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The Oakland Athletics have had a surprisingly strong start at the plate this season, but they will be without one of their top offensive contributors in Ben Zobrist after it was revealed he will undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Continue for updates. Zobrist Placed on 15-Day DL with Knee Injury Saturday, April 25 According to the Athletics' official Twitter account, the 33-year-old utility man has been placed on the 15-day disabled list: Jorge L. Ortiz of USA Today noted that Zobrist has a tear in his left meniscus. Joe Stiglich of Comcast SportsNet California confirmed Zobrist will have surgery though ...
With the release of the Oakland Raiders' 2015 season schedule, the opportunity has arrived to take a look ahead and make some early predictions for the team's performance in the upcoming NFL season. You might be thinking to yourself, "But there's still the draft! And rosters are going to continue to take shape throughout the summer!" You might be thinking that, perhaps, it would be prudent to wait at least a little longer, at least until after the draft, before trying to make such predictions. Maybe you're right. But where's the fun in that? Yes, teams will make major additions in the upcoming ...
The Oakland Raiders have several needs to address in the 2015 NFL draft.Who could the Raiders select with the fourth overall pick? What positions should they focus on?Watch as Adam Lefkoe and Bleacher Report NFL Analyst Chris Simms discuss the Raiders' ultimate draft plan in the video above.Read more Oakland Raiders news on BleacherReport.com
Are you ready for some football? Well, not quite yet but let’s get prepared with the official release of the NFL schedule, per NFL.com. Realistically, the Oakland Raiders are looking at an 8-8 season. Playoff contenders aren’t cultivated overnight, but Raider Nation will see significant progress from the Silver and Black. Nonetheless, the franchise is still a season away from making a legitimate playoff push. The basis of these predictions were made with a major concern for the Raiders secondary. The starting cornerbacks are a major concern heading into the season. Teams with explosive wide receivers capable of going over the top ...
All 32 teams enter the 2015 NFL season with optimism and identical 0-0 records, so the Oakland Raiders can take solace in that fact even if they aren't quite ready to contend for the playoffs. A new head coach in Jack Del Rio has taken the helm for the Silver and Black, and he'll be dealing with a roster featuring a ton of moving parts and new additions. The patchwork job general manager Reggie McKenzie attempted prior to last season backfired in a big way. It's therefore likely a year still remains before Oakland makes a big move in the NFL hierarchy. Now ...
The NFL draft is a week away and it’s fitting we look back at the Oakland Raiders' mixed history of draft day successes and failures. The draft is where teams either build or destroy their franchises—sometimes for the short-term and in other cases for the long-term. Recently, the Raiders have taken leaps toward rejuvenation, but some significant missteps at the beginning of the decade have slowed the progress during Reggie McKenzie’s tenure as general manager. This assessment isn’t to blame all the Raiders' woes on the late Al Davis, who served as his own GM, but there’s a clear difference between the ...
The Oakland Raiders hold the fourth overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft and could address a number of different positions at this spot.  Which position should the Raiders target? Could Oakland trade down? Watch as Stephen Nelson and Bleacher Report Analyst Matt Miller discuss the Oakland Raiders' upcoming draft strategy. Read more Oakland Raiders news on BleacherReport.com
With less than two weeks to go until the 2015 NFL draft, the top of the Oakland Raiders' draft board has become pretty clear. The Raiders have some glaring needs—wide receiver, guard, defensive end—and they should address those within the first three rounds. But which players should the team target later in the draft? Rounds 4-7 (the later rounds) are where front offices really show what they're made of. That's not to say that making picks in rounds 1-3 (the early rounds) is easy, but it's certainly easier. Contributors can still be found in the later rounds if you know where to look ...
Through 10 games of the 2014 season, the Oakland Raiders were averaging 63 rushing yards per game—the fourth worst start for a rushing offense since the merger. Had the pace continued, the Raiders would have finished with the worst 16-game rushing season in NFL history. It’s easy to see why the Raiders are one of the teams in play to trade for Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, as Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman first reported. The Raiders need difference-makers like Peterson on the field, so although they may be “on the outskirts” of the chase, it makes a lot of sense ...
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away (at least that's what it feels like), the Oakland Raiders lived by several tremendous mantras. Pride and poise. Commitment to excellence. And, of course, the gold standard, courtesy of the late, great Al Davis: Just win, baby. To say that the last 12 seasons haven't gone according to those maxims would be an understatement: The Raiders haven't made the playoffs since losing Super Bowl XXXVII following the 2002 season, and they also don't have one winning campaign in that span.  The Raiders have won a grand total of 11 games over the past ...