Cornerback Gareon Conley was supposed to be one of the few, among the small group of players drafted by general manager Reggie McKenzie that escaped head coach Jon Gruden’s purging of players that predated his arrival in January. In fact, Gruden had Conley pegged for a breakout season this year. Less than four months ago,
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."