As usual, I have been a very optimistic Raiders fan during the past six months. I hated the Heyward-Bey pick when I heard it and rationalized it later. I'll admit I wanted Michael Crabtree, so I'm certainly no genius.

I rationalized in my mind that the Raiders will run over top teams and take a load off Russell to allow him to do what he does best—throw deep.

The first pre-season game gave me something much ...

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