Ryan Lipton’s NFL Week 9 Oakland Raider round-up

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Here is the Oakland Raiders Week 9 NFL round-up from Ryan Lipton, The JR Report and Silver and Black Pride involving Derek Carr, Jack Del Rio, Marshawn Lynch and Todd Downing.

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Ryan Lipton is the founder of The JR Report. For more news and The JR Report updates follow him on twitter @rytime98.

Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch embracing true self is what Oakland wants and needs

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch, just one year removed from his NFL retirement, is back to being his crazy, even chaotic self. And that’s not a bad thing.

Lynch now on the Raiders is having a great time. He’s living the good life as Kanye West would say.

This seemed abundantly clear on Sunday when he was dancing all around the Oakland sideline in the fourth quarter of a blowout win against the New York Jets.

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The Oakland Coliseum was behind Lynch completely, roaring in agreement with the 31-year-old running back. He appeared as happy as a teenager that hears his favorite song on the radio and wants to just smile and dance.

What else could Lynch be happy about?

The Raiders are now 2-0 and look as dominant as ever after recording convincing wins over the Tennessee Titans and the Jets.

Lynch, hasn’t been a bystander but a catalyst to the aforementioned success. He’s had 121 yards on the ground on 30 attempts with one touchdown.

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He hasn’t been all-worldly but the Oakland native is averaging over 4 yards per carry and his energy has seemed infectious to the team. A major reason why the diehard fans were making the stadium so loud on Sunday.

In Week 1, Lynch flipped off the Titans on the field. The one thing he has publicly admitted he is trying to avoid occurred.

“I’m just here so I don’t get fined,” Lynch famously said during the Super Bowl media day in 2015.

Lynch was fined $12,000 ($6,000 for each finger) but that didn’t seem to impact his attitude against New York.

Lynch has strong ties to the Bay Area as he attended Oakland Technical High School and proceeded to wear the Blue and Gold playing in the city right next to his birthplace at the University of California, Berkeley.

After moving on from Cal, the Buffalo Bills drafted the Oakland native. He then moved on to the Seattle Seahawks after three seasons in Buffalo. After the move, he finally became the elite running back he was projected to become.

The former Cal Bear rushed for over 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns in four consecutive seasons from 2011-2014, capped off by a championship victory in Super Bowl XLVIII.

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After stepping away from the game after the 2015 season, Lynch decided he wanted to lace up his cleats one more time, but this time he wanted to do it in his hometown.

He requested a trade from Seattle and eventually got his way. The Seahawks got the Raiders’ 2018 fifth-round pick for Lynch and a sixth-round pick in 2018.

With the franchise set to move from its roots in Oakland to Las Vegas, Lynch embracing the great Oakland culture seems perfectly timed.

Will Lynch have an all-pro year?

Probably not. But that’s not the point. Lynch is exciting Oakland and the Raider Nation and is someone for kids to recognize and look up to. The Bay Area youth can see the way he takes on the persona that is Oakland in a positive and happy light.

In a time when the Golden State Warriors are leaving the East Bay, the Oakland Athletics are relocating to a different part of the city and the Raiders will soon be leaving for Vegas, saying Oakland lacks stability is a complete understatement.

Lynch is more than just football. He is a special role model and represents hope and excitement for not only the city of Oakland but the entire Bay Area.


Rob Werner is a contributing writer for The JR Report. For more news follow him on twitter @robwerner28.

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JR Report Podcast: Despite what NFL media think, Raiders not going anywhere

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The Oakland Raiders have been disrespected by the NFL media as of recently.

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco has the Raiders outside the Top 10 of his NFL power rankings and Colin Cowherd doesn’t think Oakland is any threat to the New England Patriots.

Here is why the Raiders disrespect is ridiculous.

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JR Report picks against the spread

The 2017 NFL regular season kicks off in less than 24 hours!

As such, here are The JR Report and Ryan Lipton’s top 5 picks against the spread for Week 1 of the NFL season.

Remember, The JR Report hit on 63% (34/54) of its picks during last year’s regular season.


Ryan Lipton is the founder of The JR Report. For more news and The JR Report updates follow him on twitter @rytime98.

Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch explodes Day 9 at camp

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On a day where Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack and wide receiver Amari Cooper (among several others) took a day of rest, running back Marshawn Lynch decided to put on a show for Raider Nation.

Lynch broke free twice during Tuesday’s practice, invigorating fans in attendance, per Oakland Tribune’s Jerry McDonald.

Perhaps the 31-year-old back wouldn’t have been able to find the same holes he was able to Tuesday if Mack was playing defense, but it is still a great sign that Lynch continues to demonstrate explosion in training camp.


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Final Raiders 53-man roster projection before training camp

As NFL training camps begin to ramp up and with the Oakland Raiders’ less than one week away, 90 players become 53 in one fell swoop in 2017.

While it’s likely that Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie still has a couple more moves up his sleeve before this roster is fully fleshed out, a final 53-man roster projection before camp seemed in order.

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QB (3): Derek Carr, EJ Manuel, Connor Cook

Here come’s the spoiler alert — Derek Carr is going to be the starting quarterback for Oakland in 2017.


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5 Oakland Raiders who will be undervalued in Fantasy Football

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With NFL training camp just around the corner, everyone’s fantasy drafts are just weeks away.

Here is an in-depth look at five Oakland Raiders who will be undervalued in Fantasy Football for the upcoming season, so Raider Nation can win their fantasy league while still being able to root for their favorite players on Sundays.

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No. 5, QB Derek Carr

ESPN PPR ranking: No. 10 Quarterback, No. 109 overall

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is one of the best quarterbacks in the league, shown by his team’s pathetic display without him and his new five-year $125 million extension.

Continue reading “5 Oakland Raiders who will be undervalued in Fantasy Football”

Calvin Johnson envious of Raiders’ Marshawn Lynch’s ‘great situation’

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Written by Ryan Lipton and Will Reeve Jr.

Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson has been traveling across Europe promoting the brand of American football recently. And in a recent press conference in Italy Johnson was unabashedly envious of Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch.

“He’s in a great situation,” Johnson said after being asked if Johnson has thought about playing with Lynch and the Raiders. per FIDAF TV.

Johnson actually visited Oakland’s facility this year as a guest of Raiders offensive coordinator Todd Downing, which naturally had Raiders fans salivating everywhere.

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WATCH: Raiders’ Marshawn Lynch takes pitch, gets red card

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The article can also be found on the Raiders Wire!


Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch has not stopped making headlines this offseason. Just a few days ago he was on the beach completing a grueling workout. Now, he is showing his skills on the soccer field, via the Seattle Sounder’s Twitter account.

During the video, Lynch did not look too graceful, for he made no effort to use his feet to the dribble the ball. Instead, the former Cal Bear picked up the ball, as if he took a handoff, and sprinted into the net.

As expected, Lynch picked up a red card for using his hands to pick up the ball. Then, he took the red card out of the ref’s hand and threw the card across the field. Lynch also punted the soccer ball, in fake anger, across the pitch.

In all honesty, it is unclear why Lynch was ever let into the scrimmage, but it was funny to watch a massive football player amongst the smaller futbol players.

Despite moving on from the Seattle Seahawks, he is still returning to the city and engaging with the community during the scrimmage. Incredibly, Lynch makes a close connection to every community he is a part of.

Thankfully, we will have him in the Oakland community for the foreseeable future making a sensational impact.

Countdown to camp: Charles Woodson best Oakland Raider to wear No. 24

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The article can also be found on the Raiders Wire!


Today is the third day of the Raiders Wire’s countdown to the Oakland Raiders’ training camp which begins on July 24. Until that day, we will count down the best Raider to wear each jersey number from No. 26 to No. 1 and will now look at No. 24.

The No. 24 is easily the most historic number in all of the Silver and Black as one Hall of Famer and one future Hall of Famer wore it for the majority of their careers, former Raiders cornerbacks Willie Brown and Charles Woodson.

Currently, a third future Hall of Famer, Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch, is also wearing the No. 24 in Oakland.

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Willie Brown returns an interception 75 yards for a touchdown against Minnesota on Jan. 9, 1977.

Despite  Brown winning a Super Bowl for the Raiders, making the all-pro team seven times, and ushering in bump and run coverage, Woodson’s career might be more amazing.

Woodson had 65 career interceptions (fifth all-time) to Brown’s 39. Woodson also had one more all-pro appearance (8 vs. 7), won the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1998 and won the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2009.

Most importantly, Woodson successfully completed the difficult rebuild in Oakland after a decade of excruciating losing. If anyone thinks the team would be where they are now without the former Wolverine is completely mislead.

All in all, Woodson was an all-time great who was special on the field, but also sacrificed for his teammates to make them as good as they could be. Brown and Woodson are both GOATs, yet the slight edge goes to the 1997 Heisman Trophy winner as the best No. 24 to wear the Silver and Black.

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WATCH: Oakland Raiders’ Marshawn Lynch complete grueling beach workout

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The article can also be found on the Raiders Wire!


Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch has not stopped to rest once since he returned to the NFL.

He has been either working out to improve his craft or helping kids in the Oakland community. Today, someone filmed Lynch completing a grueling beach workout, via Bleacher Report.

In the video, Lynch is completing some footwork drills then releasing for a pass that he must explode to haul in. As every athlete knows, there is nothing more exhausting than a long workout in the sand.

In addition, Lynch is not taking any shortcuts during the workout as he wore large boots throughout the entire video.

Without a doubt, Lynch is extremely motivated to bring a Super Bowl to the city of Oakland. He is not coming back to further his own brand, but he decided to return for the community and to win.

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