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Streater returns, but Holmes leaves and Walford is back out, plus practice notes

NAPA — Rod Streater was back on the practice field for the Raiders on Sunday, where the team’s former No. 1 receiver is now battling to secure a job as the top backup.

Streater finally made his training camp debut after missing the first 11 practices of camp with an undisclosed illness. He missed the final 13 games of last season too with a broken foot and the receiving corps has gone through a major overhaul since he last played. Continue Reading

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Raiders rookie linebacker Ben Heeney impressive in debut

Add rookie linebacker Ben Heeney to the list of players who delivered impressive NFL debuts.

The fifth-round pick out of Kansas had a game-high eight tackles, plus picked up his first sack. He enjoyed the exhibition game so much he was looking to take home a souvenir.

“I wanted to keep the jersey after this just for all of the sweat and dirt on it,” Heeney said. “They said that’s the only jersey they have made at the moment so we can’t keep them. But I’m definitely going to get that one back whenever we get the next jersey.” Continue Reading

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Raiders crisp in exhibition victory over Rams

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The Raiders involved their new offensive weapons early in Friday’s exhibition opener, a sharp 18-3 win over the St. Louis Rams.

First-round pick Amari Cooper had four touches on the first possession, Michael Crabtree caught back-to-back balls on the second and tight end Clive Walford had two big receptions on the Raiders’ first touchdown drive.

It wasn’t a perfect performance by any means for the Raiders, as Derek Carr’s two biggest passes of the day had poor results. But the defense showed resolve after allowing two big plays to start the game and the Raiders started their exhibition season on a positive note. Continue Reading

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Walford and Carr make a connection; Cooper getting a lesson in ball security

There was a quadruple helping of Bay Area News Group staffers up in Napa today, so I’m going to hit you with all of the practice details.

It didn’t take long for quarterback Derek Carr and rookie tight end Clive Walford to connect. On just the second play of team drills, Carr rolled out and hit Walford for a short pass that he then turned into a first down. Continue Reading

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