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  1. Training Camp 2018

    Training camp gets underway on July 23rd when rookies report and kicks into full gear on July 26th. Here are the storylines heading into camp: When will Khalil Mack report? He's their defensive MVP and the Raiders need their pass rush to click this season. How will the defense take shape? It's been Mack and everyone else for years now. What players are going to step up this season under Guenther. We know what to expect with his scheme, but there are a lot of question marks to the defensive rotation. Where is the pass rush coming from? Mack is a given and Bruce Irvin played well at the end of '17. Will having him as full time pass rusher help? Staff is high on Key and Hurst, but can they learn quick enough to get meaningful reps as rookies and impact the game? And what about the secondary? Dreadful a year ago with 5 interceptions all season. Is Conley healthy? Was Melvin just a flash in the pan? Can Joseph show what made him a 1st round draft pick? The safety spot is a bit of a mystery with Nelson past his expiration date, but nobody yet to challenge him for the spot. Will the LBs be up to the task? The AFC west is filled with talented TEs and RBs who have made the Raiders pay for years. Raiders hoping Whiteheads (a run stopper) and 36 year old Johnson can bring some respectability to the group. But who's the WLB and can any of the young guys progress to add decent depth? Will Cooper be the focal point and cure his drops. How will the rest of the WR group come together? Gruden is said to want to make Cooper the focal part of his offense. Sees him as young Tim Brown. Will this work out and is Cooper ready for the spotlight? What's the deal with Martavius Bryant? Can Jordy Nelson show a little left in the tank? And who will win the 4th spot in the rotation? Who are the starting tackles? No question this was a point of emphasis with the staff in the draft. Protect Carr! Penn is coming off a serious injury and his career is about over. Miller and Parker are both raw prospects relying on Cable to get them ready. If Penn misses any time, can someone hold on the LT spot? And who wins the RT spot, one of the rookies or are they seriously going to trot Giacomini out there? Can Lynch and Martin be something in 2018? For Lynch, can he keep grinding at age 32? Martin is looking for a career renaissance after some poor years in Tampa. With good protection upfront, can these 2 carry the load and take pressure off Carr? Who is Derek Carr? Carr has missed time with injuries in the last 2 season. May have come back to early in '17. But is he the guy in 2016 who put the team on his back and looked like an MVP? Or is he a middle of the pack guy we saw in '17 who struggled with interceptions? Can Gruden buck a disturbing trend? Make no mistake.... former great coaches who've come back after years off and haven't fared well. Can Gruden come back after nearly a decade and still be the man he was previously? It's easy to say he's been around the game in his time away, but when it comes to calling a game does he have the same zest? Training camp and preseason will show us a lot about how he's relating to the team and differences since he last coached
  2. Training Camp 2018

    I stand corrected. Let's see if it holds up to start the season, but man that is risky business. IMO, they are rushing Miller if he's starting week 1.
  3. Training Camp Thread

    Refreshing to see a realistic take from a fan. I agree with most this. I don't think the Broncos are winning more than 4-6 games this season. I think Keenum will struggle with consistency behind a suspect Oline and their isn't a decent running game to take pressure off him. Defense looks like it's taken a step back and I agree, Chubb isn't best suited as a 3-4 OLB. But he will do his thing. He's a talented guy. Secondary looks to have some holes. I don't buy Roby filling Talib's cleats and don't see a 3rd corner who can't be tested.
  4. Training Camp 2018

    And he was miserable at RT and vocal about being in that spot. He's paid as LT and will play LT. Miller isn't ready for full time action. He will sit until Penn either shows his age or is injured again. They are trying to get one of Sharpe or Silberman to hold down the RT spot until Parker is ready. Side note... Feliciano is a dude. He should be starting in the league. If I'm the Raiders I'd think about trading Jackson and going with Feliciano as a cheaper option. He will be starting soon enough in this league and excelling.
  5. Training Camp 2018

    Penn is not going to play RT. Can we stop this narrative? Pet peeve of mine is fans acting like you can just swap guys from one side to the other on the line. Penn has played LT his entire career. He's not "a better fit" on the right where he's never played.
  6. Training Camp Thread

    Which is telling. Elway and the FO you would think could have recognized his personality traits leading up to the draft. Amazing for someone who is a HOF QB, he can't read QBs. Said it at the time and will say it again, this team will be kicking themselves over not selecting Rosen this year in the draft.
  7. Training Camp Thread

    Little over reaction here, but I love the real take.The Broncos are not a playoff team right now. They've got some decent talent going forward, but it's clear some really bad draft classes have left them thin at starting talent and the depth is really an issue. Vance Joseph is a trash HC as well which is the bigger issues. He just looks like a guy in over his head out there. Sticking with him was a mistake they will need to correct around midseason when the team quits on him. Elway has completely mis-managed that situation it's looking like.
  8. 2018 Depth Chart...How do you see it?

    Lamur is a LB. Mack is a DE. Carradine is playing in his spot right now.
  9. Training Camp 2018

    But the staff said cut and dry, he's a LT so they have no plans to play him on the right or as a swing tackle
  10. Training Camp 2018

    Miller isn't playing RT. They've made that abundantly clear. He's taken 1 snap on the right side in OTAs. He's entrenched as the RT
  11. Training Camp 2018

    RT is a mess isn't it. Silberman looked like trash. Now sharpe is getting a look. Going to be a long season on that right side again.
  12. Preseason week 1: Lions @ Raiders

    Excited to see more of them that's for sure. This is the best the CB group has looked in years. Good mix of vet and youth. Depth is suspect and Conley has to stay healthy because he's the difference between good and great,
  13. Preseason Week 1 Vs Lions Good, Bad, Ugly

    This I buy. I think Richard is the better of he and Washington. So Washington is out and Warren goes to the PS.
  14. Preseason Week 1 Vs Lions Good, Bad, Ugly

    Not really unless they bring some speed to their game like Henry in Tennessee. Otherwise, they are just big slow targets.
  15. Preseason Week 1 Vs Lions Good, Bad, Ugly

    lol... I wasn't going to name names, but yes. Max Vales, Breon Borders at other positions. First came the fans adding them to the 53 man roster because some team will surely sign them. Then the outrage when they were cut. Then the silence when nobody wanted them and they went to the practice squad. Preseason overreactions are my favorite time of year
  16. Preseason Week 1 Vs Lions Good, Bad, Ugly

    Thank you! This is an occurrence every year. One player gets some easy exposure and fans start calling him a "steal" and penciling him in on the roster. He was given some big holes to run through untouched to the second level. What I saw was a big back, slow feet not overly explosive who runs upright. I'm glad I'm not the only one sipping the koolaid on this guy. He became aa "steal" last week running over a LB in scrimmage and running through some open lanes. Let's pump the breaks.
  17. Preseason week 1: Lions @ Raiders

    Oh no doubt. This defense will be better on coaching alone. And there is a decent upgrade in talent overall.
  18. Around the league v.1.0

    Takes some time. Remember Mack's first preseason? Some fans were already saying he was a bust because he didn't get any pressure lol.
  19. Preseason Week 1 Vs Lions Good, Bad, Ugly

    Would have like to seen him against Ansah. The level pass rusher he will see in the division is unreal, would have been a good test.
  20. Preseason week 1: Lions @ Raiders

    Reminder, Stafford didn't play a single snap.
  21. Preseason week 1: Lions @ Raiders

    One of the beat guys tweeted he had 5 ST snaps and zero defensive snaps.
  22. Preseason week 1: Lions @ Raiders

    But he took snaps on STs last night? I . A lot of fans have been penciling him in as starter. Point being, the LB spot is still an issue.
  23. Preseason week 1: Lions @ Raiders

    Marrow got ZERO snaps on defense last night. Might be time to stop kidding ourselves that he's going to have a role.
  24. Preseason week 1: Lions @ Raiders

    This can't be overstated. Even running vanilla, the team looked was running cohesive both sides of the ball with a clear plan of attack. It was nice to see the O running with some intention and concepts after that mess last season. This group looks accountable and the players look bought in. Complete night and day difference compared to a year ago.
  25. Preseason week 1: Lions @ Raiders

    Hurst had some good penetration at times. But he was stood up a number of times and dominated by a double on one play where he ended up turning his back on the play. That's the knock on Hurst is how he will hold up against the run. He's quick and can penetrate, but in run defense he can get locked up.