The Raiders currently have enough players on their roster to field a team for their regular-season opener, with capable backups in place, to boot. Yet, as last season showed, it’s conceivable that one-third of the players on next season’s opening-game roster aren’t members of the Raiders yet. When the Raiders played the Denver Broncos in
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."