Now that the Raiders 53-man, opening-game roster has been set, head coach Jon Gruden’s mind-set about adding so many thirtysomething players can be better understood. It has long been known that Gruden favors older players on his roster, especially in key positions. For months, it was unclear just how many of his older players Gruden
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."