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Raiders notebook: Smith benched, Carr’s somersault, musical chairs on the line

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Derek Carr celebrates after somersaulting his way to a first down.

Derek Carr celebrates after somersaulting his way to a first down.

Note: All the latest Raiders coverage is available on our new website, which now lets us post content immediately. Check everything out there.

NEW ORLEANS — The Raiders signed Sean Smith to be a shutdown corner. He spent the final quarter and a half of his debut Sunday watching from the sidelines.

Smith was benched after giving up a 98-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Cooks in the third quarter of Oakland’s 35-34 comeback win over the New Orleans Saints. Continue Reading

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Raiders recap: Kelechi Osemele is not a nice guy; Howard out vs. Saints; Dennis Allen has no hard feelings; unprecedented continuity in coaching

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Oakland Raiders tackle Kelechi Osemele during the team's football minicamp Wednesday, June 15, 2016, in Alameda, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Oakland Raiders tackle Kelechi Osemele during the team’s football minicamp Wednesday, June 15, 2016, in Alameda, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Here’s a recap from stories today on our web site:

ALAMEDA — The name Kelechi Osemele used to bring a grimace in the defensive meeting room of the Raiders.

As the left guard of the Baltimore Ravens, Osemele won no friends with his penchant for picking unsuspecting defenders off when they least expect it.

“You watch K.O., and he’s the guy that plays to the whistle and gets in the last shove,” Raiders defensive tackle Justin Ellis said. “You don’t really like him too much unless he’s on your team.”

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Raiders recap: Facing Drew Brees, Khalil Mack as MVP for the Super Bowl champs, Austin Howard misses practice

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The Raiders will face a tough test in Drew Brees in the season opener Sunday. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The Raiders will face a tough test in Drew Brees in the season opener Sunday. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Here’s a recap of our stories from today on our website:

ALAMEDA — A rebuilt secondary against one of the NFL’s most prolific passers of all-time? Bring it on say the Raiders as they kick off their season of renewed hope Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

“I think as a competitor, this is the kind of game you live for,” Raiders cornerback David Amerson said. “As a secondary, if you want to test yourself and see how good you are right now and how good you can be, this is the perfect game to go out there and just compete.”

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Raiders recap: Reggie Nelson a captain, Edwards’ IR status, Del Rio’s Superdome gaffe

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Reggie Nelson is already a captain for the Raiders. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Reggie Nelson is already a captain for the Raiders. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Here’s a recap of what was written today that you can check out on our new updated web site:

Scan the Raiders roster and there’s a lot of good, young talent. But it’s thin on veterans.

That’s where 32-year-old safety Reggie Nelson comes into play. Nelson’s entering his 10th season, but his first with the Raiders after spending the past six years in Cincinnati. That didn’t stop him from being announced recently as one of the team’s four captains.

“To be voted amongst your peers, that’s a great thing,” Nelson said Wednesday as the Raiders held their first practice of the regular season in preparation of Sunday’s opener against the New Orleans Saints.

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Raiders preview: Khalil Mack, Derek Carr, Bruce Irvin and more

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khalilmackThe Bay Area News Group’s NFL preview magazine hit doorsteps and newsstands on Sunday and the content has now rolled out to our web sites as well.

Here’s all the content you’ll want to read about your 2016 Raiders.

It starts with Jerry McDonald’s cover story on Khalil Mack, your kind and gentle (off the field) NFL superstar.

I wrote the secondary Raiders feature on quarterback Derek Carr and the take from around the NFL on what’s in store for his third seasonContinue Reading

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Raiders’ Karl Joseph confident he’ll regain starting safety spot

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Karl Joseph was listed Tuesday as the Raiders' second-team strong safety for the season-opener. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Karl Joseph was listed Tuesday as the Raiders’ second-team strong safety for the season-opener. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

ALAMEDA — Karl Joseph wasn’t down on himself Tuesday after the news came out that he was shifted to second-team safety on the Raiders’ depth chart for Sunday’s season-opener against the New Orleans Saints.

“I didn’t expect anything given to me,” Joseph told this newspaper. “I’ve just got to keep learning, keep getting better and keep growing as a player and everything else will fall in its place.

“I have a lot of confidence in myself and I have no doubt in myself that I’ll get my spot back.” Continue Reading

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Karl Joseph replaced in starting lineup by Nate Allen

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Karl Joseph is now listed as the backup at strong safety for Week 1. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

Karl Joseph is now listed as the backup at strong safety for Week 1. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

The Karl Joseph era apparently won’t begin with him in the starting lineup.

The Raiders released their updated depth chart Tuesday and have Nate Allen listed as the starter at strong safety. Joseph, the team’s first-round pick, had held that spot since the team’s initial depth chart of the exhibition season.

It’s not a huge surprise if you consider how Joseph has been used in recent weeks. In the third exhibition game against Tennessee in which the starters played into the third quarter, he played only 22 defensive snaps. That was the fewest among projected starters. Continue Reading

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