Much is expected of the Raiders’ three first-round draft picks this season, for obvious reasons. Same goes for tight end Darren Waller, who is being counted upon to fill the sizable void created by the departure of Jared Cook. Veteran linebacker Vontaze Burfict and guard Richie Incognito feel the red-hot glare of the spotlight, too.
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."