Much of the excitement the Raiders generated this offseason centered on the trade for wide receiver Antonio Brown, the free-agent signing of defensive back Lamarcus Joyner and the selection of defensive end Clelin Ferrell at No. 4 in the draft. The spotlight now shines elsewhere. The Raiders sit at 4-4 at the midpoint of the
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."