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Ken Norton Jr.: New Raiders safety Karl Joseph ‘a pack of dynamite’

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New Raiders safety Karl Joseph is "dynamite". (Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports)

New Raiders safety Karl Joseph is “a pack dynamite”. (Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports)

Ken Norton Jr. has been able to get his hands on a couple of his new toys, but one is still wrapped up in its packaging.

First-round pick Karl Joseph, a safety from West Virginia, isn’t expected to be ready until training camp after tearing his ACL during his senior season.

So while Norton, the Raiders’ defensive coordinator, has gotten a look at new cornerback Sean Smith and outside linebacker Bruce Irvin, Joseph has remained in the weight room and on the sidelines. (Free agent safety Reggie Nelson also has not practice, presumably due to an injury).

But Norton has seen enough in watching Joseph’s film to get excited about him making an immediate impact.

“The guy is explosive,” Norton said. “He’s around the football a lot. He’s a pack of dynamite.”

Competition during training camp will bear this out, but teams don’t often draft a first rounder at a position of need without plans to start him. And considering that in Joseph and Nelson’s absence, the starting safeties at practice have been Nate Allen and Dewey McDonald, it’s all the more obvious how much they’ll be relying on Joseph.

“Anytime you have a first-round draft pick, you expect an impact player,” Norton said. “We expect him to be that.”

Even Raiders stud pass rusher Khalil Mack said he’s looking forward to seeing Joseph get on the field.

“He’s not on the field with us yet, but we’re just excited to see what he’s going to be able to do for us as well,” Mack said.

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Jimmy Durkin

Sports writer for the Bay Area News Group, covering the Raiders.

  • Charlie

    I use them as the best example there is of a team that can afford to do anything it wants and NOW chooses NOT to spend wildly because it does not result in championships.
    Never has.

    Simply in defense of what RM has done in managing contracts responsibly.

  • RaidingTexas

    Yep. That narrative is exactly how I remember it. Everyone was astonished by this nobody goalie playing lights out, helping them win their first six games.

  • Dakota

    Quick was 6 years old in 1992.

  • 24

    Well I would have been 10 years old then so if I saw it happen…I can’t say I know for sure but cool story bro haha

  • 24

    He was a phenom in the Olympics..they called him The Rookie after he fell after slipping on a puck lol

  • Dakota

    Wow, I remember that too….we watched hockey in class.

    Nowadays the teachers wouldn’t let you watch unless they knew the USA would lose and then issue an apoplogy for all of our wrongdoings dating back to Columbus.

  • RaidingTexas

    Lol that was quite a tangent, wasn’t it? Have a good one! Time to commute.

  • 24

    I said Pucker as one would say baller…it didn’t catch on =(

    It seemed so clever at the time lol

  • 24

    Ok…I’m fading from being up all night. I can’t hang…*drop the mic*

  • Dakota
  • r8dercain

    Morning fellas

  • Charlie

    Richter in 1988
    LeBlanc in 1992
    Dunham or Garth Snow in 1994
    Richter/Vanbiesbrouck in 1998

    ??

  • Dakota

    How about….Carson Palmer? And don’t pull the cap crap, we didn’t save much cap space at all with that move.

  • Double O Seven

    Dubs. In 5. Told you that.

  • R8der4evr

    Goodmorning Faithful Nation
    Football time is getting closer
    I can smell the Coliseum, it’s a Raider Tradition

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    PLUMBING ??

  • Dakota

    He walked right into that one…..

  • R8der4evr

    Lol
    Attending a game in Oakland
    “Priceless”

  • R8der4evr

    Harden and Durant hanging out at a restraunt but it is looking like this

    But Durant also is widely expected to take a handful of face-to-face recruiting meetings with a select group of interested teams, with the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs regarded by many rival executives as the two biggest threats to lure Durant away from the Thunder.

    Threepeat

  • R8der4evr

    Sounds good

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    🙂 I KNOW MAN..GOOD MORNING..
    AFTER ABOUT 9 AM WHEN THE BBQ’S ARE GOING FULL THROTTLE..YOU ARE RIGHT.. THERE IS NOTHING LIKE IT..

  • MuthaFknZeus

    I am so sick of 95.7 the game. Their morning show is horrendous. They NEVER mention the raiders, besides Warriors they hang on every word of the niners. Not one mention of Carr being in the top 100 or his postion vs bortles. No mention of them even having OTAs let alone any of the interviews that have gone on. There is 0 creativity. They just parrot the big media headlines over and over and over. You can take the first hour and repeat it as that’s all they do. The station used to have a good morning show with the rise guys, now they have an ex charger, a bronco fan and an annoying dbag in Joe. It’s sad that this is the official raider radio station.

  • R8der4evr
  • R8der4evr

    Damon Bruce is the Raider guy, talks us up as bad as me.
    Lol

  • R8der4evr

    For sure, why I get upset with MD who claims he wants this tradition to stay.

  • timetojam

    Tailgate. Can almost smell the tri-tip now. Who’s cooking?

  • M.Shorter
  • MuthaFknZeus

    I like Damon Bruce, but Lorenzo Neil and Chad and Joe are about as exciting as a bag of bricks. None of them are naturally witty, humorous or insightful. Lorenzo acts like a football god and Joe is just a try hard. I mainly listen in the morning at work and I find myself going more and more to CBS sports radio for Tiki and Tierny in LA as they actually talk football league wide. The game’s morning show is like a third rate college free radio program.

  • R8der4evr

    How about them Sharks?
    Would be incredible if they pull this off, play their game and they can.

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    MY BUDDY IS ON THE GRILL..HAS BEEN SINCE 95 WHEN THE RAIDERS CAME BACK.. HE IS A MASTER..

  • R8der4evr

    I agree, I actually get a kick out of Murph and Mac, especially during Warrior season
    NOT football season.

  • R8der4evr

    ATHLETE

  • R8der4evr

    Can’t wait
    And you stir the Bloody Mary’s right?

  • MuthaFknZeus

    Yeah, i should reiterate my original comment, I’m just sick of their morning show, the rest of the day isnt bad. The rise guys they had was great, got me into the station. Now since they changed it a year or so ago its just been dull and boring. I like middlekoff and papa at noon too. Papa always sounds like he’s a bit buzzed, but that’s almost expected these days.

  • timetojam

    We run a pot luck system where there are two grills, and everyone brings their own meat to cook & share with everyone. So there’s something coming off the grill the whole time. My specialty is bacon-wrapped shrimp.

  • marks hair

    That would a terrible move by the Warriors

  • Connor Cook can do that with his left hand.

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    WE HAVE 14 IN OUR BASE GROUP THAT PARK AND SIT TOGETHER,AND A FEW OTHERS THAT COME IN BART AND JOIN FOR PREGAME..BUDDY ON THE GRILL BRING THE BEEF ( TRI TIP-RIBS – PORK-CHOPS ) ..EVERYONE ELSE BRINGS THE SIDES..

  • R8erEduc8er

    It’s pretty peaceful over there, but I guess I’ll invite you guys to the new post. Behave!

  • RaidingTexas

    It was LeBlanc. Confirmed in that hockey “legends” article I linked.

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    NO,OTHER BUDDY DOES THAT..:)
    U KNOW ME,SCOTCH IS MORE MY SPEED.CROWN IF I RUN OUT..

  • Charlie

    New Post.

  • 24

    Dang thats mean but super funny

  • Ronin559

    I smell wine, stinky cheese, and sushi… oh wait, never mind, I was just passing by Santa Clara. I think Keap left his legs spread open again.

  • Walnutz (LB Raider)

    Who me or Manziel… If it’s me EFF U…. Jesus freak

  • Walnutz (LB Raider)

    Your mom has fake man boobs

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