The Raiders top two draft picks last year played so sparingly that they ought to be called redshirt rookies this season. Refer to them how you may, cornerback Gareon Conley and safety Obi Melifonwu are on the verge of a drastic shift in their fledgling NFL careers. The Raiders entered last season hoping to find
Steve has covered the Raiders in some capacity since their return to Oakland in 1995. He was the full-time beat writer from 1997-2010. for the Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune and San Jose Mercury News and covered more than 400 NFL games, including four Super Bowls. He also is the co-author of a recently released book titled "Al Davis: Behind the Raiders Shield."