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Del Rio address fights, says Edwards Jr. (hand) should be fine

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Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio expects Mario Edwards Jr.'s hand to be fine after getting hurt in a fight at practice. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio expects Mario Edwards Jr.’s hand to be fine after getting hurt in a fight at practice. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. was held out of team drills and dealt with soreness in his right hand a day after being ejected from practice along with left guard Kelechi Osemele for getting in a pair of fights. Edwards presumably injured the hand when he and Osemele both exchanged punches on Saturday.

Coach Jack Del Rio didn’t wait to be asked when he met the media on Sunday, jumping right in during his opening statement.

“I think before I even get asked I’ll just go ahead and speak to it so you don’t have to go there with yesterday,” Del Rio said. “A couple of guys got ejected from practice. I just didn’t think they were prepared to do the things we needed to do to help our team continue to work. They were both talked to and understand that’s not how we do things, not what we’re looking for. We basically handled that and put it to rest. Continue Reading

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Rookie running backs turning heads and taking advantage of opportunity

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Former Southern Miss running back Jalen Richard is turning heads with the Oakland Raiders. (AP photo)

Former Southern Miss running back Jalen Richard is turning heads with the Oakland Raiders. (AP photo)

NAPA — Jalen Richard doesn’t think the stars could’ve aligned any more perfectly for someone in his situation.

Richard, a running back out of Southern Miss, went undrafted and didn’t even have any immediate bites to sign a free agent deal. But he got invited to tryout with the Raiders at their rookie minicamp and impressed enough to get signed.

He’s continued to turn enough heads that he could be making a serious run at the 53-man roster. And it’s all been done with a supreme level of confidence. Continue Reading

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Mario Edwards Jr. and Kelechi Osemele both return to practice

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Mario Edwards Jr. and Kelechi Osemele are both practicing Sunday after being booted from practice the day before. (Raiders.com photo)

Mario Edwards Jr. and Kelechi Osemele are both practicing Sunday after being booted from practice the day before. (Raiders.com photo)

Raiders defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. and left guard Kelechi Osemele returned to practice Sunday morning following their ejection for fighting the day before.

The two exchanged punches twice in about a five-minute period Saturday that led coach Jack Del Rio to sending them both off. Edwards later had ice on his right hand.

When Edwards first took the field Sunday, he was not wearing shoulder pads. He chatted with defensive line coach Jetthro Franklin and later Del Rio before jogging back to the locker room to put on his pads and join the practice. He had just a little bit of tape on the right hand. Continue Reading

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Trimmed-down Janikowski feeling fresh for his 17th season

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Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski trimmed down for his 17th NFL season. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski trimmed down for his 17th NFL season. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

NAPA — Sebastian Janikowski is entering his 17th season, but the Raiders’ kicker and former first-round pick doesn’t feel like he’s slowing down or ready to hang it up.

Janikowski, 38, shed some weight in the offseason to get down to 256 pounds and feels fresh as ever.

“I worked my butt off in the offseason and I tried to get in better shape,” Janikowski said. “Hopefully it’s going to pay off.”

The Raiders have Giorgio Tavecchio in camp for the second straight year and special teams coach Brad Seely is high on the former Cal and Campolindo High kicker. Continue Reading

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Raiders boot Osemele and Edwards from practice for fighting

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Mario Edwards Jr. (pictured) and Kelechi Osemele were tossed out of practice for fightin.. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Mario Edwards Jr. (pictured) and Kelechi Osemele were tossed out of practice for fightin.. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

The Raiders are teetering on the edge of overagression.
For the second time in three days, the Raiders saw a training camp practice marred by fighting. This time, it forced Raiders coach Jack Del Rio to kick two players out of practice.

Starting left guard Kelechi Osemele and right defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. threw punches twice in about a five-minute span that led Del Rio to declare he had seen enough. Both players left the field and a team spokesman confirmed they were kicked out of practice. Del Rio was not scheduled to speak to the media and was not available to comment. Continue Reading

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Connor Cook making progress despite some shaky camp performances

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Despite some rough patches, the Raiders like what they're seeing from Connor Cook. (AP photo)

Despite some rough patches, the Raiders like what they’re seeing from Connor Cook. (AP photo)

NAPA — The Raiders haven’t played a preseason game yet, but their quarterback hierarchy already seems to have clarity behind starter Derek Carr.

For Connor Cook, their fourth-round pick out of Michigan State, that means he’s looking up at the generously listed 6-foot-1 Matt McGloin.

The Raiders traded up in the draft to take Cook with the second pick of the fourth round, a move that seemed to threaten McGloin’s status. The Raiders even had Cook, with his prototypical 6-foot-4 frame, open their June minicamp getting some second-team repetitions. He’s making some slow progress, but has shown he has a lot of work ahead of him.

“Rookie quarterbacks in training camp, … they always hit a stretch of the offseason or training camp where they kind of get their sea legs underneath them,” Raiders quarterbacks coach Todd Downing said. “Connor’s had some of those moments. But what’s very impressive about him is that he bounces back from struggles. Continue Reading

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Raiders notes: Battles on the line will make team better

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The Raiders offensive line will benefit from working against Khalil Mack and vice versa. (Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)

The Raiders offensive line will benefit from working against Khalil Mack and vice versa. (Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)

NAPA — Mike Tice went to the tape, as the Raiders offensive line coach does every day to review practice film with his players.

It was time to examine what left tackle Donald Penn could’ve done to prevent Khalil Mack blowing past him for a sack.

“Donald,” Tice ultimately said, “I don’t have anything for you.”

To hear Tice explain the play, you understand why some of what Mack does isn’t defendable. Continue Reading

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Raiders claim two off waivers; Damontre Moore, SaQwan Edwards waived

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Damontre Moore's time with the Raiders didn't last long. (AP photo)

Damontre Moore’s time with the Raiders didn’t last long. (AP photo)

The Raiders claimed a pair of players off waivers on Friday and waived defensive end Damontre Moore and cornerback SaQwan Edwards.

Joining the roster are linebacker Lenny Jones, a San Leandro High product who was recently waived by the 49ers, and former New York Giants defensive back Tramain Jacobs.

Jones is a rookie who signed with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent in May but was released Thursday. He played collegiately at Nevada, notching 19 sacks over four seasons to rate fifth on the school’s all-time list. Continue Reading

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