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Raiders GM compares rookie linebacker Khalil Mack to Clay Matthews Jr.

According to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle, Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie compared his 2014 first round pick linebacker Khalil Mack to one of the best pass-rushers in the game - Green Bay Packers pass rushing demon Clay Matthews. Their size is close as Matthews measures 6'3, 255 pounds and Mack is 6-3, 252, but McKenzie's intent was to highlight...
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Oakland Raiders’ James Jones named 41st best fantasy WR, Streater is 61st

With training camps underway, 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 the regular season...
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Khalil Mack reminds Reggie McKenzie of Clay Matthews Jr.

Radiers general manager Reggie McKenzie says rookie Khalil Mack reminds him of Clay Matthews Jr. of the Packers. “He’s reminded me of Clay Matthews from Day 1,” McKenzie said, via the San Francisco Chronicle. “He’s one of those guys that knows how to set the edge, and he has length and power and some tools to rush the passer. “He’s got that first step, he can bend...
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Marcel Reece sheds weight, sign Oakland Raiders will use him more?

If you are an Oakland Raiders fan then you know the frustration that is fullback Marcel Reece. No, he is not frustrating because of injuries or a lack of performance like a certain other running back on the team. The frustration surrounding Marcel Reece is owed to the fact that Raiders fans want to see him used more often. He is there, ready and waiting to contribute to the team...
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Oakland Raiders QB Matt Schaub named 25th best in NFL right now

When cover32 released its list of the top 10 quarterbacks in the NFL today, there were plenty of people angry about their favorite team’s signal caller not making the list. It made for a spirited debate in the “Comments” section below the article. The second batch of QBs, Nos. 11-20, generated a similar response. The next logical step in the ranking of the game’s quarterbacks...
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Oakland Raiders: Early preseason game changers

Preseason has officially begun and the Oakland Raiders are eager to become the team to beat in the AFC West for the first time in years. Reggie McKenzie did a great job this offseason to acquire the experience and talent necessary to turn things around in Oakland. With important players being picked up on both sides of the ball, one of the smartest moves McKenzie made was picking...
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Oakland Raiders: Dennis Allen’s perspective at the start of camp

With the pads finally back on and preseason training camp underway, most of the Oakland Raiders are doing everything they can to show the coaching staff they are making adjustments and learning from spring camp. Head coach Dennis Allen has made it clear that what makes a player NFL game-ready is a player who doesn’t make the same mistake twice. A big part of Allen’s coaching...
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Greg Little taking advantage of new start in Oakland

The Oakland Raiders claimed WR Greg Little off waivers from the Cleveland Browns and the 2011 second-rounder was a hot commodity once he hit the wire. Little (6'2, 220), has the size and speed to be a top tier receiver in the NFL, however, his lapses in concentration from not fully grasping the playbook has resulted in numerous drops and missed assignments. Little's draft...
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Oakland Raiders: Is Matt Schaub getting his confidence back?

The Oakland Raiders added a ton of new starters to the roster and on both sides of the ball this offseason. But regardless of how much talent was added to the team, the success of the season lies in a large part on the shoulders of quarterback Matt Schaub. When the Raiders traded for Schaub, despite only paying a sixth round pick for his services, Oakland clearly intended to make...
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Getting to know Raiders rookie defensive tackle Justin “Jelly” Ellis

Of the eight draft picks that the Oakland Raiders made this year, six were defensive picks, one of which being Justin “Jelly” Ellis out of Louisiana Tech. Ellis explained his nickname and said, “I was a freshman, I played varsity ball, my defensive line coach, defensive coordinator coach, David Taylor, he was like, ‘I’m gonna call you Jelly Bean.’” Obviously, Jelly...
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Will Oakland Raiders DL Justin Tuck Get to Keep His Bane-Like Facemask?

Oakland Raiders defensive lineman Justin Tuck has become known for being a fierce beast on the gridiron; a person that quarterbacks see in their nightmares. With his new Bane-like facemask it is understandable if he takes the form of something even more dark and villainous inside the subconscious of QBs around the league.The No Fun League wants to ban facemasks like his, but if you...
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Raiders’ teammate: Matt Schaub is “getting his mojo back”

Raiders head coach Dennis Allen has been encouraged with what he’s seen from quarterback Matt Schaub so far. “Matt’s our quarterback and he’s done a great job ever since he got here,” head coach Dennis Allen said, via the San Francisco Chronicle. Antonio Smith who also played with Schaub in Houston, said he’s got his “mojo back.” “Schaubby’s getting his mojo back...
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Oakland Raiders Training Camp News and Notes 7/26/14

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2014 NFL Team Previews: Oakland Raiders

Key AdditionsQB Matt Schaub, RB Maurice Jones-Drew, WR James Jones, OT Donald Penn, OT Austin Howard, G Keith Boothe, DE Justin Tuck, DE/OLB LaMarr Woodley, CB Carlos Rogers, CB Tarell Brown DE/OLB Khalil Mack (draft), QB Derek Carr (draft), G Gabe Jackson (draft), NT Justin Ellis (draft), CB Keith McGill (draft)Key LossesRB Rashad Jennings, WR Jacoby Ford, OT Jared Veldheer, G Mike...
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Rewind: Power Rankings, intrigue of Oakland Raiders camp, overrated NFL players

Training camp is here! The best columns from the cover32 universe this week will help you kill time until the preseason kicks off. National Columns - Fantasy Preview: The top 32 QBs in 2014 (READ) - Power Rankings: Rating the intrigue of each NFL team’s training camp (READ) - Top10 in 2014: The best players at every NFL position (READ) - Ten most overrated players in the NFL ...
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Matt Schaub getting his 'mojo' back

Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Antonio Smith, who was teammates with quarterback Matt Schaub in Houston said that the signal caller is starting to show signs of his former self. Schaub left Houston a not-so-liked man, so he probably would have been happy to have been traded to just about anywhere. His destination turned out to be Oakland, where he has a chance to redeem himself...
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'Ninja Assassin,' aka Antonio Smith, ready to 'disrupt'

Antonio Smith has been remarkably healthy playing a physical game. The defensive lineman has missed one game in the last eight seasons -– he’d want me to knock on wood here, so I’ll oblige -– leading up to age 32. Then, just a few weeks after signing with the Raiders, he was sidelined for the entire offseason program after surgery to fix something unspecified. After Saturday...
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Inside the War Room’s 2015 Top Senior Safeties

Top Senior Safeties Kurtis Drummond Michigan State 6-1 200 Josh Shaw USC 6-1 200 Justin Cox Mississippi State 6-3 190 Jordan Richards Stanford 5-11 208 Anthony Harris Virginia 6-1 190 Derron Smith Fresno State 5-11 197 Cody Prewitt Ole Miss 6-2 217 Corey Cooper Nebraska 6-1 215 Adrian Amos Penn State 6-0 209 Dechane Durante […] The post Inside the War Room’s 2015 Top Senior...
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Maurice Jones-Drew returning punts during practice

Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew has been returning punts during training camp. “We don’t have anyone set at that position, and he did some of that when he first came into the league,” Allen said, via CSNBayArea.com. “He’s done it at a high level.” Jones-Drew has returned punts sparingly as a pro. He has 15 returns with an 8.9-yard average, with just five since...
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Marcel Reece lost 17 pounds this offseason

Raiders fullback Marcel Reece told Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle that he lost 17 pounds this offseason. Wow. Catching up with Marcel Reece. #Raiders fullback has dropped 17 pounds — Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) July 27, 2014 Reece has always been a dynamic player for the Raiders by catching the ball out of the backfield as well as being an effective runner. var ACE_AR...
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Raiders Rewind: The downfall of Raiders vets, the Seattle defense and camp previews

See what you missed on cover32 this week as the Oakland Raiders prepared for their first week of training camp. - Raiders are full of vets who were NFL stars but are now thought to be washed up, so what happened? (READ) - Position by position breakdown preview for training camp. (READ) - Top five reasons to be excited about the Raiders season in 2014. (READ) - The Seattle Seahawks...
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Keep an eye on these Fantasy Football sleepers

Fantasy sleepers can be drafted, but usually they are found after the season starts via the waiver wire. Here’s a list of Fantasy Football sleepers you might want to grab before they disappear. James Jones WR, Oakland Raiders: Jones had a solid career in Green Bay and now he may be WR1 in Oakland. In 2013 he had a career best in receiving yards with 817 yards, so with a larger...
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Veteran Justin Tuck comfortable in leadership role

Justin Tuck doesn't see the point in teaching a seminar on playing championship football. Rather, Tuck looks at leadership as a daily demonstration of principles, a process that began Friday on the first day of practice behind the Napa Valley Marriott. "The last thing you want is guys thinking, 'Oh, he thinks he knows it all,' because I don't," Tuck said...
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Justin Tuck is bucking the NFL’s facemask policy

Justin Tuck is not happy with the NFL’s new facemask policy. A matter of fact the nee Raiders defensive end, plans on wearing it regardless. He claims he has medical pass. @BairCSN: Justin Tuck believes he’ll still use his NFL banned “shredder mask,” said he has medical clearance. “Hopefully that doesn’t change.” I think the […] The post Justin Tuck is bucking the...
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Oakland Raiders have one guy named to projected 2014 All-NFL team

The offseason is officially complete, as training camps across the league started this week. Thus, it’s a good time to assess what each team has on their roster; things are pretty much set, especially in terms of starting lineups. During a four-week period this summer, the editors at cover32 determined the All-Division team for each of the NFL’s eight divisions. Today, it...
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