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Washington and Richard to get some time with first-team offense

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DeAndre Washington and fellow rookie running back Jalen Richard will get time with the starting offense Saturday.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

DeAndre Washington and fellow rookie running back Jalen Richard will get time with the starting offense Saturday. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

While the Raiders don’t plan to give away any state secrets on Saturday against the Tennessee Titans, the starters will see a fair amount of work.

“We expect them to probably play a half, maybe a little more,” coach Jack Del Rio said Thursday. “We’ll see.”

The starters already played the whole first half in last week’s preseason loss to the Green Bay Packers and this is likely their final tuneup before the regular season opener Sept. 11. Very few, if any, starters should see action when the exhibition schedule concludes Sept. 1 against Seattle. Continue Reading

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Watch: Inside the Oakland Raiders, Episode 1

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On the debut episode of Inside the Oakland Raiders, Bay Area News Group’s Courtney Cronin, Jimmy Durkin and Jerry McDonald dive into Week 3 of the preseason and the Raiders major areas of focus: enabling the run, stopping the run and getting to the quarterback. Continue Reading

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Raiders excited for ‘spectacular’ Richard to return

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The Raiders are excited to have back Jalen Richard after missing two weeks with a knee injury. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

The Raiders are excited to have back Jalen Richard after missing two weeks with a knee injury. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

ALAMEDA — Jalen Richard’s return to the Raiders practice field was a welcome site for offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave.

“It really reminded us of what we’ve missed the last two weeks of practice with him not being there,” Musgrave said.

This isn’t a projected starter for the Raiders that he’s talking about. Rather it’s an undrafted rookie running back. That tells you what type of impression the Southern Miss product has made despite missing the first two preseason games with a minor knee injury. Continue Reading

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Raiders’ Seth Roberts ‘being pushed’ after solid 2015 season

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Oakland Raiders receiver Seth Roberts is "being pushed," according to coach Jack Del Rio. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Oakland Raiders receiver Seth Roberts is “being pushed,” according to coach Jack Del Rio. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

The Raiders have more than a handful of receivers trying to get noticed and fight their way onto the team’s 53-man roster.

Seth Roberts knows the feeling. He was in their shoes last year.

Roberts, a practice squad player in 2014, completed the journey from undrafted to the NFL when he cracked the opening day roster last season.

He turned that roster spot into a role as the No. 3 wide receiver, catching 32 passes for 480 yards and five touchdowns. Continue Reading

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Latham taking advantage of his undrafted opportunity

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Raiders defensive tackle Darius Latham is making a nice impact already. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Raiders defensive tackle Darius Latham is making a nice impact already. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

ALAMEDA — Darius Latham never imagined not hearing his name called when he declared for the NFL draft following his junior season at Indiana.

“I probably would’ve stayed in school,” Latham, the Raiders’ rookie defensive tackle, said of the idea of him not being among the 253 draftees.

Latham was a projected late-round pick after a three-year Indiana career saw him accumulate 81 tackles and 7.5 sacks. But he didn’t help his draft stock with a March arrest for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

After being passed over, the 6-foot-5, 305-pound Latham had interest from several teams.

“I got a lot of calls, but I pretty much had my mind made up where I was going to go,” Latham said. Continue Reading

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Watch: Getting to know Raiders rookie LB Shilique Calhoun

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By Courtney Cronin, ccronin@bayareanewsgroup.com

One of the best pure pass rushers from the 2016 NFL Draft class is now a protege of two of the best to do it in the league.

Former Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun is used to blowing up opposing backfields with his explosive speed off the edge. When the Raiders third round draft pick arrived at training camp, more was asked of Calhoun and his athletic abilities as he began cross training as a strong-side linebacker. Continue Reading

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DeAndre Washington thrives on creating mismatches

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DeAndre Washington said his job with the Raiders is to make guys miss.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

DeAndre Washington said his job with the Raiders is to make guys miss. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

NAPA — DeAndre Washington assessed the situation and knew it was going to be “an easy win.”

The rookie running back was set to run an angle route out of the backfield in his NFL exhibition debut last week and saw the Arizona Cardinals had defensive end/outside linebacker Tristan Okpalaugo lined up on him.

“I was licking my chops,” Washington said.

The route had Washington start out running toward Okpalaugo, then quickly cut at an angle back toward the middle of the field. The defender never had a chance and stumbled for the next seven yards after Washington blew past him and made the catch and run for 32 yards. Continue Reading

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Cory James ‘flies around’ and is making a good impression

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Raiders linebacker Cory James, a sixth-round pick from Colorado State, was solid in his NFL debut. (The Denver Post/ Andy Cross)

Raiders linebacker Cory James, a sixth-round pick from Colorado State, was solid in his NFL debut. (The Denver Post/ Andy Cross)

Sixth-round pick Cory James stepped in with the Raiders starters on Monday when Ben Heeney went out. He’s coming off an impressive showing in his NFL debut on Friday that included five tackles.

“He’s picking up our scheme very well,” coach Jack Del Rio said. “He’s a guy that’s going to be productive. He flies around. He gets around the football. We’ve been happy with him this entire spring and he had a good showing in his first outing.”

James came in expecting to make most of his noise on special teams, but is showing enough early on that he could earn some defensive snaps — especially if Heeney misses even a little time. Continue Reading

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Del Rio says no surgery for Edwards, but Gabe Holmes likely headed to IR

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Mario Edwards will miss a few weeks with a hip injury that won't require surgery. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Mario Edwards will miss a few weeks with a hip injury that won’t require surgery. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio divulged some injury information on Monday, announcing that defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. (hip) will be “out for a while” and tight end Gabe Holmes (ankle) is likely headed for season-ending injured reserve.

“Mario is going to be a out a few weeks, that’s unfortunate,” Del Rio said. “He will return and is not going to require surgery.”

ProFootballTalk reported Sunday that Edwards has a hip strain and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. Continue Reading

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Raiders depth chart for exhibition game against Packers

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DeAndre Washington remains listed as the Raiders' No. 2 running back on the depth chart. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

DeAndre Washington remains listed as the Raiders’ No. 2 running back on the depth chart. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

The Raiders released their depth chart for their second exhibition game against the Green Bay Packers and it features no changes from their first one, even with a couple players suffering injuries that will keep them out. Continue Reading

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