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  1. Deeper team than I have seen since, ever. Main take away is Mario Edwards status though...
  2. Thanks for the content
  3. Two former Michigan State QBs about to duel it out.....
  4. McGloin is a preseason all-star, and a great backup QB.
  5. Special teams is how you get your roster spot...looking good for him if he could be a returner.
  6. He is out there...
  8. I guess I'll add I want to see Osemele go off on someone on another roster....
  9. I think we all know preseason is all about two things... No injuries. Young players flashing potential. I am excited as hell to see Jalen Richard get some carries. This is the time when UDFA or late round picks show their future.
  10. Holy hell...
  11. Winnable division, light schedule The AFC West is a very competitive division all of a sudden, as the defending Super Bowl champion Broncos took an obvious step back during the offseason. Peyton Manning, Brock Osweiler, Malik Jackson, Danny Trevathan and Evan Mathis are all gone. Kansas City, which earned a wild-card berth last season, returns a majority of its key players, but it did lose Smith, while Justin Houston will miss a chunk of 2016 due to a torn ACL and LCL. San Diego is better but still has many issues, especially on defense. Divisional games aside, Oakland has a relatively light schedule. The road slate includes trips to New Orleans, Tennessee, Baltimore, Jacksonville and Tampa Bay. The Raiders' home games are tougher, as they will host Atlanta, Houston, Carolina and Buffalo (with a bye week mixed in) during a rare four-game homestand near midseason. PFF's Nathan Jahnke has the Raiders projected for 11 wins, which is certainly on the optimistic side, but, for the first time in a long time, that's a legitimate goal for this franchise. At the end of the day, the Raiders are solid offensively and even better on the defensive side of the ball. Most importantly, both units were upgraded and are now well positioned for a leap forward. Mack suggested Oakland's defense could be just as good as Denver's stellar unit, and he's not wrong. The personnel is in place for a breakout. The NFL is always more fun when the Raiders are competitive. Luckily for us, they will be in 2016. The Raiders are back.
  12. The Raiders are loaded in the pass-rushing department. Khalil Mack, who racked up 15 sacks last season, is one of the best players in the league. Ex-Seahawk Bruce Irvin was one of Oakland's major free agent acquisitions and is a big upgrade opposite Mack, especially following Justin Tuck's injury-shortened 2015 and offseason retirement. Irvin has yet to emerge as a major source of sacks -- he has just 22 in 58 career games -- but he was only asked to rush the passer on 43 percent of his snaps last season. Irvin expects that number to rise in Oakland. As if Mack and Irvin weren't enough, Shilique Calhoun was snagged in the third round of April's draft and adds much needed depth. Aldon Smith, who has 47.5 career sacks, is suspended until at least November, but he is only 26 years old and will added yet another top-end pass rusher when he gets back on the field. Entering the offseason, Oakland's secondary was a major concern. That's no longer the case after what can only be described as a massive overhaul. A four-year, $40-million deal was enough to steal away standout cornerback Sean Smith from Kansas City. He joins David Amerson in the starting lineup. Amerson, a second-round pick back in 2013, was a bust during two seasons in Washington, but it appears that a change in scenery was all he needed. He was terrific on his way to four interceptions as Oakland's top corner last season. PFF graded both Smith and Amerson as top-15 corners in 2015. And the overhaul does not end there. Charles Woodson, who retired, is a big loss at free safety, but his shoes will be filled by All-Pro Reggie Nelson. The 32-year-old signed a two-year deal with Oakland after snagging a league-high eight interceptions for Cincinnati last season. The Raiders' new strong safety will be this year's No. 14 overall pick Karl Joseph. The former West Virginia standout is still recovering from a torn ACL suffered in October, but he is expected to be ready for training camp. Oakland's defense has several new moving parts, but nearly all are significant upgrades to a unit that already ranked in the upper half of the league in interceptions, forced fumbles, sacks and tackles for loss last season. With a strong combination of young stars and proven veterans, this is a unit on the verge of joining the league's best defenses.
  13. Upgraded new-look defense The Raiders are pretty good shape offensively, but it's the improvements made on the defensive side of the ball that really move the needle for their playoff chances. The Raiders primarily use a 3-4 base, and especially with defensive Mario Edwards seemingly a full go, they have talent to lock down the trenches. Edwards, a 2015 second-round pick, was terrific on 558 rookie-season snaps (two sacks, three forced fumbles), but a genetic neck disorder put his career in jeopardy. He's now cleared and is participating in offseason programs. Defensive tackle Dan Williams is among the best run-stuffers in the league (PFF ranked him eighth among 123 qualified insider defenders last year). Denico Autry went undrafted back in 2014 but has emerged as a solid pass-rusher opposite Edwards. Rookie second-round pick Jihad Ward and third-year player Justin Ellis will be heavily involved in the rotation as well.
  14. One of the league's best O-lines Oakland has invested heavily (no pun intended) in its offensive line. It's one of the league's top units and will surely help cover up a few weak spots. Rodney Hudson became the highest-paid center in football when Oakland snagged him away from division rival Kansas City during the 2015 free agency period. He was the league's' best pass-blocking center last season -- and sixth-best overall -- according to Pro Football Focus. Donald Penn and Austin Howard return at tackle after terrific 2015 campaigns. Penn, who was a cap casualty in Tampa Bay last offseason, was a gem free agent signing by an Oakland team desperate to find protection for Carr's blind side. PFF ranked both Penn and Howard as top-15 tackles (among 77 qualified) last season. At guard, the Raiders have 2014 third-round pick Gabe Jackson (who will flip over to the right side) and newcomer Kelechi Osemele. After four seasons in Baltimore, Osemele signed a five-year, $60 million deal during the offseason. Jackson was the league's 14-best guard, and Osemele the league's second-best run-blocker at the position last season, per PFF. Landing one of the NFL's top guards was the finishing touch on creating a superb offensive line.