Re-signing safety Reggie Nelson gives first-year defensive coordinator Paul Guenther someone to help teach the nuances of his scheme. Signing wide receiver Jordy Nelson did nothing more than offset the loss of released receiver Michael Crabtree. Cornerbacks David Amerson and Sean Smith are out, Rashaan Melvin and Shareece Wright are in to take their place.
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."