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Raiders star Khalil Mack ranked No. 16 in the NFL by his peers

The NFL Network continued their top-100 ranking on Monday night, and Raiders defensive star Khalil Mack came in at No. 16 overall. The Oakland Raiders defense is based around Khalil Mack, who has been an elite player since the team drafted him in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Mack, who has already […] Raiders star Khalil Mack ranked No. 16 in the NFL by his peers - Just Blog Baby - Just Blog Baby - An Oakland Raiders Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

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Countdown to kickoff: 84 is Paul Butler, it’s also best Raiders non-kicker scoring rookie season ever

It’s Monday, which means we are exactly 12 weeks from the start of the Raiders 2018 season opener. They take on the Rams at home as the second half of the Monday Night Football lineup.

Currently wearing number 84 for the Raiders is tight end Paul Butler. The 6-6, 252-pounder made the Raiders team the hard way. He was a tryout player. He isn’t fresh out of college though. Butler had a tryout for the Steelers in 2017 after going undrafted out of California PA, but didn’t make the team....

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Raiders DE Khalil Mack named called way too soon in NFL Top 100 countdown at 16

Few positions are at more of a premium in the NFL than pass rusher. And there isn’t a single pass rusher who can claim to be better than Khalil Mack. And yet, the NFL Top 100 each year doesn’t place him atop the pass rusher mountain. This year he comes in at number 16, which seems entirely too low. He was recently ranked 6th overall by Pro Football Focus and got the 8th highest rating on Madden ‘19. Last year we had to wait another week to hear the then reigning Defensive Player of...

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Raiders only non-playoff team in top ten of Madden ‘19

The ratings continue to come out for the Madden ‘19 video game which is really ‘18, but they put them out like new cars, labeling them with the year after. Earlier today some of the ratings leaked for each team’s top players. Here are the Raiders. Now we see the ratings for each team as compared to the other 31. Among them, the Raiders look pretty good, with a cumulative grade of 81, which is tied for 8th best in the NFL with the Cowboys and Titans. This is somewhat significant because...

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Could NaVorro Bowman Re-Sign With The Raiders Around The Start Of Training Camp?

Is NaVorro Bowman still in the mix to re-join the Raiders? While nothing is imminent, Steve Corkran, who has covered the Raiders for more than 20 years, believes Jon Gruden may be inclined to fall back to Bowman around the…Continue Reading

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Projecting the Raiders 53-man roster after minicamp

With mandatory minicamp in the rearview mirror, we take a look at what the 53-man roster could look like as the Raiders enter Week 1 in September. The Oakland Raiders have been working through their first offseason with head coach Jon Gruden back at the controls, and things have looked pretty good up until this […] Projecting the Raiders 53-man roster after minicamp - Just Blog Baby - Just Blog Baby - An Oakland Raiders Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

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Raiders Madden 19 ratings have been leaked and some are pretty questionable

Madden 19 allows gamers to use whichever players and teams they wish has yet to be released, but a game tester has leaked some player rankings on Youtube ahead of the official release and there are some interesting and questionable ratings among them.

The video is from EA Sports Game Changers and the person putting it out was sure to point out that these may not be the absolute final ratings, calling them a “work in progress”. Here is what it looks like now.

Top rated Raiders...

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Maurice Hurst to be Khalil Mack’s biggest on-field help in turning Raiders defense around in 2018

How Maurice Hurst is a 5th-round steal that will help Khalil Mack the most in turning the Oakland Raiders’ defense around. Khalil Mack is the best edge rusher in the game today. But the Raiders have yet to finish in the top-3rd in overall defense or sacks since drafting him at 5 overall in the 2014 draft. That’s because he hasn’t had much help. Opposing teams have been getting away with triple-teaming Mack and blocking everyone else one on one. And receivers have gotten open so...

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Jon Gruden Is Back, With a Big Rebuilding Job: 10 Thoughts on the Raiders

Oakland has a top-flight young QB but plenty of holes elsewhere, for a coach who’s been out of the game for a decade

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Countdown to kickoff: 85 is Derek Carrier, but who is the carriest?

Happy Father’s Day to all you good dads out there. I hope everyone’s summer is off to a good start. We’re still 85 days from the Raiders’ season opener. Waiting for the NFL season to start can be difficult, but time flies while you’re having fun, so enjoy the summer months and football will be here before you know it.

There’s a new number 85 in Oakland. But he’s not new to the Raiders. Derek Carrier originally signed with the Raiders as an undrafted rookie out of Beloit...

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Raiders coaches and teammates give Kolton Miller high marks through offseason practices

The Raiders 2018 first round pick has impressed his new coaches and teammates. With the Raiders 2018 OTA’s and Minicamp in the books, Head Coach Jon Gruden was asked which player stood out the most. His answer, “Kolton Miller, been impressed with Miller.” Oakland’s first round pick from the 2018 NFL Draft has shined in camp for his athleticism and work ethic. Miller joins a Raiders offensive line that has a reputation for being one of the nastiest units in the NFL. So far, he has...

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Tom Cable happy to be back ‘home’ in Oakland, had ‘unfinished business’ with Raiders

Tom Cable has quite a history with the Raiders prior to re-joining the team as offensive line coach this offseason. Back in 2010, he was the head coach that ended the losing season streak for the Raiders — his final season as head coach. He was first named interim head coach when he took over for for Lane Kiffin 4 games into the 2008 season and finished with a 17-27 overall record in nearly three years on the job.

The long time offensive line coach was surrounded with controversy for much...

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Could Eddie Vanderdoes really be ready by Raiders training camp?

The Oakland Raiders spent a third round pick on Eddie Vanderdoes last year, and while he played well in spurts as a rookie, an injury ended his 2017 season. During the 2017 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders spent their third round pick on UCLA defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes. As a rookie, Vanderdoes appeared in all […] Could Eddie Vanderdoes really be ready by Raiders training camp? - Just Blog Baby - Just Blog Baby - An Oakland Raiders Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

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2018 Raiders: Rich Gannon loves what he sees from Derek Carr

Two of the best quarterbacks in team history got together during the Raiders mandatory minicamp, and one certainly came away impress with the other. Over the course of the history of the Raiders franchise, few quarterbacks have had the impact that Rich Gannon did during his time in the Silver and Black. Coming over from […] 2018 Raiders: Rich Gannon loves what he sees from Derek Carr - Just Blog Baby - Just Blog Baby - An Oakland Raiders Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

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Countdown to kickoff: 86 is Lee Smith, what the number means to the Raiders

Offseason practices have been 86’d and we’re now 86 days until the season opener. Can you believe Lee Smith is entering his fourth season with the Raiders? It may not seem that way because he missed all but four games in 2016 due to injury.

That season, despite their offense leading the way to 12 wins, they missed Smith’s contributions. Without him, the team used a lot of jumbo packages with a tackle eligible. That may work from a blocking standpoint, but it essentially removes any...

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Rod Woodson with elite backpedal on recent criticisms of Raiders

Contrary to popular belief in the Bay Area, not everyone has shown unmitigated excitement for the Oakland Raiders’ hiring of Jon Gruden. Former Raiders defensive back and coach Rod Woodson has certainly not been one of Gruden’s biggest advocates this offseason. In March, Woodson criticized the size and length of Jon Gruden’s contract, his coaching abilities, and some of the offseason moves Gruden made including getting rid of Michael Crabtree and signing Jordy Nelson and Doug Martin....

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Jon Gruden blames CBA on Christian Hackenberg's release

Some assorted notes from around the NFL… Raiders coach Jon Gruden has never been a fan of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, and he attribute quarterback Christian Hackenberg‘s recent release to the CBA’s limitations. “Everybody is an expert out there on Hackenberg and thinks he can’t play,” Gruden said (via Josh Alper of ProFootballTalk.com). “It’s unfortunate, this whole collective [bargaining agreement]. How do you develop a quarterback? I don’t know how...

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Jon Gruden not just challenging Raiders young players, but his veterans over offseason break

By now the Raiders players and coaches are scattered to the wind. Each leaving for a much needed break, many to spend some time with family and friends. It will be at least five weeks before any of these players are back with the team for training camp, but that doesn’t mean they have five weeks of relaxation time. They have some homework to do. There’s an entirely new coaching staff which means new schemes on both sides of the ball. In minicamp, the players got over 100 plays in order...

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Cable is not simply a ‘Zone Scheme’ guy and Raiders OL are just his type

There are those who bemoaned the addition of Tom Cable as offensive line coach when Gruden brought him on board this off-season. The naysayers are quick to point out Cable’s underperforming offensive line in Seattle as one reason not to get hopes up about his return.

It is true that Russell Wilson was running for his life often the past couple season and Cable could never get that unit in a place to protect the QB. This piece from the Field Gulls site however points out how the Seattle...

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Raiders 2018 mandatory minicamp recap: Notes, observations

The offseason program is over for the Raiders. So, before we head off into the 6-week break, let’s wrap this puppy in a bow. Here are my notes and observations from the three-day minicamp. Raiders who missed all of minicamp were DE Khalil Mack (contract holdout), DT Eddie Vanderdoes (ACL), S Marcus Gilchrist (hamstring), OL Jordan Simmons, and CB Nick Nelson (meniscus). Gareon Conley missed the final two practices (groin). The first two days were full speed practices with team sessions....

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