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The Oakland Raiders are in the midst of one of the most exciting periods in the team's recent history. Hopes are high, but that’s true every offseason. The difference is that, this year, there’s good reason for it. Much of this is excitement is due to the rebuilt and dangerous-on-paper offense. The Raiders have a running back on the verge of becoming a real impact player, a deep wide receiver corps that combines youth and experience, dangerous tight ends, a solid all-around offensive line and an exciting second-year quarterback to lead the way. Of course, none of that will mean anything if ...
The Oakland Raiders have high expectations in 2015, especially after drafting wide receiver Amari Cooper out of Alabama to help the passing attack. What is the key number surrounding this Raiders squad? Why is it crucial to their success in 2015? Watch as Bleacher Report NFL Analyst Matt Miller discusses the Raiders' upcoming season in the video above. Read more Oakland Raiders news on BleacherReport.com
Trent Richardson and Michael Dyer renew a rivalry in a competition for the No. 2 running back with the Oakland Raiders. If you’re a fan of college football, you remember Auburn’s miraculous season that led to a BCS National Championship in 2010. Quarterback Cam Newton and Dyer led Auburn's explosive offense to 14 consecutive victories in an undefeated season. In the following year, Richardson’s Alabama Crimson Tide went 12-1 to win the BCS National Championship. These collegiate rivals had more in common than their home state, a dominant ground attack. Dyer was a sophomore when Richardson declared to enter the NFL draft as ...
The Oakland Raiders' training camp is approximately two weeks away, which makes this the perfect time to discuss some crucial position battles. The offense has outgrown the defense in terms of talent on paper, but there are some question marks along the offensive line and in the backfield. The window of opportunity is also nearing a close for a former first-round draft pick on the other side of the ball. Who enters training camp with an edge over the competition? Who should you expect to win the battles? Those answers will be presented in ranked order, from the least crucial matchup to the most ...
You can be sure that most of baseball will be paying close attention to how the Oakland Athletics perform coming out of the All-Star break, as few teams could have as big an impact on the trade market as the A's. With multiple pending free agents that are at or near the top of other team's wish lists—specifically closer Tyler Clippard, starter Scott Kazmir and the versatile Ben Zobrist—Oakland general manager Billy Beane could be in a position to move all three for a substantial return as he builds for the future. Or he could decide to hang onto all of them and ...
Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie doesn’t get enough credit for bringing in a spectacular 2014 draft class. The Raiders have been the Internet pinata hit with mockery and disparaging remarks all over Twitter:  Everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion, but Raider redemption is upon us. Soon masses of bandwagon fans will dust off their old Tim Brown jerseys or buy new Derek Carr jerseys to pledge an artificial allegiance to a franchise on the rise. True fanbase loyalty doesn’t always come with winning. It comes from the belief your franchise is doing the right thing to bring home a ...
The Oakland Raiders are building a dynamic offense around Derek Carr with the drafting of Amari Cooper and Clive Walford in 2015. Could Walford start at tight end? What does he bring to an offense? Watch as Stephen Nelson and Bleacher Report NFL Analyst Chris Simms discuss the Raiders offense in the video above. Read more Oakland Raiders news on BleacherReport.com
With the start of Oakland Raiders training camp just around the corner (less than three weeks away!), a clear picture of the roster has taken shape. Players being released and new additions being brought in are still a possibility, but for the most part, the roster that we'll see this upcoming season has already been assembled. Now that we know who the Raiders will have on the field in 2015, it's possible to make well-informed assessments of each position group. More specifically, we can predict with some accuracy which positional units should excel and which ones could struggle. Hopes are high in Oakland ...
It’s about that time to start speculation on who makes the final 53-man roster for the Oakland Raiders. Which players sit atop the depth chart? Which players are barely clinging to roster spots? And which players have taken a tumble off the depth chart into obscurity? Before delving into the depth chart, there are a few curveballs to address. According to ESPN’s Adam Caplan (h/t ESPN’s Bill Williamson) offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave won’t utilize the fullback position. As a result, Marcel Reece is designated as an H-back. Also keep in mind, NFL teams usually have at least two kick and punt returners on ...
The Oakland Raiders haven't had a lot of could’ve, would’ve, should’ve moments in this offseason, but there are some moves the organization missed that remain rectifiable. Although the team has already improved the offense by a wide margin, these suggested moves pertain to the personnel on offense. There are front-line chess pieces that could be moved, shuffled, sacrificed or acquired to optimize the offense. We’ll examine five missteps or potential moves that could have pushed and still may push the offense into a new stratosphere.Begin Slideshow