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Five Raiders to watch against Tennessee Titans

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Jalen Richard will get his first chance to shine Saturday night. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Jalen Richard is one of five Raiders to watch Saturday against the Titans. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

OAKLAND — On a roster that entered training camp fairly settled, the Raiders’ Saturday night tilt with the Tennessee Titans is the last chance for some players to make an impression.

Rosters will get cut from 90 players to 75 on Tuesday, a precursor to the more difficult drop to the 53-man roster following the final preseason game.

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said he plans to play the starters at least for the first half and possibly into the third quarter against Tennessee, so those roster battles will take place mostly in the fourth quarter.  Continue Reading

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Raiders defense looking for redemption against Titans

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The Raiders got run over on their opening defensive series last week in Green Bay. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

The Raiders defense got run over on their opening series last week in Green Bay. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

ALAMEDA — The Raiders defense hopes to leave a better first impression when it faces the Tennessee Titans on Saturday.

Oakalnd was ramshackled a week ago on its opening possession when the Green Bay Packers marched down on a 14-play touchdown drive. Eddie Lacy had 45 yards on nine carries.

Now the Raiders get a crack at the Titans, who through the first two weeks of exhibition games were second only to the 49ers in rushing, gaining 192.0 yards per game. Continue Reading

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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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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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Raiders notes: Cooper in shorts, Nelson on the side, Richard back

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Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper isn't practicing Tuesday. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper isn’t practicing Tuesday. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper was not participating in Tuesday’s full-padded practice.

Cooper was on the field and stretched with the team, but was wearing shorts and a hooded sweatshirt underneath his jersey. He did not have a helmet.

The Raiders’ second-year receiver, who had 72 catches for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns last season, watched as the team went through individual drills during the portion of practice open to the media. Continue Reading

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Raiders coach Jack Del Rio not overly concerned by preseason loss in Green Bay

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Jack Del RIo isn't losing sleep over preseason loss to Packers. (AP Photo)

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

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Raiders roster projection: Did Trawick’s blocked punt boost his case?

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Raiders undrafted defensive end/linebacker James Cowser should have a roster spot sewn up. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

Raiders undrafted defensive end/linebacker James Cowser should have a roster spot sewn up. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

Quarterbacks (3)

Derek Carr, Matt McGloin, Connor Cook

Nothing much to see here. The Raiders didn’t draft Cook in the fourth round to not hang onto him and they aren’t ready to move on from McGloin as the backup. They’re keeping all three quarterbacks.

Running backs (5)

Latavius Murray, DeAndre Washington, Taiwan Jones, Jalen Richard, Jamize Olawale Continue Reading

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Three Raiders who hurt themselves against Packers

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There were plenty of reasons for Raiders coach Jack Del Rio to be frustrated Thursday. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio was plenty frustrated Thursday. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

Antonio Hamilton

The undrafted rookie cornerback was a stud return man in college at South Carolina State. He got his first chance to show something with a second-quarter punt return, but didn’t go after the ball and let it bounce to take away his chance to a return.

It may be cruel, but some of these players will only get one chance like that to show something. He also got called for a special teams penalty and his already slim roster hopes lost weight. Continue Reading

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Three Raiders who helped themselves against Packers

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Oakland Raiders linebacker Shilique Calhoun had his first NFL sack. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

Oakland Raiders linebacker Shilique Calhoun had his first NFL sack. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

Shilique Calhoun

 The third-round pick from Michigan State will get his fill of playing time this year and started showing some of his natural ability in this game.

He did a solid job setting the edge a couple of times and in the fourth quarter got in to the backfield for his first NFL sack. On the play, he rushed free off the left side, changed directions along with Packers quarterback Marquise Williams and wrapped his paws around him for the sack. Continue Reading

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