The new extra-point rules have NFL teams experimenting in the preseason and the Raiders joined the crowd.
After both of their touchdowns in their 18-3 win over the St. Louis Rams, the Raiders attempted two-point conversions. Both failed. Continue Reading
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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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
Follow the action as the Oakland Raiders open the Jack Del Rio era when they play the St. Louis Rams Friday at 7 p.m. in their preseason opener.
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OAKLAND _ Anyone hoping to get a look at first-round draft pick Amari Cooper Friday night at O.co Coliseum shouldn’t spend too much time tailgating in the parking lot.
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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NAPA _ There was nothing about Clive Walford’s first training camp practice that brought to mind some of the big days he had during the Raiders’ offseason program, but it was a start.
Khalil Mack was officially listed as a defensive end rather than as a strong side linebacker on the Raiders’ first depth chart released Monday in advance of this week’s preseason game against the St. Louis Rams.
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:
A transcription of Raiders coach Jack Del Rio’s press conference Sunday following his team’s ninth of 16 practices in Napa as provided by the club: