Oakland Raiders special team ace Isaiah Ekejiuba talks to SBReport, part 3

In this final installment of SBReport’s interview with Isaiah Ekejiuba, the special teams standout detailed the importance having Tom Cable as head coach, gives you insight on how he handled being a free-agent this off-season and reminisces about Marquis Cooper. SBREPORT: The organization believed enough in Tom Cable to take the interim label off and will look to let him lead this team after a solid end to the 2008 campaign. How do...

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Oakland Raiders to play on Monday Night to open season, & Thanksgiving at Dallas

For the fourth time in five seasons, the Oakland Raiders will open the regular season in prime time. The Silver & Black will host the three-time defending AFC West champions San Diego Chargers on Monday September 14th, on ESPN, as part of their traditional double header to kickoff Monday Night Football’s schedule. All four teams playing on that night began play in 1960, as the NFL will commemorate the 50th anniversary season of...

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Dolphins ship Samson Satele to Oakland

The Oakland Raiders acquired a starting center on Monday when the Miami Dolphins sent 24-year old Samson Satele to the Silver & Black for a sixth round selection in April’s draft. The trade also included a swap of fourth round selections, as the Raiders dropped from the 104th overall slot to 122nd. Satele was expendable after the Dolphins signed ex-Raider Jake Grove to a five-year, $29 million contract, with $14.5 million in...

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Oakland Raiders special team ace Isaiah Ekejiuba talks to SBReport, part 2

Isaiah Ekejiuba was signed to the Oakland Raiders practice squad on September 6, 2005. This after the Arizona Cardinals released him prior to the regular season. I asked Ekejiuba how he felt about being released and what he thought about his football career at that point: “I didn’t think I was going to go too much further than that. From the time I was in camp [in Arizona], it was my understanding that a lot of un-drafted guys...

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Raiders bring back Miller: Emphasize continuity on Special Teams

The Oakland Raiders have made it a point of emphasis to bring back the same cast of characters on special teams this off-season. The Silver & Black will have Justin Miller returning kickoffs again in 2009 after he signed a two-year deal. Miller, 25, gave a jolt to the Oakland return teams midway through the 2008 season after being cut by the New York Jets. His 32-kickoff returns for 794 yards and two scores helped the Silver &...

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