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The quarterback position is the most important position in the NFL. Fortunately, the Oakland Raiders have their QB situation sorted out. The fans and the organization are anticipating significant progress in Derek Carr's maturation process within a revamped up-tempo offense. Can this offense run efficiently without Carr? Players aren’t indestructible, and injuries can strike a team’s playoffs hopes down within an instant.  Last season, both Nick Foles and Carson Palmer missed huge chunks of the season with significant injuries. The Philadelphia Eagles just missed the playoffs with Mark Sanchez at the helm. In the NFC Wild Card Round, the Arizona Cardinals third-string QB, Ryan ...
Now that free agents and rookies have been added to the roster, the Oakland Raiders had their opportunity to take this newly rebuilt roster for the first test drive. Organized team activities (OTAs) provide the first chance for players to step on the field and actually do something that resembles football. Team activities at this point are relatively light, but it still gives a good, early example of what rookies can do at the next level. It also gives an idea of how all of the new pieces might fit together. While there's still a long way to go before training camp, ...
With the 2015 first-year player draft approaching, let's take a look back at how the last 10 Oakland A's first-round draft picks have fared. Because hindsight is a beautiful thing. For purposes of a tidy list, we'll stick with the first overall selection from each year dating back to 2005. There may be a better draft pick, a guy picked later who is playing better currently. If that's the case, that player may get a brief mention, but again, this article will concentrate on the first pick. Also worth noting, guys more recently drafted—2012 through 2014 for example—will get more leniency. So how have ...
The Oakland Raiders' 2015 offseason moves have put them in a great position to make a playoff push in 2016. I know...I know, Raiders fans are tired of hearing the phrase “next year” for what seems to be a sport's eternity, but this year really paves the way for the following season. Rome wasn't built in a day, and one offseason of good fortune rarely brings a team from the basement to the top of the division.  In fact, the Raiders have scored big in two consecutive offseasons, snagging a promising young quarterback, a polished dynamic weapon for their QB, a potential ...
The Oakland Raiders have made a lot of significant additions to the roster this offseason. In the initial free-agency rush, the team brought in more than 10 free agents. Add to those the 10 draft picks, and the Raiders have plenty of new options. But these players aren't supposed to be the team. They were brought in to supplement the players already on the roster. While Oakland made some significant additions, the future success of the team is dependent on players who were already on the roster last season. These are the young players who should start in 2015 and are expected ...
OTAs are underway in Oakland, but all the buzz is about a possible move to Los Angeles.  What's the latest on the relocation? Should Oakland Raiders fans expect the team to move in the future? Watch as Adam Lefkoe and Scott Bair of CSN Bay Area discuss the team's future in the video above.Read more Oakland Raiders news on BleacherReport.com
The last quarter of the Oakland Raiders' 2014 season set the tone for an optimistic outlook for 2015. Bleacher Report's Matt Miller categorized the team as pretenders for the upcoming season, which is an accurate statement, but there are some bright spots to look forward to this season.  Let's focus on potential unassuming breakout stars for 2015. Most would assume Derek Carr, Amari Cooper and Khalil Mack are primed for productive campaigns. Cooper doesn't have an NFL resume. Mack and Carr are the leaders on their side of the ball—both players will continue to impress in Oakland. The Raiders cannot make a ...
The Oakland Raiders have some players on the roster that could break out in 2015. Is D.J. Hayden ready to take that next step? Can Clive Walford have an immediate impact? Watch as Adam Lefkoe and Bleacher Report NFL Analyst Chris Simms discuss breakout players for the Raiders in the video above.Read more Oakland Raiders news on BleacherReport.com
Training camp is still a couple of months away, but there are some anticipated positional battles to look forward to throughout the Oakland Raiders' offseason. The offense has a lot more questions than the defense in terms of who gets the nod in starting positions. Acquisitions during free agency like Trent Richardson and Michael Crabtree stress the point that head coach Jack Del Rio isn’t going to just hand out starting positions to the younger talent on the team. Del Rio and general manager Reggie McKenzie have been clear on their collective message heading into the offseason about competing amongst each other ...
Former MLB player and manager Ron Washington is reportedly returning to the big leagues this week as a coach with the Oakland Athletics. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports confirmed his addition to the staff: Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle provided the details: Washington spent 10 seasons in the majors as a shortstop with five different organizations. He then joined the A's coaching staff in 1996, where he remained until taking over as manager of the Texas Rangers in late 2006. He remained in that position for eight years, posting a 664-611 record (.521 win percentage) in the regular season. He also led ...