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Raiders draft prospect: RB Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State

Ezekiel Elliott would go a long way toward shoring up the No. 28 rushing attack in the NFL for the Raiders (AP photo)

Ezekiel Elliott would go a long way toward shoring up the No. 28 rushing attack in the NFL for the Raiders (AP photo)

Second in a series of profiles of potential selections by the Raiders with the No. 14 pick in the first round of the NFL draft on April 28:

Position: Running back

Ht/Wt: 6-0, 225

College: Ohio State

Year/age: Junior/20

Rank: No. 8 by NFLDraftscout.com, No. 6 by Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com, No. 8 by Profootballfocus..com, No 1 running back by Mike Mayock, NFL.com. Continue Reading

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Raiders draft prospect: CB Eli Apple, Ohio State

Ohio State defensive back Eli Apple at the NFL scouting combine,. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Ohio State defensive back Eli Apple at the NFL scouting combine,. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

First in a series of potential selections by the Raiders as the No. 14 pick in the first round of the NFL draft on April 28:

Position: Cornerback

Ht/Wt: 6-1, 199

College: Ohio State

Year/age: Redshirt sophomore/20

Rank: No. 16 by NFLDraftscout.com, No. 24 by Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com, No. 35 by Profootballfocus.com, No. 2 cornerback by Mike Mayock, NFL.com.

Resume: Two-year starter for Buckeyes, had 13 passes defensed, three interceptions and 55 tackles as a redshirt freshman, eight passes defensed two interceptions and 33 tackles as a sophomore. Was a redshirt freshman who needed to gain strength after being diagnosed with an iron deficiency. Second-team All-Big Ten as a sophomore. Continue Reading

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Raiders 2016 schedule finds three road games in first month, three games in prime time

Coach Jack Del Rio has `homecoming' road games in New Orleans and Jacksonville. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)

Coach Jack Del Rio has `homecoming’ road games in New Orleans and Jacksonville. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)

Here is the Raiders schedule for the 2016 season, which includes road games in New Orleans, Tennessee and Baltimore in the first four games of the season and three games in prime time:

Sunday, Sept. 11, at New Orleans Saints (10 a.m., Fox): Jack Del Rio is back at the site of the team that drafted and also gave him his first job as an assistant coach.

Sunday, Sept. 18, Atlanta Falcons (1:25 p.m., CBS): The last time the Falcons played at the Coliseum in 2008, JaMarcus Russell was the quarterback, the Raiders had minus-2 yards in the first half and lost 24-0.

Sunday, Sept. 25, at Tennessee Titans (10 a.m., CBS): Derek Carr proved to be a capable passer in the rain, with 330 yards and three touchdowns in a 24-21 win last Nov. 29 in Nashville.

Sunday, Oct. 2, at Baltimore Ravens (10 a.m., CBS): The last time the Raiders won in Charm City was 31-20 on Sept. 28, 1975 when Ken Stabler was the quarterback and the home team was the Baltimore Colts.

Correction: The above game was the final regular-season game. The last Raiders’ win was actually on Dec. 24, 1977 in the “Ghost to the Post” playoff win over the Colts in Memorial Stadium.

Sunday, Oct. 9, San Diego Chargers (1:25 p.m., CBS): Besides being Charles Woodson’s last game, the Raiders’ 23-20 win in OT last year was billed as possibly the last game in Oakland. It wasn’t. Continue Reading

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Raiders’ 2016 preseason opponents are set

The Raiders and Amari Cooper will open the preseason with a game at the Arizona Cardinals. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

The Raiders and Amari Cooper will open the preseason with a game at the Arizona Cardinals. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

The NFL announced the preseason schedule on Thursday and the Raiders will host a nationally televised game during the third week of the exhibition season.

Oakland opens with two straight road games, playing at the Arizona Cardinals in the first week, Aug. 11-15 (exact game dates have not yet been set except for the national TV games and the final week). The Raiders then head to Green Bay to play the Packers sometime in the Aug. 18-22 range. Continue Reading

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Raiders’ Reggie Nelson happy to be reunited with Jack Del Rio, says he’s `different dude’ from Jacksonville days

Free safety Reggie Nelson is happy to be reunited with Jack Del Rio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

Free safety Reggie Nelson is happy to be reunited with Jack Del Rio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

ALAMEDA _ Reggie Nelson put to rest any thought that there was residual bitterness about the way he left the Jacksonville Jaguars when Jack Del Rio was the head coach.

Nelson, an unrestricted free agent safety who signed with the Raiders Thursday, was a first-round draft pick who lost his starting job in his third year in Jacksonville and was dealt to Cincinnati for cornerback David Jones _ who had been a Bengals waiver claim.

“I’m excited man. I was a different dude when they drafted me,” Nelson said in a conference call. “I’m a veteran now, wiser. I’m just excited to see what he’s got going on in Oakland and to be a part of that. I mean, I love Jack and always have. I’m excited to be reunited with him.”

The contract, according to NFL.com, was for two years and worth up to $16 million. Nelson becomes the third starting player added since the start of free agency along with cornerback Sean Smith and linebacker Bruce Irvin.

Nelson, who turns 33 in September, is coming off his best season with the Bengals, making his first Pro Bowl and intercepting eight passes. He will replace Charles Woodson, who retired following the season. Continue Reading

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Raiders make it official with safety Reggie Nelson

Reggie Nelson joins the Oakland Raiders after sharing the NFL lead with eight interceptions last year. (AP photo)

Reggie Nelson joins the Oakland Raiders after sharing the NFL lead with eight interceptions last year. (AP photo)

The Raiders officially announced their signing of safety Reggie Nelson on Thursday. They don’t announce terms, but it’s reported to be a two-year deal. Nelson will speak with reporters on a conference call shortly.

Here’s the team’s press release:

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent S Reggie Nelson, the club announced Thursday.

Nelson has spent the last six seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals after beginning his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2007-09. He has played in 138 games with 125 starts over his nine-year career, totaling 683 tackles (467 solo), 30 interceptions, 80 passes defensed, nine forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and 6.5 sacks. In seven postseason appearances, all starts, Nelson has registered 38 tackles (33 solo), two sacks and one fumble recovery. Continue Reading

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With Reggie Nelson in the fold, how Raiders could line up Week 1 compared with Week 17 of 2015 season

A key part of Raiders off-season is awaiting medical clearance for defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

A key part of Raiders off-season is awaiting medical clearance for defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

With the reported signing of unrestricted free agent safety Reggie Nelson, the Raiders’ potential starting lineup is starting to fall into place. A look at how the Raiders could look in Week 1 this season as opposed to how the official game book listed the starting lineup in Week 17 last season against the Kansas City Chiefs:

2016/2015

OFFENSE

WR: Michael Crabtree/Michael Crabtree

LT: Donald Penn/Donald Penn

LG: Kelechi Osemele/Gabe Jackson

C: Rodney Hudson/Rodney Hudson

RG: Gabe Jackson/Jon Feliciano

RT: Austin Howard/J’Marcus Webb

TE: Clive Walford/Lee Smith

WR: Amari Cooper/Amari Cooper

QB: Derek Carr/Derek Carr

FB: Jamize Olawale/Jamize Olawale

RB: Latavius Murray/Latavius Murray Continue Reading

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Reports: Raiders agree to terms with Reggie Nelson

ALAMEDA _After visiting the Raiders facility on Tuesday and leaving with no news of a deal, both ESPN and NFL Network reported Nelson agreed to terms on a two-year contract. The Raiders made no confirmations of player acquisitions Wednesday,

 

Nelson will replace retiring veteran and nine-time Pro Bowler Charles Woodson, who manned the position for the last three seasons. It was an unusual signing for general manager Reggie McKenzie in that Nelson turns 33 in September and the Raiders have been zeroing in on players considered to be in their prime for the last two years.

Free safety Reggie Nelson has reportedly agreed to terms with the Raiders.  (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

Free safety Reggie Nelson has reportedly agreed to terms with the Raiders. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

On the other hand, like Woodson when he was brought aboard in 2013, Nelson appears to have a lot left in the tank. He had a career-high eight interceptions with 115 yards in returns for the Bengals in 2015 and has 14 of his 30 career interceptions over the last three seasons.

Over the same three-year span, Woodson had 10 interceptions.

Considered more of a true center fielder than the multi-faceted Woodson, Nelson (5-foot-11, 210 pounds) will likely be deployed as a single deep safety as preferred by coach Jack Del Rio and defensive coordinator, with an emphasis on not letting receivers beat the defense over the top.

Another thing Nelson has in common with Woodson _ neither player was pursued heavily in free agency because of their age. Interest in Nelson was relatively light despite being the NFL co-leader in intercepetions with eight (tied with Chiefs rookie Marcus Peters) and his first selection to the Pro Bowl.

Nelson would in theory be joined by Nate Allen at strong safety, with free agent acquisition Sean Smith and 2015 waiver claim David Amerson the front-runners at cornerback, joined by TJ Carrie and DJ Hayden. Carrie has the ability to play corner or safety. Continue Reading

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