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The Oakland Athletics went on the road for their first away series this season against the Minnesota Twins. It was an interesting series for many reasons, not the least of which was the fact the three-game set spanned four days—on purpose. Then again, Oakland has had its fair share of unexpected scheduling conflicts over the first two weeks, so a planned day off after the Twins’ season opener shouldn’t be that big of an oddity. Not to mention that all three games were during the day, an interesting quirk for fans following out west who were just getting to the office pouring ...
The Oakland Raiders could use depth at quarterback, but it isn't their primary need. Can they steal an under-the-radar prospect on the second day of the NFL draft? Watch as Adam Lefkoe and Bleacher Report NFL analyst Chris Simms identify which sleeper QB the Raiders should target in the video above. Read more Oakland Raiders news on BleacherReport.com
Now with just one month to go until the 2014 NFL draft, prospect projections and mock drafts are once again taking over the internet.  The Raiders are one team that will be hard to read heading in this year, as there are several different directions they could choose to go with their pick at fifth overall. Although they have made a number of key additions in a busy free agency period, quarterback, receiver, offensive line and defensive line all remain realistic options in the first round.  As these varying expert predictions show, arguments can be made for either of which as the Raiders ...
Now that free agency has started to wind down, the Oakland Raiders and their general manager Reggie McKenzie deserve credit for the job they've done. As a whole, the entire free-agency process is a grueling one.  Jack Bechta of the National Football Post wrote an amazing, in-depth piece detailing what really goes on from the time the season ends until free agency officially opens its doors. You may not agree with McKenzie's philosophy of bringing in veteran players, but the one thing he made sure of is that the Raiders are going to go out and compete next season. McKenzie is in a tough place ...
The Oakland Raiders traded for Matt Schaub this offseason but are still looking for their quarterback of the future. Will they select a QB in the early rounds of the 2014 NFL draft?  Which prospect are they targeting? Watch as Adam Lefkoe and FOX Sports Radio's Lincoln Kennedy discuss the Raiders' odds of landing each of the top QB draft prospects in the video above.Read more Oakland Raiders news on BleacherReport.com
At first, the idea that the Oakland Raiders won’t draft a quarterback in the 2014 NFL draft seems extreme. If your first response to the idea is to mumble “ridiculous” under your breath at a volume loud enough that your neighbor in the next cubicle can hear it, well, that wouldn’t be out of the ordinary. The Raiders haven’t had a franchise quarterback since Rich Gannon. Even then, Gannon was a journeyman who arrived at the ripe age of 34 and only had three great seasons during his time in the silver and black. After a disastrous 2013, Matt Schaub doesn’t ...
There has only been one week of baseball—games that count anyway—but so far, so good for many of the Oakland Athletics' top-10 minor league prospects. As per the norm, MLB.com released their list of the top 100 prospects as well as the top 20 for each team. Here we'll use this list to discuss the top 10 in the A's system. Of course this includes the most familiar face, Addison Russell. The Billys (McKinney and Burns), four pitchers and three Single-A infielders round out the list. Let's see how each player is doing in this young season. The list is in numerical, descending ...
Arguably the Oakland Raiders’ biggest move in what has already been a busy offseason was the trade with the Houston Texans that landed them their new starting quarterback: Matt Schaub. Schaub instantly gives the Raiders the kind of established veteran presence that the team has lacked at the position since the early 2000s with Rich Gannon—and has been in search of ever since.  Statistically speaking, Schaub was among the NFL’s top passers during his time in Houston, throwing for over 4,000 yards in each of the seasons he remained the starter throughout. Of course, the move, which saw the Raiders send a sixth-round ...
The Oakland Raiders have scheduled an official visit ahead of the 2014 NFL draft with former Texas A&M star quarterback Johnny Manziel. The black jersey Manziel wore during his touted pro day won't foreshadow what's to come, though, because Oakland's aggressive offseason has been geared toward immediate winning in 2014. That's not to say Manziel won't be an instant success in the pros, but the deck would be stacked against him with the Raiders, who will likely clean house if they don't make the playoffs this coming season. Manziel has the potential to be a franchise-changing signal-caller, but the Raiders are no longer ...
The Oakland Raiders need playmakers on offense and after whiffing on DeSean Jackson, who signed a deal with the Washington Redskins on Tuesday, it's clear that the position of greatest need is wide receiver. Fortunately, the 2014 NFL draft is chock full of talented pass-catchers, but none are more talented or ready to step in and make an immediate impact than Clemson's Sammy Watkins.  When the Philadelphia Eagles released Jackson, who is from Los Angeles and tore it up near Oakland as a California Bear, many thought his roots would lead him back to California and the cap-rich Raiders. Jackson went to Washington ...