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The Oakland Raiders may be mulling a move back to Los Angeles, but what really needs to change isn't the team's zip code. It's the Raiders' view from the AFC West basement, a residence the Raiders have held for the better part of the past decade. Of course, it's a view the team vows to change each and every season, and yet when all is said and done, the Raiders have wound up right back in the cellar. This year, though, just might be different. In 2015, the Raiders enter the season with more than just loads of salary-cap space with which to ...
The Oakland Raiders have a glaring need at wide receiver heading into the offseason. Who should the Raiders target at wide receiver? Should they look at free agency or the draft? Watch as Stephen Nelson and Bleacher Report NFL Analysts Chris Simms and Matt Miller discuss the Raiders' need at wide receiver in the video above.Read more Oakland Raiders news on BleacherReport.com
The Oakland Raiders have yet another important draft in 2015. General manager Reggie McKenzie and new head coach Jack Del Rio have the fourth overall selection, so they should be able to find another impact player like linebacker Khalil Mack from a year ago. Did all the information they gleaned from the combine change their target? Now that teams have just about all the data they could ask for on the top prospects thanks to the combine, the Raiders can go about settling on their top few targets. The Raiders can go in one of many directions, and if their 2013 draft ...
The Oakland Raiders find themselves with another top-five pick in the upcoming draft. Whoever they end up selecting, it's crucial that they get it right. But for a team so short on reliable talent, Oakland's selections later in the draft will be just as important. Selections in the first two rounds are the easy part. There are no guarantees, but these players are more of a known quantity. The key is finding those hidden gems later in the draft, and the NFL combine provides the perfect opportunity to separate the true prospects from the pretenders. Oakland knocked it out of the park ...
The NFL Scouting Combine is just about over and prospects have either confirmed their film performances or made a lasting first impression—whether good or bad. The combine has likely caused slight changes on draft boards, specifically for the mid to late-round prospects looking to impress team scouts. There were some eye-openers for the Oakland Raiders—but don’t tell that to Raiders scout Raleigh McKenzie (twin brother of general manager Reggie McKenzie), who seemed to be in a deep trance during Saturday’s workouts, per Bleacher Report’s Arman Walia. In all seriousness, most teams should have already constructed their draft boards. Solo workouts shouldn’t wow scouts ...
Back when Barry Zito was Barry Zito—the guy who won 23 games and a Cy Young Award in 2002—his signature pitch was the curveball. It was a physics-defying hook that beguiled even the most disciplined hitters, looping hopelessly high and wide before plummeting into the zone with pinpoint precision. In a way, that's a good metaphor for where Zito stands now. The left-hander, who will turn 37 in May, hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2013, when he posted a 5.74 ERA in 133.1 innings with the San Francisco Giants. By all appearances, Zito's career is floating high and wide. The question ...
The first workout day of the NFL Scouting Combine is in the books. It was a day for offensive linemen and tight ends to show off their skill sets and attributes that may not be visible on tape. For others, it was a confirmation—the first physical interview that matches the player with the film resume. Specifically for the Oakland Raiders, the offensive line could be an interest point with Menelik Watson's struggles for a portion of the 2014 season and Stefen Wisniewski’s unclear future. Don’t be surprised if the Raiders also look to add an extra blocking tight end as added protection for ...
The Oakland Raiders are finally ready to part ways with running back Darren McFadden, who has been a below-average running back since 2011. McFadden hasn’t had a decent season since he returned from a Lisfranc injury in his foot and the team fired Hue Jackson. Ready to take the reins as Oakland’s top running back is Latavius Murray, who nearly outrushed McFadden last year on about half the carries and did match his touchdown total. Turning to Murray was long overdue last season when the Raiders’ running game was anemic, but now it makes even more sense. Murray is a big, explosive ...
With seven All-Stars under contract through the 2015 season, many thought the Oakland Athletics would remain silent in winter meetings. General manager Billy Beane had other ideas, and he dealt fan favorites like Josh Donaldson, Brandon Moss and Jeff Samardzija for a collection of younger, less established players. Oakland's penny-pinching owner Lew Wolff couldn't afford (or to hear Donaldson tell it, didn't want to afford) to keep all his stars around. Some of the deals Beane pulled off netted the A's a good return while parting with expendable players, but others suggested the team was nearing a rebuilding period. Just like last year, ...
No Oakland Athletics player will be more exciting to watch and have more potential impact on the roster this year at spring training than Barry Zito. If you recall, Zito came up through the A's organization, helping form one-third of The Big Three (with Mark Mulder and Tim Hudson). After one Cy Young award and three All-Star appearances, Zito went to the other side of the bay, signing with the San Francisco Giants for a then-record for pitchers $126-million, seven-year deal. The tall lefty had a tumultuous time in San Francisco. His ERA rose from 3.55 to 4.62. As he aged, he appeared ...