As many of you have already noticed, we have made some changes to the way you receive your Oakland Raiders coverage, but not the coverage itself.
The Bay Area News Group recently launched new and improved websites that function much better across all platforms (desktops, mobile, tablets) and improve our ability to get the latest news out to you as fast as possible.
With that launch, the Inside the Oakland Raiders blog will no longer be populated. The blog will still be here in an archived form, but we won’t be adding new content. What we would post here, and all the rest of our Raiders coverage — and your ability to comment on our posts — is now at EastBayTimes.com/sports/oakland-raiders and MercuryNews.com/sports/oakland-raiders.
We understand this is a stark change for many who have called this blog home over the years and generated many a hearty discussion. Rest assured, all the content that’s been available over the years on this blog will still be there on the website along with much, much more.
You’ve probably noticed the “Inside the Oakland Raiders” weekly video show, a nod to the blog’s name that will be a weekly staple throughout the season and you can find it on EastBayTimes.com here or MercuryNews.com here. There’s also the new “Raiders Talk” podcast that should come twice a week during the season and periodically throughout the offseason. The podcast is now available on iTunes.
More is certain to come as we adjust and learn everything our new websites can provide. A weekly Raiders mailbag is in the works and suggestions are always welcome if there’s a feature you might like to see.
Thanks as always for reading over the years and we hope you enjoy the new website.
Derek Carr celebrates after somersaulting his way to a first down.
Note: All the latest Raiders coverage is available on our new website, which now lets us post content immediately. Check everything out there.
NEW ORLEANS — The Raiders signed Sean Smith to be a shutdown corner. He spent the final quarter and a half of his debut Sunday watching from the sidelines.
Smith was benched after giving up a 98-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Cooks in the third quarter of Oakland’s 35-34 comeback win over the New Orleans Saints. Continue Reading
RAIDERS (0-0) AT SAINTS (0-0)
10 a.m., Sunday, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
TV: FOX (Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, Jennifer Hale)
Radio: 98.5/102.9 (Greg Papa, Tom Flores, Lincoln Kennedy)
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The Raiders will face a tough test in Drew Brees in the season opener Sunday. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Here’s a recap of our stories from today on our website:
ALAMEDA — A rebuilt secondary against one of the NFL’s most prolific passers of all-time? Bring it on say the Raiders as they kick off their season of renewed hope Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.
“I think as a competitor, this is the kind of game you live for,” Raiders cornerback David Amerson said. “As a secondary, if you want to test yourself and see how good you are right now and how good you can be, this is the perfect game to go out there and just compete.”
Click here to read the rest of that story: Continue Reading
Reggie Nelson is already a captain for the Raiders. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Here’s a recap of what was written today that you can check out on our new updated web site:
Scan the Raiders roster and there’s a lot of good, young talent. But it’s thin on veterans.
That’s where 32-year-old safety Reggie Nelson comes into play. Nelson’s entering his 10th season, but his first with the Raiders after spending the past six years in Cincinnati. That didn’t stop him from being announced recently as one of the team’s four captains.
“To be voted amongst your peers, that’s a great thing,” Nelson said Wednesday as the Raiders held their first practice of the regular season in preparation of Sunday’s opener against the New Orleans Saints.
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The Bay Area News Group’s NFL preview magazine hit doorsteps and newsstands on Sunday and the content has now rolled out to our web sites as well.
Here’s all the content you’ll want to read about your 2016 Raiders.
It starts with Jerry McDonald’s cover story on Khalil Mack, your kind and gentle (off the field) NFL superstar.
I wrote the secondary Raiders feature on quarterback Derek Carr and the take from around the NFL on what’s in store for his third season. Continue Reading
Karl Joseph was listed Tuesday as the Raiders’ second-team strong safety for the season-opener. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
ALAMEDA — Karl Joseph wasn’t down on himself Tuesday after the news came out that he was shifted to second-team safety on the Raiders’ depth chart for Sunday’s season-opener against the New Orleans Saints.
“I didn’t expect anything given to me,” Joseph told this newspaper. “I’ve just got to keep learning, keep getting better and keep growing as a player and everything else will fall in its place.
“I have a lot of confidence in myself and I have no doubt in myself that I’ll get my spot back.” Continue Reading
Karl Joseph is now listed as the backup at strong safety for Week 1. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
The Karl Joseph era apparently won’t begin with him in the starting lineup.
The Raiders released their updated depth chart Tuesday and have Nate Allen listed as the starter at strong safety. Joseph, the team’s first-round pick, had held that spot since the team’s initial depth chart of the exhibition season.
It’s not a huge surprise if you consider how Joseph has been used in recent weeks. In the third exhibition game against Tennessee in which the starters played into the third quarter, he played only 22 defensive snaps. That was the fewest among projected starters. Continue Reading
Mario Edwards Jr. was placed on injured reserve and will miss at least half the Raiders’ season. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
The Raiders placed second-year defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. on injured reserve Monday, costing him at least half of the 2016 season.
Edwards injured his hip early in the first exhibition game of the season, an ailment that didn’t require surgery and was expected to initially sideline him 4-6 weeks. Continue Reading