Precious few starting spots are set in stone for the Raiders next season. On Friday, head coach Jon Gruden signaled that two spots that once seemed in question are being counted among those spoken for in 2019. If nothing else, wide receiver Jordy Nelson, tight end Lee Smith, linebacker Tahir Whitehead and linebacker Kyle Wilber
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."