Unity of Focus has Raiders on the Right Track

With Sunday’s win over the Jets, the Oakland Raiders moved to 4-3 on the season and, somewhat unexpectedly, into the lead for Wild Card contention in the AFC. It wasn’t just that the Raiders won, either. They won convincingly against an opponent who is also currently in line to make the playoffs. The Raiders offense […]

Raiders True Grit

Raiders show True Grit in win over Ravens

With 2:44 seconds left in the game, Baltimore’s Justin Tucker kicked a 31 yard field goal to give the Ravens their first lead in the game, going up over the home-team Raiders 33-30. I thought – as many of you probably did – that this was yet another example of the Raiders being the Raiders […]

Raiders’ “final” squad announced

The Raiders announced the cuts down to get to 53 players on their squad this afternoon. While these cuts are not likely to be the squad’s final iteration, here are the players that are on the team as of today:   Name Pos. McGloin, Matt QB Carr, Derek QB Murray, Latavius RB Jones, Taiwan RB […]

Raiders’ “final” roster prediction 2.0

With the Raiders’ third preseason game in the books and cuts starting to come in, here are my updated predictions for each position:   Quarterback (3): Derek Carr Matt McGloin Christian Ponder Details: No change to this area. These three are now the only QBs on the roster and it’s highly likely the team carries all […]

Raiders’ waiving of Dowling sends message to the team

Fans and media alike were caught by surprise this afternoon when the Raiders suddenly announced that second year safety Jonathan Dowling was being released by the team. Dowling, drafted in the seventh round of the 2014 Draft, had been consistently running as the second team free safety behind Nate Allen and looked to be getting […]

Raiders Notepad

Predicting the Raiders’ “final” roster

The Raiders, along with every other NFL team, must trim their roster down starting next Tuesday to 75 players with another, bigger cut to follow on September 5th to get the “final” 53 players. That “final” roster is, of course, not final and is always a work in progress with changes and tweaks but for […]

Rod Streater

Rod Streater returns to practice, Raiders face tough choices at WR

Rod Streater, arguably the best wide receiver on the Raiders at this point last year, has missed the first 11 practice sessions with an undisclosed illness. According to Streater, the illness isn’t only undisclosed – it’s as of yet undiagnosed. “I’ve worked with the doctors for a while trying to figure out what was going […]

Oakland Raiders Face St. Louis Rams Tonight To Start Preseason Slate

Is this the season the Oakland Raiders franchise snaps out their playoff drought? It’s common knowledge that the Raiders haven’t reached the postseason since their Super Bowl appearance in 2002, but they seem to be positively trending around NFL media outlets, as some think they will be the surprise team of 2015. Derek Carr will […]

Recapping Raiders’ second week of camp

The Raiders have a day off today, their second break since camp started. Prior to today’s day off the team had practiced for 5 consecutive days and now have a total of 9 practices under their belt. Despite that low number, I’m breaking the time into “weeks” with the days off as the “weekends.” Here […]

training camp

Recapping Raiders’ first week of training camp

The Raiders have their first day off training camp today after practicing each of the last four days. In this first group of practice sessions, here are my thoughts on an assortment of players, by position: Quarterback: Derek Carr looks solidly in command and ready to lead the Raiders to victory. The offense is clearly […]

Charles Woodson

Corps Players: Defensive Secondary

This is the ninth and final piece in a series that will look at each position – the additions, subtractions, and pre-training camp depth chart as I see it. Other positional corps in the series: Wide Receivers,  Tight Ends,  Offensive Line, Quarterbacks, Running Backs, Fullbacks, Defensive Line, Linebackers   The Raiders secondary was poor last […]