Healthy Raiders wrap up offseason program

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio expects to have his entire roster available when training camp begins. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio expects to have his entire roster available when training camp begins. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

The Raiders wrapped their offseason program Thursday happy and, more importantly, healthy.

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said he expects to have his entire roster available when training camp begins in Napa in six weeks.

“I think we feel good about the whole team coming into camp being ready to work,” Del Rio said. “Obviously, we’ll see when we get there, but that’s the anticipation, that we’d have a healthy team going into camp.”

The Raiders got through this week’s three-day mandatory minicamp with only seven players among the 90-man active roster unable to see any action. Only one player, cornerback DJ Hayden, suffered an injury during the three days of practice that caused him to miss a day. He sat out Thursday with what Del Rio termed “a little tweak.”

First-round pick Karl Joseph was one of the seven to not participate, although in his rehabilitation from a torn anterior cruciate ligament he’s graduated to working out on the side and absorbing some of the team reps from the sidelines.

“We’ve made the most of the situation,” Del Rio said of Joseph, a safety from West Virginia. “Ideally, he’s doing everything. Short of that, what we can do is we can do the walkthroughs, we can do the meetings, we can spend extra time with him. So those are things that we’ve been doing and we’ll continue to do.”

Beyond Joseph, the Raiders are still awaiting the return of linebacker Neiron Ball, whose knee injury from Week 7 of last season was originally supposed to sideline him only about six weeks.

Tight end Clive Walford (knee), running back Roy Helu Jr. (hips), safety Reggie Nelson (undisclosed), defensive lineman Denico Autry (undisclosed)  and cornerback Neiko Thorpe (undisclosed) are the others who were out but expected to be on the field in July.

Beyond staying healthy, Del Rio feels the team’s leadership has been more readily established during the offseason as the Raiders look to replace the voices of the retired Charles Woodson and Justin Tuck.

“I think the veterans have done a great job of stepping up with that leadership part,” Del Rio said. “It’s one of the questions we had coming into this offseason, right? Who is going to replace C-Wood? Who is going to replace Justin Tuck? We had guys stepping forward.

“Khalil Mack and Derek (Carr), obviously, two guys that are stepping forward, but guys like Bruce Irvin, guys like Sean Smith, Rodney (Hudson), those guys have been filling that void and doing a great job.”


Jimmy Durkin

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

  • r8dercain

    Yahoo..an not the council..
    Draft order is optional. .
    We can draw names or let yahoo do it..


    You have room?

  • DutchRaid

    Yes, that also makes a lot of sense!

  • She was 16

  • Dan78

    You get my email???


    If you have room hit me up. laramark87@yahoo.co,

  • BigTed707

    $19 mill is a lot of money. I’m hoping that there is something else going on in The Donkey’s front office, and Von Miller really wants out for reasons other than just money.

  • inonewordraider

    Well in that case…

  • Miamiraider78

    She’s 10.

  • r8dercain

    Lol…no way..
    I’m thinking let yahoo do it..
    Shoot you wanna be a council member?

  • BigTed707

    I plead insanity, your honor, I’m just CRAZY ’bout them boobies!

  • Miamiraider78

    This would be my 2nd FF league I’ve been in, in the past 9 years. I don’t know the politics behind it. lol

  • r8dercain

    Either you or RRS..
    Up to dutch an sixes though..

  • inonewordraider

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  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    did you join cain’s league? i’m not doing Dell’s

  • BigTed707

    How was I supposed to know she was 14. She SAID she was 16!

  • PlunkforHOF

    Now that is a post to be happy about.

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    i can help with any questions you have, but you’re making all the final decisions commish cain!

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    and healthy, Durkin says. nice way to kickstart Father’s Day weekend. Kool-Aid !!

  • BigTed707

    Do it, Von! Attack Elway right in his inflated ego!

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    2 hours. Let’s go Cavs!! *clap clap clap*

  • BigTed707

    Good game, bro.
    Let’s Go Oakland! *clap clap – clap clap clap*

  • Scrap the council, you are the bauce.
    You can bounce some things around but mostly just set it for yahoo automatic, regular scoring, etc and have fun.
    Next year you can make changes

  • Miamiraider78

    How many points for successful snaps to the punter/kicker?

    I’m thinking Jon Condo with my 1st pick.

    Ajemerso, thoughts?


    Nuevo poste!!

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