The Rams will be out to rebound from Super Bowl disappointment in the NFC West, which could be the most fascinating division in football.
Najee Harris appears poised to be the next great Alabama running back in what has been an incredible string over the past decade. But as an NFL prospect? We're still a bit leery.
An NFL player's Madden rating is more than just a number in a video game; it's a form of social status among their peers. Every player dreams of one day achieving the coveted 99 overall, but only a select few are awarded that honor. EA Sports announced the full list of ratings for every player around the league Monday morning, and several members of the Oakland Raiders boast an overall rating of 80 and above. From top to bottom, the Silver and Black's 2019 roster seems to have more talent than in years past, and bias aside, this should be a fun group to use in Madden 20. Let's take a look at some of the ratings from the Raiders' roster: The Top Guys The Madden 19 poster boy, Antonio Brown, is
KM: As Eddie pointed out, each member of the tight ends room offers something different, and it's for that reason I don't think this will be a two-man race. The Raiders lost a major playmaker this offseason when Jared Cook decided to sign with the New Orleans Saints. Cook had the best season of his career in 2018, totaling 896 yards, 68 receptions, and six touchdowns, while also making the first Pro Bowl appearance of his career. His impact on the offense was undeniable and Derek Carr lost one of his favorite targets. So, who will fill the void? Darren Waller is probably the most athletic of all the tight ends, proving during the team's road game against the Cincinnati Bengals last year that
The Oakland Raiders made a bunch of moves this offseason to improve their roster. But could their biggest weakness not be a position or a player, but rather, a coach? In a recent article by Maurice Moton of Bleacher Report, he named every team's biggest concern heading into the 2019 season. For the Raiders, Moton listed offensive line coach Tom Cable, who has been under fire the last few years. Take a look at why Moton is concerned about Cable moving forward: For whatever reason, offensive line coach Tom Cable's units have failed miserably at protecting the quarterback. According to Football Outsiders (h/t Warren Sharp of Sharp Football), his groups have never ranked higher than 20th in pass
With the NFL season just around the corner, it's time to take a look at who are the best players entering the upcoming soon. And thanks to our own Doug Farrar of the Touchdown Wire, he's made a list of the top-100 players entering the 2019 season. For the Raiders, multiple players showed up on the list. But one interesting player of note that made Farrar's ranking was center Rodney Hudson, who was named as the 88th-best player in the NFL. Take a look at Farrar's thoughts on the veteran center: With his freakish upper-body strength, Hudson is expert at getting his hands on any defender, and he can throw guys around who outweigh him by 30 to 40 pounds. And with his quick feet, he can transition
Karl Joseph came on strong in 2018, but the safety still may not be a lock to be part of the Raiders' long-term plans. The team's first-round draft pick from 2016 out of West Virginia, who turns 26 in early September, is set to begin his fourth year with Oakland. After struggling to get playing time over the first half of the 2018 season – and being rumored as a possible trade piece midway through the schedule – Joseph was given more snaps over the final half of the season and played the best football of his pro career. Over the final eight games he had 42 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception, and ended the season as the 23rd-ranked safety in the NFL by the analytic website Pro Football Focus.
There is no doubt that Ken Stabler is an icon when it comes to the Oakland Raiders, and he was recently named the most important player in team history. During the 1968 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders selected Alabama quarterback Ken Stabler in the second round. Over the next 12 seasons, Stabler would establish himself as the franchise quarterback for the Raiders, winning the 1974 Most Valuable Player award, and leading the team to a victory in Super Bowl XI. Outside of all the statistics, and the honors, Stabler really stood out due to the way he played the game. A fearless leader, Stabler could put the team on his back at any moment, and played with the kind of toughness that made him a legend
The Oakland Raiders have built up the offense around Derek Carr heading into 2019, and he was ranked one of the top-5 pivotal players for the upcoming season in the NFL. Derek Carr is the most important member of the 2019 Oakland Raiders, as this team is only going to go as far as he can lead them. Last season, despite him putting up solid numbers, the Raiders failed to give him any real time to throw the ball, and that led to a four-win season. In addition to the injuries on the offensive line, Carr also lacked the weapons he needed in the passing game, as the team finished the year with Jordy Nelson atop the depth chart at the wide receiver position. This offseason, new general manager Mike
As we continue our march to kickoff, we take a look at the top 100 recruits to sign with Auburn of all-time*. The rankings are based on 247's composite recruit rankings, which unfortunately only date back to 2000. Wright needs to play with better pad level and work on the use of his hands. If his hands are more active and he shows better punch, then he will be able to disengage better. He has the physical tools and athleticism to be an elite 2011 defensive tackle. He is quick enough to be a big defensive end in high school, but he is an interior guy on the next level. He still has a lot of room to improve with a lot of potential. - Chad Simmons, 247 Sports Gabe Wright was already one of the top
Safety got a bit of an overhaul this offseason. The starters early last season for Reggie Nelson and Marcus Gilchrist. By midseason, it was Karl Joseph and Erik Harris taking the bulk of the snaps. Both playing well late to earn their snaps and a shot at starting jobs again in 2019. But help was needed. Come free agency, the Raiders first added Lamarcus Joyner, though he is listed among the cornerbacks because his primary duty will be the nickel corner. But he can also play safety. Soon the team added Curtis Riley and Jordan Richards to the mix. Both players are coming off their best seasons, though it was their only season as the primary starter. Riley started all 16 games for the Giants last
Over the last decade, the Raiders haven't had much success with keeping their first-round picks around. Most of their top draft choices have either failed or have been traded away. However, not every pick as of late has been a bust. In a recent article by Barry Werner of the Touchdown Wire, he predicted whether or not each first-round choice from the 2017 draft will have their fifth-year option picked up next offseason. For the Raiders and Gareon Conley, Werner believes that is an easy decision: Gareon Conley is exactly what the Raiders hoped he would be: a shutdown corner. The Silver & Black need to keep him in their colors and secondary. During the second half of the 2018 season, Conley quickly