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Oakland Raiders’ Owner Mark Davis Issues Statement on San Antonio Visit

July 29th, 2014 at 6:33 PM
By Nicholas Gill

The Oakland Raiders have been in limbo since their desire to build a new stadium in Oakland has gone nowhere and their lease ends at the end of the 2014 season. The team currently shares the O.co Coliseum with the Oakland Athletics, who signed a 10 year lease to remain in the stadium in July. Raider's Owner Mark Davis is now being linked to talks with San Antonio about moving the team.

 

The San Antonio Express-News is reporting that Davis met with San Antonio officials about moving the team. The report cites the Alamodome as a potential and temporary home for the Raiders in San Antonio and could be ready by 2015. This is the memo published by the San Antonio Express-News from City Manager Sheryl Sculley to city council:

“I was asked to meet two weeks ago with the owner of the Oakland Raiders, Mark Davis, and members of his staff. Mr. Davis has expressed interest in a possible relocation of his NFL team to San Antonio and we are engaged in preliminary due diligence,” she wrote. “The agenda for this visit included a tour of the Alamodome and meetings with local business leaders.”

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Oakland Raiders Vow to Utilize FB Marcel Reece as a Weapon in 2014

July 29th, 2014 at 12:29 PM
By Nicholas Gill

It seems every season the Oakland Raiders do not use fullback Marcel Reece to his full potential. He is a Pro Bowl caliber player who has made significant contributions to the offense at times. The problem is the Raiders sometimes do not utilize Reece consistently enough. Head coach Dennis Allen wants Reece to see the ball this season and help him become the weapons he is capable of being in the offense.

“Yeah, well we want to try to utilize,” Marcel, Allen said. “We think he can be a weapon for us. Based on how this season plays out and what we’re seeing defensively, yeah we’re going to try to use him and get him the ball.”

Reece has a terrific combination of size, speed, and pass catching ability that is rare in a fullback. When called upon Reece has answered the bell for the Raiders. When the team was decimate by injuries in 2012, Reece substituted as the team's lead back and amassed over 100 combined rushing and receiving yards in three straight games. Last season, Reece rushed 19 times for 123 yards and a 63 yard touchdown against the New York Jets. He has proven he can produce with opportunities.

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Oakland Raiders Chimdi Chekwa and TJ Carrie Stepping up in Cornerback Competition

July 28th, 2014 at 6:19 PM
By Nicholas Gill

The Oakland Raiders are looking to fill the void left at cornerback with the injury to DJ Hayden. With Hayden missing training camp time with a stress fracture in his foot, more opportunities are available for other cornerbacks to step forward. Two players in particular have answered the call. Chimdi Chekwa and T.J. Carrie have impressed in training camp and earned praise from head coach Dennis Allen.

“Not just today, I think he’s had a good camp to this point,” Allen said of Chekwa. “He did some things in the spring that we were impressed with. He’s a guy that since I’ve gotten here he’s continued to get better and better every day. He’s very, very valuable to us on special teams, so if he continues to improve, I think Chimdi’s a guy that can help us this year.”

Chekwa is a former fourth-round pick of the Raiders who has been used as a utility man in the past. He has started two games for the Raiders as an emergency cornerback and has contributed as a rotational defensive back as well as on special teams. 

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Antonio Smith Believes Oakland Raiders Have “Something Special” on Defense

July 27th, 2014 at 8:13 AM
By Nicholas Gill

The Oakland Raiders took a sledgehammer to last year's defensive line in hopes that 2014 would produce better results. The team brought in veterans like Justin Tuck, LaMarr Woodley, and Antonio Smith to lead the defense and bolster the pass rush. Now that the team has completed a few training camp practices, Smith believes the Raiders have something special on defense. 

“We’ve got a heck of a defense,” Smith said. “We got something special here. But whenever you have something special, you always have to have the glue to keep it together. That’s a mind frame you have to build in camp. Once you build that bond as a brother and get that trust going, that’s when you build something special. Even though you got the talent, if you can never play together, you will never be anything.”

That bonding and chemistry will be built in training camp and preseason. With all the new pieces on the defense, it is imperative that they learn how to play together quickly. It will be one of the challenges moving into the regular season. Smith is starting that process of working with his teammates. He missed the offseason workouts with a sports hernia that has since healed. He is back at practice and feeling better.

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Oakland Raiders LB Khalil Mack Setting High Bar for Rookie Season

July 26th, 2014 at 7:32 AM
By Nicholas Gill

Oakland Raiders' first-round pick Khalil Mack put his first training camp practice in the books. This is where Mack will take the steps to become the player the Raiders hope he can be and begin the development process to achieve his goals. Even with the expectations put on Mack by the team and fans, no one has higher aspirations than himself.

“I’m going to go out and make an impact,” Mack said. “Expectations, I want to be the Defensive Rookie of the Year and that’s what I’m going to hold myself to while I’m out there on the field working, and remember that while I’m out there working hard.”

Mack has the talent and work ethic to accomplish his expectations. He has already impressed players and coaches with his ability in previous offseason workouts. The next step for Mack is to absorb as much information as possible for coaches and veterans so he can play fast and react fast.

“The toughest adjustment so far, I think the playbook would be one of them, paying attention to detail, the level of detail on this level is high, yeah, coach Bob [Sanders], he always sets a high standard and he wants you to come out here and get better every day,” Mack said. “If there’s something small that you can work on, he wants you to work on that.”

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