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General Talk / Please say a prayer for my family
« on: July 19, 2016, 10:03:00 PM »
Hey everyone, I know I have not been on here as much for quite some time but I was busy helping two of my relatives for months due to their battles with cancer.  One of them lost her battle a couple of months ago and early yesterday morning an 81-year-old uncle of mine lost his battle.  I was extremely close to both as was the rest of my family.  This has been a rough year for us due to people we lost. :'(

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Amari Cooper possesses the natural talents that could help transform the Raiders' passing offense from a smorgasbord of faulty short threats and singles hitters to one with a playmaker boasting the ability to hit a home run at any moment.

Second-year quarterback Derek Carr sang high praise about his rookie target to 95.7 The Game on Tuesday.

"He (Cooper) is ridiculous in and out of his breaks," said Carr, via the team's official website. "His style of play is perfect for this league. He's good at getting on toes and creating separation. He's good at when the ball is in his hands making those fast-twitch movements to make a guy go one way so he can take it to the house. It's just little things that honestly people don't even notice."

At 6-foot-1, the No. 4 overall pick has the size, speed and route-running ability to make an instant impact on the Raiders' offense and shove his name atop the discussion for Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Earlier this offseason, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per Alabama sources, that they believe Cooper was the most NFL-ready receiver the school has ever produced -- including Julio Jones.

"His work ethic is second to none," Carr added of Cooper. "I was throwing with him as soon as mini-camp was over so we can get more reps in, and our plan was to throw a couple more times, but he texted me that night. He said, 'Hey, let's throw at least three more times. I need to get this one route right.' Just him telling me that kind of stuff, it blew my mind."

NFL Media analysts Bucky Brooks and Nate Burleson added to the Cooper praise on a recent episode of the Dave Dameshek Football Program.

Brooks believes that because the rookie enters the NFL with his "toolbox full" in terms of route running, Cooper is capable of putting up 80-plus catches in his first year and is the best wideout the Raiders have drafted since Tim Brown.

"His route running has even improved since Alabama," Brooks said. "He is going to be a guy that right now comes in and plays. Those guys have success because he can run routes."

Added Burleson: "He's destined for a Day 1 breakout. ... If you have a guy that's 6-1, 6-2, decent weight, decent strength, can run routes -- not saying he's Marvin Harrison, but Marvin Harrison-esque -- that's a guy that can go outside, inside, that's going to pick up the playbook fast. ... All that is going to translate to huge success. Maybe he's not on highlights every weekend, but solid production. That's eight to nine catches, getting close to 100 yards every game. Moving the chains. You want a guy that is consistent, you want a guy that can help a young quarterback."

The work ethic and talent combination have Raider Nation giddy about the possibilities.

"I think the sky's the limit for him, obviously," Carr said. "Hopefully I just get the ball into his hands so he can make the plays."

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000499592/article/derek-carr-skys-the-limit-for-rookie-amari-cooper

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Latavius Murray outshines Maurice Jones Drew in only seven touches

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Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray had never received more than three touches in a game before Sunday when he got more than twice as many touches. With his seven touches, Murray put up 59 yards, 43 yards on four rushing attempts and 16 yards on three catches. He also had a 23 yard run which is the longest by any Raider running back this season and is the first 20+ yard run by a back (Derek Carr has a 40 yard run).

Murray’s 59 yards is also 19 more yards than Maurice Jones Drew has had in any game this season. His 43 rush yards are also 13 more yards than MJD has ran for in any game this season. On the year, Maurice Jones Drew has more than three times as many rushing attempts as Murray but only has 16 more yards than him. Murray’s longest run on Sunday was 23 yards, MJD’s longest run this season was 12 yards. His three catches on Sunday were also more than MJD has had in any game this season.

We have only seen a small sample size of Murray so it’s still too early to tell whether or not the young back has much of a future in the Silver and Black. As I noted, Murray has not had many opportunities this season, but he also hasn’t shown much before this weekend. With that being said, his seven touches on Sunday were more than enough to show that the Raiders coaches made a mistake by in naming Maurice Jones Drew the second string back this season.

http://cover32.com/raiders/2014/11/17/latavius-murray-outshines-maurice-jones-drew-in-only-seven-touches/

Latavius Murray should be the starting for the rest of the season.  Why it took so long for him to finally get his chance is one of many reasons why our coaching staff sucks.

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MLB BASEBALL / Derek Jeter
« on: September 27, 2014, 02:07:04 PM »
Never was a Yankees fan nor ever will be but if more athletes in all the four major sports in the United States conducted themselves on and off the playing field like Derek Jeter did his entire career, we would have much less despicable stories of people hitting their wives or doping up with performance-enhancers.  He carried himself off the field with class all the time and gave 100% effort every game.  So Mr. Jeter I raise a beer to you, Godspeed captain you have earned your place in the baseball hall-of-fame :cheers

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Raider Gridiron / Four Raiders ranked in PFF top 50 rookies
« on: September 25, 2014, 01:52:27 AM »
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For the first time in a while, the Raiders finally appear to have had a great draft. Through three games of the NFL season, the Raiders have four rookies that rank in the top 50 rookies according to Pro Football Focus (membership required).

Khalil Mack (#2 overall, #1 linebacker)

Mack has had an awesome start to the season totaling 19 total tackles along with multiple quarterback hits and pressures. He has been the most impressive player on the Raiders defense. Mack also has the third best overall rating among 3-4 outside linebackers. At this point, he is leading the race for Defensive Rookie of the Year with Anthony Barr and Kyle Fuller close behind.

Derek Carr (#27 overall, #1 quarterback)

Even without a consistent receiving core and virtually no running game, Carr has managed to improve every week. This last game against the Patriots, he did a great job of stepping up in the pocket when pressure came from the outside. Carr also did a better job of pushing the ball downfield and led the Raiders to a game tying touchdown drive that was ultimately called back for a holding penalty on Gabe Jackson. He showed a lot of confidence and was not afraid to target star cornerback Darrelle Revis.

The second round pick has completed 68 passes (63%) for 588 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions (one which was not his fault).

Gabe Jackson (#34 overall, #5 guard)

Gabe Jackson had a great preseason which was one of the reasons the Raiders gave him the starting nod at left guard. His first two weeks of the regular season were awesome as he exploded off the line and did a nice job protecting Derek Carr.

But Jackson struggled last week against the Patriots giving up multiple run stuffs and a tipped pass. The icing on the cake came when Jackson was called for a holding call that negated Darren McFadden's touchdown and ended up being the difference between a loss and overtime.

Justin Ellis (#36 overall, #2 defensive tackle)

Ellis had a slow start week one against the Vikings with only one tackle. But he has picked it up since contributing five tackles and a run stuff the past two weeks coming off the bench. "Jelly" has made his presence clear up the middle and has been forced to fight off double teams because of his size. With Pat Sims and Antonio Smith in the twilight of their careers, Ellis could find himself starting next season.

http://www.silverandblackpride.com/2014/9/24/6840849/four-oakland-raiders-ranked-in-pff-top-50-rookies

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Raider Gridiron / Khalil Mack gives Patriots firsthand look at his progress
« on: September 23, 2014, 11:17:07 AM »
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LONDON — Khalil Mack is a humble young man, a first-round pick who has been playing football for only five years and was not pampered at the University of Buffalo. He even helped the equipment folks clean the locker room and restock the athletic tape at times in college.

But the rookie is not going to lie to you: He enjoyed the heck out of wiping the field with New England offensive linemen  Sunday.

“No doubt,” Mack said. “It felt good. When you start beating your man, it makes the other team worry about you and it affects what they can do on offense. And it gives your team a lift, gets them fired up and opens things up defensively.

“It just makes you want to dominate your man a little more on the next play.”

Though no one likes moral victories, that’s what Sunday’s 16-9 loss has to be for the Raiders (0-3) as they get ready for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins (1-2) at Wembley Stadium.

Mack, in what was a breakthrough game, might have been the Raiders’ brightest spot against the Patriots.

He cleaned Tom Brady’s clock on one play, blindsiding the quarterback just as he threw, causing the ball to float harmlessly out of bounds. Mack also had seven tackles, one for a loss, another hit on Brady and was a blur all day, with left tackle Nate Solder holding on for dear life.

“He’s a young guy and an incredible talent,” Solder said. “He will certainly be a good player, in my opinion.”

The 6-foot-3, 251-pound outside linebacker also blew up a couple of running plays and even dropped back in coverage at times and held his own.

Does Mack think this was his best game?

“I don’t know, I just have to keep getting better,” Mack said. “Be more consistent. … I can only say I played my best if we win.”

Raiders head coach Dennis Allen, who has compared Mack to Broncos two-time Pro Bowl linebacker Von Miller, wasn’t worried about Mack’s slow start in the preseason and first game.

“I don’t know if this was a breakthrough game or not,” Allen said, “but I thought that he played pretty well.”

In the first two games, the No.5 overall pick wasn’t getting the fastest possible jump on certain downs. Was he thinking too much about his responsibilities on every play?

“Rookie,” defensive coordinator Jason Tarver said last week. “Sometimes you don’t get off on the ball as fast as you do, or you’re not quite sure. But really, the closer you are to the line of scrimmage, the more you fix things with your hands, your feet, your knock-back.

“You’ve got to knock them around first on the correct angle and then figure it out. So, he’s gotten better and better at that.”

http://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/Khalil-Mack-gives-Patriots-firsthand-look-at-his-5773363.php

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Raider Gridiron / The Gabe Jackson Appreciation Thread
« on: September 16, 2014, 12:08:24 PM »
Did anyone of you notice how our rookie guard Gabe Jackson handled J.J. Watt like he did, and Watt is a motherfucker of a defensive lineman too. 

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Raider Gridiron / Raiders appreciate Khalif Barnes' versatility
« on: August 25, 2014, 10:55:52 PM »
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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Oakland Raiders offensive tackle Khalif Barnes is on the move again this week.

With right tackle Menelik Watson nursing a sore hip, Barnes moved from his left guard spot to work with the first team at right tackle. Barnes has been a versatile player for the Raiders and has started every game three of the past four seasons.

"It's a credit to him as a player," Oakland coach Dennis Allen said of Barnes. "We've moved him around a lot, and he’s been a very versatile player for us. That’s one of those things that I've talked about before, about guys with some versatility that can play multiple positions, so that would be the plan going in and we’ll see where we’re at come Thursday."

Rookie Gabe Jackson has been playing at left guard.

http://espn.go.com/blog/oakland-raiders/post/_/id/5681/raiders-appreciate-barnes-versatility

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Raider Gridiron / I have been defending Dennis Allen...until now!
« on: August 23, 2014, 03:30:47 PM »
I have defended Dennis Allen in the past and Preseason or not, my patience with him is running out, after the "talent" overhaul we had you'd think we would come better prepared in preseason but it's the same 'ol same 'ol undisciplined team.  He has said week in and week out we gotta cut out the penalties and guess what?  We are still way up there in penalties this preseason.  The "it's only preseason" excuse is no longer gonna fly with me.  I will give Reggie slack though because he took the first few years cleaning the big mess Al Davis made, but Dennis Allen has yet to get his players to bring it all in.  Dennis, you better wake the fuck up and get your head out of your ass, otherwise leave this team!  I want wins, not coachspeak nor excuses, just fucking wins!  I'm officially done drinking his fucking Kool-aid!

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Raider Gridiron / Khalil Mack looks like can't-miss player
« on: August 07, 2014, 12:24:01 PM »
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NAPA -- The Raiders and their fans would be forgiven if they took a wait-and-see approach on rookie linebacker Khalil Mack.

After all, it was only four years ago when linebacker Rolando McClain arrived with a lot of hype as the eighth pick out of Alabama, only to get cut after three seasons and classified as a massive bust.

However, everyone is all-in on Mack, convinced that he is the real deal, the kind of can't-miss prospect that the Raiders whiffed upon in the first round eight times since 2003.

"I've seen a lot of defensive rookies come in over the years, but the difference with this guy is, he's more polished," veteran offensive lineman Khalif Barnes said. "He has all the tools of an elite pass rusher in this league."

Mack joined the Raiders in May as the No. 5 pick out of Buffalo. He hasn't done anything in the three months since to make anyone question the selection.

The next test for Mack is showing what he can do in a game. He gets his first crack Friday, when the Raiders play the Minnesota Vikings in both teams' exhibition opener.

Mack said he isn't much into self promoting. He's just eager to do what he does best, play football.

"We'll be able to see Friday," Mack said, when asked if he knows what kind of player he's going to be in the NFL. "I can't tell you what kind of player I am or what kind of player I'm going to be, but I can show you."

When pressed on the issue, Mack said:

"There's a lot of talking involved in this level of play. I'm not a talker. I'm all about action. I like to go out and play football and show you what I can do instead of telling you."

For that, let's listen to left offensive tackle Donald Penn, who oftentimes is assigned to block Mack in practice.

"From what I've seen so far, he's going to be one of those guys that you talk about for a long time," Penn said.

Penn said Mack has that rare combination of speed, strength, instincts and intellect. If Penn doesn't do everything just right on a given play, he said, Mack will exploit the weakness and "make me pay for it."

Moreover, Mack always wants to know what he did wrong on a particular play, Penn said. Or he wants to know why he beat Penn.

Mack beat Penn twice in a one-on-one blocking drill Wednesday, and he still was in Penn's ear an hour after practice ended.

"He's getting better and better every day," Penn said. "He's growing well as a player. I can't wait to see him unleash it."

http://www.insidebayarea.com/raiders/ci_26289759/raiders-notebook-khalil-mack-looks-like-cant-miss

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Raider Gridiron / Lindy's 2014 Raiders Preview
« on: July 11, 2014, 11:22:25 PM »
*From Lindy's magazine "2014 Raiders Preview"

Unburdened by salary cap restraints and a subpar roster he inherited, this was supposed to be the year general manager Reggie McKenzie made up ground by spending big and drafting wisely.  Mckenzie's offseason moves, while sound, certainly weren't spectacular.  The headliner was a trade for Houston quarterback Matt Schaub, who had lost confidence and his job with his former team.. If Schaub returns to the form of a 4,000-yard passer and gives coach Dennis Allen consistency at the position, the Raiders could surprise some teams.  The Raiders provided Schaub support in free agency with left tackle Donald Penn and receiver James Jones.  The draft brought an impact player in the pass rush in linebacker Khalil Mack and Schaub's heir-apparent, Derek Carr. 

Can Matt Schaub reclaim his former self with the Raiders?
He'll be 33 when the season starts and now must play outside the comfortable confines of Houston's retractable dome stadium.  He needs to muster up at least one decent season for the Raiders to prepare Derek Carr to succeed him. 

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NFL & AFC WEST NEWS / Chuck Noll passes away
« on: June 13, 2014, 11:13:19 PM »
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PITTSBURGH -- Chuck Noll, the Hall of Fame coach who won a record four Super Bowl titles with the Pittsburgh Steelers, died Friday night at his home. He was 82.

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/11080732/legendary-piitsburgh-steelers-coach-chuck-noll-dies-82

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Raider Gridiron / Two Reasons Darren McFadden Will Rebound
« on: June 03, 2014, 12:52:35 PM »
http://goldengatesports.com/2014/05/29/darren-mcfadden-rebound-oakland-raiders/

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One of the bigger disappointment over the past five years for the Oakland Raiders was running back Darren McFadden.  Could they finally see signs of life in 2014?

Gabe Jackson and Austin Howard additions bolster front

The real frustration over the saga of McFadden isn’t that he’s a bust.  Anyone who watched him run saw a player that could dominate the NFL if he wanted to.  His ongoing issues, or curse was the inability to stay healthy.  McFadden has not completed a full season of games as a pro.  Some of that is simple lack of durability but it’s also having to run behind mediocre offensive lines most of his career.  That might change this coming season.  Thanks to a series of under-the-radar moves, the Oakland Raiders have assembled a particular cast of offensive linemen with one thing in common:  they can run block.  New free agent right tackle Austin Howard helped pave the way for the 6th ranked rushing attack of the New York Jets.  New left tackle Donald Penn paved the way for rookie Doug Martin to top 1,400 yards and 11 touchdowns as a rookie in 2012.  Perhaps the important piece to the new puzzle is Gabe Jackson, the massive Raiders 3rd round draft pick who drives defenders off the ball with serious power.  These hogmolies should be able to generate openings up front, which in turn will help minimize the number of hits McFadden takes on his body.

Maurice Jones-Drew could push McFadden as well as mentor him

The other factor to consider is the presence of Maurice Jones-Drew.  First and foremost the three-time Pro Bowler is competition for McFadden, meant to push on and off-the-field.  Everybody wants to be the starter and despite his team mentality Jones-Drew will go in expecting to win the starting job.  However, at the same time his arrival will also help Darren McFadden.  MJD knows a thing or two about the rigors of playing running back in the NFL.  He knows how to run, block and catch for sure but his most important knowledge may lay in health and toughness.  Jones-Drew played stretches of his career in Jacksonville hurt.  Managing injuries and playing through them are something he did with great effect.  That knowledge could prove invaluable to a guy like McFadden who always seems to be battling one ailment or another and understands 2014 could be his last chance not just with the Oakland Raiders but in the NFL.

The good news is it may be his best chance too.

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