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Key Raiders training camp match-up: Amari Cooper vs Gareon Conley

Amari Cooper battling Gareon Conley in training camp will tell us a lot about the Raiders on both sides of the ball. After getting picked in the fifth round in 2011, former Oakland Raiders receiver Denarius Moore showed up to his first training camp and absolutely balled out. Watching him make all those plays was exciting but I wondered if it was him or the defense. Remember, then owner Al Davis had just allowed cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha to walk in free agency. Raiders fans would find out it was a little of both as Moore kept it going that season, averaging 18.7 yards per catch while...

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What condition the position is in: Quarterback

We check on each Raiders position to give it a condition of either Strong, Stable, Unstable, Serious, or Critical. The next time we see these Raiders take the field will be training camp when they really get down to the business of preparing for the season. From the looks of things, the quarterback position has its trio for the season. Starter: Derek Carr Depth: EJ Manuel, Connor Cook From a roster standpoint, things are pretty much unchanged from this time last year. Derek Carr is the starter, of course, and is jelling with Jon Gruden’s new offense. EJ Manuel tested free agency, and...

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Raiders’ 2018 fantasy football busts, sleepers

The month of June is not kind for American football fans (yes, the World Cup came at the perfect time). June is after free agency, the NFL draft and OTAs but before training camp starts and the season truly kicks into gear. The current down time can be well spent looking forward to how you are going to win your 2018 fantasy football draft. Right? It is never too early for fantasy football. As such, here are two Oakland Raiders’ busts and sleepers for the 2018 NFL regular season. Busts QB Derek Carr Fantasy wise, Derek Carr might be the hardest person to predict for the upcoming...

Bolts From The Blue

Top Ten Defensive Performances of 2017: #10 Wk. 17 Tre Boston v. OAK

Boston played a large role in helping the Bolts finish the regular season with a win over the Raiders in a divisional match-up. #10.) Week 17 Tre Boston vs. Oakland - 7 Tackles, Interception, Pass Deflection Tre Boston was a late signing during last year’s free agency period and he proceeded to start opposite Jahleel Addae for all but one game during the 2017 season. He also finished second on the team in tackles with 79, second only to Addae who amassed 96 total stops. Boston was a welcomed member of the Chargers defensive that already boasted several of the top defensive back in the...

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Five Olinemen showed up ‘30 and 40 pounds heavier’ this offseason

Despite the Oakland Raiders’ having a highly touted offensive line that rivaled the Dallas Cowboys’ for the best in the league over the past few seasons, Gruden seems to have made it a massive priority this offseason to improve the unit. In the offseason, Oakland added Breno Giacomini via free agency and selected Kolton Miller and Brandon Parker in the first and third rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft, respectively. In addition to the talent added in the offseason, the team is also interested in improving the physical fitness of the offensive line. “We had five offensive linemen who were...

Big Cat Country

Jags have long liked Hayden as a nickel corner

The Jacksonville Jaguars will return mostly the same exact defense they had last season with two small changes. For one, Paul Posluzny retired so he won’t be back and the other change is that the team let Aaron Colvin, their starting nickel corner, walk in free agency. Colvin ended up signing with the Houston Texans and the Jaguars picked up former Oakland Raiders and Detroit Lions corner DJ Hayden to fill that role. “D.J. has done a real nice job. When he was out in Oakland, obviously he was a first-round pick, he played a lot of nickel out in Oakland. We evaluated him a year ago. We...

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Raiders Super Bowl odds continue to drop since Draft from best in AFC West to worst

As of March 22, following the big waves of free agency, the Raiders Super Bowl odds had risen to into the top ten in the NFL according to Bovada.lv. They had 22/1 odds at that point which was best in the AFC West. At that time the Broncos sat at 25/1, while the Chiefs and Chargers brought up the rear at 33/1. The tables have turned. The draft took place in late April and the Raiders Super Bowl odds dropped immediately down to 30/1. Now a month later and the Raiders Super Bowl odds have dropped again to 40/1 which not only drops them out of the NFL top ten (17th), but it has them going from...

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Corry on Aaron Donald contract negotiations

Here’s an informed look at what’s going down behind the curtains. Former NFL agent Joel Corry has a good read over at CBS Sports on the contract negotiations for Los Angeles Rams DL Aaron Donald and Oakland Raiders EDGE Khalil Mack and just what those negotiations involve. While the market for quarterbacks continues to set the ceiling for the market in free agency (reminder: bill’s coming due on QB Jared Goff...), Mack and Donald are set to push the bar for non-QB contracts as Corry lays out both because their performance has been similar, they were both selected in the first round of...

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Bruce Irvin success story helping Raiders to take chance on players with troubled past

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but Jon Gruden has received a fair amount of criticism for some of his additions, both in the draft and in free agency. Many of those additions came with some character red flags including third round draft pick Arden Key and free agency signee Daryl Worley. Not only is Gruden from the Al Davis school of giving guys with character questions a second chance, but he has a guy in house who is a prime example of someone who had some seriously scary backstories, but who has done a complete 180 from that. He’s gone from selling drugs and dropping out of high...