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Gabe Jackson says Raiders’ Class of 2014 always believed in turnaround

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Obviously, the Raiders’ 2014 draft laid the foundation for the franchise’s future. They drafted Khalil Mack, Derek Carr and Gabe Jackson with their first three choices. The Raiders have given Carr and Jackson long-term extensions, and Mack is next.

The three arrived in Oakland believing they could live up to Al Davis’ Commitment to Excellence.

“We didn’t know the time frame and all this, but I remember rookie year, me, Khalil and DC, we always talked about the change coming and how we were going to turn things around,” Jackson told Bruce Murray and Brady Quinn on the SiriusXM Blitz. “And Derek always kept encouraging us that things would get better, so me and Khalil always said, ‘Derek, he knows something’s about to happen with us.’ And he was right.”

The Raiders were 4-12 in 2013 and went 3-13 in 2014 before beginning the turnaround by going 7-9 in 2015. Their 12-4 record last season was the Raiders’ first winning season since 2002, which marked the last time they had earned a postseason berth. The Raiders enter this season considered a Super Bowl contender. But Jackson said the Raiders aren’t worried about expectations.

“We have a certain group of guys, we don’t get to the hype,” Jackson said. “We know that, if you don’t come out and work and prepare to win, you won’t win. Anybody can get beat by whoever and whenever, so you’ve got to be dedicated and work hard throughout the week and do the whole process like you would normally do it no matter what.”

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9 Responses to “Gabe Jackson says Raiders’ Class of 2014 always believed in turnaround”
  1. raidernation210 says: Jul 5, 2017 3:51 PM

    Return to Greatness!! Raiders are back!! going to be nice listening to these haters all year long

  2. markdavisbarber says: Jul 5, 2017 4:11 PM

    One Nation!

  3. philvil41 says: Jul 5, 2017 4:19 PM

    He is correct. There are no shortcuts. You must put the work in.

  4. collectordude says: Jul 5, 2017 4:41 PM

    Raiders are not going to a Super Bowl anytime soon.

  5. andrewluck12 says: Jul 5, 2017 4:51 PM

    So the first time the Raiders have a winning season for the first time in over a decade and niw they’re super bowl contenders? LMAO ask my Colts about having some success early.

  6. silvernblackpride says: Jul 5, 2017 4:57 PM

    So the first time the Raiders have a winning season for the first time in over a decade and niw they’re super bowl contenders? LMAO ask my Colts about having some success early.

    Hey Andrew

    we spell new like this

    Like the Raiders are the NEW afc west contenders!!

    RAIDER4LIFE

    WE BACK

  7. araidersfan says: Jul 5, 2017 5:15 PM

    I not only like Gabe for his play on the field but also his quiet leadership-by-example. Glad he’ll be with the Raiders for several more years.

  8. bencoates57 says: Jul 5, 2017 5:27 PM

    We had the exploits of the Chargers ans Broncos to entertain us since 2002, which together won — what? — 1 Super Bowl between them in that time.

  9. mullman76 says: Jul 7, 2017 7:50 PM

    Let’s let them kick the season off before we get all happy.

    RAIDERS are looking solid and MUST build on last season to make any of this relevant.

    Lots of football ahead.

    Carry on.

    RAIDER NATION

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