New Head Coach Jack Del Rio, hired in January 2015, takes the reigns of an Oakland Raiders franchise a dozen seasons removed from the playoffs and an appearance in Super Bowl XXXVII. Two former Alabama players can contribute on one side of the ball for the Oakland Raiders organization.
Rookie Amari Cooper appears destined for stardom. An industrious attitude combined with admirable athletic ability and superb pass catching skills has the coaching staff, fans, and Bay Area media anticipating an All-Pro caliber career for the 6-1, 210 pound receiver. The 2014 Fred Biletnikoff Award winner has four receptions for 62 yards with a long of 40 in two exhibition games.
Trent Richardson, after previous rocky stints with the Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts, joins the AFC West Division team with a chance to reverse his individual fortunes. The 5-9, 230 pound bruising back has two game exhibition totals of 10 carries, 23 rushing yards with a long of seven. The competition to earn a roster spot as one of the projected five running backs hinges on three factors according to Del Rio.
Listen to the head coach and second year quarterback Derek Carr comment on the Tide duo. BamaMag.com visited the Alameda headquarters on Wednesday. Coincidentally, a new addition, an 18,500 square foot Oakland Raiders Performance Center, was toured for the first time on the same day by media members.
They host the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday at 5 PM Pacific Time.