Raiders Over/Unders

Stop reading if you’ve heard this before, this year Cooper is expected to take a significant jump. With the return of Jon Gruden and his own admission of his plans for number 89, the spotlight is once again on the Raiders young receiver. However, unlike last season, the coaching staff seems to already have a …

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Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to shore up the Raiders secondary

On Wednesday Raider Nation welcomed another cornerback into the fold. With the team likely to carry six listed cornerbacks, with Marcus Gilchrist as a flex defensive back, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie looks to be the final player in the flock. While this likely spells the end for roster bubble guys such as Antonio Hamilton and Shareece Wright, …

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Around the Ramble: Quick Hits from Preseason Opener

Football is finally back, Raider Nation, and while yes, it’s just preseason, there’s still plenty to dissect. With that being said, here’s what the team at had to say regarding the action. Enjoy the quick hits. @HMAYBERRY8 My biggest takeaway from the first preseason contest was the performance of the Front 7 on defense. …

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The Raiders’ most important position coach: Derek Ansley

When the Raiders poached Derek Ansley away from the Alabama coaching staff, it was viewed as a great hire.
Ansley has come up from the vaunted Nick Saban coaching tree and helped develop some high-level defensive back prospects. Being a former college DB himself, Ansley joined the Alabama staff initially with experience as a coordinator. However, what maybe wasn’t clear before, but certainly is now, is that he is the most important position coach. After a secondary unit that took 13 weeks to produce an interception (the first of the year was snagged by a linebacker), Ansley is expected to improve the group significantly.

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