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Mark Davis views Las Vegas as neutral site to unite Raider Nation

Raiders owner Mark Davis thinks a move to a neutral site place like Las Vegas could unite the Raiders' fan base.

Raiders owner Mark Davis thinks a move to a neutral site place like Las Vegas could unite the Raiders’ fan base.

Raiders owner Mark Davis has a unique view of his team’s potential relocation to Las Vegas: he thinks it could unite Raiders fans.

“It’s a new market. It has the potential to be a really exciting market,” Davis said on NFL Network from the NFL’s owners meetings in Charlotte. “The Raider fans in Northern California were getting upset a little bit when we talked about going to Los Angeles, and the LA fans get a little ticked off at the fans in Northern California.

“So it seems like Las Vegas is a neutral site that everybody has kind of bought into and it will unite the Raider Nation more than divide it. So I’m excited about that.” Continue Reading

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Latavius Murray driven to make Pro Bowl again ‘on my own terms’

Raiders running back Latavius Murray wants to return to the Pro Bowl on his own terms this season. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Raiders running back Latavius Murray wants to return to the Pro Bowl on his own terms this season. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Latavius Murray made the trip to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl last season, but it didn’t leave him fully satisfied.

Murray was added to the Pro Bowl roster only after the Carolina Panthers advanced to the Super Bowl and a replacement was needed for their running back Jonathan Stewart.

“I want to get there next year on my own terms and on no one else’s,” Murray said Tuesday at the start of OTAs. “It was a great experience. I had a lot of fun and I’m definitely stoked I got the chance to go, but I want to make it on my own terms and what I do on the field.” Continue Reading

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Mario Edwards Jr. not involved in team drills at first OTA

Raiders defensive lineman Mario Edwards didn't join in for team drills when OTAs began Tuesday. (Raiders.com photo)

Raiders defensive lineman Mario Edwards didn’t join in for team drills when OTAs began Tuesday. (Raiders.com photo)

Mario Edwards Jr. was on the field when the Raiders opened their first organized team activity Tuesday, but the second-year defensive end left the field when team drills began.

Edwards, who has said on social media that he’s been cleared to play, is returning from a neck injury suffered in Week 15 of last season. He stretched with the team, but left the field and went to the weight room when practiced ramped up.

The team has remained mum on his status, with coach Jack Del Rio falling back on his personal policy to not speak about injured players except for during the season when the league requires teams to provide updates. Continue Reading

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Raiders sign sixth-rounder Cory James

Raiders linebacker Cory James signed on Friday. (The Denver Post/ Andy Cross)

Raiders linebacker Cory James signed on Friday. (The Denver Post/ Andy Cross)

The Raiders announced Friday that sixth round linebacker Corey James of Colorado State has been signed to his rookie contract. With that, only third-round pick Shilique Calhoun has yet to sign his deal.

James and his fellow rookies participated in a rookie mini-camp last weekend with the group of undrafted free agents and players in on a tryout basis, five of which were signed. 

Next up is the team’s first OTA session on Tuesday, which is the first full-team session of the year open to the media.

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Del Rio to give Damontre Moore fresh start with Raiders

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New Raiders defensive end Damontre Moore will get a fresh start in Oakland after having some off-the-field issues in New York. (AP photo)

Jack Del Rio said Friday that defensive end Damontre Moore will get a fresh start with the Raiders, who are confident they can bring out the best in the once-promising pass rusher.

Moore signed as a free agent on Monday. He spent his first 2-plus seasons with the New York Giants, and had 8 ½ sacks in 2014-15 as a role player before being waived late last season. He was picked up by the Miami Dolphins and they waived him on May 2.

Moore’s time in New York reportedly ended after an altercation with teammate Cullen Jenkins and there were reports that it wasn’t the only time he had disagreements with teammates. Continue Reading

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Spartans reunited: Calhoun voices support for Cook

Raiders' fourth-round pick Connor Cook is reunited in Alameda with former Michigan State teammate Shilique Calhoun. (AP photo)

Raiders’ fourth-round pick Connor Cook is reunited in Alameda with former Michigan State teammate Shilique Calhoun. (AP photo)

Former Michigan State teammates Shilique Calhoun and Connor Cook were reunited when the Raiders selected them in the third and fourth rounds, respectively.

Calhoun, an outside linebacker, was quick to voice his support for Cook, the Spartans’ quarterback who fell to the fourth round reportedly over concerns about his leadership and likability among his teammates.

“I think Connor is a great leader,” Calhoun said. “He was a great leader at Michigan State. We won ball games because of Connor. Coming in here, he gets a new chance to go ahead and show everybody what he’s about. But all that stuff is outside of the facilities. There’s nothing that’s in-house. You can’t focus on that too much. It doesn’t matter for us. We know what kind of guy he is and we’re going to move forward.” Continue Reading

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Healthy Jihad Ward ready to focus on football

Raiders' second-round pick Jihad Ward is healthy and happen to turn his focus to football. (AP photo).

Raiders’ second-round pick Jihad Ward is healthy and happen to turn his focus to football. (AP photo).

Despite some reports the day he was drafted that Jihad Ward might need arthroscopic knee surgery, the second-round defensive lineman was on the field participating Friday.

“He looked pretty good, right?,” Del Rio said. “Don’t trust all those reports out there. We felt pretty good about our reports. He looks terrific.”

Ward recently finished up his finals at Illinois and sounds eager to focus just on football.

“School really wasn’t my thing, but I had to do it,” Ward said. “Once I finished that, I was just ready to go. I’m happy just being around here. Now I can just worry about football.” Continue Reading

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Del Rio still quiet on Edwards, who says he’s cleared to play

Raiders defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. said he's cleared to return to football. (Raiders.com photo)

Raiders defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. said he’s cleared to return to football. (Raiders.com photo)

Mario Edwards Jr. may have announced that he’s cleared to return to football — via last week’s Instagram post and a recent radio interview — but coach Jack Del Rio still is keeping mum on his second-year defensive end.

“My philosophy on talking about guys that are injured is really not to,” Del Rio said Friday. “I love the way our team is working. I love having Mario be a part of that team that’s working hard. He’s a really good football player. We just don’t get into discussions about injured guys this time of year.” Continue Reading

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