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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

Filed for print…

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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Jumping to some conclusions as the Raiders pass the midway portion of their 2015 Napa training camp

Note: The Raiders don’t practice Monday, resuming Tuesday in Napa at 4:25 p.m.

With the admission that I missed the first three practices while on the media physically unable to perform list (OK, I made up the designation, but the dislocated shoulder was real), jumping to some conclusions through the first nine sessions with seven to go before the Raiders leave Napa and return to their facility in Alameda:
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