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Connor Cook ready for heavy workload in preseason finale

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Raiders' third-string quarterback Connor Cook should play a lot in Thursday's preseason game against Seattle. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

Raiders’ third-string quarterback Connor Cook should play a lot in Thursday’s preseason game against Seattle. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

Expect to see a healthy dose of quarterback Connor Cook when the Raiders close out the exhibition schedule Thursday in the Coliseum against the Seattle Seahawks.

The fourth-round pick will likely enter the game at some point in the first half and play the entire second half as Oakland puts on its final preseason show before the regular season begins Sept. 11.

Backup quarterback Matt McGloin is expected to start the game with starter Derek Carr watching comfortably from the sidelines. Continue Reading

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Jon Gruden having difficulty seeing Raiders in Las Vegas, but believes his old team will step up this year

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Former Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden, right, now an ESPN broadcaster, greets denizens of the Black Hole. D. Ross Cameron/Staff)

Former Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden, right, now an ESPN broadcaster, greets denizens of the Black Hole. D. Ross Cameron/Staff)

Jon Gruden said he gets a little emotional thinking about the future of the Raiders, but he likes what he sees in the present.

The former Raiders coach and ESPN Monday Night Football analyst was asked during a national conference call Tuesday what he thought about the idea of the franchise residing in Las Vegas.

“The Las Vegas Raiders? I don’t know, man, that’s hard for me to imagine,” Gruden said. “The Oakland Raiders have a real place in my heart. I’d hate to see ’em leave. I love where they are. I love the tradition of the Raiders. I’m tearing up right now thinking about them moving, but I certainly understand their situation and I hope it all works out for ’em. Continue Reading

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Del Rio: Standing during national anthem is assumed

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Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said it's "understood" that his players stand during the national anthem. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said it’s “understood” that his players stand during the national anthem. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

ALAMEDA – Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said Monday he’s never had any issues with players not standing during the national anthem but considers it an organizational expectation.

“It’s never come to a point where I’ve had to address it, it’s always been understood,” Del Rio said. “You stand attention. You pay respect to our flag, our country. That’s always been kind of an assumed thing.”

The national anthem debate has swarmed the NFL since Friday when 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick detailed his reasons for sitting during the playing of the “Star Spangled Banner,” which he’s done for all three preseason games this year. Continue Reading

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Raiders cut roster to 75; Gabe Holmes placed on IR as 14 are cut

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Tight end Colton Underwood was cut by the Raiders on Monday. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

Tight end Colton Underwood was cut by the Raiders on Monday. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

The Raiders waived 14 players and placed tight end Gabe Holmes on injured reserve Monday as they trimmed their roster to the league-mandated 75 players. The deadline to do was is Tuesday.

Among the Raiders cuts was tight end Colton Underwood, who shot to fame last week after his video asking Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman on a date went viral.

Defensive tackle Leon Orr may have been the biggest surprise. Last year, defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. said he thought Orr could be a “major impact player,”  but the writing was on the wall when Orr, who played in three games last season, didn’t see the field Saturday against the Tennessee Titans. Continue Reading

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PODCAST: Listen to the debut episode of “Raiders Talk”

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We’ll be coming at you all season long (and even a little in the offseason) with these podcasts, which will eventually feature some player interviews and a lot more. We’ll get these up on iTunes shortly. Right now, we’re still getting some of our accounts set up by we wanted to do a trial run and share that with you guys. For now, it’s hosted on my Soundcloud page but that will be changing shortly so be aware of that and let us know what you think.

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Reggie Nelson, Neiron Ball sitting out against Titans

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Safety Reggie Nelson will sit out Saturday night's preseason game. (Eric Risberg/AP)

Safety Reggie Nelson will sit out Saturday night’s preseason game. (Eric Risberg/AP)

Raiders safety Reggie Nelson isn’t suiting up and won’t play in Saturday’s exhibition game against the Tennessee Titans.

Nelson missed the past week of practice with an undisclosed injury that relegated him to working out on the side. Raiders coach Jack Del Rio had already indicated Thursday that Nelson would probably sit this one out. Continue Reading

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Raiders vs. Titans: Keys to the game

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Raiders WR Seth Roberts had two touchdowns, including the game-winner, in last year's meeting in Tennessee. (AP Photo/James Kenney)

Raiders WR Seth Roberts had two touchdowns, including the game-winner, in last year’s meeting in Tennessee. (AP Photo/James Kenney)

RAIDERS (1-1) VS. TITANS (1-1)

5 p.m., Saturday, Oakland Coliseum

TV: CBS (Greg Gumbel, Dan Fouts, Tracy Wolfson)

Radio: 98.5/102.1 (Greg Papa, Tom Flores, Lincoln Kennedy)

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Raiders by 3 1/2
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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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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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