The Raiders didn’t have much to boast about last year.
The Silver and Black went winless in preseason, failed to make the playoffs for the ninth consecutive year, and became claimants to the record of the most penalized team within an NFL season.
Rookie coach Dennis Allen — the youngest head coach in the league — is fixated on changing that. Read More
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. Read More
Al Davis must be spinning in his grave. Raiders practices are open to the public? Horrors, everybody will know our secrets. Rich Gannon is invited to talk to players? That traitor! Assistant coaches are allowed to talk to the media?
The media are our enemies! Read More
What happened to Oakland being the Bay Area’s black hole for sports? Not anymore, it isn’t. Thanks in large part to their incredibly dramatic sweep of the New York Yankees last weekend and a failed trade for Hanley Ramirez this week, the A’s are national news now, on and off the field. The Giants are suddenly playing second fiddle. 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
Darrius Heyward-Bey will stick to just weaving on a football field.
Wanting to shift his focus to the upcoming summer training camp, the Raiders wide receiver pleaded no contest on Monday to misdemeanor DUI stemming from an April 7 arrest in which he was reportedly speeding and weaving on the San Francisco side of the Bay Bridge. 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
At least he can catch a court date.Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, 25, is scheduled to be arraigned in a San Francisco courtroom Thursday on DUI charges, prosecutors said.Heyward-Bey was pulled over by the California Highway Patrol on April 7 for allegedly speeding and weaving on the Bay Bridge near Treasure Island. The football star was driving his 2012 Range Rover about 2 a.m., Officer Tony Tam said. 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