The Raiders have given general manager Reggie McKenzie a four-year extension. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
The Raiders have made a major commitment to Reggie McKenzie. Owner Mark Davis on Friday night announced a new four-year extension for his general manager.
Davis announced the news in front of more than 100 Raiders alumni in Napa this weekend as the team kicks off training camp.
“Reggie’s contract was up at the end of this year and we felt it was time to reward him for the job that he has done,” Davis said, per a team release. Continue Reading
Karl Joseph was suited up and participating at the Raiders first training camp practice. (Kristopher Skinner/staff photo)
The Raiders insisted when Karl Joseph was drafted that they expected him to be ready for training camp. Still, it’s never a given when a player is rehabbing from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Alas, when camp opened up Friday at the Napa Valley Marriott, there was No. 42 roaming around the defensive backfield for the Raiders in his first full-team practice.
“This is what I’ve been working for since I got here so it feels great to finally get out there with all the veterans,” Joseph said. “It was a great first day.” Continue Reading
Roy Helu Jr. has been placed on injured reserve. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
NAPA — The Raiders placed running back Roy Helu Jr. on injured reserve, likely ending his career in the Silver and Black.
Helu last week was put on the physically unable to perform list after missing all of the offseason program following surgery on both of his hips. The move to IR takes him off the roster and likely sets the stage for an injury settlement as the Raiders move on from the former San Ramon Valley High star.
Helu had a disappointing one season with the Raiders, managing to play in just nine games and finishing with 39 rushing yards on 17 carries. He’s never been as productive as his rookie year in Washington in 2011, when he combined for 1,019 yards rushing and receiving. Continue Reading
Aldon Smith has checked into rehab, according to the Web site TMZ. (D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group)
NAPA _ Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith has checked into a treatment center, the Web site TMZ reported Friday.
Smith, currently under suspension under the NFL program for substances of abuse, was to miss a minimum of nine games and would have been eligible in September to apply for reinstatement 60 days before the suspension ended.
A Raiders official at the club’s first training camp practice declined comment.
The story did not say why Smith was in treatment. In 2013, Smith had went into rehab following two DUI arrests.
A video surfaced last week of a man who was not shown firing up what appeared to be a joint with a voice that sounds like Smith talking about a “fire up session.” Continue Reading
NAPA — The Raiders want to be known as one of the better teams in the league.
With they reported for training camp Thursday at the Napa Valley Marriott, they at least confirmed to be among the most colorful.
Marquette King was the leader in that department. The fifth-year punter strolled into camp on Thursday rocking a full-face green Power Rangers mask, causing even star pass rusher Khalil Mack to crack up. Mack quickly whipped out his phone to capture the moment on Snapchat.
A few minutes later, new cornerback Sean Smith backed his large SUV up and checked himself in while wearing a hat with large gold letters spelling out his last name. He also rocked a pair of Superman chains around his neck. Continue Reading
Reggie Nelson is at camp in Napa for the Raiders and says he’s 100 percent.
Reggie Nelson is alive and well.
The Raiders’ free agent acquisition at safety was presented in person Thursday for the first time since signing a two-year deal with Oakland in April.
Nelson, a 2015 Pro Bowl selection, sat out the offseason program with an undisclosed injury and had only spoken with the media via conference call since joining the Raiders.
But with the team set to open camp Friday, the team checked in to the Napa Valley Marriott on Thursday to begin preparing for a season of high expectations. Continue Reading
Connor Cook has some work to do to earn a shot as the No. 2 quarterback. (AP photo)
Players report today so it’s time to wrap up this series with part 10 as we look at the quarterbacks on the Raiders’ training camp roster.
The Raiders go into year three of the Derek Carr era. The former Fresno State star is looking to build off two seasons that, in terms of touchdown passes, has been surpassed only by Dan Marino. And boy is that a comforting place for this organization to be.
Carr might not be the perfect quarterback yet. His final five games of last season — 56.4 percent completion, 218.4 yards per game, eight touchdowns, seven interceptions — exposed some issues. Carr has the gunslinger gene in him and he likes to take changes, which sometimes can hurt him.
But if you look at Carr as a whole, especially compared to what the quarterback position has been like for the past decade-plus, the Raiders are in good shape. If Carr builds off what he’s done through two seasons and continues to improve, printing playoff tickets could start happening. Continue Reading
Latavius Murray needs some help from the rest of the Raiders’ running backs. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)
Our focus turns to running backs for part nine of this 10-part feature breaking down the Raiders’ training camp roster.
Latavius Murray gave the Raiders their first 1,000-yard running back since Darren McFadden in 2010. But to say the Raiders had an effective running game last season would be inaccurate.
Oakland finished 28th in the league in rushing, with Murray’s 1,066 yards accounting for 73 percent of the Raiders attack. That’s not good. Also not good was that Murray only averaged 3.5 yards per carry over the final five games and 3.6 in the second half of games. Continue Reading
Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree lead the Raiders group of wide receivers. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
It’s time to catch the wide receivers in part eight of this 10-part series previewing the Raiders’ training camp roster.
The top of the wide receivers group is about as clear as day for the Raiders, who figure to have four spots sealed up. The last spot or so will take some work.
The Raiders have taken an interesting approach with this position. They’ve invested high on two players — No. 4 pick Amari Cooper and last year’s free agent Michael Crabtree. The remaining wide receivers are all undrafted free agents, two of which could already be called success stories. Continue Reading
Clive Walford is the key to the Raiders’ tight ends group. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
It’s time for tight ends in part seven of this 10-part series breaking down the Raiders roster before training camp.
The strength of this group will be defined largely by the success of one man: Clive Walford.
The Raiders the second-year tight end’s potential and he’s flashed his ability several times. If he takes off and becomes a consistent and effective weapon for Derek Carr, the Raiders’ offense adds a new dynamic.
Some of the momentum in that regard stalled though this offseason when Walford was involved in an ATV accident. He injured his knee enough that it required surgery, but the expectation has always been that he’ll be back for training camp. Continue Reading