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Final 53 projection: Raiders’ offense

The Raiders have now completed training camp and played in all four pre-season games. They have, in the last week, cut their team down to only 75 players. Now comes the truly difficult part: trimming the roster down to the final 53 players. Here are my projections of who that will include: For the defensive […]

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What to Watch: Raiders versus Seahawks

The Raiders will have their fourth preseason game tomorrow, going against the Seattle Seahawks at home at 7 pm PT. Typically, the 4th preseason game is a snoozer –and it may well be this year, too – but there is some reason to believe that this year’s game will offer a bit more in the […]

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Takeaways: Thoughts on the Raiders 31-21 loss to the Packers (plus first cuts)

Schaub’s arm limitations are painfully apparent: In this game, more than any other game this preseason, Schaub’s physical limitations were clear to see. He can still make all of the throws on the field but he lacks the velocity to throw strikes, which means that either he must throw with great anticipation or the receiver […]

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Raiders versus Packers: What to watch

The Raiders will take the field in Green Bay against the Packers, tonight. If the pre-season tells us anything about a team – and I think it does – the third game is the best barometer of where the team will start the season because it is the game when the starting unit plays the […]

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Takeaways: thoughts about the Raiders 27-26 win over the Lions

The Quarterbacks: Anyone who claims they can accurately scout Matt Schaub in his limited work in two preseason games is either better than me or lying. I wanted to get a better idea of what kind of quarterback Schaub would be versus the Lions, but came away frustrated because the offensive line struggled to keep […]

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Raiders vs Lions: What to watch

The Raiders play the Detroit Lions tonight at 7pm at the O.Co Coliseum for their second pre-season game of the 2014 season. They will be looking to put last week’s 10-6 loss to the Vikings behind them and work towards getting better before the games start counting. I will be looking for the following:   […]

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Takeaways: thoughts about the Raiders 10-6 loss to the Vikings

After Fridays’ 10-6 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, Raiders head coach Dennis Allen started his press conference talking about how disappointed he was – and rightfully so: the game played by the Raiders was sloppy (13 penalties for 94 yards) and offensively ineffectual (Oakland didn’t score until only a minute twenty-five remained in the 4th […]

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Raiders versus Vikings: What to watch

Tomorrow, the Raiders kick off their 2014 Pre-season with an away game versus the Minnesota Vikings. Pre-season games are typically very “vanilla,” meaning the teams do not really scout against each other nor do they implement packages designed to specifically exploit any weaknesses they see in the opponent. Tomorrow’s game is not likely to be […]


Updated: Projecting the Raiders final 2014 roster, defense

With the first four training camp practices over, and some trends starting to emerge, I am posting my updated list of who I think are the most likely players to make the final roster. There will be positional analysis below each section. If you want to read my projections for the offensive side of the […]


Updated: Projecting the Raiders final 2014 roster, offense

With the Raiders off, today, I am posting my updated list of who I think are the most likely players to make the final roster. There will be positional analysis below each section Players in bold are the ones I am projecting to make the final roster. Players in italics are tabbed for addition to the […]


Getting ready for camp: Predicting the Raiders final roster

With Oakland’s training camp set to begin in just a few days, here is my pre-camp stab at predicting the final 53 players after the final cut-downs (which takes place by August 30th). This list will not be correct, of course, but I think it will be decently close. Most of the top positions are […]

Raiders’ Khalil Mack unlikely to meet his sack goals this season

Raiders first round pick, LB Khalil Mack, wrote about his transition from a small school to the NFL in this week’s MMQB. There wasn’t much different included in this piece than he’s said in other recent interviews except, perhaps, his QB sack list. Mack has previously said that sure-to-be-first-ballot Hall of Famer Peyton Manning tops […]

Tale of the Tape: Raiders QB Derek Carr

Before the Draft, I work to familiarize myself with most of the players who are considered high-round guys, so that I can have a good idea of each player’s strengths and weaknesses if the Raiders draft him. Derek Carr was a guy that I had watched prior the draft and who looked to have the […]

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Raiders’ 2014 Draft Class with Real-Ish Insights

The content of this article comes from the twisted mind of AJ DeMello and is for entertainment and comedy purposes only. For more of his jokes and one liners follow A.J. on Twitter @humorousfiend.   1st round pick: linebacker Khalil Mack, Buffalo Strengths -Superb quickness off the snap, elite type speed (4.65 40 yard dash […]