Author: Chris McClain

Raiders reportedly trade Amari Cooper

Jon Gruden and the Oakland Raiders continued their roster overhaul on Monday, reportedly trading wide receiver Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys for a first-round pick. Cowboys traded a first-round pick to Raiders for WR Amari Cooper, per source. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 22, 2018 The Raiders drafted Cooper fourth-overall in the 2015 NFL Draft out of Alabama. The wide receiver made the Pro Bowl each of his first two seasons while also hauling in over 1,000 receiving yards each year, a mark that had been tough to hit for Raiders receivers. The fourth-year receiver has struggled this...

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Raiders struggle across the pond, fall to Seahawks

The Oakland Raiders flew to London hoping to bounce back from an embarrassing game against the Los Angeles Chargers last week. Unfortunately for Jon Gruden, his team looked very similar as they struggled to get anything going offensively. Derek Carr and the Raiders offense struggled once again, not putting up any points until the fourth quarter, which was only a field goal. Carr once again had problems protecting the ball, fumbling it two times against a Seahawks defense that was relentless at getting to him. The Raiders rookie offensive tackles, Kolton Miller & Brandon Parker, had a difficult time...

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Raiders can’t slow down Chargers, lose 26-10

The Oakland Raiders went to Los Angeles looking to build on their first win of the season but the Chargers had different plans. Chargers veteran quarterback Philip Rivers gouged the Raiders defense from the beginning of the gam, finishing 22 of 27 for 339 yards and two touchdowns. Meanwhile, Jon Gruden and the Raiders offense struggled to get the ball moving and when they did they couldn’t get it into the end zone. Quarterback Derek Carr drove the offense 82 yards on 10 plays in a first-quarter drive but were forced to settle for a field goal that kept the game tied heading into the second quarter. The Chargers found the end zone first when Rivers beat the Raiders blitz, finding running back Austin Ekeler for a 44-yard touchdown pass to put them up 10-to-3. Trying to answer, Carr found wide receiver Martavis Bryant over the middle but he lost the ball trying to get extra yards. It took Rivers just six plays to get his offense back into the end zone, this time it was Melvin Gordon scoring from one yard out. The Raiders had 1:39 left in the half to get some more points on the board but Matt McCrane came up shot on a 58-yard field goal attempt. A costly roughing the passer penalty by Bruce Irvin put the Chargers in field goal range after a...

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Raiders get thrilling overtime win over Browns

The Oakland Raiders returned home looking for their first win of the season as they hosted the Cleveland Browns and newly-named starter Baker Mayfield. Jon Gruden and his defensive coordinator Paul Guenther have expected big things from second-year cornerback Gareon Conley and they got it on Sunday. Conley, who has played well this season, got the scoring started for the Raiders when he intercepted a pass from Mayfield and returned it 36 yards for the first-quarter touchdown to make it 7-to-0 early. Mayfield’s struggles would continue in the first quarter but the Raiders offense would be unable to take advantage of the slow start, going three-and-out on both of their opening drives. Cleveland’s rookie quarterback and the offense would find its rhythm in the second quarter with the help of rookie running back Nick Chubb who broke free and scampered 63 yards for the team’s first touchdown of the day. Mayfield would add on to the lead by finding his tight end Darren Fells over the middle, breaking free from a couple of defenders and walking into the end zone to take a 17-to-7 lead over the Raiders. Gruden’s team answered before the half as Derek Carr threw a fastball between two defenders into the arms of Amari Cooper to make the deficit just 17-to-14 at the half. The Raiders have struggled in the second half all season and...

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Raiders falter again late, fall to 0-3

The Raiders flew across the country to take on the Miami Dolphins looking for their first win of the season against a team that was undefeated. Jon Gruden and his squad entered the game winless largely due to their inability to close out, whether on the road or at home. The Raiders held a second-half lead much like their first two games, but they were also unable to close out a win, just like their first two games. The Raiders held a 17-to-7 lead in the third quarter after a touchdown run by Marshawn Lynch but were only able to add a 52-yard field goal by Mike Nugent after that. Meanwhile, the Raiders defense gave up three straight touchdowns to a suddenly explosive Dolphins offense. The Dolphins took their first lead of the game when wide receiver Jakeem Grant took a pass on a trick play 52 yards to give them the 21-to-17 lead in the fourth quarter. Derek Carr and the Raiders offense had a chance to bounce back but veteran Dolphins pass rusher Cameron Wake broke through the offensive line to hit Carr as he let go of the ball and was intercepted in the end zone. The Dolphins wouldn’t hesitate to take advantage of the added possession, finding wide receiver Albert Wilson on a shovel pass, who used his speed to take it 72 yards and...

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