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Raiders Rewind: Game recap, roster predictions, Start the Carr and more

The preseason is oficially over and the regular season is just around the corner. Get ready Raider Nation, Oakland Raiders football hits you in the face in just over a week. Until then, catch up on what you may have missed this week on cover32 - Young Raiders give hope for the future in final preseason game (READ) - Derek Carr was unbelievable in the final preseason game and the...
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Staff predictions for Oakland Raiders 53 man roster

The Oakland Raiders, and the rest of the NFL for that matter, need to cut their rosters down to 53 men by 1 p.m. on Saturday. Now that all four preseason games have been completed, here is the 53 man roster projection for each of the cover32 Raiders staff. First, here is mine: Quarterback (3): Matt Schaub, Derek Carr, Matt McGloin Running back (4): Maurice Jones Drew, Darren McFadden...
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Raiders Recap: There is a lot of hope for the future in Oakland

The Oakland Raiders finished off their preseason in glorious fashion, if that’s even possible for a fourth preseason game. With Matt Schaub out due to an elbow injury, Derek Carr was given a chance to play with some of the starting offense and get a test early against some of the starting Seattle Seahawks defense. It sounded like a scary proposition for a rookie, but Carr stood...
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Oakland Raiders missed on 3 rookie QBs & their girlfriend’s amazing Instagrams

A.J. McCarron is a household name; that’s not debatable. After all he won multiple BCS National Championships at Alabama all while dating one of America’s favorite females in Katherine Webb. Blake Bortles was one of the big storylines of draft night, as the Jaguars shocked everyone by taking the former UCF star at No. 3 overall. His girlfriend, Lindsey Duke, might be a relative...
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Before drafting you need to see where the Oakland Raiders defense is ranked

With the preseason finally in the rearview mirror, the 2014 NFL season is officially right around the corner. The next time fans see the league’s star players it will be during games on opening weekend. That means one thing: Fantasy football drafts are upon us. In order to get a ready, it’s time to start putting together a draft board. To help the cause, cover32 will be ranking...
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Derek Carr lights it up for the Raiders, needs to be the starter

Look. We’ve all been there. You get a new job and despite the fact that you put together a killer resume citing all of your fabulous skills, your new employer is still asking you if you know how to perform basic duties that are clearly detailed as something that you’ve conquered on your resume. So what do you do? Do you sit there and explain patiently that yes, this is something...
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Can any of these 10 guys to watch be future stars for the Oakland Raiders?

Tonight, every NFL team plays their final preseason game. The next time we’ll see them on the field, it will be the opening weekend of the season. That means that this weekend, there won’t be any professional football to watch. For the only time until after the Super Bowl, the NFL won’t dominate the conversation and be on nearly every television. So what’s a fan to do with...
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Do any Oakland Raiders join Roger Goodell and NFL officials on the hot seat?

And then there was one. The “dress rehearsal” is in the books, the starters are on the shelf until the regular season opener and now it’s time to battle for the few remaining roster spots. The final week of the preseason is upon us. Heading into the last round of exhibitions, there are countless players on the hot seat. Every team will have to make 22 cuts by Saturday, so a...
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Oakland Raiders: Sebastian Janikowski’s best pickup lines

As we all know, Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski, affectionately known by fans as “Seabass”, is one of the most dangerous kickers in the league. While his accuracy dropped last year after replacing his former holder, Shane Lechler, with new punter Marquette King, Seabass is looking to return to his Pro Bowl level this upcoming season. Occasionally, you’ll come across a football...
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Raiders Mailbag: Derek Carr starter, CB solutions, defensive scheme and more

With so much to talk about on Wednesday, I decided to push back our weekly mailbag to Thursday. So as you kill time waiting for tonight’s preseason game, check out what was on the minds of some other Raiders fans: @RaidersReporter How many games do you think Derek Carr will start this season? — Nick Hjeltness (@nickhjeltness) August 27, 2014 That is an incredibly tough question...
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Top five things to watch for when the Raiders take on the Seahawks

Tonight is the final preseason game of 2014 and the Oakland Raiders will welcome the Seattle Seahawks to the Oakland Coliseum at 7pm. The fourth preseason game is time for the fourth stringers to shine. With starters likely only playing a down or two, this is the game where coaches and fans get a good look at the depth on the team. Guys who could be on their way out the door as well...
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Before drafting you need to see if any Oakland Raiders kickers cracked fantasy top-20

With the preseason games that most teams use as a dress rehearsal now in the rearview mirror, the 2014 NFL season is officially right around the corner. The next time fans see the league’s star players it will be during games on opening weekend. That means one thing: Fantasy football drafts are upon us. In order to get a ready, it’s time to start putting together a draft board...
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Oakland Raiders QB Matt Schaub moves up QB 1-32 rankings, nearly cracks top-25

Every week, from now through the Wednesday before the Super Bowl, the editors at cover32 will gather to rank the NFL’s 32 starting quarterbacks. Depending on what’s happened the previous week, some will rise and some will fall, and even some of the names on the list will change. It’s a never-ending evolution, as the status of the league’s top signal callers is always in flux...
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Behind Enemy Lines: What the Seahags editor has to say about the Raiders game

While I would never actually compliment someone who blogs about team other than the Oakland Raiders, Tim Weaver of cover32 Seattle is the only non Raiders blogger I’d consider being so nice to. But I’m not gonna be nice because the Raiders play Tim’s Seahags on Thursday night. In preparation for it, Tim and I talked about the upcoming game and what to expect from those crazy...
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Raiders trim 8 more players from the roster

Following the roster cuts from Sunday, 24 August, 2014, which involved waiving seven players, GM Reggie McKenzie announced yesterday that the Raiders have trimmed their roster down by eight more with the following moves:                                                             RELEASED PLAYER POSITION...
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Why the Seahawks are the perfect fourth preseason opponent for the Raiders

The Oakland Raiders will finish up the preseason on Thursday night when they host the Seattle Seahawks at the Oakland Coliseum. For most fans, this is the least interesting preseason game there is. The starters will only see a series or two at the max and some starters may not see the field at all. For the most part, the field will be full of guys who are just trying to secure a...
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Dennis Allen doesn’t see a problem with Matt Schaub’s play, do you?

Raider Nation is starting to have flashbacks of the 2013 preseason where quarterback Matt Flynn was sidelined due to tendonitis, giving Terrelle Pryor the opportunity to get more reps which eventually led to Pryor ousting Flynn for the start. The fans didn’t get a chance to see rookie Derek Carr in the third preseason game in Green Bay as he was out recovering from a concussion...
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Were any Oakland Raiders among the biggest heroes or goats from last week?

If any preseason game actually “matters,” it’s the ones that transpired this past weekend. They were the dress rehearsals for each team, when they let their starters play most of the first half and sometimes into the second. So it provided the best glimpse yet at who is, and who isn’t, ready to go in 2014. What players were at each extreme of the spectrum this week? To see...
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Oakland Raiders move down in Power Rankings, are they in the basement of the NFL?

We know what we’re going to know. With training camps complete, three preseason games – including the “dress rehearsal” – in the books and veterans on the shelf until the regular season opener, the data needed to evaluate every NFL team prior to the start of the 2014 campaign is in the books. Some look ready to go, while others have work to do. A few franchises have emerged...
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Khalil Mack deserves more attention for his play against Green Bay

The Packers are forcing their way up the field. Raider fans are in disbelief. Matt Flynn actually led an offense past the halfway line – wow! It’s 1st and 10 from the Raiders 39 yard line. One minute left in the half. Flynn drops back, looks left to deceive the defense, then throws a screen. Blockers are ahead – this should be a punishing gain. But rushing from the left defensive...
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Was acquiring QB Matt Schaub a mistake?

Raiders fans have been very disappointed in QB Matt Schaub’s performance this preseason and have not held back in their criticism. The sports media has been no less critical of him. Was it a mistake to trade for him? Is the criticism of Schaub fair? Let’s take a closer look at that: The first thing to consider is that the Raiders only gave up a 6th round pick in the 2014 draft...
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Before drafting you need to see Oakland Raiders WR James Jones’ fantasy ranking

With the preseason games that most teams use as a dress rehearsal now in the rearview mirror, the 2014 NFL season is officially right around the corner. The next time fans see the league’s star players it will be during games on opening weekend. That means one thing: Fantasy football drafts are upon us. In order to get a ready, it’s time to start putting together a draft board...
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National confidence level in Oakland Raiders drops after preseason Week 3

The dress rehearsals are in the books; at least that’s how the NFL likes to position the third week of the preseason. And to some extent, it’s accurate; more than at any time during the exhibition season, starters around the league play, some even into the second half. Thus, there are things to be learned from what transpired this week. The results on the field were the best...
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Elbow deja vu: Is Matt Schaub really Matt Flynn 2.0?

Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub missed practice Sunday with a sore elbow. No, this is not a joke. It is not April first and I am not going to “surprise” you at the end of this piece with a “just kidding!” After a preseason in which Schaub’s arm has looked weak at best and he has failed to make people confident in his abilities, the Raiders announced that he missed...
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Matt Schaub should get a four week regular season tryout with Raiders

Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen has continued to support quarterback Matt Schaub even though he has had a less than impressive preseason thus far. The Raiders hoped to see more from Schaub on Friday night when he saw extended playing time in their third preseason game against the Green Bay Packers, but instead it was just more of the same from the first two preseason games...
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