Obi Melifonwu


Raiders: Predicting Training Camp Breakout Players

Before the Silver and Black get to their first preseason contest against the Detroit Lions, the final 53-man roster and many position battles still must be sorted out. While training camp certainly won’t be the final benchmark, the happenings in Napa, CA will go a long way to decide how the depth chart takes shape.

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.

Raiders Notes

2018 Outlook: Three Raiders Who Must Step up

While it must be a group effort, there are some players who need to raise their own individual game if the Silver & Black want to have a successful year. Obviously, there are the big names like Derek Carr or Amari Cooper, but let’s take a deeper look at some smaller names that need to up their level of play.


Quick Slants: Raiders HC Jon Gruden delivers wake-up call to Obi

It wasn’t difficult to surmise what that scowl on Jon Gruden’s face meant when he was asked about the readiness of Obi Melifonwu. “It doesn’t look close at all,” the Oakland Raiders head coach said about the second-year safety, “I’ll leave it at that. He doesn’t look close to me at all.” Raiders HC Jon …

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Where In The World Is Obi?

It’s not every day a team in the NFL comes across a physical specimen such as Oakland Raiders rookie safety Obi Melifonwu Melifonwu was taken in the second round of the 2017 NFL draft, this pick had Raider Nation jumping for joy. Finally, a safety with range at 6’4″ and 4.40 speed, the ultimate freak …

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