Cornerback Gareon Conley emerged from the dark place known as the land of uncertainty last season, when he rebounded from an injury-filled rookie season and established himself as an every-game starter. Several of his teammates are hopeful of doing the same this season. Defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes, long-snapper Andrew DePaola and running back Chris Warren
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."