When you find a starting defensive end, solid backup tight end and slot receiver on the final day of the draft, you have earned the right to be a bit bold with your expectations. Hence, who can fault Raiders head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock for being supremely confident in the run
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."