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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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Raiders place DE Mario Edwards Jr. on injured reserve

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Mario Edwards Jr. was placed on injured reserve and will miss at least half the Raiders' season. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Mario Edwards Jr. was placed on injured reserve and will miss at least half the Raiders’ season. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

The Raiders placed second-year defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. on injured reserve Monday, costing him at least half of the 2016 season.

Edwards injured his hip early in the first exhibition game of the season, an ailment that didn’t require surgery and was expected to initially sideline him 4-6 weeks. Continue Reading

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Raiders add eight to practice squad

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The Browns claimed George Atkinson III of waivers. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

The Browns claimed George Atkinson III of waivers. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

ALAMEDA _ Eight players made their way back to the Raiders practice squad Sunday, a day after being waived in the final cutdown to 53 players.

In addition, running back George Atkinson III and cornerback Neiko Thorpe, who were wavied during Saturday’s final cutdown to 53, found new homes _ Atkinson with the Cleveland Browns and Thorpe with the Indianapolis Colts.

Players signed to the practice squad were wide receiver K.J. Brent, cornerback Kennth Durden, defensive lineman Brandon Jackson, wide receiver Jaydon Mickens, tight end Ryan O’Malley, center-guard Oni Omoile and linebacker Korey Toomer.

The Raiders still have two openings on the practice squad.

Two players who were waived/injured, linebacker Neiron Ball and defensive end/linebacker James Cowser, cleared waivers, were placed on injured reserve and will be ineligble to play for the Raiders this year. Continue Reading

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Atkinson claimed by Browns, Ball and Cowser to IR

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The Browns claimed George Atkinson III of waivers. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

The Browns claimed George Atkinson III of waivers. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

Running back Georger Atkinson III’s series of spectacular preseason plays earned him a spot on the Cleveland Browns roster.

Former Raiders coach Hue Jackson, the new coach of the Browns, will get his hands on Atkinson after Cleveland was awarded a waiver claim on the former Granada High and Notre Dame speedster.

Atkinson spent most of the past two years on the Raiders practice squad, with a brief 2014 stint on the active roster. He had issues with ball security, but had been improving as a player and delivered three electric plays during the exhibition games. He had touchdown runs of 53 and 35 yards in the first preseason game at Arizona and added a 1-yard touchdown run and an 81-yard kick return for a score against Seattle on Thursday.  Continue Reading

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Analyzing the Raiders initial 53-man roster

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Fifth-round pick DeAndre Washington figures to be the Raiders' backup running back. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Fifth-round pick DeAndre Washington figures to be the Raiders’ backup running back. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

The Raiders trimmed their roster to 53 players on Sunday. Will they have the same 53 by the time they line up next Sunday against the New Orleans Saints? Probably not.

But let’s go through the positional groups and look at who is sticking around for now. Players are listed not necessarily in the official depth chart order, but by how I’d order them.

QUARTERBACKS

Derek Carr, Matt McGloin, Connor Cook

The Raiders kept three quarterbacks and that’s always been the plan. Yes, Oakland has cut a fourth-round pick quarterback before, but Cook has shown gradual improvement and they weren’t cutting a guy they traded up to grab. The hope is he can eventually be Carr’s backup. Continue Reading

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Raiders keep four undrafted rookies on initial 53-man roster

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Undrafted Johnny Holton snagged a spot on the Raiders' 53-man roster. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

Undrafted Johnny Holton snagged a spot on the Raiders’ 53-man roster. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

ALAMEDA — The Raiders weekly news release has a section dedicated to highlighting the “undrafted gems” they’ve landed under general manager Reggie McKenzie.

That list will be updated after the Raiders kept four undrafted rookies when the roster trimmed to 53 players Saturday afternoon.

Running back Jalen Richard, defensive tackle Darius Latham, wide receiver Johnny Holton and cornerback Antonio Hamilton survived as the Raiders had few surprises among the 22 players trimmed. Continue Reading

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Raiders roster cut tracker: Jalen Richard makes cut, Dewey McDonald traded, Neiko Thorpe cut

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Running back Jalen Richard reportedly will open the year on the Raiders 53-man roster. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Running back Jalen Richard reportedly will open the year on the Raiders 53-man roster. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The Raiders must trim their roster to 53 by Saturday’s 1 p.m. deadline, although it’s important to note that’s the deadline to get their list of cuts to the NFL, not the media or public.

Reports may leak out throughout the day until the Raiders announce their official cuts and we’ll track those here:

In news that was expected, a pair of reports indicate that rookie undrafted running back Jalen Richard has made the roster. A reporter from KALB in Louisiana and Southwestern Mississippi cited members of Richard’s family that said the Southern Miss product had made the squad. ESPN also confirmed Richard was sticking around. Continue Reading

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Raiders roster could see several undrafted additions

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Darius Latham (middle) has played his way into a likely roster spot. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

Darius Latham (middle) has played his way into a likely roster spot. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

OAKLAND — Jack Del Rio has a counterpoint — and a fair one — to the talk that the Raiders have built a talented roster from which it will be tough to make cuts.

“There are a few undrafteds that have a chance to make the roster,” Del Rio said after the Raiders’ 23-21 loss to the Seattle Seahawks to close the preseason. “If you have a really stacked roster, that’s typically not the case.”

While true, the Raiders do have a better roster than at any point in years past and the undrafted players with a shot speaks more to general manager Reggie McKenzie’s knack for uncovering some hidden gems. Continue Reading

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PODCAST: Raiders Talk postgame from 23-21 loss to Seattle Seahawks

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The Raiders wrapped up their preseason schedule with a 23-21 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night. The next step is settling their roster, with most of the work expected to be done Friday.

The Raiders probably won’t announce anything until Saturday when the cuts are due to the league, but Thursday offered some glimpses into who will make the team.

On the second episode of the “Raiders Talk” podcast, NFL writer Jerry McDonald joins me as we talk about this game and what the roster looks like as it gets finalized. Continue Reading

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