Sunday was the first day that teams were permitted to form their practice squads, with a maximum of 10 players. The Raiders wasted little time bringing back a handful of familiar faces. The Raiders signed wide receivers Marcell Ateman and Saeed Blacknall, tight end Paul Butler, linebacker Jason Cabinda, safety Dallin Leavitt, defensive tackle Gabe
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."