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Five Raiders to watch in exhibition opener vs. Cardinals

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Second-round pick Jihad Ward is a Raiders player to watch Friday night. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Second-round pick Jihad Ward is a Raiders player to watch Friday night. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Raiders opened last preseason by using their first drive to feed their new hog. Then rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper had four offensive touches on the opening possession.

That doesn’t figure to be the case Friday with their latest first-round pick, as safety Karl Joseph is likely to sit out when the Raiders kick off against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. 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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Raiders top pick Karl Joseph may sit first two preseason games

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Raiders rookie safety Karl Joseph said Tuesday he may miss the first couple of preseason games. (AP photo)

Raiders rookie safety Karl Joseph said Tuesday he may miss the first couple of preseason games. (AP photo)

NAPA — Raiders first-round pick Karl Joseph might not play when the team opens its preseason schedule Friday at Arizona.

Joseph, a projected starting safety and the team’s No. 14 overall pick, said Tuesday that the plan is to be cautious as he returns from October surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

“We’ve still got a couple days, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I didn’t play in the first preseason game or two,” Joseph said. “It’s nothing to worry about. At the end of the day, I’m just trying to make sure I’m fully 100 percent ready to go for that first game.” 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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Del Rio address fights, says Edwards Jr. (hand) should be fine

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Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio expects Mario Edwards Jr.'s hand to be fine after getting hurt in a fight at practice. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio expects Mario Edwards Jr.’s hand to be fine after getting hurt in a fight at practice. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. was held out of team drills and dealt with soreness in his right hand a day after being ejected from practice along with left guard Kelechi Osemele for getting in a pair of fights. Edwards presumably injured the hand when he and Osemele both exchanged punches on Saturday.

Coach Jack Del Rio didn’t wait to be asked when he met the media on Sunday, jumping right in during his opening statement.

“I think before I even get asked I’ll just go ahead and speak to it so you don’t have to go there with yesterday,” Del Rio said. “A couple of guys got ejected from practice. I just didn’t think they were prepared to do the things we needed to do to help our team continue to work. They were both talked to and understand that’s not how we do things, not what we’re looking for. We basically handled that and put it to rest. Continue Reading

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Rookie running backs turning heads and taking advantage of opportunity

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Former Southern Miss running back Jalen Richard is turning heads with the Oakland Raiders. (AP photo)

Former Southern Miss running back Jalen Richard is turning heads with the Oakland Raiders. (AP photo)

NAPA — Jalen Richard doesn’t think the stars could’ve aligned any more perfectly for someone in his situation.

Richard, a running back out of Southern Miss, went undrafted and didn’t even have any immediate bites to sign a free agent deal. But he got invited to tryout with the Raiders at their rookie minicamp and impressed enough to get signed.

He’s continued to turn enough heads that he could be making a serious run at the 53-man roster. And it’s all been done with a supreme level of confidence. Continue Reading

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