State of the Nation: The Athletic's Raiders podcast

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The Athletic Bay Area's Vic Tafur and Jimmy Durkin offer Raiders coverage, commentary, interviews and plenty more.

Episode Date
Postgame show after Raiders' 16-10 preseason win over the Lions

The Raiders opened the preseason with a 16-10 win over the Detroit Lions. Connor Cook played about as well as he's ever played, Marshawn Lynch broke a 60-yard run (although it didn't count) and rookie defensive tackles P.J. Hall and Maurice Hurst impressed. Vic Tafur and Jimmy Durkin break it all down in this postgame edition. 

Aug 11, 2018
Raiders hold joint practice with Lions and EIC Tim Kawakami makes an appearance

Some real hitting was finally present in Napa as the Lions held the first of the two joint practices with the Raiders. And who else but The Athletic Bay Area Editor-in-Chief Tim Kawakami made his way to practice and joined the show. We discussed what we liked about the practice, what we want to see in the exhibition opener Friday and discuss why we don't expect the Raiders to trade Khalil Mack.

Aug 07, 2018
Derek Carr on Peyton Manning, playing for Gruden, his touchdown dance plans, and more

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr joined Vic Tafur and Jimmy Durkin on the same day future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning stopped by practice. He talked about what he can pick up from the two-time Super Bowl champion, what it's like to be playing for an offensive head coach in Jon Gruden for what should be a long time, being on the same page this year with his coaches, his upcoming merchandise line, his plans for a touchdown dance if he finally gets a rushing touchdown, and more. Vic and Jimmy also touch on the latest (non-)news on Khalil Mack, Gareon Conley's injury and take some questions. 

Aug 02, 2018
Raiders and Jon Gruden open up training camp

Martavis Bryant was present and accounted for as the Raiders opened training camp in Jon Gruden's second tenure with the team, but a lesser known receiver stood out. Khalil Mack isn't here, but Bruce Irvin had a great first day. We talk about that, take questions, make our sleeper picks and much more from Day 1 in Napa. 

Jul 27, 2018
Raiders training camp preview with Frostee Rucker and Andrew DePaola

Raiders training camp opens on Friday so we caught up at 1400 Bar and Grill in Alameda to meet new Raiders Frostee Rucker and Andrew DePaola to talk about getting the call from Jon Gruden to come to Oakland and much more about their new team. Josh Dubow and Michael Wagaman of the Associated Press also swung by to join Jimmy Durkin and Vic Tafur in a roundtable discussion to preview what we're most looking forward to starting Friday in Napa. 

Jul 24, 2018
Catching up with Greg Olson and recapping this week's mandatory minicamp

Greg Olson is back as the Raiders offensive coordinator and joined the show to discuss getting to coach Derek Carr for a second time, how his relationship with Jon Gruden was formed, how he survives the coach's early mornings, his biggest surprises from the offseason program and more. Ted Nguyen also joins the show and we discuss our observations from the three-day mandatory minicamp, Khalil Mack's holdout, the kicker competition and take #SOTNMail questions.

Jun 15, 2018
Impressions from the third OTA and chatting with a Super Bowl champion

Vic Tafur and Jimmy Durkin wrap up the Raiders third and final open OTA session ahead of next week's mandatory minicamp and offer their impressions, including the two reps at right tackle that Kolton Miller received, the work up from on the defensive side by Maurice Hurst, P.J. Hall and Arden Key, the solid performance from the secondary and much more. We also chat with outgoing Raiders media relations coordinator Billy Jones and take #SOTNMail questions. 

Jun 06, 2018
Doug Martin on his return home, plus talking Gruden-Carr relationship and much more

Oakland-born and Stockton raised running back Doug Martin is back home with the Raiders and creating some buzz with impressive showings at OTAs. Jon Gruden clearly loves him and could have him challenge for the starting RB job. We talk to Doug, plus discuss the relationship building between Gruden and Derek Carr, what Jared Cook thinks of the new offensive staff, how Keith Smith helped Carr become a Raider, and take your #SOTNmail questions. 

May 29, 2018
Gareon Conley practices, Obi Melifonwu isn't close, Raiders trade for Christian Hackenberg

The good news for the Raiders: Gareon Conley is back practicing. The bad news: Obi Melifonwu still isn't close and Jon Gruden sounds frustrated. Plus, we break down the Christian Hackenberg trade and talk about all we saw at our first full open Gruden practice.

May 22, 2018
Analyzing draft picks with Ted Nguyen, roster weak spots, underrated offseason moves, and #SOTNMail

Film analyst Ted Nguyen joins the show to break down four of the Raiders draft picks — Kolton Miller, P.J. Hall, Arden Key and Maurice Hurst — and we all make our picks for the weakest spot remaining on the roster, select our favorite underrated offseason move and answer your #SOTNMail questions.

May 11, 2018
Evaluating the Raiders' draft class and chatting with top pick Kolton Miller

The draft is over and it's time to evaluate the entire nine-man class acquired over three busy days of deals. We also chat with Raiders first-round pick Kolton Miller and answer questions in the #SOTNmail segment. 

May 05, 2018
A breakdown of Day 1 of the Raiders' draft

The Raiders clearly targeted an offensive tackle in the first round of the draft and that's what they got in UCLA's Kolton Miller. We discuss the Miller pick, debate if the Raiders got appropriate value for their trade down from No. 10 to No. 15, and consider what the Miller pick means for incumbent left tackle Donald Penn. We also get into the Martavis Bryant trade from the Steelers, plus take a peek ahead and what the Raiders still need to accomplish over the remainder of the draft. 

Apr 27, 2018
Debut episode talking Raiders draft, offseason moves, and more

Vic Tafur and Jimmy Durkin introduce their new Raiders podcast with some talk about next week's draft, the moves the Raiders made over the offseason, a breakdown of the schedule and our plans for the show and Raiders coverage in general.

Apr 20, 2018