Quarterback Peyton Manning and former Raiders standout defensive back Charles Woodson were guests of head coach Jon Gruden at practice Thursday as the Raiders coach keeps finding new ways to break up the monotony of training camp and inspire his team. Such moves play well, of course, but don’t mean much in the long run.
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."