The long preseason has come to an end, and the Raiders are now preparing to begin the regular season on Sunday against the New York Jets. Since the end of last year, the players have gone through training camp and are now ready for 2014, but what do you, the dedicated members of Raider Nation, need to do to get ready for the beginning of another season cheering on the Silver and Black?
10. Brush up on your roster.
The Raiders were incredibly active this offseason and will have a lot of new faces wearing the Silver and Black in 2014, so before Week One make sure to get to know your team in this roster photo gallery.
Also, make a point to check the handy pronunciation guide below, you want to make sure you’re pronouncing your favorite player’s name properly! It’s alright Raider Nation, we had a hard time with a few of them ourselves.
9. Get to know your rookie class.
The Raiders selected eight players in the 2014 NFL Draft and all of them made the 53-man roster for Week 1 of the regular season.
Highlighted by Buffalo LB
The Raiders had the fifth overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, and decided to address their needs on the defensive side of the ball when they selected Buffalo LB Khalil Mack.
With their second-round selection (36th overall), McKenzie selected his QB of the future, Fresno State’s
“I’m a hard worker and I’m going to give you all I’ve got,” said the Raiders third-round selection (81st overall)
The Raiders returned to the defensive side of the football with their two fourth-round selections, and used their first one (107th overall) on La Tech DT Justin “Jelly” Ellis.
“My style of play is just physical, try to disrupt as much timing as possible,” said the Raiders second fourth-round selection (116th overall), CB
The Raiders jumped back into the draft with a trio of seventh-round selections, and used their first of the round (219th overall), on Ohio CB and Bay Area-native T.J. Carrie.
“I remember even days after the draft I was like is this real? Am I going to wake up out of a dream eventually? And then to actually go out there and put the jersey on, and to see your locker, it’s a once in a lifetime feeling. Time to get to work, this is actually happening right now,” said seventh-round pick (235th overall), Illinois St. DE
Reggie McKenzie and the Raiders wrapped up their 2014 draft class in the seventh round (247th overall) with the selection of Western Kentucky SS
8. Relive the best moments from the 2014 preseason.
Whether it was
If they are able to build on those performances, Raider Nation should have a lot to cheer about in 2014.
7. Mark your calendars for the big games of 2014.
Raider Nation, time to break out your calendars and decide which games you’ll be in the Black Hole for this season. Maybe you’ll get bold, and a trip across the pond is in your future too…
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6. See which Raiders will be the best fantasy players.
The window is closing to set up your fantasy football lineup, so take some time to review the Raiders roster and see who you’re going to pick up in fantasy. Does the two-headed monster of
RB Maurice Jones-Drew sprung for a 40-yard TD against the Green Bay Packers. Between MJD, Darren McFadden and
5. Follow the players on social media.
Want to know what your favorite players do with their time off the field? Well, be sure to follow the Raiders players and the team on all their social media platforms; you won’t be disappointed.
Happy Regular Season #RaiderNation!— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) September 1, 2014
4. Head to The Raider Image for the newest Raiders gear.
You know what they say, dress for success. With that in mind, head on over to The Raider Image and pick up the newest Raiders gear and support your favorite team in style.
3. Dust off the BBQ and get ready to tailgate at O.co Coliseum.
There’s no better way to spend a Sunday in the fall then by tailgating with 60,000 of your closest friends, so dust the cobwebs off your grill and get ready for the regular season.
2. Get to know 2014’s edition of Football’s Fabulous Females
The Raiderettes are back and better than ever in 2014, so take some time to meet this year’s group of Football’s Fabulous Females.
1. Check in regularly with Raiders.com.
As the team starts the regular season, Raiders.com will be your one-stop shop for everything Raiders related, ranging from photo galleries and news to behind-the-scenes video.