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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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Karl Joseph honored to wear Ronnie Lott’s number

Raiders' first-round pick Karl Joseph is honored to wear Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott's No. 42. (AP photo)

Raiders’ first-round pick Karl Joseph is honored to wear Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott’s No. 42. (AP photo)

ALAMEDA — If you need any glimpse as to what Raiders coach Jack Del Rio envisions out of first-round pick Karl Joseph, consider this: Del Rio hand-picked the No. 42 jersey Joseph will wear.

“There’s been a few good ones in that number,” Del Rio said Friday.

That list, especially at Joseph’s safety position, starts with Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, the 49ers legend who also spent two year with the Raiders. Continue Reading

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Raiders sign first-round pick Karl Joseph

The Raiders signed first-round pick Karl Joseph on Monday. (Raiders.com photo)

The Raiders signed first-round pick Karl Joseph on Monday. (Raiders.com photo)

The Raiders signed first-round pick, safety Karl Joseph of West Virginia, the team announced Monday night. He was one of three members of Oakland’s draft class to sign his deal Monday.

All first-round picks get four-year deals with a team option for a fifth year and Joseph is projected to make almost $11.9 million during the first four years of his contract. Continue Reading

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Raiders sign fourth-round pick Connor Cook

Connor Cook signed his contract with the Raiders on Monday. (Raiders.com photo)

Connor Cook signed his contract with the Raiders on Monday. (Raiders.com photo)

Connor Cook begins his pursuit of the Raiders’ backup quarterback job on Friday and the fourth-round pick from Michigan State officially signed his contract with the team on Monday.

According to spotrac.com, he’s projected to make about $2.9 million over the course of his four-year deal, a certain step down in salary from what he could’ve made had he gone late in the first round or in the second round, as he had been projected. Even the last pick of the second round will make nearly $4 million over a four-year deal. Continue Reading

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Raiders sign seventh-round pick Vadal Alexander

The Raiders signed seventh-rounder Vadal Alexander. (Raiders.com photo)

The Raiders signed seventh-rounder Vadal Alexander. (Raiders.com photo)

The Raiders announced Monday night that they’ve signed their seventh-pick, offensive lineman Vadal Alexander of Louisiana State.

Alexander was the No. 234 overall pick and expects to come in primarily as a guard, but will also get time at tackle. Terms of the deal were not released, but per spotrac.com, his projected deal is four years for about $2.4 million. Continue Reading

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Raiders sign defensive end Damontre Moore

Defensive end Damontre Moore, who played for the Giants and Dolphins, signed with the Raiders (AP photo)

Defensive end Damontre Moore, who played for the Giants and Dolphins, signed with the Raiders (AP photo)

ALAMEDA _ Damontre Moore, once considered a promising pass rusher with the New York Giants who was recently released by Miami, signed with the Raiders Monday.

Coach Jack Del Rio broke news of the signing on the Jim Rome Show, and it was later confirmed by the Raiders.

A third-round draft pick by the Giants in 2013, Moore had 8 1/2 sacks in part-time duty in 2014 and 2015  but was waived after an altercation with teammate Cullen Jenkins over headphones, according to the several New York area media outlets. At the time of his release, Moore had three sacks in 11 games. Continue Reading

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