Three of the Raiders’ top players graduated from college in recent days, which makes for heartwarming, feel-good stories. Coincidentally, the three that graduated — wide receiver Amari Cooper, right guard Gabe Jackson and defensive end Bruce Irvin — are players that first-year head coach Jon Gruden doesn’t have to worry about in terms of their
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."