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Oakland Raiders Set for Serious Test in Third Preseason Game Against the Green Bay Packers

August 22nd, 2014 at 9:03 AM
By Nicholas Gill

In the NFL, the third preseason game is considered the dress rehearsal for the regular season. For the Oakland Raiders, they will be faced with a significant challenge against the Green Bay Packers. Because the Raiders and Packers' starters are expected to play extended time in the game, it will give Oakland a true gage of where they stand against one of the NFL's better teams.

“I said this already, but we’re excited about the opportunity to go up there,” Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said. “It will be a great environment to play in. Lambeau Field, against the Packers, be a heck of a test for us, a good measuring stick for us and I think our guys are excited and ready to go play.”

In the first two preseason games, the Raiders have left plenty of room for improvement. They came out stagnant and struggled in the opener against the Minnesota Vikings. Last week they played better against the Detroit Lions, but neither the first team offense nor the first team defense are on the same page. Because the starters will not play much in the final preseason game, the game against the Packers is the Raiders last opportunity to build that chemistry together.

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Oakland Raiders Narrowed Kick Returner Job to Latavius Murray and Kory Sheets

August 21st, 2014 at 9:53 AM
By Nicholas Gill

The Oakland Raiders have narrowed their kick returner job down to two players. Running back Latavius Murray and Kory Sheets are the primary candidates to win the job as the team enters their third preseason game Friday night.

“The two guys we’re looking at right now as primary options would be Latavius Murray and Kory Sheets,” head coach Dennis Allen said of the kick returner competition. “Both those guys should get some opportunities in the game.”

The kick returner position is one where the Raiders could use a boost. Last season Taiwan Jones was the primary kick returner and did a good job averaging 24 yards per attempt with a long of 41 yards. However, the Raiders have been missing that big play element. That is what Murray and Sheets will be tasked with showing as they try to win the job.

So far this preseason, Murray has returned three kickoffs for 56 yards with a long of 21 yards. That is an average of just under 19 yards per attempt. Sheets has returned two kickoffs for 57 yards which is an average of 28.5 yards per attempt and a long of 30 yards. Both will get an opportunity to better their chance to win the job in the next preseason games.

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Oakland Raiders Encouraged by Continuity on Offensive Line and Potential Going Forward

August 20th, 2014 at 11:11 AM
By Nicholas Gill

One of the areas the Oakland Raiders were aggressive in strengthening this offseason was the offensive line. Last year, the unit was decimated by injuries and the product on the field suffered significantly. Throughout the preseason, the Raiders coaching staff was been encouraged by the continuity along the offensive line and believe that they can be a strength of the team going forward.

“I think any time you can put the same group out there for as many reps as they’ve been able to get through the offseason and through training camp has been a positive,” Raiders' head coach Dennis Allen said. “I think that group is beginning to gel together as a unit. I think they’re playing with confidence and I think that’s going to be a position that I think is going to be one of the strengths of our football team.”

The preseason has been important in the Raiders finding that continuity on the offensive line. They have a new left tackle and right guard in Donald Penn and Austin Howard as well as giving Menelik Watson a chance to start at right tackle. They also have been working in rookie Gabe Jackson at left guard and moving Khalif Barnes out to tight end as extra protection. With so much change, the Raiders need these games to develop that knowledge, communication, and chemistry with each other.

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August 20th, 2014 at 7:30 AM
By Dan Benton

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Oakland Raiders QB Matt Schaub Looking for More Consistency on Offense

August 19th, 2014 at 10:37 AM
By Nicholas Gill

The Oakland Raiders first team offense has had their fair share of struggles so far in the preseason. With all the new additions this offseason, it is no surprise the unit is not clicking on all cylinders. However, as the preseason is quickly coming to an end, the Raiders' offense is looking for more consistency and it begins with quarterback Matt Schaub.

“I think just being consistent, staying on schedule,” Schaub said of the improvements needed on offense. “We came out fast the other night, and then had an unfortunate turnover, but we were moving the football, made some big plays. We just have to play consistent and understand our responsibilities on each and every down and execute it to the best of our ability – that’s the big thing.”

In the preseason opener, Schaub was only able to complete 3-7 passes for 21 yards. Oakland gave him a few more opportunities in the second game against the Detroit Lions in which Schaub went 8-13 for 87 yards and an interception. The interception went was thrown a little high and went off the hands of wide receiver James Jones, which halted an eight play, 47 yard drive into Lions' territory. The Raiders were able to finally get their first touchdown drive of the preseason in the second quarter where Schaub completed four passes.

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