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Atkinson III electric in Raiders’ exhibition debut victory

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GLENDALE, Ariz. — George Atkinson III hadn’t opened his phone yet, but he was getting ready to check in and see what his dad had to say.

Atkinson had the most electrifying night of his NFL career, even if it just was in a preseason game. The Granada High product and son of a Raiders legend, Atkinson exploded twice in Oakland’s 31-10 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Friday.

First, it was a 53-yard run that saw him use some cut back moves after getting the handoff and then outrun the defense to the edge, cut up field and leave the defense in his dust. Continue Reading

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Del Rio sticks to policy: no update on Edwards

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Raiders defensive end Mario Edwards left Friday's game with a hip injury. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Raiders defensive end Mario Edwards left Friday’s game with a hip injury. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Raiders coach Jack Del Rio has a policy and he’s sticking to it.

Del Rio is not required by the league to provide injury updates until the regular season begins and so he declined to offer anything on defensive end Mario Edwards Jr., who left the game in the first quarter. A team spokesman confirmed it’s a hip injury, but could not confirm a report from the Raiders’ radio broadcast that X-rays came back negative. Continue Reading

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Raiders open preseason with 31-10 win over Cardinals

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Raiders safety Dewey McDonald struggled in Friday's exhibition opener. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Raiders safety Dewey McDonald struggled in Friday’s exhibition opener. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — If there were ever a moment to epitomize the first preseason game, it was the Raiders and Arizona Cardinals taking the field for the opening kickoff Friday and lining up on the wrong sides.

No, it wasn’t a crisp debut, but it was a victorious one for the Raiders, who beat the Cardinals 31-10 at University of Phoenix Stadium.

First-round pick Karl Joseph surprised by playing a series at strong safety after saying this week he wouldn’t be surprised to sit out the first couple of games. Matt McGloin threw a pair of touchdown passes, giving him 12 for his exhibition career, and Connor Cook had a solid NFL debut. The rookie from Michigan State completed 7 of 11 passes for 71 yards. Continue Reading

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Karl Joseph suited up against Cardinals, but Jalen Richard is out

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Raiders' safety Karl Joseph may play in the preseason opener after all. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Raiders’ safety Karl Joseph may play in the preseason opener after all. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

The Raiders announced three players who will not suit up for Friday’s exhibition opener against the Arizona Cardinals and safety Karl Joseph isn’t among the them.

Running back Jalen Richard, safety Jimmy Hall and cornerback Antonio Hamilton are the three who won’t suit up at University of Phoenix Stadium. Richard missed Wednesday’s practice for undisclosed reasons and Hall has missed the past four practices. Continue Reading

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‘Finally’: Karl Joseph picks off Derek Carr

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Raiders rookie safety Karl Joseph had his first interception in team drills of training camp. (AP photo)

Raiders rookie safety Karl Joseph had his first interception in team drills of training camp. (AP photo)

The rookie finally got him.

It took until Day 11 of camp, but Karl Joseph recorded his first interception in team drills when he leaped high in the air to pick off Derek Carr in the end zone.

“Finally,” Carr joked. “Great player. Karl is a great player. I’m excited that he’s on our team and healthy. He looks great. He’s going to be a great player.”

The interception came during red zone work and it was such an athletic play that Carr didn’t have a ton of issues with it, even if he does loathe turning over the ball. Continue Reading

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Watch: Going one-on-one with Raiders rookie Karl Joseph

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By Courtney R. Cronin, ccronin@bayareanewsgroup.com

Raiders rookie strong safety Karl Joseph knew he was going to see the field early after being drafted 14th overall by Oakland during the 2016 NFL Draft.

“That was my goal,” Joseph said of making the first team on the Raiders unofficial depth chart. “They didn’t draft me in the first round to come in and sit down, but they definitely expect big things from me.” Continue Reading

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David Carr: Raiders doing a good job blocking out the hype

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David Carr visited Raiders' camp on Tuesday and gave his thoughts on this year's team. (Staff file photo)

David Carr visited Raiders’ camp on Tuesday and gave his thoughts on this year’s team. (Staff file photo)

NAPA — David Carr, now in his second year as an NFL Network analyst, has an admitted bias when it comes to the Raiders.

The older brother of Derek Carr, he visited Tuesday as part of NFL Network’s tour of training camps and came away impressed by how the hype of the Raiders’ offseason hasn’t seeped into their preparing. Continue Reading

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Raiders notes: Starters will see minimal action Friday in Arizona

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Dexter McDonald has delivered an impressive camp for the Raiders. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Dexter McDonald has impressed at Raiders camp and should see a lot of playing time Friday with the starters not seeing much action. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

NAPA — Raiders’ coach Jack Del Rio said he expects to play his starters for no more than the first quarter in Friday’s preseason debut against the Arizona Cardinals.

“We’re not dead set on it yet,” Del Rio said Tuesday. “But the typical way these first preseason games go is the first group will play the first quarter, no more than a quarter probably, and then we’ll get a good look at everybody else on the roster.”

With the starters seeing little to no action, it’s a good chance for those fighting for a roster spot to make an impression. Continue Reading

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Analyzing the Raiders initial depth chart

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Just because Lee Smith is listed first on the depth chart doesn't mean Clive Walford won't have a bigger offensive role. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

Just because Lee Smith is listed first on the depth chart doesn’t mean Clive Walford won’t have a bigger offensive role. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

The Raiders released their first depth chart of the season, which always leads to a ridiculous amount of unnecessary hand-wringing from fans.

Here’s the amount of thought Raiders coach Jack Del Rio puts into it.

“I don’t really worry about it this time of year, but we’ll have something out there for you,” Del Rio said Sunday.

Del Rio jokes that it’s all the work of Raiders PR man Will Kiss, although Del Rio does actually have quite a hand in how it comes out. But still, it’s only an initial depth chart and it doesn’t mean a ton.

Since Twitter quickly lit up after I tweeted out the depth chart when it was released, I’ll address the top questions I got asked there and give a little explanation to some of what you see. Continue Reading

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