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Oakland Raiders Officially Sign Free Agent WR Vincent Brown

September 16th, 2014 at 2:25 PM
By Nicholas Gill

The Oakland Raiders are trying to find solutions to their wide receiver issues by signing former San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Brown. Brown was released by the Chargers during finals cuts because he was dealing with a calf injury. He will have the opportunity to earn his way into the Raiders wide receiver rotation.

The 25-year-old Brown made a contribution with San Diego last season starting 12 games while recording 41 receptions for 472 yards and one touchdown. In 2012, he lost his entire season to a broken ankle. He made four starts as a rookie in 2011, making 19 catches for 329 yards and two touchdowns.

The Raiders have been searching for help at wide receiver since the offseason and now with Rod Streater suffering a hip flexor, they have further need. They brought in James Jones to pair with Streater, Denarius Moore, and Andre Holmes. However, all four have had their issues. The wide receivers as a whole have had issues creating consistent separation and dropping too many balls.

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Oakland Raiders Continue to Be Plagued by Same Miscues and Areas of Weakness

September 15th, 2014 at 10:58 AM
By Nicholas Gill

At this point there is a script to almost every Oakland Raiders' game. The team continues to show the same areas of weakness and the same miscues each week. Whether it is third down defense or the inability to stop the run, the Raiders have not or can not make the necessary adjustments to improve consistently.

After the season opening loss to the New York Jets, the Raiders needed to make the defensive adjustment to stop the run. Against the Houston Texans they did not come close to making the adjustment and were torched on the ground for the second consecutive week. The Raiders are allowing 200 rushing yards per game through two games, which ranks dead last in the league. They were decent against the run a season ago, but are off to a terrible start this year.

The Raiders have been abysmal on third down not only this season but the last few seasons. Houston converted their first five third downs against the Raiders Sunday which helped them run out to a 14-0 lead. The Texans finished the game 9-15 on third down while the Raiders were a paltry 2-9. The team continues to exhibit the inability to get off the field on defense and the inability to sustain drives on offense. Not a recipe for success.

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Oakland Raiders Lay Egg, Drop Home Opener to Houston Texans 30-14

September 14th, 2014 at 5:26 PM
By Nicholas Gill

The Oakland Raiders had a chance to pick up their first win of the 2014 season at home against the Houston Texans Sunday. Instead, they were embarrassed in a 30-14 blowout that was more lopsided than the score indicates. The Raiders were beaten in every facet of the game by the Texans, who matched their win total from last season with two.

The Raiders came out slow, which has become commonplace since head coach Dennis Allen took over. Houston received the opening kickoff of the game and marched 80 yards down the field on the unprepared Oakland Raiders' defense. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick tossed a one yard touchdown pass to J.J. Watt to take the 7-0 lead. Yes former Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt lined up a tight end and was uncovered as he hauled in the score.

Oakland's offense was as unprepared as the defense. After going three and out, the Texans took over and drove 70 yards on the Raiders for another score. The Texans used a heavy dose of Arian Foster and Andre Johnson to march and finish the drive off with a Foster five yard touchdown run to make it 14-0. Foster ran all over Oakland finishing with 28 carries for 138 yards. Houston converted on five of five third down conversion as they ran out to the 14-0 lead.

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Oakland Raiders Want to Do a Better Job of Pushing the Ball Downfield Against Houston Texans

September 12th, 2014 at 8:06 AM
By Nicholas Gill

One of the most important takeaways for the Oakland Raiders season opening loss to the New York Jets was their inability to push the ball down the field. The Raiders used quick, short passes to attack the Jets defense with very little success. This week the offense wants to do a better job of taking shots deep down the field.

“We could have done a better job,” Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson said. “I felt like we couldn’t establish any kind of a rhythm to earn many first downs in that second half to even think about taking some shots. After a couple of three-and-outs in that third quarter, we said let’s look at trying to get a shot to get it down field to create something. It wasn’t there for him. We need to do a better job of that. I need to do a better job of designing those plays.”

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Oakland Raiders Will Have Their Hands Full Dealing with Houston Texans J.J. Watt

September 11th, 2014 at 9:09 AM
By Nicholas Gill

One of the biggest challenges the Oakland Raiders will face Sunday against the Houston Texans is dealing with defensive lineman J.J. Watt. Watt could very well be the best defensive lineman in the NFL, if not the best defensive player in the league. He was a terror last week against the Washington Redskins and will be a focal point of the Raiders going into this week.

“They probably move him around a little bit more,” Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said of Watt. “I think they do a good job of trying to get him isolated, get him some one-on-one matchups and do that type of stuff. The thing is, really when you look at their front seven, they’re very active throughout their front seven. They do a great job of getting after the passer and so, it’s obviously going to be a tough challenge.”

Last week, Watt disrupted the Washington game plan with a monster performance. He was a fixture in the backfield amassing one sack, two tackles for loss, five quarterback hits and one his signature swats. Watt is a versatile player, who the Texans can move around along the defensive line. He can push out and play defensive end or go inside at defensive tackle, either way he knows how to generate pressure. Because Watt draws so much attention, the Texans are able to bring other players in pressure packages.

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