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  1. Player Appreciation Thread

    Bit of a strange one that he is playing so little. I thought he looked decent on Sunday and has played to a reasonable level when I've zoned in on him. Certainly not beating any worlds, but looking improved. Is he being protected this year with one eye on the off season? Or is it just that the coaches so no pass rush in him whatsoever at this stage and purely see him as a run defender?
  2. Raiders Defense

    No. It's that NASCAR front. Jordan is doing what Guenther had Key doing on 3rd downs. Cle isn't in on most 3rd downs. It's usually: Maxx---Hurst---Jordan---Mayowa
  3. Player Appreciation Thread

    If he continues to improve on a very solid start, he could be a sneaky good pick. Less celebrated than the star defensive Clemson draft class, his numbers in college we're really quite impressive. He hadn't featured hardly at all during the draft process, so when the pick came in it seemed a little underwhelming, especially with Greedy and one or two other better advertised draftees still on the board. If he does indeed turn into a dependable starter for us I'm hoping it is an indication of what's to come from Mayock in the 2nd round. If he can bring in solid starters in important positions in round 2, it would make a massive difference. A far cry from Reggie! Early days of course
  4. Love this. My current favourite Raider. I have seen what addiction can do to a person and the people around them. For him to go through that, be able to speak so honestly and openly about it and to come through the other side is awesome. Also love how we have tied him up nice and early.
  5. Pick is in, #4 Clelin Ferrell DE Clemson

    The thing that I keep seeing is that he seems to struggle to disengage. Once the tackle locks him in, he doesn't have a counter. I've seen him forceably jolt the tackle back a couple of times when he hits them first, but he doesn't yet have the core strength to convert it to a consistent bull rush so doesn't even really have a primary pass rush move he can rely on yet either. He certainly has smarts, knowing when to check on screens and he has a good discipline in setting the edge, but that won't be enough if he doesn't at least find a way of offering some kind of threat to the QB.
  6. Week 4: Bounce back?.. Raiders @ Colts

    Why can't we have nice things? What a killer.
  7. Week 4: Bounce back?.. Raiders @ Colts

    What a start. So good when new players make an immediate impact.
  8. Week 4: Bounce back?.. Raiders @ Colts

    Great catch. Perfect start - playcalling and execution.
  9. Week 3 GDT: Raiders @ Vikings

    That was as poor as it gets given the context
  10. Week 3 GDT: Raiders @ Vikings

    Yep. He looked lost last week. Same again
  11. Chiefs @ Raiders Week 2 GDT!!

    Are you saying you'd rather be in Miami's position than ours?
  12. He was the player I enjoyed watching most on Hard Knocks. I have some experience in my family of addiction and mental health and I found the way he spoke about his past really inspiring and insightful. One of a number of players we have on the team who will be really easy to get behind. Fingers crossed he is as advertised.
  13. Packers @ Raiders - Preseason Week 3 GDT (O Canada)

    I thought Whitehead started to come good at the end of last season when he shifted position. I thought Morrow looked really sharp last night though.
  14. Random Raider Stuff

    Interesting that we seem to be picking up some well respected staff from big teams. I imagine Mayock is a big pull, as I'm sure the no tax in Vegas too! There have been some really positive developments since Mayock started. And say what you want about Gruden, but the young players love him and seem to want to play for him as evidenced by the quantity of knowing responses over the FA and draft period and the senior bowl UDFAs who can here. Not to get too carried away, but there seems to be a modicum of common sense coming from the building. Which, given the complete lack thereof for such a ridiculous length of time, is something to celebrate.
  15. Pick is in, #106 - DE Maxx Crosby

    Watching Crosby, what impressed me is how good a finisher he is. Don't know if it's due to the lesser level of QB or RB he faced and if it will translate, but once he gets close to striking distance he seems to get the hit or impact the ball really quickly. He raises those big, gangly arms, becomes really big and closes on his target real fast. It's something that a lot of defenders seem to lack - Key for example or Lamar Houston (who was awful at this), players who get close but don't finish the job. When Crosby get into a position to make a play he seems to do this with regularity and at times make it look easy. Again, doesn't mean he will be able to do it in the pros, but this seemed like a real strength of his.
  16. Pick is in, #4 Clelin Ferrell DE Clemson

    I like this one too as it was posted just before the draft and the guy discusses Ferrell's flaws and why his stock was low during the off-season as well as why 4-3 teams would have him very high on their boards. I'd really recommend if you still have any lingering doubts to watch this one. The highlighted games I think show what Ferrell could be for us. They show off his smarts and how technically proficient he already is. He comes into the league with a full arsenal of pass-rushing moves and he is disciplined. Watching this, it's hard to see how his play won't translate at the next level.
  17. Raider UDFA's

    Agree with you on Burris and Heeney, but I think Lee started to look half decent last year. Nothing to write home about, but he had some good games as a run defender. I actually don't mind our LBs. I think we all crave that modern, fast sideline to sideline guy, but that hasn't historically been Guenther's m.o. He's tended to like the run first types like Burfict. If that's what he is still looking for, it might explain them thinking one of Lee, Cabinda or indeed Coney can take one of the spots.
  18. Raiders Defense

    It's seems like we're forever waiting for a young player to build on a promising season at the position. Morrow flashed a couple of seasons back, but then didn't kick on. Last season both Lee and Cabinda looked good - both have some limitations, but I thought they too flashed some promise. I expect they too will ultimately disappoint and we'll be back where we always are - hoping for a high draft pick at the position. It would be most welcome if we just lucked out and found at least one young starter. It seems to happen to other teams. You never know - maybe this is our year!
  19. Raiders not expected to exercise Karl Joseph's option

    9 mill? Well that makes sense then I suppose. Probably the best for both camps. Hopefully he plays well for us as Abram becomes the main guy, puts himself firmly in the shop window and we get some half decent comp for him. Ultimately he will become redundant if Abram can do his role, with the addition of covering TEs. We have Harris and Joyner already and with the low value of safeties in general it seems excessive to pay Joseph that much.
  20. Raider UDFA's

    Cannon Smith, TE (another Clemson) and Tyler Roemer, OT from FDSU. Just seen on another forum. Don't know if tryouts or have actually signed.
  21. Raider UDFA's

    Really like this kid. Looks like he was one of, if not the top FB in this draft. Noticed that he put on the helmet with the Raider's stickers that were put on by our coaches during the senior bowl game. It seems our coaches made a real impression on the players and I'm sure that is playing a part in us getting some good quality UDFAs. I think he, Coney and Doss are played at the senior bowl and chose us.
  22. Pick is in, #24 Josh Jacobs RB Alabama

    I'm such a sucker for this kind of thing. If I were a GM, I'd so be like Reggie! It's gonna be so easy to root for the guys we've picked up - whether because of stories like Jacobs' or the personalities of the likes of Ferrell and Abram.
  23. 2019 Draft Recap

    Overall really happy with how things played out. I was a little disappointed with our first round initially, but I feel very differently on reflection after understanding the rationale behind what Mayock was trying to achieve in his first draft. I am fully on board with the idea of bringing in high character leaders to try and change the culture. If that means we lost in value a touch, so be it. Listening to the 3 guys speak so maturely and well during their presser, you could see what type of person Mayock is trying to bring in. And they are good football players, who will make our team better day 1. Also really like the Crosby and Johnson picks as more upside choices to counter balance the safer earlier picks. It is a different feeling from what I have been used to after a draft and although I'm sure there will be detractors, I would strongly argue that in Mayock, we have a competent GM who held firm to his vision and got exactly what he wanted. It seems too, that he has been able to work well with Gruden. It doesn't look, on the surface at least like he was just a glorified scout as some people claimed. Time will tell if this approach is right, but I feel pretty confident that we will be much better with him at the helm.
  24. Pick is in, #106 - DE Maxx Crosby

    Stop speaking in absolutes. You've made some really good observations and I've enjoyed your input over the draft, but you keep stating things as facts. It's unnecessary.
  25. 2019 Draft Weekend Discussion!

    Like one or two have already stated, we've got 3 young and developing LBs along with 3 experienced vets. Any pick would have to have more upside than Lee, Cabinda or Morrow and in a very poor draft for LB depth, it doesn't look like the FO thinks there are any.