Everyone expected quarterback Derek Carr to play only one series in the Raiders exhibition opener against the Detroit Lions on Friday night. It wasn’t a surprise that defensive end Khalil Mack missed the game and took his holdout to a new level. It was a given that head coach Jon Gruden would play to the
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."