Raiders head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock were quite pleased with their post-draft haul a year ago, and with good reason. They will be hard-pressed to come close to the same kind of success this year. By the time Gruden had pared his roster to 53 players at the end of training
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."