On the debut episode of Inside the Oakland Raiders, Bay Area News Group’s Courtney Cronin, Jimmy Durkin and Jerry McDonald dive into Week 3 of the preseason and the Raiders major areas of focus: enabling the run, stopping the run and getting to the quarterback.
Oakland faces Tennessee in Week 3 of the regular season, so Saturday’s matchup serves as more than a tune up against a team the Raiders will face in the not too distant future. While the Raiders won’t show much against the Titans, this week serves as a dress rehearsal for the start of the 2016 campaign.
Our crew also takes a look at potential cuts Oakland will make when teams across the NFL shrink from 90 to 75 players on the active roster next week. Which Raiders would benefit the most from a monster Week 3 performance to increase their chances of making the cut? The answer to this question and more is inside this episode.
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The Raiders are excited to have back Jalen Richard after missing two weeks with a knee injury. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
ALAMEDA — Jalen Richard’s return to the Raiders practice field was a welcome site for offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave.
“It really reminded us of what we’ve missed the last two weeks of practice with him not being there,” Musgrave said.
This isn’t a projected starter for the Raiders that he’s talking about. Rather it’s an undrafted rookie running back. That tells you what type of impression the Southern Miss product has made despite missing the first two preseason games with a minor knee injury. Continue Reading
Oakland Raiders receiver Seth Roberts is “being pushed,” according to coach Jack Del Rio. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)
The Raiders have more than a handful of receivers trying to get noticed and fight their way onto the team’s 53-man roster.
Seth Roberts knows the feeling. He was in their shoes last year.
Roberts, a practice squad player in 2014, completed the journey from undrafted to the NFL when he cracked the opening day roster last season.
He turned that roster spot into a role as the No. 3 wide receiver, catching 32 passes for 480 yards and five touchdowns. Continue Reading
Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper isn’t practicing Tuesday. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper was not participating in Tuesday’s full-padded practice.
Cooper was on the field and stretched with the team, but was wearing shorts and a hooded sweatshirt underneath his jersey. He did not have a helmet.
The Raiders’ second-year receiver, who had 72 catches for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns last season, watched as the team went through individual drills during the portion of practice open to the media. Continue Reading
Raiders defensive tackle Darius Latham is making a nice impact already. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
ALAMEDA — Darius Latham never imagined not hearing his name called when he declared for the NFL draft following his junior season at Indiana.
“I probably would’ve stayed in school,” Latham, the Raiders’ rookie defensive tackle, said of the idea of him not being among the 253 draftees.
Latham was a projected late-round pick after a three-year Indiana career saw him accumulate 81 tackles and 7.5 sacks. But he didn’t help his draft stock with a March arrest for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
After being passed over, the 6-foot-5, 305-pound Latham had interest from several teams.
“I got a lot of calls, but I pretty much had my mind made up where I was going to go,” Latham said. Continue Reading
Jack Del RIo isn’t losing sleep over preseason loss to Packers. (AP Photo)
ALAMEDA _ Worried about the Raiders?
Judging from the social media reaction following a 20-12 loss to the Green Bay Packers, it seems a lot of people are wondering if the consensus trendy pick to make a playoff run is really just more of the same.
Following practice Saturday, the first one since the loss to Green Bay two days ago, it’s pretty clear Jack Del Rio can live with the results because 1) They don’t count; and 2) His team is reasonably healthy. Continue Reading
Raiders undrafted defensive end/linebacker James Cowser should have a roster spot sewn up. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)
Derek Carr, Matt McGloin, Connor Cook
Nothing much to see here. The Raiders didn’t draft Cook in the fourth round to not hang onto him and they aren’t ready to move on from McGloin as the backup. They’re keeping all three quarterbacks.
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Latavius Murray, DeAndre Washington, Taiwan Jones, Jalen Richard, Jamize Olawale Continue Reading
Raiders coach Jack Del Rio was plenty frustrated Thursday. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)
The undrafted rookie cornerback was a stud return man in college at South Carolina State. He got his first chance to show something with a second-quarter punt return, but didn’t go after the ball and let it bounce to take away his chance to a return.
It may be cruel, but some of these players will only get one chance like that to show something. He also got called for a special teams penalty and his already slim roster hopes lost weight. Continue Reading
Oakland Raiders linebacker Shilique Calhoun had his first NFL sack. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)
The third-round pick from Michigan State will get his fill of playing time this year and started showing some of his natural ability in this game.
He did a solid job setting the edge a couple of times and in the fourth quarter got in to the backfield for his first NFL sack. On the play, he rushed free off the left side, changed directions along with Packers quarterback Marquise Williams and wrapped his paws around him for the sack. Continue Reading
The Raiders defense got run over on this John Crockett touchdown. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)
The Raiders didn’t excite anybody with their lackluster performance in Thursday’s exhibition loss to the Green Bay Packers.
The offense looked asleep at the wheel, the defense was gashed on the opening drive for the second straight week and the backups couldn’t come to the rescue in a 20-12 loss at Lambeau Field.
This might’ve been the closest thing to a dress rehearsal the Raiders will have this preseason. They host the Tennessee Titans next week in the typically critical third exhibition game. But they also face the Titans a month later in Week 3 of the season, so they may not want to show them much. Continue Reading