Connor Cook was solid during his NFL debut for the Raiders on Friday night. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Connor Cook was locked onto his task.
The Raiders’ third-string quarterback made his NFL debut in Friday’s 31-10 exhibition win over the Arizona Cardinals. Oakland’s fourth-round pick, Cook completed 7 of 11 passes for 71 yards, numbers that would’ve been even better if an offensive pass interference call hadn’t wiped out a long completion to K.J. Brent. Continue Reading
GLENDALE, Ariz. — George Atkinson III hadn’t opened his phone yet, but he was getting ready to check in and see what his dad had to say.
Atkinson had the most electrifying night of his NFL career, even if it just was in a preseason game. The Granada High product and son of a Raiders legend, Atkinson exploded twice in Oakland’s 31-10 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Friday.
First, it was a 53-yard run that saw him use some cut back moves after getting the handoff and then outrun the defense to the edge, cut up field and leave the defense in his dust. Continue Reading
Raiders defensive end Mario Edwards left Friday’s game with a hip injury. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Raiders coach Jack Del Rio has a policy and he’s sticking to it.
Del Rio is not required by the league to provide injury updates until the regular season begins and so he declined to offer anything on defensive end Mario Edwards Jr., who left the game in the first quarter. A team spokesman confirmed it’s a hip injury, but could not confirm a report from the Raiders’ radio broadcast that X-rays came back negative. Continue Reading
Raiders safety Dewey McDonald struggled in Friday’s exhibition opener. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
GLENDALE, Ariz. — If there were ever a moment to epitomize the first preseason game, it was the Raiders and Arizona Cardinals taking the field for the opening kickoff Friday and lining up on the wrong sides.
No, it wasn’t a crisp debut, but it was a victorious one for the Raiders, who beat the Cardinals 31-10 at University of Phoenix Stadium.
First-round pick Karl Joseph surprised by playing a series at strong safety after saying this week he wouldn’t be surprised to sit out the first couple of games. Matt McGloin threw a pair of touchdown passes, giving him 12 for his exhibition career, and Connor Cook had a solid NFL debut. The rookie from Michigan State completed 7 of 11 passes for 71 yards. Continue Reading
Mario Edwards Jr. left Friday’s exhibition game with an injury. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Mario Edwards Jr. was carted to the locker room with an apparent leg injury in the first quarter of the Raiders preseason debut Friday.
Edwards Jr., who was playing for the first time since suffering a season-ending neck injury in Week 15 last year, was hurt while making a tackle on a run play by Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson with 5:08 left in the first quarter. Continue Reading
Raiders’ safety Karl Joseph may play in the preseason opener after all. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
The Raiders announced three players who will not suit up for Friday’s exhibition opener against the Arizona Cardinals and safety Karl Joseph isn’t among the them.
Running back Jalen Richard, safety Jimmy Hall and cornerback Antonio Hamilton are the three who won’t suit up at University of Phoenix Stadium. Richard missed Wednesday’s practice for undisclosed reasons and Hall has missed the past four practices. Continue Reading
Raiders DT Dan Williams makes his first return to Arizona since signing with Oakland last year. (Rick Scuteri/Associated Press)
RAIDERS (0-0) VS. CARDINALS (0-0)
7 p.m., Friday, University of Phoenix Stadium
TV: KTVU (Beth Mowins, Matt Millen, Nicole Zaloumis, John Tournour)
Radio: 102.1/98.5 (Greg Papa, Tom Flores, Lincoln Kennedy)
Cardinals by 3
Second-round pick Jihad Ward is a Raiders player to watch Friday night. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Raiders opened last preseason by using their first drive to feed their new hog. Then rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper had four offensive touches on the opening possession.
That doesn’t figure to be the case Friday with their latest first-round pick, as safety Karl Joseph is likely to sit out when the Raiders kick off against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Continue Reading
Raiders rookie safety Karl Joseph had his first interception in team drills of training camp. (AP photo)
The rookie finally got him.
It took until Day 11 of camp, but Karl Joseph recorded his first interception in team drills when he leaped high in the air to pick off Derek Carr in the end zone.
“Finally,” Carr joked. “Great player. Karl is a great player. I’m excited that he’s on our team and healthy. He looks great. He’s going to be a great player.”
The interception came during red zone work and it was such an athletic play that Carr didn’t have a ton of issues with it, even if he does loathe turning over the ball. Continue Reading
By Courtney R. Cronin, firstname.lastname@example.org
Raiders rookie strong safety Karl Joseph knew he was going to see the field early after being drafted 14th overall by Oakland during the 2016 NFL Draft.
“That was my goal,” Joseph said of making the first team on the Raiders unofficial depth chart. “They didn’t draft me in the first round to come in and sit down, but they definitely expect big things from me.” Continue Reading