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  1. Mailbag: Raiders' cornerbacks

    Bill Williamson

    Mid-week mail call: Marco from San Jose wants to know which, free-agent cornerback pickup, Mike Jenkins or Tracy Porter, will help the Oakland Raiders more this season. Bill Williamson: I think Jenkins has the first chance to start opposite fir...

    Blog | July 03, 2013
  2. Make-or-break season for two AFC West RBs?

    Bill Williamson

    It's been no secret on this blog that it is going to be a pressure-filled season for high-profile running backs Darren McFadden of Oakland and Ryan Mathews of San Diego. We've talked often that this season is vital for both players. Tuesday, on ES...

    Blog | July 02, 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. Bottom line for Russell, Tebow is the same

    Bill Williamson

    Friday, for the first time in nearly three years, JaMarcus Russell participated in NFL-related activities. He worked out for the Chicago Bears. The Bears are not expected to sign Russell at this point, but it is a start for him. He worked out for ...

    Blog | June 07, 2013
  5. Raiders' QB trade has many layers

    Bill Williamson

    The Oakland Raiders' reconstruction of their roster has hit the most important position on the field: quarterback. The Raiders acquired Matt Flynn from Seattle for two draft picks Monday. Like many of the changes this year, the move was fueled ...

    Blog | April 01, 2013
  6. Cutting McClain part of Raiders' process

    Bill Williamson

    Rolando McClain was supposed to be different. He was supposed to break the chain of poor first-round drafting by the Oakland Raiders. Oakland took McClain with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2010 draft. It was well received because McClain was expe...

    Blog | November 28, 2012
  7. Worst contracts: AFC West looms large

    Bill Williamson

    The AFC West figures prominently in ESPN.com's project on the worst contract in sports -- inspired by the New York Yankees' dilemma with Alex Rodriquez. In a look at the worst contracts in professional sports history, Oakland Raiders fans are remi...

    Blog | October 25, 2012
  8. Greg Knapp's offense, now and then

    Bill Williamson

    The most-discussed aspect of the 2012 Oakland Raiders is the impact of new/old offensive coordinator Greg Knapp. Oakland's offense is not as potent as it was in recent seasons and many fans and observers point to Knapp, who had a previous stint Oa...

    Blog | October 17, 2012
  9. What's next for Raiders at QB?

    Bill Williamson

    OAKLAND -- On a day of immense emotion, the Oakland Raiders suffered a crushing blow that will force them to make a huge decision in the post-Al Davis era. Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell is expected to miss the rest of the season with a broken...

    Blog | October 16, 2011
  10. 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
  11. Al Davis had a late scouting revival

    Bill Williamson

    Al Davis knew in recent years that he would not be around forever. Rebuilding his beloved Oakland Raiders was his lone mission. With his health declining steadily, Davis worked diligently at reconstructing his franchise. That was a primary reason ...

    Blog | October 08, 2011
  12. JaMarcus Russell: A year later

    Bill Williamson

    It was exactly one year ago that the Oakland Raiders liberated themselves from the greatest draft bust in NFL history. Happy anniversary, Raider Nation. On May 6, 2010, the Raiders decided it was no longer worth keeping JaMarcus Russell around ...

    Blog | May 06, 2011
  13. Raiders would benefit from rookie pay scale

    Bill Williamson

    The Oakland Raiders are among the NFL teams that were inspirations for the league as it presents a new rookie pay scale. Since 2000, the Raiders have drafted 13 players in the first round. They contracted for a total $164,105,636 in guaranteed mon...

    Blog | April 13, 2011
  14. Draft Watch: AFC West

    Bill Williamson

    Each Thursday leading up to the NFL draft (April 28-30), the ESPN.com NFL blog network will take a division-by-division look at key aspects of the draft. Today's topic: draft rewind -- examining the past five drafts. Denver Broncos Best choice:...

    Blog | March 17, 2011
  15. Thirteen is Jason Campbell's lucky number

    Bill Williamson

    OAKLAND -- Three weeks ago, Jason Campbell was being compared to JaMarcus Russell, another Oakland Raiders whiff at quarterback. Sunday, he was the catalyst behind ending The Streak. In one of the most wild and entertaining games of the young N...

    Blog | October 10, 2010
  16. Gradkowski must stay Oakland's starter

    Bill Williamson

    The Oakland Raiders waited three seasons to pull the plug on JaMarcus Russell. It took all of six quarters to yank the starting quarterback job away from Jason Campbell. In one of the most stunning developments of the young NFL season, Oakland ...

    Blog | September 19, 2010