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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 ...
There’s one player who will likely be available for the Oakland Raiders at No. 4 overall in the 2015 NFL draft and should be selected without hesitation, and his name isn’t Leonard Williams. NFL analysts and fans often fall too deeply in love with overused adages and trends to realize why certain winning formulas work and others don’t. Trending techniques and strategies are often replayed in highlights and repeated through hot-topic discussions, but are exceptions to these trends ineffective? Mel Kiper Jr.’s latest mock draft on ESPN.com has USC defensive end Williams headed to the Jacksonville Jaguars at third overall. By debunking a few myths, ...
Until recently, most experts agreed that the Oakland Raiders would take either Amari Cooper or Kevin White with the fourth overall pick of the 2015 NFL draft. The Raiders had otherwise failed to add a wide receiver for quarterback Derek Carr in free agency, so it was only natural to assume that finding one early in the draft was a priority. Maybe it still is, but the signing of former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree may have given the Raiders flexibility at No. 4 to go in another direction. Crabtree isn’t a No. 1 receiver, but by adding another ...
With the 2015 NFL draft fast approaching, the Oakland Raiders are in the final stages of fine-tuning their big board. The team made several additions through free agency, but many of those were to add depth. That means that several starting spots are still up for grabs. The Raiders still have to address starting jobs at three positions in particular: wide receiver, defensive and right guard. Fortunately, plenty of players at all three positions will be available in the draft who can step in as immediate starters. Given the depth in the draft at these positions, Oakland has plenty of options to ...
Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane spent the offseason tinkering with his roster, and didn't stop once Opening Day rolled around. Four days after outfielder Cody Ross was released by the Arizona Diamondbacks, Beane picked him up off the scrap heap for the major league minimum. Arizona had signed Ross to a three-year, $25 million contract after the 2012 season, but ate nearly $8.5 million of his contract to free up space on a rebuilding team for young outfielders David Peralta and Ender Inciarte. Bay Area fans know Ross for his heroics during the San Francisco Giants' 2010 World Series run. He ...
The Oakland Raiders have the fourth overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.Does the Raiders' signing of Michael Crabtree, which they announced Monday, mean they will pass on a wide receiver at No. 4? Who are they targeting with that pick?Watch as Bleacher Report NFL Insider Jason Cole discusses the Raiders' draft strategy in the video above.Read more Oakland Raiders news on BleacherReport.com
The critics came out in droves. They slammed Billy Beane for dismantling a playoff team during the last offseason, and they questioned his commitment to keeping a winning team on the field since he jettisoned players like Josh Donaldson, Jeff Samardzija, Derek Norris and Brandon Moss for lesser returns. They even retroactively bashed his trading of Yoenis Cespedes for Jon Lester. All of those players were All-Stars. Without them, the detractors cried, the Oakland A's were destined to find themselves near the bottom of the American League West and out of the postseason for the first time since 2011. Except the moves actually ...
With the NFL draft only a few weeks away and free agency over a month old, the pickings have gotten a little slim as far as available veterans are concerned. However, the Oakland Raiders went sifting through the scratch-and-dent bin Monday, and the result may wind up being one of the better values of free agency with Michael Crabtree, who spent the first six years of his career with the San Francisco 49ers. ESPN reported it's a one-year, $3 million deal, with $2 million in incentives. It's the conclusion of a tumultuous few weeks for the former top-10 pick. After all, not too long ago, Bleacher Report's ...
A ton of buzz surrounds the Oakland Raiders No. 4 overall pick, especially with the possibility of trading out of the spot. However, there are scenarios that should make Oakland Raiders fans cringe and others that’ll help them envision a foreseeable playoff push. When examining the selections for the fourth overall pick, the names Leonard Williams, Amari Cooper and Kevin White come to mind, but what’s best for the Raiders? What’s the worst that could possibly happen? We’ll examine some of these outcomes focusing on the top three picks of the draft. These scenarios have been weighed based on a player’s immediate ...
The Oakland Raiders have the fourth overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft. Who are the Raiders targeting with that fourth pick? Should they draft a wide receiver? Watch as Stephen Nelson and Bleacher Report NFL Analyst Chris Simms discuss the Raiders' draft strategy in the video above.Read more Oakland Raiders news on BleacherReport.com