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Raiders notes: Battles on the line will make team better

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The Raiders offensive line will benefit from working against Khalil Mack and vice versa. (Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)

The Raiders offensive line will benefit from working against Khalil Mack and vice versa. (Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)

NAPA — Mike Tice went to the tape, as the Raiders offensive line coach does every day to review practice film with his players.

It was time to examine what left tackle Donald Penn could’ve done to prevent Khalil Mack blowing past him for a sack.

“Donald,” Tice ultimately said, “I don’t have anything for you.”

To hear Tice explain the play, you understand why some of what Mack does isn’t defendable.

“(Mack) bends, he’s about this far from the ground,” Tice said, placing his hand about a foot high. “He just slips under Donald’s hands.

“What am I going to tell him? ‘Bend down there with him.’ It was unbelievable. We like working against those guys. It’s going to make us better.”

The battles along the lines are always the best part of watching a training camp practice. The one-on-one showdowns can get personal. But when there’s the respect level between teammates, the information sharing can benefit both sides.

“They let you know what you beat them with and we let them know what they got us with,” Mack said of his battles with tackles Donald Penn, Menelik Watson and others. “So having that information, it only helps us to use it against other guys.”

The addition of Bruce Irvin means the Raiders’ first-team defense is constantly sending two guys off the edge that will test the best of tackles. Irvin’s hope when the season begins in that all the attention from opposing teams goes to Mack.

“I hope they put three or four people on him and just let me run free,” Irvin said.

Tice’s group is doing its best to prevent that during camp, even if it is a challenge.

“They are reaching out and embracing it,” Tice said. “They aren’t backing down from it. They know they’re going to get beat.”

Watson said he values the work he and Penn are receiving.

“You’re not going to see too many guys like that, with that size, strength and versatility around the league,” Watson said. “So it’s great prep for me getting ready for the season. But it’s also fun. It’s a situation where we’re always talking to each other, always communicating.”

n Rookie safety Karl Joseph, the Raiders’ first-round pick, returned to practice for Friday’s light session. The team did not work out in pads. Tight end Clive Walford was also back in action.

“We work hard to make sure that we’re working smart, doing the right things with our guys so that they can be at their best,” coach Jack Del Rio said. “Just continue to strengthen and just kind of (be) preventative and make sure we don’t have issues.”

n Defensive end Denico Autry was activated from the physically unable to perform list and practiced for the first time in camp. He also missed all of the offseason program after injuring his wrist during offseason training. He practiced with a heavy wrap on his right hand.

n The first play of 7-on-7 drills featured both Walford and Joseph, with the second-year tight end snagging a pass over the coverage of the safety. Walford also caught a pass that Carr squeezed in between coverage from both Joseph and linebacker Malcolm Smith. Joseph later gave up back-to-back receptions in 11-on-11 work to tight end Lee Smith and was briefly replaced to get coached up.

TJ Carrie had an interception of Matt McGloin that he took untouched the other way for a would-be touchdown.

Connor Cook had a couple of his better throws of camp, including a nice completion to Max McCaffrey on the sideline. The ball zipped past cornerback Antonio Hamilton and McCaffrey made a nice adjustment for an acrobatic catch. Cook followed that up by hitting Mychal Rivera on a seam route.

n The Raiders claimed linebacker Lenny Jones and defensive back Tramain Jacobs off waivers, while cutting ties with defensive end Damontre Moore. They also waived injured cornerback SaQwan Edwards.

Jones, a San Leandro High product, had been waived on Thursday by the 49ers. Jacobs had been waived by the New York Giants.

Moore’s time with the Raiders turns out to be a short one. He signed with Oakland in May for no guaranteed money after splitting last season between the Giants and Miami Dolphins. The Giants cut him after a reported locker room altercation. He got into a brief on-field fracus Thursday with running back Jalen Richard.

Edwards spent the first 15 games of last season on the practice squad before being activated for the season finale. He had missed the past three practices with an undisclosed injury.

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Jimmy Durkin

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

  • SaintKaufman

    You know they’re screwed, that guys got a drinking problem!

  • Charlie

    Typical non response from a limited soul.

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Ragland with MRI on knee.. Dang

  • Dakota
  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Long time, no mas!

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Man, i need to tune into women’s handball

  • inonewordraider

    His wife has a black child from previous relationship

  • Charlie

    No answer. Typical of a loser with no logic stream who makes blanket statements which excuse individual accountability.

    I believe your words directed towards me were “delusional old man”.
    Name calling eh?

    Have you forgotten that just a few minutes ago?
    LOL.

    You keep embarrassing yourself.

  • BuckeyeRaider

    Tell that to the family of George Zip.

  • Charlie

    No answer. Typical of a loser with no logic stream who makes blanket statements which excuse individual accountability.

    Maybe its the “system” that is against me. It couldn’t possibly be my behavior that got me cracked upside the head by police.
    LOL.

  • BroJackson34

    Are you top posting for some support? lol

  • SaintKaufman

    He knows nada

  • BroJackson34

    Probably got his azz whooped a few times by some blacks. Usually the type.

  • Tyler Miller

    Hahaha go Eric Striker!!!

  • Charlie

    I thought it was so hysterical that I thought i would share.
    Tell me again how race as opposed to behavior is the driving reason as to why Derek Jeter was so much more successful than Johnny Manziel.

  • Charlie

    No answer. Tell me again how the majority of police brutality is based on race as opposed to behavior.

    Remember the Derek Jeter Johnny Manziel comparison.

    LOL.

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Didn’t we have a dude named Striker Sulak or some sheet like that..

  • willy91137

    I voted for Ross Perot

  • Charlie

    LOL.
    Waaaaaaaaaaah.

    I got arrested because I am a person of color.
    Not because I CHOSE to steal a car and resist arrest.

    LOL.

  • BroJackson34

    Don’t make me block you my little minion. That’s enough for the day. You’re right, you are the wise one. Grab some prune juice to mix with Metamucil and relax.

  • willy91137

    How come all of the police shootings are white, cops shooting black people

  • Charlie

    No answer.

    Think Derek Jeter and David Robinson when you want to pull out that stupid race argument.
    LOL.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    New McGloin post!

  • idahoraiderfan33

    I was ok with drafting Ragland at one time.. Injury’s suck!!

  • BroJackson34

    Now he’s going to insult you for no reason. lol

  • dplunk

    New Post

  • Fugazi

    Thank Goc

  • willy91137

    Wait for it.

  • Charlie

    You mean like in the Baltimore case?
    As I recall three of the defendants were black.Get your facts straight.

  • BroJackson34

    Just pull up stats and the plethora of articles. Man, get with the program. Your comparison is ridiculous!

  • BroJackson34

    JUST ONE CASE?

  • BroJackson34

    How about the black man shot in the back? Behavioral issue?

  • Charlie

    That is all you need to refute the post.

    “How come ALL of the police shootings are white, cops shooting black people”- Willy

  • Charlie

    100%
    Why are you running if you did not do anything wrong???

    resist arrest and get whats coming. maybe a bullet.

    You can go to jail with or without holes.

    YOUR choice.

  • willy91137

    There is no hope for Charlie he has been brainwashed he has been watchingt Fox news without his tinfoil hat

  • BroJackson34

    Wow, you’re a POS human. Comply or die, even if the officer is out of line.

  • Charlie

    Again. No response.
    Think Derek Jeter and park your silly race nonsense.

    You are a sad beaten man.

  • willy91137

    Just like hitting replay

  • Charlie

    No argument again.

    Behavior based problem.

    You are too slow to comprehend.

    hint: accept responsibility for your actions.

  • BroJackson34

    Can’t wait until the generation of people who think like you are gone. Have a good day!

  • Charlie

    He made a sweeping silly post.
    Like having a battle of wits with an unarmed man.

  • Charlie

    Is that a threat?

    Your small little mind is on overload.

    Let me help.

    accept responsibility for YOUR actions.
    Grow up. Be an adult.

    Break the law and you are at risk.

  • Raider Bren

    It’s a win,win,win, more evaluations forthcoming on game day.

  • no mas diamante

    Hey! How are you guys. can’t believe how many years I’ve been visiting this blog. Always entertaining. hope all is well! here’s to a good season finally!

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    Manzanillo, Colima…

  • MEX_GHOST

    Excelente!
    No conozco ese estado.