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
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
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
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
Raiders’ defensive end Denico Autry was activated from the physically unable to perform list and practiced during Friday’s session.
Autry, who has his right hand/arm heavily taped, missed the offseason program and the first six days of training camp. He immediately jumped in and started receiving first-team reps, alternating with second-round pick Jihad Ward.
He said he injured his wrist during offseason training, but was happy to finally be back.
“It was tough,” Autry said. “I had a little set back, but I’ve got to keep striving every day to get where I was at and get better.
He started eight games and played in 14 last season, finishing with three sacks and developing into a quality versatile piece on the defensive line. Continue Reading
NAPA _ Had lots of stuff left over from story earlier this week on former Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler, who will be inducted Saturday into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
The story went on-line Tuesday and was in print in Thursday’s editions of the Bay Area News Group papers . .
“When I got to the Raiders, Kenny as third string, behind Daryle Lamonica and George Blanda, but everybody knew the talent he had. The arm, the vision, it was just going to be a matter of time.” Continue Reading
The relationship between Raiders stars Khalil Mack and Derek Carr is a fun one.
The two faces of the franchise are now regular guests at the post-practice podium on the same day, with one going before the other. Through two runs of that at training camp in Napa, the hand offs have been classic.
Last week, Carr joked about how he got to do his press conference before Mack, making sure to get in a crack about how it wasn’t like that when they were drafted. (Mack was the first round pick at No. 5 overall, Carr went in the second round in 2014). Continue Reading
The Raiders practiced Thursday with an intensity not seen through the first five sessions of training camp.
Several players on the offense and defense had to be separated after left tackle Donald Penn tossed linebacker Ben Heeney to the ground following an 11-and-11 drill.
Later, defensive end Damonte Moore and undrafted running back Jalen Richard exchanged punches.
And then there was all the normal football action that created, from a spectator’s standpoint, the most entertaining practice thus far of camp. Continue Reading
Safety Karl Joseph, the Raiders first-round pick, is sitting out the team’s practice on Thursday for undisclosed reasons.
Joseph missed the Raiders entire offseason program rehabilitating from a torn anterior cruciate ligament injury suffered as a senior at West Virginia. Joseph had been on the field participating for the first five days of training camp, including the first three sessions in pads.
Joseph came to the field briefly during the early portion of Thursday’s practice wearing shorts, a jersey and holding his helmet. He then retreated and spent some time stretching on a back field near the team’s locker room.
• Tight end Clive Walford also appears to be sitting this one out. He was on the field in lads at the start but later returned to the locker room.
• Running back/kick returner Taiwan Jones and defensive tackle Leon Orr are also not at practice while cornerback SaQwan Edwards and tight end Colton Underwood are out for a second straight day.