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Frostee Rucker already impressed by one Raiders rookie

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Frostee Rucker hasn’t even been an Oakland Raider for two weeks, but there’s already a rookie defensive lineman who has made an impression on the 11-year veteran, former Michigan Wolverine, Maurice Hurst.

“He’s a good kid,” Rucker told Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “We had a couple of conversations while I was there, and he tried to pick my brain a little bit. I just told him I’d be right there with him, the whole training camp, the whole way, learning how to play these blocking schemes, learning how to keep your pad level down and whatnot, but the kid can play, and that’s one thing I noticed watching the film before I signed the contract, that you look across the board, and it didn’t look like there were any projects. Like, ‘oh, we need you to work with this guy because he doesn’t understand this.’ All these guys have high football IQs, and it seems like when [Head] Coach [Jon Gruden] was telling them what to do, where to put their hands, they just went out there and did it the next day at practice, and that feels good.”

During his time on the air, Rucker talked about his upcoming youth camp, as well as thoughts on Gruden and the benefit of having a veteran presence in the locker room.




Here is what an all-time Oakland Raiders 53-man roster would look like

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The Oakland Raiders are an all-time franchise when it comes to professional sports, and in this piece, we created an all-time 53-man roster.
Three Super Bowl titles. Countless Hall of Famers. The history of the Oakland Raiders is one of the more decorated of any team in the history of professional sports. Throughout the franchise’s 58-year history, there have been plenty of immortal players, and as a life-long fan of the team, I thought it fun to try and put together an all-time 53-man roster.
The Raiders franchise was born on January 30, 1960, and the team played in the Western Division of the AFL from 1960-69. Since heading to the NFL for the 1970 season, the Raiders have played in the AFC, and have called the AFC West their home division.

Starting out in Oakland, the franchise moved to Los Angeles for the 1982 season, and stayed there until 1994. Since then, they have returned to the Bay Area, but will once again move in a few years, as they make their trek to become the Las Vegas Raiders for the 2020 season.

From Al Davis to John Madden, and Jim Otto to Charles Woodson, the Raiders have produced some of the more colorful personalities in NFL history. In addition, Raider Nation is one of the best fan bases in the world, as the loyalty to the Silver and Black crosses time zones.

While putting together the all-time team, the roster is broken down in this way, which is a pretty standard way for 53-man rosters to be constructed:
Offense
Quarterbacks (2)
Running Backs (4)

Wide Receivers (6)

Tight Ends (3)

Offensive Line (9)

Defense
Defensive Line (9)

Linebackers (7)

Defensive Backs (10)

Special Teams
Kicker (1)

Punter (1)

Long Snapper (1)

That makes 53 men, and when you look at the history of this storied franchise, it was very hard to leave some amazing players out. But for the purpose of this piece, we are constructing an actual roster, not just naming the best 53 players in the history of the franchise.
With that said, let us begin with the signal-callers.




Oakland Raiders: Five most pressing questions that must be answered

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The Oakland Raiders are heading toward the regular season with a lot of questions that need to be answered – here are a few of the more pressing.
Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden has certainly been moving and shaking this offseason. Having brought in a ton of new faces, the 2018 Raiders are going to look vastly different than the 2017 squad.
Which, given how the 2017 squad performed, maybe isn’t such a bad thing.

At least on paper, the Raiders have upgraded the level of talent at several key positions – cornerback and the defensive line, most prominently. By drafting Maurice Hurst, P.J. Hall, and Arden Key, Oakland’s run defense and pass defense figure to be a far more effective unit – and provide Khalil Mack with some much needed, and long overdue, help.
Beyond that though, there are a lot of question marks still floating around.

Which, probably should be expected for a team that vastly underachieved and went 6-10 a season after making their first playoff appearance since the Pleistocene Era.

Gruden and offensive coordinator Greg Olson have a tall task in front of them if they hope to reignite an offense that was among the league’s most electric in 2016, but tumbled to one of the league’s biggest disappointments in 2017.
Defensive coordinator Paul Guenther has an even more monumental task in trying to turn around a defense that’s been at or near the bottom of the league in most major statistical categories for more years than we can even count.

It’s a defense that was so-so against the run, but absolutely atrocious against the pass, and unable to generate turnovers to help the team out.

And let’s not forget the job Rich Bisaccia has in front of him in turning a pretty porous special teams unit into an asset for this club.

Yeah, there are more than a few questions the Raiders are going to have as we barrel towards camp, and how those questions are answered will go a long way to determining how the Raiders fare in 2018.




Raiders TE Jared Cook on 2018's roster: 'We got talent for days'

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Raiders tight end Jared Cook is excited about the upcoming 2018 season and believes Oakland has a real chance to succeed this year coming off a disappointing 2017 that resulted in a 6-10 record.

“We got talent for days. We brought in even more talent from last year. We got a whole bunch of new guys on defense that just swarm to the ball, so it’s definitely a good time to be a Raiders fan,” Cook said to NBC Sports Radio’s Keith Irizarry on “Calling the Shots.”

Cook is correct that the Raiders have added a lot of players this offseason and most have proven to be talented. They gained a lot of veterans on the defensive side of the ball including linebackers Derrick Johnson and Tahir Whitehead. Each of whom has become the clear leaders on defense through Oakland’s organized team activities and minicamps.

They also overhauled their secondary and added veterans like safety Marcus Gilchrist and cornerbacks Leon Hall and Rashaan Melvin. In 2017 the Raiders were last in the NFL with only five interceptions, but these players have put an emphasis on turnovers by celebrating every interception they get in practice.
Oakland also added veteran talent on offense especially with the addition of Cook’s former teammate wide receiver Jordy Nelson. Nelson is the perfect player to help quarterback Derek Carr earn some confidence back after a disappointing 2017 season in which he doubled his interception total to 13 from the year’s prior of only six.

The return of coach Jon Gruden to Oakland along with the addition of this much talent all over the field has given players like Cook high hopes for the 2018 season. But many Raiders fans heard the same thing from staff and players last year, and have listened to it time and time again over the last decade so don’t be surprised if fans remain cautious until the regular season starts.





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