A Look Back: Sebastian Janikowski & Shane Lechler (2000 Draft)

In 1999, missed field goals were key in seven of the Oakland Raiders eight losses. What was Al Davis’ response? He selected Sebastian Janikowski with the 17th overall pick in the 2000 draft. Janikowski’s powerful leg had gained notoriety while at Florida State. The Polish place kicker amazed scouts at the combine, and at that point, then Raiders coach Jon Gruden was sold. “Everyone was just amazed at his leg,” said Ted...

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NFL Lockout: Xs and Os

Now that we have a NFL lockout, here are some of the effects of the labor dispute: There are 495 players who are lined up to be unrestricted free agents. They are currently in limbo and without a job. During the lockout, no team or player can negotiate terms of a deal and any dealings between a club and player are prohibited. No players can be signed or released. The NFL Draft will be held April 28-30 in New York City. Teams are not...

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NFL Lockout: What does it mean for the Oakland Raiders?

Well it’s official: we have a lockout. The NFL and players broke off labor negotiations before the collective bargaining agreement expired and now, the most popular league in the country will have its first work stoppage since 1987. I wouldn’t say the 2011 season is in jeopardy just yet, but with the union decertified and heading to court, the owners locking out their talent and no real solution on how to allocate $9 billion a year,...

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Raiders: Draft prospects & Barber has little chance to land in Bay Area

Here are some tidbits regarding a few players the Oakland Raiders may be targeting or have spoken to in recent weeks for the NFL Draft: California running back Shane Vereen had direct contact with Raiders running backs coach Kelly Skipper at the combine. Its no surprise Skipper had a conversation with the 5’10 speedster, who also ran track as a Golden Bear. Vereen is from Valencia and the Raiders always have their eyes on California...

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Raiders in attendance during Miami pro-day, talked to prospect Carter

The University of Miami will have their Pro Day today and the Oakland Raiders will have Zack Crockett and Mickey Marvin present to scout the prospects. The Canes that attended the NFL Combine – Allen Bailey, Colin McCarthy, Matt Bosher, Graig Cooper, DeMarcus Van Dyke, Brandon Harris, Damien Berry, Orlando Franklin and Leonard Hankerson – are expected to keep their Combine results and not take part in the testing for the...

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