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  1. Worrying about Raiders' O-line

    Bill Williamson

    In an Insider piece, ESPN analyst Matt Williamson looks at the position holes that glared during the teeth of the preseason. The Oakland Raiders' woes on the offensive line qualified as Williamson's second biggest concern. Here is some of what Wi...

    Blog | August 29, 2013
  2. Hope for Jared Veldheer and Raiders

    Bill Williamson

    Earlier Wednesday, we reacted to the Oakland Raiders' announcement that standout left tackle Jared Veldheer would be out for at least half the season with a torn triceps. The team said he could miss the entire season. Our reaction was that this wa...

    Blog | August 14, 2013
  3. Raiders' long wait for receiving success

    Bill Williamson

    One of the bigger issues for the Oakland Raiders in their decadelong malaise has been the inability to develop a dynamic group of receivers. Oakland, which has not had a winning record since the 2002 season when it went to the Super Bowl, bypassed...

    Blog | June 22, 2013
  4. Offseason grades: Chiefs top of class

    Bill Williamson

    As schools close for the summer, ESPN analyst Matt Williamson is offering his offseason grades for every AFC team in an Insider piece. The grades are based off each team's work in free agency and in the draft and whether the teams improved themse...

    Blog | June 04, 2013
  5. Where the Raiders have most improved

    Bill Williamson

    In a year of rebuilding there is no question the area in which the Oakland Raiders have most improved is in the secondary. Oakland had perhaps the worst secondary in the NFL last season, especially at cornerback. But in the midst of rebuilding wit...

    Blog | May 30, 2013
  6. Rod Streater continues unlikely journey

    Bill Williamson

    Rod Streater is one of the reasons why Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer doesn't think the Raiders need to pursue his former teammate, Chad Johnson. Streater, an undrafted free agent from Temple, has been a star for Oakland since offseason...

    Blog | August 22, 2012
  7. Raiders need an alarm clock

    Bill Williamson

    The Oakland Raiders will now play five games in 2012 that start at 10 a.m. PT. The Raiders' Week 2 game at Miami has been switched from a 4:15 ET p.m. kickoff to 1 p.m. on Sept. 16. The time was changed to accommodate fans who celebrate the Rosh H...

    Blog | April 19, 2012
  8. Raiders give up on Bruce Campbell, get RB

    Bill Williamson

    Reggie McKenzie's first trade as the Oakland Raiders' general manager was another reminder the Al Davis days are over. Friday, in a swap of backups, the Raiders shipped offensive lineman Bruce Campbell to Carolina for running back/special teamer M...

    Blog | March 30, 2012
  9. Have the Raiders fallen behind?

    Bill Williamson

    The Oakland Raiders are one of the most intriguing franchises in the NFL these days. How will the post-Al Davis Raiders evolve? After Davis' death in October, the much-less-involved Mark Davis turned his father's beloved franchise over to Reggie M...

    Blog | March 30, 2012
  10. Scout: Wisniewski move would work well

    Bill Williamson

    It appears Stefen Wisniewski is going to move to center in Oakland for his second season. Nothing is official, but there are indications the Oakland Raiders will use former right guard Cooper Carlisle at left guard and use newly signed Mike Brisie...

    Blog | March 20, 2012
  11. AFC West team needs

    Bill Williamson

    Offseason movement starts Tuesday, when the free-agent signing period begins. Let's take a look at the top needs of each team in the AFC West in free agency and in the draft: Denver Broncos 1. Defensive line: The Broncos could use a stout defen...

    Blog | March 09, 2012
  12. Broncos, Raiders go down the stretch

    Bill Williamson

    In Week 1, the Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos engaged in a lackluster season opener on "Monday Night Football" in which the visiting Raiders ended up winning by three points. Leaving the stadium that night (the last road game ever attended by the...

    Blog | December 09, 2011
  13. Is Carson Palmer worth the price?

    Bill Williamson

    There's no doubt Carson Palmer was the best available quarterback for the Oakland Raiders, who are trying to keep their playoff hopes alive in the aftermath of losing Jason Campbell, possibly for the season, to a broken collarbone. But the questio...

    Blog | October 18, 2011
  14. Heyward-Bey and Davis forever connected

    Bill Williamson

    Whether Darrius Heyward-Bey will ever live up to his lofty draft status or whether he even becomes a consistently reliable player is still to be determined. At least, the man who took an overwhelmingly amount of heat (including from this writer) f...

    Blog | October 14, 2011
  15. McFadden has become a complete player

    Bill Williamson

    When the Oakland Raiders took Darren McFadden with the No. 4 overall draft pick in 2008, the general consensus was that they would be getting a Reggie Bush-type tailback. A game-breaker at Arkansas, McFadden had the look of a player who would be a...

    Blog | September 23, 2011
  16. Raiders absorb another huge hit

    Bill Williamson

    The 2011 Oakland Raiders season is not over before it started, but there is no denying the team's outlook is a lot less hopeful than it was the day the lockout ended. Arguably no other team has suffered as many high-profile hits in free agency as ...

    Blog | August 02, 2011