk. ...
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March 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Weekly rewind: Free agency frenzy.

So here we are! The first week of free agency is in the books and there are 7 new Raiders. Nothing real splashy like Ndomukong Shu or Darelle Revis, but some solid players. All are in their prime and all signed to cap friendly contracts. There were even a few that got away and a couple who still may become Raiders as free agency rolls on. Most of the additions from here on out are...
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March 14, 2015  |  Discuss

REPORT: Oakland Raiders sign Christian Ponder

The Oakland Raiders have found Derek Carr’s backup. #Raiders are expected to sign QB Christian Ponder to a one-year deal, per league source. — Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) March 13, 2015 Ponder may have flamed out in Minnesota, but he’s shown enough flashes that the Raiders should be fairly confident that he could step in for a game or two if need be. He’s also at the point...
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March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

DeMarco Murray signs with the Eagles and its no big deal for the Raiders

Free agent RB, DeMarco Murray signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. His deal is reported as 5 years, $42 million with $21 guaranteed: USA TODAY: DeMarco Murray leaves Cowboys to join Eagles http://t.co/UQUadXJ0Rr – http://t.co/o0hyh9LlYO #NewsInTweets pic.twitter.com/wDQLYKmall — World News In Tweets (@NewsInTweetsCom) March 12, 2015   DeMarco Murray’s deal with Eagles is...
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March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders are managing their salary cap to resign their draft picks

Free agency is in full swing and the first two days are in the books. The Raiders have added 5 free agents so far with two in negotiations and more visits scheduled. Over the weekend while Raider Nation was waiting for the official signing period to start, there were reports of the biggest name, Lions DT Ndomukong Suh already going to the Dolphins. The coveted WR from Green Bay,...
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March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders won’t use a FB in 2015, what does it mean for Marcel Reece?

Oakland Raiders fans have been calling for the team to make better use of fullback Marcel Reece pretty much ever since he made his debut with the team back in 2009. Now, however, according to Adam Caplan of ESPN, it appears that offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave will be running an offense that does not use a fullback. #Raiders are not expected to use a FB this season. More of...
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March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

How to build a Raiders team that can win the AFC West

Great teams go into every season with one goal in mind – Win the division. Do that, and you are guaranteed a playoff spot. Then once you get into the playoffs, you readjust your focus with the Lombardi Trophy in mind. But first things first, win your division. Baring a move into a new stadium that they will share with the Chargers, the Raiders will remain in the AFC West with Denver...
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March 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders follow a weekend of disappointment with big news

The Oakland Raiders may have signed center Rodney Hudson from the Kansas City Chiefs. I say “may have” because as we know none of this is official until Tuesday. For all we know, Ndamukong Suh will end up in Oakland and Hudson in Miami but from the looks of it, these deals appear to be pretty much done (even though that is completely against league rules). So after losing out...
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March 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders follow a weekend of disappointment with a big news

The Oakland Raiders may have signed center Rodney Hudson from the Kansas City Chiefs. I say “may have” because as we know none of this is official until Tuesday. For all we know, Ndamukong Suh will end up in Oakland and Hudson in Miami but from the looks of it, these deals appear to be pretty much done (even though that is completely against league rules). So after losing out...
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March 09, 2015  |  Discuss

What Raiders wide receiver coach Rob Moore needs to focus on

As mentioned the Raiders’ offense is in a state of transition. New WR coach Rob Moore actually has some talent to work with. No one is headed for Canton yet. The receiving corps was lackluster to say the least. Most forget that Moore was a two time Pro Bowl selection and 1st team All-Pro. He averaged a shade less than 15 yards per catch in 10 seasons with the Jets and Cardinals...
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March 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Three guys the Raiders could land and still be big winners in free agency

It appears as though the Oakland Raiders will not land either of the two big name free agents to hit the market this season. Randall Cobb has agreed to an extension with the Green Bay Packers. Meanwhile it looks like Ndamukong Suh may be headed to the Miami Dolphins (though let’s be clear, it is only a rumor for now). But just because the Raiders don’t land Suh or Cobb doesn’t...
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March 08, 2015  |  Discuss

What losing out on Randall Cobb means for the Raiders in free agency

The Oakland Raiders lost the race to sign one of their top free agent targets when wide receiver Randall Cobb decided to re-sign with the Green Bay Packers. While many have been focusing their discussion on Ndamukong Suh, and justifiably so, the Raiders may have been more focused on Cobb than Suh. Was told today Oakland was prepared to throw the kitchen sink at Randall Cobb. Clear...
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March 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Weekly Rewind: The hunt for Suh, free agency tidbits, cuts, a retirement and more

Well, the long awaited free agency period has come upon us and the Raiders have a Brinks truck full of cash to spend. Players can’t visit teams yet, but GM’s may start negotiating terms with their agents! Is Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie making a lot of phone calls? Raider Nation surely hopes he is on the phone with a certain agent in particular negotiating the contracts of one...
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March 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders don’t need to win free agency, but they need to make the podium

“You build through the draft, not free agency” is a great mantra to go by in the NFL. Free agents tend to be overpaid and underwhelming in new locations. Teams who win free agency rarely win the Super Bowl… remember the “Dream Team” in Philly? Well it ended up getting Andy Reid fired. Winning in free agency typically means hurting your team when it comes to the salary cap...
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March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Could pursuing Ndamukong Suh cost the Raiders a Pot Roast?

The Oakland Raiders reportedly have a visit scheduled with impending free agent defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh when free agency starts next week. But Suh is not the only DT on their radar, Terrance Knighton, who played under Jack Del Rio in both Jacksonville and in Denver, has also been linked to the Raiders this offseason. The thing is, there is no way the Raiders will want to tie...
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March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

For the Raiders, overpaying a player isn’t as bad as some may think

This time of year, the dialogue on twitter, message boards, and various websites tend to take on a general tone. Fans of their favorite team and the writers who cover them all want good players to be added to the roster, but it always comes with a caveat – “I don’t want to overpay.” According to these fans and analysts, a guy is worth a certain amount, and the only thing...
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March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Maurice Jones Drew announces his retirement, clears millions in cap space

Oakland Raiders running back Maurice Jones Drew has announced his retirement from the National Football League after spending one very unsuccessful year with the Silver and Black. All good things come to an end!!! pic.twitter.com/zl6EJQ5SAE — Maurice Jones-Drew (@Jones_Drew32) March 5, 2015 After watching Jones Drew from high school at De La Salle, to college at UCLA and in the...
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March 05, 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

Four areas Raiders OC Bill Musgrave needs to focus on

Raiders Offensive Coordinator Bill Musgrave is about to receive several gifts via free agency and the draft. The arriving talent gives us legitimacy. The offensive coordinator needs to make the team a real threat to score and put up more 7s, less 3s in he process. Musgrave is new to Raider Nation, so his slate is clean. The Greg Olson Error (Era) is thankfully over. Let’s look...
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March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Before Chip Kelly, a Raiders coach stacked his team with guys from the same college

As the NFL reels from the news that the Philadelphia Eagles have traded running back LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso, most are wondering just what is Eagles’ head coach Chip Kelly up to. Once Alonso is officially on roster with the Eagles when the new league year begins, he will be the ninth Oregon Duck on the team. That would mean the Eagles will have...
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March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Can the Raiders upgrade their defense through trade with the Saints?

John Middlekauff tweeted that the Saints are placing LB Curtis Lofton and possibly DE/OLB Junior Galette on the trade block. The Saints are grossly over the salary cap. Actually, they are approximately $22 Million over and will need to do some serious work to get under. This will call for some tough decisions on the part of GM, Mickey Loomis and HC Sean Payton. According to @RapSheet...
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March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

How did Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr fare in latest QB Rankings?

Quarterback remains the most-important position in all of sports, but that doesn’t mean it’s not evolving. In fact, the past 10 years have seen a drastic shift in the way success is defined behind center. No longer are quarterbacks asked to simply stand in the pocket and deliver passes to receiver. More and more, they are becoming dynamic, two-way threats, players who can torment...
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March 04, 2015  |  Discuss
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