Oakland Raiders tackle Kelechi Osemele during the team’s football minicamp Wednesday, June 15, 2016, in Alameda, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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ALAMEDA — The name Kelechi Osemele used to bring a grimace in the defensive meeting room of the Raiders.
As the left guard of the Baltimore Ravens, Osemele won no friends with his penchant for picking unsuspecting defenders off when they least expect it.
“You watch K.O., and he’s the guy that plays to the whistle and gets in the last shove,” Raiders defensive tackle Justin Ellis said. “You don’t really like him too much unless he’s on your team.”
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The Browns claimed George Atkinson III of waivers. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
ALAMEDA _ Eight players made their way back to the Raiders practice squad Sunday, a day after being waived in the final cutdown to 53 players.
In addition, running back George Atkinson III and cornerback Neiko Thorpe, who were wavied during Saturday’s final cutdown to 53, found new homes _ Atkinson with the Cleveland Browns and Thorpe with the Indianapolis Colts.
Players signed to the practice squad were wide receiver K.J. Brent, cornerback Kennth Durden, defensive lineman Brandon Jackson, wide receiver Jaydon Mickens, tight end Ryan O’Malley, center-guard Oni Omoile and linebacker Korey Toomer.
The Raiders still have two openings on the practice squad.
Two players who were waived/injured, linebacker Neiron Ball and defensive end/linebacker James Cowser, cleared waivers, were placed on injured reserve and will be ineligble to play for the Raiders this year. Continue Reading
Former Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden, right, now an ESPN broadcaster, greets denizens of the Black Hole. D. Ross Cameron/Staff)
Jon Gruden said he gets a little emotional thinking about the future of the Raiders, but he likes what he sees in the present.
The former Raiders coach and ESPN Monday Night Football analyst was asked during a national conference call Tuesday what he thought about the idea of the franchise residing in Las Vegas.
“The Las Vegas Raiders? I don’t know, man, that’s hard for me to imagine,” Gruden said. “The Oakland Raiders have a real place in my heart. I’d hate to see ’em leave. I love where they are. I love the tradition of the Raiders. I’m tearing up right now thinking about them moving, but I certainly understand their situation and I hope it all works out for ’em. Continue Reading
Jack Del RIo isn’t losing sleep over preseason loss to Packers. (AP Photo)
ALAMEDA _ Worried about the Raiders?
Judging from the social media reaction following a 20-12 loss to the Green Bay Packers, it seems a lot of people are wondering if the consensus trendy pick to make a playoff run is really just more of the same.
Following practice Saturday, the first one since the loss to Green Bay two days ago, it’s pretty clear Jack Del Rio can live with the results because 1) They don’t count; and 2) His team is reasonably healthy. Continue Reading
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) has taken control of the Raiders.(Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)
NAPA — Derek Carr had the last word Tuesday, which is as it should be.
The Raiders quarterback took the podium to address the media after the 13th and final training camp practice as teammates were making their way to their rooms, their cars, and hightailing it out of the Napa Valley Marriott until next year.
Carr is the team’s most conspicuous presence, constantly working the room (or field) with a seemingly endless stream of information, encouragement and the most gentle and good-natured form of criticism when warranted.
As the quarterback in a league driven by quarterbacks, Carr went into training camp as the most important player on the Raiders. At this point, as the Raiders adjourn to the team facility in Alameda, Carr’s influence has grown, if that’s possible. Continue Reading
Receiver Fred Biletnikoff celebrates with Ken Stabler at the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/File)
NAPA _ Had lots of stuff left over from story earlier this week on former Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler, who will be inducted Saturday into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
The story went on-line Tuesday and was in print in Thursday’s editions of the Bay Area News Group papers . .
“When I got to the Raiders, Kenny as third string, behind Daryle Lamonica and George Blanda, but everybody knew the talent he had. The arm, the vision, it was just going to be a matter of time.” Continue Reading
Oakland Raiders running back DeAndre Washington says his height enables him to hide behind linemen.(Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)
NAPA _ Running back DeAndre Washington had solid day Sunday on the first padded practice of training camp for the Raiders.
Washington, a fifth-round pick out of Texas Tech, had some nice inside runs, broke his biggest play on a screen pass from Matt McGloin and was fielding punts in the No. 2 position, right behind third-year player TJ Carrie.
In a manner similar to Maurice Jones-Drew, who had his biggest seasons with Jacksonville under Jack Del Rio, the 5-foot-8, 204-pound Washington sees his height as a positive rather than a negative. Continue Reading
NAPA _ Bruce Irvin has no hard feelings toward the team that essentially gave him his walking papers.
Oakland Raiders linebacker Bruce Irvin has no hard feelings toward Seattle. (Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)
After all, when the Seattle Seahawks declined to exercise a fifth-year option on his rookie deal that would have paid $7.8 million, Irvin became an unrestricted free agent and signed a four-year contract with the Raiders that could pay as much as $37 million.
Truth be told, the Seahawks roster was loaded, and Irvin understood the economics of the move.
“You can’t pay everybody,” Irvin said following practice Sunday. “I knew it when they started paying Russell (Wilson) and Bobby (Wagner). Those guys deserved those deals, so I would never take that from them. Football has a salary cap and you can’t pay everybody. Continue Reading
Some quick hits from the third day of Raiders training camp Sunday:
Kelechi Osemele missed practice Sunday for undisclosed reasons. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
— Notable absences were quarterback Connor Cook and left guard Kelechi Osemele. Coach Jack Del Rio confirmed that Cook was at a funeral service and that he expected Osemele to be back at practice Monday. He declined to specify why Osemele did not practice.
— No noteworthy big hits during the first day in pads as the Raiders adhered to the protocol of keeping players off the ground whenever possible. It was best illustrated by cornerback Neiko Thorpe, who had a clean shot at Taiwan Jones on a swing pass, but backed off after initial contact. Continue Reading
General manager Reggie McKenzie signs for fans the morning after signing a contract extension (Jerry McDonald photo)
NAPA _ For a guy who has yet to have a winning season as a general manager, Reggie McKenzie is living large.
The morning after owner Mark Davis announced at a Raider alumni dinner that McKenzie had signed a four-year contract extension, the architect of what is expected to be a silver and black renaissance signed autographs for grateful fans, many of whom probably wanted his head on a platter three years into a reconstruction phase.
“Mark Davis was committed to my plan,” McKenzie told reporters Saturday before the Raiders’ second practice of training camp. “I’m sure he had a lot of phone calls, a lot of people talking to him and saying, `Is Reggie the guy?’ ” Continue Reading