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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 […]


Digesting the Raiders’ many OTA story-lines

Today was the second Raiders OTA session open to the media. Here are some thoughts on the main story-lines that emerged from today’s practice: -LB Kevin Burnett shows up: Last week, Burnett made news by being the only noticeable absence during the media session of OTAs. His agent later made a statement that he was […]

Raiders reportedly grab WR Greg Little from waivers

Per multiple reports, the Raiders have been awarded WR Greg Little’s rights off of the waiver wire. Little, who was drafted in the second round of the 2011 draft, is on his original rookie contract, whcih the Raiders now inherit. He is in line to make approximately $754K in 2014 if he makes the Raiders […]

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Tale of the Tape: DT Justin Ellis

When the Raiders selected DT Justin Ellis with the 107th overall selection in this year’s NFL Draft, it represented the first defensive tackle that the Raiders had taken higher than the 6th round since the team, under Al Davis, took Junior Ioane out of Arizona State in 2000. In that time, the Raiders have, unsurprisingly, struggled […]


Raiders new QB Derek Carr already showing his leadership skills

When the Raiders drafted QB Derek Carr with the 36th pick of the draft, it was because they saw the necessary characteristics of a franchise quarterback in him. One of Carr’s biggest strengths is that he is a vocal leader – something that I find important at the quarterback position. Once drafted, Carr began to reach […]


Raiders add large DT Justin Ellis

The Raiders finally turned their attention to their defensive line in the fourth round, drafting a Justin Ellis, a nose tackle out of Louisiana Tech, with the 107th overall selection. Ellis is a large tackle, at 6’1” and 334 lbs. He has a good motor for a big player, says NFL Network’s Mike Mayock. Mayock […]


Raiders add size to offensive line, draft OG Gabe Jackson

The Raiders traded down in the third round for the first time in the 2014 draft, trading from the 67th pick down to the 81st overall pick. In the process, the Raiders added another 4th round selection – number 116 overall. With their third round pick, then, Oakland addressed the offensive line, adding a mauler […]