2018 Oakland Raiders

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  1. Don Wassall

    Don Wassall Administrator Staff Member

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    It looked initially like Jon "Cucky" Gruden was going to lighten up the blackest team in NFL history, but he quickly did a 180 and now the Raiders once again are in single digits with just nine Whites on their 53 man roster. Obviously it's easier to be semi-fair in a broadcast booth than it is as an NFL head coach.

    QB - Derek Carr, A. J. McCarron
    WR - Jordy Nelson
    TE - Lee Smith, Derek Carrier
    T - Kolton Miller

    PK - Mike Nugent
    P - Johnny Townsend
    LS - Andrew DePaolo

    LB James Cowser, the backup who showed well when he played, was purged and now the defense is coal black.

    All eight of the players on IR, PUP or suspended are black. For what it's worth, FB Ryan Yurachek, S Dallin Leavitt, and TE Paul Butler are on the practice squad.

    For a heady few days it looked like the Raiders were going to have three White receivers seeing the field this season -- Jordy, Ryan Switzer and Griff Whalen. Gruden was cooing that Switzer was uncoverable and set to be the starting slot receiver, then Whalen joined the competition. But then Switzer was all but given away (Oakland traded Switzer and a sixth round pick to Pittsburgh for a fifth round pick), and Whalen magically came down with a season ending injury.

    And now is all back to normal in Oakland. How much Gruden cares is debatable -- he's already under heavy fire for making the Raiders older and then trading Khalil Mack. Their all-black defense looks like it's going to be atrocious and the team has the look and feel of a bottom feeder -- but Cucky has $100 million reasons not to feel too bad if his return to the coaching ranks is a failure.

    Number of White starters: 3

    Number of Whites on 53 man roster: 9

    Grade: F-
     
  2. Freethinker

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    We’re not counting starting safety Erik Harris as an honorary White? He’ll certainly be treated as such by the DWFs and if the defense stinks he’ll be the certain scapegoat.

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  3. Don Wassall

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    Harris was set to be a starting safety a couple of weeks ago but since then has been demoted to backup, so maybe Cucky thinks he's White.
     
  4. Thrashen

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    Don, I’ve seen numerous photos of Harris. He has light blue eyes and blond hair. He looks “off” in some photos, but entirely white in others such as this one from his college days...

    https://calvulcans.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=845

    Did you see an article that he’s mixed?
     
  5. Don Wassall

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    I was going by posts 82-84 in the 2018 NFL Preseason thread where he was discussed and Leonardfan said he's mixed. Also, from doing a quick search, his baby daddy split when he was very young and his mother moved him to beautiful Baltimore. He ended up playing at California University of PA, a small college notorious for recruiting black football players who end up being arrested for various crimes, some quite serious. Here's a pic where he looks mixed:

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  6. Westside

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    Wow! I thought for sure Gruden would change the complexion of this vile team. While hopefully like last year they will crash and burn. An F, wow.
     

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