Raiders Talk

Raiders Talk is a podcast hosted by Jimmy Durkin, the Oakland Raiders beat writer for the Bay Area News Group, and features interviews with players, fellow media and more.
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Aug 1, 2017

Reggie McKenzie speaks about the decision made by the Cuyahoga County Grand Jury to decline charges on first-round pick Gareon Conley and Donald Penn's holdout, while Jimmy Durkin and Jerry McDonald discuss those topics and more.

Jul 30, 2017

From Donald Penn's holdout, Derek Carr's return from injury, Marshawn Lynch expectations and the backup quarterback competition, it's all covered in the latest episode of the Raiders Talk podcast featuring host Jimmy Durkin and Jerry McDonald. 

Jul 6, 2017

Jimmy Durkin and Jerry McDonald go live from Caps & Taps in Dublin to discuss the contract extensions for Derek Carr and Gabe Jackson and take questions via Facebook Live on Gareon Conley, the offense under Todd Downing, the length of the leash on defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr., the future of Sebastian Janikowski and more.

Jun 16, 2017

The Raiders are off on their separate ways until they convene in Napa in late July. Host Jimmy Durkin is joined by Jerry McDonald to recap what we've seen during the off-season program and what to look forward to when training camp begins.

May 24, 2017

As the Raiders get going with Stage Three of OTAs, Jimmy Durkin is joined by Jerry McDonald to discuss Derek Carr's contract extension talks, the addition of Marshawn Lynch, how the rookie class will factor in and more.

Jan 31, 2017

The Raiders deal to relocate to Las Vegas appears to be in trouble with investor Sheldon Adelson pulling out and Goldman Sachs possibly following. Jimmy Durkin addresses that and takes questions from listeners via Facebook Live.

Jan 20, 2017

The Oakland Raiders officially filed for relocation to Las Vegas on the same day that general manager Reggie McKenzie was named by the Professional Football Writers of America as the league's top executive. Jimmy Durkin is joined by Jerry McDonald to discuss it all. 

Jan 11, 2017

The Oakland Raiders wrapped up the 2016 season with a 12-4 record and the first postseason appearance since 2002, which ended in the wild-card round of the playoffs in a 27-14 loss to the Houston Texans. Jimmy Durkin is joined by Jerry McDonald to break down the season, look at the changes Jack Del Rio made to his coaching staff and examine which free agents the Raiders may look to keep and the positions of need for 2017.

Jan 8, 2017

The Oakland Raiders' season is over after a 27-14 loss to the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. In the final postgame Raiders Talk podcast of the season, Jimmy Durkin is joined by columnist Mark Purdy to break down what went wrong and Saturday and what went right during this season. 


Jan 4, 2017

The Oakland Raiders make their first playoff appearance since 2002 when they face the Houston Texans in a Wild Card playoff game. Rookie Connor Cook is expected to make his first NFL start and Chris Solari, the Michigan State beat writer for the Detroit Free Press, helps break down Cook's game. The Bay Area News Group's Jerry McDonald also helps preview the playoff opener.

Jan 2, 2017

The Raiders saw their AFC West title hopes eliminated with their 24-6 loss to the Denver Broncos and will now hit the road to face the Houston Texans next week in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Jimmy Durkin and Marcus Thompson II break it all down. 

Dec 28, 2016

The biggest story in the Raiders' world right now is Derek Carr's fractured fibula and how the Raiders will move on with Matt McGloin now at quarterback. We discuss that, but also chat with rookie running back DeAndre Washington about his breakthrough game and take a look at the Raiders' Week 17 matchup against the Denver Broncos with the Denver Post's Cameron Wolfe and Bay Area News Group's Jerry McDonald.

Dec 25, 2016

The Oakland Raiders beat the Indianapolis Colts 33-25 on Christmas Eve to move ever closer to capturing the AFC West title. But the big story was Derek Carr, as the Raiders' quarterback broke his fibula and his season is likely done. The Bay Area News Group's Jimmy Durkin and Jerry McDonald break it all down.

Dec 21, 2016

Oakland Raiders Pro Bowl center Rodney Hudson joins the show to talk about the success of the vaunted offensive line, running the ball from the shotgun formation and what a first-round playoff bye would mean. Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star and Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group also join in with host Jimmy Durkin to help break down the Christmas Eve matchup with the Indianapolis Colts.

Dec 19, 2016

The Oakland Raiders ended their long playoff drought when they clinched at least a Wild Card berth thanks to a 19-16 win over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. The Bay Area News Group's Jimmy Durkin is joined by columnist Tim Kawakami to break down the win and how the Raiders returned to the postseason. 

Dec 15, 2016

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr joins Jimmy Durkin on the podcast to talk about recovering from a loss, his family's success at Bakersfield Christian High School and offer his take on the spider camera wire theory. Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune and the Bay Area News Group's Jerry McDonald also help preview Sunday's potential playoff-clinching matchup against the San Diego Chargers.

Dec 9, 2016

The Oakland Raiders six-game winning streak ended and they fell out of the pole position in the AFC West with a 21-13 loss on Thursday Night Football to the Kansas City Chiefs. The Bay Area News Group's Jimmy Durkin and Mark Purdy break down the loss from Kansas City, Mo. 

Dec 7, 2016

The Oakland Raiders (10-2) are heading to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs (9-3) at Arrowhead Stadium on Thursday in a huge first-place battle in the AFC West. Jack Del Rio weighs in the team's culture change in his two years in Oakland and host Jimmy Durkin previews the game with the Kansas City Star's Terez Paylor and Bay Area News Group's Jerry McDonald.

Dec 4, 2016

The Oakland Raiders improved to 10-2 with a 38-24 win over the Buffalo Bills at the Coliseum. The Bay Area News Group's Jimmy Durkin and Jerry McDonald break down their sixth fourth-quarter comeback win of the year.

Nov 30, 2016

Oakland Raiders left tackle Donald Penn joins the host Jimmy Durkin to talk about the mindset of the 9-2 squad and his plans for the NFL's My Cleat, My Cause weekend. Durkin is also joined by ESPN's Buffalo Bills reporter Mike Rodak and Bay Area News Group's Jerry McDonald to talk about Sunday's Raiders-Bills matchup.

Nov 27, 2016

The Raiders were in control, then lost control, then found it again in a wild 35-32 win over the Carolina Panthers. The Bay Area News Group's Jimmy Durkin and Jerry McDonald break it down from the Coliseum.

Nov 22, 2016

The Oakland Raiders rallied back in the fourth quarter to beat the Houston Texans 27-20 on Monday night in Mexico City. Jimmy Durkin gets Jerry McDonald on the phone from back in the Bay Area to break down another Raiders' victory.

Nov 17, 2016

Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray joins Jimmy Durkin on the podcast. He also previews the Raiders' Monday Night Football matchup in Mexico City against the Houston Texans with the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson and Bay Area News Group's Jerry McDonald. 

Nov 9, 2016

Jimmy Durkin chats with Bleacher Report's lead NFL writer Mike Freeman, who is the author of Snake: The Legendary Life of Ken Stabler. Freeman talks about the process of writing the book, his relationship with Stabler and his thoughts on the first-place Oakland Raiders.

Nov 7, 2016

Jimmy Durkin chats with the Bay Area News Group's Jerry McDonald to break down the Oakland Raiders' 30-20 win over the defending Super Bowl champions to cement first place in the AFC West entering the bye week.

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