So far, so good.
Which is really no different than any other training camp with the Raiders where running back Darren McFadden is concerned.
McFadden has been the most impressive and explosive player in Napa four years running. With limited contact, he’s managed to remain healthy in July, August and into September other than a freak injury.
But even with a broken eye socket sustained a year ago during a blocking drill when McFadden’s helmet was driven into the top of his nose, it didn’t prevent him from getting off to a huge start. Read More
With drama at a minimum as the Raiders officially opened training camp on Monday other than the unexpected resignation of assistant line coach Steve Wisniewski over the weekend, new coach Dennis Allen’s mission is to change the culture of an organization which hasn’t had a winning season in the last nine years, topping out at .500 in 2010 and 2011.
Reggie McKenzie is doing that with the front office and the structure of the football organization. It’s up to Allen to accomplish it on the field. Read More
The family of former Raiders offensive lineman Chris Riehm filed a lawsuit Friday contending that traumatic brain injury from repeated head injuries was a cause or contributing factor in Riehm’s death, asserting that the NFL “promoted and mythologized” violence.
Riehm, an offensive lineman for the Raiders from 1986 to 1988, died in March in his home state of Ohio at the age of 50, officially of a heart attack. Read More
The Raiders traded wide receiver Louis Murphy to the Carolina Panthers for an undisclosed conditional draft pick. The NFL Network reported it is a conditional late-round pick.
Murphy has 90 career receptions for 1,371 yards and six touchdowns in three seasons since being a fourth-round pick out of Florida. However, he posted career lows of 15 catches for 241 yards and no touchdowns in 11 games last season. Read More
Ben Davidson, who died Tuesday, was a true original.
Davidson came to the Raiders in 1966, after brief stints with the Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins. Al Davis was a good judge of talent at that point and he realized that all Ben needed was a chance. He was relentless as a defensive end, playing as hard on the last snap of the game as the first. Read More
Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey passed on attending his own arraignment on DUI charges Thursday, having his attorney plead not guilty on his behalf in a San Francisco courtroom.
Attorney Ivan Golde told the media after the hearing that the 25-year-old football star has no prior convictions and that the misdemeanor DUI arrest on the Bay Bridge last month was his first. Read More
Raiders coach Dennis Allen said he has contingency plans for all positions, so he’s not overly concerned about what will happen should inside linebacker Rolando McClain face discipline from the NFL stemming from an assault conviction in Alabama.
“Right now, as we look at it, Rolando is part of our family, he’s part of our team. We’re going to let the whole process play out before we do anything,” Allen said. “Once the legal proceedings are finished, then we’ll determine what, if any, action we need to take.” Read More
Denarius Moore, despite his short time in the NFL, appears not to be much of a stickler for media conversations.
But that, however, isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Thus far, the second-year Raiders wide receiver has let his gridiron play speak for itself. And to keep a job in the pros, the ability to continuously score far outweighs one’s ability to constantly chatter. Read More
Back in January, shortly after his hiring as the Raiders’ coach, Dennis Allen made his football mantra known to anyone who would listen.
“You coach ’em firm, and you coach ’em fair,” is how he vowed to drill his football team.
And during Tuesday’s mid-May workout, the 39-year-old’s declaration spilled out onto the Alameda practice gridiron.
Between three quarterbacks learning the playbook, a healthy Darren McFadden running routes and a rookie receiver demonstrating a pension for hauling in the long pass, Allen, all in all, was pleased. Read More
Is the demise of football imminent? The sport is at its all-time popularity peak, but decisions are being made in both the NFL and college football that imperil its future.
And naturally, money is at the root of it all. Read More