486

Karl Joseph meets his goal of returning by training camp

Share
Karl Joseph was suited up and participating at the Raiders first training camp practice. (Kristopher Skinner/staff photo)

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.”

Coach Jack Del Rio said they’ll monitor Joseph just like they’ll keep an extra eye on any players returning from injury, but they aren’t concerned about him from a physical standpoint.

“He doesn’t show any signs of anything there,” Del Rio said. “I feel good about the rehab he’s gone through and the work he’s put in. We’ll monitor all the guys that are returning form injury in terms of reps and things just to make sure we’re smart with them, but he’s ready to roll.”

Joseph said it was a nice relief for him to make it back as he hoped and he’s grateful to just be back playing football again.

“That was our goal with the training staff and the coaching staff,” Joseph said of the training camp return. “They did a great job of watching the reps I took and working during this summer. It was my goal and I’m just happy to be able to go out there with the guys.

“This is what I’ve been doing my whole life. Just having football taken away from me makes me appreciate the game a lot more. I would get frustrated during OTAs watching the guys out there not being able to go out there and compete with them. I’m just happy and blessed to be able to come back out on the field.”

Joseph participated with the first-team defense. The team isn’t in pads performing contact drills yet, so it’ll take some time to get a feel for how he’ll play with the defense. But he’s got an eye on the starting job and it would seem likely he’ll be on the first-team when the Raiders open the season Sept. 11 in New Orleans.

“We think he’s a good football player,” Del Rio said. “We’re going to throw him right in and let him compete. We expect him to grow every day.”

Share

Jimmy Durkin

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

  • This place has the blog but thats about it. People cheering 50K DA posts while we

    actually get camp updates videos etc here:

    http://www.csnbayarea.com/raiders

    JER and ibabuzz are clearly not swimming in resources…

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Well, we pissed off a San Marino boy, didn’t we?

  • FriskiesR8R

    From your 65 ft yacht

  • TMI?

  • Stabler

    Did he stay still?

  • FriskiesR8R

    Yes you have, and all my high school Caucasian mob friends are coming

  • Stabler

    Jimmy Durkin on fire!

  • FriskiesR8R

    This worse than playing Duarte

  • Fugazi

    You can’t get the conversations on CSNBA like you do here.

  • The Machine

    JT The Brick
    ‏@JTTheBrick

    6m6 minutes ago

    I just introduced #Raiders owner Mark Davis in Napa as he extended Reggie McKenzie’s 4 years on his existing contract. Huge moment! #NFL

  • FriskiesR8R

    9 7 dodgers, safety!

  • The Machine

    JT The Brick
    ‏@JTTheBrick

    7m7 minutes ago

    Mark Davis just announced the contact extension in front of 100+ alumni and staff. A great moment for Davis and his passion for the #Raiders

  • Yep, hence the blog comment.

  • Stabler

    Ichiro is about to get his 3,000th MLB hit, and he played his first game with the Mariners when he was 27 years old. If he broke into the majors at, let’s say, 21, he’d probably be breaking Pete Rose’s all-time hit record right about now.

  • Even better boxer

  • Stabler

    Let’s just get to .500 first.

    Sadly, I was not asked for my opinion.

  • Stabler

    Valedictorian at Yale last year, I believe.

  • Dont mess with the IRISHMAN

  • Raider 8

    18-46 and that merits a 4 year extension? on the surface of it ..it sounds insane.

  • Raider 8

    exactly. he hasn’t built a roster that has won ANYTHING yet.

  • The Machine

    Scott Bair
    ‏@BairCSN

    24s25 seconds ago

    Mark Davis made McKenzie extension announcement at Alumni gala, in front of former Raiders. “I wanted to tell them 1st. Reggie’s earned it.”

    0 retweets

    0 likes

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I got kicked off line.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    But I’m back on line now.

  • Stabler

    And if they go 7-9, and miss the playoffs again?

    Tsk, tsk, Mark. Too early to be doing that nonsense.

  • Stabler

    No buts about it!

  • Stabler

    Still have one of them party line tellyphone numbers, too?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I can be quite a but about it.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    A really clueless Mac room female.

  • idahoraiderfan33

    This legit??

  • The Machine

    Yes

  • The Machine

    New post

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Then heck YEAH!!

  • He saw connor cook in practice and then decided

  • Stabler

    “Get me two corners. Um, I meant one Connor.”

  • Dan78

    Resign Reggie Now…

  • Dan78

    Oooooooohh..