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The Oakland Raiders traded down from No. 3 to No. 12 overall to select cornerback D.J. Hayden in the 2013 NFL draft, but to this point they haven’t gotten much out of him. Hayden missed eight games in 2013 with a sports hernia and missed far more practice time due to various other injuries. Now, Hayden will miss more time with a stress fracture in his foot, according to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle. He had surgery four weeks ago, and the timetable given for his return was four to eight weeks. It’s the fourth injury in just over a year that ...
Most fans will look at the Oakland Raiders defense for rising young stars like Khalil Mack. But the Silver and Black have intriguing second-year running back Latavius Murray, who could make their offensive attack the most promising part of Oakland’s journey back to NFL relevance. Murray will become a breakout star for the Raiders if they just give him the opportunity. Drafted in the sixth round of the 2013 draft, Murray was a terrifying combination of size (6’3”, 230 lbs) and speed (ran a 4.38 40-yard dash at his pro day) as a runner for the University of Central Florida. In his ...
The Oakland Raiders put their roster through a massive overhaul this offseason, and there isn't a single area of the roster that hasn't experienced major changes. The biggest change is the level of talent. The Raiders have gone through the last two seasons with a succession of temporary fixes, while Reggie McKenzie attempted to get the team's finances in order. This offseason was the first under McKenzie in which Oakland could actually afford more talented signings. Each position has been graded based on the level of success the unit is expected to have this upcoming season, given the quality of the current ...
The Oakland Raiders report to their 2014 training camp in Napa, California, on Thursday. Who is the rookie to watch for in Oakland's training camp? Which veteran free-agent signing is looking to make a splash? What are the burning questions surrounding Raiders camp? Watch as Adam Lefkoe and Bleacher Report NFL Analyst Chris Simms discuss the top storylines from Raiders training camp in the video above.Read more Oakland Raiders news on BleacherReport.com
What do you get when you combine Derek Norris, John Jaso and Stephen Vogt? Up until recently, the answer was: three middling baseball players you probably haven't heard of. Now, thanks to a dollop of unconventional thinking and a dash of Oakland A's magic, that trio has put up some of the best numbers in the American League from the catcher position—and it's possible they've even revolutionized the game. The A's and their general manager, Billy Beane, are famous for innovation (maybe you saw the Brad Pitt movie?). Their "moneyball" formula—identifying undervalued players and signing them on the cheap—has led to an ...
And now, a comeback story with buzz: Two summers ago, pitching for the independent league Sugar Land (Texas) Skeeters, Scott Kazmir’s pitching career was so far lost in the woods that he needed a case of Off! mosquito repellent more than a postgame ice bag. Last week, without any club officials scheduled to travel, baseball’s best team entrusted him to chaperone the game’s largest contingent of All-Stars—seven—as the Swingin’ A’s Midsummer Classic traveling party headed to Minneapolis. “How did I become the responsible one?” Kazmir asked, chuckling. A few minutes earlier, his cellphone had buzzed in the American League All-Star clubhouse. Oakland manager Bob ...
The Oakland Raiders’ wide receiver position will see plenty of competition heading into the 2014 season, and Andre Holmes is one player who could emerge from it to have a breakout year. While the upside his physical tools gave him was undeniable, little was expected by way of production when the Raiders claimed him off the waiver wire in March 2013. Cut after a short stint with the New England Patriots, and by the Dallas Cowboys before that, he was having a difficult time staying on an active roster when the Raiders brought him in. That new opportunity with the Silver and Black ...
After taking two of three against the Baltimore Orioles to open up the second half of the season, the Oakland Athletics host a three-game set against the Houston Astros, starting Tuesday. Houston visits the American League West leaders a mere 20.5 games back—however, the Astros proudly only sport the league’s second-worst record (41-58). The A’s deserve some much-needed face time against the bottom-feeders, particularly after three consecutive series against teams (the San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners and Baltimore Orioles) that would be headed to the playoffs, were the season to end today. Oakland has not played a team with a non-winning ...
When handicapping baseball, most bettors start the process with starting pitching. A great starting pitcher can completely take over a game and leave opposing offenses stymied. While a pitcher can do his part on the mound to hold back the opposing team's offense, there isn't much that he can do to get his own team's offense going. For this reason, bettors must factor run support into their decision-making process. There are plenty of great pitchers who don't make great bets because they consistently fail to get much run support. In many cases, these pitchers play for teams that don't produce much offense for any ...
Updates from Thursday, July 24 CSN Bay Area's Scott Bair provides an update on DJ Hayden's injury: Jerry Mcdonald of the Oakland Tribune has more details: Original Text: Oakland Raiders cornerback D.J. Hayden missed eight games due to injury last season as a rookie. The 2014 NFL regular season is fast approaching and the talented defensive back may be in danger of missing even more time.       According to John Middlekauff of the Bay Area's 95.7 The Game, Hayden continues to nurse a foot injury that could keep him out for part of the preseason and perhaps beyond: Hayden's injury history is a ...