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Del Rio to give Damontre Moore fresh start with Raiders

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New Raiders defensive end Damontre Moore will get a fresh start in Oakland after having some off-the-field issues in New York. (AP photo)

Jack Del Rio said Friday that defensive end Damontre Moore will get a fresh start with the Raiders, who are confident they can bring out the best in the once-promising pass rusher.

Moore signed as a free agent on Monday. He spent his first 2-plus seasons with the New York Giants, and had 8 ½ sacks in 2014-15 as a role player before being waived late last season. He was picked up by the Miami Dolphins and they waived him on May 2.

Moore’s time in New York reportedly ended after an altercation with teammate Cullen Jenkins and there were reports that it wasn’t the only time he had disagreements with teammates. Continue Reading

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Spartans reunited: Calhoun voices support for Cook

Raiders' fourth-round pick Connor Cook is reunited in Alameda with former Michigan State teammate Shilique Calhoun. (AP photo)

Raiders’ fourth-round pick Connor Cook is reunited in Alameda with former Michigan State teammate Shilique Calhoun. (AP photo)

Former Michigan State teammates Shilique Calhoun and Connor Cook were reunited when the Raiders selected them in the third and fourth rounds, respectively.

Calhoun, an outside linebacker, was quick to voice his support for Cook, the Spartans’ quarterback who fell to the fourth round reportedly over concerns about his leadership and likability among his teammates.

“I think Connor is a great leader,” Calhoun said. “He was a great leader at Michigan State. We won ball games because of Connor. Coming in here, he gets a new chance to go ahead and show everybody what he’s about. But all that stuff is outside of the facilities. There’s nothing that’s in-house. You can’t focus on that too much. It doesn’t matter for us. We know what kind of guy he is and we’re going to move forward.” Continue Reading

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Healthy Jihad Ward ready to focus on football

Raiders' second-round pick Jihad Ward is healthy and happen to turn his focus to football. (AP photo).

Raiders’ second-round pick Jihad Ward is healthy and happen to turn his focus to football. (AP photo).

Despite some reports the day he was drafted that Jihad Ward might need arthroscopic knee surgery, the second-round defensive lineman was on the field participating Friday.

“He looked pretty good, right?,” Del Rio said. “Don’t trust all those reports out there. We felt pretty good about our reports. He looks terrific.”

Ward recently finished up his finals at Illinois and sounds eager to focus just on football.

“School really wasn’t my thing, but I had to do it,” Ward said. “Once I finished that, I was just ready to go. I’m happy just being around here. Now I can just worry about football.” Continue Reading

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Del Rio still quiet on Edwards, who says he’s cleared to play

Raiders defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. said he's cleared to return to football. (Raiders.com photo)

Raiders defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. said he’s cleared to return to football. (Raiders.com photo)

Mario Edwards Jr. may have announced that he’s cleared to return to football — via last week’s Instagram post and a recent radio interview — but coach Jack Del Rio still is keeping mum on his second-year defensive end.

“My philosophy on talking about guys that are injured is really not to,” Del Rio said Friday. “I love the way our team is working. I love having Mario be a part of that team that’s working hard. He’s a really good football player. We just don’t get into discussions about injured guys this time of year.” Continue Reading

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Karl Joseph honored to wear Ronnie Lott’s number

Raiders' first-round pick Karl Joseph is honored to wear Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott's No. 42. (AP photo)

Raiders’ first-round pick Karl Joseph is honored to wear Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott’s No. 42. (AP photo)

ALAMEDA — If you need any glimpse as to what Raiders coach Jack Del Rio envisions out of first-round pick Karl Joseph, consider this: Del Rio hand-picked the No. 42 jersey Joseph will wear.

“There’s been a few good ones in that number,” Del Rio said Friday.

That list, especially at Joseph’s safety position, starts with Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, the 49ers legend who also spent two year with the Raiders. Continue Reading

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Raiders sign first-round pick Karl Joseph

The Raiders signed first-round pick Karl Joseph on Monday. (Raiders.com photo)

The Raiders signed first-round pick Karl Joseph on Monday. (Raiders.com photo)

The Raiders signed first-round pick, safety Karl Joseph of West Virginia, the team announced Monday night. He was one of three members of Oakland’s draft class to sign his deal Monday.

All first-round picks get four-year deals with a team option for a fifth year and Joseph is projected to make almost $11.9 million during the first four years of his contract. Continue Reading

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