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Watch: Inside the Raiders, Episode 2: Connor Cook and tonight’s game vs. Seahawks

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GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 18: Connor Cook #8 of the Oakland Raiders throws a pass in the third quarter of a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on August 18, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

GREEN BAY, WI – AUGUST 18: Connor Cook #8 of the Oakland Raiders throws a pass in the third quarter of a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on August 18, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Bay Area News Group’s Courtney Cronin, Jimmy Durkin and Jerry McDonald preview the Raiders fourth preseason game and the areas where Oakland is looking to evaluate third string quarterback Connor Cook vs. Seattle on Thursday.

By Saturday, all NFL rosters must shrink to 53 active players. Which position groups are the Raiders focused on the most headed into the final round of cuts? The answer to this question and more is inside this episode.

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Raiders vs. Seahawks: Keys to the game

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Matt McGloin had two touchdown passes last year in the exhibition finale against Seattle. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

Matt McGloin had two touchdown passes last year in the exhibition finale against the Seahawks. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

RAIDERS (1-2) VS. SEAHAWKS (2-1)

7 p.m., Thursday, Oakland Coliseum

TV: KTVU (Beth Mowins, Matt Millen, Nicole Zaloumis, John Tournour)

Radio: 95.7 (Greg Papa, Tom Flores, Lincoln Kennedy)

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Five Raiders to watch Thursday against Seattle Seahawks

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Raiders wide receiver Johnny Holton gets his final chance to cement his roster spot.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Raiders wide receiver Johnny Holton gets his final chance to cement his roster spot. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

OAKLAND — The Raiders enter their final preseason game Thursday night against the Seattle Seahawks with a roster that’s well settled.

Some backend pieces still need final decisions, but more practice squad spots are probably on the line than active rosters spots.

Don’t expect to see the starters at all. Coach Jack Del Rio hasn’t divulged that and quarterback Derek Carr said earlier this week he didn’t know if he was playing or not. Continue Reading

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Connor Cook ready for heavy workload in preseason finale

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Raiders' third-string quarterback Connor Cook should play a lot in Thursday's preseason game against Seattle. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

Raiders’ third-string quarterback Connor Cook should play a lot in Thursday’s preseason game against Seattle. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

Expect to see a healthy dose of quarterback Connor Cook when the Raiders close out the exhibition schedule Thursday in the Coliseum against the Seattle Seahawks.

The fourth-round pick will likely enter the game at some point in the first half and play the entire second half as Oakland puts on its final preseason show before the regular season begins Sept. 11.

Backup quarterback Matt McGloin is expected to start the game with starter Derek Carr watching comfortably from the sidelines. Continue Reading

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Jon Gruden having difficulty seeing Raiders in Las Vegas, but believes his old team will step up this year

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Former Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden, right, now an ESPN broadcaster, greets denizens of the Black Hole. D. Ross Cameron/Staff)

Former Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden, right, now an ESPN broadcaster, greets denizens of the Black Hole. D. Ross Cameron/Staff)

Jon Gruden said he gets a little emotional thinking about the future of the Raiders, but he likes what he sees in the present.

The former Raiders coach and ESPN Monday Night Football analyst was asked during a national conference call Tuesday what he thought about the idea of the franchise residing in Las Vegas.

“The Las Vegas Raiders? I don’t know, man, that’s hard for me to imagine,” Gruden said. “The Oakland Raiders have a real place in my heart. I’d hate to see ’em leave. I love where they are. I love the tradition of the Raiders. I’m tearing up right now thinking about them moving, but I certainly understand their situation and I hope it all works out for ’em. Continue Reading

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Del Rio: Standing during national anthem is assumed

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Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said it's "understood" that his players stand during the national anthem. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said it’s “understood” that his players stand during the national anthem. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

ALAMEDA – Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said Monday he’s never had any issues with players not standing during the national anthem but considers it an organizational expectation.

“It’s never come to a point where I’ve had to address it, it’s always been understood,” Del Rio said. “You stand attention. You pay respect to our flag, our country. That’s always been kind of an assumed thing.”

The national anthem debate has swarmed the NFL since Friday when 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick detailed his reasons for sitting during the playing of the “Star Spangled Banner,” which he’s done for all three preseason games this year. Continue Reading

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Raiders cut roster to 75; Gabe Holmes placed on IR as 14 are cut

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Tight end Colton Underwood was cut by the Raiders on Monday. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

Tight end Colton Underwood was cut by the Raiders on Monday. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

The Raiders waived 14 players and placed tight end Gabe Holmes on injured reserve Monday as they trimmed their roster to the league-mandated 75 players. The deadline to do was is Tuesday.

Among the Raiders cuts was tight end Colton Underwood, who shot to fame last week after his video asking Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman on a date went viral.

Defensive tackle Leon Orr may have been the biggest surprise. Last year, defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. said he thought Orr could be a “major impact player,”  but the writing was on the wall when Orr, who played in three games last season, didn’t see the field Saturday against the Tennessee Titans. Continue Reading

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PODCAST: Listen to the debut episode of “Raiders Talk”

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We’ll be coming at you all season long (and even a little in the offseason) with these podcasts, which will eventually feature some player interviews and a lot more. We’ll get these up on iTunes shortly. Right now, we’re still getting some of our accounts set up by we wanted to do a trial run and share that with you guys. For now, it’s hosted on my Soundcloud page but that will be changing shortly so be aware of that and let us know what you think.

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Reggie Nelson, Neiron Ball sitting out against Titans

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Safety Reggie Nelson will sit out Saturday night's preseason game. (Eric Risberg/AP)

Safety Reggie Nelson will sit out Saturday night’s preseason game. (Eric Risberg/AP)

Raiders safety Reggie Nelson isn’t suiting up and won’t play in Saturday’s exhibition game against the Tennessee Titans.

Nelson missed the past week of practice with an undisclosed injury that relegated him to working out on the side. Raiders coach Jack Del Rio had already indicated Thursday that Nelson would probably sit this one out. Continue Reading

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Raiders vs. Titans: Keys to the game

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Raiders WR Seth Roberts had two touchdowns, including the game-winner, in last year's meeting in Tennessee. (AP Photo/James Kenney)

Raiders WR Seth Roberts had two touchdowns, including the game-winner, in last year’s meeting in Tennessee. (AP Photo/James Kenney)

RAIDERS (1-1) VS. TITANS (1-1)

5 p.m., Saturday, Oakland Coliseum

TV: CBS (Greg Gumbel, Dan Fouts, Tracy Wolfson)

Radio: 98.5/102.1 (Greg Papa, Tom Flores, Lincoln Kennedy)

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