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Raider Gridiron / Re: Film Room: Welcome back Benson Mayowa
« on: Today at 01:07:21 AM »
Benson Mayowa grateful for return to Oakland Raiders

he former Oakland Raiders defender is back in the building, and he's quite happy about the move.

Earlier in the week, the Raiders announced the signing of defensive end Benson Mayowa. This transaction had been reported last week, but it became official on Tuesday afternoon. Mayowa became the latest defensive end looking for snaps in this thin rotation, and he will be counted upon to make a difference in 2019.

Interestingly enough, the former Cowboys, Cardinals, and Raiders defender almost made his return to the Bay Area last offseason. He was a free agent following two years in Oakland and two more in Dallas. The Silver and Black showed interest, but he ultimately signed with the Arizona Cardinals.

“Last year I was a free agent," Mayowa said according to the Raiders website, "and Oakland was one of the teams that was looking at me, and then when I saw that I was kind of happy because this is where I really played,” said Mayowa. “I spent a year in Seattle but I didn’t play. I had the most fun playing here. I wanted to come back last year, it didn’t work, but it worked out this time and I’m happy to be back.”

Throughout his career and especially in the early Oakland days, Mayowa hasn't been the most impactful defender rushing off the edge. He has 116 combined tackles and 13 sacks in his career, which is a lower number considering that he has been in the league since 2013. However, the 2018 season was his best statistically as Mayowa tallied a career-high four sacks and 38 combined tackles. This stat would have placed him in a tie with Maurice Hurst for the team lead in Oakland.

With the career year, the Raiders opted to bring the Idaho product back into the building for another run, providing an opportunity for him to make a big impact in Paul Guenther's defense. He will see plenty of opportunities considering that the defensive end rotation is particularly thin heading into the NFL Draft, and Mayowa thinks that it's the perfect time in his career to make this impact. He's shown improvement throughout his career, which he attributes to finding ways to mature and improve that don't involve speed or innate talent.

“I’m just more mature,” Mayowa said. “The game slowed down, a lot. When you’re young, playing NFL football, it’s much, much faster. It’s much, more mental. You can be the fastest, you can jump the highest, but if you don’t know where the plays are going, if you don’t know your positioning, or how to react to certain things, then that kind of makes you. I feel like me maturing in the game, and me studying the game, and being a student, and just putting in years… [I’m] definitely more mature.”

Raider Gridiron / Re: 2019 OAKLAND RAIDERS SCHEDULE
« on: Today at 12:52:03 AM »


Fans in Oakland are going to have a chance to get used to not having the Raiders around.

After opening the season with home games against the Broncos (Sept. 9) and Chiefs (Sept. 15), the Raiders don’t play another home game until Week Nine against the Lions (Nov. 3).

That long absence is going to be nothing compared to leaving for Las Vegas, but it’s going to make it difficult for the team on the field.

Starting in Week Three, the Raiders play at the Vikings and at the Colts. Then comes the Week Five game against the Bears in London, and their bye week.

They come back to the United States in Week Seven at the Packers, followed by a road trip to Houston before they finally drag home to play the Lions.

That’s part of a three-game homestand, but they close with four of their final six on the road as well.

Well as you all know, the 2019 NFL schedule is out. As usual, the league office has decided to make things as hard as possible for the Raiders, who not only have the league’s hardest strength of schedule but also have a week to week slate that might be the most difficult one ever seen in NFL history.

The Raiders will have to come screaming out of the gate. Stumbling early is not an option for the team this season, as they could easily find themselves winless going into Week 9 if they put forth the same putrid effort as last year.

There’s a reason I called this the “way too early” record prediction, and that’s because the Draft is next week and this team could look vastly different two Sundays from now than it does today. Furthermore, the Raiders still have some $18M in cap space to spend outside of the rookie pool, so they aren’t done spending by any means.

With three first rounders and that much money left, I’ll be acting under the assumption that the Raiders will have at least an average defense this coming season, if not an actual good one. They surely cannot be as bad as last year again, right?

Anyway, let’s get this going. I’ll take it week by week, and give my early prediction for their ultimate record on the year. Keep in mind that I have not consulted the Great Beyond for this, so all opinions and predictions are solely my own.

WEEK 1: Denver Broncos (Monday Night Football)

The last time we saw these chumps, the Raiders powerbombed them through a flaming table. The “Last Game In Oakland” was less a game and more a slaughter against a woefully unprepared and poorly coached Denver team. This year, they have a superior coach in Vic Fangio, but their roster still sucks. If Peyton Manning was a Ferrari, Case Keenum was an old pair of roller skates, and Joe Flacco is a Razor Scooter.

Prediction: W (1-0)

WEEK 2: Kansas City Chiefs

We’re not easing into this season, are we? Last year Oakland didn’t play the Chiefs until late in the season but this week they get KC in Week 2. The Chiefs are a fascinating team which is a bona fide juggernaut on offense and a total dumpster fire on defense. They’ve lost Dee Ford, Justin Houston and Eric Berry, and will apparently be relying on Chris Jones to be their pass rush. He’s very good, but KC needs elite edge rushers and draft far too late to procure one next week. A lot of Chiefs games are going to be shootouts, giving Patrick Mahomes flashbacks to his Tortilla Tech days. Still, Mahomes is good enough to win games on his own even with total scrubs around him. This Chiefs team, as it stands today, is VERY scrubby.

Prediction: L (1-1)

WEEK 3: At Minnesota Vikings

The Raiders finally take to the road and head to the Twin Cities for a matchup with the Vikings. The once-proud Vikings defense was a disaster last season and Kirk Cousins was very average. He of the new contract, Adam Thielen, and fellow wideout Stefon Diggs are extremely dangerous, as is running back Dalvin Cook, but the Vikings have apparently elected to play football without an offensive line. If the Raiders can land some pass rushers, that could get ugly for the lads in purple. Minnesota has done essentially nothing to improve their team in this offseason.

Prediction: W (2-1)

WEEK 4: At Indianapolis Colts

Oakland is on the road again in Week 4 (this is going to become a pattern), this time against Cpt. Andrew Luck and a really tough Colts squad. The Colts have drafted really well lately and have quietly built a solid squad. The Colts are a tough out at home, and I’m not sure the Raiders are up to the task just yet. This game will be a good litmus test of how Oakland is coming along in the second year under Jon Gruden.

Prediction: L (2-2)

WEEK 5: Chicago Bears (in London)

The Bears were the team that was willing to pony up for Khalil Mack, and where did that get them? They won the same amount of playoff games as the Raiders did. The Bears have already had to restructure Mack’s deal, and they may be in deep kimchi when they have to pay Mitchell Trubisky. But for now, the Bears remain one of the best teams in the NFL (in the regular season) and trips across the pond haven’t been kind to the Raiders since the invasion of Northumbria.

Prediction: L (2-3)


Previous Raider teams had trouble with the Bye, but this team should be more focused. I wouldn’t be shocked if they shut out Bye.

WEEK 7: At Green Bay Packers

Oh, good, Oakland gets to go to the frozen tundra of Lambeau. Luckily, this game will happen in mid-October, when the weather shouldn’t be overly severe. Unluckily, the Packers still have A. A. Ron Rodgers and a coach that isn’t noted doofus Mike McCarthy. The Packers are the league’s most perennially overrated team, but as long as they have Rodgers that will be the case. The Raiders are quite likely to be the better team at this point in the season, but Rodgers has a way of pulling improbable wins out of his fundament.

Prediction: L (2-4)

WEEK 8: at Houston Texans

Last year, Houston was a playoff team, and they’re my pick for the team that will fall off the most. They depend so much on Deshaun Watson, who when healthy is electric, but who plays a dangerous style. The team goes as he goes, and this game is late enough in the season where Watson may have taken one too many hits.

Even if not, the Raiders match up well with the Texans and as long as Gareon Conley is in top form should be able to outscore Houston even on the road.

Prediction: W (3-4)

WEEK 9: Detroit Lions

The Lions are booty. Yes they have Darius Slay, but they don’t have many weapons on offense that would give anyone pause. You’d think that they would want to surround their highly paid quarterback Matthew Stafford with weapons (as the Raiders have just done for Derek Carr), but instead they have the sorriest sack of boys in blue seen since Reno 911 was still on the air. Antonio Brown vs. Darius Slay could be the best individual matchup we see all season. Unfortunately for the Lions, Oakland has more weapons than that.

Prediction: W (4-4)

WEEK 10: Los Angeles Chargers of South Central Milpitas (Thursday Night Football)

Last year the Chargers dispatched the Raiders twice and both games were ugly. The Chargers were a playoff team, only to later be exposed as a fraud by the Patriots. LA got all of their injuries out of the way before the start of last season, will they be so lucky this year? I have to feel like their luck is about to run out, and Phyllis Rivers won’t be long for the team. The Chargers have good coaching and a young core, but they have to turn back into the Chargers at some point.

Prediction: W (5-4)

WEEK 11: Cincinnati Bengals

If there’s anyone who knows how to beat the Bengals, it’s Antonio Brown, who terrorized them for the last eight years. The Raiders suffered an embarrassing loss to Cincy late last year, and they won’t let that happen again. By this point in the season, and Andy Dalton Experience could be over and the Bengals could be starting whichever rookie QB they draft next week.

Prediction: W (6-4)

WEEK 12: At New York Jets

The Jets select... Fullback...


Roger Vick, Texas A&M.

Prediction: W (7-4)

WEEK 13: At Kansas City Chiefs

This one’s a no from me, Dawg. If the Raiders manage to pull this one out it would be a documented miracle, and Jon Gruden would be beatified by Pope Francis.

Prediction: L (7-5)

WEEK 14: Tennessee Titans

The Titans might as well be in Oakland’s division because they play them every year. Tennessee is really nothing special, but they always manage to give the Raiders a tough fight. We can presume Ryan Tannehill will be starting for the Titans by this juncture, and a surging Raiders team could handle them.

Prediction: W (8-5)

WEEK 15: Jacksonville Jaguars

Sooooo the last two games at the Oakland Coliseum are against teams that did not exist when it was built? Well isn’t that special. The Jaguars were awful last year, but that may be due to Blake Bortles, who has been replaced by former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles. Unfortunately for Foles, the Jaguars don’t have as many offensive weapons as his Eagles did, so who knows how much success he will have.

Prediction: W (9-5)

WEEK 16: At Long Beach Chargers of Orange County

Raider games at the Chargers have a long-standing tradition of being de facto Raider home games, and this one will be no exception. However, the Chargers are a proud franchise with a storied history of epic playoff flameouts and they will be keen to set themselves up for another one with a win here.

Prediction: L (9-6)

WEEK 17: At Denver Broncos

By this point in the season, Denver could be starting a schizophrenic hobo at right tackle who wards off defensive ends with his breath and constant ravings about how the CIA stole his teeth. Joe Flacco will have suffered his fifth concussion of the season and torn both rotator cuffs after trying to throw left-handed. But no matter how bad the Broncos are, they are a tough customer at home especially in late December when it will be so cold the pirate on the Raiders’ helmets will actually ask for a hooded sash.

Prediction: L (9-7)

I could be way off base here. Several of these could go the other way. But as long as the team keeps their head above water early on, the schedule eases up in the later weeks. Despite this ridiculously tough set of games, the Raiders have truly done more to improve their team than any other team in the NFL this offseason and if they snag some difference-makers in the Draft next week they could conceivably make a playoff push.

Raider Gridiron / Re: Carr a top 3 deep ball accuracy QB?
« on: Today at 12:33:47 AM »
Take AC for example. Looks like a bust pick here, goes to Dallas and looks All Pro.

Just sayin.

Who was ever talking shit about him? Dunno. Maybe about his trash talking on twitter maybe?

He's a workout warrior no doubt.

Raider Gridiron / Re: STORK...........
« on: Today at 12:26:20 AM »
No. I was looking to post it exactly the way it looks on the link.

I was just kicking shit around in my head heading towards the draft.

Raider Gridiron / Noah Fant can start for the rebuilt Raiders
« on: April 17, 2019, 02:01:19 AM »

24. Oakland Raiders: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

Damien: The biggest loss the Raiders had this offseason was tight end Jared Cook, who signed with the New Orleans Saints. He was their No. 1 receiver and his departure opens a huge hole at the tight end position. Lucky for them, this is a pretty good draft for tight ends, especially at the top. Also lucky for them — at least in this mock draft — the perfect guy to replace Cook is on the board when they pick.

Fant and T.J. Hockenson played on the same Iowa team. Hockenson seems to be getting a lot more respect in this draft than Fant, but that hasn’t always been the case. At points since the college football season ended, it was Fant who received the bulk of the praise. Fant is the more athletic of the two. He also caught twice as many touchdowns the past two seasons (18) than Hockenson (nine). Hardly a consolation prize and the tight-end-happy Jon Gruden is ecstatic to get Fant here.

Analysis: If Fant is available at No. 24, it’s going to be hard for the Raiders to pass him up. Imagine a passing attack with Fant, Antonio Brown, and Tyrell Williams. That’s an impressive offseason for the Raiders. While Fant can get deep, he won’t need to on a team with Brown and Williams. He can work the underneath game and take advantage of smaller safeties or less athletic linebackers. While he may not see the 101 targets Cook did for the Raiders last season, he should get more than enough to justify this selection.

Raider Gridiron / STORK...........
« on: April 17, 2019, 01:58:01 AM »
Can you transcribe this exactly to this site?

Raider Gridiron / Re: Carr a top 3 deep ball accuracy QB?
« on: April 17, 2019, 01:41:15 AM »
Don't care what side you fall on.....we all hope DC puts up great numbers.

Here's the thing tho.

We all talk about stats to rank a QB's worth.

But does your QB elevate the players around them.

Brady is a master at that.

I don't see that in DC. I never have.

Do JG or MM see it?

We'll find out in short time.

Raider Gridiron / Re: Raiders hosting Michigan defender Rashan Gary
« on: April 17, 2019, 01:27:21 AM »
That will never happen. I love however the Raiders bringing in players and getting hands on info. That only helps in our draft prep.

Raider Gridiron / Re: Raiders willing to move back in Draft
« on: April 17, 2019, 01:24:55 AM »
No way the Raiders trade back in 4 because we get either Q or Allen.

Now every year players fall, and if someone comes a callin about our other 2 1st rounders, I can see the Raiders talking.

Raider Gridiron / Raiders willing to move back in Draft
« on: April 17, 2019, 01:19:06 AM »
Heading into the NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders are sitting in a solid position. The roster has plenty of new contributors on both sides of the ball, head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock are in lockstep with their approach, and they have eight more picks to use on young talent. Four of these picks are even in the top 35!

That being said, there is always room to improve. Why only have eight picks when you can have 10? Examining the Raiders draft board shows that there is a large gap between their selections. Following the pick at 35 overall, the Raiders can't draft another player until 106, which is in the fourth round. The third-round pick was sent to Pittsburgh as part of the deal that brought Antonio Brown to town, so Oakland did receive fair compensation. However, Mayock isn't exactly satisfied with where his team sits.

He has previously mentioned that his favorite selections in the draft generally fall between the end of the first and the beginning of the third round. This area is where he really believes that teams find great success, but the Raiders won't have many opportunities to make these selections, barring a trade. Well, that's not out of the question for the Raiders GM.

“Sure. I mean like I said earlier, we move up, we move back," Mayock said during his pre-draft press conference. "Personally, you just heard me say how much I love 20 to 60. I’d love to get a couple more picks in there. I just think we have a lot of holes that need to be filled. I think that’s a really good place to go fishing. If we can, we can. But the other cool thing is if we just do nothing but sit there and go 4, 24, 27 and 35. What we keep talking about upstairs is we better four foundation football players. We define foundation as talent and football character. That’s what we want, guys who love the game. If we don’t move up, down or anywhere, we better get four of those guys.”

With the NFL being so competitive, the Raiders have to find ways to quickly improve on a daily basis. Part of this is making the right moves in free agency, which is why Mayock and Gruden brought Trenton Brown, Brandon Marshall, Tyrell Williams, and other veterans to Oakland. The other aspect is bringing the right youngsters into the building via the draft. Mayock faces a great deal of pressure in his first-ever draft as a GM, and he will have to nail every pick. This task will be made more difficult by the lack of a third-round selection.

If the Raiders can add one or two more selections in the mid-second and third rounds by trading back, it would give them far more opportunities to find the right players. Right now, there is a situation that exists in which the Raiders have to reach too early for a decent player because he may not be available at 106. It's a tricky situation that Mayock would prefer to avoid, but that may not be possible at this point. Trading back could be the best option, but the Raider GM may not be looking to force that decision.

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