Mario Edwards Jr. (pictured) and Kelechi Osemele were tossed out of practice for fightin.. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
The Raiders are teetering on the edge of overagression.
For the second time in three days, the Raiders saw a training camp practice marred by fighting. This time, it forced Raiders coach Jack Del Rio to kick two players out of practice.
Starting left guard Kelechi Osemele and right defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. threw punches twice in about a five-minute span that led Del Rio to declare he had seen enough. Both players left the field and a team spokesman confirmed they were kicked out of practice. Del Rio was not scheduled to speak to the media and was not available to comment. Continue Reading
Despite some rough patches, the Raiders like what they’re seeing from Connor Cook. (AP photo)
NAPA — The Raiders haven’t played a preseason game yet, but their quarterback hierarchy already seems to have clarity behind starter Derek Carr.
For Connor Cook, their fourth-round pick out of Michigan State, that means he’s looking up at the generously listed 6-foot-1 Matt McGloin.
The Raiders traded up in the draft to take Cook with the second pick of the fourth round, a move that seemed to threaten McGloin’s status. The Raiders even had Cook, with his prototypical 6-foot-4 frame, open their June minicamp getting some second-team repetitions. He’s making some slow progress, but has shown he has a lot of work ahead of him.
“Rookie quarterbacks in training camp, … they always hit a stretch of the offseason or training camp where they kind of get their sea legs underneath them,” Raiders quarterbacks coach Todd Downing said. “Connor’s had some of those moments. But what’s very impressive about him is that he bounces back from struggles. Continue Reading
The Raiders offensive line will benefit from working against Khalil Mack and vice versa. (Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)
NAPA — Mike Tice went to the tape, as the Raiders offensive line coach does every day to review practice film with his players.
It was time to examine what left tackle Donald Penn could’ve done to prevent Khalil Mack blowing past him for a sack.
“Donald,” Tice ultimately said, “I don’t have anything for you.”
To hear Tice explain the play, you understand why some of what Mack does isn’t defendable. Continue Reading
Receiver Fred Biletnikoff celebrates with Ken Stabler at the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/File)
NAPA _ Had lots of stuff left over from story earlier this week on former Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler, who will be inducted Saturday into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
The story went on-line Tuesday and was in print in Thursday’s editions of the Bay Area News Group papers . .
“When I got to the Raiders, Kenny as third string, behind Daryle Lamonica and George Blanda, but everybody knew the talent he had. The arm, the vision, it was just going to be a matter of time.” Continue Reading
Khalil Mack joked to Derek Carr on Thursday that his favorite quarterback is actually Aaron Rodgers. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
The relationship between Raiders stars Khalil Mack and Derek Carr is a fun one.
The two faces of the franchise are now regular guests at the post-practice podium on the same day, with one going before the other. Through two runs of that at training camp in Napa, the hand offs have been classic.
Last week, Carr joked about how he got to do his press conference before Mack, making sure to get in a crack about how it wasn’t like that when they were drafted. (Mack was the first round pick at No. 5 overall, Carr went in the second round in 2014). Continue Reading
Donald Penn was involved in one of Thursday’s skirmishes at Raiders training camp. (Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)
The Raiders practiced Thursday with an intensity not seen through the first five sessions of training camp.
Several players on the offense and defense had to be separated after left tackle Donald Penn tossed linebacker Ben Heeney to the ground following an 11-and-11 drill.
Later, defensive end Damonte Moore and undrafted running back Jalen Richard exchanged punches.
And then there was all the normal football action that created, from a spectator’s standpoint, the most entertaining practice thus far of camp. Continue Reading
First-round pick Karl Joseph is sitting out Thursday’s practice. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Safety Karl Joseph, the Raiders first-round pick, is sitting out the team’s practice on Thursday for undisclosed reasons.
Joseph missed the Raiders entire offseason program rehabilitating from a torn anterior cruciate ligament injury suffered as a senior at West Virginia. Joseph had been on the field participating for the first five days of training camp, including the first three sessions in pads.
Joseph came to the field briefly during the early portion of Thursday’s practice wearing shorts, a jersey and holding his helmet. He then retreated and spent some time stretching on a back field near the team’s locker room.
• Tight end Clive Walford also appears to be sitting this one out. He was on the field in lads at the start but later returned to the locker room.
• Running back/kick returner Taiwan Jones and defensive tackle Leon Orr are also not at practice while cornerback SaQwan Edwards and tight end Colton Underwood are out for a second straight day.
The Raiders released running back Roy Helu Jr. on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
The Raiders announced Tuesday that they’ve released running back Roy Helu Jr., who last week had been placed on injured reserve.
Helu, a product of Danville’s San Ramon Valley High, struggled during his only season in Oakland. He played in just nine games and had only 39 yards on 17 carries, plus another 75 yards on nine receptions.
Helu, who missed most of last year’s training camp with injuries, add offseason surgery on both of his hips that was designed to increase his flexibility. Continue Reading
Jamize Olawale had one of the highlight plays when he shook a couple defenders. (Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)
The Raiders had their fourth day of training camp on Monday, their second in full pads.
Here’s a few observations…
Cory James was able to run over DeAndre Washington in a pass protection drill, but the rookie on rookie crime flipped the script shortly after. That’s when Washington grabbed a pass and shook James out of his shoes.
Taiwan Jones had a nice play when he wheeled out of the backfield in 1 on 1 drills and flew past John Lotulelei for a deep touchdown reception from Derek Carr. Clive Walford also had a nice catch against coverage from Damontre Moore in that drill. Continue Reading
Oakland Raiders running back DeAndre Washington says his height enables him to hide behind linemen.(Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)
NAPA _ Running back DeAndre Washington had solid day Sunday on the first padded practice of training camp for the Raiders.
Washington, a fifth-round pick out of Texas Tech, had some nice inside runs, broke his biggest play on a screen pass from Matt McGloin and was fielding punts in the No. 2 position, right behind third-year player TJ Carrie.
In a manner similar to Maurice Jones-Drew, who had his biggest seasons with Jacksonville under Jack Del Rio, the 5-foot-8, 204-pound Washington sees his height as a positive rather than a negative. Continue Reading