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Blogged by: Naz  Sorrell, F3 Raiders ContributorAround the NFL

The Oakland Raiders opened the 2016 draft with the number 14th pick of round one. They opted their first move to be on defense and selected a hard hitting safety from West Virginia, Karl Joseph. At 5’11 and 200lbs and recently coming off a knee injury, that kept Joseph out four games. Raider’s GM Reggie Mckenzie said about Joseph, “… by watching the tape you can feel the passion. He’ll run and hit whatever moves.” A definite defensive throwback to the Silver and Black glory days. With the retirement of Charles Woodson space in both the backfield and the cap, it’s a good time to rebuild the secondary. This pick is a definite step in that direction as long as Joseph’s knee does not prove to be an issue.

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A defensive theme continued into the second round with the Raiders having the 44th overall pick. Jihad Ward DE from Illinois, at 6’5 295lbs …another draft pick with knee issues. He suffered his knee injury in August and will possibly need arthroscopic surgery. The surgery could leave him sidelined for six weeks. Ward had only 1.5 sacks last year and played a 3-4 defense, the Raiders run a 4-3. I don’t know about this one! Maybe they know something we don’t know? *Kanye shrug*

Round three goes to the defense yet again! Shilique Calhoun a 6-5 250lb DE from Michigan State, with 23 career sacks and nine last season. It was into round four and finally time to feed the offense! 100 pick overall, the Silver and Black  acquired QB Connor Cook. With a franchise QB in Derick Carr, and a capable backup QB, it’s a little strange that the Raiders surrendered their fifth round pick to the Cleveland Browns for this trade. Connor Cook is a top four ranked QB that passed for 3,131 yards, 56.1% on passing, and 24 TD with seven interceptions in the last 13 games.

Heading on to their next pick DeAndre Washington, a small but quick running back from Texas Tech. At only 5’8 and 200lbs, Washington could prove to be a threat for catching passes out of the back field. In round six and 194th pick overall, the Raiders picked up a linebacker from Colorado State, Cory James. James is looked at as a player that can be shaped into what is needed, and possibly was picked up for Special Teams. Round seven brought the pick of Vadal Alexander, a 6’5 Guard from LSU. The Raider O-line is already stacked with starters that average 6’5 and 330lbs! Alexander is a versatile player that can easily switch between playing Left Guard and Right Tackle, he was also the No. 2 ranked Guard in the draft.

As the excitement from the draft dies down we will definitely have a clearer picture on how well these draft picks will do. It’s always one of those things that you just don’t know until you know. It’s definitely going to be an exciting year for our Raiders! Watch out now!

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Blogged by: Naz Sorrell, F3 Oakland Raiders Contributor Around the NFL

Sunday September 11th @ New Orleans Saints 1:00pm
The Raiders open the 2016 season on the road against the Saints. There has been 12 games played between these two with the Saints leading the series with 6 wins to the Raiders 5, and 1 tie.
Sunday September 18th vs Atlanta Falcons 4:30 pm
The home opener this year will be against the Atlanta falcons. These two have only played each 13 times, and the Raiders own the series 7-6.
Sunday September 25th @ Tennessee Titans 1:00pm
The first of a long road trip brings the Raiders into Tennessee to take on the Titans. 48 times these two teams have fought it out, including both, preseason and postseason. The Raiders have come out on top against the Titans 28 times, and have lost 20.oakland_raiders_nfl_club_logo_1440x900_wallpaper
Sunday October 2nd @ Baltimore Ravens 1:00pm
Two back to back road trips back east, brings the Raiders into week four play against the Ravens. In the 9 times these two have met, including one post season game, victory has belonged to the Ravens 7 times to the Raiders 2.
Sunday October 9th vs. San Diego Chargers 4:05pm
Our Raiders return home to face their first divisional rival game against the Chargers. The first of two games to be played between these two, with this forst one being played in Oakland. Out of the 113 times (only one post-season) these two have banged helmets, the Raiders have come out on top 61 times to the Chargers 50 times. They have played to a tie twice.

Sunday October 16 vs. Kansas City Chiefs 4:05pm
Back to back home games and back to back divisional rivals, the Raiders and Chiefs have a battle history of 114 games. They have also met in the post-season three times. Kansas City owns the series between these two with 60 wins to Oakland’s 52, and two ties.
Sunday October 23rd @ Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00pm
The Raiders hit the road for a trip to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars for the 8th time in the history of these two teams playing each other. The Jaguars have a one game lead with four wins to the Raiders three.
Sunday October 30th @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00pm
Continuing on a road trip the Raiders head to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers! The meeting of these two teams in Super Bowl XXXVII had definitely left a bad taste in the mouths of all of us who remember! Raider’s fans felt betrayed over the leaving of then head Coach Jon Gruden, who incidentally lead the Bucs to the Super Bowl, defeating the Raiders. There have been countless accusations, followed by denials, that Gruden used his knowledge of the Raider play book to win that Super Bowl. These two teams have only played each other 9 times (including the Super Bowl) and the Raiders lead this series with 6 wins to the Bucs 3.
Sunday November 6th vs. Denver Broncos 8:30 pm
Sunday night football heats up with not only the Raider’s BIGGEST rival, but also the defending Super Bowl champions Denver Broncos! A long time and intense rival, the Raiders and Broncos have played each other 113 times, but only twice in post season. Always a good game between these two, with the Raiders leading the series with 61 wins to the Broncos 50, and two ties.NFL Teams
Monday November 21st vs. Houston Texans 8:30pm
The first Monday Night game is also a home game against the Texans. 9 games played between them has the Texans in the lead with 6 wins to the Raiders 3.
Sunday November 27th vs. Carolina Panthers 4:25pm
Raiders welcome Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers to Oakland, continuing their long home game stretch. The Raiders have only beat the Panthers twice out of the 5 games they have played.
Sunday December 4th vs. Buffalo Bills 4:05 pm
Week 13 ushers in the visiting Buffalo Bills. The series between these two teams is relatively even, with the Raiders having a slight advantage. 39 games between them and the Raiders have won 20, the Bills 19. Two post season games both belonging to the Bills.
Thursday December 8th @ Kansas City Chiefs 8:25pm
Back on the road with the first Thursday night game, and against the divisional rival Chiefs.
Sunday December 18th @ San Diego Chargers 4:25pm
A quick trip down to Southern California and back to back divisional games, leads the Raiders into San Diego to play the chargers for the second time this season.

Saturday December 24th vs. Indianapolis Colts
Returning home to face the Colts, and a team that the Raiders have played 15 times, including two post season games. A close series with the Raiders edging out the Colts 8-7.
Sunday January 1st @ Denver Broncos 4:25pm
Saving the best for last! The Raiders head to Mile High Stadium to close out the season against the divisional rival Denver Broncos.

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When It’s All Said And Done…

After the hype of trades, free agency, and the NFL Draft the reality of summer camp, pre-season and the security of your position becomes more prevalent.  Not that these factors ever leave the minds of the players – particularly those fighting for position – but it’s sometimes drowned by the noise of the media, naysayers, fans, supporters, critics, coaches, and even team mates.

It’s when seasoned players like Michael Vick begin to analysis their current situation and deal with the reality of his next step(s). Although grateful to have a place with a increasingly respected team – thanks to the help of Rex Ryan – I’m certain this 13 year pro would like to put a stamp on a starting position; however, such may not be the case.

From Marshall’s trade to the Bears potentially being a ‘career saving’ move; to the toss-up of starters in Oakland and the comparison of Corners Richard Sherman and Patrick Peterson there will ALWAYS be speculation, “expert opinions”.  As quite as it’s kept, I believe do have some influence over how we the bloggers, media, fans, and self-proclaimed football mavens perceive our favorite players’, favorite players. Although numbers “don’t lie”, are they the deciding factor for who gets the starting positions from Oakland to NY? Let’s look at some data:

GENO SMITH – 2013 2ⁿᵈ round (7ᵗʰ pick) by the New York Jets

Height: 6-3

Weight: 221

Born: October 10, 1990

 Yds: 3046 | Y/G: 190.4 | TD: 12 | QBRating: 66.5
MICHAEL VICK – 2001 1ˢᵗ round (1ˢᵗ pick) by the Atlanta Falcons

6’0Height: 6’0

Height: 6’0
Weight: 215
Born: June 26, 1980
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So, at the point Mike Vick was beginning his professional football career, Geno Smith was an 11 year-old kid with a dream, probably watching the older Vick being drafted first in the first round by the Atlanta Falcons at Radio City Music Hall.  Not sure if these comparable are balanced seeing that Vick missed much of the year due to injury and eventually being booted out of his starting position by a flourishing Foles.  Nonetheless, the numbers give Vick a much higher QB rating at 86.5% with Geno coming in at 66.% – exactly 20 percentage points lower than Vick. But what does that say about the starting position? The yards completed, TD percentages, weight, height, age, and mobility.
I believe it depends on who produces and the need of the team.  If Geno proves he is the better QB option for the NYJ, then he is who starts. Should Vick show forth an exceptionally better effort during camps then perhaps he’s considered the one to take the first snap of the season.  The younger Geno is fairly mobile in the pocket something we all have come to love and sometimes hate about Vick. Smith also have an arm with the ability to get the ball down the field to an open receiver. But what cannot be denied is with age comes wisdom…and experience.  Something Vick has; we watched him grow as a player and yes a leader.
When it’s all said and done, the players themselves must prove they want the spot, can handle the spot, and make the players around them better resulting in a winning franchise.  The talent is there no doubt, but we must grow from potential to reality in a short period of time. In Mike Vick’s words:
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