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 […]

Justin Ellis

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 […]


Raiders get lucky, have QB Carr fall to them in 2nd round

The Raiders picked up their QB of the future on day 2 of the NFL draft, when Derek Carr – a player that many believed was first round quality – fell to the Raiders at the 36th overall pick. Carr, whose brother David was the first player ever taken by the expansion Texans in 2002, […]


Examining the Raiders day 2 draft options

Having come out of the first round of the draft with an “impact player” in Khalil Mack – a guy who should be a day 1 plug and play starter for Oakland – the Raiders must now re-group and decide what their next move will be. We will examine some of the most likely possibilities […]

Khalil Mack

Raiders get their much needed “impact player” in LB Khalil Mack

The Raiders got their wish in the 2014 Draft when Khalil Mack – the most talented linebacker and one of two elite defensive players in the draft – fell to them at the 5th overall pick. Mack was a consideration to go number one overall to the Texans and many thought that he would be […]

Matt Schaub

Tale of the Tape: Matt Schaub

Let’s jump right in and start with the basics: Schaub, at 6’5” and 235 lbs, has prototypical size for a quarterback. He’s got a strong arm and can make throws at any point on the field. He’s an experienced, veteran starting quarterback in the NFL who’s had some success, although not as much success as Houston […]


Predicting the Raiders’ season…with a twist!

I generally dislike trying to come up with who will win each game on the schedule – especially before the Draft! So, this year, I decided to do something a little different – I flipped a coin for each matchup and let the coin decide which team would win and which team would lose. If […]

By the numbers

The 2014 Draft QBs & the Rule of 26-27-60

Thanks to my friend Jamal (@Jamalisms), I recently read this Sports Illustrated article from 2010. I recommend reading it but for those of you that choose to not, the thrust of the article is the author asserting that a fairly simple formula can help give NFL front offices a look at which QBs are the […]