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 […]


Raiders start off-season workouts looking for respect

The Raiders started their off-season workout program today with “close to 100%” participation, according to Pro Bowl fullback Marcel Reece. Reece, and many of the Raiders key free agents, took to the podium to talk to the assembled media about their expectations for the 2014 season. The vast majority of the veterans that the Raiders […]


Examining the roster: Raiders’ needs & strengths

In anticipation of the draft, which is now only 3 weeks away, we are going to look at the Raiders current team roster and see what areas they most need to address in the draft, with undrafted free agents or current NFL free agents and which position groups are strong enough that the team will […]


Pieces of Raiders’ draft strategy start to emerge

Slowly and surely, through multiple sources and different writers, pieces of the Raiders’ 2014 Draft strategy are becoming clear. First, the Raiders are unlikely to take a quarterback in the first round or, at least, not at the #5 spot. Per multiple reports, this is because the Raiders aren’t in love with any of the […]

Antonio Smith

Tale of the Tape: Antonio Smith

The last two seasons, the Raiders have not been able to sign any “name” players in free agency while GM Reggie McKenzie was clearing the teams’ “out of whack” contracts. This year, for the first time since McKenzie became a GM, the Raiders have been able to sign players that have a reputation around the […]

Raiders starting units will feature many new players

It seems like every year in Oakland is an offseason of change and 2014 has been no exception so far. The team has drastically changed at almost every position – the linebacker corps being, perhaps, the one exception. While we are still a month away from the Draft, I wanted to get an idea of […]

Austin Howard

Tale of the Tape: Austin Howard

The Raiders have been signing free agents left and right this offseason, going mostly with older veterans with a history of good to great production. Perhaps the one signing that bucked the trend was when the Raiders signed Austin Howard, a large offensive tackle who started every game in the last two seasons at right tackle for the Jets. […]


Raiders’ trade for Schaub is final piece to draft flexibility

The Raiders addressed their top position of need, yesterday, by trading the Texans for QB Matt Schaub. In doing so, they have given themselves extreme Draft flexibility. While the Raiders have need for depth and long-term solutions at every single position, their free agency strategy has bought them some time by signing productive, older vets […]

Matt Schaub

Raiders complete trade for Matt Schaub

As expected, the Raiders completed a trade with the Houston Texans for quarterback Matt Schaub yesterday. It has been reported that the Raiders traded their 6th round pick for the quarterback, who struggled mightily in 2013. When announcing the trade and bring out Schaub to talk to the media, Dennis Allen confirmed the mostly-obvious: that […]

Report: Raiders “expected to trade” for QB Matt Schaub

Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Raiders are expected to trade the Houston Texans a late round 2014 draft pick in exchange for QB Matt Schaub. Schaub, who has been with the Texans since 2007 when he was acquired by Houston in a trade with Atlanta, had a down year last season and eventually lost his […]


What the first week of Free Agency tells us about the Raiders

We are through the first week of free agency and the Raiders have been one of the most active teams. Free Agency started with the Raiders allowing both of their stated priority re-signs, Jared Veldheer and Lamarr Houston, go without contracts. In the first day, the Raiders were twice laughed at by national media and […]

Report: Raiders in negotiations to trade for QB Matt Schaub

A sports radio station in Houston, TX, SportsRadio 610, is reporting that the Raiders are in "serious talks" to trade the Texans for QB Matt Schaub. The trade details are unknown at this time. If the Raiders completed this trade, it would likely be for a late round pick of the Raiders as the Texans […]

Tarell Brown

Tale of the Tape: CB Tarell Brown

Every year, I look at the Raiders new additions, both through free agency and the draft, and break down what I see are the strengths and weaknesses of each player. This year, I am starting with recent addition, CB Tarell Brown, who jumped the bay from San Francisco to Oakland on a 1 year, $3.5 […]

Raiders sign DE/OLB LaMarr Woodley

The Raiders signed their second pass-rusher of the day, signing LaMarr Woodley this afternoon, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The deal is reported to be two years and have a max value of $12 million. Guaranteed money is not yet known. Woodley has played OLB in the Steelers 3-4 scheme but will likely play many […]