In each of the previous five years, Derek Carr arrived at training camp with the starting job in hand, without fear of looking over his shoulder at a replacement-in-waiting. The signing of veteran Marcus Mariota changes things a bit. For one, head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock gave Mariota a contract that
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."